Oct 022015

Avengers #0 All New All Different MarvelAvengers #0 & All New All Different Point One #1

-The All New All Different era of Marvel Comics begins this Wednesday!

-Two one-shot anthologies lead the way into this era, featuring original short stories that set-up ongoing series.

-Avengers #0 contains shorts for all the major Avengers related series that will be launching over the next three months, including All New All Different Avengers, The Ultimates, New Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, and Uncanny Avengers, all by the creative teams of the ongoing series!

-All New All Different Point One, in turn, contains original short stories for Daredevil, Agents of Shield, Contest of Champions, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Carnage!

Survivor’s Club #1Survivor's Club

-DC Vertigo is on the cusp of a resurgence, and Survivor’s Club is leading the way!

-Packing some serious horror credentials, Survivor’s Club is co-written by horror author Lauren Beukes!

-Ryan Kelly, artist of Local, Saucer Country, Northlanders, Coffin Hill, and many other independent comic darlings, provides his exaggerated, emotional art style to this surreal horror series.

-In addition to all of those benefits, the premise of Survivor’s Club is killer!  Six teenage survivors of various horror movie genres (slasher, exorcism, haunted house, etc.) unite to solve the mysterious of the world.

Paper GirlsPaper Girls #1

-Another new ongoing series from one of comics’ best writers, Brian K. Vaughn (Y the Last Man, Saga, We Stand on Guard, Ex Machina)!

-Vaughn is joined by stylistic maestro, Cliff Chiang, fresh off of his epic from of Wonder Woman!  Chiang is bringing all of the eighties, neon nostalgia to this period series.

-Set in the late 1980s, Paper Girls follows four adolescent teenage girls who stumble into a mystery that will change their lives forever.

-Issue #1 is oversized at forty pages, but still sports a price tag of $2.99!

All New All Different Marvel Week OneDoctor Strange

-Invincible Iron Man #1 spearheads the relaunch of the Marvel Universe, featuring a fresh take on Tony as he remodels his suit and his life.  We’ve already read the issue, and loved the poppy dialog and swift pacing of the art!

-Spinning out of the online game, Contest of Champions is an ongoing series that sees deceased and lost Marvel heroes fighting to return to the land of the living on an alternate world called Battlerealm, ruled over by Maestro Hulk!

-Dan Slott returns to Amazing Spider-Man, but presents a new spin on Peter Parker that edges closer to James Bond than the frazzled nerd of Spider-Mans past.

-If you pick up one new Marvel series next week, make it Doctor Strange!  Written by KC local, Jason Aaron (Scalped, Star Wars, Thor, Weirdworld, Southern Bastards), Doctor Strange #1 sees Stephen Strange coming to a harsh realization that magic has an equal and opposite cost.  In effect, casting spells becomes a rare, dangerous occurrence that must be weighed carefully.  Oh, and the use of a battleaxe becomes way more prevalent!

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Star Trek Green LanternStar Trek / Green Lantern #1 (of 6)

-Star Trek has had a busy couple of years, meeting the Transformers, the Legion of Superheroes, Doctor Who, and now the Green Lantern CORPS!

-Written by Star Trek ongoing writer, Mike Johnson, this miniseries will see the two franchises interacting with each other.

-The J.J. Abrams versions of the original crew come across a buried artifact that sets off a mission that will bring them into contact with Hal Jordan, Jon Stewart, and the Green Lantern villains.

-Of course, if the good guys are teaming-up, that also means villains like the Klingons and Sinestro will join forces, as well!

Secret Wars Week 1 JulyCivil War

-Slightly delay, all the Secret Wars heavy hitters readers have been waiting for are finally here!

-Leading the way is the Civil War miniseries, featuring a world where Captain America leads one half of the country while Iron Man gets the other half.

-Age of Apocalypse is also dropping this Wednesday, depositing readers back into a world where the despotic mutant rules the world!

-Also releasing are 1872, the Western interpretation of the Marvel Universe, and Spider-Island, where all of New York possesses Spider-Man-like powers!

ArchieArchie #1

-Running consistently for over 600 issues, Archie comics is finally getting a reboot!

-Updating the characters and series for the modern age, Archie comics is appropriating a vibrant, adult art style!

-That new, youthful look is provided by Saga artist extraordinaire, Fionna Staples!

-On writing duties is veteran comic creator Mark Waid (Shield, Daredevil, Kingdom Come)!

Invader Zim #1Invader Zim

-Nickelodeon‘s darkly humored alien invader returns in comic form!

-The entire series will be written and overseen by creator Jhonen Vasquez!

-After Zim has been in hiding for years, he’s rearing his oversized green head to cause trouble for Dib once again!

-Issue #1 will feature a variant cover illustrated by Jhonen Vasquez!

Jun 262015

8House Arclight8House Arclight #1

-One of comics’ quirky masters, Brandon Graham (Prophet, Multiple Warheads, King City), is launching a new series!

-Graham is adept at world building, crafting vast universes filled with diverse alien lifeforms.  8House Arclight will utilize those skills!

-Fans of Dune and/or Heavy Metal will appreciate the surreal narrative of this ongoing series, as a deposed queen has her mind trapped in a root body only to go on the run from the impostor whose taken her place.

-Each couple of issues will also feature a new artist, introducing the comic world to an array of up-and-coming talents!

Spire #1 (of 8)Spire

-For anyone who picked up and enjoyed the Secret Wars Marvel Zombies tie-in from two weeks ago, check out author Simon Spurrier’s new Boom! Studios fantasy epic!

