Apr 112014
 

Hulk #1 ANMNHulk #1 ANMN

-Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come) restarts the Indestructible Hulk with an entirely new direction!

-Mark Bagley of Ultimate Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and just-about-everything-else-fame joins Waid on Hulk #1!

-At the end of the previous Hulk series, Bruce Banner was left on the edge of death, fighting his mortality as the Hulk side attempted to take control.

-Who will win out at the beginning of this series?  And how badly will they destroy the rest of the Marvel Universe?

Sinestro #1Sinestro #1

-Green Lantern‘s greatest villain gains his own ongoing series!

-Having lost his precious Yellow Lantern CORPS, his family, and his reputation, Sinestro has nothing more to lose as he goes up against Lyssa Drak, his former protege.

-Dale Eaglesham, prominent Marvel artist, has jumped ship to DC to draw this major release!

-As well, Cullen Bunn will be writing, which means you need to grab a copy so that you can bring it back on May 14th and get it signed by Bunn, when he, Jason Aaron, and Dennis Hopeless are here!

Sex Criminals v.1 tpbSex Criminals v.1 tpb

-If you’ve ever thought about pooping in your boss’ flowerpot to get revenge, Sex Criminals is the book for you!

-If you’ve ever found porn in the woods, Sex Criminals is the book for you!

-If you’ve ever tried the Dutch Microwave, Sex Criminals is the book for you!

-Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky have created one of the best books at Image Comics right now, largely because of its open exploration of sex and romantic relationships, but also because it stars one of the most realistic female characters in comics today!

Translucid #1 (of 6)Translucid #1

-Claudio Sanchez, lead singer and songwriter of Coheed and Cambria, returns to comics this week!

-Never before has Sanchez ventured into the realm of superhero comics. . .until now!

-BOOM! Studios continues to pair Sanchez with great, young artists, and this time has assigned Daniel Bayliss to bring his ideas to fruition.

-If you’ve read Key of ZKill Audio, and the Amory Wars comics, then Translucid is what you need to complete your library!

Oct 182013
 

When ya got a shiny video ’bout the new Firefly board game, what’s the point’a talkin’?  Just ignore the fact that they missed the shipping date by a month.

Marvel‘s first family finally comes to the hit deck-building game, Legendary.

This new expansion contains character decks for Johnny Storm, Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm, The Thing, and the Silver Surfer as well as baddies, Galactus and the Mole Man.  This expansion contains one hundred entirely original cards to be added into the base Legendary game.

Rogue Traders are on a thankless mission across the stars, spreading the word of the emperor to all.  And thankless may be a bit of a stretch, as they are well compensated by the missionaries they support.  Faith and Coin is a new supplemental for the Rogue Trader RPG system, that provides entirely new endeavors involving Rogue Traders and Missionaries.  Players will crush heretics, collect relics, and get embroiled in every other questionable action in between.

The fifth expansion pack in Against the Shadow cycle of The Lord of the Rings LCG, The Blood of Gondor, is out today!  This Adventure Pack introduces special scenario rules for hidden cards and the Black Númenorean.  Also included is an entirely new hero character and copies of player cards that enhance the Gondor setting.

Playing like a two-player version of Letters from Whitechapel or Fury of Dracula, Le Fantome de l’Opera is a head-to-head battle of wits set in the famous Phantom of the Opera narrative.  One player takes control of the investigator while the other controls the phantom, the former attempting to narrow down suspects while the latter eludes him at every turn.

If you remember one thing from tonight’s post, remember this:  My name is Inago Montoya, prepare to die.

Yes, folks, a party game that even those with six fingers can play.  The Princess Bride:  Prepare to Die is an Apples to Apples style party game made to accompany much drinking (just not poisoned wine) and possibly even mawage.  Rounds rotate judges and players, with each player using two decks of cards (names and Prepare to Die) to construct asinine sentences, like “My name is Diablo Festivas.  Prepare to shave your back.”

