Jun 032016
 

Civil War II Amazing Spider-ManCivil War Amazing Spider-Man & Gods of War #1 (of 4)

-With Civil War II in overdrive, Marvel begins turning out four tie-in miniseries this week.

-Out this week are the Civil War II:  Amazing Spider-Man and Civil War II:  Gods of War first issues.

-The inciting incident for Civil War II is the discovery of Ulysses, an Inhuman who can predict the future.  When he predicts that one of Peter Parker’s closest friends will betray him, Spider-Man has to dig deep to uncover the mole in his organization.

-While the Civil War threat rages on, Hercules discovers a related obstacle that needs defeating.  While the Avengers are busy, however, Hercules will have to assemble a team of mythic heroes to quell the problem.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (of 4)Prometheus Life and Death

-Another miniseries in the Life and Death Dark Horse crossover that began with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Acclaimed writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman) continues where he left off with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Spinning out of the events of that previous miniseries, Prometheus:  Life and Death follows the Colonial Marines after they have outrun the Predators.

-Unfortunately, the ship they have stolen crash lands on LV-223, the planet where the Engineers built the Xenomorphs.

Gotham Academy LumberjanesLumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (of 6)

-Boom! and DC join forces for a crossover miniseries that no one knew they wanted, but were thrilled to receive once it was announced!

-Lumberjanes is one of Boom! Studios‘ flagship titles, having earned numerous Eisner Awards and countless avid fans who appreciate the inclusive tone and wacky humor of the series.

-Gotham Academy has also earned an army of fans, but on the DC side of the street.  Essentially a Harry Potter-equivalent for the DC Universe, Gotham Academy follows a group of plucky teens at a private school in Gotham as they uncover mysteries and battle ghosts, ghouls, and other creatures.

-As both groups are addicted to solving mysteries, a spooky building hidden in the woods draws them together for an all-ages adventure.

DC Rebirth Week 2Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

-Returning to their original numbering (adding all of the interceding New 52 issues) Action Comics and Detective Comics return.  Action Comics will star an empowered Lex Luthor as he fills Superman‘s shoes, while Detective Comics sees Batman and Batwoman training an Bat-Family army that includes Spoiler, Tim Drake, and Clayface.

-After Geoff Johns established Aquaman as one of the DC Universe‘s greatest heroes, Dan Abnett picks up the reins sending Arthur Curry on a dangerous mission to battle Black Manta while brokering peace between Atlantis and the surface world.

-Spinning out of the mind-blowing events of DC Universe Rebirth #1, Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted, The Illuminati) takes over the Flash series with Barry Allen at the center.

-Greg Rucka (Black Magick, Batman, 100 Bullets) returns to Wonder Woman, a series he received ample acclaim for writing in the early 2000s!  A close loss and the removal of a classic weapon lead Wonder Woman on a journey to reclaim her position as Themascyra’s ambassador.

Jan 222016
 

Cry HavocCry Havoc #1

-A war comic unlike any you’ve read before!

-Modern warfare blends with folklore in Cry Havoc, as a female soldier embarks on a mission overseas.  Oh, and did I mention she’s a lesbian werewolf?

-Cult favorite British writer, Si Spurrier (X-Club, Doctor Who 11th Doctor, X-Force, X-Men Legacy) brings his surreal vision to this new Image Comics series.

-Indy artist darling, Ryan Kelly (Survivor’s Club, Northlanders, Letter 44) handles art duties on the series.

Faith #1 (of 4)Faith #1

-As with all of Valiant‘s miniseries, Faith #1 acts as a perfect opportunity for new readers to dive into the universe.

-Spinning out of Harbinger, everywoman superhero Faith Herbert has struck out on her own.  After discovering an alien conspiracy, will she wish she hadn’t?

-Up-and-coming writer, Jody Houser, joins the Valiant stable with this miniseries after handling writing duties on Orphan Black, The Calvary Shield one-shot, and stories in Womanthology.

