Apr 152016
 

Chez Geek Spring BreakFor those layabouts still building up slack in the world of Chez Geek, Steve Jackson Games has another way for players to continue to be lazy.  The Chez Geek Spring Break expansion can be added to the base game in the form of forty entirely new cards, all themed around traveling for the Spring Break holiday.  In addition to those cards, the expansion also contains Event Cards, which are an entirely new element that changes up gameplay.Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game

Cryptozoic has built up quite an empire of property-based deck building games, including DC, The Lord of the Rings, and Street Fighter.  Well, this weekend they add another conquest to that list with the Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game.  In this version of the game, players are controlling and building decks around popular Cartoon Network shows, like Dexter’s Laboratory, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Adventure Time.  As always, this version of the game is completely compatible with other Cryptozoic deck builders, so if you want you can have Finn face off with Superman while Frodo waits in the wings.

Rory's Story CubesSay you’re writing your first novel.  Or game mastering an RPG for your buddies.  Or maybe just killing time with friends around a campfire.  No matter the case, Rory’s Story Cubes are designed to randomly generate story ideas and elements to help fire the imagination.  Out this weekend are six mini-expansion packs for the series, each with three dice featuring a single theme.  For example, the Enchanted box features story elements related to fairytales and fantasy while the Clues box is all mystery related.Talisman Cataclysm

A new big box expansion for the popular dungeon crawl board game, Talisman, drops this weekend.  Talisman The Cataclysm introduces an entirely new main board to replace the one found in the base game.  In addition to the replacement game board, the expansion also contains over 150 extra cards and miniatures that Munchkin Marvelintroduce five original characters into the game, including ones inspired by Viking and Indian mythology.

Marvel is in the air as Captain America:  Civil War is on the horizon.  Understanding their fan base, Steve Jackson has made another coup by acquiring the rights to Marvel‘s popular line of characters in order to release Munchkin Marvel.  A new base game for the popular series, Munchkin Marvel uses the same mechanics from the other Munchkin games, but applies the heroes and villains of Marvel to them.  You’ll still be fighting monsters and acquiring treasures, but now those monsters will be Thanos, The Red Skull, and the like while you’ll be using Mjolnir or Cap’s shield to take them down.

Apr 152016
 

Captain America Road to WarCaptain America: Road to War #1 one shot

-Prep for Captain America:  Civil War with this lead-in one shot.

-Featuring the New Avengers cast from Age of Ultron, including Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon, and War Machine.

-Multiple stories feature different line-ups of the team members, each of which are the MCU versions of the characters.

-Read about the first adventure this version of the Avengers went on.

Dept H #1Dept H

-From creator Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Rai, The Valiant, Revolver) comes a new ongoing series for Dark Horse.

-A masterful writer and artist, Kindt provides both for this series.

-A crime mystery on an undersea research facility, Dept H blends all the best aspects of a detective show, Bioshock, and The Wake.

-When Mia, the investigator brought to the facility to solve a mystery, gets trapped underwater, how can she hope to escape and figure out what’s going on?

All New All Different Avengers v.1 tpbAll New All Different tpbs

-Many of the initial All New All Different Marvel relaunch series are dropping in trade paperback form this weekend.

-First up, the flagship Avengers title, All New All Different Avengers, has it’s first six issues plus shorts from the Free Comic Book Day issue published in a volume one TPB.

-Second, Captain America Sam Wilson v.1 tpb sees The Falcon take up Cap’s mantle in the face of national uncertainty.

-Finally, Contest of Champions v.1 tpb contains the first six issues of the series, finding multiple Marvel heroes transported to an alternate realm in order to battle each other.

I Hate Fairyland v.1 tpbI Hate Fairyland v.1 tpb

-Renowned for his popular, cutesy “Baby Variants” at Marvel, Skottie Young’s anything-but-cute series from Image receives it’s first trade.

-Written and illustrated by Young, I Hate Fairyland is not only hilarious, but great to look at.

-You know the story, a young girl is whisked into a fantasy land.  Except I Hate Fairyland is the violent, raunchy, filthiest version of that story you’ve ever read.

-Plus, the book is from Image Comics, so the trade is set at a reasonable price of $9.99!

Apr 012016
 

The FixThe Fix #1

-If you want hard boiled crime, tough guy leads, and searing drama. . .The Fix is not the series for you.

-However, if you’re a fan of the film Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, the Superior Foes of Spider-Man, or The Astonishing Ant-Man, this is the series for you.

-Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Captain America Sam Wilson, Astonishing Ant-Man) delivers an outlandish, comical comic set in the seedy underbelly of Hollywood and starring some of the biggest degenerate losers who’ve ever graced a police line-up.

-If you weren’t sold yet, just know that the one heroic character in the book is a drug dog named Pretzels.  Boom!

Empress #1 (of 7)Empress

-Mark Millar, creator of Jupiter’s Legacy, Kick-Ass, and Civil War, launches a new seven issue miniseries from Marvel!

-A hard Sci-Fi tale, Empress follows a galactic queen who is fed up with her despotic husband to the point that she steals away her children and takes out across the galaxy.

-One of the best artists in the business, Stuart Immonen (Nextwave, All New X-Men, Star Wars) joins Millar!

-If you missed out on Huck

Poe DameronPoe Dameron #1

-He’s the best damn pilot in the rebellion and now he’s got his own comic!

