Sep 112015
 

Artifacts Inc.Indiana Jones would tell you these artifacts belong in a museum, and as the owner of your own archaeological company in Artifacts, Inc., that’s exactly what you’ll attempt to do.  An up to sixty minute playtime dice rolling game for two to four players, Artifacts, Inc. has players rolling dice (which represent adventurers) in order to place them onto cards (that require specific numbers) in order to gain cash and favor with museums.Valley of the Kings Afterlife

Staying in the realm of tombs and buried treasure, Valley of the Kings:  Afterlife is out this weekend.  The second expansion/stand alone addition to this Egyptian themed deck building series, Afterlife can be played with one to four players or added to the original to facilitate six player Cthulhu Realmsplay.

As there can never be enough games that feature everyone’s favorite elder god or a deck building mechanic, Cthulhu Realms combines the two in a cheap, quick to learn package.  Putting a spin on the traditional deck building scheme, Cthulhu Realms allows players to chain cards for a great payoff than if they played them individually.  As well, each box contains a special promo character that can be played in the game.Marrying Mr. Darcy

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been combined with zombies before, but never with the mechanics of a card game.  Well no more, because the Kickstarter funded Marrying Mr. Darcy card game is on shelves, as of last week.  In this literary role-playing card game, players take on the roles of female suitors from the novel, building up their romantic appeal in order to woo a handsome suitor.  You’ll attend balls, receive proposals, and cunningly outwit your opponents all in an effort to avoid becoming an Tides of Timeold maid.

A possible contender for the minimalist card game spot held by Love Letter, Tides of Time is a card game that consists of only eighteen cards and plays with only two players.  Players try to build grand civilizations by combining a set of complimentary cards in their kingdom, while also attempting to sabotage their opponents plans.  After three rounds, each player will have either a memorable empire or a pitiful group of random ventures.Discoveries the Journal of Lewis and Clark

A completely standalone addition to the previous Discoveries release, Discoveries:  The Journals of Lewis and Clark requests that you get your explorer on!  In the game, players will take on the role of either Lewis, Clark, or two of the other members of the famous expedition.  Over the course of sixty minutes, players will then compete to collect cards that represent scientific discoveries (as well as Takenoko Chibisvictory points).  To do that, players will need to roll dice to gain exploration actions.

I think we can all agree that pandas are cute.  And more pandas equals greater cuteness.  Such is the theory behind Takenoko Chibis, the first expansion for the popular panda gardening game.  Pairing this expansion with the base Takenoko game, players will gain a handful of new objectives, new plots (including the discovery of the gardener’s cabin), and an additional figure named Miss Panda.  Miss Panda, as well, has the ability of delivering baby pandas, increasing the levels of cuteness to a nearly unbearable degree.

Jan 302015
 

Postal #1Postal #1

-In the vein of other smalltown horror comics like Revival and Nailbiter, Image now launches Postal.

-Eden is a calm, quite little town, but it hides a secret:  it houses fugitive criminals waiting to gain a new identity.  Everyone has to be on their best behavior as not to draw attention, but the first murder in years has just occurred and everyone is getting paranoid about who did it.

-Issue one will feature a haunting variant cover by Linda Sejic!

-The first issue of Postal is ALREADY sold out at the distributor level, so if you want a copy, get it this Wednesday!  Also, means it will have some after market value.

Nameless #1Nameless #1

-Grant Morrison is writing a new series for Image Comics.  And, yes, it’s a weird as you might think.

-Joining Morrison is his frequent artistic collaborator, Chris Burnham (Batman, Inc).

-Fans of Morrison’s Seaguy, Annhilator, The Filth, and The Invisibles will find another thought-provoking, philosophical tale with Nameless.

-Honestly, I’d summarize the plot, but I’m not sure what to say.  Something about a lost cosmonaut moon base, a dead astronaut, and a sentient asteroid, all blended together in classic Morrison fashion.

Return of the Living Deadpool #1Return of the Living Deadpool #1 (of 4)

-Cullen Bunn (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killology) returns to the world of Deadpool!

-This miniseries is a sequel to last year’s Night of the Living Deadpool miniseries!

-What’s worse than a horde of zombies?  A horde of zombie Deadpools!

-Like a comedic Walking Dead, the whole miniseries will be drawn in black and white, except for Deadpool, who will be in full color.

All New Captain America Fear Him #1 (of 4)All New Captain America Fear Him #1

-You may have noticed there is a Dennis Hopeless Signing countdown clock on the website’s homepage.  Here’s another series you can bring in to get signed on that day!

-Hopeless is writing all four issues of this miniseries that bridges the gap between Sam Wilson’s first appearance as Captain America in issue #25 and issue #1 of All New Captain America.

-With February only have four Wednesdays, Marvel commonly releases a weekly miniseries that ships an issue on Wednesday.  This year, that is All New Captain America Fear Him.

-If you’ve been enjoying Dennis’ previous work on Avengers Arena, Spider-Woman, Cable and X-Force, or any of his other series, then check out his interpretation of one of Marvel’s major characters.

May 092014
 

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 (of 4)

-The Avengers‘ resident Kung Fu master goes solo!

-A plot ripped right out of a Bruce Lee movie, Shang-Chi must travel to England to pay his respects at the funeral of an ex-lover.  And when he finds out who killed her, vengeance will be swift.

-Newcomer Mike Benson helms this short and sweet four issue All New Marvel NOW miniseries!

-Tan Eng Huat, fresh off his acclaimed stint on X-Men Legacy, brings his frenetic style to this martial arts tale of revenge!

Manifest Destiny v.1 tpbManifest Destiny v.1 tpb

-One of the most sought after new Image Comics series to be released last year comes to trade paperback!

