Jan 052013
 

Star Wars is receiving some what of a resurgence lately, what with the stream of Fantasy Flight card, miniature, and role playing games featuring the characters of a galaxy far, far away.  Now, Dark Horse is getting in on the action with a fresh original universe Star Wars book title…wait for it…STAR WARS!!!!  Set during the first trilogy of films, this series will focus on individual stories featuring leading characters like Han, Leia, Luke, and Vader.  If you’re tired of the extended universe stories set 1000 years before A New Hope or a million years after, then this is the series for you.  Written by Brian Wood (Massive, Mara, Local, Ultimate Comics X-Men) and featuring covers by the incomparable Alex Ross, Star Wars #1 is a new hope for fans of the original universe.

No turtles, no turtles, no!  Foot, foot, foot, FOOT!

That remastered version of the infamous Vanilla Ice “hit” “Go, Turtles” was brought to you by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan.  Yes, Turtles fans, it’s all Foot, all the time in this new miniseries, which spins out of the highly successful IDW TMNT relaunch of the last year.  And, as you might be able to tell from the title, the story focuses on revealing the untold origin of Turtles arch-rival.  Find out how Shredder joined the Foot Clan.  Find out who originally started the Foot Clan.  Find out secrets that will affect the ongoing story of the main TMNT series.  And see all of those secrets illustrated in beautiful, watercolored artwork by Mateus Santoluco.

The sad story of comics nowadays is that they are not written for kids anymore.  So, when a parent comes in asking for a Batman series that they’re son or daughter can read, there are not tons of options.  Luckily, this Wednesday we’re getting a Bat-boat load of young reader Batman comics.  Each of these digest volumes features Batman facing off against one of his classic foes, such as Clayface, Joker, Scarecrow, or Poison Ivy, in the style of the famous nineties Batman the Animated series (the best cartoon ever made!!!).  If dark, broody Batman isn’t your flavor, don’t worry, because there will be plenty of equally kid-friendly Superman volumes shipping as well.  If you’re wanting to get your kid started in comics, these are one of the best, cheapest ways to do it.

The Octopus is out of the bag, Peter Parker is dead.  Long live the Octopus.

If you read Amazing Spider-Man #700, you know that Peter left Doc Ock with some serious baggage to deal with, making Doc vow to become a Superior Spider-Man.  This Wednesday is your chance to see how that goes, as Superior Spider-Man #1 by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman ships.  If you’ve seen any of the sample pages from the Marvel NOW! preview books, you’ll know that Doc Ock has a little trouble at first.  Oh, and with Peter Parker’s face, you know Doc’s going to make a house call to Mary Jane Watson.  Yeah, this isn’t going to be your daddy’s Spider-Man.

And be sure to get to the store early so that you can nab any and all of the rare variant covers for the book, as this one’s going to be worth some money down the line.

Apr 202012
 

Close, close in a gaming store not so far away…

STAR WARS CARD SLEEVES!!!!!

Yes, hum the theme song in your head if you must. Fantasy Flight has released an exceptional limited run of specialty Star Wars backed card sleeves. So, play Magic with the man who shot first or catch’em all with Lord Vader or throw them on any other card game that needs some sci-fi spice. But whatever you do, pick them up before an X-Wing comes along and vaporizes them because there will not be any prequels here.

Of course, if space battles and laser swords aren’t your thing, maybe the other limited edition Lord of the Rings sleeves will be. Slip them over your favorite standard sized cards to give them a Samwise Gamgee to their Frodo Baggins. Or grasp the One Ring to rule all other swag-less individuals. Whatever you choose, wield them responsibly.

You want to kick your Warhammer Fantasy RPG game up to level 4? How about level 5? Then let Hero’s Call be Fantasy’s version of the Spinal Tap speaker! Chocked full of new hero and GM options for careers, action cards, talents, spells, and region options, this player’s resource is loaded with must-have ingredients for kicking your game up a couple levels.

Bringing Cthulhu to the deck-building party, Penny Arcade: Rumble in R’Lyeh is both a standalone game and an expansion for last year’s Penny Arcade: The Game, Gamers vs. Evil! So, players can enjoy Eldar God gaming goodness in the base 2-4 player version of the game or combine it with the previous game for excessive nerd overload. Rumble in R’Lyeh specifically adds Gold cards to the gameplay, which must be acquired through the use of Token and Power cards. Totally worth it when they have names like Gunhorse (a horse made of guns, duh!), Sad Zombie, and Gabe’s Gross Mouth.

Bridging books and board games, the Where the Wild Things Are board game from the Tales to Play series, lets families take control of Max’s journey to the land of the Wild Things. Each player controls a different Max miniature game piece on his trek through the becoming king of the Wild Things. Players draw cards and roll dice to decide their success or failure across the illustrated game board. Great gameplay and Wild Thing miniatures for the whole family.

Gamers have been waiting for this next exapnsion since somewhere around the dawn of man. Yes,  has finally arrived. Adding not only a fifth player ability to the game, but a new item dubbed decoration. Players may now trade their resources for this item in an effort to gain further points. Club someone if you have too, fight a t-rex, do whatever you have to for a copy of this valued expansion.

Jun 172011
 

May the flash be with you.

Not the creepy flip open the trenchcoat kind, but the flashlight kind.  More specifically, the Star Wars kind.

