Mar 132015
 

Red One #1Red One #1

-Terry and Rachel Dodson, the husband and wife art team on Princess Leia, are launching a new series from Image Comics!

-If you’re a fan of the FX series The Americans, Red One is going to read like a superhero version of that show.

-Essentially, a Russian secret agent, Red One, has been inserted into America as a superheroic icon in 1977, but all the while she is gathering information for her home country.

-The first issue has been increased to forty pages of comic booky goodness for the low, low price of $2.99!

The Fly:  Outbreak #1 (of 5)The Fly Outbreak #1

-IDW continues to acquire cult favorite properties for the purposes of adapting them into comic book sequels.

-Follows the events depicted in David Cronenberg’s infamous body horror adaptation of The Fly.

-Expressionistic artist Menton3, of Monocyte and Silent Hill:  Past Life fame, will be illustrating the interiors of this miniseries.

-When Seth Brundle’s partially fly DNA infected son is researching a cure to his disease, he accidentally unleashes an horde of part-fly, part-human creatures.

Invisible RepublicInvisible Republic #1

-Gabriel Hardman, a former Marvel artist and writer as well as a storyboard artist for Marvel Studios, launches another new Sci-Fi series for Image Comics.

-Pitched as a blend of Breaking Bad and Blade Runner!

-I would also throw in a little bit of House of Cards, too, as the story is going to be following a reporter whose uncovered the horrific truth behind his country’s leader.

-Along with writing the series, Hardman also handles the art duties, providing a gritty, high contrast dystopic world.

Chrononauts #1Chrononauts #1

-A major creator pairing in the world of comics!

-Mark Millar, creator of Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Wanted, teams with Sean Murphy, of Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake, and Joe the Barbarian.

-Two science buds have invented time travel and are now starring in a reality TV series focused on their gallivanting through time.

-Oh, and everything goes wrong!

Nov 282014
 

Wolf Moon #1Wolf Moon #1 (of 6)

-Two Missouri comic creators join forces for this new horror miniseries from DC!

-St. Louis’ Cullen Bunn, writer of Sixth Gun, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Sinestro, and Helheim, authors the miniseries!

-Kansas City’s own Jeremy Haun lends his moody pencils to the comic’s interior pages!

-Bunn and Haun blend together a werewolf and revenge stories for a uniquely violent and vengeful tale.

Secret Six #1Secret Six #1

-Gail Simone returns to the series that helped to make her name in the industry!

-Similar to the Suicide Squad, the Secret Six are a covert, underground team of lower rent supervillains who deal in the weird, mysterious corners of the DC Universe.

-Joining Simone is comic artist veteran Ken Lashley, who has previously lent his pencils to the New 52 Superman:  Doomed and Batman/Superman series.

-Catman returns to the DC Universe!

Cross One Hundred +100Crossed + 100 #1 (of 6)

-Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell) returns to Avatar for a new Crossed miniseries event!

-The legendary comic book writer enters into the twisted post-apocalyptic world created by Garth Ennis for the first time!

-Set one hundred years into the future of the Crossed outbreak, Crossed +100 follows a young girl who is researching the original disease (as it has long been wiped out) only discover a pack of Crossed still alive!

-No previous knowledge of the Crossed storyline is necessary to read this miniseries!

Angela Asgard’s Assassin #1Angela Asgard's Assassin

-Revealed as Thor‘s sister, Neil Gaiman’s Angela is on a mission to discover her origins!

-Raised in Heaven, the tenth realm, Angela has hated Asgard her entire life, but now it has become her home.  She travels across the tens realms at the behest of Odin, slaying he needs slayed.

-Kieron Gillen (Journey into Mystery, Wicked and Divine, Young Avengers) and Marguerite Bennett (Lois Lane, Earth 2 World’s End, Batman) team up for writing duties on the series!

-The art for the series is also a dual effort, featuring the combined talents of Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans!

Oct 032014
 

Sabrina #1Sabrina #1

-Archie Comics expands its mature line with a spin-off of Afterlife with Archie.

-Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sabrina will maintain the same tone as its parent series.

-Robert Hack, an up-and-coming artist, is handling interiors for the series, providing a water-color aesthetic that suggests both Edgar Allan Poe and EC Comics.

-Don’t be intimidated by not knowing anything about Sabrina’s backstory or history, as this series will begin with a terrifying re-imagining of her origin story.

Wytches #1Wytches #1

-Beloved comic horror writer and all around good guy, Scott Snyder drops his new ongoing series from Image Comics!

-If The Wake, Severed, and Batman have proven anything, it’s that Scott Snyder knows how to pace horror on the comic page!  He also makes sure to pair with artists, like Jock, who can bring to life his chilling imagery.

-Witches have been persecuted for centuries, often wrongly so, but they do exist and they are coming back for revenge.

-Finally get a copy of the series that has been hotly anticipated for a whole year!

Earth 2 World's End #1Earth 2 World’s End #1 

-DC begins it’s third weekly series (though this one won’t run fifty-two issues like the others)!

-As with Batman Eternal and Future’s End, a team of writers will handle the plotting duties of this maxi-series, including best-selling novelist Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl, Batman), and Mike Johnson (Supergirl).

-If you’ve been reading Future’s End, then you know that Earth 1 and Earth 2 are headed for war, and this is the series that chronicles that war.

-The first issue is not only double-sized, but only $2.99!

Avengers/X-Men Axis #1 (of 9)Avengers X-Men Axis #1

-A three act Marvel event that will change the universe…forever!

-Rick Remender, writer of Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, and Low, helms his first Marvel event, building off of the events in each of his regular ongoing series!