Jul 202013
 

Rocketeer/The Spirit: Pulp Friction #1

-Pulp comic legends The Rocketeer and The Spirit meet for the first time!

-Mark Waid brings his talent for writing golden age stories (like Daredevil) to bear here!

-Will these two wise guys manage to solve a grisly Hollywood murder without killing each other?

-Paul Smith, legendary artist who’s touched nearly every famous comic character from Fantastic Four to The Spirit, will be lending his pencils to this epic miniseries!

Tomorrowland #1

-The famous dance music festival, Tomorrowland, becomes a comic this Wednesday!

-Paul Jenkins, writer of Batman The Dark Knight and creator of The Sentry, is teaming with the newly relaunched Titan Comics to lay down some sweet words on this comic!

-During the festival, our world clashes with another, formerly unseen alternate realm, causing the festivals organizers to fight them off.

-Bubbly, bright artwork and sly humor make turn this book into 2013′s Fanboys vs. Zombies.

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1

-A restart of the popular Spider-Man team-up book, The Avenging Spider-Man.

-Former series writer and show runner for the Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon, Chris Yost, continues creative duties for this series.

-See how Otto deals with various Avengers issue in and issue out, often with lots of hitting and yelling.

-More of that Superior taste you can’t get enough of!

Hunger #1

-Is it the beginning of the end for the Ultimate Universe?

-After the events of Age of Ultron, the regular universe (616) version of Galactus has found his way into the Ultimate universe.

-His first task is going to be taking out the Ultimate Gah Lak Tus, so expect some giant purple people fights!

-This five issue miniseries will lead into Brian Michael Bendis’ just announced Ultimate Cataclysm miniseries later this year, which pits the entire Ultimate Universe against Galactus and may destroy the universe.

Jun 292013
 

Absolution Rubicon #1

1. In theory, superheroes as cops seems like a great idea.  Not in the world of Absolution, however.  Former super-detective John Dusk has gone over the deep end, murdering perps indiscriminately, and now the world’s other heroes are gunning for his head.

2. Christos Gage applies his history of writing crime shows like Law & Order: SVU and Numb3rs to this creator-owned series for Avatar Press, a combination which results in gritty sleuthing and ludicrous violence.

3. With Dusk’s reputation in the gutter, criminals he’s put away could possibly be released to wreak havoc upon the city.  Sounds like a perfect climax to the series, but will Dusk be able to stop them alone?  Doubtful, but he does have Happy Kitty, a psychotic, murderous Japanese school girl to (maybe) back him up.

4. Absolution Rubicon #1 explores what would happen if a hero imbued with the power level of Green Lantern started murdering the bad guys and, because it’s Avatar, it does it in the most gruesome way possible.

Avengers A.I. #1

1. The Age of Ultron has passed.  Long live the age of A.I.!  Following the time stream shattering conclusion of Age of Ultron, Hank Pym assembles a team of robotic Avengers to put things right.

2. Fan favorites like The Vision and Victor Mancha of The Runaways return alongside the likes of a rogue Doombot and a cadre of original characters.

3. Sam Humphries has begun to build a strong reputation as a unique author in the world of comics with Indy darlings, like Our Love is Real, and Marvel hits, like Ultimate Comics Ultimates, but now gets to unleash his voice on a title that allows him room to invent and imagine.  Think of how good similar books, like Hawkeye and Daredevil, are right now.

4. Dig on the retro 8-Bit variant cover designed to look like a classic game of Donkey Kong to the right.

Satellite Sam #1

1. Matt Fraction returns to his seedy, independent roots with next week’s Satellite Sam.  Though he’s killing it on Marvel‘s Hawkeye, Fantastic Four, and FF, Fraction does some of his best work when the reins are off, for instance Five Fists of Science and Casanova.

2. A period piece, Satellite Sam is a cold, hard, debauched murder mystery set during the deceptively wholesome fifties. When a famous TV host turns up deader than a door nail, his alcoholic son is the only one who can solve this unsolvable murder.

