Feb 252012
 

In your never ending quest for diamond, the Foam Minecraft Pick Axe is your best friend, but don’t let it distract you from the hissing sound of the Creeper running up behind you. For that, you’ll need the Foam Minecraft Sword. With both of these necessary life tools in tow, you’ll find yourself building towers of glass and combating all the mobs of the nether.

You’re sitting on your couch, reading this post, and you’re thinking, “I’ve read all the interesting Punisher stories. They can’t do anything new or inventive with him.” And you would be wrong. That’s because Greg Rucka can do no wrong. This first hardcover volume of the recently restarted Punisher series collects the first six gritty issues, each better than the last. Painting Frank Castle as a silent, stalking serial killer, Rucka enlivens the book while balancing it with a riviting police drama following the cops hot on his tail. Taking the best parts of Garth Ennis’ run on PunisherMAX and blending them with his procedural work on Gotham Central, Rucka weaves a Punisher tale with the best of them.

It’s already been presented here in a many number of forms, but the trade paperback collection of Key of Z is certainly the ultimate version. Collecting all four issues of the alternative zombie/revenge miniseries, this softcover volume stands next to any Walking Dead tpb out there. Centered in a zombie infested New York, Key of Z chronicles the struggle for control between three rival “houses” of survivors. Sadly, not everyone makes it out alive which starts Nick Ewing on a quest for vengeance against those who let his wife and child perish. Lucky he has a special harmonica that controls the undead. Written by prog rock god, Claudio Sanchez (Coheed & Cambria), this zombie yarn is bound to become a cult classic.

Finally, if you’ve been keeping up with Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain’s Carnage USA series and loving the painterly artwork and dark writing, you need to pick up the first volume, Carnage: Family Feud. Returning from the great beyond, Carnage unleashes a murderous rampage upon New York, forcing Iron Man and Spider-Man to come to the rescue. Wells has a knack for crafting Spider-Man tales as he’s currently writing Avenging Spider-Man and previously wrote for Amazing Spider-Man during Brand New Day, so he’s quite familiar with this neck of the Marvel Universe.

Nov 262011
 

Tonight we begin with you daily allotment of vitamin NS (Nick Spencer).

If you haven’t heard someone at the store discuss Morning Glories then you likely have filled your ears with concrete at some point.  Easily the most addictive mystery in comics right now, Morning Glories centers around a group of teenagers who are accepted into a seemingly docile academy, which reveals itself to be anything but.  The first two volumes of the book have been released as separate trade paperbacks, but if you haven’t picked them up yet, the new Morning Glories volume 1 hardcover is going to be the way to go.  Including both of the previous volumes, plus an abundance of extra material (covers, sketches, etc.), this is the ideal way to get accepted into Morning Glories Academy.

But wait, the doctor prescribes two doses of Nick Spencer a day!  In that effort, here’s the second “Must Get” Spencer trade for the week:  Thunder Agents volume 1.  Flying under the radar at DC before the New 52 relaunch, Thunder Agents is a refresh of a concept from the 70′s; a rather brilliant concept, at that.  Nearly a superhero version of the Suicide Squad, this team book is populated by normal individuals given the opportunity to wield superpowers and do “good deeds” for the government, but with the stipulation that the powers will slowly kill them.  Told through a Tarantino-esque, non-linear fashion, this book will keep you on your feet with narrative surprises at every turn.  And, another plus, the second volume begins in issue form the same day, so pick up the trade and then grab issue #1 of volume 2.

You’ve seen the movie.  You’ve watched the first episode of the new animated series.  Now it’s time to buy the first issue of the comic.  Branching off of the newest DC animated series, Green Lantern, the new Green Lantern: The Animated Series #0 drops this week.  Following in the fine fashion of previous animated adaptations (Young Justice, Batman: Brave & the Bold), this series will tell stories not told in the show, but starring the same characters and existing in the same universe.  Another check mark in the plus column comes from the talented writing team assigned to the book, Art Baltazar and Franco, who are the creative team behind the highly popular Tiny Titans series.

