Dec 192014
 

Batman DC Comics Designer Zero YearDC Comics Designer Series 3

-Greg Capullo’s iconic rendition of the Batman universe continues to be immortalized in plastic!

-DC Direct digs into Scott Snyder’s Zero Year with a Batman figure featuring his first, purple-gloved costume!

-Adding some female empowerment to the line, the New 52 version of Batgirl is also dropping this weekend!

-He smokes a pack a day, but, hey, he’s still got Batman‘s back more than anyone, Commissioner Gordon finishes out the series.

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-Fans of Prophet and Helheim, should check out the first volume of Image ComicsDark Engine!

-An immortal warrior woman is sent through time on various missions (including fighting dragons).

-John Biven’s detailed, expressionistic artwork is the main draw here, illustrating dinosaurs, jungles, blood, gore, and all sorts of other crazy, other worldly things!

-Fans of the weird and unusual should plop down the measly $9.99 to try out this first trade paperback.

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-Stjepan Sejic’s popular comic off of Deviant Art is finally published by Image Comics!

-Like a better written 50 Shades of GreySunstone follows to bisexual women who explore a BDSM relationship with each other.

-Sejic’s beautiful, painterly artwork brings the series to life, using vibrant colors to draw the reader in.

-This volume is strictly for adults, so we are enacting a strict no one under eighteen purchasing policy!

They’re Not Like Us #1They're Not Like Us

-Image Comics head of publishing (and frequent comic writer) Eric Stephenson launches a new ongoing series this week!

-A follow-up to Stephenson’s critically acclaimed Nowhere Men series, They’re Not Like Us is sure to generate buzz.

-Set in a real world-like location, They’re Not Like Us follows the first generation of superhuman individuals.  Where previous eras have had to deal with new technology and politics, these teens are forced to struggle with abilities beyond those of normal humans.

-The problem:  Power corrupts absolutely.

Dec 122014
 

Avengers Now #1Avengers Now

-A good old fashioned Marvel Universe Handbook!

-Includes entries on all of the major Avengers characters from the recent relaunch.

-Angela, Sam Wilson’s Captain America, Thor (female), Phil Coulson, and many more are detailed!

-Perfect for younger readers looking to get into Marvel Comics.

Rocket Salvage #1Rocket Salvage #1

-BOOM! Studios continues to dominate the children’s comic market with original content.

-Hot on the heels of Adventure Time, Lumberjanes, Teen Dog, and Bravest Warriors, Rocket Salvage is also bright, colorful, and creative!

-An ex-space racer returns to his glory when he has to enlist his two twin, clone children to assist him in crisscrossing the galaxy to find an ancient artifact!

-Think Guardians of the Galaxy mixed with The Goonies.

Rumble #1Rumble #1

-This book looks bonkers!  To quote the solicits: “It’s Louis C.K. meets Robert E. Howard in a David Fincher universe.”

-A young, nobody gets tangled up in a universal battle between scarecrow gods, mummies, and other mystical forces, all while dealing with his ex-girlfriend and skinhead, loser buddy.

-John Arcudi, the book’s author, is a comic book veteran, having spent years crafting the supporting characters of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy universe.

-Another among the onslaught of varied, interesting Image Comics releases!

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-If DC has found a cash cow this year, it is the Bombshell designs of their characters!

-Ant Lucia, the artist behind the Bombshell covers from July, has had his already iconic illustrations turned into special series of statues from DC Direct.

-Based off of pin-up artwork, these statues are full body pieces that come complete with a specially designed base.

-And Zatanna is not alone in her Bombshell presentation, as poor John Constantine has been transformed into a fluffy bunny by her powerful magic.

Dec 062014
 

Descent Manor of RavensOctober may be long past, but the newest expansion for Descent is all about haunted houses.

Manor of Ravens is another expansion for Descent‘s second edition, including an entirely new scenario where players venture into a creepy old mansion to battle the evil guardian that waits within.  This is an expansion geared toward beefing up the overlord’s abilities, containing additional class and monster cards, as well as relic weapons that can be wielded by monsters. Doomtown Reloaded New Town New Rules The overlord also gains a character similar to the heroes’ familiar called a servant.

A new sheriff comes to Doomtown in the first expansion for the recent remake of the popular Western card game.  New Town, New Rules for Doomtown Reloaded contains four copies of twenty-one that feature playable material for all four outfits within the game.

RattlebonesFeaturing an aesthetic similar to a Tim Burton movie, Rio Grande GamesRattlebones is a strangely unique experience.  Players attempt to track down the ringleader of a deranged sideshow, named Rattlebones, by rolling various six-sided dice.  The trick is that throughout the game players will be able to augment their dice, removing sides and replacing them with different symbols and side amounts.Magic the Gathering Duel Decks Anthology MTG

Magic the Gathering collectors pay close attention to the next item!  Wizards of the Coast has concocted another highly limited, highly collectible release with the Duel Decks Anthology set.  This allocated release has gone immediately out-of-print, with store’s only receiving a limited number.  Inside this hefty box are the first four duel deck releases, including Elves vs. Goblins, Divine vs. Demonic, Jace vs. Chandra, and Garruk vs. DC Deck Building Game Forever Evil expansionLiliana.

