Sep 282013
 

Fantomex Max #1

-Fantomex, the X-Men‘s very own resident smart-ass resident, gains his own four issue miniseries!

-In homage to the psychedelic, stylized Jim Steranko Nick Fury series of the seventies, Fantomex MAX is gritty, adult, and weird in a good way.

-Andrew Hope (no relation to Dennis Hopeless) takes Fantomex to the bottom of the Arctic ocean and beyond, as he schmoozes with ladies, tranquilizes bad guys, and gets his spy on!

-Oh, and did I mention that THE KRAKEN gets released!

Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1 (of 5)

-For those who feel deprived of Peter Parker now that Doc Ock is in charge, Marvel Knights Spider-Man is your return to the Parker charm!

-Written by Missouri resident Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Revolver, Justice League of America, Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad), this miniseries is likely to be a psychological trip into the psyche of Peter as he is tasked with physical obstacles.

-Marco Rudy, formerly of Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing, joins with Kindt!

-Peter must face off against 99 different Marvel villains, as he globe hops in a desperate attempt to save the lives of innocents!

Batman Court of Owls Book & Mask Set

-Haven’t gotten into the New 52 Batman series (a serious mistake!)?  Now’s the time to get the most bang for your buck!

-The trade paperback collection included in the set contains issues one through seven of the classic-in-the-making Batman run!

-Your very own Court of Owls mask is also included, making for a creepy, nearly ready-made cosplay option for the next comic convention you visit.  Or just scare the hell out of your friends.

-Uncover the mystery of Batman‘s newest foes while wearing their own chillingly iconic mask.

Hinterkind #1

-DC‘s Vertigo Comics launches a new wave of soon-to-be hit titles, with Hinterkind #1!

-Mythology and post-apocalyptic tales collide in this alternate future survival story!

-After humankind totaled the planet with The Blight, Earth is fighting back by releasing classic beasts of mythology, like the Chimera, Hydra, and Harpy, to defend itself.

-With these fantastical creatures in charge, what’s left of humankind is holed up in Central Park, fighting for the next day.

Aug 162013
 

Grab the boards and nails, because Card of the Dead is here!

A draw and play card game set during the zombie apocalypse, Card of the Dead has players drawing action and item cards, playing them to secure themselves from the undead or to battle against them.  Obtaining and playing escape cards is how players win, activating end game after a specific amount have been played.  Or, if you’re the more gruesome type, you can simply see who outlasts everyone else.

Maximum Throwdown is EXACTLY what its name suggests.  From AEGMaximum Throwdown is a physically active card game where players literally throw cards (maximumly?) onto other cards.  However, this is more than a game of fifty-two card pickup, as each card includes icons and emblems that allow the player who threw them to earn special abilities if they’re uncovered.  As one might assume, the goal here is to cover your opponent’s card icons in order to deactivate their abilities while enhancing your own.

The assault has begun!

The fourth adventure pack in the Against the Shadow expansion set for the Lord of the Rings LCG game, Assault on Osgiliath, is out!  All stages of the battle between the Orcs and the Southrons rages onward, these expansion cards convey and detail the action, allowing players to work through the action in cooperative play!

The first deluxe expansion for the Star Wars living card game may be called Edge of Darkness, but it’s all about the grey side of the universe.  A total of 132 new cards expand the game’s objectives, adding an extra 32.  All of these center around two new factions, scum on the dark side and smugglers on the force side.  In short, that’s bounty hunters versus the colleges of Han Solo.

Emperor’s Chosen, the most recent supplement to Fantasy Flight’s Deathwatch series, separates the men from the boys, the chaff from the wheat, the Deathwatch from the Battle Brothers.  Among the Space Marines there are a faction of veteran warriors so revered, so reviled they have earned the title of Battle Brothers.  These daring few are what this supplemental hardcover is all about.  Let your players live the legacy of these unbeatable soldiers by picking up a copy of Emperor’s Chosen.