-Spire deposits the reader into an expansive fantasy land divided by race and social status.

-The protagonist Shå, the world’s equivalent of a police detective, will have to solve a string of serial murders, all while facing bigotry from those she’s trying to protect.

-Bright, vibrant artwork from Jeff Stokely brings the comic to life and adds to Boom‘s long line of colorful, inventive series.

OnxyOnyx #1 (of 4)

-President of IDW, Chris Ryall, a new Sci-Fi/horror miniseries!

-Ryall is teaming with exceptional artist, Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key), on this miniseries.

-Seemingly inspired by equal parts ROM the Space Knight and Metroid, Onyx stars a female cyborg astronaut whose purpose is ambiguous.

-Four issues of Sci-Fi craziness brought to life by Rodriguez’s creative layouts and character designs!

We Stand Guard #1We Stand Guard

-Saga and Y the Last Man creator Brian K. Vaughn launches a new ongoing Image Comics series!

-Set in the near future, We Stand Guard is a war epic featuring unusual combatants!

-A Canadian resistance force has to defend their homeland against the fiercest military enemy in the world:  the United States of America!

-Vaughn is joined by detailed artist Steve Skroce, the artist who storyboarded the original Matrix film.

Apr 242015

Just DessertsWe begin tonight’s New Game Stuff with dessert.  Just Desserts is the newest card game from Looney Labs, makers of Fluxx and Chrononauts.  Similar to Fluxx, players are drawing and playing cards in an effort to match a goal card in the center of the table.  The goal in this instance, however, is a hungry guest whom you have to feed a specific pairing of desserts.The Lord of the Rings The Treason of Saruman

Much like the film adaptations, the Lord of the Rings LCG Saga expansions keep on coming out.  The Treason of Saruman is the newest Saga expansion, featuring one hundred and sixty-five cards to be incorporated into the base game.  Set during the The Two Towers period of the novels, this expansion contains new heroes and player cards that walk the player Dark Seasthrough the events of Helm’s Deep, Rohan, and the battle with Saruman.

A fresh take on the pirate gaming genre, Dark Seas is a dice-based game where players accumulate a pirate fleet and empire by rolling dem bones.  By rolling sets of custom dice, each player constructs ports, acquires crewmen, sets sail, and hordes treasure, all in effort of becoming the most feared and respected pirate on the seven seas!Argent The Consortium

Ever wish you could pick the next headmaster of Hogwarts?  Well, Argent The Consortium may be legally distinct enough from Hogwarts, but, essentially, that is exactly what players are doing when they play this bartering game.  Coming with thirty-five distinct miniatures (icing on the cake!), Argent has players using spells, leverage, and other resources to get elected the next Warmachine Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebookheadmaster of the Argent University of Magic!

Long awaited and hotly anticipated, the Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebook hits shelves this weekend.  Following the successful launch of the Unleashed Adventure Kit a couple weeks back, the core rulebook introduces the essential rules, character creation mechanics, and other necessary traits to run a roleplaying game set in the vast, steampunk-inspired universe of Warmachine!Dominion Adventures

Other deck building games have been churning out expansions like mad over the last year, but the originator, Dominion, has stayed somewhat silent.  This weekend that changes as the ninth expansion for the popular deck building game arrives.  Dominion Adventures sees the return of a popular mechanic from the Seaside expansion, Duration Cards.  Along with these, Adventures also includes thirty Kingdom cards, twenty Event cards, and new Reserve cards that can be saved for later use.

Apr 242015

Arkham Knight Batman figureArkham Knight Figures Series 1

-In anticipation of the Batman Arkham Knight video game this summer, DC Direct is releasing a series of figures based off of the game’s character designs.

-Out this week are Batman. . .

-Harley Quinn. . .

-And the Scarecrow!

Pisces #1Pisces

-Two great Image Comic talents combine in one ongoing series!

-Pisces sees Kurtis J. Wiebe of Rat Queens and Johnnie Christmas of Sheltered come together!

-Sci-Fi has been a major genre for Image lately and Pisces joins the illustrious ranks of Copperhead, Roche Limit, Prophet, Black Science, and Saga.

-Building off of the love for Interstellar, Pisces follows a NASA astronaut hired to participate in a top secret, covert mission.  His directive:  make first contact with alien life.

Goners v.1 tpbGoners v.1 tpb

-Another Image Comics volume one for only $9.99!

-The Latimer family are the world’s most renown monster hunters, but, when momma and pappa Latimer are killed, the two Latimer teens must fend for themselves against a horde of creatures out for revenge.

-Essentially a darker version of Johnny Quest, The Venture Brothers, and Scooby Doo.

-Writer Jacob Semahn wastes no time dropping the reader directly into the action, ending every issue on a compelling cliffhanger that moves the story forward!

Spider-Verse HCSpider-Verse HC

-One of this year’s most well written event comics is collected in a single, hardcover volume!

-An excellent jumping on point for new Spider-Man readers, Spider-Verse sees Peter Parker enlisted into an interdimensional war as the leader of an army of alternate reality Spider-People!

-See the origins of everyone’s favorite Spider-Gwen in this collected edition!

-In fact, see all the origins of all the Spider-Verse characters as this volume collects not only the main Amazing Spider-Man issues, but all the tie-in issues, including Spider-Woman, Edge of Spider-Verse, Superior Spider-Man, and more!