Apr 152016
 

Chez Geek Spring BreakFor those layabouts still building up slack in the world of Chez Geek, Steve Jackson Games has another way for players to continue to be lazy.  The Chez Geek Spring Break expansion can be added to the base game in the form of forty entirely new cards, all themed around traveling for the Spring Break holiday.  In addition to those cards, the expansion also contains Event Cards, which are an entirely new element that changes up gameplay.Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game

Cryptozoic has built up quite an empire of property-based deck building games, including DC, The Lord of the Rings, and Street Fighter.  Well, this weekend they add another conquest to that list with the Crossover Crisis Deck Building Game.  In this version of the game, players are controlling and building decks around popular Cartoon Network shows, like Dexter’s Laboratory, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Adventure Time.  As always, this version of the game is completely compatible with other Cryptozoic deck builders, so if you want you can have Finn face off with Superman while Frodo waits in the wings.

Rory's Story CubesSay you’re writing your first novel.  Or game mastering an RPG for your buddies.  Or maybe just killing time with friends around a campfire.  No matter the case, Rory’s Story Cubes are designed to randomly generate story ideas and elements to help fire the imagination.  Out this weekend are six mini-expansion packs for the series, each with three dice featuring a single theme.  For example, the Enchanted box features story elements related to fairytales and fantasy while the Clues box is all mystery related.Talisman Cataclysm

A new big box expansion for the popular dungeon crawl board game, Talisman, drops this weekend.  Talisman The Cataclysm introduces an entirely new main board to replace the one found in the base game.  In addition to the replacement game board, the expansion also contains over 150 extra cards and miniatures that Munchkin Marvelintroduce five original characters into the game, including ones inspired by Viking and Indian mythology.

Marvel is in the air as Captain America:  Civil War is on the horizon.  Understanding their fan base, Steve Jackson has made another coup by acquiring the rights to Marvel‘s popular line of characters in order to release Munchkin Marvel.  A new base game for the popular series, Munchkin Marvel uses the same mechanics from the other Munchkin games, but applies the heroes and villains of Marvel to them.  You’ll still be fighting monsters and acquiring treasures, but now those monsters will be Thanos, The Red Skull, and the like while you’ll be using Mjolnir or Cap’s shield to take them down.

Oct 032014
 

Sabrina #1Sabrina #1

-Archie Comics expands its mature line with a spin-off of Afterlife with Archie.

-Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sabrina will maintain the same tone as its parent series.

-Robert Hack, an up-and-coming artist, is handling interiors for the series, providing a water-color aesthetic that suggests both Edgar Allan Poe and EC Comics.

-Don’t be intimidated by not knowing anything about Sabrina’s backstory or history, as this series will begin with a terrifying re-imagining of her origin story.

Wytches #1Wytches #1

-Beloved comic horror writer and all around good guy, Scott Snyder drops his new ongoing series from Image Comics!

-If The Wake, Severed, and Batman have proven anything, it’s that Scott Snyder knows how to pace horror on the comic page!  He also makes sure to pair with artists, like Jock, who can bring to life his chilling imagery.

-Witches have been persecuted for centuries, often wrongly so, but they do exist and they are coming back for revenge.

-Finally get a copy of the series that has been hotly anticipated for a whole year!

Earth 2 World's End #1Earth 2 World’s End #1 

-DC begins it’s third weekly series (though this one won’t run fifty-two issues like the others)!

-As with Batman Eternal and Future’s End, a team of writers will handle the plotting duties of this maxi-series, including best-selling novelist Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl, Batman), and Mike Johnson (Supergirl).

-If you’ve been reading Future’s End, then you know that Earth 1 and Earth 2 are headed for war, and this is the series that chronicles that war.

-The first issue is not only double-sized, but only $2.99!

Avengers/X-Men Axis #1 (of 9)Avengers X-Men Axis #1

-A three act Marvel event that will change the universe…forever!

-Rick Remender, writer of Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, and Low, helms his first Marvel event, building off of the events in each of his regular ongoing series!

-The Red Skull has Charles Xavier‘s brain in his head and it has given him nearly unlimited power.  Will the combined might of the Avengers and the X-Men be able to stop him or will the villains of the Marvel Universe have to step in to help.

-The first issue will premiere with a slew of different variant covers by Skottie Youny, Siya Oum, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Mike Deodato, and Chip Zdarsky (the Deadpool variant).

Aug 262011
 

The wait is over.

Come next Wednesday, August the 31st, there’s no turning back for the DC Universe.  The only two books shipping from DC this week will simultaneously end Flashpoint and begin the New 52.

The truly important portion of that equation is Justice League #1 by the dream team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.  That’s right, Geoff “Blackest Night/Green Lantern/Teen Titans” Johns and Jim “Batman: Hush/X-Men/All-Star Batman & Robin” Lee!  Not only will this book be the most dynamically written and drawn comic to ship in months, but also a perfect jumping-on point for anyone who’s interested in DC characters like The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman.  The reasons (yes, more than one!) Justice League #1 is a perfect jumping on point are:  one, the story takes place in the past, so you get to see all the members meet for the first time, and, two, it is being written so that anyone can pick it up and not get lost in continuity.  Remember there will also be a couple variant cover editions floating around as well as the Combo Pack which comes with a code to download a digital copy of the book.

Grrglle growl raga rag, rummma rum.  Sorry, for those who don’t speak Christian Bale Batman voice, allow me to repeat.  The next edition in the Black & White Batman Statues is design by David Finch.  There, that better?  Seriously, though, of the artists who have had B&W Batman Statues based off of their work there are few who can encompass every ounce of grit and grim that comprises the Dark Knight.  As somewhat of an added benefit, this statue based on Batman‘s most recent Incorporated costume.  So, as they say in Gotham City, mrggle meerrr growwlll grumppa.

Half of this next product’s appeal is it’s name alone.  Say it with me, folks, To-ki-doki.  Marvel Tokidoki Frenzies may sound like gibberish, but, if they are, they’re the most dagnabity cute gibberish I’ve ever seen.  Swinging from tiny chains which you can affix to an zipper in the immediate vicinity, these bright, cartoony renditions of all your favorite Marvel heroes and villains are just as well designed as the most artistic Munny or Dunny.  And just take a look to the right to see who all’s in the first series.  There’s Spider-Man and Punisher and the Thing and Wolverine and Dr. Doom and Red Skull and the Hulk and Thor and…well, there’s a butt load of’em.

And now, since we’re all 5-by-5, let’s get to the final shout out, B.

If you’re a fan of slayage then you’ll be happy to hear about the new Angel & Faith series.  Leading into season 9 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Wait, season 9?!  Yeah, it’s been continuing in comic form for the last few years), this series will follow the vamp with a soul and the slayingest slayer of them all and bridge gaps between last season and this one.  Not only that, but it’s written by the royally talented Christos Gage, who’s been doing a bang up job on Avengers Academy.  If you’re a Buffy die hard, how can you resist such a perfect pairing.