Dec 292012
 

Anything Finn can do, Fionna can do better.  And in knee socks.

The highly successful Adventure Time comic series gains another tie-in miniseries this Wednesday!  Written by co-creator and storyboard artist from the television show, Natasha Allegri, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake brings the girl power!  Spinning out of a stand-alone episode where the regular protagonists, Finn and Jake, where gender bent into women, this miniseries gives them the spotlight for six whole issues!  As the previous Adventure Time series have sold out as fast as the Ice Queen sliding down a snowy slope, if you want a copy be sure to put your name on the pull before Wednesday or be at the store early!

Vampires have been the new hotness for quite some time now, but they’ve never been Marvel NOW!  Uh, until now.

With this week’s Morbius, the Living Vampire #1, another of Spidey‘s villains gets an empathetic make over.  After breaking out of The Raft prison in Spider-Man #699.1, Michael Morbius is attempting to find his inner good guy and satisfy his natural hunger.  Written by Joe Keatinge, up-and-coming author of Hell Yeah and Glory for Image Comic, the first issue showcases his unique blend of stylistic indy paneling and catchy, quick dialog as well as moody horror.  As is often the case, C-list characters commonly make for the best reads at the big two comic companies (for evidence, see Swamp Thing and Hawkeye), given that the writers have a leeway to put the characters through their paces in ways that the A-list characters can’t be.  Trust me, it won’t suck.  Except, you know, in the ways that a vampire book should.

The other Marvel NOW! release for this next week is Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers companion book, New Avengers #1. Like FF to Fantastic Four, this series will share characters with the main title, as well as some plot elements, making them a shared story, of sorts.  And if you’ve read Hickman’s first issue of Avengers or any of his Manhattan Projects series, you know he’s capable of giant sci-fi craziness and incredible plot twists, both qualities which he will bring to characters of New Avengers.  Starring The Illuminati, the secretive, behind-the-scenes puppet masters of the Marvel Universe, the series will feature Black Panther, Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Beast desperately struggling to halt the collision of two universes.  And fans of the New Universe concept of yesteryear should take note, as it’s rumored to return in this book.

Thanks to a little timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff, the third series of Doctor Who Character Builder Miniatures materializes in the store this Wednesday!  Yes, we know series two hasn’t arrived yet, but, you know, time travel.  Anyway, it really doesn’t matter as each set features different characters or key characters in unique costumes.  Set three includes the Doctor in his fancy green longcoat (circa season five), Amy with Silence marks on her face, an alternate universe Rory, River Song, an Ood, and many more (check them all out to the right).  Each figure is compatible with Lego’s, if you wish to build your own Doctor Who adventure set, or feel free to pick up one of Doctor Who Character Builder playsets currently at the store.

Nov 302012
 

Que up the Jaws music.

Get Bit!, a recent topic of Will Wheton’s Tabletop, is currently sending beach goers fleeing from the ocean.  Playing like a reverse Guillotine, Get Bit! has players jockeying for position in order to be the last to be eaten by the shark.  By the way, each of the players and the hungry shark are represented by legally distinct Legos, which means as each character is being chewed upon, they actually lose body parts.  Play your cards right and you’ve escaped certain death.  Fumble a a draw and you’re chum, chum.

For all those couples looking for a compelling two-player game with a healthy dose of strategy, it’s time to get into some Pink Hijinks.  I’m sorry that sounds so dirty; there’s just no way to get around it.  Anyway, Pink Hijinks is based off of the popular Looney Labs Pyramids game.  In this version, players roll a special die which determines which pieces you move where.  Ultimately, each player is attempting to fill their row entirely.  Simple, but elegantly strategic.

Pandakai is coming!

Since we didn’t get to mention it last week, what with that whole Black Friday thing, we’ve got to talk about the Power Up! expansion for King of Tokyo.  The popular, but constantly out-of-print, game receives this epic expansion which provides not only a new monster in the form of the kung-fu panda known as Pandakai, but also the ability to mutate your previous monsters into more powerful creatures.

Bring on the bad guys!

Super Dungeon Explorer has just switched over to hard mode with three new monster expansion packs!  First up is Caverns of Roxor, featuring the big baddie Roxor and all his twisted minions.  Coming out at the same time are the The Rock Top Gang, a tough as granite band of rumblers, and Fireflow Denizens, a spicy hot selection of sizzling scoundrels.  These expansions come with a combined total of 57 fully assembled miniatures along with all the stat cards and extras that make them work.  If you are a lover of 16-bit RPGs, Super Dungeon Explorer is like your peanut butter and chocolate.

Jan 142012
 

Hard to type a sound effect, so…

You might have guessed from that, but there’s a new Tarzan book coming out from Dynamite next Wednesday. Called Lord of the Jungle, this series’ first issue with sell for only a $1 and will follow closely to the original Edgar Rice Burrows stories. Written by Arvid Nelson, respected author of the Rex Mundi series and the recent Warlord of Mars series, this should be both an authentic and enjoyable read.

If you haven’t noticed, the 90′s are kind of coming back right now in the world of comics. Cementing that idea even further is the return of the popular J. Scott Campbell series, Danger Girl. If you’re not familiar with the series, basically it’s every spy movie you’ve seen mixed with the curves of Charlie’s Angels and the slick, smooth line work of J. Scott Campbell. In this newest mini-series, the Danger Girl gang has returned, but with a +1. Yup, a new Danger Girl will be introduced to the team. And she’s a redhead. If that’s not enought to intice, young up-and-coming artist Chris Madden pencils the book in his highly expressive style. And if that doesn’t intice you…come on, it’s explosions and pretty ladies!

Welcome to the Pulp Fiction Jewelry corner here on QVC, tonight we’re going to highlight our new line of DC superhero emblems. First up is the Batman Symbol Necklace, a fine choice for any significant other who’s your own Dark Knight. After that we have a matching him and her Superman/Supergirl set of necklaces, perfect for the stylish nerd couple. Call within the next five minutes and receive a special high five from all the Pulp Fiction employees, because you are awesome!

Lately there have been a lot of blind box releases. There was the Lord of the Rings Heroclix set and the Pathfinder Battles figures, but none of them compare to the words I’m going to type next.

Doctor Who Miniatures.

Yes. They are cool. There are ten possible figures total, including Weeping Angels, Daleks, and, of course, the Doctor and Amy Pond. All of which are designed in a childish, LEGO-ish style that’s perfect for kids or adults who are kids. Collect all 10 and save the universe.