Feb 132015
 

Ei8htEi8ht #1 (of 5)

-Rafael Albuquerque, the artist on American Vampire and Animal Man, launches a miniseries for Dark Horse!

-Sleekly designed and featuring Albuquerque’s iconic style, Ei8ht is a good looking book!

-Fans of Interstellar will appreciate the narrative of this miniseries, as it follows a chrononaut stranded in an alternate dimension.

-Catch is, this chrononaut has an acute case of amnesia.  A disembodied voice is all that guides him as he attempts to escape.

Secret Identities #1Secret Identities

-A superhero team book, but with a twist!  And, yes, I typed that last part in an M. Night Shyamalan from Robot Chicken accent!

-From Jay Faerber, writer of the fan favorite Western/Sci-Fi series Copperhead.

-A prominent superhero team, named The Front Line, has protected the world for years and they’ve just accepted a new member named Crosswind.  Little do they know, Crosswind is a mole who is on a mission to gather up all their secrets.

-Image Comics does not have many straight forward superhero comics, but when they add one it’s in the inventive, subversive Image style.

Pathfinder Origins #1Pathfinder Origins #1 (of 6)

-Hot on the heels of the last hit Pathfinder miniseries, Dynamite Entertainment drops a new six issue mini!

-Origins is an anthology miniseries, which means that each issue will be written and drawn by a different creative team.

-To prove their mettle to the Pathfinder Society, Valeros and his party have to recount stories of their bravery, which will be what occupies each issue.

-In addition to the story, each issue will also feature a pull-out map that can be used in the Pathfinder RPG and a encounter that can be played through.

Silk #1Silk #1

-The spider ladies are taking over Marvel!

-Fresh off her adventures in Spider-Verse and Spider-Woman, Silk is out on her own in the Big Apple.

-Robbie Thompson takes over his first Marvel series as he takes some time off of writing the cult hit CW series, Supernatural!

-Having been locked up for decades, Cindy Moon will be interacting with major Spider-Man characters throughout this series, including Black Cat, Hydra, and a handful of Spidey villains!

Jan 102015
 

Sentinels of the Multiverse Wrath of the CosmosJust as the title advertises, Sentinels of the Multiverse expands into the far reaches of the galaxy with its newest expansion.  Wrath of the Cosmos is another expansion for the highly popular superhero cooperative card game, coming with two new space-based heroes, four galactic-level baddies, and environments where no one can hear you scream.  Arcadia Quest Super Dungeon

From the company behind Super Dungeon Explorer comes another dungeon crawler with an anime flare!  Arcadia Quest pits guilds of explorers against each other as they traverse the lair of the vampire lord.  Each guild is tasked to complete various scenarios, only moving onward when they have been accomplished.  However, guilds can mess with each other in an attempt to deter opponents.

Camel Up CupA rare two to eight player game, Camel Up is a bidding and dice rolling game centered around a pack of racing camels.  Five camels race around a pyramid while players roll dice to determine the amount of spaces each camel moves.  In between dice rolls, players can bet on their favored camel, earning more points at the end of the game based on how early they placed their bet.  But beware, the camels have a few tricks up their sleeves, including jumping on top of each other. Doomtown New Town New Rules

Ole Doomtown‘s fillin’ up mighty quickly, pardner.  The newly remade Doomtown:  Reloaded card game receives its second expansion decks this weekend.  Following up on New Town, New Rules, Double Dealin’ explores the fallout of Gomorrah’s first mayoral election with four copies of twenty-one new cards that can be incorporated into the base game.

Roll for the GalaxyIf you can’t tell from the title, Roll for the Galaxy is Rio Grande Games‘ dice variation on the popular Race for the Galaxy card game series.  Roll for the Galaxy uses dice to represent interplanetary settlers as the populated local star systems.  Two to five players will roll their dice in an attempt to manage their settlers in relation to technology and other resources, hopefully coming out on top.Firefly Blue Sun expansion board game

The Verse is a big place and Firefly:  The Game – Blue Sun aims to explore it.  This third expansion for the board game based off of the cult favorite series provides a board extension called The Rim.  This dangerous edge of the galaxy is rough terrain, but comes populated with new missions, crew opportunities, and a new supply planet for players to misbehave in.  And, of course, a new nav deck steers your ship through all of this Reaver populated Dungeon Master's Screen D&D Next 5.0 Dragonsterritory.

