May 202016
 

Captain America Steve RogersCaptain America Steve Rogers #1

-After qualifying for AARP benefits for the last several months, Steve Rogers is back to his youthful self!

-Nick Spencer, writer of the Sam Wilson Captain America series, Astonishing Ant-Man, and The Fix will also be handling writing duties on this series.

-Those who have been missing classic Captain America action, this is the series for you!  Cap is forced to go up against a resurgent Hydra, as well as two iconic enemies from his past.

-If you’re a fan of Sam Wilson, don’t worry.  Not only is Sam sticking around as Captain America, he will also be co-starring in this series.

Nighthawk #1Nighthawk

-Spinning out of the Marvel‘s Squadron Supreme series!

-Nighthawk is the Batman of the Squadron Supreme, but far more deadly and vicious.  So, fans of the Caped Crusader, Moon Knight, and other Batman-esque superheroes should give him a look.

-After leaving the Cyborg series at DC, David F. Walker is talking over writing duties on Nighthawk!

-Housed out of Chicago, Nighthawk is faced with a rash of serial murders.  To solve the case, he’ll have to dig deep into his own dark fears and doubts.

Scooby ApocalypseScooby Apocalypse #1

-This ain’t your momma’s Scooby Doo!

-Covers and writing duties are being handled by legendary comic creator, Jim Lee!

-Interior art, though not by Jim Lee, is from another veteran, Howard Porter.  Porter cut his teeth on Grant Morrison’s famous JLA run from the nineties and has recently been illustrating Superman and Justice League 3000.

-Still featuring classic Scooby-monster-hunting action, but in a setting more akin to The Walking Dead or Mad Max:  Fury Road.

DC Universe Rebirth #1DC Universe Rebirth

-DC is relaunching all of their series at #1, making it easier to jump into the universe.  And it all starts here!

-Likely the last comic issue written by Geoff Johns for the time being (as he’s, you know, kinda in charge of the DC Cinematic Universe now)!

-Everything you’ll need to know about the DC Rebirth timeline and universe will be established here!

-Not only will this one shot feature the death (his name rhymes with Looper Dan) and/or a return of character (his name rhymes with Jolly Guest), it’s price tag is only $2.99!

May 132016
 

Mae #1Mae #1

-Want a Buffy-like comic with fairies and giant cats?  Try Dark Horse‘s new Mae series!

-Lost for years, fighting in an alternate reality of magic and fantasy, Abbie has to flee back to Earth as that world falls apart around her.  Mae, Abbie’s sister, is entrusted to find her, but must contend with various mystical creatures escaping into our realm.

-Written, illustrated, and created by Gene Ha, a former understudy of Alan Moore, Mae promises to be one of Dark Horse‘s signature series.

-Epic in scope and raunchy in content, like Saga, Mae is the indy series you should check out this week.

Archangel #1Archangel William Gibson

-Famous Sci-Fi author William Gibson (Neuromancer) comes to comics!

-Following the complete irradiation of the planet, Earth’s population is forced to move into a machine called The Splitter that generates an alternate, digital reality.

-On art duties for the book is comics legend, Butch Guice (Captain America, Astro City, Superman)!

-Fans of series like East of West, Prophet, and Black Science should give this a look!

Future Quest #1Future Quest #1

-Future Quest kicks off DC‘s relaunch of the Hana Barbara properties!

-Combining cartoon characters like Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, and the Herculoids, Future Quest constructs a universe and continuity around these beloved characters!

-When Johnny and Hadji discover an alien mystery in a swamp, they must team up with the universe’s other heroes forestall the threat and save the universe.

-Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Batman ’66, Hulk) joins forces with up-and-coming artist “Doc” Shaner (Convergence: Shazam, Multiversity, Darkseid War:  Green Lantern).

Civil War II #0 (of 7)Civil War II #0

-You’ve seen Captain America: Civil War.  You’ve read the original Civil War.  Now get ready for the sequel!

-A completely original event from Marvel, Civil War II is reminiscent of the original in that Iron Man is facing off against another hero, but unlike last time it is Captain Marvel he’s butting heads with.

-Marvel architect, Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, House of M), will be writing all seven issues.

-When a young Inhuman named Ulysses is discovered who can predict the future, Captain Marvel wants to conscript him to help them stop crimes before they happen.  Iron Man has different opinions.

Apr 222016
 

Doctor Strange The Last Days of MagicDoctor Strange:  The Last Days of Magic #1

-Spins out of the events occurring in the main Doctor Strange series!

-Led by Jason Aaron, this anthology one shot features a variety of writers and artists telling tales about the upending of magic in the Marvel Universe.

-In addition to a story about Wong sacrificing for his friend’s survival, there will also be tales about Brother Voodoo and a completely new Marvel character!

-If you’ve been reading the main Doctor Stranger series, this one shot is a must!

Aliens:  Defiance #1Aliens Defiance

-Only a few years away from the continuation of the Aliens universe films, Dark Horse is preparing with a new ongoing series.

-Popular writer, Brian Wood (Black Road, X-Men, Moon Knight), tries his hand at the property.

-Wood will be returning to the claustrophobic horror of the original Alien with the series, but blending in elements of mystery.

-Zula Hendricks, a member of the Ultra Marines, is accompanying a freighter of androids and other materials across the stars when she’s sent on a journey to discover the source of a wayward Xenomorph on her ship.