Yup, we’ve had sonic screwdrivers and phasers, now we will have Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader flashlight lightsabers.  Molded to match the handles of Luke and Vader’s lightsabers, these bad boys fire out a beam of light matching their respected blade color.  If you’re going to be searching in the dark, this is the way to do it.

Are you a fan of alternate realities?  I personally like ones were two sides are at war in a post-apocalyptic setting where death is ever present.  They’re always just so jaunty!  Speaking of, here’s the new Age of X hardcover.  Taking a page from the book of Age of Apocalypse, this alternate reality epic takes place in a world where the X-Men have cordoned themselves off in a Road Warrior-like fortress as humanity sends barrages of soldiers against them.  Costumes are redesigned, powers are used for destructive purposes, and relationships are all reshuffled.  Alternate reality stories are always exciting because anything can happen!

Mmmmmm, hold it together, me.  Okay, this next one has me….OOOOOOOOHHHHHHYEEEESSSSSS!!!!  AVATAR IS AMAZING!!!

Pfff, okay, I’m calm now.  So, Dark Horse has acquired the rights to Avatar, the Last Airbender, right.  And they’ve decided to reprint all of the previously released, but hard to find Avatar comic material that has been published in various places.  This softcover, Avatar, the Last Airbender:  The Lost Adventures, is that collection.  Almost as thick as an air bison, this trade paperback contains 26 stories, some pulled from Nickelodeon Magazine others from the DVD sets while others are brand spanking new.  Best part is, this is leading into a new Avatar ongoing series that will be arriving later this year!

You want to show your love for the new Green Lantern movie, but you don’t know how.  It’s quite a conundrum.  But no worries, a new t-shirt is here to make all your fanboy woes vanish.  The Green Lantern Movie Oath shirt is a creative spin on the classic Lantern symbol emblazoned on the chest.  Instead of the traditional white or green, this shirt has the symbol made out of the Green Lantern oath.  In brightest day and all that.  So, show your love and affection for space cops and pointy mustaches by slapping this sharp shirt on yo’ body.

Feb 182011
 

Some times my mind is filled with weird questions like, “why isn’t there a Beiber-Fever equivalent in the world of comic books?”.  Then I think about what the pillars of the comic industry, like Alan Moore, look like in comparison to Beiber.  Yeah, old wizard beard just doesn’t draw in the teenage girls.

Teenage girls don’t know what they’re missing, though.  This coming week brings into the folds of Pulp a restock on two of Moore’s lesser known works from Avatar Press.  If you’ve read The Courtyard or Neonomicon, then Hypothetical Lizard and Yuggoth Cultures will make for nice follow-ups.

Hypothetical Lizard, like The Courtyard, is based off a short story written by Moore (the whole short is included in this collection, by the way) and focuses on one of his favorite subjects:  magic.  The story follows a mute prostitute who gets entangled in a plot that involves something called The House Without Clocks and wizards.  It’s Alan Moore, it’s gonna be weird, but it’s also going to be amazing.

The second Moore collection is Yuggoth Cultures.  Contained within the covers of this second Avatar trade are a vast number of Moore’s short comic stories from over the years, script pages, interviews, sketches, and a mess of other goodies.  If you’re looking to get the most Moore bang for your buck, this guy is what the doctor ordered.

So, you’re saying to yourself, “Self, I love Iron Man (especially Matt Fraction’s stuff), but some times I feel like he doesn’t have enough guns”.  Well, if you’ve seen Iron Man 2, you know that War Machine is the solution to your problem.  Luckily, Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Thunder Agents) is launching a new series about War Machine called Iron Man 2.0.  The solicits advertise a story where Rodey is faced with an enemy who he can’t shoot or touch.  Obviously a challenge for a guy who’s 90% gun.  If you’ve been reading Morning Glories (the new issue comes out this week, as well, and we have the volume 1 TPB in stock) then you know Nick Spencer has chops.  Apply that writing skill to the Iron Man universe and we might be looking at another quality Marvel book.

The True Blood comic starts sophomore storyline this week with Tainted Love #1.  Watched over by the series’ creator, Alan Ball, this comic is filled with stories unseen in the show or original novels.  Written by Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Batman: Streets of Gotham), this second story involves a breakout of craziness in the vampire community brought on by tainted Tru Blood which means Sookie and the gang are in trouble and on the lookout for the mysterious perpetrator.  If you feel like you’ll be coming in on the story mid-swing, don’t worry.  For one, this being the first issue in a new arc means that everyone is on the same page.  And two, Pulp still has the True Blood vol. 1 HC in stock if you want to catch up on the first series.

There’s nothing better than taking something blood-curdlingly terrifying and turning it blood-curdlingly cute.  Such is the case with the new Midnight Reaver Nyarlathotep.  If you already have a Cthulhu plush and have been desiring to give him a buddy, then this soft, cuddly, other worldly beasty is the creature for the job.  I know you Lovecraft fans are out there AND are frequent visitors to the store, so here’s a new item to add to your collection.

Da-da-da-daaaaa-DA-dada-da-daaaa-da-dum-dum-dum-dum.  That’s Star Wars, people.  And here’s some more in the form of drinking glasses.  Yes, like the Lantern CORPS glasses that we have at the store currently, this set of four tumblers are bathed in Luke, Han, Leia, and Darth Vader.  If you’re moving into a new place and need some drinking utensils or are just into recreating scenes from the cantina on Tatuine, you can’t afford to join the Dark Side and not buy these.