Oct 042014
 

Red Dragon Inn Brother BastionWelcome, welcome, to ye ole Red Dragon Inn!  Come in, ye two new travelers, and have a Red Dragon Inn Ozrik the Adeptseat.

The Red Dragon Inn:  Allies expansions enlist two brand new characters this weekend, one the honored Brother Bastion, the other the mystical Ozrik the Adept.  Brother Bastion comes with special prayer cards that can be expended at specific times during the game for major benefits.  Ozrik the Adept favors hand management, as certain cards increase in power after other cards are discarded.  Both of these expansion can be incorporated any of the Red Dragon Inn base games.

Lord of the Rings The Road DarkensThe Lord of the Rings LCG series from Fantasy Flight gains another Saga Expansion, called The Road Darkens.  This expansion puts the player directly into the Fellowship of the Ring plot, allowing you to play through three original scenarios adapted from the novel.  The Road Darkens also includes additional hero characters that increase replay value of the game.Dark Eldar Codex HC

The Warhammer 40K hardcover library grows by one this weekend with the updated edition of the Dark Eldar Codex.  As is standard with this gorgeous line of hardcover volumes, the Dark Eldar Codex contains a detailed history of the faction, a glossy page showcase of paint schemes for the miniatures as well as an army list, and, of course, a list of rules for the army and their weapons.

Call of Cthulhu card game The Sleeper BelowThe eldar god, Cthulhu, has been awoken from his slumber and he is not happy.  Containing 165 cards to be incorporated into the base Call of Cthulhu LCG, The Sleeper Below, is the newest oversized expansion for the popular card game.  Focusing on the Cthulhu faction for the game, this expansion contains support and event cards for the faction.  As well, new society cards add other factions for the game.

From Iello, the makers of King of Tokyo, comes a quick play family horror game Night of the Grand Octopusthat melds together Lovecraftian mythos and Harry Potter.  Night of the Grand Octopus is a thinly veiled homage to Cthulhu and his cultist followers, tasking players to break into a famous school of the mystical arts to steal enchanting materials that will be used to wake the sleeping octopus god.  Ideal for three to five players, Night of the Grand Octopus is easy to learn and fast to play.

Student BodiesFinally a zombie game that doesn’t even feign at cooperative play!

Student Bodies pits up to five players against each other in life or death combat set in the hallowed halls of high school.  Nearly the entire graduating class has been turned into zombies, now scattered throughout the building, and you and all your friends have already been bitten.  Your only hope is making it to the science lab for the antidote, but to do so you’re going to have to screw over all of the other players.  Oh, and to win, you’re going to need to get out of the building and lock everyone else in.  Like I said, not cooperative.Warhammer Conquest 40K card game

Fantasy Flight and Games Workshop have teamed-up once again for a new addition to the popular line of LCG games, this time set in the Warhammer 40K universe.  Warhammer 40K Conquest is a two player, head-to-head card game that adapts the rules of the miniature game onto cards.  Each player controls armies represented by a card deck, which they then manage as either fighting forces or resource gatherers.  As this base game is the beginning of another LCG line, expect regular deck expansions to grow the game.

Sep 192014
 

Aliens Fire and Stone #1Aliens Fire and Stone #1 

-The second miniseries in an Alien/Predator/Prometheus crossover event!

-Chris Roberson, creator of iZombie (the upcoming CW TV series) and Memorial, helms this miniseries event!

-This first issue also features a chilling, but striking alternate cover by Saga artist, Fionna Staples.

-Emulating plot points from Alien and Aliens, this series sees a space station crew evacuate to escape a horde of xenomorphs, only to have them follow along.

Roche Limit #1Roche Limit

-Another in a year of amazing Image Comics ongoing series launches!

-Fans of cerebral, spacey sci-fi will enjoy Roche Limit, a series that wears its homages to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris, and Moon on its sleeve.

-The story takes place on a space station orbiting an unnatural energy rift, but is rife with scum and villainy.

-Roche Limit is also the first volume of trilogy of miniseries, so expect an extended, epic story.

Booster Gold Future's End #1Booster Gold Future’s End #1

-Everyone’s favorite DC time traveler returns to the New 52 universe!

-Dan Jurgens, the creator of Booster Gold, returns to his signature character!

-In this one-shot story, Booster is trapped outside of the parameters of time, fighting to rescue other lost heroes and himself!

-The rumors are that this one-shot could lead into a new, ongoing series!

Batman Death of the Family Joker Mask EditionBatman Death of the Family Joker Mask

-Scott Snyder’s infamous Joker story gets collected in a brand new format!

-Returning from who-knows-where, the Joker (who’s missing his face) has come back to Gotham to strike fear into the hearts of the Bat-family.

-Included with the softcover edition of this story is a specially designed replica mask of the Joker‘s face.

-Perfect one-step Halloween costume!

Aug 152014
 

Fade Out #1Fade Out #1 

-Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the team behind Fatale, Criminal, Incognito, and Sleeper return to Image Comics for another neo-noir ongoing series!

-Set in Hollywood during the late forties, Fade Out follows a film production slowly going off the rails.

-The first issue is oversized at forty pages, but only costs the regular Image price of $3.50!

-Don’t wait for the trade paperback, because, like Sex Criminals and Saga, the single issues will feature bonus articles and letters pages only found there!

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1Sensation Comics #1

-A second ongoing Wonder Woman series launches this week!

-Gail Simone returns to the character she was born to write!

-Ethan Van Sciver, artist of Green Lantern, Flash Rebirth, and Batman The Dark Knight, pairs with Simone to lend a heightened darkness to the story!

-With the Batman family unable to respond, Wonder Woman is forced to come to Gotham City in order to lasso up some of Batman‘s worst foes before they take over the city.

Little Nemo Return to SlumberlandLittle Nemo Return to Slumberland #1 

-Winsor McKay’s beloved and acclaimed comic strip is back with an entirely new story!

-IDW has commissioned top quality creators to carry on McKay’s legacy, matching the unrivaled artistic endeavor that was the original.

-Eric Shanower, writer of Marvel‘s Wizard of Oz‘s children’s series, and Gabriel Rodriguez, the exceptional artist of Locke & Key, join forces on this miniseries.

-An all-ages story, Return to Slumberland sees Nemo being pulled back into Slumberland as an indentured playmate for the Princess of Dreams.

Multiversity #1Multiversity #1

-Grant Morrison’s long gestating miniseries about the 52 alternate realities of the DC Universe finally comes to fruition!

-The miniseries will be comprised of two bookend one-shots (this being the first), six single issue stories, and a guidebook of the multiverse itself.

-Each issue will feature a different artist, depicting each world in a unique style in order to differentiate them.  Issue #1 features the work of Ivan Reis, the artist behind Blackest Night, Green Lantern, and Justice League.

-The Superman of Earth-23, who also happens to be president, joins forces with heroes from other worlds to form a multiversal Justice League in order to combat a universe ending threat!

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!