Mar 182016
 

HyperionHyperion #1

-Marvel‘s version of Superman receives his own ongoing series!

-Hailing from an alternate version of Marvel‘s Earth, Hyperion has been a violent despot, an Avenger, and now a drifter.

-When the series begins, Hyperion has decided to take to the open road, driving a truck around America to discover an Earth he’s never known.

-Fans of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run or the current Squadron Supreme series should give this a look.

GI Joe Deviations one shotGI Joe Deviations

-For the month of March, IDW is releasing a series of Deviations one shots that, essentially, act as “What if?” stories for their characters.

-Following on the heels of last week’s Ghostbusters and Transformers one shots, G.I. Joe is out this Wednesday.

-What if Cobra actually won?  What if Cobra Commander ruled the world?  Well, apparently, he’d be really bored.  G.I. Joe Deviations delves into that world, following Cobra Commander as he seeks to rebuild the G.I. Joes just to have someone to fight.

-Deviations has also acted as a showcase for new talent, so Paul Allor (Bravest Warriors, Pathfinder:  Goblins, TMNT), a rising star, will be writing this issue.

The Shadow GlassThe Shadow Glass #1 (of 6)

-Take a chance on a new, exciting miniseries from Dark Horse!

-Coming from Heavy Metal, writer/artist Aly Fell launches this miniseries handling all aspects of its creation.

-Part Shakespeare, part Steampunk, part mysticism, The Shadow Glass will be unlike anything you’ve read this year.

-In a world run by the occult, a young woman discovers that the man she thought to be her father isn’t and that her real dad communes with the devil.  With her life upended, Rose heads out to discover her true origins.

Circuit Breaker #1 (of 5)Circuit Breaker

-Fans of Manga and, specifically, Astro Boy, Circuit Breaker is an Image Comics miniseries to check out.

-Having worked in the industry for decades, working on Batman, X-Men, Deadpool, and nearly any other Marvel or DC property you’ve heard of, Kyle Baker will provide pencils to the entire miniseries.

-Following World War IV, the robot army designed to save the world rebels!  Their inventor designs one last automaton in the image of his granddaughter to save the world.  That is, if she doesn’t rebel like her brothers and sisters!

-Maniacal Chibi mascots, butt-guns, and hidden robot societies await in Circuit Breaker!

Mar 112016
 

A&AA&A #1

-Valiant Comics continues to expand and reshape its superhero universe, relaunching the Archer and Armstrong series as A&A.

-If you have never read a Valiant or Archer and Armstrong book before, no worries, this is a perfect jumping-on point.

-Archer was raised to hate Satan in an isolated cult.  Armstrong is an immortal alcoholic.  They shouldn’t work, but they become fast friends after Archer tried to kill Armstrong.  Yeah, they made up.

-You know D&D‘s bags of holding?  Well, Armstrong has gotten lost in his own version of one, which means Archer has to go in after him.  They both will have to watch out for the all-powerful demon that is imprisoned there with them.

Legends of Tomorrow #1Legends of Tomorrow

-You’ve fallen in love with the show, now experience a similar dynamic in the comics.

-An anthology series, Legends of Tomorrow features four stories about four different characters in each issue.

-The line-up for all currently solicited issues features Firestorm, Sugar & Spice, Metamorpho, and the Metal Men.

-Not only is the character line-up some of DC‘s most underrated creations, but they are being written and illustrated by a slew of veteran creators, including Lein Wein, Aaron Lopresti, Keith Giffen, and Gerry Conway.

Ghostbusters DeviationsGhostbusters Deviations One Shot

-This month, IDW is launching a series of one shots that act as “what ifs” for the properties they own!

-Following up the X-Files Deviations from last week, Ghostbusters Deviations releases this week.

-Currently writing A-Force and previously having co-written Captain Marvel with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kelly Thompson handles writing duties on this one shot story.

-What if the Ghostbusters never defeated Gozer on that rooftop?  Well, find out in Ghostbusters Deviations, you’ll find out as we follow the team through a hellscape New York that is ruled by the Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.

International Iron Man #1International Iron Man

-A companion series to the current, Invincible Iron Man comic!

-Brian Michael Bendis, who writes Invincible Iron Man, will also be writing this series.