Since Gale Force Nine had difficulty keeping their D&D Next/5.0 Dungeon Master‘s screen in print, Wizards of the Coast stepped in and made one themselves.  Frankly, there’s is better.  A four panel, fold-out screen, this hard cardstock accessory provides all of the essential stats and tips a game master needs to keep his players spellbound and struggling along.Star Realms Crisis booster expansion

Following in the footsteps of Steve Jackson‘s Munchkin series, Star Realms (the exponentially expandable deck building game) receives four new, non-randomized booster pack expansions this week.  Each of these four packs can be incorporated into any amount of the base game.  Star Realms:  Crisis – Bases & Battleships includes a new ship for each faction as well as eight additional ships.  Star Realms:  Crisis – Heroes provide an entirely new card type called the Hero.  Star Realms:  Crisis – Fleets & Fortresses contains a new base for each faction, plus eight new ships.  And, finally, Star Realms:  Crisis – Events also adds a new card type called Events.

Nov 012014
 

Uncanny X-Men Dice Masters Starter SetAfter WizKids left everyone desperately searching for the first Marvel Dice Masters Starter Set, they’ve made up for it (slightly) with the second Starter release.  Uncanny X-Men is the second complete Starter Set for the game, including materials for two players.  Those basic materials include forty-four dice (12 actions, 16 characters, and 16 sidekicks) as well as thirty-eight cards.  In addition to the Uncanny X-Men Starter Sets, the Uncanny X-Men Booster Packs were also released, with each pack containing two dice and cards.Guardians Chronicles

Iello, the makers of King of Tokyo, have released a new superhero board game this weekend called Guardians’ Chronicles.  Playing similarly to Last Night on Earth, two to five players control different superhero characters (represented by miniatures) on a randomly assembled game board.  One player, however, controls the evil Professor Skarov, whose stronghold is located in the middle of the game board.  Each character receives a finite amount of action cards to get them across the board and through the multiple minions that Skarov will throw at them.  Skarov’s own actions are based Say Bye to the Villainsoff of the amount used by players each round, so choose wisely.

From Seiji Kanai, the maker of Love Letter, comes a cooperative card game that will be manly enough for those who think Love Letter is too girly.  Say Bye to the Villains is inspired by seventies Kung-Fu films, like Enter the Dragon, and has three to eight players working together to secretly pass information between each other in order to defeat their vile nemesis.Revolution Anarchy expansion

Steve Jackson’s Revolution gains another expansion this weekend with Anarchy.  Primarily intended to grow the game’s player limit up to six, the expansion includes more bidding boards, board overlays, and other essentials.  As well, Anarchy alters how certain characters, including the Warden, Heretic, and Anarchist, interact, providing them new Munchkin Loot Letterabilities.

Munchkin and Love Letter mix together this weekend like peanut butter and jelly with Munchkin Loot Letter.  Another version of the popular card game, Loot Letter plays the same as all the previous versions of Love Letter, but features the artwork and characters from Steve Jackson‘s popular Munchkin card game.  As this is a Munchkin product, however, it comes with a promo card that can not be found in any other game and is compatible with any version of Munchkin.D&D Attack Wing

Following in the jet streams of Star Wars X-Wing, Star Trek Attack Wing, and Wings of Glory, Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing is a ship-to-ship battle game that replaces the ships with dragons.  Set in the Forgotten Realms universe, the D&D Attack Wing Starter Set includes all the essential materials for two players to begin fighting their dragons.  Players control winged beasts and ground troops, all of which can be equipped with dragon, monster, heroic, equipment, arcane, or divine upgrades.  In addition to the Starter Set, other dragon and troop expansions are also on the shelves.  And if you have no interest in Attack Wing, but are an avid D&D player, then these miniatures are also usable in-game.

Aug 302014
 

Munchkin Adventure TimeOH!  MY!  GLOB!  Munchkin Adventure Time is flippin’ here!

