Dec 112015
 

Mafia de Cuba Revolucion expansionGrasping Cuba with an iron hold, the mafia has yet to let loose in the first expansion for Mafia de Cuba, Revolución.  In this mini-expansion, players will find the proper materials to add six new character types to the game, including a dirty lawyer, revolutionaries, and more.  As well, a fake diamond token is included, which can be stolen, but has the possibility of getting you caught later in the game.Viticulture Essential Upgrade Pack

It is time for the vineyards to combine in the Viticulture Essential Upgrade Pack.  This compact upgrade pack contains materials originally found in the Tuscany expansion, allowing players to change their original edition of Viticulture into the ultimate version of the game, without having to purchase the expansion.

Car Wars ArenasAs this has been the year of Mad Max:  Fury Road, a new version of the vehicular battle card game, Car Wars, seems appropriate.  Car Wars Arenas gives players more exciting locations to showcase their skills and blow away their opponents.  This boxed set contains five two-sided arena maps and a booklet detailing the special features of each arena.Baseball Highlights 2045

Baseball Highlights 2045 requires some explanation.  So, in 2032 baseball games were shortened to six innings and cybernetic implants are standard.  Then in 2041 fully robotic players became a standard.  Now, in 2045, human players still exist (called Naturals), but they are outnumbered by robotic players.  Pit your team against another opponent in this one to four player game, but make sure to have a balance of athletic abilities, as naturals can do certain things that robots can not.

Power Play Schemes and SkullduggeryIn Power Play you begin with some grand design and some supernaturla powers and connections.  How you will accomplish your goals, who you will use, and what you will need to are dependent on your actions.  A competitive narrative game, which means you will use traditional RPG-style actions, Power Play does not require a game master, just a group of four to eight players to act as villainous masterminds vying for control.Timeline Challlenge

Building upon the highly popular, educational card game series, Timeline, Timeline Challenge is a full-on board game experiences using a similar rule system.  In the game, players strive to win the different tests littered around the game board.  Not only is Timeline Challenge a standalone game, but the cards included are capable of being used in conjunction with any of the other previously released Timeline games.

Legendary Secret Wars Volume TwoSecret Wars may be struggle to conclude in the comic medium, but, in the board game world, Upper Deck has just this weekend completed its Secret Wars expansions for Legendary.  Secret Wars Volume 2 contains over 350 new cards to be added to the Legendary base game and combined with the previous Secret Wars expansion.  This time around, players not only gain new henchmen, villains, and schemes, but never-before-playable characters, like Flash Thompson Venom, Spider-Gwen, Captain Britain, and Howard the Duck.

Nov 202015
 

RingsideRingside #1

-Let’s get ready to rumble!  Ringside is Image Comics first ongoing series about the ins and outs of professional wrestling.

-Joe Keatinge, writer of Hell Yeah, Shutter, and Batman Incorporated, has dug into the actual world of pro-wrestling to find his inspiration.

-Each issue will feature the perspective of a different wrestler as they struggle to perform and struggle with real life.

-Separate stories will collide in later issues as all the wrestlers come together to fight against each other.

Venom Space Knight #1Venom Space Knight

-One of two unique series beginning from Marvel this week!

-Flash Thompson has been through a lot during his tenure wearing the Venom symbiote, but now he’s cruising the galaxy stopping bad aliens.

-Having recently taken a hiatus from comic art, Ariel Olivetti is back to illustrate the interiors of this series with his gorgeous painted style.

-After establishing his talents on Silk (not to mention the television series, Supernatural) Robbie Thompson lends his concise, snarky, character-driven talent to another series.

Moon Girl and Devil DinosaurMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

-Fans of Marvel‘s recent hits Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel must pick up this similarly styled series!

-Up-and-coming independent creative team, Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, graduate to the big leagues with this quirky comic.

-Suitable for younger, teen readers, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is a perfect entry point to the Marvel Universe for newly initiated comic fans.

-You’re a preteen super genius.  Your new best friend is a t-rex.  And you’ve got to defeat one of New York’s newest supervillains.  Go!

Dark Knight III:  The Master Race #1 (of 8)Dark Knight III The Master Race

-Over a decade since The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Frank Miller returns to write the third part of his Dark Knight Returns trilogy.

-Joining Miller on writing duties is acclaimed comic veteran Brian Azzarello (Before Watchmen Comedian & Rorschach, Wonder Woman, Batman).

-Each issue of this eight issue miniseries will feature a full main story plus a mini-comic back-up bound into the issue.  Issue one’s mini-comic will be fully written and illustrated by Frank Miller.

-He’s beaten death, retirement, and old age, now the Batman of Miller’s iconic The Dark Knight Returns is back to set loose the Kryptonian population of the Bottle City of Kandor.  This act of revolution gains him unwanted attention from his old sparing buddy, Superman, as well as the rest of the government.

Sep 162011
 

If it’s Comic List Highlights and it’s Pulp Fiction, then it’s time for your New 52 Update.  In the New 52 Update we, the comicly nerdy, employees of Pulp Fiction tell you, the hungry for information, customers which DC Relaunch books ship this week with a one word description of each.

