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!

Sep 062014
 

Carcassonne Minis expansionCarcassonne gets small this weekend.

Z-Man Games is re-releasing six popular Carcassonne Mini expansions in cheap, redesigned packaging.  Included in the display are (1) Flying Machines, (2) Messengers, (3) Ferries, (4) Gold Mines, (5) Mage & Witch, and (6) Robbers.  Each of these mini expansions can be added to the base version of Carcassonne, adding extra, side mechanics to the regular rules.Carcassonne Hills and Sheep

Usually we wouldn’t tell customers to act like sheep and join the herd, but in the case of Carcassonne: Hills and Sheep that’s exactly what we’re going to recommend.  This expansion contains three distinct tile and meeple additions to the game, including hills (which are placed on top of other tiles), vineyards (which are placed around monasteries), and shepherds (who Star Trek Attack Wing Wave 8are placed in fields and combined with sheep for points).

Star Trek Attack Wing log, star date Wave 7:  Three new ships crest the horizon, ready to charge and fire photons.

Included in this wave are the glossy Enterprise NX-01 for the Federation forces, the Ni’Var cruiser for the Coalition forces, and another figure that makes resistance futile, the Borg Scout Cube.Black Fleet board game

It’s all out war on the high seas in Black Fleet!

A card driven board game, Black Fleet is a pirate game unlike any other.  Players each control three different types of ships, each with their own goals and abilities.  These three types are merchant ships (ferrying goods about), pirate ships (stealing those goods), and Navy ships (that blow-up the pirate ships).  With each player playing all three different types, each game gets heated and strategy heavy very quickly.

Smash Up Big Geeky BoxTired of lugging around all your Smash Up expansions?  Well, AEG has a solution to your woes.

The Big Geeky Box is the newest release for the highly popular card game where players slam together unrelated sci-fi, fantasy, and horror characters (like aliens, ninjas, and dinosaurs) into a single card deck.  The Big Geeky Box is not only an extra sturdy container, big enough to house the original Smash Up game and all of its expansions, but also an expansion, in and of itself.  Contained inside the hefty box is the exclusive Geek and Sundry faction, ready-made to mix in with any of the previous factions.

Dec 142013
 

Harley Quinn #1

-With a series artist selected after the schizophrenic events of issue #0, Harley’s ongoing series can begin!

-While the buffet of artistic talent on display in issue #0 as well as the kooky mental ballet of Harley’s internal dialog was a hoot, with issue #1 the story kicks into gear.

-In this first issue, Harley joins up with the Coney Island Roller Derby, in what is to be the first of a series of one-shot style adventures that Harley is set go on.

-Also, see Harley put on a new costume, another step in the slow return to the fan favorite Harley of old.

The Wake Part One

-Scott Snyder, master of comic horror storytelling and current mastermind behind Batman, has been crafting a brilliant, chilling Sci-Fi miniseries on the side.  This is that series.

-Five issues in, The Wake has taken a massive turn that no one saw coming, and this single volume collects all five of those issues.

-In Part One of The Wake, a team of specialists descends into a secret, underwater government facility where a long lost creature has been set loose.  And then the poop hits the fan.

-For only $9.99, get caught up on the most successful Vertigo miniseries of the last year, written by one of comic’s top writers and drawn by Sean Murphy!

Ghost #1 (Dark Horse)

-A fresh start to a classic nineties hero!

-Written by rising Marvel writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble), Ghost #1 reintroduces this unique female character to the comic audience!

-Ryan Sook, whose slick, smooth, design-based style rarely gets the chance to grace a comic’s interior, joins DeConnick on this Dark Horse series.

-Paranormal fantasy and Anime style action blend together in this striking new series.

Marvel Mini-glasses

-The tiny cousins to the popular Toon Tumbler series of pint glasses, these shot glass feature the same quality (but different imagery) of artwork as their taller cousins.

-Each glass is reasonably priced and perfect as a stocking stuffer or extra little gift for the comic lover in your family.

-Arriving this Wednesday are Deadpool, Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, and The Punisher.

