Jun 122015
 

ThorsSecret Wars Battlworld Week 4

-After a three week deluge of new Secret Wars tie-ins, Marvel lets up slightly for the fourth week.

-Essentially the Marvel Universe‘s anti-Justice League, the Squadron Sinister (previously Supreme) are blazing a trail across Battleworld, participating in fisticuffs with every team they cross paths with.

-Every Battleworld needs a school and the new Runaways miniseries is all about class!  Written by Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), Runaways brings back some of the original team alongside new characters like a young Winter Soldier, Cloak and Dagger, and Valeria Richards.

-Taking the place of the stellar Thor series, Thors focuses on the Battleworld police force as they solve mysteries and break cases (cue the CSI:  Miami screech).  Oh, and Marvel writer extraordinaire, Jason Aaron, returns to helm this series! Plants vs Zombies Bully for You

Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You #1 

-Start planting those sunflowers, because the zombies are breaking through the hedges!

-Crazy Dave and his two young wards investigate the history of Dr. Zomboss.

-Each issue also includes two bonus stories by different creators, including Dustin Nguyen on issue one.

-A perfect young readers entry point!

Gotham Academy v.1 tpbGotham Academy v.1 tpb

-Among DC‘s strongest new series, Gotham Academy is finally out in trade!

-Essentially Harry Potter in Gotham City, Gotham Academy stars a group of original characters navigating the haunted and mysterious hallways of the city’s most prestigious private school.

-Gorgeous, vibrant artwork from Karl Kerschel stands out among other drab, “house style” DC comics.

-There is currently no better series for tween or teen comic readers at DC!  This is a must read for anyone in that age range!

DC June Relaunch Week 3Justice League of America #1

-After three weeks, the flagship title of DC‘s June Relaunch is here!  Justice League of America, both written and illustrated by Bryan Hitch (America’s Got Powers, The Ultimates, The Authority), reunites the seven major DC heroes to battle evil!

-Fans of the current Batgirl run will want to pick up Black Canary #1 from the same creative team!

-A new hero takes over the golden helmeted mantle of Dr. Fate while Scott Lobdell re-imagines Doomsday as a Hulk-like teenager with a Jekyll and Hyde problem in Doomed.

-Rounding out this week are Harley Quinn and Power Girl (by the same creative team as the solo series), Robin Son of Batman (starring Damien Wayne), Martian Manhunter, and Prez (about the first teenage president elected by Twitter).

Jun 052015
 

Weirdworld #1Secret Wars Battleworld Tie-ins Week 3

-Another week, another batch of Secret Wars miniseries!

-1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 returns to Neil Gaiman’s alternate Marvel Universe with one of his original characters while Captain Marvel and the Carol CORPS #1 takes the place of the previous Captain Marvel series.

-Start your engines (Or horses.  Or centaur hooves?) for Ghost Racers #1 and go for the head shot in Marvel Zombies #1!

-The monsters and the Misses are out to play in Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #1 and Jason Aaron gets all psychedelic and Conan-ish with Weirdworld #1!

DC June Relaunch Week 2Constantine Hellblazer #1

-Out with the old Constantine in with Constantine the Hellblazer, a darker, sordid take on the morally questionable magician.  This new series is written by Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV and drawn by Riley Rossmo (Rasputin, Cowboy Ninja Viking).

-After surviving Convergence, the alternate universe versions of Batman, Power Girl, Huntress, Green Lantern, and others thrive in Earth 2 Society #1!

-Best buds Red Hood and Arsenal take their guns-for-hire friendship on the road now that Starfire is heading out on her own in a solo ongoing series.

-Finally, Garth Ennis returns to the outcast vigilantes he created in the nineties, the loser heroes of Section 8, in the All Star Section 8 miniseries.  Members include Dogwelder, Bueno Excellente, and Jean de Baton-Baton!

Starve #1Starve #1

-Brian Wood (DMZ, Rebels, The Massive, Northlanders) moves out of his comfort zone with this new series!

