Jan 232015
 

Munchkin #1Munchkin #1

-Steve Jackson and John Kovalic have dominated gaming with their Munchkin card series for years.  Now they’re coming to comics.

-Another quirky, humorous series from the growing Boom! Box line of comics (Lumberjanes, Teen Dog, Adventure Time)!

-A crunchy, snarky, dungeon crawly comic series, Munchkin takes all the fantasy parody from the card game and weaves them into short stories by a slew of up-and-coming writers and artists.

-Also, for those avid Munchkin collectors out there, every new issue will come with an original Munchkin promo card that can be incorporated into the base card game.

The Dying and the Dead #1The Dying and the Dead

-Jonathan Hickman, writer of East of West and Manhattan Projects, launches another new ongoing series from Image Comics.

-Pulpy storytelling akin to Five Ghosts blended with the surreal science of Manhattan Projects, The Dying and the Dead is Hickman’s ode to serial adventures of old!

-When a dead friend of The Colonel (this world’s version of Indiana Jones) is killed at their wedding, he’s propelled into the hunt for an ancient artifact that could spell doom for the entire world.

-One of the first Must Read series of 2015!

Effigy #1Effigy #1

-Celebrity scandals and murder mysteries slam together in this new Vertigo series!

-Tim Seeley, creator of Hack/Slash and writer of Batman Eternal and Grayson, launches this new ongoing series.

-After an embarrassing sex tape scandal, former child star, Chondra Jackson, returns to her hometown only to get wrapped up in a murder mystery that resembles an episode of the show she used to star on.

-When you’ve got a cult of wackos wanting to sacrifice you for your magical celebrity blood, you realize it’s tough being famous.

Uncanny Avengers #1 Uncanny Avengers

-Seems like only yesterday that Rick Remender launched the Marvel NOW! flagship title, Uncanny Avengers.  Well, everything old is new again.

-Spinning out of the events of Avengers vs. X-Men Axis, this relaunched Uncanny Avengers series is a fresh jumping-on point for new readers.

-What an unusual team!  Sabertooth takes over the role of Wolverine, while Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Sam Wilson’s Captain America, and the Vision.  Oh, and the fan favorite Brother Voodoo also makes his triumphant return!

-Joining Remender in relaunching this flagship title is Daniel Acuña and his fluid, painterly artwork.

Jan 172015
 

Miniature Battles Game MatsGetting tired of playing your X-Wing and Star Trek Attack Wing games on a boring, plain kitchen table?  Well, HCD Game Supplies has finally released two specialized playmats that are intended to be used with the previously mentioned, space-based miniature games.  These 3′ x 3′ game mats come in a Star Field (vast blackness with dots of stars) and Space Battles (planets) designs.Settlers of Catan Convertible game board

Another gaming accessory for an even popular game is also on shelves this weekend.  The Settlers of Catan Convertible Game Board is an official release from the makers of Settlers of Catan that will help to stop your Catan tiles from sliding all over the table or game pieces getting knocked over.  This hard plastic template piece houses the gaming tiles, while also providing enough space in between tiles to build roads.  This board will also Sons of Anarchy Grim Bastards Club Expansionsupport a six player game of Catan.

The board game adaptation of FX‘s popular motorcycle gang series, Sons of Anarchy, receives an expansion this weekend.  The Grim Bastards Club Expansion is an add-on pack that, when added to the base Sons of Anarchy:  Men of Mayhem, can expand the game for up to five players (or six if you already have the Calaveras Club Expansion).Kitsune of Foxes and Fools

Pulling from Japanese culture, Kitsune:  Of Foxes and Fools is a new hand management card game that puts players into the role of an ancient fox spirit.  These Kitsune punish the foolish, sinful mistakes of humans, earning their tails when they do.  Players will uses cards to reprimand humans, attempting to earn nine tails as a means of attaining victory.

Carcassonne Gold RushCarcassonne Around the World is a recent themed set of Carcassonne expansions that take the base tile-laying and meeple placement from the original game and drop them into different times and locals.  Gold Rush is the second release in this set, sending players back to late 1800s America.  Instead of castles and roads, players will be hunting for gold in mines and placing tents.  Of course, you can always choose to steal your opponent’s gold if your digging isn’t turning a profit.

Long awaited, the third deluxe expansion for the Fantasy Flight Star Wars LCG game is Star Wars Between the Shadowsout!

In Between the Shadows players received cards that highlight the Jedi and Scum & Villainy factions.  Included in the expansion are twenty-six entirely new objective sets.  Among the characters that players will be allowed to use are fan favorites like Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Jan 162015
 

Galaxy Quest Journey ContinuesGalaxy Quest:  The Journey Continues #1 (of 4)

-By Grabthar’s hammer, the crew of the NSEA Protector is back!

-Following up on the cult favorite comedy starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney Weaver, this IDW miniseries acts as a sequel to the original film.

-Having returned from their journey into the stars changed forever, the stars of Galaxy Quest have jumped started their failing careers.  But now an alien with a grudge has come for Captain Jason Nesmith.

-This four issue miniseries is handled by Erik Burnham, writer of the IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and the Ghostbusters series.

Legendary Star Lord v.1 tpbLegendary Star Lord v.1 tpb

-He’s Star Lord, man.  Of course this is a series you want to be reading.

-Spinning out of Brian Michael Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series, this volume sees Star Lord go solo and take on the forces of the universe.

-Of course, since he is Star Lord, he also has time to flirt with the X-Men‘s Kitty Pryde and tangle with Thanos.

-Up-and-coming Marvel writer, Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I., Uncanny X-Force) teams up with Paco Medina to send the Guardian’s leader out on his own.

Ivar TimewalkerIvar Timewalker #1

-Valiant Comics has been making a name for itself over the last couple of years, especially with the recent The Valiant miniseries.

-In an effort to expand the Valiant universe, the publisher is launching a number of new titles starring original characters called Valiant Next.

-The launch book for Valiant Next, Ivar Timewalker spins out of Archer & Armstrong.

-A mad dash across time, Ivar Timewalker sees the titular character being attacked across his time stream, having to outrun and out think his opponents in his various iterations.

DC Bombshells WalletsDC Bombshells Mighty Walletts

-Ant Lucia’s Bombshell artwork has become a mass hit with comic readers, so DC continues to stamp it on every product imaginable.

-Like DC‘s previous wallet releases, these will be made of Tyvek, a durable, recycled material.

-Each of these wallets features the artwork from the series of variant covers Lucia did for DC last July.

-The options are Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.

Jan 092015
 

Adventure Time Marceline Gone AdriftAdventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #1

-She is the vampire queen of Ooo and she has been launched into space by her former best friend, Princess Bubblegum!

-Following up the popular Marceline and the Scream Queens miniseries, this miniseries also weird, deep mythology of the cartoon.

-Meredith Gran, who also wrote Scream Queens, returns to pen this story!

-Finn and Jake are alright, but, let’s be honest, Marceline is everyone’s favorite.

Boom Box Mix Tape #1Boom Box Mix Tape 2014

-Boom Studios has earned a reputation as the publisher of quirky, colorful artistry and this first Mix Tape showcases that.

-An oversized issue, the Boom Box Mix Tape features short stories from a number of Boom‘s most popular comics.

-Included within this hefty issue are stories from Lumberjanes, Teen Dog, The Midas Flesh, and Cyanide & Happiness!

-In addition, this issue will feature the first Munchkin comic book story by John Kovalic, leading up to the new Munchkin ongoing series!

Conan Red SonjaConan Red Sonja #1

-Fan favorite writers Gail Simone (Batgirl, Secret Six, Red Sonja) and Jim Zub (Wayward, Skullkickers) join forces to join the forces of Red Sonja and Conan!

-The two warriors combine their battle-hardened skills in order to track down and defeat a mad sorcerer before he unleashes a world ending war.

-Not a traditionally linear story, Conan/Red Sonja sees the two heroes jump through various ages and time periods!

-Given that both of these authors have received accolades for their work on these or similar characters, this storyline should prove fun and excited.

Star Wars #1Star Wars #1

-After many years, the Star Wars license is back where it started:  Marvel Comics!

-The beginning of a new ongoing series, Star Wars #1 is written by Kansas City resident, Jason Aaron (Thor, Ghost Rider, Southern Bastards, Men of Wrath) and drawn by John Cassaday (Uncanny Avengers, Astonishing X-Men, Captain America).

-The series will take place between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, as the rebellion begins to rise up against the Empire.

-If you want variant covers, this book gives you variant covers!  Pulp will have a whopping eleven different covers, including a gorgeous painted variant by Alex Ross!

Dec 202014
 

Hidden Agenda Hostile Intent ResistanceIndie Board Games has enlisted two new expansion for The Resistance.

The popular bluffing game adds its first two expansions in Hidden Agendas and Hostile Intent.  Hidden Agendas adds three entirely new modules of play to the game, including Assassin, Defector, and Trapper.  Hostile Intent also adds three separate modules, including Hunter, Reverser, and Inquisitor.Flashpoint Honor Duty

Among the many popular cooperative games on the market today, Flash Point is certainly the hottest (yes, I made that pun on purpose).  Flash Point:  Fire Rescue Honor and Duty, like the previous expansion, includes two new double-sided game boards.  Among these new scenarios are an airplane fire mission and a subway train disaster.  Keep in mind, a copy of the base game is Ninja Dicerequired.

Since the dawn of the art of ninjitsu, an ancient artform has passed from generation to generation.  It’s name?  Ninja Dice!  Okay, so maybe it’s not that ancient, but this push-your-luck dice game (similar to Zombie Dice and Martian Dice) has players taking on the role (or is that roll?) of a ninja.  By rolling dice, players establish a scenario they are attempting to sneak into, then roll another set of dice to determine how they will accomplish the goal.Dungeons Dragons Attack Wing Wave 2

Hot on the wings of the first series of Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing miniatures, Wizards of the Coast has released a second series.  Out this weekend, Attack Wing Series Two includes the Black Shadow Dragon, Movanic Deva Angel, and Aarakocra Troop expansion Star Trek Attack Wing Borg Cubepacks.  Each of these miniature packs include cards and all other materials to incorporate the figure into the base game.

Resistance is futile.  If you’re a die hard Trekkie (which means you’re likely a die hard Star Trek Attack Wing player), then you’re going to have to get a copy of the oversized Borg Cube miniature that releases this weekend.  Like the Deep Space Nine model that came out a couple weeks back, this miniature is to scale with the other Attack Wing miniatures.Holiday Fluxx

Just in time to save those awkward post-diner moments at every family’s holiday party, Loony Labs has released another new version of their popular card game, Fluxx.  Holiday Fluxx, like the other versions of Fluxx, throws players into a scenario where win conditions and rules change every turn.  Cards for this version of the game are themed toward not only winter holidays, like Hanukkah and Christmas, but also Mice and Mystics Downwood TalesHalloween, Arbor Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.

The adventures of the valiant mice knights of Mice and Mystics continues in the second expansion for the popular narrative board game, Downwood Tales.  Included in this hefty addition are a selection of new villains, characters, and story options to continue the adventures of the previous two games.  Among the new characters is a crafty gecko named Jakobe.Firefly RPG Things Don't Go Smooth

If you’re a captain in the verse, the obstacles that crop up between you and something shiny are numerous and varied.  The first supplemental sourcebook for the Firefly RPG, Things Don’t Go Smooth, focuses on these obstacles, detailing four additional types of villainous bosses as well as over fifty distinctions and assets, enemy boats, and two additional Star Wars Imperial Assault“episodes” to play through.  Keep flying.

Fantasy Flight had such a success with Descent: Journeys in the Dark that they decided to take the mechanics to a galaxy far, far away.  Star Wars Imperial Assault is the fourth major gaming release from Fantasy Flight that uses the Star Wars license.  In this epic board game, players take on the roles of either the Galactic Empire or the Rebel forces.  These two factions are distinguished by two separate game modes (Campaign and Skirmish) that each play differently for up to five players.  Fans of the classic Hero Quest system will find numerous similarities within Imperial Assault.