Jul 182014
 

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-Greg Pak, writer of Batman/Superman and Planet Hulk, jumps back to Marvel for this ongoing series.

-Acting as an ambassador for the mutant race, Storm will travel the globe encountering and overcoming evil and oppression as she goes.

-Each issue will feature a one-and-done story, each building to a larger arc.

-Victor Ibanez, a veteran of Wonder Woman, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and Robin, joins Pak as artist on the series.

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-August sees the return of The Doctor with the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s era, but, before that, 10 and 11 are back in the TARDIS.

-Titan Comics now owns the rights to the Doctor Who comics and begins their legacy with a dual launch of two ongoing series, one featuring David Tennant’s 10th Doctor, the other Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor.

-In the 10th Doctor series, The Doctor discovers a new companion during the Day of the Dead.

-Taking place right after the end of season five, the 11th Doctor series is written by Al Ewing, author of some great current Marvel series, including Mighty Avengers and Loki, Agent of Asgard.

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-Warren Ellis, author of Trees, Moon Knight, and Transmetropolitan, launches another new Image Comics series!

-Re-imaging a character created by Alan Moore, Ellis remakes Supreme, a Superman analog, for a new age.

-Ellis is joined by Tula Lotay, an up-and-coming artist, whose painterly, water colored style

-Underneath the surface of reality lies a secret organization that controls the parameters of the world.  They will stop at nothing to find Ethan Crane.

Avengers 100th Anniversary #1Avengers 100th Anniversary

-If you only buy one of the 100th Anniversary specials, make it this one!

-The Avengers of 2061 are drastically different than the current iteration, featuring Beta Ray Bill, Rogue, and others.

-Earth has fought off invasions, been swallowed up by the Negative Zone, and overrun by moleoids.  What will The Avengers face next?

-The true reason to pick this one-shot up is the gloriously surreal artwork by James Stoke, author and creator of Wonton Soup and Ork Stain.

Jun 132014
 

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-Out with the old Peter David, in with the new Peter David!  Having written X-Factor for nearly a decade, David can’t walk away from the book, returning to launch an All New X-Factor!

-The only corporate sponsored X-Team out there, X-Factor has the technology and finances of Serval Industries behind them.  However, that may not be a great thing.

-Comprised of Quicksilver, Polaris (both Magneto‘s children), Danger, Warlock, and Gambit, X-Factor is a character-driven comic, to be sure.

-What is Gambit‘s secret?  And will it bring down the team?

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-Jonathan Hickman adds the Avengers World ongoing series to finish off a trifecta of Avengers comics, each connecting into the other.

-World sees The Avengers going toe-to-toe with A.I.M., a secret organization of science terrorists who have declared themselves a separate nation, across the globe.

-Each issue is character-centric, with Hickman fleshing out his extensive Avengers cast while giving the reader insight into their personal conflicts.

-Oh, and Shang-Chi fights an evil ninja on top of a dragon.  ’Nuff said.

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-James Bond fans should take a look at Velvet.

-Velvet Templeton is a Miss Moneypenny-like secretary for the British Secret Service, but have the agency’s top man is found dead, she becomes the prime suspect.  Now she must clear her name if she hopes to survive.

-Created and written by the same team that wrote Captain America:  The Winter Soldier comic storyline, the series is a great espionage book by creators who know how to write spy fiction.

-And Image Comics provides this first volume to readers for only $9.99!

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-Local comic writing genius, Jason Aaron, returns to the X-Men universe!

-Dead for the last five or so years, fan-favorite character Nightcrawler was due for a return to the land of the living.  This volume explains how that happens!

-Join Wolverine, Storm, Ice Man, and others as they venture into the realms of the afterlife in order to rescue their departed ally.

-Oh, and there are demon pirates standing in their way!

Nov 162013
 

Batman Black and White Statue by Greg Capullo

-Match the Joe’s Garage Joker statue from last week with his equal and opposite number.

-Capullo’s stylish pencils are brought to life in this accurate statue.

-Most recent in the popular line of Batman Black and White statues, Capullo’s is equally suited to the monochromatic coloration as all the rest.

-Just a reminder, there’s nothing anyone loves more than a Dark Knight for the holidays.

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-Science is the new Rock’n'Roll!

-Collects the first six issue miniseries from Image Comics, a miniseries that was so popular Image kicked it up to an ongoing!

-In a world where The Beatles were replaced by a scientific supergroup, Nowhere Men explores what happens in a highly technologically evolved society when everything goes wrong.

-Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellaire’s striking pop art aesthetic turns this book into a punk rock comic of the modern age!

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-Experienced comic veteran, Brian Wood (DMZ, Local, Mara, The Massive, Ultimate Comics X-Men), brings his strong character-driven style to the X-Men universe.

-Finally, a book for female comic readers!  Disregard the title, this team is entirely comprised of strong, sympathetic women mutants.

-Olivier Coipel (House of M, Avengers vs. X-Men, The Mighty Thor) lends his kinetic style to every thrilling action scene in the series, making this one of the most action packed X-Men series in recent years.

