Oct 182014
 

Firefly Role Playing Game RPG Core BookTake its love, take its land, but you can’t take roleplaying from Firefly.

A revamped version of the previous Firefly RPG, this new hardcover core book utilizes an updated version of the Cortex Plus System.  Players are thrown out into the black, given the chance to play members of a Firefly crew crusin’ the verse and misbehaving.  Every episode of the series is detailed in this hardcover, acting as adventures groups can play through.  An entirely new “episode” is also presented as a fourteenth adventure.Cypher

Another AEG produced, Love Letter-like quick card game has hit the scene and it is Cypher.  At its core, Cypher is a drafting game, with players starting out with either three, two, or one card in hand.  Each turn, players draw, play, and trade a card, with everyone attempting to be the person holding the highest value card at the end of the game.  When the draw pile runs out (or a special endgame card is played) the game ends.

Lords of XiditLords of Xidit is the newest release from Asmodee Games and it sends the player to a fantastical realm of lizard riding knights and magically possessed townsfolk.  Each player controls the equivalent of a knight, wandering the countryside in hopes of curing the dark mysticism that has overrun it.  In order to do so, players race to sections of the board where they will collect squires and resources.  The catch is, it’s all about timing, as only certain resources will be given out depending on the order of when a player arrives.  Abyss

Set in a Bioshock-ish, Rapture-esque underwater city, Abyss, from Asmodee, is a game of influence and power struggle with a little card drafting thrown in.  Featuring four different styles of box art, Abyss requires players to compete for influence on the council of lords.  In order to do this, players must work through a three stage process, first gaining allies, then using them to influence lords, then using the lords to take over sections of the city.  Cards are drafted that allow Tammany Hallplayers to work through these steps, but, beware, once a card’s power is used that ability is closed off forever.

And speaking of corruption and political influence, there’s nearly no greater historical instance of political power plays than New York’s Tammany Hall!  In this backstabby game of underhanded favor buying, players fight to earn the votes of recent immigrants as means of acquiring the mayoral seat.  However, don’t expect to hold on to it for long, as everyone will be at the ready double cross you and take it.Through the Breach Fate Master's Almanac Wyrd RPG

Malifaux, the cult hit steampunky, horror, little bit of everything miniature game, is being converted into a roleplaying system this weekend.  Two core rulebooks, one for players and one for game masters, arrive this weekend.  First up is The Fate Almanac softcover, the essential guidebook for players, containing all the pertinent information about how to create and run a Fated character.  The accompanying rulebook is the Trains Rising SunFatemasters Almanac, the essential guide running a game set in the Malifaux universe.

AEG‘s third gaming release this weekend is an expansion/standalone addition to the Trains board game.  Trains Rising Sun can be incorporated into the original version or played on its own.  Included this edition are three entirely new game boards, one for head-to-head play and two for two to four players.  Legendary Guardians of the Galaxy

Time for everyone to do the whole standing up in a circle thing, because Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest expansion to the Legendary card game.  This expansion adds on character cards for everyone of the Guardians, including Star Lord, Gamorra, Rocket, Drax, and Groot as well as villain decks for the Kree Supreme Intelligence and Thanos!

Aug 012014
 

Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman volume 1 HCNeil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book GN v.1 HC

-Another of Neil Gaiman’s classic novels gets adapted to comic book form!

-Part one of a two part graphic novel adaptation, these two books will comprise the entire story of the novel.

-Adapted directly from Neil Gaiman’s prose, these volumes will not be muddled and or hampered by some middleman author.

-P. Craig Russell, who illustrated Gaiman’s Sandman Endless Nights, provides some art for the volume, but is joined by a handful of other artists, each drawing a different chapter.

Superior Spider-Man #32Superior Spider-Man #32

-Yup, you thought he was gone, but everyone’s friendly neighborhood mad doctor is back!

-Though this issue is #32, Dan Slott is beginning an entirely new story that sees Doc Ock Spidey launched into the 2099 timeline.

-But how has Superior Spider-Man been sent to the future?  What is his purpose there?

-This oversized issue begins the road to Spider-Verse, leading up to the biggest event in recent Spider-Man history.

Thanos Infinity Revelation HCThanos Infinity Revelation OGN 

-Jim Starlin, writer of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, returns to the character that made his career!

-A complete story in a single volume, Thanos Infinity Revelation continues Marvel‘s line of original graphic novel releases.

-Starlin also provides artwork for the volume, linking it up with his classic space odyssey stories.

-If you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy and crave more Thanos, then this is the story to pick up!

Trillium TPBTrillium tpb

-Jeff Lemire, writer of The Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth, Animal Man, Justice League United, and many of the most inventive comics of the last five years, writes and illustrates this epic Sci-Fi yarn!

