Apr 172015
 

Uncle ScroogeUncle Scrooge #1

-It’s rare that a publisher launches a children’s comic in this day and age, so kudos to IDW for releasing a new one!

-Yes, Marvel may be owned by Disney, but IDW has acquired the rights to print new material of classic Disney characters.

-Uncle Scrooge launches a series of Disney comics, including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

-Each issue of the Uncle Scrooge series will see Scrooge McDuck and his nephews adventuring in single issue stories, some time with other Disney characters!

Beyond Belief #1Beyond Belief #1

-Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Network rules ALL the airwaves, but now it will also rule the comic book page!

-Adapted from the Beyond Belief segment of The Thrilling Adventure Hour Podcast!

-The issues are written by Ben Blacker and Ben Acker, two regular contributors to the Nerdist Network!

-Each issue will feature a different horror story!

Empire UprisingEmpire Uprising #1

-Respected, veteran comic book author, Mark Waid (Shield, Kingdom Come, Daredevil), launches another new series this Wednesday!

-Following up on the Empire miniseries Waid wrote years ago, Empire Uprising continues a year after those events.

-A lot of super villains claim they’re going to conquer the world.  Golgoth, the protagonist of Empire Uprising, actually did it.

-Can a superhero resistance force manage to topple the mad ruler?  Read to find out.

Kaptara #1Kaptara

-Chip Zdarsky (or as his friends know him, Chololick Chip Zdouchsky), co-creator of Sex Criminals and author of the new Howard the Duck series, launches an absurd Sci-Fi series at Image!

-Image Comics has been killing it with a plethora of space adventure series lately, including Invisible Republic, Copperhead, Descender, Roche Limit, and Southern Cross.  Kaptara is the next hit!

-A crew of space people land on the surreal planet of Kaptara and, you know, stuff goes on.  Or, at least, that’s what Chip says.

-Like if God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Sex Criminals, and Prophet had a four-way baby!

Apr 032015
 

Savior #1Savior #1

-Todd McFarlane, co-founder of Image Comics and creator of Spawn, returns to launch an entirely new series!

-McFarlane’s partner in launching this ongoing series is painterly artist extraordinaire, Clayton Crain (Carnage USA, X-Force, Rai)!

-Savior asks the question, “How would the real world react to a superpowered person showing up?”  No costume.  No code name.  Most view him as the second coming of Christ.  But is he a savior or a destroyer?

-Is Savior the next hit Image comic?  The next Walking Dead?  You only have to pay $2.99 to find out!

Kaijumax #1Kaijumax

-Think of a prison.  Now think of that prison, but with the human prisoners replaced with giant, Godzilla-like creatures.

-Zander Cannon, a frequent inker and illustrator on Alan Moore’s Top 10, will be writing and drawing this Oni Press series!

-You know the standard prison yard beat down?  Well, in Kaijumax that plays more like the city destroying fights between Mothra, Godzilla, and Rodan!

-Also, expect to see some legally distinct, but familiar monster faces mixed in with Cannon’s own designs!

Max Ridge First FlightMax Ride: First Flight #1 (of 5)

-Following in the footsteps of Marvel‘s successful and respected adaptations of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and The Stand, the publisher turns its talents toward James Patterson’s young readers series of novels!

-Marguerite Bennett (Earth 2 World’s End, Lois Lane, Batman, A-Force) will be adapting Patterson’s work!

-Max and her peers have been experimented on by an evil corporation, who have spliced their DNA with that of birds.  These teens break free, however, and take wing to escape the corporation’s Erasers!

-After the popularity of the action figure Star Wars variant covers, Marvel is also releasing an action figure variant for issue #1 of Max Ride.  Unlike Star Wars, though, these will be sold at cover price!

DC Convergence Week 1Convergence Nightwing Oracle

-DC‘s reality spanning event begins in earnest this Wednesday!

-If you didn’t pick up Convergence #0 last week, it kicked off the backbone miniseries for the event, seeing Brainiac slam various alternate realities together so they can fight to the death.

-Each of the other series in this Convergence event will be two issues long, spanning from April to May.

-Launching this week are Atom, Batgirl, Batman & Robin, Harley Quinn, Justice League, Nightwing Oracle, Question, Speed Force, Superman, and Titans!

Mar 272015
 

Uncanny InhumansUncanny Inhumans #0

-If you’ve been watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. you are aware that the Inhumans are a big thing right now!

-If you’re looking to get the lowdown on who the Inhumans are before their film drops, this is the series to check out.

-Charles Soule, writer of the previous Inhuman series, returns to helm this new ongoing series.

-Joining Soule as the artist for the series is Steve McNiven (Civil War)!

Kanan The Last PadawanKanan The Last Padawan Star Wars

-The fourth Star Wars series to launch from Marvel comics!

-Avid fans of the Star Wars Rebels cartoon will want to pick up this series, as it stars Kanan Jarus!

-This series does not, however, take place in the pre-New Hope time period, but during the Clone Wars!

-Before Jarus was a renegade Jedi, he was a Padawan learner and this series will detail that story.

Ultron Forever AvengersAvengers Ultron Forever #1

-Time travel and the Avengers go together like peanut butter and chocolate and Ultron Forever is like the Reeses of the comic world!

-The Ultron Forever miniseries will take place across three “one shots,” Avengers, New Avengers, and Uncanny Avengers, each acting as a chapter of the complete story.