*Batman – BIFF!  *Birds of Prey – Fempower  *Blue Beetle - escarabajo

*Captain Atom – Soulja  *Catwoman – Prrrr

*DC Universe Presents - Acrobatic  *Green Lantern CORPS – Plural

*Legion of Superheroes – Future  *Nightwing – speedo-less

*Red Hood & the Outlaws – Wanted  *Supergirl – Collar

*Wonder Woman – Spoooooooky

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Like, literally don’t, in this case, because the Venom displayed on the cover to the right is not exactly who appears in the story.  The statement could also apply to the protagonist of this new Rick Remender penned Venom Volume 1 Hardcover, though, as Flash Thompson is not your mild-mannered, wheelchair-bound, ex-soldier.  No, sir, he is, in fact, the government’s newest secret weapon:  Venom.  Having agreed to don the symbiote in limited forty-eight hour periods, Flash is sent on covert missions to take down the worst of the worst.  Illustrated by former KC-ian Tony Moore (and original Walking Dead artist), this book is a violent, gruesome, action-packed force to be reckoned with.  Do you dare?

So how about that new crack drug they’ve got these days?  Or that new Hubble Telescope?  Crazy stuff, right?  Ooo, ooo, and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man?  Terrific!  Wait a tick, it’s not 1988, it’s 2011!  Then what the hey is The New Teen Titans:  Games HC doing coming out next Wednesday?  Yeah, just a bit late, George Perez and Marv Wolfman are finally (FIIIINALLLY) done with their epic Teen Titans story.  It’s been in the works for over twenty years, folks, and judging from the earlier Titans works of Perez and Wolfman that time can only mean this baby is perfection.

I know what you’re saying out there, “What is with all these collars on my Super Family characters?  Where are the good old days when costumes ended at the neck?”.  Well, I understand you’re pain (actually, no, but let’s say I do for this situation).  Luckily for all you cranky folk out on the Interwebs Pulp Fiction has a solution for your craz…um, reasonable complaints.  That would be the new Women of the DCU Supergirl Bust.  Stealing a move from her older cousin, Kara is busting out of those nasty chains that seem to continually end up wrapped around Super Family members.  Classic pose.  Classic costume.  Classic statue.

Mar 042011
 

So, what’s up with Charlie Sheen?  Doesn’t really have anything to do with comics, but figured I’d ask.

Anyway, we’ll start out with a couple new books starting up this week and build up to the high dollar items.

Venom has been one of Spider-Man’s most popular foes since his inception and has been through a number of changes over the years.  Starting with Venom #1, he’s changing it up again.  This time around, Peter Parker’s old buddy/bully, Flash Thompson, is wearing the symbiote and using it to complete undercover missions for the government.  A recent issue of Amazing Spider-Man was entirely focused on Venom Flash and it was, in a word, superb.  This spin-off book is being written by Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Frankencastle) and drawn by, formerly Kansas City’s own, Tony Moore (Walking Dead, Fear Agent).  Given Moore’s clean but gruesome artwork and Remender’s ability to write thrilling action, this superhero spy book is a must read.

A one, two punch of awesome-ness is this week’s release/restock of Magus #1 and #2.  From new writers Jon Price and David Norton, this high-concept series is set in our reality, but starts at a p0int in time where we realize that magic used to exist in our world.  Not only that, but all the magic didn’t just disappear,  it was hidden.  And not only that!  Now, it is being released back into the world and dragons and laser blasts are plentiful.  Great concept.

You know those sweet, tiny, detailed mini-statues that Eaglemoss puts out and we continually plug on here?  Well, the DC end of things has a new line of figures in the Blackest Night Figurine Collection.  Not shockingly, the first figure in the set is The Black Hand.  Much like the Black Hand mini-bust from last week, this figure is clutching the glowing skull of Batman.

But that’s not all, we’re also getting in some restock and new figures for the regular Marvel and DC lines.  They include:  Iron Man, Batrock, Beta Ray Bill, Pyro, Thor, Omega Red, Wildcat, Deadman, and Steel.  As always, each figure comes with a booklet that details the character’s history.

World of Warcraft and DC Direct have produced a number of intricately detailed, beautifully designed action figures over the years, but none, none I say, compare to the new Deluxe Lich King action figure.  He combines the intimidating presence of Darth Vader with the utter power of Sauron, all while pointing his massive sword directly in your face.  Standing 8 1/2 inches tall with a base that stretches 10 inches, this figure will cause all your other figures to grovel at his feet in a pile of tears and sorrow.

Boldly going where no comic highlights post has ever gone before, I give to you the Star Trek Original Series Tricorder.  If you’ve been eying the communicator and phaser that Pulp has sitting on near our register, but thinking to yourself, “self, I can’t buy those until I can complete the ensemble with a tricorder”.  Well, guess what?  It’s your lucky day.  You can pretend you’re McCoy or Spock or a red shirt till your heart’s content.

Last, but certainly the most curvaceous, is the Mystique Statue.  Sadly, the actual statue does not shape-shift, but who really wants it to when it looks this good.  Standing at 12 inches, this X-villainess is perfectly sculpted for placement on your computer desk or make-shift danger room.