Jan 242015
 

Small World Royal BonusSmall World is really becoming a misnomer at this point.

Days of Wonder has released two more expansions for the popular Risk-like board game, including Small World:  Royal Bonus and Leaders of Small World.  The former expansion features three new races and powers, including the Behemoth race which are giant Hippos in ties and dresses.  And, yes, they are as awesome as they sound.  The Leaders of Small World expansion adds an entirely new ability to the game where players can opt into a leader token whenever they purchase their race/power combo.

Get ready to have that theme song stuck in your head, because IDW Games released The X-Files: Board Game this The X-Files Board Gameweekend.  Playing similarly to Letters from White Chapel and Last Night on Earth, two to four players control agents solving paranormal cases across America, while another player controls the Cigarette Smoking Man, who throws obstacles in the path of the agents at every turn.  With a possible reboot of the cult favorite series around the corner, now’s the time to sample this new board game.

Fate Reforged Fat Pack Intro DeckLike clockwork, the newest Magic the Gathering set, the first for 2015, is out this weekend.  The second set in the Khans of Tarkir block, Fate Reforged also features tri-color clans as a foundation mechanic for the set.  As usual, this release weekend sees the arrival of not only boxes of Fate Reforged boosters, but the standard Fat Pack and Intro Deck materials, as well.  A newer addition to the launch weekend releases is the Clash Pack, a halfway point between the Event Decks and the Duel Decks.Trieste_Slipcover_v2

Coup, The Resistance, and Avalon have skyrocketed in popularity recently, so every gaming company wants to get in on the deception card game, uh, game.  Victory Point Games is the first company throwing their hat in the ring with Trieste.  Trieste is a three player deception card game, where players select one of three roles (Thief, Merchant, or City Watch) to command.  Each role comes with their own deck of cards and specialty win conditions, as well.  All turns are played simultaneously, with each player not knowing what their opponents will play until it is played.

DiamonstersIDW is diving head first into their gaming division with not only the X-Files game mentioned earlier, but also the new Diamonsters card game.  A good family game, Diamonsters is a set collection game where players start out with the exact same hand, but attempt to collect sets of different cards.  The choices are either three monsters of one kind or five diamonds, but beware some of the monsters will devour your diamonds.  As well, the game is designed and illustrated by the artists behind Machi Koro.Machi Koro Harbor expansion

And speaking of Machi Koro and IDW. . .

Development continues in the quirky, colorful town of Machi Koro with the Harbor expansion.  The first expansion for Machi Koro, Harbor adds thirteen new cards, including seaports and airports.  As well, the win condition for the game is no longer four, but six landmarks.  Grab a copy and get up to five players building up the town.

Oct 032014
 

Sabrina #1Sabrina #1

-Archie Comics expands its mature line with a spin-off of Afterlife with Archie.

-Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sabrina will maintain the same tone as its parent series.

-Robert Hack, an up-and-coming artist, is handling interiors for the series, providing a water-color aesthetic that suggests both Edgar Allan Poe and EC Comics.

-Don’t be intimidated by not knowing anything about Sabrina’s backstory or history, as this series will begin with a terrifying re-imagining of her origin story.

Wytches #1Wytches #1

-Beloved comic horror writer and all around good guy, Scott Snyder drops his new ongoing series from Image Comics!

-If The Wake, Severed, and Batman have proven anything, it’s that Scott Snyder knows how to pace horror on the comic page!  He also makes sure to pair with artists, like Jock, who can bring to life his chilling imagery.

-Witches have been persecuted for centuries, often wrongly so, but they do exist and they are coming back for revenge.

-Finally get a copy of the series that has been hotly anticipated for a whole year!

Earth 2 World's End #1Earth 2 World’s End #1 

-DC begins it’s third weekly series (though this one won’t run fifty-two issues like the others)!

-As with Batman Eternal and Future’s End, a team of writers will handle the plotting duties of this maxi-series, including best-selling novelist Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl, Batman), and Mike Johnson (Supergirl).

-If you’ve been reading Future’s End, then you know that Earth 1 and Earth 2 are headed for war, and this is the series that chronicles that war.

-The first issue is not only double-sized, but only $2.99!

Avengers/X-Men Axis #1 (of 9)Avengers X-Men Axis #1

-A three act Marvel event that will change the universe…forever!

-Rick Remender, writer of Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, and Low, helms his first Marvel event, building off of the events in each of his regular ongoing series!

-The Red Skull has Charles Xavier‘s brain in his head and it has given him nearly unlimited power.  Will the combined might of the Avengers and the X-Men be able to stop him or will the villains of the Marvel Universe have to step in to help.

-The first issue will premiere with a slew of different variant covers by Skottie Youny, Siya Oum, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Mike Deodato, and Chip Zdarsky (the Deadpool variant).

Apr 252014
 

Star Wars Heist #1Star Wars:  Heist #1 (of 4)

-Critically acclaimed writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Revolver, Suicide Squad, Justice League of America) takes on the Star Wars universe!

-This four issue miniseries takes place during the continuity of the original Star Wars trilogy.

-Each issue will focus on a single character, including Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and Han Solo, on an solo adventure.

-Issue one is about the galaxy’s coolest smuggler, Han Solo, as he bumbles his way through a secret mission.

Pretty Deadly v.1 tpbPretty Deadly v.1 tpb

-One of this year’s many hit series from Image Comics!

-A female powerhouse of a comic, Pretty Deadly is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn in the impressionistic style of Emma Rios.

-A fantasy western epic, Pretty Deadly a band of outlaws on the run from Death, himself.  Luckily, they have his daughter on their side.

