Apr 182014
 

Elektra #1 ANMNElektra #1 ANMN

-Hot on the heels of the popular female assassin book, Black Widow, comes an ongoing series for Marvel‘s premiere lady killer.

-Now that DC has scared Haden Blackman off of Batwoman, he’s crossed the street to Marvel to helm this series.

-Michael Del delivers a frenetic, painterly style on covers and interiors, perfect for a fluid assassin like Elektra.

-In the first arc, Elektra attempts to change who she is, but will have to ward off monsters and other top assassins to do so.

24 #124 #1

-Just in time for Jack Bauer’s return to television, IDW has launched a new 24 ongoing series!

-Fill in the time between the end of the last season and Live Another Day with this series.

-Ed Brisson has been accumulating a number of critically acclaimed series of late, including Sheltered, Comeback, and The Field, and now brings his A-game to this property.

-Brisson is joined on art duties by industry veteran Michael Gaydos, whose moody style brought crime and spy series, like Alias, to life.

Original Sin #0Original Sin #0

-Marvel‘s next big summer event begins here!

-Someone wants Uatu the Watcher dead for something he’s seen.  This prequel sets up what they may be and offers Uatu‘s last will and testament as he speaks with Nova.

-Though Jason Aaron isn’t writing this introductory issue, one of the only writers good enough to replace him, Mark Waid, is helming the issue.

-Jim Cheung, as he did with last year’s Infinity, provides art for this introductory issue.

Justice League United #0Justice League United #0

-Though DC has changed the title of this book, we all still know, at its heart, it is Justice League Canada.

-Jeff Lemire may have concluded his popular Animal Man series, but Buddy Baker is sticking around for this team book.  He’s bringing along Star Girl, Martian Manhunter, Supergirl, Green Arrow, Adam Strange, and Hawkman.

-After Forever Evil leaves the DC universe in tatters, Adam Strange is left to assemble a rag-tag band of heroes to help him defend the galaxy.

-Lemire promises to bring the heart and character of the Animal Man series and the galactic mystery and grandeur of Trillium!

Jan 252014
 

Lost at Sea HC (Anniversary Reprint)

-Read Scott Pilgrim?  Did you know Bryan Lee O’Malley wrote and drew something before that?

-Lost at Sea is ten years old, in fact, and in honor of that impressive date Oni Press is re-releasing the graphic novel in an updated hardcover treatment.

-O’Malley populates Lost at Sea with the same kind of awkward, out-of-place teens that starred in Scott Pilgrim, lead by Releigh, a shy, young girl who had her soul stolen by a cat.  Will she get it back on a road trip with her fellow classmates?

-This hardcover special edition contains the full Lost at Sea story as well as a handful of unpublished O’Malley stories and extras.

Guardians of the Galaxy v.2 “Angela” HC

-Brian Michael Bendis continues his operatic space adventure in Guardians of the Galaxy v.2!

-Leading up to the feature film releasing in August of this year, volume two continues to introduce the entire Guardians team, including Star Lord, Gamorra, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.

-Angela, of Spawn fame, crosses into the Marvel Universe in this volume, coming into conflict with the Guardians as she figures out how she got there.

-As well, this second volume contains the important Infinity crossover issues where the Guardians have to infiltrate a commandeered satellite to aid the Avengers.

Cable and X-Force v.3 tpb

-Dennis Hopeless continues his totally rad, 90s inspired action movie romp that is Cable and X-Force!

-With Cable suffering from psychic spasms, the Uncanny Avengers move in on the outlaw team in an attempt to capture Cable and his band of misfits.

-The team also divides itself up into duos, with each heading off on their own independent smash’n'grab missions!

-This penultimate volume leads into the conclusion of the series, setting-up important information about Hope‘s future!

Serenity: A Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6)

-The wait is over browncoats!  Joss Whedon’s fan favorite Western in space is finally back with stories set AFTER the Serenity movie!

-With the Alliance’s power shaken after the information about their hand in the Reavers’ creation was revealed, Mal and his crew are on the run, hidden from the eyes of the ‘verse.

-Georges Jeanty, the artist who brought Buffy Seasons 8 and 9 to life, returns to the Whedon-verse to draw all six issues of this anticipated miniseries!

