May 132016

Mae #1Mae #1

-Want a Buffy-like comic with fairies and giant cats?  Try Dark Horse‘s new Mae series!

-Lost for years, fighting in an alternate reality of magic and fantasy, Abbie has to flee back to Earth as that world falls apart around her.  Mae, Abbie’s sister, is entrusted to find her, but must contend with various mystical creatures escaping into our realm.

-Written, illustrated, and created by Gene Ha, a former understudy of Alan Moore, Mae promises to be one of Dark Horse‘s signature series.

-Epic in scope and raunchy in content, like Saga, Mae is the indy series you should check out this week.

Archangel #1Archangel William Gibson

-Famous Sci-Fi author William Gibson (Neuromancer) comes to comics!

-Following the complete irradiation of the planet, Earth’s population is forced to move into a machine called The Splitter that generates an alternate, digital reality.

-On art duties for the book is comics legend, Butch Guice (Captain America, Astro City, Superman)!

-Fans of series like East of West, Prophet, and Black Science should give this a look!

Future Quest #1Future Quest #1

-Future Quest kicks off DC‘s relaunch of the Hana Barbara properties!

-Combining cartoon characters like Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, and the Herculoids, Future Quest constructs a universe and continuity around these beloved characters!

-When Johnny and Hadji discover an alien mystery in a swamp, they must team up with the universe’s other heroes forestall the threat and save the universe.

-Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Batman ’66, Hulk) joins forces with up-and-coming artist “Doc” Shaner (Convergence: Shazam, Multiversity, Darkseid War:  Green Lantern).

Civil War II #0 (of 7)Civil War II #0

-You’ve seen Captain America: Civil War.  You’ve read the original Civil War.  Now get ready for the sequel!

-A completely original event from Marvel, Civil War II is reminiscent of the original in that Iron Man is facing off against another hero, but unlike last time it is Captain Marvel he’s butting heads with.

-Marvel architect, Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, House of M), will be writing all seven issues.

-When a young Inhuman named Ulysses is discovered who can predict the future, Captain Marvel wants to conscript him to help them stop crimes before they happen.  Iron Man has different opinions.

Apr 152016

Chez Geek Spring BreakFor those layabouts still building up slack in the world of Chez Geek, Steve Jackson Games has another way for players to continue to be lazy.  The Chez Geek Spring Break expansion can be added to the base game in the form of forty entirely new cards, all themed around traveling for the Spring Break holiday.  In addition to those cards, the expansion also contains Event Cards, which are an entirely new element that changes up gameplay.Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game

Cryptozoic has built up quite an empire of property-based deck building games, including DC, The Lord of the Rings, and Street Fighter.  Well, this weekend they add another conquest to that list with the Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game.  In this version of the game, players are controlling and building decks around popular Cartoon Network shows, like Dexter’s Laboratory, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Adventure Time.  As always, this version of the game is completely compatible with other Cryptozoic deck builders, so if you want you can have Finn face off with Superman while Frodo waits in the wings.

Rory's Story CubesSay you’re writing your first novel.  Or game mastering an RPG for your buddies.  Or maybe just killing time with friends around a campfire.  No matter the case, Rory’s Story Cubes are designed to randomly generate story ideas and elements to help fire the imagination.  Out this weekend are six mini-expansion packs for the series, each with three dice featuring a single theme.  For example, the Enchanted box features story elements related to fairytales and fantasy while the Clues box is all mystery related.Talisman Cataclysm

A new big box expansion for the popular dungeon crawl board game, Talisman, drops this weekend.  Talisman The Cataclysm introduces an entirely new main board to replace the one found in the base game.  In addition to the replacement game board, the expansion also contains over 150 extra cards and miniatures that Munchkin Marvelintroduce five original characters into the game, including ones inspired by Viking and Indian mythology.

Marvel is in the air as Captain America:  Civil War is on the horizon.  Understanding their fan base, Steve Jackson has made another coup by acquiring the rights to Marvel‘s popular line of characters in order to release Munchkin Marvel.  A new base game for the popular series, Munchkin Marvel uses the same mechanics from the other Munchkin games, but applies the heroes and villains of Marvel to them.  You’ll still be fighting monsters and acquiring treasures, but now those monsters will be Thanos, The Red Skull, and the like while you’ll be using Mjolnir or Cap’s shield to take them down.

May 152015

Planet Hulk Secret Wars BattleworldPlanet Hulk #1 (Secret Wars Battleworld)

-It’s all Secret Wars all night tonight!

-If you’ve read Secret Wars #2 you know that the Marvel Universe is a drastically different place right now.  Each of these miniseries will explore unique locations on the Battleworld map!

-Planet Hulk returns readers to the world of that epic storyline, written by the original writer, Greg Pak!

-In Battleworld The Hulk rules Greenland and is feared by all other regions.  The question is:  who will he smash?!

Spider-Verse #1 (Secret Wars Battleworld)Spider-Verse #1 Secret Wars Battleworld

-All your favorite Spider-Peeps are back!

-Even though Spider-Gwen is continuing throughout Secret Wars, you can get a second helping her as she stars in this Spider-Verse miniseries.

-Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and more team up to take down Battleworld’s Norman Osborn!

-Long time comic writer, Mike Costa (GI Joe Cobra, God is Dead, Avengers Millennium), helms this miniseries!