-Al Ewing, author of Loki Agent of Shield and Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, will be writing all three issues in conjunction with legendary artist Alan Davis!

-If you were disappointed by the Age of Ultron event, Ultron Forever will deliver on what that miniseries was missing, as various versions of The Avengers are brought forward and backwards in time to face off against Ultron!

Convergence #0Convergence

-It begins here!

-In April and May all, ALL, the DC series will be going away (that’s Batman, Superman, The Flash, everything)!  Taking their place for those two months will be the Convergence event!

-Issue #0 is where it all starts, where Brianiac slams together ever DC Elseworlds reality into a single realm!

-Ethan Van Sciver (Sinestro Corps War, Flash Rebirth, Green Lantern Rebirth) illustrates this important issue!

Mar 202015
 

Miami Vice RemixMiami Vice Remix #1 (of 5)

-Feel it coming in the air tonight!

-Crockett and Tubbs are back, but unlike they’ve ever been before!

-Indy artist dandy, Jim Mahfood, takes on art duties for the five issue miniseries, providing a surreal, distorted look to the eighties, Florida landscape.

-Joining Mahfood on creative duties is Joe Casey (Sex, Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, Godland).

Pastaways #1Pastaways

-Hot on the heels of Mark Millar’s Chrononauts, Dark Horse launches their own time travel ongoing!

-Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, The Valiant) is the writer on this series, bringing his talent for complicated, dense storytelling to the intricate subject of time.

-A band of time agents crash lands in 2015, tearing open a temporal rift and unleashing all the terrors of every era, past and future!

-Scott Kolins (The Flash) fleshes this madness out with his hyper detailed, kinetic style.

Jem and the HologramsJem and the Holograms #1

-Everything old is new again, as another eighties property is revived for a new era!

-Based off of the cult favorite cartoon, Jem and the Holograms is about four girls rocking out as the most intense band in the land.

-Jerrica Benton and her sister live their daily life as socialites, but rock their nights out as members of Jem and the Holograms!

-Ross Campbell, famous indy artist of Wet Moon, lends his talents for facial expressions and realistic body types to this fem-power series from IDW!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1 (of 5)Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

-After Figment and Seekers of the Weird, Disney and Marvel have teamed-up once again for this miniseries event!

-Written by local author and Pulp Fiction’s own, Dennis Hopeless, this Western miniseries blends modern sensibilities with classic genre action!

-Teen angst in the 1800s is a very different thing, as Abigail Bulion, daughter of a wealthy and wicked mine owner, strikes back at her father by trying to rob him of everything he’s worth!

-Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney/Marvel venture without some supernatural elements, so the mine isn’t without a few ghosts and goblins.

Mar 132015
 

Shadowrun Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1Like that extra cybernetic eye you had installed last week, the Shadowrun Crossfire Character Expansion Pack 1 extends the usability of the Shadowrun Crossfire Deck Building Game.  Included in this reasonably priced expansion pack are twenty entirely new runner cards, four basic cards, and one hundred (you read that right!) upgrade stickers.The Hobbit Love Letter

If you thought Love Letter had a lot of variations before, then you’ll be shocked to find out another one has hit the shelves.  Love Letter The Hobbit overlays the world of J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth onto the mechanics of this incredibly popular card game.  However, this version of Love Letter provides a twist on the previous versions as players struggle to locate the Arkenstone before Smaug catches on.

Dungeons Dragons Collector's Series Drow War PartyDungeon and Dragons miniatures have not been prevalent after the dissolution of fourth edition, but Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine are changing that this weekend.  The D&D Collector’s Series of miniatures is an extremely limited edition set of unpainted miniature figures to be used in the roleplaying game.  In the initial line are an Eye Tyrant Beholder, Lolth Demon Queen of Spiders, a Illithid Raiding Party, and Drow War Party.Legendary Fear Itself expansion

Another mini expansion for the popular Marvel Deck Building Game, Legendary, is out this weekend.  Legendary Fear Itself incorporates characters from the comic event of the same name, each of which is empowered by an Asgardian hammer akin to Thor‘s Mjolnir.  Included in the expansion are one hundred playable cards, six allies, one commander (Uru-Harlequins CodexEnchanted Iron Man), one adversary group, and three new plots.

The violent tricksters of Warhammer 40K receive their own hardcover codex this weekend.  The awaited Harlequin Codex has arrived, including in its glossy pages a detailed history of the faction, a gallery of paint schemes and miniature options, a comprehensive army list, and an appendix full of rules for fielding the armies of the Harlequin faction.Dungeons Dragons Battle for Faerun Dice Masters

Wizards of the Coast and Asmodee have joined forces to produce the newest version of Dice Masters on the market.  Battle for Faerun is a Dungeon and Dragons themed version of Dice Masters where sets of dice represent characters and creatures from the popular roleplaying game.  Working like a deck building game but with dice, players assemble teams by purchasing assortments dice.  Out this weekend is a two player starter set and the standard Pretty Pretty Smash Up expansionbooster pack assortment.

Objectively the most amazing expansion pack for the Smash Up card game to date, Pretty Pretty Smash Up is out this weekend.  Basically, the grungy, spooky, monstrous factions have had their day in Smash Up and now it’s time for some cute and cuddly options.  Included within this box are four entirely new factions, including Kitty Cats (featuring some familiar furry faces from the Internet), Princesses, Fairies, and, for all the Bronies out there, Mythic Horses.  All your vampires, pirates, and Cthulhus don’t stand a chance!