Jul 312015
 

Hostage NegotiatorYou’ve seen it in countless cop films:  the hostage stand-off!  Now play it, in Hostage/Negotiator.  In the game, players uses Conversation Cards to carry out several conversation with the Abductor.  You’ll resolve cards by rolling dice and your success or failure largely depends on yoru ability to control the Abductor’s Threat Level.  In the meantime, you’ll need to acquire more Conversation points so that you can buy more cards.  Above all, you must save the hostages!  After each conversation you’ll resolve a Terror Card My First Bohnanzamaking your objective even more difficult.

With My First Bohnanza, even younger children will be able to learn the popular bean collecting card game in small steps.  We introduce ten new types of beans – just for The Lord of the Rings Escape from Mount Grimkids – and they can begin their bean farmer journey earning gold coins.

Escape from Mount Gram is the newest adventure pack for the Lord of the Rings Living Card Game.  In this Adventure Pack, players will find sixty cards that expand the Angmar Awakened series.  The contents of the pack are designed to augment existing decks and add an entirely new scenario for players.

The DC Deck Building universe expands doubly this weekend with both the Teen Titans and Justice Society of America expansions.DC Deck Building Game Teen Titans

First up, the Teen Titans Go! expansion contains over two hundred new cards as well as a new “ongoing” mechanic.  With this mechanic, players can now save their best cards for when they really need them and when ready, unleash everything they’ve got.  As is standard anymore, this big box expansion also DC Deck Building Game Justice Society of Americacontains a special promo card.

A smaller, cheaper expansion, the JSA Crossover Pack can be added to any previous or future DC Deck Building expansion.  This smaller Crossover Pack only contains additional character cards to be added to the game, including Doctor Fate, Jay Garrick Flash, Alan Scott Green Lantern, Power Girl, Stargirl, Mr. Terrific, and Wildcat!Quantum board game

Quantum is an epic game of strategy and conquest for two to four fleet commanders (players).  Each die is a starship; a six is a swift but fragile scout, while a one is a slow but devastating battlestation.  To win players will need to construct quantum cubes that will evolve your fleet as you go.  Endlessly customizable, players can create their own maps or Litko Game Accessoriesplay on any of the thirty unique ones included in the game.

Not entirely official, yet no less beneficial, Litko Game Accessories has released a set of plastic markers, tokens, and rulers for the Fantasy Flight X-Wing miniature game.  Out this weekend, these accessories include a deluxe gauge set, space shield tokens, focus tokens, target lock tokens, ion tokens, and stress tokens, some in a variety of colors.Star Wars Force Destiny core rulebook

Lastly, but nowhere near least(ly), we’ve got a trio of long overdue Star Wars Roleplaying Game items.

First up, the hardcover core rulebook for the Force and Destiny expansion to the Star Wars RPG.  This complete tabletop RPG dives into the struggle between light and dark sides Star Wars Force Destiny GM Kitof the Force.  Craft a lightsaber, free the oppressed and downtrodden, and duel dreaded agents of the Sith in the conflict to bring balance to the Force.

Supporting that hardcover core rulebook is the Force and Destiny Game Master’s Kit.  Included in this Kit are complete construction rules for building lightsabers, brand new rules concernging Knight-level play, and a deluxe GM’s screen with the most commonly-referencedForce Destiny Star Wars Imperials Rebels Adversary Deck rules.

The final release rounding out the Force and Destiny barrage are the Adversary decks.  Six in total, these card packs include a minimum of twenty cards that represent various NPC characters that can be encounter in-game.  Out this weekend are the Imperials and Rebels, Scum and Villany, and Citizens of the Galaxy decks, as well as the Critical Hit and Injury decks.

Jul 172015
 

Power Up #1Power Up #1 (of 6)

-Have you missed on the ebullient fun that is Lumberjanes (Eisner winner!) and Giant Days?  Don’t miss out again!

-Boom! Studios mainstay, Kate Leth, will be writing the series, bringing to bare her previous experience on Adventure Time Fionna and Cake, Bravest Warriors, and Edward Scissorhands.

-Prophecies in most narratives revolve around epic heroes and legendary heroines.  Power Up is not that story.

-Instead, the heroes of prophecy are an apathetic woman in her late twenties, a past-his-prime athlete, a mother of two, and a goldfish.  Yes, you read that last one right.

Wolf #1Wolf #1

-Ales Kot is gaining a reputation as the Hunter S. Thompson of comics, writing some of the most psychedelic, trippy series in recent years.

-Now, Kot launches Wolf, an ongoing detective/crime story from Image Comics!

-But unlike your Chinatowns and Maltese Falcons, Wolf will have hints of the supernatural, akin to True Detective or the Dresden Files.

-Fair warning, there may also be a fair share of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, for those that are so inclined.

JLA Gods and Monsters BatmanJLA Gods and Monsters Batman #1

-Leading up to the release DC‘s newest animated movie, this series of one-shots will detail the alternate reality versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

-Bruce Timm, co-creator of Batman the Animated Series, is overseeing and writing all of these one-shots.

-Each of these one-shots will feature a done-in-one story about the origins of these drastically altered characters.

-In the Batman issue, readers will find out how Kirk Langstrom, not Bruce Wayne, became the vampire Batman of this world!

Cyborg #1Cyborg #1

-Vic Stone, a founding member of the New 52 Justice League, finally receives his own ongoing series!

-Cyborg has received upgrades before, but, at the beginning of this series, he’s receives a complete overhaul!

-Writer David Walker introduces a slew of new villains for Cyborg to battle, including the Technosapiens, an alien race that want to devour Vic’s own tech.

-Bringing of this insanity to life is one of DC‘s best house artists, Ivan Reis (Blackest Night, Justice League, Green Lantern).

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!