Mar 082014
 

The great glory of Mankind must be reclaimed!

So say the Sentinels of Terra in the newest Space Marines Codex supplement.  This hardcover release contains information on how to build a Sentinels army, a detailed background of the faction telling how they came to be and what they desire, and an array of mission templates designed to recreate famous battles from the Sentinels history.

Also out from the Warhammer 40K universe this weekend is the Imperial Knights Codex.  Collecting valuable information for the reassembled Knight world faction, this Codex contains the history of the Imperial Knights, extended information about the Knight Errant and Paladin suits, and rules for running an Imperial Knight detachment.

A week late due to these aggravating shipping troubles that continue to pop up recently, the Born of the Gods Event Deck is now available!

A mono black deck, the Underworld Herald Event Deck is designed for competitive tournament play.  An entirely built sixty card deck and fifteen card sideboard, Underworld Herald features a combination of Pack Rat, Doom Blade, Xathrid Necromancer, and Desecration Demon, the latter of which is a nearly ten dollar card.

The highly popular storytelling battle game Once Upon a Time, wherein players jockey for control of a fantasy narrative using their imagination and special story beat cards, gains another expansion this weekend in Knightly Tales.  Focusing on Knights and their honorable bravery, this fifty-five card expansion adds additional story and ending cards.

Two great tastes that taste great together, Drinking Quest the Card Game combines roleplaying games and, well, drinking.

A simple card game styled around the mechanics of classic RPGs, Drinking Quest has players choose stat-ed character cards, just like in RPGs, then face off against monsters (decided randomly by the cards, acting as GM).  Beat the monster and you earn life and glory, lose and you must chug, chug, chug!  If you have the most XP by the game’s end, you win.  The losers drink.  So, really everyone comes out alright.

Feb 012014
 

Batman:  Joker’s Daughter #1 (One-shot)

-Not, we say NOT, written by Anne Nocenti, the writer who handled the Joker’s Daughter Villains Month issue (and for those who read it, you know why we’d mention this)!

-Instead, a better female writer, the up-and-coming Marguerite Bennett (a pupil of Scott Snyder), takes the reins.

-This one-shot issue further explores the twisted origins of the woman calling herself The Joker’s Daughter, as she continues her attempts at controlling the sewers and underground waterways of Gotham City.

-Bennett wrote the rather good Batman Annual #2 from last year as well as the Lobo Villains Month issue, showing a talent for constructing tight, focused done-in-one stories.

Punisher #1 

-Nathan Edmondson has already delivered a successful All New Marvel NOW! series in the form of Black Widow.  What will he do with the Marvel Universe‘s most infamous vigilante?

-Frank Castle needs a change of scenery as he head’s out West.  A major crime syndicate has arisen in L.A., and The Punisher is hot on their trail.

-Edmondson excels at espionage tales as well as action narratives (as the first couple issues of Black Widow attest), so his style is perfectly suited to The Punisher.

-Oh, and did we mention that Frank’s not the only one on the hunt?  He’s got a mafia hit squad chasing him as he chases their bosses.

Loki, Agent of Asgard #1

-Forget Thor, we all know Loki‘s the real reason anyone goes to see any movie set in Asgard.

-With a brand new body, Loki is more mischievous than ever and ready to put that talent for mischief to good use.

-Al Ewing, who is writing the hell out of Mighty Avengers right now, unleashes his pure fun, classic Marvel style onto the Asgardian section of the universe.

-As an Agent of Asgard, this series will see Loki sent on covert missions, missions that rely on his talent for trickery.

Ms. Marvel #1

-Following in the footsteps of Kelly Sue Deconnick’s cult favorite Captain Marvel series, Ms. Marvel adds another Marvel series written by women for women about women.

-Kamala Khan is an entirely new hero for an All New Marvel NOW! era, both a teenager and a Muslim, Kamala adds some needed diversity to the Marvel Universe.

