Jun 102016
 

New Game Stuff, what?  Where have you been?  I know, I know.

Cultists and CthulhusIt’s hard to find good help if you’re a cultist nowadays.  Or, at least, that’s what Cultists & Cthulhus would have you believe.  Brimming with the nerdy, cynically tinged humor shared by Munchkin and Chez Geek, Cultists & Cthulhus has players controlling rival cult leaders.  Each player attempts to round up followers, enact rituals, and (with hope) summon their very own old one.  Any two to eight Lovecraft fans will have a great time when they pick up a copy of Cultists & Cthulhus.My Little Pony Marks in Time booster

Eventually, every popular nerd series delves into time travel.  It’s just an unwritten rule.  Well, My Little Pony ventures into that timey wimey realm with the newest expansion set for the MLP collectible card game, Marks in Time.  Since the set is themed around time travel and alternate realities, players will find updated, younger, or irregular versions of classic cards and ponies in the set.

Agricola RevisedWait, Agricola?  That’s been out forever.  But there you would be wrong.  For one, Agricola has been out of print for a good deal a time, so having any version back in print is a good thing.  Second, this version of the game is an updated and revised edition.  Agricola Revised now features wooden game pieces and a streamlined rulebook that allows the game to play quicker and easier for younger players.  Fans of Settlers of Catan, San Juan, and Puerto Rico, if you’ve never played Agricola, now is the time.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters TMNT

Long awaited by all heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dicemasters set is finally out!  This oversized base set includes enough materials for two or four players, depending on how you divide the resources.  Featuring the artwork and character designs from various eras of TMNT, the game is playable by all ages.  As the game features the same popular mechanics of Quarriors and the other Dicemasters editions, TMNT Dicemasters can be combined with any of the previous sets.  So, if you want Star Wars Galactic Ambitions expansonyou can have Leonardo face off against Spider-Man and Harley Quinn!

Another in the line of beloved Star Wars The Card Game expansions, Galactic Ambitions is out this weekend.  Featuring five new objective sets for both the Sith and Rebel factions, Galactic Ambitions is a major addition to the base game.  Not only do the Sith and Rebel factions receive new objectives, but every other faction also gains one extra objective set.  Among those new cards, there is not only another version of Darth Vader, but also Star Wars Rebels‘ Kanan Jarrus!Eternal Masters Magic the Gathering

Finally, if you’re a Magic player and haven’t been living under a rock in the realm of Zendikar, you’ll have been salivating for the release of Eternal Masters.  Out this weekend, Eternal Masters is the follow-up to the two Modern Masters sets that raised such a fuss in the Magic world.  Reprinting cards from the very beginning of Magic the Gathering, but in never-before-seen foil versions, this set is seriously desired by any die hard Magic player.  Boxes are limited and the price point will rise swiftly as the set goes out of print, so grab what you can, while you can.

Mar 252016
 

X-Men 92 #1X-Men 92 #1

-After looking at the cover to the left, I know, like me, you have that catchy theme song from the 90s animated X-Men series stuck in your head.  That’s largely because X-Men 92 is, essentially, a continuation of that show.

-Continues from the popular Secret Wars miniseries of the same name.

-The creative team from that previous series returns to lend the retro feel.

-After defeating Casandra Nova, the X-Men are reopening the Xavier Institute, just in time for Omega Red to attack!

Walking Dead v.25 tpbThe Walking Dead v.25 tp

-It only happens two or three times a year, so when a new Walking Dead tpb comes out you bet we’re going to mention it on here!

-In this volume, Robert Kirkman begins to pick up the pieces as Rick and his community pick up the pieces after their war with the Whisperers.

-Will Rick be able to resist the conniving ways of Negan, who has slowly wheedled his way into Rick’s mind.

-Outside of giving you the last six issues of The Walking Dead, this volume will also come shrink-wrapped with Kirkman’s Outcast #1 ahead of the new television show premiering.