-This $9.99 volume will catch any new reader up to the current issue of the series!

Amazing Spider-Man #1Amazing Spider-Man #1 ANMN

-The wait is over!  Peter Parker has finally returned!

-Doctor Octopus has mucked up Peter’s life for too long, but now that he’s no longer in control of Peter’s body, Parker is left to pick up the pieces and reorganize his life.

-Dan Slott, the legendary author of The Superior Spider-Man run, remains on the title, returning Spider-Man to his Amazing roots!

-For those interested in the Spider-Verse event that’s coming later this year, Amazing Spider-Man #1 is the road that leads to it!

Southern Bastards #1Southern Bastards #1

-In the vein of sweaty, grimy down South crime stories like Blood Simple, Walking Tall, and True Detectives, comes Jason Aaron’s newest Image Comics series!

-Aaron’s last series in this genre was the popular crime series, Scalped, so he’s got this thing down to a science.

-Make sure to grab a copy then bring it back for Aaron to sign when he’s at the store on May 14th!

-Follow Earl Tubb as he brutally attempts to clean-up Craw County for the better.

Apr 182014
 

Elektra #1 ANMNElektra #1 ANMN

-Hot on the heels of the popular female assassin book, Black Widow, comes an ongoing series for Marvel‘s premiere lady killer.

-Now that DC has scared Haden Blackman off of Batwoman, he’s crossed the street to Marvel to helm this series.

-Michael Del delivers a frenetic, painterly style on covers and interiors, perfect for a fluid assassin like Elektra.

-In the first arc, Elektra attempts to change who she is, but will have to ward off monsters and other top assassins to do so.

24 #124 #1

-Just in time for Jack Bauer’s return to television, IDW has launched a new 24 ongoing series!

-Fill in the time between the end of the last season and Live Another Day with this series.

-Ed Brisson has been accumulating a number of critically acclaimed series of late, including Sheltered, Comeback, and The Field, and now brings his A-game to this property.

-Brisson is joined on art duties by industry veteran Michael Gaydos, whose moody style brought crime and spy series, like Alias, to life.

Original Sin #0Original Sin #0

-Marvel‘s next big summer event begins here!

-Someone wants Uatu the Watcher dead for something he’s seen.  This prequel sets up what they may be and offers Uatu‘s last will and testament as he speaks with Nova.

-Though Jason Aaron isn’t writing this introductory issue, one of the only writers good enough to replace him, Mark Waid, is helming the issue.

-Jim Cheung, as he did with last year’s Infinity, provides art for this introductory issue.

Justice League United #0Justice League United #0

-Though DC has changed the title of this book, we all still know, at its heart, it is Justice League Canada.

-Jeff Lemire may have concluded his popular Animal Man series, but Buddy Baker is sticking around for this team book.  He’s bringing along Star Girl, Martian Manhunter, Supergirl, Green Arrow, Adam Strange, and Hawkman.

-After Forever Evil leaves the DC universe in tatters, Adam Strange is left to assemble a rag-tag band of heroes to help him defend the galaxy.

-Lemire promises to bring the heart and character of the Animal Man series and the galactic mystery and grandeur of Trillium!

Jan 042014
 

All New Marvel NOW Point One #1

-Ignore the goofy discrepancy of “Point One #1” and instead focus on the promising refresh of Marvel content present in this oversized issue!

-Like they did with Marvel NOW, this Point One issue is the easiest way to sample a handful of these new series without simply getting reprints of the first issue.  This oversized issue will contain entirely original content, content that will act as a prequel to the first issue of each represented character.

-The books that will be represented in this one shot include Dan Slott’s Silver Surfer, Al Ewing’s Loki: Agent of Asgard, Ms. Marvel, All-New Invaders, and two books that release on the same day, Black Widow and Avengers World.

-Each story featured within this issue will be drawn and written by the creators of their respected series, meaning quality shorts with no filler.

Avengers World #1

-Jonathan Hickman completes his trilogy of Avengers books with this third ongoing series.

-Stefano Caselli, a regular contributing artist to Hickman’s main Avengers book, returns to the characters as the main artist for this series.

-Hickman will separate this book from his other Avengers series by focusing on stand-alone arcs, not bogged down by Marvel Universe continuity or events.

-If you loved the space opera that was Infinity, then Hickman promises the same grand action and adventure in Avengers World.

Black Widow #1

-Character-centric is the name of the game for the All New Marvel NOW refresh, and Black Widow #1 is the epitome of that focus.

-Nathan Edmondson (Grifter, Who is Jake Ellis, Dancer), who helms the series, has made a reputation around writing smart, well researched espionage series, a talent which will benefit Widow’s secret agent agenda.

-Illustrated in Phil Noto’s gorgeous painterly style, Black Widow #1 emphasizes the grace and fluidity of Natasha’s acrobatics and abilities.

-Romanov is running solo in this series, freed from her Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. duties, as she searches for redemption from her past as a KGB assassin.

Detective Comics #27

-Superman‘s 75th year is over, now it’s The Dark Knight’s turn!

-DC Comics begins celebrating Batman‘s 75 years of existence with a bang in this extra long anniversary issue that shares its title and numbering with Batman‘s first appearance.

-In honor of the occasion, DC has pulled together an all-star cast of creators to contribute work, including Scott Snyder, Gregg Hurwitz, Guillem March, John Layman, Frank Miller, Mike Allred, Sean Murphy, Francesco Francavilla, and more!

-A major collector’s issue, Detective Comics #27 will feature a slew of variant covers by Frank Miller, Chris Burnham, Jason Fabok, and more.