-Zack Whedon, writer of A Shepherd’s Tale, takes the helm of the ship to tell the very first story in a post-movie universe!

Aug 242013
 

Masks v.1 tpb

-The Shadow + Zorro + The Spider + Green Hornet + Kato = Best.  Crossover.  Ever!

-Alex Ross not only lends his unmatched artistic talents to the first issue, he also delivers on multiple covers for the series, too, all of which are included in this collection.

-These pulp heroes must unite to fight off the corrupt government of 1938 New York!

-The entire eight issue series, plus extras, is included in this single, oversized volume!

Young Avengers v.1 tpb

-All the fan favorite Young Avenger characters are back and filled with more adolescent angst than ever!

-Kieron Gillen brings the same pop infused vibrancy that made Phonogram the cult hit that it was!  The Young Avengers are officially teenagers now, and they party, drink, quarrel, and sleep around like everyone at that age.

-Jamie McKelvie, formerly of Phonogram, X-Men Season One, and Secret Avengers, makes this book sing, as far as artwork goes, pulling out expressive “performances” from all the characters.

-Oh, and for that extra bit of dissent, the reason all the characters get back together is due to the machinations of Kid Loki!  Fans of Gillen Journey into Mystery take note!

Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

-The masters of cute behind Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures jump companies to make Hellboy more adorable than ever!

-Anyone familiar with Art Balthazar and Franco’s Tiny Titans should expect the same comic-strip style of storytelling, perfect for younger audiences!

-Any parent who hopes to get their kids into Hellboy, but may be hesitant about the main book’s content can use Itty Bitty as an entry point.

-Did I mention the cuteness?

Guardians of the Galaxy v.1 HC

-Meet the entire cast of next year’s Marvel hit film, including Starlord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.

-Brian Michael Bendis (Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men) plays up the action and banter of the Guardians team with his witty writing style.

-Iron Man also joins the team early on, linking the Marvel interstellar universe with the main universe.

-Did I mention the raccoon with the nasty attitude and matching gigantic gun?

May 032013
 

Life is full of tough questions.  Paper or plastic?  With or without cheese?  Red pill or blue pill?

Pig or dog?

The correct answer to the latter question is actually both.  And, luckily, when you buy a copy of Pick-a-Dog and Pick-a-Pig you get both.  When combined with each other, these games go from 2-5 players to 6-8 players, blending matching and dexterity games together no matter which version you play.  A grid of cards sits in the center of the table, each with five attributes noted on them.  Players also have a single card in their hand.  Once the game has begun, everyone tries to grab a card with at least four similar attributes, adding it to their hand and continuing from there.  The game stops when one player has no more cards to grab.  As one can imagine this game plays well with family members or friends plus a bottle of scotch.

Is your tower protected?

Not exactly a new game, but one we’ve just gotten back in stock, Batt’l Kha’os is a tile laying game with some fighty bits thrown in.  Players attempt to take control of various tower tiles laid across the table by placing their own army tiles around it.  Each tile intersection point is then totaled up for the amount of humans vs. orcs and whoever has the most takes the corner.  Once all four corners around a tower are calculated, whoever has the most corners (orcs or humans) takes control of the tower.  Though it leaves some letters out of its title, Batt’l Kha’os combines the best of Carcassonne and Pocket Battles.

Nathan Fillion has charmed television, comics, and cinema, but now he’s setting his sights on the world of board gaming. Castle:  The Detective Card Game transformers the comedy and mystery of the hit television series into a clue solving card game.  Players take control of a key character from the show in order to piece together the clues and figure out who the murderer is.  Players can choose to compete in episode mode, finding only one killer to win the game, or season mode, playing through a range of episodes and murderers to see who has solved the most by the end.

In the middle of all this complicated gaming hooha, let me throw in a quick shout-out to the newest Data Pack for the Netrunner LCG from Fantasy Flight.  Humanity’s Shadow includes the standard assortment of sixty new cards to be incorporated into the base game.  Download them into your hand right now.