Godzilla OblivionGodzilla Oblivion #1 (of 5)

-After clawing his way up from the underworld in Godzilla in Hell, the King of the Monsters is back!

-Passing through a portal to another dimension, Godzilla must face a pack of creatures he’s never encountered before!

-Joshua Hale Fialkov, fresh off a Doctor Who run, will be handling writing duties on this five issue miniseries!

-Fialkov’s partner in crime on the series will be Brian Churilla, previously of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Big Trouble in Little China.

Paper Girls v.1 tpbPaper Girls v.1 tpb

-Author of Saga, Y the Last Man, We Stand on Guard, Ex Machina, and The Runaways, Brian K. Vaughn’s new series is finally out in trade paperback!

-Fans of eighties child adventure films, like The Goonies, Stand by Me, and Flight of the Navigator, will love this series!

-On Halloween night, four paper girls stumble into a surreal attack on their neighborhood from places unknown.  How Vaughn unravels that mystery is where the fun comes in.

-This collection contains the first five issues for the low price of $9.99!

Oct 172014
 

TMNT Ghostbusters #1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters #1 (of 4)

-Who you going to call?  Heroes in a half-shell!

-With the ongoing Ghostbusters series recently wrapping up, the writer, Erik Burnham, authors this epic crossover.

-Along with Burnham, Dan Schoening, the vibrant, fun artist of the previous Ghostbuster series, also joins in.

-How will the Ghostbusters and Turtles react to each other when the latter is transported into another dimension?  Will they be able to defeat the terrifying ghost that followed them?

D&D Legends of Baldur’s Gate #1Legends of Baldur's Gate Dungeons Dragons D&D

-IDW continues its tradition of publishing quality roleplaying game tie-in comics with this new Dungeons & Dragons series.

-Jim Zub, writer of the Pathfinder comic series, Skullkickers, and Wayward, helms this epic ongoing!

-Decades after the original Baldur’s Gate adventure, a new party of adventurers brave the infamous city!

-MINSC also joins the fray!

Deathstroke #1Deathstroke #1

-Originally launched at the start of the New 52, another ongoing Deathstroke series attempts to do what the previous series couldn’t!

-In it’s favor are the artistic and writing talents of Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, Superman/Wonder Woman), handling both duties on this title.

-Slade Wilson, the legendary assassin known as Deathstroke, has had his memories of a particular kill erased.  With only fragments, Deathstroke must retrace his steps and find out who took his memory.

-If you loved him or loved to hate him on Arrow, check out this new ongoing series.

Arkham Manor #1Arkham Manor

-Spins out of the events chronicled in Batman Eternal!

-With Arkham Asylum destroyed, Bruce Wayne is forced to provide his estate as a temporary holding facility for all of Gotham’s psychopaths.

-In order to solve a string of mysterious murders, Batman must go undercover in the new Arkham Manor.  Will he go insane trying to solve the case?

-Written by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Hulk, Nova), who just delivered a great, creepy one-shot story in the pages of Batman #34.

Apr 132013
 

The mind can be a prison.

That’s the premise of Marvel NOW‘s X-Men Legacy series.  Written by the psychedelic pen of Si Spurrier (Gutsville, X-Club), X-Men Legacy follows in the footsteps of other C-List character-centric books like Immortal Iron Fist, Hawkeye, and Fearless Defenders by focusing on Charles Xavier’s son, Legion.  Formerly a schizophrenic super-villain, Legion has now found his inner peace by entrapping his numerous vile personalities in a brain prison.  Yes, brain prison.  This out-of-the-ordinary series is one of the most unusual, pleasing reads at Marvel right now, primarily because Spurrier is unafraid to venture into the weird realms of the X-Men universe.  The volume one trade paperback features the first six issues as well as a mound of mental distress.

Science = bad.

