Nov 232013
 

Sex v.1 tpb “The Summer of Hard”

-The salacious hit from Image Comics is now out in trade paperback form!

-Joe Casey’s entire first seven issue arc is collected in this one hefty volume!

-What if Batman was a sexually repressed billionaire, tempted at every turn to give in to his urges?  This is The Saint, the protector of Saturn City, a shinning metropolis on the surface, but a seedy pressure cooker of sexuality below.

-If the title didn’t clue you in, this book IS NOT FOR CHILDREN!  If you are an adult, however, be prepared for a realistic superhero story like you’ve not read before.

House of Gold and Bones v.1 tpb

-From Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame!

-This single volume collects all four issues of the hit miniseries.

-A lyrical journey, House of Gold and Bones follows a lost soul venturing across the landscape of an alternate world, searching for redemption while on the run from a crazed mob.

-Philosophical reading akin to Gaiman’s Sandman.

Morbius the Living Vampire tpb

-How does a vampire become a human again?

-Escaped from prisoner, Dr. Michael Morbius attempts to quell his bloodlust and rejoin society in this complete series!

-Written by Joe Keatinge, an up-and-coming comic writer who has little regard for the classic methods of comic storytelling, Morbius is an unusual Marvel series for readers who enjoy comics that are off the beaten path.

-This one volume tpb collects the entire nine issue run of the series as well as the Amazing Spider-Man issue that lead into it, written by Dan Slott!

Black Science #1

-The pulpy homage of the cover for Black Science #1 says it all!

-Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent) returns to the genre that made his name with this dark, adventure-laden Sci-Fi series!

-Trapped in an infinite trip across alternate dimensions, Grant McKay and his crew must span the universes to find their way home.

-Image has been delivering top-notch Sci-Fi comics (Saga, Prophet, Manhattan Projects) for the last year and Black Science is sure to make its way onto that last.

Oct 192013
 

Samurai Jack #1

-Gendy Tartakovsky’s lone sword-swinging, silent hero, Jack, returns thanks to IDW!

-Picking up after the open ending of the cartoon series, the first five issues will deal with the Jack searching for the mystical “Rope of Eons”, rumored to be capable of taking him home.

-Written by Jim Zub, who’s been killing it on the darkly humorous, Skullkickers, this series will be brimming with the stylistic action the original cartoon was known for.

-And don’t worry about the comic diverging from the look of the show, because Andy Suriano, one of the artists responsible for the original character design, lends his pencils to the comic.

Marvel NOW What? #1

-Marvel has always had a long tradition of publishing satirical takes on their own characters, with the newest being Marvel NOW What?

-And it’s no slouches on writing duties, with a slew of notable comedy television writers crafting humorous takes on Marvel‘s most famous characters.

-Joining them on art duties are a ton of notably quirky artists, like Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man) and Colleen Coover.

-Plus, you get a Skottie Young cover without having to pick up a variant!

Velvet #1

-Ed Brubaker gets back into the game with Velvet #1 from Image Comics.

-Having written one of the most definitive runs on Captain America ever (including the Winter Soldier story that the next movie will be base off of), Brubaker brings his espionage know-how to this spy story.

-Velvet Templeton thought she was out, but that’s exactly when you always get pulled back in.  With her boss dead and twenty years away from the field, Velvet must jump back into the fray for another adventure.

-Joining Brubaker on art duties is his long time partner Steve Epting, who’s penciled more comic books than you’ve read in your life.  Seriously, this guy’s been around.

Pretty Deadly #1

-Hot on the tail of the sci-fi western, East of West, is the surreal revenge tale, Pretty Deadly, from Image Comics.

-Kelly Sue Deconnick, writer of Ghost and Captain Marvel, joins with her artistic soulmate, Emma Rios, for this entirely unique comic series about the daughter of Death himself.

-Expect the brutality of series like Saga and Preacher combined with the fantastical fantasy of Fables and Sweet Tooth.

-And, hey, above anything else, be thankful we live in a day where two female comic creators can launch a weird Western comic and have it be anticipated!

Sep 202013
 

Not by the hair on your chiny chin chin should you miss The Three Little Pigs board game.

From Iello, this family game comes packed in its very own storybook casing, with fanciful wonders held within.  A dice rolling game, The Three Little Pigs revolves around players rolling dice to acquire building materials.  And take a guess at what those are.  Yup, sticks, brick, and straw.  Build your house the tallest and most sturdy, and you win the game.