Avid science fiction junkies take note of Monte Cooke’s Numenera roleplaying system.  Just released, the core rulebook details the far distant future of the Ninth World, a vast world of ancient and advanced technology that houses what remains the human race.  While the Core Rulebook offers all the information about the setting, characters, adventures, and more (all detailed in eye-popping, painterly artwork), the Player’s Guide condenses the information necessary only to players, offering a concise sixty-four page booklet for players to devour.

Completing tonight’s trifecta of roleplaying books is Pathfinder‘s newest release, Mythic Adventures.  As the structures of mythology are as old as time, Mythic Adventures adapts these tropes and plots to the popular roleplaying system.  Players can adventure through mythic “paths” designed for their character, fighting mythic creatures, and casting mythic spells.  There’s a lot of mythic-ness going on here, basically.

Jun 072013
 

Dungeons and Dragons dips back into its much beloved past for their hardcover reprint of AD&D‘s Against the Slave Lords adventure set!  This premium hardcover, wrapped in the standard embossed design that has accompanied these special editions, contains all four of the Classic Adventures from the D&D modules and, as added bonus, the new prequel adventure The Danger at Darkshelf quarry.

THE SLAVES WILL BE FREED!!!!!

Level 7 has been locked down.  You’ve been trapped inside.  And the alien creatures trapped with you are not friendlies.

Level 7: Escape is the first expansion for the hit thriller game of the same title.  Now that Subterra Bravo has been put under lockdown, another batch of aggravated extraterrestrial prisoners have escaped and are ready to do unspeakable things to the soldiers locked in with them.  This expansion includes the enemy tokens and markers for these new baddies, as well extra rule sets, five new scenarios, fourteen additional map tiles, and plenty more to increase the replayability of the base game.

Put on your goggles, pump up your steam powered jetpack, and wrap that scarf around your neck, ’cause you’ve just found yourself in Gearworld!  Gearworld:  The Borderlands is a board game for all the steampunk fanatics out there, applying Risk-like mechanics to a mechanical world, pitting two to four players against each other in a battle for world domination.  Not only to players fight over territory, but also muster resources to build massive weapons to defeat their opponents.  Fantasy Flight‘s remake of the classic Borderlands board game features updated rules and a slick redesign.

The long awaited Magic the Gathering set, Modern Masters, has finally dropped!  And it will likely be sold out by the time your finish reading this sentence.  It’s that sought after.  Containing some of the most expensive cards within the Modern format, this set is valuable.  Also a limited print run, once Modern Masters is gone, it’s gone.  For a limited time, Pulp still has boosters and full boxes for purchase, but, as I’ve tried to iterate, these will be gone quickly!

Apr 202013
 

Take two ticks to tinker with the thought of trying the Terrifyingly Tragic Treasury Edition of Joe Hill’s terrific terse tales.

That’s a fair share of Ts, folks.  You’ll notice that one of the above T words is not “terrible”.  I would shudder at the idea of associating that word anywhere near Joe Hill’s work, as he is one of the most gifted writers in comics today.  Having made a name for himself on his masterpiece, Locke & Key, as well as The Cape miniseries, Hill has quickly become a respected name in the industry.  The fact that he’s Stephen King’s son also helps.  If you’ve devoured the five hardcover volumes of Locke & Key and are looking to fill the void in your life until volume six comes out, the TTTE special is a perfect option.  Containing his Kodiak one-shot, The Cape stand alone issue, and his Locke & Key short story “Open the Moon”, all of which are nominated or won industry awards.   

Fantasy adventure comics have been on the rise lately, what with Pathfinder, the Dungeons and Dragons series, Demon Knights, Conan, and, now, Amala’s Blade.  Striking a tone somewhere between humor and action, Amala’s Blade #1 is the first part of a four part miniseries following the titular assassin hero.  Amala is the head assassin in the kingdom of Naamaron, but has fallen out of favor due to her brash, boastful ways.  So, the emperor does the only logic thing:  send her on a mission that will likely result in her death.  Now, Amala’s skills are put to the test, with a failing grade equaling an end most fowl.  Illustrated in a style that bridges sketchy Indy artists like Becky Cloonan and cartoony pop like Avatar the Last Airbender, Amala’s Blade is feisty fantasy.