Replacing character cards from other editions of Munchkin with characters from the hit Cartoon Network show, Munchkin Adventure Time drops three to six players into the world of Ooo!  Like every version of Munchkin, this mathematical addition of the game is playable as a stand-alone experience or slammed together with any previous version!Warhammer Fantasy Nagash The End Times Hardcover

Warhammer 40K gets a lot of love on here, so it’s time to swing that spotlight in Warhammer Fantasy‘s direction.  Another in a line of exquisite, deluxe hardcover volumes, the Nagash: The End Times hardcover is out this weekend.  Collected in this slipcase, double volume edition are the details of Nagash’s return to the land of the living (explained in a full-art 296 page booklet) and the rules and scenarios to field Nagash and his followers.

Heroes WantedWho cares that you never went to college or that you’re five months past due on rent, anyone can be a superhero!

Heroes Wanted is a hand management card game for one to five players about the process of becoming Zeta City’s most beloved crime fighter!  Players design their own personal costumed vigilante with the selection of two unique hero cards, then set out to defeat major bad guys and their hordes of evil minions.  The player who does the best, gaining the most victory points, will become the champion of Zeta City!  The Extra!  Extra! and Champions and Masterminds expansions are also available!Among the Stars board game

Taking place in the wreckage of a post-interstellar war, Among the Stars is about rebuilding the galactic alliance.  Two to four players represent various alien races attempting to keep the peace by constructing trade-based space stations.  Players draft cards in order to attain important components for the space station’s construction, which then are represented by a tile-laying Shadowrun Crossfirecomponent.

Hot on the heels of Pathfinder the Adventure Card Game and D&D Lords of Waterdeep, Shadowrun Crossfire is the newest board gaming experience born from a popular roleplaying system.  Shadowrun Crossfire is a cooperative deck building game where players work together as a ragtag group of shadowrunners completing shady missions and taking down evil corporate entities.  Players earn upgrades for their characters as they progress and complete missions.Pathfinder Skull and Shackles Adventure Card Game

Speaking of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Skull and Shackles, the newest base expansion for the highly popular RPG card game releases this weekend.  If you’re unfamiliar with the game, Piazo Publishing has adapted their popular RPG system into card game mechanics, with a group of players using decks of cards to represent their characters.  As the players fight their way through the adventure path (competing against NPC decks of cards), their decks grow by gaining additional stat cards.  The Skull and Shackles base set provides the additional cards needed to begin running this particular adventure path.

Aug 222014
 

Avengers Undercover v.1 tpbAvengers Undercover v.1 tpb

-If you’ve been reading Avengers Arena in trade, then this volume continues the story.

-Local writer, Dennis Hopeless, has been crafting one of the most tense, character-driven Marvel books on the stands and this is it!

-After surviving in a fight-to-the-death scenario, a group of Marvel‘s youngest heroes are shaken and traumatized.  But they know one thing, they want deadly revenge on the man who made them hurt their friends.

-Blending drama and comedy, Hopeless finds a tone that lands somewhere between a John Hughes movie and Wanted.

Sundowners #1Sundowners #1

-Tim Seeley, writer of Hack/Slash, 30 Days of Night, and Grayson, brings a new take on the superhero to Dark Horse.

-Another series in Dark Horse recent deconstructionist kick that has included Buzzkill, Furious, and Bloodhound.

-Being a superhero doesn’t mean that you don’t have doubts and insecurities.  The Sundowners are a group of disillusioned heroes who attend self-help meetings each week, some because they may be imagining every villain they’ve ever fought.

-Jim Terr, previously of The Crow:  Skinning the Wolves, brings his minimalist, Francesco Francavilla-esque style to a darker toned series.

Bob's Burgers #1Bob’s Burgers #1

-Cheat on Jimmy Pesto’s and pick up a greasy, juice first issue of Bob’s Burgers, the comic!

-Though the dulcet tones of H. Jon Benjamin’s voice don’t accompany this series, you will hear them in your head as you read through the raunchy humor of the issue.

-Dynamite continues its trend of releasing property comics that sound and feel like the original source material.

-Each issue contains five, short regular features, including Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction.  Oh, yeeeeeaaaaaaah.

Pop #1 Pop #1

-Receiving ample buzz as a series to watch for, Pop is an absurdest take on celebrity and media in a modern culture.

-A stylistic experience on par with other surreal series, like Zero and Translucid, Pop plays with the comic format for narrative purposes.

-The high concept of the series is that celebrities are literally grown from scratch to serve the public’s demands and fixations.

-What if, in this alternate future, one of these manufactured celebrities escaped?  What then?