-Think Hunger Games meets Iron Chef!

-Gavin Cruikshank used to be a world famous television chef until he went into self-imposed exile.  Now he’s back to take control of his former show, which has now been turned into a cook-to-the-death game show!

-A new kind of gritty future is brought to life by one of comics best writers!

Batgirl v.1 tpb “Batgirl of Burnside”Batgirl v.1 tpb of Burnside

-You’ve heard about the yellow boots.  You’ve heard about the selfies.  You’ve heard about the Batgirl of Burnside!

-A fresh, energized entry point into the Batgirl section of the DC Universe, this six issue trade paperback volume contains the first storyline by an entirely new creative team!

-Upon revealing Batgirl‘s new costume design, the Internet exploded with cosplay and fanatical outpourings!

-Smart, funny, inventive single issue stories fill out this sizable volume, injecting a shot of joy and light into the gloomy Batman universe!  Great for teen readers!

May 292015
 

Batman BeyondDC June Relaunch Wave 1

-Now that Convergence is over, DC has canceled nearly half of their line and are replacing it in June with about twenty-four new series!

-The first wave of these new titles release this week.  DC‘s directive with this relaunch is not to erase continuity, but to expand the tones and genres represented at the company.  Creative over homogeneity.

-The new titles out this week include Bat-Mite, Batman Beyond, Bizarro, Midnighter, and Omega Men.

-Returning series with new creative teams or storylines include Action Comics, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Justice League, and Lobo.

Groot #1Groot

-With Secret Wars underway and the Rocket Raccoon series defunct, Marvel is filling that space with another member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

AirboyAirboy #1 (of 4)

-In the vein of Spike Jonze’s film Adaptation and Grant Morrison’s Animal Man run, Image Comics launches the Airboy miniseries.

-A meta series at heart, Airboy is about the creation of itself.  Wait, what?

-Yes, writer James Robinson (Fantastic Four, Earth 2, Starman) has written himself into his own comic.  His struggles with adapting Airboy, a character from the forties, his personal life, and his addictions are detailed across the series.

-Oh, but wait!  It’s not that easy, as Airboy, himself, actually begins appearing in the real world and confronting Robinson.  Talk about bringing a character to life.

Secret Wars Miniseries ReleasesAmazing Spider-man Renew Your Vows Secret Wars Battleworld

-With all of the main Marvel ongoing series going away, the Secret Wars tie-in miniseries continue to roll out.

-Out this week are Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows (MJ and Peter are married again!), Armor Wars (Tony versus all the other armors!), and Future Imperfect (Maestro Hulk returns!).

-Also out is Giant Sized Little Marvel AvX (Skottie Young’s baby variants as a comic!), X-Tinction Agenda (Cable and the nineties are back in force!), and Years of Future Past (Kitty Pryde returns to the far flung future of the X-Men).

-And for those who’ve been craving for more, Secret Wars #3 is also out this Wednesday!

May 082015
 

DC Dice MastersThe wait is over, DC fans no longer have to contend with a Marvel-only Dice Masters universe!  Yes, the DC Dice Masters starter and boosters dropped last week, providing materials for players to incorporate DC characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and more into their Dice Masters games.Zeppelin Attack!

Set in the world of Evil Hat‘s Spirit of the Century, Zeppelin Attack! allows players to control villainous masterminds bent on world domination.  Deploy your zeppelins, command your minions, and do whatever it takes to destroy your rivals.  Perfect for two to four players, Zeppelin Attack! Demon Slayer The Siege of Mtwill plays for forty-five to sixty minutes.

Demonslayer:  The Siege of Mt. Kunlun is a deck-building game based on the story of the “Warriors of Magic Mountain.”  Each player takes control of one Sect of the Kunlun Immortals, and they must compete with each other in defeating the dread forces of the Heart-Eaters.  At the end of the game, once all the Heart-Eaters are defeated, the player with the most Cultivation is the winner.  An English translation of a previously released foreign edition, this version includes one of Xenoshyftthe game’s expansions, The Alchemist’s Fortune.