Secret Wars BattleworldSecret Wars Battleworld #1 (of 4)

-Akin to AvX Versus, this miniseries will feature two stories each issue written and illustrated by different creative teams.

-Issue one will feature stories crafted by independent superstars Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Birthright) and Ed Brisson (Sheltered).

-This first story features The Punisher possessed by Doctor Strange on the run from alternate reality versions of Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Hulk, and Wolverine!

-Following that will be a tale of complete insanity featuring every version of M.O.D.O.K. assembled under one roof!

A-Force #1 (Secret Wars Battleworld)A Force Secret Wars Battleworld

-If you don’t believe women read, write, or star in comic books, A-Force is here to prove you wrong!

-Co-written by the duo of G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel, X-Men) and Marguerite Bennett (Batman, Batgirl), A-Force is one of the most exciting series to launch out of Secret Wars!

-Taking place of The Avengers, A-Force consists of every female character from Marvel‘s history, including She-Hulk, Rogue, Ms. Marvel, The Invisible Woman, Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, and more!

-These women will be defending the world against monsters and on the run from the Thor Corps that polices Battleworld!

Apr 242015

Just DessertsWe begin tonight’s New Game Stuff with dessert.  Just Desserts is the newest card game from Looney Labs, makers of Fluxx and Chrononauts.  Similar to Fluxx, players are drawing and playing cards in an effort to match a goal card in the center of the table.  The goal in this instance, however, is a hungry guest whom you have to feed a specific pairing of desserts.The Lord of the Rings The Treason of Saruman

Much like the film adaptations, the Lord of the Rings LCG Saga expansions keep on coming out.  The Treason of Saruman is the newest Saga expansion, featuring one hundred and sixty-five cards to be incorporated into the base game.  Set during the The Two Towers period of the novels, this expansion contains new heroes and player cards that walk the player Dark Seasthrough the events of Helm’s Deep, Rohan, and the battle with Saruman.

A fresh take on the pirate gaming genre, Dark Seas is a dice-based game where players accumulate a pirate fleet and empire by rolling dem bones.  By rolling sets of custom dice, each player constructs ports, acquires crewmen, sets sail, and hordes treasure, all in effort of becoming the most feared and respected pirate on the seven seas!Argent The Consortium

Ever wish you could pick the next headmaster of Hogwarts?  Well, Argent The Consortium may be legally distinct enough from Hogwarts, but, essentially, that is exactly what players are doing when they play this bartering game.  Coming with thirty-five distinct miniatures (icing on the cake!), Argent has players using spells, leverage, and other resources to get elected the next Warmachine Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebookheadmaster of the Argent University of Magic!

Long awaited and hotly anticipated, the Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebook hits shelves this weekend.  Following the successful launch of the Unleashed Adventure Kit a couple weeks back, the core rulebook introduces the essential rules, character creation mechanics, and other necessary traits to run a roleplaying game set in the vast, steampunk-inspired universe of Warmachine!Dominion Adventures

Other deck building games have been churning out expansions like mad over the last year, but the originator, Dominion, has stayed somewhat silent.  This weekend that changes as the ninth expansion for the popular deck building game arrives.  Dominion Adventures sees the return of a popular mechanic from the Seaside expansion, Duration Cards.  Along with these, Adventures also includes thirty Kingdom cards, twenty Event cards, and new Reserve cards that can be saved for later use.

Apr 242015

Arkham Knight Batman figureArkham Knight Figures Series 1

-In anticipation of the Batman Arkham Knight video game this summer, DC Direct is releasing a series of figures based off of the game’s character designs.

-Out this week are Batman. . .

-Harley Quinn. . .

-And the Scarecrow!

Pisces #1Pisces

-Two great Image Comic talents combine in one ongoing series!

-Pisces sees Kurtis J. Wiebe of Rat Queens and Johnnie Christmas of Sheltered come together!

-Sci-Fi has been a major genre for Image lately and Pisces joins the illustrious ranks of Copperhead, Roche Limit, Prophet, Black Science, and Saga.

-Building off of the love for Interstellar, Pisces follows a NASA astronaut hired to participate in a top secret, covert mission.  His directive:  make first contact with alien life.

Goners v.1 tpbGoners v.1 tpb

-Another Image Comics volume one for only $9.99!

-The Latimer family are the world’s most renown monster hunters, but, when momma and pappa Latimer are killed, the two Latimer teens must fend for themselves against a horde of creatures out for revenge.

-Essentially a darker version of Johnny Quest, The Venture Brothers, and Scooby Doo.

-Writer Jacob Semahn wastes no time dropping the reader directly into the action, ending every issue on a compelling cliffhanger that moves the story forward!

Spider-Verse HCSpider-Verse HC

-One of this year’s most well written event comics is collected in a single, hardcover volume!

-An excellent jumping on point for new Spider-Man readers, Spider-Verse sees Peter Parker enlisted into an interdimensional war as the leader of an army of alternate reality Spider-People!

-See the origins of everyone’s favorite Spider-Gwen in this collected edition!

-In fact, see all the origins of all the Spider-Verse characters as this volume collects not only the main Amazing Spider-Man issues, but all the tie-in issues, including Spider-Woman, Edge of Spider-Verse, Superior Spider-Man, and more!