Oct 062012
 

Like any big Marvel event, now that the Avengers and X-Men have fought, they must team-up. Thus Uncanny Avengers.

Uncanny Avengers is not only the teaming up of the Avengers and X-Men, but also the launch book of Marvel NOW! If you haven’t heard of Marvel NOW!, the scoop is this: many of the main Marvel books are being relaunched with new high-profile writer and artist teams in effort to create perfect jumping-on points for new readers.

Back to the point, Uncanny Avengers #1 is written by Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Secret Avengers) and drawn John Cassady (Civil War), so the team is solid. Given that the issue is a landmark one, Marvel is releasing hordes of variant covers, including a baby version drawn by Scottie Young. Also, Pulp will be holding a release party all day Wednesday where we will be giving out buttons, lithographs, posters, and other Uncanny Avengers memorabilia to the first fifty or so customers to purchase a copy. And if you haven’t heard, we’re holding a contest for a free Deadpool sketch variant for the issue. Check out our Facebook events page for all the details.

Uncanny Avengers may be one of the consequences of AvX finishing up, but there are so many more. Most of them can be found in the new AvX: Consequences miniseries coming out this Wednesday. The rest can be found in your empty wallet. Anyway, AvX: Consequences, which is written by Kieron Gillen (Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men) and drawn by a slew of top artists, deals with the fallout of the major death that took place at the end of the event as well as the punishment that will befall the culprit.

The button is back!

Evil Ernie has laid dormant as a property for years, but Dynamite is bringing him back this Wednesday with Evil Ernie #1. The series is going to reintroduce the character to a new audience, changing up his origin slightly, but keeping all the essentials alive. The new series will ship with four variant covers by top artists like Dan Brereton, Nick Bradshaw, and Tim Seeley. If you’re into horror comics like Hack/Slash, Evil Ernie is going to sharpen your machete in all the right ways.

This year brought with it a number of extremely inventive independent comic series, such as Prophet, Saga, Memorial, and Planetoid. Smoke & Mirrors is one of our favorites, however. Set in a world where magic is the equivalent of electricity and spells operate every piece of equipment from cars, to digital tablets, to stoves, Smoke & Mirrors follows a young boy who encounters a street magician with a knowledge of illusion not of this world. Incorporating actual visual magic into the book (that works!), this series is an inventive use of the medium as well as a well told tale.

Mar 092012
 

What’s that clock say? Ten thirty? Yuuuup.

‘Kay, let’s get started.

Two restock items from the same company shipped in today; both are card games, both are colorfully designed.

First up, we’ve got The Big Idea. And what is The Big Idea, you may ask sniddly? Well, I’ll explain. You may be familiar with the game if you ever picked up the previous Cheapass Games version of it. Now, however, The Big Idea has been retooled as a complete party game. Players combine noun and adjective cards to create insane inventions that they then attempt to pitch to the other players. Every secretly votes on the best inventions and who ever ends up with the most approval wins the round. Add drinks and you’re good to go.

For the second I’ll need you pay close attention, ladies and gentlemen. As my lovely assitant takes the stage, please remain utterly quiet.

Yes, Illusio brings the magic, folks! A card game based around a battle of illusion, players choose which famous magician they want to control, then set out to trade off spells, slights-of-hand, and other parlor tricks in an effort to become the top trickster of the 1920′s.

Finally tonight there’s a new Dungeons and Dragons tile set on the block. This time around the setting is Cathedral of Chaos. As always, six tiles, double-sided tile sheets as well as tokens comprise this handy-dandy little supplemental pack.