-Poe Dameron is the first Force Awakens comic series to be published by Marvel.

-Charles Soule, who has proven himself in the Star Wars universe by writing Lando and Obi-Wan & Anakin, will be writing this series, too!

-Not only are you getting new Poe Dameron stories in each issue, but also BB-8 back-ups!

Black Panther #1Black Panther #1

-Award winning author, journalist, and professor, Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be writing the new Black Panther series!

-Gear up for the Captain America:  Civil War film by introducing yourself to Black Panther in this series.

-Coates is constructing a twelve issue arc that deals with how T’Challa handles an uprising in his kingdom.

-When a revolutionary group called The People begin attacking T’Challa’s rule, how with he balance his duties as a ruler and a superhero?

Mar 252016
 

VS System The Defenders VersusOne of tonight’s multiple superhero related games, VS System:  The Defenders is the first expansion pack for the recently relaunched card game.  Who are The Defenders, you might ask?  Well, they may not be as well known as The Avengers, but, within a year or so, you’ll be pretty familiar with them as all of the Netflix solo series will come together as The Defenders.  This 200 card expansion pack focuses on characters related to those series, like Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, as well as included new card mechanics.  A quick-to-play, exclusively two player experience, VS System is perfect for nerdy couples or friends looking for a head-to-head experience.Ninja All Stars Karate Fight

From Soda Pop Miniatures, creators of Super Dungeon Explorer, comes a very non-miniature style of game, Ninja All Stars Karate Fight.  Made for two to four players, this card game is a dexterity card matching game.  Like Slapjack, players attempt to react swiftly to cards thrown down on the table, hoping that their reflexes are quicker when grabbing for matching cards.  Ninja All Stars Karate Fight is designed Legendary Captain America 75th Anniversary expansionin a cutesy, Chibi fashion with ninja themed illustrations featured on each card.

If you haven’t heard, 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of the creation of Captain America!  In honor of that event, Upper Deck has released a special Captain America 75th Anniversary expansion for Legendary.  Like previous Legendary expansions, this one contains over 100 cards, including five heroes, two masterminds, two villain groups, and four original schemes.  Among the character options are different versions of the Sentinel of Liberty, including Sam Wilson, Bucky, and various versions of Steve Rogers.Master Fox

Sly as a fox is an appropriate refrain for Iello‘s Master Fox board game.  Great fun for young players and families, Master Fox is a twenty minute dexterity game for two to four players.  In the game, players take on the role of foxes vying for dominance in the forest, as the elder fox is moving on to greener pastures.  In the game, various wooden animal tokens are randomly thrown into the box lid, then each player takes turns blindfolding themselves and grabbing for certain animals using nothing but their sense World's Finest Dicemasters expansionof touch.

Appropriately released the same weekend as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Dicemasters drops another starter kit for the DC line.  World’s Finest is another two-player starter set, that includes all of the essential materials players need to get into the game.  Specific to World’s Finest are forty-four dice and thirty-nine new cards, as well as a rulebook and a dice bag.  The heroes and villains you’ll find in this starter are also, fittingly, all Batman and Superman related characters, such as Steel, Power Girl, Robin, and Nightwing.

Feb 262016
 

Predator Life and DeathPredator Life and Death #1 (of 4)

-Beloved author of the Warhammer 40K novels and a great Guardians of the Galaxy run, Dan Abnett steps into the Alien/Predator/Prometheus universe.

-The newest miniseries in Dark Horse‘s long running, popular Predator releases.

-Life and Death sees a band of Colonial Marines sent to a barren planet to retrieve a horse-shoe shaped ship by the Weyland-Yutani corporation.

-Of course, that mission isn’t going to go so well when a pack of Predators is on the hunt.

Amazing Spider-Man and Silk Spiderfly Effect #1 (of 4)Amazing Spider-Man Silk Spidefly Effect

-You thought one series starring Silk was enough, but you were wrong!

-Robbie Thompson, co-creator of Supernatural and writer of the Silk ongoing series, is also helming this four issue miniseries.

-If you’ve ever wanted to see the lovechild of Back to the Future and Spider-Man, Spiderfly Effect is that very thing!

-Silk and Spider-Man are sent back in time before they gained their powers, an accident that only causes them to inadvertently stop themselves from gaining said powers.

DisciplineDiscipline #1

-Having written Spider-Man, X-Men, Detective Comics, and nearly every other major comic series out there, Peter Milligan (oh, also Red Lanterns) launches a new ongoing Image series.

-Sex, sex, sex!  That usually gets everyone’s attention.  Discipline blends romance comics and sexual horror for a controversial series!

-Fans of Harrow County, Colder, and Sex Criminals need to check this series out!

-Melissa has lost the connection she had with her husband, which leads her to an illicit affair with another man.  However, man may not be the accurate descriptor, as he seems rather demonic.

Black Widow #1Black Widow

-Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, the team behind the acclaimed Daredevil run, rejoin for this new series!

-Chris Samnee is a masterful artist who is capable of experimenting with format and style in captivating ways.

-Natasha has spent her whole career gathering secrets, as well as making some.  When those get out in the open, she has to go on the lamb from the government she once served.

-Like the plot of Captain America:  Winter Soldier, but without that dull Steve Rogers dragging things down.