-Avenge the holidays by giving the gift that assembles the flavor every time you take a super shot!

Jun 302012
 

Last night was Munchkin Conan, tonight it’s He-Man. Guess there’s a big demand for shirtless dudes swinging swords around nowadays.

Prince Adam may not be wielding his sword too often at the beginning of issue one, however, because Skeletor has altered the reality of Eternia, effectively making everyone in it forget who they used to be. With Prince Adam as a lowly woodsman, the question becomes, “how will he regain the Power of Greyskull?” Written by James Robinson, current writer of Earth 2 and The Shade, and drawn by former Savage Hawkman and Green Lantern artist Phillip Tan, this miniseries has been given a serious pedigree. So, get our your 80′s nostalgia loin cloths and get to reading.

Steve Gerber was a legendary writer for Marvel and DC comics who passed away a few years back. Before he did, however, he wrote one last Man-Thing story and Marvel is putting out the first issue this Wednesday. If you’re unfamiliar with Man-Thing, other than being a great name for innuendo, he’s a famous cult character for Marvel‘s horror side of things. Much like their version of Swamp Thing, but with a touch that burns those with fear. If you’ve been enjoying DC‘s Swamp Thing book or Animal Man, trying this three issue miniseries would not be the worst decision.

Zak Penn has written some of the best superhero films in the land, including X2, The Avengers, and Incredible Hulk, and now he’s coming the the medium that made him famous. Hero Worship is his new book from Avatar Comics about celebrity obsession. The world’s greatest, most powerful hero is beloved by everyone, but some love him to a creepy degree. One of these stalkers ends up stumbling into powers and things only get complicated from there. Plus, its got a baby about to be hit by a truck on the cover!

Finally tonight, for those who are less interested in reading comics than they are making them, we will be receiving the Blue Line Ultimate Comic Book Art Set this coming week. Included in the set are all the essentials materials and instructions for creating your own comic and learning the tools of the trade. That means art boards, sketch paper, layout pages, character templates, and more. Now you’ll have the equipment to match your creative drive.

Jun 092012
 

Brian Wood may not be a household name, as far as comic writers are concerned, but he should be. Having stuck primarily to non-superhero fair for the last eight years or so, Wood has built up a reputation for strong, varied Indy comic stories, most notably with his series of DC Vertigo, DMZ. Well, now that Wood has finished that epic maxi-series, he’s moved on to Marvel and, more importantly for this post, Dark Horse. The Massive is his first series published by the company, set in a world on life support, slowly slipping into environmental waste, the book follows the crew of a battleship searching for one of its sunken brothers. Wood writes post-apocalypse stories better than most, having years of experience on DMZ, Supermarket, and others, so The Massive is guaranteed to be a riveting read.

Making the meat of this Comic Highlights sandwhich are two pretty statue-esque figures.

One of which is actually a statue. And it’s the statue that can kick all other statues’ butts.

Because it’s Batman. By Jim Lee. In his New 52 costume. In black and white.

Which all adds up to it looking really, really, really awesome.

Take a look.

The, let’s say, roast beef of this nerd sandwich happens to be the other major remaining comic movie character of the summer, Spider-Man.

Preceding the new Amazing Spider-Man film, this action figure presents Peter in his freshly redesigned costume from the upcoming reboot.

And an air conditioner. To keep him cool, I’m assuming.

Speaking of Spider-Man and his various representations, Marvel is dropping the epic hammer that is Spider-Men this week. Haven’t hear of it? Well, here’s the details. In current Marvel continuity there exists two different Spider-Men, one in the regular universe (Peter Parker) and one in the Ultimate universe (Miles Morales). These two universes have never crossed over since the inception of the Ultimate universe in the early 2000′s. But that finally changes with this Wednesday’s Spider-Men. Written by Brian Michael Bendis (the only guy to ever write the Ultimate version of Spider-Man) and drawn by his recent (and excellent) collaborator on the series, Sara Pichelli, this is event is sure to be a landmark series and major event for both universes.