3. Comic legend Howard Chaykin brings his A game as the interior artist of the book, matching the setting and tone perfectly to his vintage style.

4. Like all recent Image Comics hits (Jupiter’s Legacy, Lazarus, Sex), Satellite Sam #1 is bound to sell out quickly and become a hot collector’s item shortly thereafter.  Buy it and enjoy it before the after market vultures sore by.

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

1. Nearly three years ago, Pandora watched from the sidelines of every single New 52 comic.  Now, she makes her presence known!

2. The first tie-in book for DC‘s major Justice League crossover event, Pandora #1 serves as the catalyst for the oncoming destruction to follow in Justice League, Justice League Dark, and Justice League of America.

3. Ray Fawkes has been paying his dues co-writing JLD and Constantine with Jeff Lemire, but now he gets to let loose on a solo series, one, in fact, that will explain the most mysterious character in the New 52 universe.

4. Find out who Pandora is and what she’s been up too since last we saw her in Justice League #6!

Apr 062013
 

Regular-sized Batman is cool and all, but Li’l Batman is where it’s really at!

Dustin Nguyen, artist extraordinaire known for his covers and interiors on Batgirl and Batman: Streets of Gotham, brings his painterly pencils and ability to cute the reader out of existence to the Batman universe.  Batman:  Li’l Gotham #1 is the beginning of a new ongoing series featuring short stories packed to the brim with tiny versions of every famous Gotham resident.  Think Charlie Brown noir.  The first issue is a cavalcade of holiday tales featuring Batman, Robin, The Penguin, and more.  If you’re kids having been begging for some Batman, but you’ve kept them away from Scott Snyder’s recent run for obvious reasons, Li’l Gotham is the answer.

Zombies.  Robots.  Aliens.

Generally, a combination of the above three creatures would be a bad thing.  In the case of IDW‘s The Colonized miniseries, it is actually a very good thing.  Written by Chris Ryall, the creator of Zombies vs. Robots, and graced with covers by the reclusive Dave Sim (Cerebus), The Colonized blends horror and sci-fi by dropping aliens into the middle of a zombie apocalypse.  A surviving member of a zombie resistance camp has his hands full when a spacecraft lands in the middle of town and a government agent begins pulling tricks in order to nab the compounds gun stash.  What follows is when there’s no leader for the martians to be take too.

Your mind is not your own.

Matt Kindt, the ingenious comic creator behind Revolver, 3 Story, and the Justice League of America back-up stories, has been writing one of the most unusual, inventive comics being published for the last year and few have noticed.  Now, that may be because one of the agents from the books has been blocking your interest to hide its secrets or it may be because it’s far outside the norm of mainstream comics.  Basically, Kindt has constructed an intricate world of espionage based around the Mind MGMT agency, a secret organization that uses mental powers to control the ebb and flow of history.  They can wipe your mind, insert memories, make you hate your lover, stop you (or themselves) from feeling pain, or plant subconscious suggestions in the media, and there’s nothing you can do about it.  Kindt uses every last inch of the comic page to tell his story, even writing secret code in the margins and on the back cover of each issue.  This first hardcover collection includes the first six issues of the series…or maybe that’s just what it wants you to think?

The Fantastic Four have always been my least favorite Marvel team.

That is, until Matt Fraction took over the series with Marvel NOW!  For the last six issues, Fantastic Four has proven to be one of the best Marvel series on the stands right now.  And if you’ve missed these first issues, don’t fret because Fantastic Four v.1:  New Departure, New Arrivals comes out Wednesday.  Not only does this volume contain the first three issues of the  main Fantastic Four series, but also the first two issues of FF, the companion series.  This first arc involves the departure of Marvel‘s first family, as  Reed and Sue take their kids on a cosmic field trip, and their replacement by four stand-in Fantastics.  Fraction balances classic Marvel storytelling in Fantastic Four and post-modern wackiness in FF beautifully, offering two entirely different reads in one great package.