Dec 272013
 

It’s all for one and one for all in the newest expansion for The Duke!

The Musketeers expansion includes tiles representative of D’Artagnon, Aramis, Porthos, and four other Musketeer characters.  As well, the expansion alters players’ starting hand as well as particular tile laying mechanics.  Alongside this expansion is the Arthurian Legends set.  As with the former set, Arthurian Legends includes tiles representative of Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, and others, as well as rules which allows asymmetrical opposing forces.

The Pathfinder library grows by three books this weekend.

First up is The Midnight Isles from the Wrath of the Righteous adventure set.  This contains a adventure for twelfth level characters as well as four new monsters.  Second, a player companion entitled The Magical Marketplace, which includes information on shop owners, magical tattoos, as well as descriptions of alternate forms of payment.  Finally, we have the Inner Sea NPC Codex containing over sixty characters, ready-made for game master needs.

A complete revamp of the system, the Malifaux 2nd Edition Rule Manual drops today!

The steampunky miniature battle game receives an update of all its factions, stories, and characters, a perfect entry point for any new player.

Take one down and pass it around, there’s still three new Red Dragon Inns on the wall!

Red Dragon Inn 4, the fourth large expansion for the game, takes the shenanigans of the previous editions out to sea, providing a new set of adventurers in the form of Captain Whitehawk, First Mate Remy, Bryn the Boatswain, and Tara the Navigator.  As well, the expansion allows for encounters to occur during the celebration!

Along with this large expansion come two Allies expansions, including Cormac the Mighty and Witchdoctor Natyli.  Cormac is a human barbarian who gains alcohol content for being capable of striking harder.  Natyli, as a master of wizardry, can weaken other players enabling her to successfully attack from a minimal strength.

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!

Mar 162013
 

I reckon with the first book under discussion being none other than Constantine #1, a rather fine rogue of a gentleman, if I do say, there’s a wee amount of deception bound to occur.

A’right, me fingers are crossed, no lying.

Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes, the present writers of the phenomenal Justice League Dark series, bring their lead character, John Constantine, into his own ongoing series.  Supported by the vivid pencils of Renato Guedes, Constantine sets out on a quest across the mystic underbelly of the DC Universe to hunt down an artifact capable of such destruction…you may actually be rooting against Constantine to get his deceitful hands on it.

Trust me, love, you don’t want to miss it.

Steve Niles returns to his long on hiatus fan-favorite title, Mystery Society, this Wednesday.  The Mystery Society Special 2013 is an oversized, one-off adventure featuring the cast of the previous Mystery Society miniseries, Anastasia and Nick Mystery.  This time venturing to the depths of the ocean, these resilient investigators of the paranormal run across a collector of ancient memorabilia who may not be carrying a full deck.  Crazy, is what I’m saying, he’s crazy for cocopuffs!  Classic, pulpy adventure in a modern day package, the Mystery Society Special 2013 should be in your collection on new comic day.

Speaking of pulpy, it doesn’t get much more so than this week’s Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Grey.  I mean, that title alone should tell you something.  Fabian Grey is a notable treasure hunter, much like a certain fedora wearing, whip carrying hero of the silver screen, who was long ago bonded with the ghosts of five literary heroes (including Sherlock Holmes, Merlin, Robin Hood, and more).  Now, he may call upon their abilities during his expeditions…as long as they’re willing to lend them to him.  Honestly, they cause more trouble than it’s worth.  But that means enjoyable reading for you, so pick up a copy of #1 because it’s better than a cockpit full of snakes.

Picking up where last year’s hugely popular and extremely well-adapted Avatar the Last Airbender:  The Promise miniseries left off, this year’s The Search begins this week.  This time, the story sets out to answer the long awaited question of: “What happened to Zuko’s mother?”  With Aang, Katara, Toph, and Sokka at his side, Zuko leaves on a journey to find his mom and the answers she carries.  The only caveat is that Azula, Zuko’s loony sister, is the key to finding their mother.  Yeah, things are not likely to go well.  For fans of the Avatar series who wished there was more, these comics are like lost episodes of the series, written just as well, drawn in the exact same style, and full of the same blend of serious drama and goofy comedy.

Feb 022013
 

Andy Diggle and Jock, the superstar creative team behind Green Arrow Year One and The Losers (which is a thousand times better than the film, by the way), lend their talents to a new creator owned series from Image Comics this Wednesday.  Blending political thrillers, Clerks, and gritty noir storytelling, Snapshot is a four issue miniseries bound to thrill you more than once.  When an lifelong nerd employee of a comic store (this is sounding familiar…) finds a cellphone full of grisly images of someone’s murder, he has no other option than to run as fast and as far as he can.  But it’s never that easy is it?  If you’ve been enjoying the sketchy, moody artwork of Jock in the Batman back-up stories or in Scott Snyder’s previous Detective Comics run, The Black Mirror, then Snapshot is your cup of tea.

Sorcery receives a modern update in Top Cow‘s Son of Merlin miniseries.