-Bendis reteams with Alex Maleev, the artist that joined him on their critically acclaimed Daredevil run.

-Tony and Doctor Doom travel around the globe, uncovering the secrets of the Marvel Universe!

Nov 132015
 

String SafariThe String Railway has reached its final stop, and that is the zoo.  From the makers of String Railway comes String Safari, a quick, easy-to-learn family game for three to five players.  In the game, players will attempt to corral wayward zoo animals that have gotten loose.  To do this, players will strategically weave plastic strings around card representing the animals.  Each animal also has a specific value that will result in victory points.Star Wars Age of Rebellion Strongholds of Resistance

Fight back against the oppression of the Galactic Empire with Strongholds of the Resistance.  This sourcebook expansion for Age of Rebellion includes profiles for the major worlds and hidden bases that conceal agents of the Rebellion, three new species options, new weapons, equipment, and vehicles, as well as four modular encounters that include these new supplements.

MottainaiIn Mottainai, each player is a worker in a Buddhist temple, creating works to display and sell to the visitors and tourists who come by.  These works are made of materials of varying value (determining both the difficulty to complete the work and its worth to you).  Completed works can be displayed in your gallery to train your helpers, or in your gift shop to allow you to make sales.  Running off of the Glory to Rome system, Mottainai is a cheap, easy card game for two to three players.Imperial Settlers Atlanteans

The first expansion for Imperial Settlers is out this weekend.  Imperial Settlers:  The Atlanteans gains players access to a brand new faction with its own goals and method of development.  Also included are cards to expand the base game factions, as well as the Magic the Gathering Commander Seize Controlcommon deck with new traits and card types compatible with the Atlanteans.

Expanding the already popular Commander/EDH format for Magic the Gathering, Wizards of the Coast have released five new pre-build Commander Decks for this year.  As with previous releases, each deck represents one of the five mana colors and includes a completely new Commander card.  Outside of using these commanders in that format, players may also incorporate them into their Legacy, Vintage, or casual decks.Kittens in a Blender

Long out of print, Kittens in a Blender is finally back!  Yes, the kittens are cute.  Yes, there is a blender they may fall into.  And, yes, blending could occur.  Make sure that doesn’t happen by competing against your opponents to save your kittens and turn the blender to high speed when their kitties are in it.  Better yet, Kittens in a Blender receives an expansion with its reprinted Fire and Axe A Viking Sagaversion called More Kittens in a Blender (duh!).

The swarthy viking lifestyle is realized in IDW GamesFire and Axe:  A Viking Saga.  In the game, you will vie for glory across a series of epic sagas (i.e. missions).  Each saga is a different journey to raid, trade, and settle territories.  Will you choose the path of diplomacy and trade for victory?  Or will your longship cast a bloody wake?  Start your journey by gathering crew and goods to outfit your boat.  After you launch from bustling ports into the open sea, you must choose your path to power.Poseidon's Kingdom

An inventive family gaming experience, Poseidon’s Kingdom is set under the sea and has players controlling various underwater creatures on a mission to rescue their friends from the evil Kraken.  The dice rolling element of the game is where the inventiveness comes in.  Instead of simply rolling dice, the game implements a “wave” dice tower that literally rolls along the game board, depositing dice as it goes.  The Pirates of the 7 Seasplacement and numerical values determine elements in the game.

Another inventive dice rolling game for the whole family, Pirates of the 7 Seas (also from IDW Games) uses dice to represent pirate ships.  Players roll the dice directly into the lid of the tin box the game comes in.  Where they land and what ships are showing determines whether each player controls vagabond scallywags or government sympathizers.  You’ll then sail around the game board, collecting treasure and consulting with shamans to curse other players.Ghostbusters the Board Game

Mass hysteria, dogs and cats living together!  All because Cryptozoic‘s successfully Kickstarted Ghostbusters Board Game has finally hit shelves.  Similar to Last Night on Earth, players will cooperatively control one to four of the iconic Ghostbusters attempting to catch ghosts and seal spectral gates.  The game is modular, allowing players to build the game board to their liking.  As well, all the 7 Wonders Duelcharacters and ghosts are represented by detailed miniatures.  And, yes, their is a Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.

