Oct 022015

Avengers #0 All New All Different MarvelAvengers #0 & All New All Different Point One #1

-The All New All Different era of Marvel Comics begins this Wednesday!

-Two one-shot anthologies lead the way into this era, featuring original short stories that set-up ongoing series.

-Avengers #0 contains shorts for all the major Avengers related series that will be launching over the next three months, including All New All Different Avengers, The Ultimates, New Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, and Uncanny Avengers, all by the creative teams of the ongoing series!

-All New All Different Point One, in turn, contains original short stories for Daredevil, Agents of Shield, Contest of Champions, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Carnage!

Survivor’s Club #1Survivor's Club

-DC Vertigo is on the cusp of a resurgence, and Survivor’s Club is leading the way!

-Packing some serious horror credentials, Survivor’s Club is co-written by horror author Lauren Beukes!

-Ryan Kelly, artist of Local, Saucer Country, Northlanders, Coffin Hill, and many other independent comic darlings, provides his exaggerated, emotional art style to this surreal horror series.

-In addition to all of those benefits, the premise of Survivor’s Club is killer!  Six teenage survivors of various horror movie genres (slasher, exorcism, haunted house, etc.) unite to solve the mysterious of the world.

Paper GirlsPaper Girls #1

-Another new ongoing series from one of comics’ best writers, Brian K. Vaughn (Y the Last Man, Saga, We Stand on Guard, Ex Machina)!

-Vaughn is joined by stylistic maestro, Cliff Chiang, fresh off of his epic from of Wonder Woman!  Chiang is bringing all of the eighties, neon nostalgia to this period series.

-Set in the late 1980s, Paper Girls follows four adolescent teenage girls who stumble into a mystery that will change their lives forever.

-Issue #1 is oversized at forty pages, but still sports a price tag of $2.99!

All New All Different Marvel Week OneDoctor Strange

-Invincible Iron Man #1 spearheads the relaunch of the Marvel Universe, featuring a fresh take on Tony as he remodels his suit and his life.  We’ve already read the issue, and loved the poppy dialog and swift pacing of the art!

-Spinning out of the online game, Contest of Champions is an ongoing series that sees deceased and lost Marvel heroes fighting to return to the land of the living on an alternate world called Battlerealm, ruled over by Maestro Hulk!

-Dan Slott returns to Amazing Spider-Man, but presents a new spin on Peter Parker that edges closer to James Bond than the frazzled nerd of Spider-Mans past.

-If you pick up one new Marvel series next week, make it Doctor Strange!  Written by KC local, Jason Aaron (Scalped, Star Wars, Thor, Weirdworld, Southern Bastards), Doctor Strange #1 sees Stephen Strange coming to a harsh realization that magic has an equal and opposite cost.  In effect, casting spells becomes a rare, dangerous occurrence that must be weighed carefully.  Oh, and the use of a battleaxe becomes way more prevalent!

Sep 252015

Dixie Vixens GNDixie Vixens GN

-As if Quentin Tarantino wrote a comic that blended Django Unchained and Death Proof together!

-Discover the voices of some new comic creators for under $15!

-A trio of female college roommates head down South before graduation, but when their car breaks down they run afoul of the KKK.

-But these ladies ain’t going to take ignorant, bigotry lying down.  Somebody’s getting shot!

The Empty Man v.1 tpbEmpty Man

-If moody, tense cop dramas like The Following, Hannibal, and True Detective appeal to you, then check out The Empty Man.

-Written by Missouri’s own Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Sixth Gun, Sinestro).

-Multiple FBI agents attempt to discover the origins of a mysterious virus that leaves people hollowed out and dead.  All while a menacing death cult stalks them from the shadows.

-Also features gorgeous painterly artwork from rising star Vanesa Del Ray.

From Under MountainsFrom Under Mountains #1

-A spin-off series from the fantasy/Sci-Fi ongoing, 8House.

-Written by Marian Churchland, the artist of the first two issues of 8House Arclight.

-Issue one contains artwork by visionary creator Brandon Graham!

-Continues the stories of the various houses and families introduced in the main 8House series.

Godzilla in Hell #3Godzilla in Hell #3

-Local artist Buster Moody, who illustrated this issue, will be signing it at the store on the day of its release!

-Moody is a rising talent from Kansas City, so come support local creators and get a copy signed!

-The Godzilla in Hell miniseries has a been an intriguing artistic experiment, as every issue features a different artist telling a story of the infamous Kaiju descending further into hell.

-Joining Moody, Adam Smith and Matt Fox, two other local creators, will be signing their new original graphic novel, Long Walk to Valhalla.

Sep 112015

Agent Carter Shield 50th AnniversaryAgent Carter Shield 50th Anniversary #1

-If you loved the Agent Carter television miniseries, check out this one shot!

-Another issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of Shield‘s appearance in the Marvel Universe.

-The team behind Operation S.I.N. (the previous Agent Carter miniseries), Kathryn Immonen (Patsy Walker Hellcat,  Journey into Mystery) and Rich Ellis, return!

-Return to the forties, as Dum Dum Dugan attempts to recruit Peggy Carter to Shield.

Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum #1 Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum

-In the vein of Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon, Jonas Quantum is an old school science adventurer with a little superhero genre thrown in.

-Local artist Freddie Williams III (JSA All-Stars, Robin, Legendary Star-Lord, The Movement) provides interior illustrations for this series!

-Producer and writer of Arrow and veteran comic author, Marc Guggenheim, helms the series.

-Jonas Quantum can cure death, travel through time, and invent all day long.  However, he is not a team player.  And he’s going to need help when outrunning an galactic assassin hired to kill him.

Captain America White #1Captain America White #1 (of 5)

-Over six years in the making, the long awaited Captain America White is finally here!

