Dec 112015
 

Star Trek Starfleet AcademyStar Trek Starfleet Academy #1 (of 5)

-Set in J.J. Abrams Star Trek universe!

-Hot off the heels of an acclaimed Star Trek/Green Lantern miniseries, Mike Johnson teleports on-board to write this five issue miniseries.

-A prequel to the 2009 Star Trek film, Starfleet Academy stars the lead cast (Kirk, Spock, Uhura) as young recruits!

-Joining the original cast is an entirely new group of Starfleet students who are setting out on their own adventure.

Lucifer #1Lucifer #1

-A spin-off of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series!

-DC‘s Vertigo imprint has been churning out new, inventive titles recently, with Lucifer being the newest!

-Best selling YA novelist of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black, will be writing this series.

-In preparation for the upcoming Fox television series based on Lucifer, this ongoing sees Lucifer and his brother, Gabriel, stuck on Earth, tending bar and attempting to solve the mystery of their father’s murder.  That father, by the way, is God.

Squadron SupremeSquadron Supreme #1

-Following the success of last week’s Scarlet Witch #1, James Robinson launches another ongoing Marvel title.

-Spins out of the Secret Wars tie-in miniseries, Squadron Sinister!

-If you’re not familiar with the Squadron Supreme, they are essentially the evil Justice League of the Marvel Universe!

-In their current iteration, the Squadron Supreme are assembled from survivor’s of dead worlds.  They blame The Avengers and have set out to systematically destroy each  member.

Weirdworld #1Weirdworld

-If something doesn’t have a proper place in the Marvel Universe, it goes to Weirdworld!

-Spins out of Jason Aaron’s Weirdworld miniseries!

-Sam Humphries (Star-Lord, Planet Hulk, Avengers) takes over for Jason Aaron, but the extraordinaire Mike del Mundo continues on as artist.

-Trapped and alone after a plane crash, young teen Becca must learn how to survive in Weirdworld.

Jul 032015
 

Star Trek Green LanternStar Trek / Green Lantern #1 (of 6)

-Star Trek has had a busy couple of years, meeting the Transformers, the Legion of Superheroes, Doctor Who, and now the Green Lantern CORPS!

-Written by Star Trek ongoing writer, Mike Johnson, this miniseries will see the two franchises interacting with each other.

-The J.J. Abrams versions of the original crew come across a buried artifact that sets off a mission that will bring them into contact with Hal Jordan, Jon Stewart, and the Green Lantern villains.

-Of course, if the good guys are teaming-up, that also means villains like the Klingons and Sinestro will join forces, as well!

Secret Wars Week 1 JulyCivil War

-Slightly delay, all the Secret Wars heavy hitters readers have been waiting for are finally here!

-Leading the way is the Civil War miniseries, featuring a world where Captain America leads one half of the country while Iron Man gets the other half.

-Age of Apocalypse is also dropping this Wednesday, depositing readers back into a world where the despotic mutant rules the world!

-Also releasing are 1872, the Western interpretation of the Marvel Universe, and Spider-Island, where all of New York possesses Spider-Man-like powers!

ArchieArchie #1

-Running consistently for over 600 issues, Archie comics is finally getting a reboot!

-Updating the characters and series for the modern age, Archie comics is appropriating a vibrant, adult art style!

-That new, youthful look is provided by Saga artist extraordinaire, Fionna Staples!

-On writing duties is veteran comic creator Mark Waid (Shield, Daredevil, Kingdom Come)!

Invader Zim #1Invader Zim

-Nickelodeon‘s darkly humored alien invader returns in comic form!

-The entire series will be written and overseen by creator Jhonen Vasquez!

-After Zim has been in hiding for years, he’s rearing his oversized green head to cause trouble for Dib once again!

-Issue #1 will feature a variant cover illustrated by Jhonen Vasquez!

Jan 192013
 

If your question is “What kind of badass comic awesomeness will Dennis Hopeless unleash on the world next?”, the answer is The Answer.  In the works for a number of years, Dark Horse Comics is finally releasing Dennis’ next miniseries which, as a series released independent of the big two comic companies, means anything goes.  The Answer, himself, is the hero of a standard metropolitan city who crosses paths with a punky librarian chick.  Together the two begin to uncover a conspiracy that sends them running for their lives.  As usual, because it’s Dennis, they do so while spouting some of the quickest, wittiest dialog on the block.  Oh, and if you’re a fan of the horror series Revival or the great web comic Battlepug, you’ll be glad to know The Answer was created in conjunction with Mike Norton.  Any more questions?

It’s a young hero’s world out there.

One of my most anticipated Marvel NOW! series launches this next Wednesday and it is Young Avengers.  Written by the too-cool-for-school Kieron Gillen (Journey in MysteryPhonogram) and drawn by X-Men: Season One‘s Jamie McKelvie, this version of Young Avengers is all about partying, music, partying, dancing, drinking, and partying.  Oh, but with superpowers.  The child version of Loki last seen in Gillen’s Journey into Mystery run has set out to improve his image and become a “good guy”, finding the best way to do this is to assemble a team of young heroes.  We’ll see how that goes.  If you loved the two official Young Avengers series of recent years, then you be happy to see many of those character popping back up in a book that continues to grow them as characters, mostly by seeing them through their stupid, irrational teenage years.  Oh, and did I mention the partying.

