Oct 162015

Back to the FutureBack to the Future #1 (of 4)

-Celebrating its thirty year anniversary, Back to the Future is receiving a four issue miniseries from IDW!

-Bob Gale, the screenwriter of the original films, is writing and overseeing the comics!

-Each issue will contain short stories that tell untold tales that take place during, before, and after the films!

-Find out Doc Brown’s history with the Manhattan Project!  Where else did Biff go when he stole the DeLorean!  Read about the first meeting of Marty and Doc!

Clean Room #1Clean Room

-Another series in Vertigo‘s recent relaunch!

-Clean Room is written by DC superstar Gail Simone (Batgirl, Secret Six, Batman)!

-For mature readers, Clean Room is an ongoing horror series that delves into the surreal aspects of reality.

-After her husband blows his own brains out, acclaimed journalist Chloe Pierce descends into a twisted world of intrigue surrounding a mysterious self-help guru.

Titans HuntTitans Hunt #1 (of 12)

-After Convergence, the Pre-New 52 DC Universe is up for grabs!

-Last week’s Superman:  Lois and Clark #1 dropped some insane revelations about the original Superman still existing in the current DC Universe, so who knows what will be revealed in this maxiseries!

-Dan Abnett, writer of the fan favorite Guardians of the Galaxy and Annihilation series, is crafting this entire maxiseries.

-A mysterious woman named Lilith has been receiving visions about a Teen Titans team that no one else remembers.  Once Dick Grayson and the other original Titans are brought together, they will get to the bottom of this “lost” team.

All New All Different Marvel Week 3Astonishing Ant Man

-Continuing one of Marvel‘s true under-read titles, Astonishing Ant-Man #1 follows this summer’s surprise movie star, Scott Lang, as he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter and stay on the good side of the law.  That last part may be a little tough.

-Following up his hit Moon Knight run, Warren Ellis brings his talent for concise storytelling to Karnak, the deadliest Inhuman.

-Not specifically part of the ANAD release, but still a new one-shot from MarvelAgents of Atlas is one of the last Secret Wars tie-ins.

-The week’s major Marvel release is easily Uncanny Inhumans #1!  Written by Charles Soule (Inhuman, She-Hulk, Death of Wolverine, Secret Wars Civil War) elevates the newest characters being made popular by Agents of SHIELD.

May 082015

InjectionInjection #1

-Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, the team that brought you Moon Knight, reteam for this new Image Comics series!

-Bridging horror, sci-fi, techno thrillers, and other genres, Injection is going to be all over the map!

-If the solicits for the comic are to be believed, the five lead characters are complete lunatics!

-Shalvey is one of the most inventive artists working today, so Injection promises to be visually stunning!

Lantern City #1 (of 12)Lantern City

-Steampunk is hot right now and Boom! Studios is taking advantage of that popularity.

-A twelve issue epic, Lantern City takes places in a mechanized city inspired by the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne!

-Paul Jenkins, a veteran writer of Marvel and DC comics, helms the miniseries!

-One lower class citizen of the Lantern City strikes out against the wealthy elite by going undercover and striking from within.

MythicMythic #1

-Forget everything you learned in biology class! Science is a lie!

-Local author and artist, Phil Hester, launches a new ongoing series at Image!

-Like X-Files for magic and mythology, Mythic #1 follows a team of magic experts investigating the secret underbelly of mysticism!

-The first issue is only $1.99!  It must be magic!

Harrow County #1Harrow County

-Sci-Fi series have been flooding the market lately, but there’s little in the way of horror comics.

-Missouri native, Cullen Bunn, relies on his talent for horror in this new Gothic series!

-Lead character, Emmy, discovers a deep, dark history about the forest beside her house.  Will she survive the discovery?

-A pulpy, Gothic horror series for fans of spooky, terrifying comics!

Jul 182014

Storm #1Storm #1

-Greg Pak, writer of Batman/Superman and Planet Hulk, jumps back to Marvel for this ongoing series.

-Acting as an ambassador for the mutant race, Storm will travel the globe encountering and overcoming evil and oppression as she goes.

-Each issue will feature a one-and-done story, each building to a larger arc.

-Victor Ibanez, a veteran of Wonder Woman, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and Robin, joins Pak as artist on the series.

Doctor Who 10th & 11th #1 (Titan Comics)Doctor Who #1 10th 11th Titan

-August sees the return of The Doctor with the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s era, but, before that, 10 and 11 are back in the TARDIS.

-Titan Comics now owns the rights to the Doctor Who comics and begins their legacy with a dual launch of two ongoing series, one featuring David Tennant’s 10th Doctor, the other Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor.

-In the 10th Doctor series, The Doctor discovers a new companion during the Day of the Dead.

-Taking place right after the end of season five, the 11th Doctor series is written by Al Ewing, author of some great current Marvel series, including Mighty Avengers and Loki, Agent of Asgard.

Supreme Blue Rose #1Supreme Blue Rose #1

-Warren Ellis, author of Trees, Moon Knight, and Transmetropolitan, launches another new Image Comics series!

-Re-imaging a character created by Alan Moore, Ellis remakes Supreme, a Superman analog, for a new age.

-Ellis is joined by Tula Lotay, an up-and-coming artist, whose painterly, water colored style

-Underneath the surface of reality lies a secret organization that controls the parameters of the world.  They will stop at nothing to find Ethan Crane.

Avengers 100th Anniversary #1Avengers 100th Anniversary

-If you only buy one of the 100th Anniversary specials, make it this one!

-The Avengers of 2061 are drastically different than the current iteration, featuring Beta Ray Bill, Rogue, and others.

-Earth has fought off invasions, been swallowed up by the Negative Zone, and overrun by moleoids.  What will The Avengers face next?

