Apr 042014
 

Nightcrawler #1

-Everyone’s favorite elf is back from the dead and ready to return to his swashbuckling ways!

-And who better to bring Nightcrawler back into the fold than the X-Men writer most known for writing the character, Chris Claremont.

-This ongoing series spins out of Jason Aaron’s popular Amazing X-Men storyline.

-Nightcrawler and Wolverine hit the road to find out why someone is gunning for Nightcrawler‘s loved ones.

Shutter #1

-Joe Keatinge of Morbius, the Living Vampire and Marvel Knights Hulk acclaim delivers a new ongoing Image comic series!

-Keatinge promises the series straddles the line between Indiana Jones and Fables!

-A young adventurer, from a family of adventurers, must travel the globe in search of them, battling triceratops, robots, and other fantasy creatures in order to rescue the ones she loves.

-Make sure you don’t miss out on issue one, like so many did on previous popular Image comics, like Chew, Manifest Destiny, and Thief of Thieves.

Iron Fist the Living Weapon #1

-Seven years ago, Marvel Comics launched The Immortal Iron Fist, a series that turned into one of the most respected, beloved Marvel series of all time.  Now he’s back.

-A purely kung-fu revenge epic, this series sends Danny Rand back to the mystical city of K’un Lun, where he gained his powers, in search of vengeance.

-Kaare Andrews, writer and artist on Spider-Man: Reign, brings both skills to bear on this new, ongoing series.

-Skottie Young also delivers his regular top-notch variant cover for this first issue, depicting Iron Fist Ki-yahh-ing in front of a dragon.

Batman Eternal #1

-DC‘s first weekly series during the New 52 era begins!  And it’s all about the Bat family!

-Scott Snyder oversees this important Batman series, leading four other talented writers, including John Layman (Chew), James Tynion IV (Talon), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), and Ray Fawkes (Constantine).

-Major changes to the Batman universe will stem from this series, especially in regards to Jim Gordon’s status as commissioner and the re-appearance of Stephanie Brown/Spoiler.

-A Batman comic each week for an entire year!

Mar 152014
 

Coming up on Channel A is a new program for fans of anime and manga, ready-made for party gaming!

Recently run through the distributor system following a successful Kickstarter run, Channel A is another in a long line of Apples to Apples style party games.  In the case of Channel A, players are selecting multiple cards, each with a uniquely anime-esque words, and using them to pitch a new anime show to the rest of the group.  Votes are taken and points are assigned based on majority. 

If there’s a cult following bigger than fans of zombie stuff, it’s fans of Cthulhu stuff.

From the makers of Zombies!!!, the highly popular zombie outbreak survival game, comes Cthulhu!!!:  Hastur La Vista Baby!  Similar to Zombies!!!, players control hardened Elder God exterminators attempting to halt the return of an creature from beyond by sanctifying ritual sites.  However, the threat of insanity looms large over everyone thrust into the middle of this horrific setting.  Can you hold out?

Flash Point is jumping in the drink with its newest set of expansion boards, Dangerous Waters.

In this expansion are two double-sided game boards with representations of a submarine and a sunken ship, offering an entirely original environment for players to experience.  Any safety provided by the above-ground buildings of all the previous sets is now out-the-window, so to speak, raising the stakes in this popular cooperative game.

Newly arrived and quickly disappearing from the shelves is Magic the Gathering‘s most recent Duel Deck, Jace vs. Vraska.

Hotly anticipated, this duel deck retails for $19.99, but contains cards with values which far exceed the price.  As well, these duel deck sets are always perfect introductory products for new Magic players, giving them a fully built deck to play as well as one to give an opponent.

A supplement to the Chaos Space Marine’s Codex, the recently released Crimson Slaughter Codex provides information about unique artifacts and options for your existing Chaos Space Marines army.  As well, it provides a unique story that’s never before been told in the Warhammer 40K materials.

Legend of the Five Rings makes a major comeback this weekend with the launch of a freshly designed base set, the Ivory Edition, anchored by four new booster pack releases and a set of nine starter decks.  The classic nine clans are represented, including crab, scorpion, crane, and all the rest.

Somebody really needs to Asmadi Games to start play testing these games they’re releasing.

In the mean time, here’s another We Didn’t Playtest This edition, this time known as We Didn’t Playtest This Pasted-On Theme at All!  Adding another batch of original cards, this expansion also includes stick-on (paste not included) themes like zombie, pirate, elves, and more.  Not only do these themes make each card snazzier than before, they also change the endgame scenario.