Even though original 7 Wonders can be played with two players, that mode is more of a learning tool than an actual competitive experience.  7 Wonders Duel, on the other hand, is an exclusively head-to-head, two player variation of the game.  The same drafting mechanics are in play, but altered to suit fewer players.  As well, an original military system has been implemented that incorporates a sliding battle board.  Whether your a fan of 7 Wonders or a couple who needs a new two player game, 7 Wonders Duel is for you.

Jan 162015
 

Galaxy Quest Journey ContinuesGalaxy Quest:  The Journey Continues #1 (of 4)

-By Grabthar’s hammer, the crew of the NSEA Protector is back!

-Following up on the cult favorite comedy starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney Weaver, this IDW miniseries acts as a sequel to the original film.

-Having returned from their journey into the stars changed forever, the stars of Galaxy Quest have jumped started their failing careers.  But now an alien with a grudge has come for Captain Jason Nesmith.

-This four issue miniseries is handled by Erik Burnham, writer of the IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and the Ghostbusters series.

Legendary Star Lord v.1 tpbLegendary Star Lord v.1 tpb

-He’s Star Lord, man.  Of course this is a series you want to be reading.

-Spinning out of Brian Michael Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series, this volume sees Star Lord go solo and take on the forces of the universe.

-Of course, since he is Star Lord, he also has time to flirt with the X-Men‘s Kitty Pryde and tangle with Thanos.

-Up-and-coming Marvel writer, Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I., Uncanny X-Force) teams up with Paco Medina to send the Guardian’s leader out on his own.

Ivar TimewalkerIvar Timewalker #1

-Valiant Comics has been making a name for itself over the last couple of years, especially with the recent The Valiant miniseries.

-In an effort to expand the Valiant universe, the publisher is launching a number of new titles starring original characters called Valiant Next.

-The launch book for Valiant Next, Ivar Timewalker spins out of Archer & Armstrong.

-A mad dash across time, Ivar Timewalker sees the titular character being attacked across his time stream, having to outrun and out think his opponents in his various iterations.

DC Bombshells WalletsDC Bombshells Mighty Walletts

-Ant Lucia’s Bombshell artwork has become a mass hit with comic readers, so DC continues to stamp it on every product imaginable.

-Like DC‘s previous wallet releases, these will be made of Tyvek, a durable, recycled material.

-Each of these wallets features the artwork from the series of variant covers Lucia did for DC last July.

-The options are Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.

Oct 172014
 

TMNT Ghostbusters #1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters #1 (of 4)

-Who you going to call?  Heroes in a half-shell!

-With the ongoing Ghostbusters series recently wrapping up, the writer, Erik Burnham, authors this epic crossover.

-Along with Burnham, Dan Schoening, the vibrant, fun artist of the previous Ghostbuster series, also joins in.

-How will the Ghostbusters and Turtles react to each other when the latter is transported into another dimension?  Will they be able to defeat the terrifying ghost that followed them?

D&D Legends of Baldur’s Gate #1Legends of Baldur's Gate Dungeons Dragons D&D

-IDW continues its tradition of publishing quality roleplaying game tie-in comics with this new Dungeons & Dragons series.

-Jim Zub, writer of the Pathfinder comic series, Skullkickers, and Wayward, helms this epic ongoing!

-Decades after the original Baldur’s Gate adventure, a new party of adventurers brave the infamous city!

-MINSC also joins the fray!

Deathstroke #1Deathstroke #1

-Originally launched at the start of the New 52, another ongoing Deathstroke series attempts to do what the previous series couldn’t!

-In it’s favor are the artistic and writing talents of Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, Superman/Wonder Woman), handling both duties on this title.

-Slade Wilson, the legendary assassin known as Deathstroke, has had his memories of a particular kill erased.  With only fragments, Deathstroke must retrace his steps and find out who took his memory.

-If you loved him or loved to hate him on Arrow, check out this new ongoing series.

Arkham Manor #1Arkham Manor

-Spins out of the events chronicled in Batman Eternal!

-With Arkham Asylum destroyed, Bruce Wayne is forced to provide his estate as a temporary holding facility for all of Gotham’s psychopaths.

-In order to solve a string of mysterious murders, Batman must go undercover in the new Arkham Manor.  Will he go insane trying to solve the case?

-Written by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Hulk, Nova), who just delivered a great, creepy one-shot story in the pages of Batman #34.