Countdown to Darkness may be a goofy title that elicits images of someone standing by a light switch yelling that they’ll turn it off in any moment, but the fact that Star Trek precedes it makes it noteworthy.  This new four issue miniseries from IDW is the prequel to this summer’s sequel to J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot, filling in the gaps between the last movie and the new one.  Written and overseen by Robert Orci, one of the screenwriters of the film, what happens here is the official continuity of the film universe.  For instance, you’ll see Klingons here before they appear in the film.  And if you read the previous Countdown miniseries for the last film, you’ll know that this one will enrich the story rather than  simply paddle in one place only to make money and not mess with the film.

Finally, tonight’s last shoutout is going to be a simple one, because it can be.

Deadpool

Versus.

Classic literary characters.

That’s Deadpool vs. Moby Dick, Deadpool vs. Tom Sawyer, Deadpool vs. Ebeneezer Scrooge, and so on.

Deadpool Killustrated.  Buy it.

Jun 182011
 

I know Atlas held the world on his shoulders, but there’s no way he could have lifted all the Atlas Games restock we received this week.

I’m talking games like Pieces of Eight, Gloom (and its expansions), Mad Scientist University (and its expansions), Lunch Money, Beer Money, Once Upon a Time (and its expansions), Let’s Kill! (and its expansions), Recess, Letter Head, Grand Tribunal, and Spammers.  A good portion of these games are card based and pocket-sized, much like a number of popular Z-Man games.

To hand choose a couple of the finest options, here’s a brief rundown on Letter Head, Recess, Let’s Kill!, and Once Upon a Time.

Letter Head is a blend of word and bluffing games.  A good fit for anyone who’s played and loved Quiddler, players gain cards that contain letters and point values as they attempt to create words.  The difference here is that you can barter and lie to your opponents to gain cards you don’t have.  But it doesn’t stop there, Letter Head also contains rules for 14other letter-based gaming scenarios.  Good bang for your

buck.

Recess transports you back to the school playground as players race their boy and girl tokens across the playground attempting to have them meet (and kiss *Gross*) within a time limit.  If you land on a space with another player’s token, though, some bullying ensues with only the winner walking away with lunch money.  And beware the nuns roaming around the playground who will whip your butt into detention so fast you won’t even see theruler coming at you.  A perfect kids/family game.

This next one is a rosy little ball of sunshine called, Let’s Kill!.  Man, with games like this and Gloom (equally dark, equally hilarious) Atlas might not be a gaming company you want to run into in a dark alley.  Anyway, the title pretty much says it all as the game revolves around players drawing victim cards from one deck and weapons from another in an attempt to murder as many people as you can in the most gruesome ways possible.  And if that isn’t enough bloody mayhem for you, there’s always the Crime

Scene Instigation and A Pretty Corpse expansion decks to add more victims, weapons, and other interesting cards to the mix.

Once upon a time there was a great game called Once Upon a Time.  I know, cheap.  Sue me.  Once Upon a Time uses elements of storytelling and roleplaying to create a game where players via for control of a fairy tale-esque by playing cards that shape the direction of the tale.  However, if another player interrupts you, they can gain control of the story’s flow.  Certainly a game where having a sharp imagination comes in handy.  Plus, you can always add the Dark Tales expansion (with a grimmer set of cards with trolls, goblins, and darker elements) or get really creative with the Create-Your-Own Storytelling Cards (blank cards that allow you to draw in the story elements).

As a period to this tale of Atlas, you should also know that we received the entire line-up of Dungeoneer card games.

Going boldly where no Heroclix game has ever gone before is the new Star Trek Expeditions cooperative boardgame.  Updated with the likenesses of the most recent J.J. Abrams film, the storyline of this game has players juggling three objectives, working together to solve all of them in a thirty day (one day=one turn) time limit.  Classic Heroclix-style dials are utilized, but in a different fashion that before; characters’ dials rotate, not from damage but, from choices and successes they make.  As far as using the license to its fullest, most enjoyable extent, this game knocks it out of the park.  Come play test it on any of our Sunday game nights, if you feel inclined.

Camelot Legends helps you get your knight on!  Players build up their own round tables in an effort to complete tasks and missions in the lands of Camelot, Cornwall, and the Perilous Forest.  The game contains 100 different cards, giving players a ton of options from which to build their cavalry

of knights.  Whichever team of knights completes the most tasks by the end of the game wins.

Another expansion in the ever expanding Warhammer Invasion card game, Legends, introduces new legend card types to be used with each race.  What are legend cards, though?  Representing one of the more powerful characters in your army, these cards can be placed in the center of your play field, allowing for cards in all your other three zones to utilize their powers.  Basically, Legends adds another layer of play in the already diverse two-player battleground that is Warhammer Invasion.

Last, but most creative, is the card expansion for Dixit.  Called Dixit 2 (okay, that’s not too creative), this hefty little expansion box adds eighty four new, full art cards to the existing game.  If you haven’t played Dixit, shame.  But, past the reprimanding, here’s how it works:  much like a Pictionary version of Apples to Apples, Dixit has players laying down cards decorated with gorgeous artwork in the center of the table and having one player guess who laid down what based on a prompt.  If nothing else (and there’s plenty else), the game is beautiful!