Xenoshyft is a game for one to four players, with each player controlling one of the divisions of the Nortec Military.  Each of these divisions represents one part of the overall Nortec Base, and it is your job as commander of these divisions to protect the base while its field operations are completed.  A cooperative game, Xenoshyft asks My Little Pony Absolute Discordplayers to outlast a horde of aliens over the course of nine rounds.

The third My Little Pony set released from Enterplay, Absolute Discord sees the arrival of Discord to the Pony-verse, throwing the spirit of chaos at players as a means to turn the game upside down.  Cards and actions now can perform the opposite of what they are labeled as doing.  With over two hundred cards in Absolute Discord, players have plenty of new options to add to their decks!Super Dungeon Explore Forgotten King

Bring video gaming to your board game table with Super Dungeon Explore:  Forgotten King!  An entirely original base game set for this popular series of games, Forgotten King includes nearly sixty new miniature figures to battle through and with in the automated dungeon setting!  Inspired by 16-Bit video gaming, Super Dungeon Explore can be Bahamut Attack Wing miniatureplayed in either Classic or Arcade mode, allowing for cooperative play or to be pitted against a GM.  Also out this week is the first Upgrade Kit for this version of the game.

The Bahamut D&D Attack Wing premium figure features powerful upgrades, abilities, and tokens to bring your adventures to epic proportions!  This powerful dragon sits upon a six inch by six inch base and utilize his cold breath attacks to any Netrunner Breaker Bayenemy in his path.

The newest Data Pack for the Netrunner Deck Building Game, Breaker Bay contains sixty new cards designed to augment Corp and Runner decks.  These sixty cards are numbers twenty-one Eight Minute Empires Lost Legendsthrough forty of the SanSan Cycle, all able to be incorporated into the base Netrunner game.

Another expansion for the short film inspired Eight-Minute Empire:  Legends, Lost Lands incorporates new factions and leaders, materials for for a fifth and sixth player, a double-sized island on a folded board, and allows for faster gameplay, as players can now select cards simultaneously.Temple of Elemental Evil D&D

A new release in the popular D&D dungeon crawl cooperative board games, Temple of Elemental Evil puts players in control of a heroic adventurer exploring a treacherous dungeon full of monsters, hazards, and treasures.  Anywhere from one to five players can take part in the adventure, cooperatively navigating the dungeon in no more than an hour.

May 082015
 

InjectionInjection #1

-Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, the team that brought you Moon Knight, reteam for this new Image Comics series!

-Bridging horror, sci-fi, techno thrillers, and other genres, Injection is going to be all over the map!

-If the solicits for the comic are to be believed, the five lead characters are complete lunatics!

-Shalvey is one of the most inventive artists working today, so Injection promises to be visually stunning!

Lantern City #1 (of 12)Lantern City

-Steampunk is hot right now and Boom! Studios is taking advantage of that popularity.

-A twelve issue epic, Lantern City takes places in a mechanized city inspired by the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne!

-Paul Jenkins, a veteran writer of Marvel and DC comics, helms the miniseries!

-One lower class citizen of the Lantern City strikes out against the wealthy elite by going undercover and striking from within.

MythicMythic #1

-Forget everything you learned in biology class! Science is a lie!

-Local author and artist, Phil Hester, launches a new ongoing series at Image!

-Like X-Files for magic and mythology, Mythic #1 follows a team of magic experts investigating the secret underbelly of mysticism!

-The first issue is only $1.99!  It must be magic!

Harrow County #1Harrow County

-Sci-Fi series have been flooding the market lately, but there’s little in the way of horror comics.

-Missouri native, Cullen Bunn, relies on his talent for horror in this new Gothic series!

-Lead character, Emmy, discovers a deep, dark history about the forest beside her house.  Will she survive the discovery?

-A pulpy, Gothic horror series for fans of spooky, terrifying comics!