While we’re on the topic of expansions, the popular education series, Timeline, gains another themed expansion this weekend.  Timeline: Music & Cinema plays just like the previous versions of the game with players attempting to lay cards from their hand in chronological order without seeing the dates.  In this specific expansion, all the cards relate to major moments or works in the music and film industries.

A loving homage to classic Dungeons & Dragons, Luke Crane’s Torchbearer RPG HC is all dungeon crawling all the time.

Building off of the Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard roleplaying systems, Torchbearer deals in deep, dank dungeons, heroic adventurers, and a hunt for glory.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler has finally swing his way into the Legendary deck-building game, and he’s brought along friends.  Another mini-expansion for Marvel‘s successful DBG, Paint the Town Red (trust us, the contents are better than the title) includes cards for the Black Symbiote Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Black Cat, Scarlet Spider, and Spider-Woman as well as Mastermind cards for Carnage and Mysterio.

Jan 112014
 

Inhumanity Spider-Man #1

-Continue to follow the antics of Inhumanity in this next important chapter!

-The Superior Spider-Man is brought into the fray of the newly sprouting Inhumans!

-Written by Christos Gage (Superior Spider-Man, Avengers Academy, The Flash), this issue will act as an important chapter in the Inhumanity saga, as well as another chapter in Otto’s reign as Spider-Man.

-Can Otto lean a lesson of humility. . . or is that inhumility?

Seekers of the Weird #1 (of 5)

-Disney and Marvel‘s first official, original comic book collaboration!

-Seekers of the Weird takes place in the designed, but never built Museum of the Weird amusement ride.  This ride was originally intended Disney World, but now acts as the backdrop for family friendly adventure!

-An original story, this miniseries follows a pair of wayward children in search of their father and lost in the Museum of the Weird.

-Brandon Seifert, writer of Doctor Who and Witch Doctor comics, brings his talent for wonder and adventure to this young readers series!

Black Dynamite #1

-All you gotta know is that Black Dynamite is the original, B.A., kung-fu master detective that keeps all the ladies happy and all the men cowering in fear!

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Night of the Living Deadpool #1 (of 4)

-Local author, Cullen Bunn, continues his unparalleled run on the Merc with the Mouth in this newest miniseries!

-Now that Deadpool has killed the entire Marvel Universe, all of literature, and every version of himself, who does he have left to kill?

-EVERYONE AGAIN!

-Highlighting the sheer horror of Deadpool fighting endless hordes of zombies, this artistically inventive series is presented entirely in black and white, except for Deadpool, himself, who is in color!

Dec 072013
 

WWE Ongoing #1

-WWE turns from heel to face by releasing a new ongoing series about the biz!

-The series is set to feature all of the stars of the squared circle you love and love to hate, including CM Punk, John Cena, Undertaker, Kane, Mark Henry, Shamus, and, of course, ole Vince McMahon, himself.

-Fluid artwork depicts all the slobber knockery and car crash-like action of each vicious throwdown.

-And expect the voice of the series to be 100% accurate, as it is written by New York Times best-selling author and wrestling legend, Mick Foley!

Doc Savage (Dynamite) #1

-The Man of Bronze returns from the company who knows pulp!

-Chris Roberson, the writer behind indy hits like iZombie and Memorial, as well as Dynamite events like Masks, takes Doc out for a solo adventure!

-Those unfamiliar with Doc Savage should take notice as the Doc is the granddaddy of all superhero characters, especially Superman!

-Dynamite knows how to tell a pulpy tale the right way, as anyone who’s read The Shadow, Green Hornet, Masks, or King’s Watch, will attest.

Marvel Knights Hulk #1 (of 4)

-Continuing Marvel‘s return to the grit and grime of the Marvel Knights line, this Hulk miniseries follows in the footsteps of MK Spider-Man and X-Men.

-Joe Keatinge, fresh off his take on Morbius, the Living Vampire, weaves this destructive tale of an amnesiac, on-the-run Bruce Banner in Paris.

-Keatinge is joined by rising artist, and master of adult (with a capital A) artwork, Piotr Kowalski (SEX).

-Find out who’s chasing Bruce, how he forgot everything, and why others are turning into Hulks in this short, stylish miniseries.

Dead Body Road #1

-Roaring into stores this Wednesday, Dead Body Road is a pure homage to seventies revenge films, like Death Wish, Point Blank, and The Getaway.

-Justin Jordan made a name for himself off of the grisly superhero deconstruction that was Luthor Strode, but now he branches out to crime fiction. . .but with the same violent tone.

-A revenge story at heart, Dead Body Road follows Orson Gage down American highways as he hunts down those who’ve ruined his life.

-Fans of rough, though comics like The Cape, Preacher, the Parker adaptations, Criminal, and Gearhead need to give a look.

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.