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!

Jun 272014

Fantastic Four 100th AnniversayFantastic Four 100th Anniversary #1

-The start of a series of one-shots set in the far future of the Marvel Universe!

-100 years after their first appearance, the Fantastic Four are a very different group.

-How do the granddaughter of Doctor Doom and the twin children of the Banners and the Richards get along?

-Written by the psychedelic author of Ork Stain and Wonton Soup (also out in reprint this week), James Stokoe!

Deadpool vs. X-Force #1 (of 4)Deadpool vs X-Force #1

-The way history has progressed just doesn’t sit well with Deadpool.  Time to change it.

-Blasting back to the past, Deadpool is on a mad tear to alter the time line, but he has the original X-Force on his tail!

-This four issue miniseries details the “real” first meeting of Deadpool and Cable!  Yes, even before New Mutants #98!

-Crime writer and former author of The Dark Knight and Birds of Prey, Duane Swierczynski steps in for Cullen Bunn as our tour guide to the nineties!

The Legendary Star Lord  #!The Legendary Star Lord #1

-The first of three new Guardians of the Galaxy spin-off series launching this week!

-The writer of this series, Sam Humphries knows a thing or two about scoundrels after writing Uncanny X-Force for many issues!

-A bit of double duty, one of the other Guardians spin-offs this week is GotG Most Wanted!

-This issue stars Rocket and Groot as Groot attempts to arrest Rocket for his crimes.

Rocket Raccoon #1Rocket Raccoon #1

-Rocket (don’t call him a raccoon) gets his own ongoing series a month before Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters!

-Skottie Young, famous for providing amazing baby variant covers to all the Marvel books of the last two years, illustrates this series (one he was born to draw!) while also writing it!

-Not only does Young provide the regular cover for the issue, but also a sweet variant cover sporting Rocket firing a ridiculously over-sized gun.  David Peterson, author and illustrator of Mouse Guard, also provides a variant.

-On the lamb from intergalactic law, Rocket attempts to clear his name as he races across the galaxy!

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.