Jun 102016
 

Civil War II X-MenCivil War II X-Men #1 (of 4)

-Another of the Civil War II miniseries hits the shelves!

-Written by Missouri’s own Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Harrow County, Deadpool).

-With the arrival of new Inhuman Ulysses, the X-Men worry that he will tip the scales in their battle with the Inhumans.  One mutant will fight to make sure that does not happen.

-If you’ve been reading Uncanny X-Men, this miniseries will feature many of the characters starring in the book.

Tales from the Darkside #1Tales from the Darkside

-The team behind one of the comic industry’s most lauded comic series, Locke & Key, return with a new miniseries.

-These issues will feature re-imagined and rewritten versions of episodes from the Tales from the Darkside television series.

-Each episode will be written by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill (20th Century Ghosts, NOS4A2, Horns).

-Again, we can’t stress enough that this is the first time Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez have worked together since the end of Locke & Key!

Dark Knight Returns Last CrusadeDark Knight Returns:  The Last Crusade #1

-Long overdue, this prequel one-shot finally arrives on shelves!

-Takes place before the events of The Dark Knight Returns!

-Like the Dark Knight III miniseries, this one shot will be co-written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello!

-Features stories about The Joker, The Riddler, and Batman‘s last Robin, all illustrated by John Romita, Jr.!

Han Solo #1 (of 5)Han Solo Star Wars

-The Star Wars miniseries you’ve been waiting for Marvel to print!

-Acclaimed author and comic writer Marjorie M. Liu (X-Men, X23) handles writing duties on this five issue mini.

-Leia asks Han to enter a notorious space race, The Dragon Void, in order to rescue a group of informants.  Only problem is, Han really wants to win the race.

-All of this is brought to gorgeous life by Mark Brooks, who commonly handles cover duties, but is making a rare return to interiors for Han Solo!

Nov 202015
 

RingsideRingside #1

-Let’s get ready to rumble!  Ringside is Image Comics first ongoing series about the ins and outs of professional wrestling.

-Joe Keatinge, writer of Hell Yeah, Shutter, and Batman Incorporated, has dug into the actual world of pro-wrestling to find his inspiration.

-Each issue will feature the perspective of a different wrestler as they struggle to perform and struggle with real life.

-Separate stories will collide in later issues as all the wrestlers come together to fight against each other.

Venom Space Knight #1Venom Space Knight

-One of two unique series beginning from Marvel this week!

-Flash Thompson has been through a lot during his tenure wearing the Venom symbiote, but now he’s cruising the galaxy stopping bad aliens.

-Having recently taken a hiatus from comic art, Ariel Olivetti is back to illustrate the interiors of this series with his gorgeous painted style.

-After establishing his talents on Silk (not to mention the television series, Supernatural) Robbie Thompson lends his concise, snarky, character-driven talent to another series.

Moon Girl and Devil DinosaurMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

-Fans of Marvel‘s recent hits Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel must pick up this similarly styled series!

-Up-and-coming independent creative team, Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, graduate to the big leagues with this quirky comic.

-Suitable for younger, teen readers, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is a perfect entry point to the Marvel Universe for newly initiated comic fans.

-You’re a preteen super genius.  Your new best friend is a t-rex.  And you’ve got to defeat one of New York’s newest supervillains.  Go!

Dark Knight III:  The Master Race #1 (of 8)Dark Knight III The Master Race

-Over a decade since The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Frank Miller returns to write the third part of his Dark Knight Returns trilogy.

-Joining Miller on writing duties is acclaimed comic veteran Brian Azzarello (Before Watchmen Comedian & Rorschach, Wonder Woman, Batman).

-Each issue of this eight issue miniseries will feature a full main story plus a mini-comic back-up bound into the issue.  Issue one’s mini-comic will be fully written and illustrated by Frank Miller.

-He’s beaten death, retirement, and old age, now the Batman of Miller’s iconic The Dark Knight Returns is back to set loose the Kryptonian population of the Bottle City of Kandor.  This act of revolution gains him unwanted attention from his old sparing buddy, Superman, as well as the rest of the government.

Nov 162013
 

Batman Black and White Statue by Greg Capullo

-Match the Joe’s Garage Joker statue from last week with his equal and opposite number.

-Capullo’s stylish pencils are brought to life in this accurate statue.

-Most recent in the popular line of Batman Black and White statues, Capullo’s is equally suited to the monochromatic coloration as all the rest.

-Just a reminder, there’s nothing anyone loves more than a Dark Knight for the holidays.

Nowhere Men v.1 tpb

-Science is the new Rock’n'Roll!

-Collects the first six issue miniseries from Image Comics, a miniseries that was so popular Image kicked it up to an ongoing!

-In a world where The Beatles were replaced by a scientific supergroup, Nowhere Men explores what happens in a highly technologically evolved society when everything goes wrong.

-Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellaire’s striking pop art aesthetic turns this book into a punk rock comic of the modern age!

X-Men by Brian Wood v.1 tpb

-Experienced comic veteran, Brian Wood (DMZ, Local, Mara, The Massive, Ultimate Comics X-Men), brings his strong character-driven style to the X-Men universe.

-Finally, a book for female comic readers!  Disregard the title, this team is entirely comprised of strong, sympathetic women mutants.

-Olivier Coipel (House of M, Avengers vs. X-Men, The Mighty Thor) lends his kinetic style to every thrilling action scene in the series, making this one of the most action packed X-Men series in recent years.

