Jun 032016
 

Civil War II Amazing Spider-ManCivil War Amazing Spider-Man & Gods of War #1 (of 4)

-With Civil War II in overdrive, Marvel begins turning out four tie-in miniseries this week.

-Out this week are the Civil War II:  Amazing Spider-Man and Civil War II:  Gods of War first issues.

-The inciting incident for Civil War II is the discovery of Ulysses, an Inhuman who can predict the future.  When he predicts that one of Peter Parker’s closest friends will betray him, Spider-Man has to dig deep to uncover the mole in his organization.

-While the Civil War threat rages on, Hercules discovers a related obstacle that needs defeating.  While the Avengers are busy, however, Hercules will have to assemble a team of mythic heroes to quell the problem.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (of 4)Prometheus Life and Death

-Another miniseries in the Life and Death Dark Horse crossover that began with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Acclaimed writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman) continues where he left off with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Spinning out of the events of that previous miniseries, Prometheus:  Life and Death follows the Colonial Marines after they have outrun the Predators.

-Unfortunately, the ship they have stolen crash lands on LV-223, the planet where the Engineers built the Xenomorphs.

Gotham Academy LumberjanesLumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (of 6)

-Boom! and DC join forces for a crossover miniseries that no one knew they wanted, but were thrilled to receive once it was announced!

-Lumberjanes is one of Boom! Studios‘ flagship titles, having earned numerous Eisner Awards and countless avid fans who appreciate the inclusive tone and wacky humor of the series.

-Gotham Academy has also earned an army of fans, but on the DC side of the street.  Essentially a Harry Potter-equivalent for the DC Universe, Gotham Academy follows a group of plucky teens at a private school in Gotham as they uncover mysteries and battle ghosts, ghouls, and other creatures.

-As both groups are addicted to solving mysteries, a spooky building hidden in the woods draws them together for an all-ages adventure.

DC Rebirth Week 2Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

-Returning to their original numbering (adding all of the interceding New 52 issues) Action Comics and Detective Comics return.  Action Comics will star an empowered Lex Luthor as he fills Superman‘s shoes, while Detective Comics sees Batman and Batwoman training an Bat-Family army that includes Spoiler, Tim Drake, and Clayface.

-After Geoff Johns established Aquaman as one of the DC Universe‘s greatest heroes, Dan Abnett picks up the reins sending Arthur Curry on a dangerous mission to battle Black Manta while brokering peace between Atlantis and the surface world.

-Spinning out of the mind-blowing events of DC Universe Rebirth #1, Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted, The Illuminati) takes over the Flash series with Barry Allen at the center.

-Greg Rucka (Black Magick, Batman, 100 Bullets) returns to Wonder Woman, a series he received ample acclaim for writing in the early 2000s!  A close loss and the removal of a classic weapon lead Wonder Woman on a journey to reclaim her position as Themascyra’s ambassador.

May 272016
 

Civil War II #1Civil War II #1 (of 7)

-Okay, sure, issue #0 came out two weeks ago, but Civil War II #1 is the real kick-off this epic Marvel event.

-Having set-up the conflict and the fight over Ulysses, the young Inhuman who can predict the future, Captain Marvel and Iron Man will begin throwing down!

-One of the Marvel Universe‘s primary architects, Brian Michael Bendis (Invincible Iron Man, All New X-Men, House of M) is guiding this event.

-Bendis will also be joined by his Invincible Iron Man artist, David Marquez.

Spider-Woman v.1 tpb “Baby Talk”Spider-Woman v.1 tpb Baby Talk

-We know you’ve heard about it online.  We know you’ve heard about it on the Longest Shortest Time podcast.  We know you’ve heard about it from us.  Spider-Woman v.1 is the pregnancy arc, and it’s wonderful!

-Written by Pulp’s own, Dennis Hopeless, following up his previous, acclaimed run on Spider-Woman.

-Having recently welcomed twins into the world with his wife, Dennis pours his heart-and-soul into this personal arc, as Jessica Drew has to fight her way out of a hostage situation as she goes into labor.