-Written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale, the team behind Batman The Long Halloween, Spider-Man Blue, Hulk Grey, Daredevil Yellow, and Catwoman: When in Rome.

-Like the previous Marvel “color” series mentioned above, Captain America White will see Loeb and Sale reinterpret early Captain America stories, modernizing them for contemporary readers.

-Issue one will also include the complete issue zero originally published in 2008!

Tokyo Ghost #1Tokyo Ghost

-Rick Remender, prolific author of Black Science, Low, Deadly Class, Captain America, Axis, and much more, launches a new ongoing series from Image Comics.

-Remender is joined by popular artist, Sean Murphy, who has recently brought you The Wake, Chrononauts, Punk Rock Jesus, and Joe the Barbarian!

-Set in the far future, two techno-organic detectives enforce the requests of gangsters in the cyberpunk future Los Angeles.

-Forced to venture into the last bastion of non-technology in the world, The Gardens of Tokyo, the protagonists have to lose all of their cybernetic enhancements.

Sep 042015

Faster Than Light #1Faster Than Lighter #1

-If Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar stoked your fancy, then Faster Than Light is up your star system.

-After having discovered lightspeed travel, a crew of astronauts sets out to explore the universe.  What they find may not be completely safe.

-Features an “augmented reality” technique that will make it appear as if the images are jumping off the page.

-Joins Image Comics already strong line of Sci-Fi titles, like Drifter, Descender, East of West, 8House, and Prophet.

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 (of 4)Tyson Hesse Diesel

-Another colorful, expansive, quirky Boom Box! miniseries.

-The first original comic from webcomic creator, Tyson Hesse (Boxer Hockey).

-Diesel is an inspired blend of Studio Ghibli films, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Tank Girl!

-Diesel, a young girl living under her father’s shadow, escapes her dull life as a garbage collector once she discovers a powerful airship engine.

Head LopperHead Lopper #1

-In the tradition of Conan and Kull, the Head Lopper series will be about violence, pillaging, and the lamentations of the women.

-Drawn and written by Andrew MacLean, the artist of Apocalyptigirl!

-Issue one is an oversized eighty pages of Mignola-esque barbarian action and adventure.

-The notorious Head Lopper removes the craniums of orcs and other creatures, only to carry them with him and keep them as companions.

Star Wars Journey to The Force Awakens Shattered Empire #1 (of 4)Star Wars Journey to the Force Awakens

-Force Friday kicked off The Force Awakens marketing train, but, next Wednesday, Journey to The Force Awakens Shattered Empire continues it!

-An in-continuity, four part miniseries that links the original Star Wars trilogy to the new Star Wars trilogy.

-Continuing Marvel Comics pairing of veteran and respected comic writers and artists with Star Wars series, Greg Rucka (Punisher, Gotham Central, Wonder Woman) and Marco Checchetto (Punisher, Avengers World) are the creative team on all four issues of this miniseries.

-Find out what happened after the Rebellion crushed the Empire!  How does that time period connect to the events of The Force Awakens?

Aug 142015

Settlers of Catan Traveler CompactCatan Traveler is a compact edition of the original game that can be transported anywhere!  The space-saving box unfolds to reveal the variable board.  Roads, settlements, and cities are safe in their locking drawers.  Cards are held securely in holder trays.  And, thanks to the practical hex-shaped Deck Building gameshaker, the dice can’t get dropped and lost.

Deck building games have now been pushed as far as they can go.  I present to you, Deck Building:  The Deck Building Game.  Yes, in this two player game you and an opponent attempt to out-handyman each other by constructing a deck.  Cards represent different types of wood that can be used to construct your deck, Suburbia five star 5including pine, oak, and even rotten wood that you can sabotage your opponent with.

Suburbia 5* (that’s a star for those who can’t tell) adds fifty new unique building tiles, a new resource to manage, and components for a fifth player to the Suburbia base game.  The new star system determines player order, provides bonuses and penalties to the most/least tourist-friendly towns, and even breaks ties for public and private goals.  Suburbia 5* works with the original Suburbia game, and can also be combined with Suburbia, Inc.The Undercity Iron Kingdoms

In Iron Kingdoms’ The Undercity you will join the Black River Irregulars and delve into the treacherous Undercity, a decaying labyrinth of tunnels and caverns sprawled beneath Corvis that is home to all manner of vice and villainy.  Work as a team and utilize your hero’s unique strengths to battle the Undercity’s deadly denizens and expose the dark conspiracy festering in the city’s underbelly.  If you’re tough and smart, you’ll gain valuable experience and equipment you need to destroy the evil Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Skorne Empirethreatening Corvis.  Fail, and death will be the least of your concerns.

In the Iron Kingdoms Unleashed:  Skorne Empire softcover you will journey far bey ond the boundaries of the Iron Kingdoms with this essential full-color guide to the Skorne Empire, eastern Immoren, and its inhabitants.  In the booklet, you’ll find the history of the Skorne Empire, explore Halaak, Malphas, and other major cities of the empire, discover new careers, gear, and weapons, create a character with the new caste system, and find many other beneficial supplements to the core Iron Kingdoms roleplaying system.Vs System 2pcg The Battles

Drug out of mothballs by Upper Deck and Marvel, the fan favorite superhero card game Vs. is back!  Vs. System:  The Battles is the return of the incredibly popular two player card game, featuring new “Main Character” cards to organize a deck (from a total of 400 possible cards), updated mechanics, streamlined gameplay, easy-to-learn rules, and an additional rulebook to help learn them.  Exclusively for two players, Vs. System is a quick-to-learn and quick-to-play card game featuring Marvel’s signature heroes!