-When Jubilee brings an orphaned baby back to the Jean Grey School, a baby wanted by some very bad people, what sort of tough decisions will Rogue, Psylocke, Storm, and the rest of the team have to make?

Harley Quinn #0

-Everyone’s favorite psychopathic psychologist returns to helm her own ongoing series!

-The husband/wife writing duo of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, masters of pure fun comic storytelling, promise to bring Harley back to her former glory!

-This introductory zero issue features tons of different (famous) artists as Harley holds auditions to find out who should draw her comic.

-A sure fire DC hit, Harley Quinn’s series will be comprised of one shot stories of pure insanity and cuteness as she joins a roller derby, hunts for kittens, and looks for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for Mr. J.

May 172013
 

Batman has been in some tough situations throughout his existence, but, as everyone knows, he always manages to get out of them.  Now it’s your turn to try and create an inescapable trap for the caped crusader in Arkham City: Escape.  An epic two-player game that pits The Dark Knight against his greatest foes (all in the Arkham City game design) inside the titular prison city.  What makes the game interesting is that each assortment of villains is chosen randomly, making every game a new experience.  One player tries to kill the Batman while the other tries to punch baddies in the teeth.

In the deep, dark reaches of the jungle exists hidden resources of the best coffee beans in the world.  It’s your job to venture forth and find them.  VIVA JAVA!  In this Coffee Game, players compete against each other as they travel across the globe searching for the finest beans the world has to offer.  If the going gets tough, however, you can choose whether or not you will team up with the other players so that you both come out caffeinated.  For all the coffee lovers out there, here’s a fresh cup o’ Viva Java!

In the fourth-quel to the ever more popular Quarriors! dice game series, Quartifacts, a new set of dice known as Quest Dice.  In this expansion, all the mystical relics of the previous Quarriors! games have disappeared, leaving you, the questor, to venture after them.  Quest cards will allow you to unleash your creatures in order to find them.  In addition, five new creatures, two new spells, The Squire basic, and six Quest cards and dice are also included.  Quet quor Quarriors! quon!

A resource management game with a new spin, Saint Malo blends dice games, resource management, and…drawing?  Players roll dice to decide what villagers, buildings, and so forth that they are allotted, then draw them onto the erasable grid board in front of  them.  But be quick about how you arrange your resources because they’re going to need to protect you from the pirates that are invading the city.

The Conquest of Planet Earth continues.  But now it’s the Apocalypse.

The first expansion to the original Flying Frog Productions game that pits Earth against a horde of invading martians kicks the total number of players up to six.  This increase of playablity comes in addition to an entirely new alien faction, including new miniatures like The Cube!  As much of this expansion’s action takes place over the ocean, a Coastal Resistance Deck is included to boost Earth’s defenses.  The invasion has begun, fight to stop the conquest!

Achieving a huge amount of positive response from their initial reprintings of the Dungeons and Dragons Advanced hardcovers, Wizards decided to reprint the 3.5 edition core books.  Now, it’s 2nd edition’s turn, as the three core books, the Player’s Guide, DM’s Guide, and Monster Manual are all reprinted in beautiful embossed hardcover editions, complete with their original artwork and errata-ed material.  Pick them up to collect the classic versions of D&D in total!

Feb 092013
 

The best team is the one that doesn’t know it’s a team.

That’s the premise of Nick Spencer’s (Morning Glories, Thunder Agents, Thief of Thieves) new run on Secret Avengers.  Joining the Marvel NOW! line, Secret Avengers #1 builds the extremely covert team of Hawkeye, Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier to send them on their mission.  And it does it with only one word.  Basically, every member of the team becomes activated by a single word, completes their mission, is told the word again, and walks off into the sunset blissfully ignorant of everything they just did.  It’s covert ops at it’s most covert.  And when it’s drawn by a master of the dark and gritty like Luke Ross, it’s practically so covert it’s not even there.  Or if you want a little more boisterous version, maybe the Skottie Young variant cover will suit you.

As Magneto said, villains it is then.

Uncanny X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo is all about the baddies.  Serving as the companion book to Bendis’ other X-Men title, All-New X-Men, Uncanny stars Cyclops, Magneto, Emma Frost, and a bunch of other good-for-nothings.  Unlike any other X-Men book before it, this time around it’s the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants in the limelight.  Now that Cyclops has assembled his team he’s on a mission to enact his vision of mutant dominance, one which he’s willing to carry out by whatever means necessary.

Since tonight’s list seems all about murdery murder, it seems only fair to let a female master assassin in on the mix.  Katana #1, spinning out of the soon-to-be-released Justice League of America, stars the widowed sword-wielding hired killer of the same name.  With her family’s souls residing in the very sword she uses to slay her enemies, the Soultaker, Katana has to be careful not to let its power and conscience forestall her mission.  Anyone reading Birds of Prey should be familiar with Katana‘s character and mission, as well as fans of the classic Outsiders series.  

Finally, for those who have been hanging on the edge of their seat since the release of the first New 52 Batman hardcover, the wait is over!  Batman: Night of the Owls continues the onslaught of The Court as they descend on Gotham in an effort to purge it of the social elite.  But Nightwing, Batgirl, Batman, Robin, and the rest of the Bat-Family may have something to say about that.  This thick hardcover edition comes packed with the entire Court of the Owls crossover, which includes Batman #8-9, the Batman Annual, Detective Comics #9, Dark Knight #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Nightwing #8-9, and All-Star Western #9.  That’s a lot of Batman punching Talon action for a minimal price.