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.

Oct 302015
 

James Bond oo7James Bond #1

-Just in time for Spectre, Dynamite launches an ongoing James Bond series!

-A perfect pairing, Warren Ellis (Nextwave, Karnak, Moon Knight) is the lead writer on the series, contracted for a full year!

-While not an adaptation of an Ian Fleming novel, this comic series will be set in Fleming’s version of the Bond universe.

-Vargr, the first arc of the comic, sees Bond returning to England after a hunt for revenge in order to take up the duties of a recently killed 00 agent.  Will he meet the same fate?

Citizen Jack #1Citizen Jack

-If you’re fed up with the facades and manufactured nature of the recent political debates, Citizen Jack is the dark, political satire for you!

-Straying from his main Marvel gig, Sam Humphries (Star-Lord, Avengers A.I., Avengers World, Uncanny X-Force) launches this new Image ongoing series.

-The main character of Citizen Jack is a politician seeking the POTUS position, and, like everyone suspects of real politicians, Jack has literally sold his soul to the devil.

-Darkly humorous and featuring freakish illustrations, Citizen Jack will satisfy readers of Manhattan Projects, Southern Bastards, and Deadly Class.

MonstressMonstress #1

-The second major launch from Image Comics this week!

-Intricately illustrated, Monstress is for Sci-Fi fans of Dune, Alien, and the Riddick films.

-Another female lead series written and drawn by female creators!

-A young girl in a far away galaxy is bonded to a monster of tremendous power, which drops her directly between two opposing forces.  If you’ve been reading 8House and/or From Under Mountains, you need to pick up Monstress!

All New All Different Marvel November Week 1Extraordinary X-Men

-Another massive first week of the month for All New All Different Marvel releases.  Leading the charge this week is the return of Deadpool!

-Representing the cosmic section of the Marvel Universe, Nova #1 and Drax #1 (written by WWE superstar C.M. Punk) drop, as well!

-Under the radar, but likely to impress, Howard the Duck returns with a new #1 (and a Gwenpool back-up) while Hercules and Vision gain their own ongoing series.

-Finally, the long awaited X-Men relaunch begins as Extraordinary X-Men by Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Trillium) comes out!

Oct 232015
 

Art OpsArt Ops #1

-Following on the heels of other Vertigo relaunch series, like Survivor’s Club and Clean Room!

-Famed independent artist Michael Allred (Madman, Silver Surfer, FF, iZombies) illustrates the series!

-Art Ops follows a crack team of art thieves, but not in the way you think.

-The Art Ops organization ferries away people and objects, like the Mona Lisa, out of paintings in order to bring them into the real world.

Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1Howling Commandos of Shield

-Spinning out of Mark Waid’s SHIELD #9!

-This series, however, is written by pulp-master extraordinaire, Frank J. Barbiere, author of the excellent Image series Five Ghosts!

-Hidden below S.H.I.E.L.D.’s facilities lies S.T.A.K.E., the secret organization that houses all of the monsters and creatures capture on missions.

-This series will follow a team of those monsters, including Hit Monkey, Man-Thing, and Werewolf by Night, as they are lead on missions by a reanimated Dum Dum Dugan!

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1Unbeatable Squirrel Girl  #1 (again!)

-As the cover proclaims, only the second #1 issue this year!

-Easily Marvel’s funniest series (Yes, even over Howard the Duck) continues where it left off!

-Doreen already had trouble balancing her superhero and college lives, but now she has to add being a New Avenger to that list.

-She’s beaten Galactus, now who will challenge the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl?

Black Magick #1Black Magick

-Greg Rucka (Star Wars:  Journey to The Force Awakens, Punisher, Gotham Central) launches a mystical noir series at Image Comics!

-Rucka is joined by artist Nicola Scott (Earth 2, Secret Six, Birds of Prey)!

-Rowan Black, the book’s protagonist, works homicide, but the greatest mystery she has to solve is her own past.

-Included with each issue is a serialized prose story by Rucka.

Apr 172015
 

Uncle ScroogeUncle Scrooge #1

-It’s rare that a publisher launches a children’s comic in this day and age, so kudos to IDW for releasing a new one!

-Yes, Marvel may be owned by Disney, but IDW has acquired the rights to print new material of classic Disney characters.

-Uncle Scrooge launches a series of Disney comics, including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

-Each issue of the Uncle Scrooge series will see Scrooge McDuck and his nephews adventuring in single issue stories, some time with other Disney characters!

Beyond Belief #1Beyond Belief #1

-Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Network rules ALL the airwaves, but now it will also rule the comic book page!

-Adapted from the Beyond Belief segment of The Thrilling Adventure Hour Podcast!

-The issues are written by Ben Blacker and Ben Acker, two regular contributors to the Nerdist Network!

-Each issue will feature a different horror story!

Empire UprisingEmpire Uprising #1

-Respected, veteran comic book author, Mark Waid (Shield, Kingdom Come, Daredevil), launches another new series this Wednesday!

-Following up on the Empire miniseries Waid wrote years ago, Empire Uprising continues a year after those events.

-A lot of super villains claim they’re going to conquer the world.  Golgoth, the protagonist of Empire Uprising, actually did it.

-Can a superhero resistance force manage to topple the mad ruler?  Read to find out.

Kaptara #1Kaptara

-Chip Zdarsky (or as his friends know him, Chololick Chip Zdouchsky), co-creator of Sex Criminals and author of the new Howard the Duck series, launches an absurd Sci-Fi series at Image!

-Image Comics has been killing it with a plethora of space adventure series lately, including Invisible Republic, Copperhead, Descender, Roche Limit, and Southern Cross.  Kaptara is the next hit!

-A crew of space people land on the surreal planet of Kaptara and, you know, stuff goes on.  Or, at least, that’s what Chip says.

-Like if God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Sex Criminals, and Prophet had a four-way baby!

Mar 062015
 

Southern CrossSouthern Cross #1

-Not a spin-off of Southern Bastards.  Not even close.

-Southern Cross is another Sci-Fi epic from the current top purveyors of the genre, Image Comics!

-From the writer of Gotham Academy and Batgirl, Becky Cloonan!

-Like a space version of Murder on the Orient Express, Southern Cross follows a young woman on a trip to the planet Titan to figure out who murdered her sister.  But will she make it there alive herself?

Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 (of 6)Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Return

-Wyld Stallyns forever!

-Like they have previously done with Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China, Boom Studios are returning to a fan favorite property to continue the adventure!

-Bill and Ted are having trouble coming up with their next song and must call on the assistance of Rufus and a time traveling phone booth to journey through the ages in order to break through their writers block.

-Each issue in this six issue miniseries will also contain a back-up story by a rotating writer and artist team!

Batman Arkham Knight #1Batman Arkham Knight #1 

-Follows the events of the Arkham City video game.

-With the Joker dead and Arkham City shut down, Batman is recuperating when the next threat arises.

-An official continuity tie-in prequel for the Arkham Knight video game.

-Peter J. Tomasi, author of the popular Batman & Robin and Robin Rises series, helms this series.

Howard the Duck #1Howard the Duck #1

-Don’t worry, it’s not based off the atrocious eighties film!

-Chip Zdarsky, co-writer and artist of Sex Criminals, joins up with cartoon and comic artist extraordinaire Joe Quinones to deliver the first ongoing Howard the Duck series in decades!

-Setting up shop in the same business complex as She-Hulk, Howard is beginning a new career as a private dick, er, duck.

-As the solicits say, join comics legend Stan Lee. . .in reading this issue!