If you’re daughter’s ever tried to run past the rebel blockade in a giant spaceship shaped like a fist, Vader’s Little Princess might warm your heart.  You might also enjoy it if you and your daughter are huge Star Wars fans.  Jeffery Brown releases his second Star Wars children’s book detailing the awkward difficulties of raising a daughter who is your worst enemy.  Drawn in the same simplistically charming style of Brown’s Incredible Changebots, Cats Are Weird, and Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess is made up of vignettes detailing Vader’s struggle with common fatherly duties.  Tea parties, teaching Leia how to fly TIE fighters, and keeping her from leaving the house in only her slave girl bikini are the tasks of the day for Papa Skywalker.  Grab a copy and bond with your daughter over your shared geekiness.

A legacy can be an awful burden.

The legendary duo of Mark Millar and Frank Quietly (The Authority, WE3, New X-Men) reteam for the first time in years to bring you Jupiter’s Legacy.  This soon-to-be-hit series from Image Comics begins in the far future when all of Earth’s heroes have given up and left the world’s protection to their kids.  But being a better superhero  than your parents can be a demanding task.  Trust us when we say that this series will bring the violence, sexuality, and cinematic action unlike anything else out there (except maybe Saga, that book’s pretty raunchy).  Grab the hit comic of this year before it vanishes from the shelves.

Feb 092013
 

The best team is the one that doesn’t know it’s a team.

That’s the premise of Nick Spencer’s (Morning Glories, Thunder Agents, Thief of Thieves) new run on Secret Avengers.  Joining the Marvel NOW! line, Secret Avengers #1 builds the extremely covert team of Hawkeye, Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier to send them on their mission.  And it does it with only one word.  Basically, every member of the team becomes activated by a single word, completes their mission, is told the word again, and walks off into the sunset blissfully ignorant of everything they just did.  It’s covert ops at it’s most covert.  And when it’s drawn by a master of the dark and gritty like Luke Ross, it’s practically so covert it’s not even there.  Or if you want a little more boisterous version, maybe the Skottie Young variant cover will suit you.

As Magneto said, villains it is then.

Uncanny X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo is all about the baddies.  Serving as the companion book to Bendis’ other X-Men title, All-New X-Men, Uncanny stars Cyclops, Magneto, Emma Frost, and a bunch of other good-for-nothings.  Unlike any other X-Men book before it, this time around it’s the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants in the limelight.  Now that Cyclops has assembled his team he’s on a mission to enact his vision of mutant dominance, one which he’s willing to carry out by whatever means necessary.

Since tonight’s list seems all about murdery murder, it seems only fair to let a female master assassin in on the mix.  Katana #1, spinning out of the soon-to-be-released Justice League of America, stars the widowed sword-wielding hired killer of the same name.  With her family’s souls residing in the very sword she uses to slay her enemies, the Soultaker, Katana has to be careful not to let its power and conscience forestall her mission.  Anyone reading Birds of Prey should be familiar with Katana‘s character and mission, as well as fans of the classic Outsiders series.  

Finally, for those who have been hanging on the edge of their seat since the release of the first New 52 Batman hardcover, the wait is over!  Batman: Night of the Owls continues the onslaught of The Court as they descend on Gotham in an effort to purge it of the social elite.  But Nightwing, Batgirl, Batman, Robin, and the rest of the Bat-Family may have something to say about that.  This thick hardcover edition comes packed with the entire Court of the Owls crossover, which includes Batman #8-9, the Batman Annual, Detective Comics #9, Dark Knight #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Nightwing #8-9, and All-Star Western #9.  That’s a lot of Batman punching Talon action for a minimal price.