Tear down your quarantine signs, put aside your rifles, and lay down your machetes, and come out of your reinforced basements because it’s time for the first Zombicide expansion to arrive.  Although, as this expansion, Walk of the Dead (see what they did there?), contains twenty-four additional zombie miniatures, you may still want to guard your brain.  There are also twelve spawn cards include so that these figures can be introduced into the game.  Stay close, lock and load, and make sure to wear a helmet.

Ahoy, maties, it be Catan: Pirates and Explorers!

The newest expansion for the hit Catan game series, Pirates and Explorers, like Cities and Knights, Seafarers, and Traders and Barbarians before it, adds new mechanics to the already popular ones from Settlers of Catan.  Bridging the gap between Catan and Seafarers, Pirates and Explorers starts players out on one island, searching for resources and settlers to build and pilot a sailing vessel to another island.  Once there, players discover a range of new resources to continue building and growing.  This version of the game comes packed with five original scenarios to keep the gameplay fresh and original.

And, because of time and all that stuff, the last three items tonight will be presented in image only.  They do say pictures speak louder than words, right?

Okay, maybe a few words.

There’s Ugg-Tect, a cooperative game where players have to act like cavemen while instructing each other on how to build a prehistoric building.  There are also inflatable clubs included.

Two RPG softcovers also release this weekend.

One, for Call of Cthulhu (Atomic-Age Cthulhu), providing a 50s era setting for Cthulhuian mystery and murder with a nuclear backdrop.

And, two, the newest addition to the Only War Warhammer 40K RPG, Hammer of the Emperor.

Dec 292012
 

Anything Finn can do, Fionna can do better.  And in knee socks.

The highly successful Adventure Time comic series gains another tie-in miniseries this Wednesday!  Written by co-creator and storyboard artist from the television show, Natasha Allegri, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake brings the girl power!  Spinning out of a stand-alone episode where the regular protagonists, Finn and Jake, where gender bent into women, this miniseries gives them the spotlight for six whole issues!  As the previous Adventure Time series have sold out as fast as the Ice Queen sliding down a snowy slope, if you want a copy be sure to put your name on the pull before Wednesday or be at the store early!

Vampires have been the new hotness for quite some time now, but they’ve never been Marvel NOW!  Uh, until now.

With this week’s Morbius, the Living Vampire #1, another of Spidey‘s villains gets an empathetic make over.  After breaking out of The Raft prison in Spider-Man #699.1, Michael Morbius is attempting to find his inner good guy and satisfy his natural hunger.  Written by Joe Keatinge, up-and-coming author of Hell Yeah and Glory for Image Comic, the first issue showcases his unique blend of stylistic indy paneling and catchy, quick dialog as well as moody horror.  As is often the case, C-list characters commonly make for the best reads at the big two comic companies (for evidence, see Swamp Thing and Hawkeye), given that the writers have a leeway to put the characters through their paces in ways that the A-list characters can’t be.  Trust me, it won’t suck.  Except, you know, in the ways that a vampire book should.

The other Marvel NOW! release for this next week is Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers companion book, New Avengers #1. Like FF to Fantastic Four, this series will share characters with the main title, as well as some plot elements, making them a shared story, of sorts.  And if you’ve read Hickman’s first issue of Avengers or any of his Manhattan Projects series, you know he’s capable of giant sci-fi craziness and incredible plot twists, both qualities which he will bring to characters of New Avengers.  Starring The Illuminati, the secretive, behind-the-scenes puppet masters of the Marvel Universe, the series will feature Black Panther, Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Beast desperately struggling to halt the collision of two universes.  And fans of the New Universe concept of yesteryear should take note, as it’s rumored to return in this book.

Thanks to a little timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff, the third series of Doctor Who Character Builder Miniatures materializes in the store this Wednesday!  Yes, we know series two hasn’t arrived yet, but, you know, time travel.  Anyway, it really doesn’t matter as each set features different characters or key characters in unique costumes.  Set three includes the Doctor in his fancy green longcoat (circa season five), Amy with Silence marks on her face, an alternate universe Rory, River Song, an Ood, and many more (check them all out to the right).  Each figure is compatible with Lego’s, if you wish to build your own Doctor Who adventure set, or feel free to pick up one of Doctor Who Character Builder playsets currently at the store.