Building off of the classic Arthurian figures of myth, Son of Merlin picks up when a respected professor of science finds out he’s actually the descendant of the famous wizard, Merlin.  And, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but science and magic don’t exactly see eye-to-eye.  However, before the good doctor can think through his new predicament, he’s being hounded by the immortal Morgan le Fay.  But there’s a whole secret underground society of ancient magic users that might just be willing to come to his aid.  Drawn in the gorgeous, expressive tradition of the famous Top Cow books to come before it like Fathom, Charismagic, and Witchblade, Son of Merlin will cast its spell over you.

I say, my dear Watson, the zombie is a foot!

Though not strictly a Sherlock Holmes versus zombies story, The New Deadwardians is about the closest to it you’ll ever get.  Written by cult favorite author and comic legend Dan Abnett, this post-Victorian England horror/mystery yarn takes places in an alternate reality where, after a zombie infection spread throughout the population, the majority of the remaining English citizens had to submit to becoming vampires in order to fight them off.  Now, it’s the vampires who’ve becoming the upper-class aristocracy while the zombie population are cordoned off on the outskirts of town.  Chief Inspector Suttle, a forever young himself, is tasked with solving a grisly crime, the first in nearly a decade, during a growing zombie uprising.  It’s all elementary from there.

Love is in air for the DC Universe this Wednesday.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day a week early, DC releases its most romantic anthology yet, the Young Romance DC New 52 Special.  Containing six unique stories of famous DC couples like Aquaman and Mera, Midnighter and Apollo, and Catwoman and Batman spending their special day together in the only way superpowered crime fighters can, as well as stories of Wonder Woman, Dick Grayson, and others coming to terms with the relationships they’ve entered into.  Each of the stories is written and drawn by a talented creator, like Andy Diggle, Gene Ha, Ann Nocenti, Kyle Higgins, Becky Cloonan, and Peter Milligan.  And for those old school romantics, the issue comes with usable Valentine’s Day cards.  Oh, amore!

Nov 162012
 

Far over the misty mountains cold lies The Hobbit Heroclix Starter Set and individual boosters.

First, the new Epic Campaign starter set applies the same stand-alone adventure format that was featured in the previous Lord of the Rings starter set, including an individual campaign, maps, dice, and eight miniatures of core characters like Bilbo, Gandalf, and Thorin Oakenshield.  Pick up this set for a complete adventure in a box!  And anyone who does pick up a copy will receive a promo Golem miniature!  Or pick up a single figure booster to add other extra characters to your party.  So says Smaug!

Start prepping your hand/eye coordination, because Dixit Jinx is going to take it to push it to the limit.  Combining the wild fun of the popular Jungle Speed party game with the visual intensity of Dixit, this new version of the original game.  Players take turns giving a verbal cue of an image, then laying down (at various speeds) nine cards, each decorated with beautifully designed pictures, one of which will be the image the player described.  Everyone else attempts to grab that card as fast as they can, laying waste to any hand in their way!  If you’ve got three to six people (inebriated or not) hanging around, Dixit Jinx is just about the best way to kill some time and have fun doing it.

Wizards of the Coast is already getting into the holiday spirit by releasing their first ever Magic the Gathering Holiday Gift  Box.  Inside this magical box are tons of wonderful contents for a low price.  There are four Return to Ravnica booster packs, full-art card dividers, stickers to personalize these dividers any way you like, a stack of land, a special promo art version of Dreg Mangler, and all of these goodies come stocked within a giant card box capable of holding 2,000 cards.  I don’t think it’ll fit in a stocking, but don’t let that stop you from buying it for you favorite Magic player.

You don’t have to own a round table to play this next game, but it doesn’t hurt.  Shadows Over Camelot, the popular Days of Wonder cooperative game set in Arthurian times, now exists in a card game format.  Shadows Over Camelot: The Card Game brings the same cooperative gameplay of the original down to a easy-travel, quicker to play format.  Players band together to complete quests within a time limit, battling Morgan le Fay and looking to Merlin for assistance.  The fate of the round table is decided by the amount of white and black swords the valiant knights accumulate.  Of course, some knights might not be as trustworthy as others.

Munchkin Apocalypse now!

After all the worst events known to humankind descend upon the planet, you are a weary survivor, fighting for your life.  New disaster card types keep you on your feet while four new classes give you plenty of options to out last them.  As usual you can reach level 10 or, special to this version of Munchkin, you can choose to open seven seals and bring about the end of the world.  Plus, for a little extra insanity, Axe Cop‘s Ethan Nicolle provides a guest Monster for the game.  Don’t be an errand boy sent by grocery clerks by avoiding the newest Munchkin set, instead love the smell of napalm in the morning and pick a copy up.

Ascension:  Immortal Heroes brings the strategy and tactics of Magic the Gathering to a board game environment, thanks to Pro Tour creators Rob Dougherty and Brian Kibler.  Wield the power of the new Soul Gems to gain access to powerful heroes form the past.  You can play the game as either a two player stand-alone game or as an expansion to Ascension:  Storm of Souls.