Jul 172015
 

Magic The Gathering Origins Fat Pack boosterIt’s that time of year again (yes, again).  Magic the Gathering is launching another set that segues into a whole new era of the popular CCG.  MtG Origins is to be the final core set (reprinting old cards alongside new ones) ever, as the company will be instigating an updated release schedule this Fall.  As usual with a new Magic release, the standard boxes of booster packs, Fat Packs, and Intro Decks all release today.  Alongside those releases, however, there are also new Deck Builder’s Toolkits and Clash Packs.Walking Dead Bang Dice Game

Two, count them, two Walking Dead dice games hit the shelves this weekend!

First up, Bang! follows up its own Dice Game version and the Walking Dead Bang! edition with the Walking Dead Bang Dice Game!  Not only do players take on roles like Walking Dead Dice Game CryptozoicSheriff and Walker, similar to regular Bang!, opponents also compete to collect points while rolling dice.  But be careful, but too many zombies bites will whittle away from your overall score.

Out from Cryptozoic is the succinctly titled, Walking Dead Dice Game.  A competing version to the above Bang! variation, the Walking Dead Dice Game sees players rolling dice in order to acquire supplies and move from region to region on a mini-gameboard.  Essentially a scaled down version of the larger survival-centric Walking Dead board game.Doctor Who 8th Doctor Sourcebook

Yes, the Ninth Doctor Sourcebook came out last week.  Yes, the Eighth Doctor Sourcebook releases this weekend.  Sue us, time travel is weird.  Like each of the Sourcebooks in the Doctor Who RPG line, the Eighth Doctor Sourcebook contains a detailed explanation of this version of the Doctor’s exploits.  But, wait, the Eighth Doctor only starred in a single TV movie!  In place of other episode, Cubicle 7 has written an extended adventure that takes players across the various realms and time periods of the Crabs Adjust HumidityDoctor Who universe, all while controlling the Eighth Doctor and his various companions.

Possibly the most often asked question at Pulp Fiction is “Do you carry Cards Against Humanity?”  Sadly, the answer has always been “no,” because the makers of that game do not sell their product through gaming distributors.  Luckily, the answer has changed to “yes,” because a forward thinking company has released Crabs Adjust Humidity.  An exact copy of the format and style of Cards Against Humanity, Crabs Adjust Humidity contains new cards that can be played as a standalone game (that works exactly like CardsCthulhu's Vault Against Humanity) or incorporated into the original game.

A darker, insanity driven version of the popular storytelling game, Once Upon a Time, Cthulhu’s Vault has players competing to tell a story using classic mythos elements.  However, unlike Once Upon a Time, players must defeat an Eldar God in the game’s final round, akin to Chew Card Game Cases of the FDAthe endgame scenario of Arkham Horror.

Popular Image comic book, Chew, comes to the boardgaming workd in Chew:  Cases of the FDA.  In, Chew:  Cases of the FDA, you’ll work to solve a case pulled straight from the pages of the comic series.  Whether it’s finding clues, recruiting allies with amazing food-related powers, or sabotaging your opponents, each round you’ll work to close the book on your particular investigation before your opponents can swoop in and steal your spot as the top-food-cop in town.

Jul 172015
 

Power Up #1Power Up #1 (of 6)

-Have you missed on the ebullient fun that is Lumberjanes (Eisner winner!) and Giant Days?  Don’t miss out again!

-Boom! Studios mainstay, Kate Leth, will be writing the series, bringing to bare her previous experience on Adventure Time Fionna and Cake, Bravest Warriors, and Edward Scissorhands.

-Prophecies in most narratives revolve around epic heroes and legendary heroines.  Power Up is not that story.

-Instead, the heroes of prophecy are an apathetic woman in her late twenties, a past-his-prime athlete, a mother of two, and a goldfish.  Yes, you read that last one right.

Wolf #1Wolf #1

-Ales Kot is gaining a reputation as the Hunter S. Thompson of comics, writing some of the most psychedelic, trippy series in recent years.

-Now, Kot launches Wolf, an ongoing detective/crime story from Image Comics!

-But unlike your Chinatowns and Maltese Falcons, Wolf will have hints of the supernatural, akin to True Detective or the Dresden Files.

-Fair warning, there may also be a fair share of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, for those that are so inclined.

JLA Gods and Monsters BatmanJLA Gods and Monsters Batman #1

-Leading up to the release DC‘s newest animated movie, this series of one-shots will detail the alternate reality versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

-Bruce Timm, co-creator of Batman the Animated Series, is overseeing and writing all of these one-shots.

-Each of these one-shots will feature a done-in-one story about the origins of these drastically altered characters.

-In the Batman issue, readers will find out how Kirk Langstrom, not Bruce Wayne, became the vampire Batman of this world!

Cyborg #1Cyborg #1

-Vic Stone, a founding member of the New 52 Justice League, finally receives his own ongoing series!

-Cyborg has received upgrades before, but, at the beginning of this series, he’s receives a complete overhaul!

-Writer David Walker introduces a slew of new villains for Cyborg to battle, including the Technosapiens, an alien race that want to devour Vic’s own tech.

-Bringing of this insanity to life is one of DC‘s best house artists, Ivan Reis (Blackest Night, Justice League, Green Lantern).

Jul 102015
 

Guardians of KnowhereSecret Wars July Week 2

-Undoubtedly the flagship title of this week, Brian Michael Bendis returns to the Guardians of the Galaxy with Guardians of Knowhere #1!  Having survived the universal collapse, the Guardians and the prisoners occupying Knowhere must duke it out in space!

-Al Ewing (Mighty Avengers, Loki Agent of Asgard) will be launching an alternate reality take on his previous series with Captain Britain and the Mighty Avengers #1 (of 2)!

-Rick Remender returns to the Captain America universe with Hail Hydra, where Cap’s son Nomad infiltrate a world ruled by the evil Nazi organization!

-Finally, Siege #1 by Kieron Gillen (Journey into Mystery, Young Avengers, Darth Vader) features characters who have been sentenced to guard The Wall that divides Battleworld from the deadlands!

Book of Death #1 (of 4)Book of Death

-The follow-up to last year’s successful The Valiant miniseries!

-The Eternal Warrior, an immortal defender of Earth, has been tasked to protect the adolescent Geomancer, a young girl who is connected to the Earth’s lifeforce.

-However, the Geomancer has foreseen the future and knows how each of the world’s heroes die.  Now, the combined forces of the Valiant Universe are after her and the Eternal Warrior to discover the secrets.

-Written by Robert Vendetti, the current writer of Green Lantern, X-O Manowar, and the former Demon Knights series.

Island #1Island #1

-If you picked up and enjoyed 8House Arclight, King City, or Multiple Warheads, this series is for you!

-In the vein of Heavy Metal, Island will be an anthology series printed in an oversized magazine format!

-While the primary story is written by Brandon Graham, the other stories will feature a rogues gallery of impressive independent artists.

-Some of the creators featured include Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly), Simon Roy (Prophet), and many more.

Adventure Time Fionna and Cake Card Wars #1 (of 6)Fionna Cake Card Wars

-Ice King‘s fan-fic favorites, Fionna and Cake, are back in this new miniseries!

-Jen Wang, who has previously written Marceline and the Scream Queens, helms this story, too!

-Desperate to find a worthy opponent for Cake in the popular card game, Card Wars, the duo head out on a journey across Ooo!

-SUPER MATHEMATICALLY IMPORTANT:  Each issue of this miniseries will contain an EXCLUSIVE Card Wars card to be incorporated into the popular Adventure Time card game!

Jul 032015
 

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.