-The true reason to pick this one-shot up is the gloriously surreal artwork by James Stoke, author and creator of Wonton Soup and Ork Stain.

Mar 152014

Coming up on Channel A is a new program for fans of anime and manga, ready-made for party gaming!

Recently run through the distributor system following a successful Kickstarter run, Channel A is another in a long line of Apples to Apples style party games.  In the case of Channel A, players are selecting multiple cards, each with a uniquely anime-esque words, and using them to pitch a new anime show to the rest of the group.  Votes are taken and points are assigned based on majority. 

If there’s a cult following bigger than fans of zombie stuff, it’s fans of Cthulhu stuff.

From the makers of Zombies!!!, the highly popular zombie outbreak survival game, comes Cthulhu!!!:  Hastur La Vista Baby!  Similar to Zombies!!!, players control hardened Elder God exterminators attempting to halt the return of an creature from beyond by sanctifying ritual sites.  However, the threat of insanity looms large over everyone thrust into the middle of this horrific setting.  Can you hold out?

Flash Point is jumping in the drink with its newest set of expansion boards, Dangerous Waters.

In this expansion are two double-sided game boards with representations of a submarine and a sunken ship, offering an entirely original environment for players to experience.  Any safety provided by the above-ground buildings of all the previous sets is now out-the-window, so to speak, raising the stakes in this popular cooperative game.

Newly arrived and quickly disappearing from the shelves is Magic the Gathering‘s most recent Duel Deck, Jace vs. Vraska.

Hotly anticipated, this duel deck retails for $19.99, but contains cards with values which far exceed the price.  As well, these duel deck sets are always perfect introductory products for new Magic players, giving them a fully built deck to play as well as one to give an opponent.

A supplement to the Chaos Space Marine’s Codex, the recently released Crimson Slaughter Codex provides information about unique artifacts and options for your existing Chaos Space Marines army.  As well, it provides a unique story that’s never before been told in the Warhammer 40K materials.

Legend of the Five Rings makes a major comeback this weekend with the launch of a freshly designed base set, the Ivory Edition, anchored by four new booster pack releases and a set of nine starter decks.  The classic nine clans are represented, including crab, scorpion, crane, and all the rest.

Somebody really needs to Asmadi Games to start play testing these games they’re releasing.

In the mean time, here’s another We Didn’t Playtest This edition, this time known as We Didn’t Playtest This Pasted-On Theme at All!  Adding another batch of original cards, this expansion also includes stick-on (paste not included) themes like zombie, pirate, elves, and more.  Not only do these themes make each card snazzier than before, they also change the endgame scenario.

While we’re on the topic of expansions, the popular education series, Timeline, gains another themed expansion this weekend.  Timeline: Music & Cinema plays just like the previous versions of the game with players attempting to lay cards from their hand in chronological order without seeing the dates.  In this specific expansion, all the cards relate to major moments or works in the music and film industries.

A loving homage to classic Dungeons & Dragons, Luke Crane’s Torchbearer RPG HC is all dungeon crawling all the time.

Building off of the Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard roleplaying systems, Torchbearer deals in deep, dank dungeons, heroic adventurers, and a hunt for glory.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler has finally swing his way into the Legendary deck-building game, and he’s brought along friends.  Another mini-expansion for Marvel‘s successful DBG, Paint the Town Red (trust us, the contents are better than the title) includes cards for the Black Symbiote Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Black Cat, Scarlet Spider, and Spider-Woman as well as Mastermind cards for Carnage and Mysterio.

Mar 012014

Starlight #1

-Mark Millar, creator of Kick-Ass, Wanted, Jupiter’s Legaacy, and Civil War, unleashes another Image Comics original!

-Think of Starlight as a post-modern Flash Gordon, dissecting the tropes of the character and genre.

-Duke McQueen is an old man.  But in his younger years he saved the galaxy more times than you can count.  Now, after retiring and losing his beloved wife, Duke is called back into action one more time.

-Goran Parlov, famous for his long run on Punisher MAX with Garth Ennis, joins Millar to lend a Joe Kubert-esque vibe to this space opera.

Avatar the Last Airbender “The Rift Part 1″

-The Avatar gang adventures continue after the Last Airbender cartoon series!

-Toph rejoins the group in this new three part epic!

-Evil forces interrupt a revived Airbender festival tradition, causing Aang and his friends to go on the offensive, eventually venturing into the spirit realm to defeat their foes.

-The third in a series of post-cartoon Avatar comics, The Rift bridges the time gap between Last Airbender and Legend of Korra.

Magneto #1 

-Magneto is a changed man, but maybe not for the better.

-How does Magneto, formerly the world’s most feared mutant, go about gaining some of that prestige back?  Well, the simple answer is:  by doing bad things.

-Cullen Bunn, local boy made good, has been delivering some wildly fun Marvel comics over the last couple years (Fearless Defenders, Deadpool Kills…, Night of the Living Deadpool) and now it’s time for him to blend that pure joy for the medium with the darkness of his creator-owned series, Sixth Gun.

-Bunn promises a blend of horror and noir in this solo revenge tale for the X-Men‘s most popular villain.

Moon Knight #1

-Basically Marvel‘s version of Batman, but three times the crazy because Moon Knight‘s sporting three separate personalities!

-One of Marvel‘s many unsung characters, any Moon Knight series promises to be a twisty, violent ride. . .

-. . .especially when it’s written by comic legend, Warren Ellis.  Ellis has created some of the most ingenious characters and premises in comic history, including The Authority, Planetary, Transmetropolitan, as well as runs on Astonishing X-Men and Hellblazer!

-Little is known about the plot of this series, but, in my experience, that indicates a story so wild and unexpected that they don’t want to spoil it.  Trust us, it’s the must buy Marvel book for the week!