-Two veteran DC artists, Francis Portela (Green Lantern) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells), combine powers to provide Faith with gorgeous interiors.

Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot KatanaSuicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #1 (of 6)

-You’ve seen the awesome, new trailer for the Suicide Squad movie, now find out about the characters starring in the film!

-Get two stories for the price of one in this oversized issue!

-Each issue of the Most Wanted miniseries will have a one story about Deadshot and one about Katana, each by a different creative team.

-In Deadshot‘s story, he’s assigned to assassinate Lex Luthor.  In Katana‘s, she has to delve into the history of her sword, Soultaker, before it overtakes her mind.

Old Man Logan #1Old Man Logan

-Spins out of the Secret Wars Old Man Logan miniseries!

-Brian Michael Bendis has passed writing duties on to Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Extraordinary X-Men, All New Hawkeye, Animal Man).

-While Bendis is gone, Andrea Sorrentino has stuck around after his run on the Secret Wars miniseries.

-In Old Man Logan’s future, he’s killed nearly all the other superheroes and had his wife murdered by The Hulk.  Now stuck on the Marvel Prime Earth, Logan is on a mission to wipe out the possibility of that future ever occurring, which means killing some heroes.

Dec 062014
 

Descent Manor of RavensOctober may be long past, but the newest expansion for Descent is all about haunted houses.

Manor of Ravens is another expansion for Descent‘s second edition, including an entirely new scenario where players venture into a creepy old mansion to battle the evil guardian that waits within.  This is an expansion geared toward beefing up the overlord’s abilities, containing additional class and monster cards, as well as relic weapons that can be wielded by monsters. Doomtown Reloaded New Town New Rules The overlord also gains a character similar to the heroes’ familiar called a servant.

A new sheriff comes to Doomtown in the first expansion for the recent remake of the popular Western card game.  New Town, New Rules for Doomtown Reloaded contains four copies of twenty-one that feature playable material for all four outfits within the game.

RattlebonesFeaturing an aesthetic similar to a Tim Burton movie, Rio Grande GamesRattlebones is a strangely unique experience.  Players attempt to track down the ringleader of a deranged sideshow, named Rattlebones, by rolling various six-sided dice.  The trick is that throughout the game players will be able to augment their dice, removing sides and replacing them with different symbols and side amounts.Magic the Gathering Duel Decks Anthology MTG

Magic the Gathering collectors pay close attention to the next item!  Wizards of the Coast has concocted another highly limited, highly collectible release with the Duel Decks Anthology set.  This allocated release has gone immediately out-of-print, with store’s only receiving a limited number.  Inside this hefty box are the first four duel deck releases, including Elves vs. Goblins, Divine vs. Demonic, Jace vs. Chandra, and Garruk vs. DC Deck Building Game Forever Evil expansionLiliana.

The villains are running the asylum with the newest big box expansion for the DC Deck Building Game!

Forever Evil contains 206 cards to be incorporated into any of the base versions of the game.  Since the theme of this expansion is bad guys, the new playable character cards are all famous villains from the DC Universe, including Harley Quinn, Sinestro, and Lex Luthor.  The Forever Evil set is also largely about the discarding ability, as villains will be able to use up their henchmen cards in order to escape and fight another day.

Sep 142013
 

DC Villain’s Month: Week 3

-Lex Luthor:  Written by Charles Soule (Swamp Thing), this issue follows Luthor as he attempts to fight back against the Crime Syndicate.

-Ras al Ghul:  What happens when the world’s most threatening terrorist is forced to defend his citadel from the powers of Ultraman?

-Deathstroke:  Written by the creators of Assassin’s Creed and the upcoming Arkham City Origins, this issue gets personal as Slade has to defend his family while completing an assassination.

-Arcane:  Leading into the next storyline of Swamp Thing (the BEST book at DC right now!), this issue picks up with Anton Arcane, lost in limbo and fighting for a way out.

Batwoman v.3 HC – “World’s Finest”

-Tell DC you support J.H. Williams on Batwoman by picking up his last storyline as both writer and artist!