-A perfect entry point for teen readers, Ms. Marvel finds Kamala trying to balance an overbearing father, new superpowers, and the regular hormonal difficulties of high school.

-G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and Adrian Alphona (The Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) are, possibly, the most exciting creator pairing in the entire All New Marvel NOW! relaunch!

Aug 032013
 

Sidekick #1

-J. Michael Straczynski delivers his second Joe’s Comics imprint after the supernatural hit, Ten Grand!

-JMS focuses his story not around the traditional Superman allegory, but the oft forgotten boy sidekick.

-What happens when The Cowl, the world’s most prominent superhero, is assassinated?  Well, for one, Flyboy, The Cowl’s boy ward, begins to lose the public’s favor, eventually sending spiraling downward into insanity.

-Beginning in a golden age pastiche, Sidekick intends to dip deeper and deeper into the darkness of the superhero’s worst fears.

Pathfinder Goblins #1

-First they got mischievous in the roleplaying system.  Then they cackled from your desktop as a series of miniature figures.  Now, the goblins of Pathfinder are coming to the world of comics!

-This five issue miniseries is divided into two short stories per issue, each written and drawn by a duo of top creative talents!

-Authors of actual Paizo material have created stories for the series!

-Make sure to nab the ultra rare variant cover before the goblins, themselves, steal it out from under you!

Burn Down the Orphanage #1

-Sina Grace, creator of Li’l Depressed Boy, does a complete tonal 180 in his new series Burn the Orphanage, a cool, sleek revenge story.

-Rock lived in an orphanage his whole life…until it was destroyed.  Now, he’s out to find those who did it and beat the ever lovin’ hoohaw out of them!

-Part one of a three part trilogy of miniseries, Burn the Orphanage is the beginning of a long epic of fisticuffs.

-Oh, and the official description includes the phrase “topless stripper ninjas”.  So, yeah, there’s gonna be that.

Trillium #1

-From the writer of Justice League Dark, Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Constantine, and The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire, comes an eight issue time travel love story to end all time traveling love stories!

-Trillium tells the tale of a scientist of the far flung future and an explore of the distant past, separated by thousands of years, but connected by love.  Or, at least, until their paradox affair begins to destroy the entire space time continuum.

-Lemire has won countless awards for his various independent series, each recognizing his talent both as a visual and narrative storyteller.  But, unlike his other projects,  Trillium has been burning in his subconscious for years.  Usually a sign something special is about to happen.

-Issue one is structured in an experimental layout, featuring a flip-book structure where one character’s story begins on one side and the other on the opposite, each meeting in the middle.

Jun 152013
 

Extinction Parade #1

1. Coinciding with the release of the film adaptation of Max Brooks’ World War Z, Avatar Press unleashes the first issue in a new miniseries by Brooks himself!

2. Extinction Parade builds off of a Brooks short story from 2010, allowing him to expand the world he created earlier!

3. The story itself focuses on a period of time where the zombie infestation of Earth has dwindled the human population to a point where the vampire community, which has existed in secret since the beginning of time, has begun to worry about their diminishing food supply.

4. In short, that’s vampires vs. zombies vs. humans written by zombie specialist, Max Brooks!

Wild Blue Yonder #1

1. Golden age war comics and modern age post-apocalyptic narratives slam together in IDW‘s Wild Blue Yonder!

2. A young female fighter pilot named Cola battles for survival in an Earth that has become so overpopulated that most of humanity has left the ground for survival.

3. Zack Howard, artist on Joe Hill’s The Cape, created and funded this series through Kickstarter, touting it as a personal passion project, which usually bodes well for the quality of the story.

4. Expect high-octane action sequences, as Cola fights to defend her legendary airship, The Dawn, from air pirates and other baddies.

Edison Rex v.1 TPB

1. Chris Roberson’s (iZombie, Memorial) acclaimed Edison Rex series is now out in trade paperback!

2. After a week where the spotlight has been on Superman, Edison Rex turns it to a Luthor-esque baddie.

3. Following years of evil plans and strategies, Edison Rex has finally defeated Valiant, his arch-rival and protector of Earth.  But what does he do after that?  Who is he when he’s not defined by the good guy he fought for so long?