-The Red Skull has Charles Xavier‘s brain in his head and it has given him nearly unlimited power.  Will the combined might of the Avengers and the X-Men be able to stop him or will the villains of the Marvel Universe have to step in to help.

-The first issue will premiere with a slew of different variant covers by Skottie Youny, Siya Oum, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Mike Deodato, and Chip Zdarsky (the Deadpool variant).

Aug 092014
 

Wiz-War Malefic Curses ExpansionFantasy Flight‘s remake of the Tom Jolly original, Wiz-War, gains its first expansion this weekend.  Wiz-War Malefic Curse expands on the original wizard versus wizard game, wherein each player attempts to break into their opponent’s stronghold using magic, in a number of ways.  First off, the expansion adds a fifth player option for the game.  Second, a range of new spells, including necromancy, and portals are included.Prophecy board game

Not a new game, but a long overdue restock, Prophecy from Z-Man games is back on the shelves.  A dungeon crawling game without the dungeon, Prophecy is based around the Talisman system with a mythology bent.  Characters move around the board, fighting monsters and obtaining items, but with a unique skill system (wherein players acquire and learn Dungeons and Dragons Next Player's Handbookabilities) that Talisman doesn’t use.

Wizards of the Coast is thick into the release schedule of the newest version of Dungeons and Dragons, having launched the new edition with an acclaimed Starter Box and some great looking miniatures.  Out this week, is the first hardcover volume for the system, the Player’s Handbook.  Building off of the material present in the Starter Box, the Player’s Handbook expands on character creation and other aspects of the new system.Betrayal at House on the Hill

No, this is not a dream.  No, this is not a lie.  No, this is not a joke.  Betrayal at House on the Hill is finally back in print!  Avalon Hill and Wizards of the Coast have been promising a new printing of the desperately sought after horror game, and they’ve finally delivered.  One of the most popular semi-co-operative games on the market, with players exploring a haunted mansion, only to find that one of their members is fated to kill them.  Who, how, and Touch of Evil Dark Gothic Deck Building Gamewhat the other players need to do to avoid dying varies in each game.

Flying Frog Games moves into the deck building arena this weekend with another twist on the classic model.  Touch of Evil the Deck Building Game adds a new dynamic to the traditional deck builder by starting each player with a different hand of cards.  The hands are decided by the character chosen, with each monster hunter possessing different abilities.  All players battle against a stack of monster cards, similar to the Resident Evil DBG, but attain victory points that decide the winner of the game.

Mar 152014
 

Coming up on Channel A is a new program for fans of anime and manga, ready-made for party gaming!

Recently run through the distributor system following a successful Kickstarter run, Channel A is another in a long line of Apples to Apples style party games.  In the case of Channel A, players are selecting multiple cards, each with a uniquely anime-esque words, and using them to pitch a new anime show to the rest of the group.  Votes are taken and points are assigned based on majority. 

If there’s a cult following bigger than fans of zombie stuff, it’s fans of Cthulhu stuff.

From the makers of Zombies!!!, the highly popular zombie outbreak survival game, comes Cthulhu!!!:  Hastur La Vista Baby!  Similar to Zombies!!!, players control hardened Elder God exterminators attempting to halt the return of an creature from beyond by sanctifying ritual sites.  However, the threat of insanity looms large over everyone thrust into the middle of this horrific setting.  Can you hold out?

Flash Point is jumping in the drink with its newest set of expansion boards, Dangerous Waters.

In this expansion are two double-sided game boards with representations of a submarine and a sunken ship, offering an entirely original environment for players to experience.  Any safety provided by the above-ground buildings of all the previous sets is now out-the-window, so to speak, raising the stakes in this popular cooperative game.

Newly arrived and quickly disappearing from the shelves is Magic the Gathering‘s most recent Duel Deck, Jace vs. Vraska.

Hotly anticipated, this duel deck retails for $19.99, but contains cards with values which far exceed the price.  As well, these duel deck sets are always perfect introductory products for new Magic players, giving them a fully built deck to play as well as one to give an opponent.

A supplement to the Chaos Space Marine’s Codex, the recently released Crimson Slaughter Codex provides information about unique artifacts and options for your existing Chaos Space Marines army.  As well, it provides a unique story that’s never before been told in the Warhammer 40K materials.

Legend of the Five Rings makes a major comeback this weekend with the launch of a freshly designed base set, the Ivory Edition, anchored by four new booster pack releases and a set of nine starter decks.  The classic nine clans are represented, including crab, scorpion, crane, and all the rest.

Somebody really needs to Asmadi Games to start play testing these games they’re releasing.

In the mean time, here’s another We Didn’t Playtest This edition, this time known as We Didn’t Playtest This Pasted-On Theme at All!  Adding another batch of original cards, this expansion also includes stick-on (paste not included) themes like zombie, pirate, elves, and more.  Not only do these themes make each card snazzier than before, they also change the endgame scenario.

While we’re on the topic of expansions, the popular education series, Timeline, gains another themed expansion this weekend.  Timeline: Music & Cinema plays just like the previous versions of the game with players attempting to lay cards from their hand in chronological order without seeing the dates.  In this specific expansion, all the cards relate to major moments or works in the music and film industries.

A loving homage to classic Dungeons & Dragons, Luke Crane’s Torchbearer RPG HC is all dungeon crawling all the time.

Building off of the Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard roleplaying systems, Torchbearer deals in deep, dank dungeons, heroic adventurers, and a hunt for glory.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler has finally swing his way into the Legendary deck-building game, and he’s brought along friends.  Another mini-expansion for Marvel‘s successful DBG, Paint the Town Red (trust us, the contents are better than the title) includes cards for the Black Symbiote Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Black Cat, Scarlet Spider, and Spider-Woman as well as Mastermind cards for Carnage and Mysterio.