The villains are running the asylum with the newest big box expansion for the DC Deck Building Game!

Forever Evil contains 206 cards to be incorporated into any of the base versions of the game.  Since the theme of this expansion is bad guys, the new playable character cards are all famous villains from the DC Universe, including Harley Quinn, Sinestro, and Lex Luthor.  The Forever Evil set is also largely about the discarding ability, as villains will be able to use up their henchmen cards in order to escape and fight another day.

Dec 052014
 

Spider-Man and the X-Men #1Spider-Man and the X-Men #1

-With Wolverine dead, someone has to take over the day-to-day operations at the Jean Grey School.

-A relaunch of the previous Wolverine and the X-Men series, Spider-Man and the X-Men continues with all the same, fan favorite characters.

-Take a chance on a new Marvel writer, as Elliott Kalan takes over authorial duties.

-Peter desperately tries to keep his students alive while the school is attacked by Sauron!

Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1

-Part of DC‘s plan to have a Harley Quinn for every season!

-The writers of the ongoing Harley Quinn series, Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti, deliver another oversized special, like they did with the scratch-n-sniff annual.

-Similar to Harley Quinn #0, this Holiday Special is full of astounding comic artists, each lending their interpretation of the mad maiden!

-As is common with the series, this special issue comes with two different covers, both at the same price!

Bitch Planet #1Bitch Planet #1

-Fan favorite writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) delivers another Image series!

-Bitch Planet, if you can’t tell, blends together Sci-Fi and prison exploitation genres for a raunchy, violent, and unreal ongoing series!

-When one prisoner gets framed for murder, she has to enter into a deadly prison-on-prison sport to survive!

-Jamie McKelvie (Young Avengers, Phonogram, X-Men Season One) also provides an afro-tastic, seventies influenced variant cover for issue one!

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-Over the last few years, Valiant has been gaining a reputation as one of the most inventive, original comic The Valiant #1publishers around.  If you haven’t read any Valiant comics, THIS IS THE ONE TO PICK UP!

-Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Rai) and Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man, Trillium) combine their writing talents for this prestige format miniseries with the intention of making this the Watchmen of Valiant!

-Starring a line-up of Valiant‘s most popular characters, The Valiant‘s four oversized issues will follow the The Eternal Warrior, an immortal being who protects the Earth, in his battle against an everlasting evil.  Problem is, The Eternal Warrior has lost three times before, each time slipping the world into a dark age.  Will he and his team of Valiant mainstays win this round?

-Exceptional artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man, Batman: Black and White) raises the bar with the series, as his smooth line and rich characters make this an epic not to be missed.

Nov 282014
 

Wolf Moon #1Wolf Moon #1 (of 6)

-Two Missouri comic creators join forces for this new horror miniseries from DC!

-St. Louis’ Cullen Bunn, writer of Sixth Gun, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Sinestro, and Helheim, authors the miniseries!

-Kansas City’s own Jeremy Haun lends his moody pencils to the comic’s interior pages!

-Bunn and Haun blend together a werewolf and revenge stories for a uniquely violent and vengeful tale.

Secret Six #1Secret Six #1

-Gail Simone returns to the series that helped to make her name in the industry!

-Similar to the Suicide Squad, the Secret Six are a covert, underground team of lower rent supervillains who deal in the weird, mysterious corners of the DC Universe.

-Joining Simone is comic artist veteran Ken Lashley, who has previously lent his pencils to the New 52 Superman:  Doomed and Batman/Superman series.

-Catman returns to the DC Universe!

Cross One Hundred +100Crossed + 100 #1 (of 6)

-Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell) returns to Avatar for a new Crossed miniseries event!

-The legendary comic book writer enters into the twisted post-apocalyptic world created by Garth Ennis for the first time!

-Set one hundred years into the future of the Crossed outbreak, Crossed +100 follows a young girl who is researching the original disease (as it has long been wiped out) only discover a pack of Crossed still alive!

-No previous knowledge of the Crossed storyline is necessary to read this miniseries!

Angela Asgard’s Assassin #1Angela Asgard's Assassin

-Revealed as Thor‘s sister, Neil Gaiman’s Angela is on a mission to discover her origins!

-Raised in Heaven, the tenth realm, Angela has hated Asgard her entire life, but now it has become her home.  She travels across the tens realms at the behest of Odin, slaying he needs slayed.

-Kieron Gillen (Journey into Mystery, Wicked and Divine, Young Avengers) and Marguerite Bennett (Lois Lane, Earth 2 World’s End, Batman) team up for writing duties on the series!

-The art for the series is also a dual effort, featuring the combined talents of Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans!