Feb 272015
 

Descender #1Descender #1

-Popular comic creator, Jeff Lemire, of Sweet Tooth, Trillium, Animal Man, and Green Arrow fame, launches a new creator-owned series at Image Comics!

-Lemire’s words will be brought to life by artist extraordinaire Dustin Nguyen (Lil Gotham, Detective Comics, Batman)!  Nguyen’s water-color aesthetic will bring this Sci-Fi odyssey to life!

-Descender follows in the space opera footsteps of ODYC, Saga, and Prophet, telling the tale of a young android who is on the run across the stars from bounty hunters out for his life.

-Issue one will be thirty pages long and sell for only $2.99!

All New Hawkeye #1All New Hawkeye #1

-No, you didn’t miss an issue, this new Hawkeye series is actually coming out before the previous one finishes.

-The second comic launch from Jeff Lemire this week!

-The same casual tone of Matt Fraction’s previous Hawkeye series continues as Clint and Kate are back together and slinging arrows better than ever!

-Eisner Award Winning artist Ramón K. Pérez (Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand) will keep up the same artistic experimentation of David Aja going!

Guardians Team Up #1Guardians Team-Up #1

-Another new Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series launches!

-Perfect jumping-on point for any fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie!

-Each issue will feature the whole Guardians team or a select member joining forces with other Marvel heroes.

-The first two part story will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and will see the Guardians teaming-up with The Avengers!

Princess Leia #1 (of 5)Princess Leia

-The final Marvel Star Wars comic in the first wave!

-Unlike Star Wars and Darth Vader, Princess Leia will be a five issue miniseries.

-Mark Waid, veteran writer behind Daredevil, Kingdom Come, and literally every major character at Marvel and DC, is on writing duties for the entire miniseries!

-Joining Waid will be joined by the art team of Terry and Rachel Dodson, whose smooth, shapely style has energized X-Men, Spider-Man, and Batman before!

Nov 212014
 

Batman Eternal v.1 tpbBatman Eternal v.1 tpb

-The epic, weekly Batman series comes to trade paperback!

-A murderer’s row of young creators helms this series, including James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, and Kyle Higgins, all under the watchful eye of  Scott Snyder.

-Gotham is under siege by multiple forces, leaving Batman and the Bat Family scrambling about attempting to stop the madness.  Each issue takes up the perspective of a different family member, including the newly returned Stephanie Brown Spoiler!

-This twenty issue volume nearly catches up to the current issue, so if you’ve been meaning to jump on, this is the way to do it!

Ody-c #1Odyc #!

-Sex Criminal mastermind and all around Hawkguy, Matt Fraction, helms this new ongoing Image Comics series!

-The Odyssey has been told and retold for centuries, but never like this!

-A space epic of the highest level, Ody-C adapts the plot of Homer’s greatest myth into an intergalactic road movie.

-Christian Ward, psychedelic artist of series such as Infinite Vacation and Olympus joins Fraction on the series, making the universe a vibrant and surreal place.

Scarlet Spiders #1Scarlet Spiders #1 (of 3)

-The third and final Spider-Verse tie-in miniseries launches this Wednesday!

-As every alternate reality Spider-Person splits off to outrun the Inheritors, three of the classic Scarlet Spider incarnations come together!

-Ultimate Jessica Drew, Kaine, and Ben Reilly team-up for the first time!  And, maybe, for the last time.

-Also, one Scarlet Spider won’t make it out alive.

Gotham by Midnight #1Gotham by Midnight #1

-The Batman corner of the DC Universe continues to gain variety with this new ongoing series.

-Basically a cop procedural, Gotham by Midnight delves into the paranormal side of the city.

-Ray Fawkes, writer of Batman Eternal and Constantine, brings his talent for supernatural tales to the weird side of the GCPD.

-The real draw here is Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, The Squidder, Fell), whose loose, moody style brings this series to grisly life.

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!

Mar 212014
 

Iron Patriot #1

-The industry’s weirdest, hallucinogenic writer, Ales Kot, takes over an ongoing series starring former War Machine, James Rhodes.

-If you picked up a copy of Secret Avengers #1 a couple weeks ago, you know Kot delivers on the kinetic action beats, quirky comedy, and unusual situations.

-Rhodes is forced to go up against a new villain that is threatening his family.

-Oh, and eventually James Rhodes dies. . .or, at least, that’s what the solicits say.

Real Heroes #1

-Bryan Hitch, artist of The Ultimates and America’s Got Powers, returns to Image for another genre deconstructing series!

-Hitch’s ultra-realistic style is put to the test with a superhero book set in the real world!

-A real world superhero unlike any other, Real Heroes stars the world’s highest-paid actors, all of which have just starred in the blockbuster superhero film The Olympians.

-Fiction and fact blur together as these celebrities are launched into the fantasy world of their film and forced to survive against an alien army.

Silver Surfer #1

-Dan Slott, mastermind behind The Superior Spider-Man, takes his skills to the stars in this cosmic Marvel title!

-Galactus‘ former Herald roams the universe, showing off all corners of the cosmos to his young female companion.

-Mike Allred (FF, X-Statix, iZombie) enhances the zany tone of this space adventure with his retro-esque pencils and colors!

-Fans of Doctor Who should give issue one a try, as Slott has openly stated that he’s copying the episodic nature and companion-based adventure of the famous television series.

All New Ghost Rider #1

-Robbie Reyes is the All New Ghost Rider!

-A street racing teen from the wrong side of the tracks, Robbie inherents the powers of the infamous Spirit of Vengeance!

-Tradd Moore, artist for the violent Image hit The Strange Talent of Luther Strode,

-Dennis Hopeless, local author, former Pulp Fiction employee, and current writer of Avengers Undercover, endorsed this very issue as a great read that last Wednesday!

Jan 172014
 

Got eight minutes to spare?

Why not play Eight-Minute Empire: Legends?  The second stand-alone release in this line, Legends is literally playable in eight minutes, ready-made for quick gaming in between gaming.  The game involves players picking cards off of six piles, with each card providing a special action to perform immediately after.

Three new ships pull into the Star Trek Attack Wing docking bay this weekend, including the USS Excelsior for the Federation, RIS Vo from the Romulan alliance, and Dominion’s Koranak vessel.

Who you gonna call?  Yourself!

Ghooost! is family friendly, easily travel-able card matching game where players try to get rid of their hand of cards by matching suits with cards previously laid down.  Players pull from their “mansion” for new cards, hoping for cards with special abilities that allow them to lay more cards or enact other actions.  The whole game also comes in a handy carrying box that folds out into the game board.

Gamer couples searching for a new two player experience need look no further than Pixel Tactics and Pixel Tactics 2.

Head-to-head battling is the name of the game, stemming from each player controlling an identical deck of cards, but assigning a specific leader card to the deck that entirely alters how each card plays.  This allows for twenty-five different variations on the standard deck.  And don’t worry about picking these initially releases up in order, they are both stand-alone and can be played in any order.

The fifth large expansion for the Warhammer:  Invasion LCG card game, Hidden Kingdoms, fleshes out the remaining factions that have, up until now, not seen play in the game.  These include Skaven, Lizardmen, Wood Elves, and Undead, each of which has been built-up to a full faction.

The Mayan apocalypse may never have come, but that hasn’t stopped Tzolk’in from producing an expansion to end all expansions.  Tribes and Prophecies not only adds enough pieces to include a fifth player, but also alters the gaming experience entirely by allowing each player to take command of tribe leaders that grant them abilities beyond the normal selection.

Space is a vast and endless place, which means Rio Grand Games has plenty of universe to produce a fifth Race for the Galaxy expansion from.  Alien Artifacts adds a fifth playable deck onto the base game, as well as five additional start worlds.  Along with these extra pieces, the expansion contains another gaming mode where players map an alien “orb” searching for artifacts that gain them extra powers.

For the penultimate game item, Pathfinder, like a Pokemon trainer on a winning spree, continues to evolve their dragons.  This time around, it’s the Red Dragon Evolution set of miniatures.

And, basically, that’s kinda it…

Like there’s three dragons.

And some are bigger than others.

But they’re all red…

Yup…

Anyway, the ‘verse is never done offering up rewards for determined, swindly captains, especially ones experienced in Breakin’ Atmo.

The first expansion deck for the beloved Firefly board game, Breakin’ Atmo, supplies players with twenty-five new jobs, supply cards, and shiploads of gear!  Shiny don’t even begin to describe this valuable bobble!