-I have read Dennis’ work since he started getting it published.  I can honestly say that Spider-Woman #5, that is collected in this trade, is the work of his career, combining humor, action, and personal influences flawlessly.

Power Rangers Pink RangerPower Rangers Pink #1 

-Boom Studios! recently launched and found quick success with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, so, of course, they’re going to follow it up with a spin-off series.

-The first in a series of solo Power Rangers comics, Pink focuses on Kimberly the original Pink Ranger.

-Kimberly will take part in various adventures across the series, with each issue featuring a new conflict.

-To write the series, Boom! has brought together two popular writers, Brenden Fletcher (Gotham Academy, Black Canary, Batgirl) and Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Hologram, A-Force), to tag team the series.

DC Rebirth Week OneBatman Rebirth

-After the mind-blowing reveal of DC Universe Rebirth #1, the relaunch begins this week with four Rebirth one-shots that lead into their respective ongoing series.

-Leading this Wednesday’s line-up is Batman Rebirth #1, co-written by new ongoing writer, Tom King (Vision, Grayson), and out-going writer, Scott Snyder!

-The Superman you love is back!  Having survived the destruction of the pre-New 52 timeline, the Superman starring in this series is the original from 1938!  However, he is married to Lois Lane and has a child, so not everything stays the same.

-Finally, the two green Rebirths.  There’s Green Lanterns, plural, starring Jessica Cruz (from Justice League) and Simon Baz, now in charge of Earth’s protection.  Then there’s Green Arrow, reuniting the Emerald Archer with his one true lady love, Black Canary.

May 202016
 

Captain America Steve RogersCaptain America Steve Rogers #1

-After qualifying for AARP benefits for the last several months, Steve Rogers is back to his youthful self!

-Nick Spencer, writer of the Sam Wilson Captain America series, Astonishing Ant-Man, and The Fix will also be handling writing duties on this series.

-Those who have been missing classic Captain America action, this is the series for you!  Cap is forced to go up against a resurgent Hydra, as well as two iconic enemies from his past.

-If you’re a fan of Sam Wilson, don’t worry.  Not only is Sam sticking around as Captain America, he will also be co-starring in this series.

Nighthawk #1Nighthawk

-Spinning out of the Marvel‘s Squadron Supreme series!

-Nighthawk is the Batman of the Squadron Supreme, but far more deadly and vicious.  So, fans of the Caped Crusader, Moon Knight, and other Batman-esque superheroes should give him a look.

-After leaving the Cyborg series at DC, David F. Walker is talking over writing duties on Nighthawk!

-Housed out of Chicago, Nighthawk is faced with a rash of serial murders.  To solve the case, he’ll have to dig deep into his own dark fears and doubts.

Scooby ApocalypseScooby Apocalypse #1

-This ain’t your momma’s Scooby Doo!

-Covers and writing duties are being handled by legendary comic creator, Jim Lee!

-Interior art, though not by Jim Lee, is from another veteran, Howard Porter.  Porter cut his teeth on Grant Morrison’s famous JLA run from the nineties and has recently been illustrating Superman and Justice League 3000.

-Still featuring classic Scooby-monster-hunting action, but in a setting more akin to The Walking Dead or Mad Max:  Fury Road.

DC Universe Rebirth #1DC Universe Rebirth

-DC is relaunching all of their series at #1, making it easier to jump into the universe.  And it all starts here!

-Likely the last comic issue written by Geoff Johns for the time being (as he’s, you know, kinda in charge of the DC Cinematic Universe now)!

-Everything you’ll need to know about the DC Rebirth timeline and universe will be established here!

-Not only will this one shot feature the death (his name rhymes with Looper Dan) and/or a return of character (his name rhymes with Jolly Guest), it’s price tag is only $2.99!

May 132016
 

Mae #1Mae #1

-Want a Buffy-like comic with fairies and giant cats?  Try Dark Horse‘s new Mae series!

-Lost for years, fighting in an alternate reality of magic and fantasy, Abbie has to flee back to Earth as that world falls apart around her.  Mae, Abbie’s sister, is entrusted to find her, but must contend with various mystical creatures escaping into our realm.