-When Jubilee brings an orphaned baby back to the Jean Grey School, a baby wanted by some very bad people, what sort of tough decisions will Rogue, Psylocke, Storm, and the rest of the team have to make?

Harley Quinn #0

-Everyone’s favorite psychopathic psychologist returns to helm her own ongoing series!

-The husband/wife writing duo of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, masters of pure fun comic storytelling, promise to bring Harley back to her former glory!

-This introductory zero issue features tons of different (famous) artists as Harley holds auditions to find out who should draw her comic.

-A sure fire DC hit, Harley Quinn’s series will be comprised of one shot stories of pure insanity and cuteness as she joins a roller derby, hunts for kittens, and looks for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for Mr. J.

Nov 162012
 

Far over the misty mountains cold lies The Hobbit Heroclix Starter Set and individual boosters.

First, the new Epic Campaign starter set applies the same stand-alone adventure format that was featured in the previous Lord of the Rings starter set, including an individual campaign, maps, dice, and eight miniatures of core characters like Bilbo, Gandalf, and Thorin Oakenshield.  Pick up this set for a complete adventure in a box!  And anyone who does pick up a copy will receive a promo Golem miniature!  Or pick up a single figure booster to add other extra characters to your party.  So says Smaug!

Start prepping your hand/eye coordination, because Dixit Jinx is going to take it to push it to the limit.  Combining the wild fun of the popular Jungle Speed party game with the visual intensity of Dixit, this new version of the original game.  Players take turns giving a verbal cue of an image, then laying down (at various speeds) nine cards, each decorated with beautifully designed pictures, one of which will be the image the player described.  Everyone else attempts to grab that card as fast as they can, laying waste to any hand in their way!  If you’ve got three to six people (inebriated or not) hanging around, Dixit Jinx is just about the best way to kill some time and have fun doing it.

Wizards of the Coast is already getting into the holiday spirit by releasing their first ever Magic the Gathering Holiday Gift  Box.  Inside this magical box are tons of wonderful contents for a low price.  There are four Return to Ravnica booster packs, full-art card dividers, stickers to personalize these dividers any way you like, a stack of land, a special promo art version of Dreg Mangler, and all of these goodies come stocked within a giant card box capable of holding 2,000 cards.  I don’t think it’ll fit in a stocking, but don’t let that stop you from buying it for you favorite Magic player.

You don’t have to own a round table to play this next game, but it doesn’t hurt.  Shadows Over Camelot, the popular Days of Wonder cooperative game set in Arthurian times, now exists in a card game format.  Shadows Over Camelot: The Card Game brings the same cooperative gameplay of the original down to a easy-travel, quicker to play format.  Players band together to complete quests within a time limit, battling Morgan le Fay and looking to Merlin for assistance.  The fate of the round table is decided by the amount of white and black swords the valiant knights accumulate.  Of course, some knights might not be as trustworthy as others.

Munchkin Apocalypse now!

After all the worst events known to humankind descend upon the planet, you are a weary survivor, fighting for your life.  New disaster card types keep you on your feet while four new classes give you plenty of options to out last them.  As usual you can reach level 10 or, special to this version of Munchkin, you can choose to open seven seals and bring about the end of the world.  Plus, for a little extra insanity, Axe Cop‘s Ethan Nicolle provides a guest Monster for the game.  Don’t be an errand boy sent by grocery clerks by avoiding the newest Munchkin set, instead love the smell of napalm in the morning and pick a copy up.

Ascension:  Immortal Heroes brings the strategy and tactics of Magic the Gathering to a board game environment, thanks to Pro Tour creators Rob Dougherty and Brian Kibler.  Wield the power of the new Soul Gems to gain access to powerful heroes form the past.  You can play the game as either a two player stand-alone game or as an expansion to Ascension:  Storm of Souls.

Oct 122012
 

Let’s begin with a moment of miniature Zen this evening brought to us by the Warmachine Hyperion Colossal.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, here’s some words about stuff.

Alien Frontiers, the Kickstarter sensation where you populate planets in space, receives three expansions today. The first, and largest, is Alien Frontiers Factions. This expansion adds enough materials for another, 5th, player and faction mini boards which give special abilities to their owners. The Factions expansion gets its own expansion with the Faction Pack #1. This pack includes a booster pack with a new faction board and the other essential cards to add it to the game. Finally, the Upgrade Pack provides components, like miniatures and Dockcover tokens, to replace the basic Colony and Field Generator tokens in the original game.

Malifaux: Storm of Shadows is the newest expansion rule book for the Gothic miniature game. Storm of Shadows adds a new faction, The Ten Thunders, along with new Faction Masters and Minions. New schemes, a hiring guide, rules for Dual-Faction and mounted models, and narrative fiction.

Urbania is a game of urban renewal. Try your hand as a famous urban planner overseeing the re-development of a run-down city. You must hire the best specialists and designers. Get the bastions of industry to buy into your vision. Design blueprints for dynamic neighborhoods that bring the city back to its former glory. If you can manage your projects well, you will become the most renowned planner and take credit for the city of the future!