-Set simultaneously one hundred years in the past and thousands of years in the future, Trillium sees an ex-WWI soldier and a future, disease control scientist cross paths and fall in love via time travel.

-The entire eight issue miniseries is collected in this single volume!

-Lemire, a master of the comic medium, plays with the format in this miniseries, approximating the confusion of time travel through unusual panel and page layouts, duel stories, and pages that need to be rotated.

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!

Jan 252014
 

Lost at Sea HC (Anniversary Reprint)

-Read Scott Pilgrim?  Did you know Bryan Lee O’Malley wrote and drew something before that?

-Lost at Sea is ten years old, in fact, and in honor of that impressive date Oni Press is re-releasing the graphic novel in an updated hardcover treatment.

-O’Malley populates Lost at Sea with the same kind of awkward, out-of-place teens that starred in Scott Pilgrim, lead by Releigh, a shy, young girl who had her soul stolen by a cat.  Will she get it back on a road trip with her fellow classmates?

-This hardcover special edition contains the full Lost at Sea story as well as a handful of unpublished O’Malley stories and extras.

Guardians of the Galaxy v.2 “Angela” HC

-Brian Michael Bendis continues his operatic space adventure in Guardians of the Galaxy v.2!

-Leading up to the feature film releasing in August of this year, volume two continues to introduce the entire Guardians team, including Star Lord, Gamorra, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.

-Angela, of Spawn fame, crosses into the Marvel Universe in this volume, coming into conflict with the Guardians as she figures out how she got there.

-As well, this second volume contains the important Infinity crossover issues where the Guardians have to infiltrate a commandeered satellite to aid the Avengers.

Cable and X-Force v.3 tpb

-Dennis Hopeless continues his totally rad, 90s inspired action movie romp that is Cable and X-Force!

-With Cable suffering from psychic spasms, the Uncanny Avengers move in on the outlaw team in an attempt to capture Cable and his band of misfits.

-The team also divides itself up into duos, with each heading off on their own independent smash’n'grab missions!

-This penultimate volume leads into the conclusion of the series, setting-up important information about Hope‘s future!

Serenity: A Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6)

-The wait is over browncoats!  Joss Whedon’s fan favorite Western in space is finally back with stories set AFTER the Serenity movie!

-With the Alliance’s power shaken after the information about their hand in the Reavers’ creation was revealed, Mal and his crew are on the run, hidden from the eyes of the ‘verse.

-Georges Jeanty, the artist who brought Buffy Seasons 8 and 9 to life, returns to the Whedon-verse to draw all six issues of this anticipated miniseries!

-Zack Whedon, writer of A Shepherd’s Tale, takes the helm of the ship to tell the very first story in a post-movie universe!

Aug 242013
 

Masks v.1 tpb

-The Shadow + Zorro + The Spider + Green Hornet + Kato = Best.  Crossover.  Ever!

-Alex Ross not only lends his unmatched artistic talents to the first issue, he also delivers on multiple covers for the series, too, all of which are included in this collection.

-These pulp heroes must unite to fight off the corrupt government of 1938 New York!

-The entire eight issue series, plus extras, is included in this single, oversized volume!

Young Avengers v.1 tpb

-All the fan favorite Young Avenger characters are back and filled with more adolescent angst than ever!

-Kieron Gillen brings the same pop infused vibrancy that made Phonogram the cult hit that it was!  The Young Avengers are officially teenagers now, and they party, drink, quarrel, and sleep around like everyone at that age.

-Jamie McKelvie, formerly of Phonogram, X-Men Season One, and Secret Avengers, makes this book sing, as far as artwork goes, pulling out expressive “performances” from all the characters.

-Oh, and for that extra bit of dissent, the reason all the characters get back together is due to the machinations of Kid Loki!  Fans of Gillen Journey into Mystery take note!

Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

-The masters of cute behind Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures jump companies to make Hellboy more adorable than ever!

-Anyone familiar with Art Balthazar and Franco’s Tiny Titans should expect the same comic-strip style of storytelling, perfect for younger audiences!

-Any parent who hopes to get their kids into Hellboy, but may be hesitant about the main book’s content can use Itty Bitty as an entry point.

-Did I mention the cuteness?

Guardians of the Galaxy v.1 HC

-Meet the entire cast of next year’s Marvel hit film, including Starlord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.

-Brian Michael Bendis (Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men) plays up the action and banter of the Guardians team with his witty writing style.

-Iron Man also joins the team early on, linking the Marvel interstellar universe with the main universe.

-Did I mention the raccoon with the nasty attitude and matching gigantic gun?