-Written, illustrated, and created by Gene Ha, a former understudy of Alan Moore, Mae promises to be one of Dark Horse‘s signature series.

-Epic in scope and raunchy in content, like Saga, Mae is the indy series you should check out this week.

Archangel #1Archangel William Gibson

-Famous Sci-Fi author William Gibson (Neuromancer) comes to comics!

-Following the complete irradiation of the planet, Earth’s population is forced to move into a machine called The Splitter that generates an alternate, digital reality.

-On art duties for the book is comics legend, Butch Guice (Captain America, Astro City, Superman)!

-Fans of series like East of West, Prophet, and Black Science should give this a look!

Future Quest #1Future Quest #1

-Future Quest kicks off DC‘s relaunch of the Hana Barbara properties!

-Combining cartoon characters like Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, and the Herculoids, Future Quest constructs a universe and continuity around these beloved characters!

-When Johnny and Hadji discover an alien mystery in a swamp, they must team up with the universe’s other heroes forestall the threat and save the universe.

-Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Batman ’66, Hulk) joins forces with up-and-coming artist “Doc” Shaner (Convergence: Shazam, Multiversity, Darkseid War:  Green Lantern).

Civil War II #0 (of 7)Civil War II #0

-You’ve seen Captain America: Civil War.  You’ve read the original Civil War.  Now get ready for the sequel!

-A completely original event from Marvel, Civil War II is reminiscent of the original in that Iron Man is facing off against another hero, but unlike last time it is Captain Marvel he’s butting heads with.

-Marvel architect, Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, House of M), will be writing all seven issues.

-When a young Inhuman named Ulysses is discovered who can predict the future, Captain Marvel wants to conscript him to help them stop crimes before they happen.  Iron Man has different opinions.

Mar 252016
 

VS System The Defenders VersusOne of tonight’s multiple superhero related games, VS System:  The Defenders is the first expansion pack for the recently relaunched card game.  Who are The Defenders, you might ask?  Well, they may not be as well known as The Avengers, but, within a year or so, you’ll be pretty familiar with them as all of the Netflix solo series will come together as The Defenders.  This 200 card expansion pack focuses on characters related to those series, like Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, as well as included new card mechanics.  A quick-to-play, exclusively two player experience, VS System is perfect for nerdy couples or friends looking for a head-to-head experience.Ninja All Stars Karate Fight

From Soda Pop Miniatures, creators of Super Dungeon Explorer, comes a very non-miniature style of game, Ninja All Stars Karate Fight.  Made for two to four players, this card game is a dexterity card matching game.  Like Slapjack, players attempt to react swiftly to cards thrown down on the table, hoping that their reflexes are quicker when grabbing for matching cards.  Ninja All Stars Karate Fight is designed Legendary Captain America 75th Anniversary expansionin a cutesy, Chibi fashion with ninja themed illustrations featured on each card.

If you haven’t heard, 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of the creation of Captain America!  In honor of that event, Upper Deck has released a special Captain America 75th Anniversary expansion for Legendary.  Like previous Legendary expansions, this one contains over 100 cards, including five heroes, two masterminds, two villain groups, and four original schemes.  Among the character options are different versions of the Sentinel of Liberty, including Sam Wilson, Bucky, and various versions of Steve Rogers.Master Fox

Sly as a fox is an appropriate refrain for Iello‘s Master Fox board game.  Great fun for young players and families, Master Fox is a twenty minute dexterity game for two to four players.  In the game, players take on the role of foxes vying for dominance in the forest, as the elder fox is moving on to greener pastures.  In the game, various wooden animal tokens are randomly thrown into the box lid, then each player takes turns blindfolding themselves and grabbing for certain animals using nothing but their sense World's Finest Dicemasters expansionof touch.

Appropriately released the same weekend as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Dicemasters drops another starter kit for the DC line.  World’s Finest is another two-player starter set, that includes all of the essential materials players need to get into the game.  Specific to World’s Finest are forty-four dice and thirty-nine new cards, as well as a rulebook and a dice bag.  The heroes and villains you’ll find in this starter are also, fittingly, all Batman and Superman related characters, such as Steel, Power Girl, Robin, and Nightwing.