-Teaming up Wonder Woman and Kate Kane, this storyline is an absolute mythical battle across the world as these two heroes try to take down Medusa!

-J.H. Williams’ art for this storyline is beyond compare!  Some of the double page spreads deserve to be hung in a museum.

-Don’t worry about being lost if you haven’t read volumes one and two, but if you wish to catch up, the entire Batwoman story can be found on the shelves of Pulp Fiction.

Big Guy & Rusty the Boy Robot tpb

-Long out of print, but now reprinted in a beautiful updated edition!

-Frank Miller blends a love for fifties sci-fi films and giant robot fights (like Pacific Rim) into this unusual nineties comic gem.

-Geoff Darrow joins Miller, lending his ridiculously detailed pencils to the calamity and chaos of the series.  Seriously, if you’ve never read Hard Boiled or seen Darrow’s work on Shaolin Cowboy, you need to take a flip through this and have your eyes blown out of your head!

-The entire series in one hefty volume!

Five Ghosts:  The Haunting of Fabian Gray v.1 tpb

-The underdog Image hit of the year!

-Join Fabian Gray, an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer, as he travels the globe looking for a way to revive his deceased sister!

-Fret not!  Gray is joined by his best friend, and widowed husband of his sister, as he battles thieves, tribesmen, and evil monks!

-Oh, and did we mention that Gray possesses the powers of five literary ghosts (Sherlock Holmes, Yojimbo,  Merlin, Dracula, and Robin Hood) thanks to his connection with the Dreamstone!

Jun 152013
 

Extinction Parade #1

1. Coinciding with the release of the film adaptation of Max Brooks’ World War Z, Avatar Press unleashes the first issue in a new miniseries by Brooks himself!

2. Extinction Parade builds off of a Brooks short story from 2010, allowing him to expand the world he created earlier!

3. The story itself focuses on a period of time where the zombie infestation of Earth has dwindled the human population to a point where the vampire community, which has existed in secret since the beginning of time, has begun to worry about their diminishing food supply.

4. In short, that’s vampires vs. zombies vs. humans written by zombie specialist, Max Brooks!

Wild Blue Yonder #1

1. Golden age war comics and modern age post-apocalyptic narratives slam together in IDW‘s Wild Blue Yonder!

2. A young female fighter pilot named Cola battles for survival in an Earth that has become so overpopulated that most of humanity has left the ground for survival.

3. Zack Howard, artist on Joe Hill’s The Cape, created and funded this series through Kickstarter, touting it as a personal passion project, which usually bodes well for the quality of the story.

4. Expect high-octane action sequences, as Cola fights to defend her legendary airship, The Dawn, from air pirates and other baddies.

Edison Rex v.1 TPB

1. Chris Roberson’s (iZombie, Memorial) acclaimed Edison Rex series is now out in trade paperback!

2. After a week where the spotlight has been on Superman, Edison Rex turns it to a Luthor-esque baddie.

3. Following years of evil plans and strategies, Edison Rex has finally defeated Valiant, his arch-rival and protector of Earth.  But what does he do after that?  Who is he when he’s not defined by the good guy he fought for so long?

4. Following in the footsteps of post-modern, self-referential comic works like Watchmen (though this is a smidge lighter in tone) and Top Ten, Edison Rex brims with in-jokes and references to comic history!

100 Bullets: Brother Lono #1

1. You thought they were out, but they’re getting pulled back in!

2. Nearly four years after the legendary Vertigo series ended, Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman) and Eduardo Risso (Flashpoint: Batman) have returned to add a post-script to their epic crime series.

3. Brother Lono picks up after the violent events of the 100 Bullets conclusion, following Lono (who was last seen getting shot in the chest) as he hides out in Mexico.

4. How many series gain an extra chapter after concluding their story, by the original creative team, and almost a half-decade after the last issue came out?  None, that’s the answer.  Be sure to pick-up this over-sized first issue of this comic event!