The Fourth PlanetThe Fourth Planet #1

-Okay, we’re going to be honest.  We ordered this series without any knowledge of the creators or plot, it simply looked like a great read.

-Help us out and the creators out by giving this new, exciting, indy comic a try.

-When a group of refugees crash their stolen warship into a planet entrenched in their own battle, they must take sides or be destroyed.

-From all accounts, fans of classic Sci-Fi, like Warlords of Mars or War of the Worlds, as well as those of current series like Descender, East of West, and Prophet, should give The Fourth Planet a look.

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #14 Kids Walk Into a Bank

-After making his name on the Black Mask series We Can Never Go Home, Matthew Rosenberg has become a must-read writer in the industry.

-4 Kids Walk Into a Bank is his follow-up series to We Can Never Go Home, promising many of the same pleasures.

-A master of snappy, youthful dialog, Rosenberg has built this series around a close-knit group of tweens getting up to some very bad business.

-While playing in their weekly D&D game, the stars of the series find out that one of their group’s fathers is being asked to pull a bank robbery.  Problem is, those asking are destined to screw it up and get him thrown in jail.  Thus, the group has no other option than to pull the heist themselves.

Apr 152016
 

Chez Geek Spring BreakFor those layabouts still building up slack in the world of Chez Geek, Steve Jackson Games has another way for players to continue to be lazy.  The Chez Geek Spring Break expansion can be added to the base game in the form of forty entirely new cards, all themed around traveling for the Spring Break holiday.  In addition to those cards, the expansion also contains Event Cards, which are an entirely new element that changes up gameplay.Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game

Cryptozoic has built up quite an empire of property-based deck building games, including DC, The Lord of the Rings, and Street Fighter.  Well, this weekend they add another conquest to that list with the Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game.  In this version of the game, players are controlling and building decks around popular Cartoon Network shows, like Dexter’s Laboratory, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Adventure Time.  As always, this version of the game is completely compatible with other Cryptozoic deck builders, so if you want you can have Finn face off with Superman while Frodo waits in the wings.

Rory's Story CubesSay you’re writing your first novel.  Or game mastering an RPG for your buddies.  Or maybe just killing time with friends around a campfire.  No matter the case, Rory’s Story Cubes are designed to randomly generate story ideas and elements to help fire the imagination.  Out this weekend are six mini-expansion packs for the series, each with three dice featuring a single theme.  For example, the Enchanted box features story elements related to fairytales and fantasy while the Clues box is all mystery related.Talisman Cataclysm

A new big box expansion for the popular dungeon crawl board game, Talisman, drops this weekend.  Talisman The Cataclysm introduces an entirely new main board to replace the one found in the base game.  In addition to the replacement game board, the expansion also contains over 150 extra cards and miniatures that Munchkin Marvelintroduce five original characters into the game, including ones inspired by Viking and Indian mythology.

Marvel is in the air as Captain America:  Civil War is on the horizon.  Understanding their fan base, Steve Jackson has made another coup by acquiring the rights to Marvel‘s popular line of characters in order to release Munchkin Marvel.  A new base game for the popular series, Munchkin Marvel uses the same mechanics from the other Munchkin games, but applies the heroes and villains of Marvel to them.  You’ll still be fighting monsters and acquiring treasures, but now those monsters will be Thanos, The Red Skull, and the like while you’ll be using Mjolnir or Cap’s shield to take them down.

Apr 152016
 

Captain America Road to WarCaptain America: Road to War #1 one shot

-Prep for Captain America:  Civil War with this lead-in one shot.

-Featuring the New Avengers cast from Age of Ultron, including Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon, and War Machine.

-Multiple stories feature different line-ups of the team members, each of which are the MCU versions of the characters.

-Read about the first adventure this version of the Avengers went on.

Dept H #1Dept H

-From creator Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Rai, The Valiant, Revolver) comes a new ongoing series for Dark Horse.

-A masterful writer and artist, Kindt provides both for this series.

-A crime mystery on an undersea research facility, Dept H blends all the best aspects of a detective show, Bioshock, and The Wake.

-When Mia, the investigator brought to the facility to solve a mystery, gets trapped underwater, how can she hope to escape and figure out what’s going on?

All New All Different Avengers v.1 tpbAll New All Different tpbs

-Many of the initial All New All Different Marvel relaunch series are dropping in trade paperback form this weekend.

-First up, the flagship Avengers title, All New All Different Avengers, has it’s first six issues plus shorts from the Free Comic Book Day issue published in a volume one TPB.

-Second, Captain America Sam Wilson v.1 tpb sees The Falcon take up Cap’s mantle in the face of national uncertainty.

-Finally, Contest of Champions v.1 tpb contains the first six issues of the series, finding multiple Marvel heroes transported to an alternate realm in order to battle each other.

I Hate Fairyland v.1 tpbI Hate Fairyland v.1 tpb

-Renowned for his popular, cutesy “Baby Variants” at Marvel, Skottie Young’s anything-but-cute series from Image receives it’s first trade.

-Written and illustrated by Young, I Hate Fairyland is not only hilarious, but great to look at.

-You know the story, a young girl is whisked into a fantasy land.  Except I Hate Fairyland is the violent, raunchy, filthiest version of that story you’ve ever read.

-Plus, the book is from Image Comics, so the trade is set at a reasonable price of $9.99!