If you’re one of those unlucky folks who’s taunted and abused at school or work, I’m here to tell you those days are in the past.  How?  Why?  Because of what?

Two things.

Foremost, the new Walking Dead Lunchbox.  Why exactly does this metal display of Charlie Adlard’s gruesome artwork result in the elimination of your bullying?  Well, one, anybody who eats out of a zombie lunchbox has to be a little crazy and, two, when you fill it with Zombie Jerky, which you will tear apart with a ravenous hunger, no one will step foot anywhere near you for fear of cannibalistic maiming.

The second product to aid in your pain alleviation looks a little something like this.  Yup, that’s a foam version of Kratos‘ sword from the hit video game God of War.

Trust me, you come bursting into work or school swinging that bad boy wildly above your head, ain’t no person gonna think about calling you a Nancy boy no more.

Respect.

Nov 112011
 

Who doesn’t want a tiny version of themselves?  What about a tiny version of yourself in your Pathfinder game?

If you’re an avid player or a beginner (especially if you’ve picked up the Beginner Box) this set of four miniatures, each representing a core class (Cleric, Wizard, Fighter, and Rogue), can come in mighty handy as a distinct way to distinguish your character on the map.  Each character has been carefully painted and crafted so that they are easily recognizable.  Be our hero and pick up a copy of the Beginner Box Heroes.

Moving from tiny to giant, if you always thought your copy of Cthulhu Dice was fun but not quite big enough, Steve Jackson has a solution for you.  Springing from the Giant Foam Cthulhu Dice demos displayed at conventions, you too can have your own 4″ wide, foam Cthulhu Die in one of four colors.  Regardless of the size, the game plays exactly the same as its smaller counterpart, except for a new bracelet substitute for the sanity chits.  Also safe to throw at fellow players without causing permanent damage!

While we’re on the whole dice topic, how about something for the hunting buff in your family?  How about a Trophy Buck?  Yuuup, Steve Jackson has done zombies, Cthulhu, and now hunting.  Structured similarly to Zombie Dice, Trophy Buck is a set of 12 dice that players take turns rolling to see if they can nab the most deer.  The dice have various symbols that indicate different amounts of deer as well as deer tracks, ultimately leading players to the decision of whether to continue hunting or stop so that you don’t scare the deer away.  Plus, you get a swanky camo dice bag!

For those more interested in the storytelling sensibilities of roleplaying, the dice-less system of Nobilis releases its 3rd edition today. Set in an anime-esque world where half-human, half-god spirits live in an ethereal world around ours, Nobilis: The Essentials is the core rulebook for any prospective player.  Within this beautiful slipcase edition you’ll find all the information about creating characters and dealing with all their godly abilities.  Designed by Jenna Katerin Moran, any crossover fan of anime and roleplaying needs to give this a go.

The Dead Marshes may not be the most relaxing place to take a vacation, but, as far as the Lord of the Rings LCG is concerned, they’re pretty dang awesome.  Yes, the newest Adventure Pack for the LotR LCG core set, Dead Marshes contains 60 new cards (that is cards 95-115 of the Shadows of Mirkwood cycle) to be incorporated into your base game.  

Supplanting famous Internet sensation webcomic, Axe Cop, onto the equally popular card game, Munchkin, Steve Jackson has created Munchkin Axe Cop.  Didn’t see that name coming.  As you might imagine, there is lots of chopping and lots of stuff taking.  Taking characters from the comic and turning them into cards, Munchkin Axe Cop allows you to play Axe Cop‘s partners, the Dinosaur Soldiers and Sockarang, along with battling infamous baddies like Giant Robot Zombie and Dr. Stinky Head.  As the webcomic is based off the writings of a five year old boy, one cannot comprehend the insanity hidden in this box until they have purchased it, chopped it open with an axe, and blown it to bits with their awesomeness.