Keep it secret, keep it safe!  The new Lord of the Rings LCG expansion is out!

The Black Riders Saga Expansion contains three entirely original scenarios, each of which recreate epic moments from the Lord of the Rings novels.  Containing 165, this oversized expansion allows players to customize their cooperative experience, as they face off against Sauron and his evil minions.

Maybe the best named gaming expansion I have ever come across, Smash Up, the card game based around slamming together two random, monstrous factions to build a deck, releases The Obligatory Cthulhu expansion today!  The Elder Gods have blessed this set with four exclusive factions, including Cthulhu cultists and Elder Things, to add to your already demonic decks.

Okay, follow this.  A fake card game from inside a film now becomes a real card game based on the fake one.  Got it?

Romance of the Nine Empires is born from a fan film, premiered at Gen Con 2012 (The Gamers:  Hands of Fate), which featured this Magic-esque card game.  Within Nine Empires players struggle against one another and the environment of Countermay as they attempt to cure an ailing planet.  You decide the outcome of the world with you actions.  Will it survive?

In Bruges stars Colin Ferrel and Brendon Gleasson. . .no, wait, that’s the movie.

Bruges the game has nothing to do with Colin Ferrel, but it does have a lot to do with player interaction.  Created by Stefan Feld, Bruges pits influential members of the city against each other, each bidding to obtain the support the local population.  Once supporters are found, your goal will be to enforce the city’s safeguards, while gaining further influence within the town hall.

The Omega Protocol has been enacted!

Level 7 receives an entirely new, stand-alone edition in Omega Protocol.  Once again, genetic mutations have overrun Subterra Bravo and a well organized team of soldiers has been sent out to solve the problem.  One player will control the monsters, the rest will control the soldiers  Who will live?

The wait is over!  Fudge Dice are back!

These Fate or Fudge Dice from Centurion apply to all Fate and Fudge system games, designed and colored specially to match the Dresden Files, Atomic Robo, and Spirit of the Century.

Jul 132013
 

The Mysterious Strangers #1-2

1. If Charlie’s Angels, The Avengers (BBC version), and The Prisoner conceived a baby on a drunken night, nine months later The Mysterious Strangers would pop out!

2. You may have picked up the ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE of this series on Free Comic Book Day, but for those who didn’t issue #1 is being released again, along with issue #2.

3. If you didn’t pick up the issue, the book is a sixties period piece starring a team of adventures possessing a variety of unique powers control by their tattooed hands.

4. Chris Roberson has been on a roll lately with his pulpy runs on Masks and The Shadow, which makes him the perfect man to write a series so steeped in retro action!

Batman ’66 #1

1. HOLY BATUSI, BATMAN!!!!!!!

2. Speaking of retro action, the first original content starring the cast of the famous camp Batman television series of the 1960s, Batman ’66 celebrates the tradition of this wacky show!

3. Writer Jeff Parker (Dark Avengers, Agents of Atlas) brings his years and years of experience writing Golden Age style characters and story arcs to this nostalgic, humorous series.

4. All the punny insanity that you’ve come to expect from The Camp Crusader, Batman ’66 becomes a rare comedy series on a rack filled with dark, brooding characters.

Number Cruncher #1

1. Just your average undead archangel working for The Divine Calculator by bringing souls into the afterlife, The Number Cruncher is about to run into a snag.

2. If you think X-Men Legacy and X-Club are weird beyond belief (but in a good way), wait until you read Si Spurrier’s Number Cruncher.

3. Originally written for 2000 A.D., this series brims with dark, intelligent surrealism and a dabble of humor, too.

4. Spurrier may bring the unusual to his Marvel series, but it’s nothing compared to his unleashed talents on independent titles like Six Gun Gorilla and Number Cruncher.

Red Sonja #1

1. Cheesecake becomes girl power in the relaunched, Red Sonja #1!

2. Written by the comic industry’s ambassador for female creators, Gail Simone, Red Sonja finally receives the humanistic tone she has deserved for so long from a writer that isn’t a sleazy dude!

3. Storywise, Sonja is on a doomed quest, leading a failing army, all in order to pay back a debt that may cost her life.

4. To enhance the fem power of the series, Dynamite has assembled an impressive array of female talent to illustrated six different covers!  These artists include Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Fiona Staples (Saga), Jenny Frison (Revival covers), and more!

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.