-Lewis and Clark explore the American West in the 1800s, but find a landscape unlike anything in the history books.

-Colonial zombie, vampire, werewolf, and monster smashing action!

-The first six issues for $9.99!

The United States of Murder #1United States of Murder, Inc. #1

-From the creators of Powers, Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men) and Michael Avon Oeming.

-A new crime fiction story for adult readers!

-Takes place in an alternate world where the mafia’s hold on the country has lead to national dominance.

-The star of the book is about to rise up in the ranks, but a hitwoman may stand in his way.

Bee and Puppycat #1Bee and Puppycat #1

-You took too long.  Now yo candy’s gone.  Dat’s what happin.  PAKOW!

-Natasha Allegri brings her hugely popular animated short to the world of comics!

-Unbearably cute.  Absurdly hilarious.  Charmingly illustrated.  Bee and Puppycat is like the adorable sister of Adventure Time!

-Allegri, herself, writes and draws this series, filling that void in your soul that’s been waiting for new episodes!

Oct 052013
 

Coffin Hill #1

-Netflix‘s Hemlock Grove ain’t got nothing on Vertigo‘s Coffin Hill!

-Eve Coffin has always known the good life, thanks to being born into one of the wealthiest families in Massachusetts (a family who may have descended from the Salem Witches), but, after tampering with dark magics, her wealth isn’t going to be enough to save her.

-Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Black London series of novels, brings a knack for supernatural horror to Vertigo‘s 2013  revitalization.

-The morning after Eve and her hedonistic friends perform some black magic in the woods, she wakes up, naked and covered in blood, to find that the “dark things” have taken her friends!

Forever Evil Arkham War #1 (of 6)

-Villain’s Month may be over, but that doesn’t mean the bad guys are back into their prison cells.  In fact, quite the opposite.

-Spinning out of the first issue of Forever Evil, Arkham War #1 takes place in a Batman-less Gotham City after all of the inmates of Arkham Asylum have been released by the Crime Syndicate.

-Peter J. Tomasi (writer of Batman & Robin) weaves a bloody tale of psychopathic battle, as all of Batman‘s greatest foes fight for control of Gotham City.

-And if it’s only bad guys in Gotham some of them have to be more good than the others, right?

Shaolin Cowboy #1

-Never before has such violence and insanity been presented in such gorgeous detail as Shaolin Cowboy #1!

-Yes, the chainsaw wielding, talking donkey riding cowboy of lore has return from the sunset from whence he rode into years before!

-Geof Darrow, who both writes and draws here, is a legend in the business, rarely ever drawing full interiors for a comic, but as Shaolin Cowboy is his baby, he graces everyone with his extreme skill for grisly detail.  Modern artists like Frank Quietly (Jupiter’s Legacy) and Chris Burnham (Batman, Inc.) owe their entire careers to Darrow!

-Don’t worry about intricate plots or romance or long form mysteries here, Shaolin Cowboy is all about indiscriminate violence drawn in the most beautiful way possible.

Superman/Wonder Woman #1

-Any who thinks comics can’t be read by women and men is 100% wrong!  And Superman/Wonder Woman #1 is here to prove it!

-Charles Soule (who writes the best book at DC right now, Swamp Thing) has been handed two of DC‘s most iconic heroes and allowed to play.  Things will get messy.

-The power couple of power couples, Kal-El and Diana have faced some rough conflicts before, but when Diana’s godly relatives decide to call upon Superman‘s arch foes for assistance, the two will be put through a ringer that’ll test their love.

-And with two near-immortal heroes at the center of the book, who can Soule possibly pit against them?  Three words:  Zod and Doomsday.

Jun 242011
 

Wonder Woman‘s newest costume catches a lot of flack (personally, I don’t know why), but there is no way you can look at this first item and doubt its impressiveness.

Settle your eyes to the right and soak her in, gentlemen and ladies.  Soak.  Her.  In.

Done soaking?  Okay, now is that a cool looking statue or what?  This porcelain dandy is based off of Jim Lee’s recent redesigned of the costume and stands 9.75 inches high.  I don’t need a lasso of truth wrapped around me to say this is a sweet statue.

Speaking of redesign, DC complements its new #1 relaunch/simplifying by releasing a line of DC Universe t-shirts that are simple and sheik.  Basically parring the design down to the hero’s symbol and a striking action for the hero themselves makes these shirts look  sharp.

There’s the Batman one (modeled after the Batman, Inc. logo).  

The Superman one.

And, the man of the hour, Green Lantern.

Two new DC Eaglemoss magazine figures drop next week, as well.

The first is the next figure in the set of Blackest Night series.  White Lantern Sinestro floats off his base by a white strand of light.  As always, he ships with magazine detailing the history of the character.  If you’ve been keeping up with the series thus far, this is easily one of the most well designed figures of the bunch.  Gander to the left and check him out.

The second DC Eaglemoss statue is another edition to the JSA:  Dr. Midnight.  Oh, and his trusty owl.  Can’t forget the owl, guys.

Make some bangers and mash, check Big Ben for the time, and make sure the tea is on because the Knight and Squire trade paperback is here.  This was a seriously under appreciated mini-series when it was on the shelves and we’re trying to give it some love here.  Written by Paul Cornell (who penned the equally amazing, but equally unrecognized Captain Britain series), this book is loaded with inside-comics references and wry British humor.  If you’re a fan of Monty Python or, you know, fun comics like Nextwave, this book is chock full of the ridiculous.  For instance, a British superhero called the Milkman and a nude female hero called Birthday Girl.  For anyone out there looking for a quick, light, original read, this is your bread and butter.  Just remember British Joker = Jarvis Poker.