4. Following in the footsteps of post-modern, self-referential comic works like Watchmen (though this is a smidge lighter in tone) and Top Ten, Edison Rex brims with in-jokes and references to comic history!

100 Bullets: Brother Lono #1

1. You thought they were out, but they’re getting pulled back in!

2. Nearly four years after the legendary Vertigo series ended, Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman) and Eduardo Risso (Flashpoint: Batman) have returned to add a post-script to their epic crime series.

3. Brother Lono picks up after the violent events of the 100 Bullets conclusion, following Lono (who was last seen getting shot in the chest) as he hides out in Mexico.

4. How many series gain an extra chapter after concluding their story, by the original creative team, and almost a half-decade after the last issue came out?  None, that’s the answer.  Be sure to pick-up this over-sized first issue of this comic event!

Apr 202013
 

Take two ticks to tinker with the thought of trying the Terrifyingly Tragic Treasury Edition of Joe Hill’s terrific terse tales.

That’s a fair share of Ts, folks.  You’ll notice that one of the above T words is not “terrible”.  I would shudder at the idea of associating that word anywhere near Joe Hill’s work, as he is one of the most gifted writers in comics today.  Having made a name for himself on his masterpiece, Locke & Key, as well as The Cape miniseries, Hill has quickly become a respected name in the industry.  The fact that he’s Stephen King’s son also helps.  If you’ve devoured the five hardcover volumes of Locke & Key and are looking to fill the void in your life until volume six comes out, the TTTE special is a perfect option.  Containing his Kodiak one-shot, The Cape stand alone issue, and his Locke & Key short story “Open the Moon”, all of which are nominated or won industry awards.   

Fantasy adventure comics have been on the rise lately, what with Pathfinder, the Dungeons and Dragons series, Demon Knights, Conan, and, now, Amala’s Blade.  Striking a tone somewhere between humor and action, Amala’s Blade #1 is the first part of a four part miniseries following the titular assassin hero.  Amala is the head assassin in the kingdom of Naamaron, but has fallen out of favor due to her brash, boastful ways.  So, the emperor does the only logic thing:  send her on a mission that will likely result in her death.  Now, Amala’s skills are put to the test, with a failing grade equaling an end most fowl.  Illustrated in a style that bridges sketchy Indy artists like Becky Cloonan and cartoony pop like Avatar the Last Airbender, Amala’s Blade is feisty fantasy.

If you’re daughter’s ever tried to run past the rebel blockade in a giant spaceship shaped like a fist, Vader’s Little Princess might warm your heart.  You might also enjoy it if you and your daughter are huge Star Wars fans.  Jeffery Brown releases his second Star Wars children’s book detailing the awkward difficulties of raising a daughter who is your worst enemy.  Drawn in the same simplistically charming style of Brown’s Incredible Changebots, Cats Are Weird, and Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess is made up of vignettes detailing Vader’s struggle with common fatherly duties.  Tea parties, teaching Leia how to fly TIE fighters, and keeping her from leaving the house in only her slave girl bikini are the tasks of the day for Papa Skywalker.  Grab a copy and bond with your daughter over your shared geekiness.

A legacy can be an awful burden.

The legendary duo of Mark Millar and Frank Quietly (The Authority, WE3, New X-Men) reteam for the first time in years to bring you Jupiter’s Legacy.  This soon-to-be-hit series from Image Comics begins in the far future when all of Earth’s heroes have given up and left the world’s protection to their kids.  But being a better superhero  than your parents can be a demanding task.  Trust us when we say that this series will bring the violence, sexuality, and cinematic action unlike anything else out there (except maybe Saga, that book’s pretty raunchy).  Grab the hit comic of this year before it vanishes from the shelves.