That’s the prime equation for Jonathan Hickman’s Manhattan Projects.  If you picked up the first collection of this psychotic series, you’re well aware of Hickman’s brilliance and the utter depravity of the scientists involved therein.  If you didn’t, the basic premise is that the Manhattan Project was a mere cover for what was actually occurring, i.e. time travel, alien encounters, robots, cybernetics, and vast A.I. computer systems.  From there Hickman throws in a slew of mentally unstable geniuses like Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Fenyman, each of which are hiding a dark secret, and you’ve got the madhouse pot boiler that is this series.  Now, volume two is being unleashed upon the unsuspecting public, this time with more alien disemboweling, evil FDR, and Russian cosmonaut dogs with machine guns.  Science = bad, Manhattan Projects = good.

Think bigger.

That’s Jonathan Hickman’s mandate for his recent relaunch of The Avengers.  Not has crazy as Manhattan Projects, Hickman’s Avengers has been all about expansion.  Spinning out of the Marvel NOW relaunch, this first volume of Avengers collects issues one through six, wherein Captain America puts out the call for new members in order to fight back a godly force on Mars.  All of this is building up to figuring out the original recipe for the universe.  This version of the Avengers moves far, far away from the Bendis era, with grand, epic adventures and huge comic book imagery!  Given that Jerome Opena (Uncanny X-Force) lends his fluid pencils to the affair, this is THE Avengers book to read if you loved the movie!

While the Avengers are fighting baddies on Mars, they are not, in fact, fighting the aliens from Mars Attacks!  However, nearly everyone else is!

IDW continues its annual tradition of crossover miniseries where some evil force ventures into the various property universes the company owns.  Previously, its been zombies and Cthulhu fighting the likes of GI Joe, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Transformers (Infestion v.1-2; check’em out!), but this time around it’s the Mars Attacks! martians versus the IDW universe!  Mars Attacks IDW includes each of the one-shot volumes released, featuring KISS, Transformers, Ghostbusters, Zombies vs. Robots, and, the best of the bunch, Popeye!  Each issue is drawn and written in a style appropriate to the character so, for instance, the Popeye issue looks like a 40s era golden age book being invaded by twisted, murderous aliens.  And the only thing standing in their way is a can of spinach and one pissed off sailor!  If you never thought you’d see such insane crossovers, your mind will melt when you lay eyes on this trade paperback volume!

Jan 052013
 

Star Wars is receiving some what of a resurgence lately, what with the stream of Fantasy Flight card, miniature, and role playing games featuring the characters of a galaxy far, far away.  Now, Dark Horse is getting in on the action with a fresh original universe Star Wars book title…wait for it…STAR WARS!!!!  Set during the first trilogy of films, this series will focus on individual stories featuring leading characters like Han, Leia, Luke, and Vader.  If you’re tired of the extended universe stories set 1000 years before A New Hope or a million years after, then this is the series for you.  Written by Brian Wood (Massive, Mara, Local, Ultimate Comics X-Men) and featuring covers by the incomparable Alex Ross, Star Wars #1 is a new hope for fans of the original universe.

No turtles, no turtles, no!  Foot, foot, foot, FOOT!

That remastered version of the infamous Vanilla Ice “hit” “Go, Turtles” was brought to you by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan.  Yes, Turtles fans, it’s all Foot, all the time in this new miniseries, which spins out of the highly successful IDW TMNT relaunch of the last year.  And, as you might be able to tell from the title, the story focuses on revealing the untold origin of Turtles arch-rival.  Find out how Shredder joined the Foot Clan.  Find out who originally started the Foot Clan.  Find out secrets that will affect the ongoing story of the main TMNT series.  And see all of those secrets illustrated in beautiful, watercolored artwork by Mateus Santoluco.

The sad story of comics nowadays is that they are not written for kids anymore.  So, when a parent comes in asking for a Batman series that they’re son or daughter can read, there are not tons of options.  Luckily, this Wednesday we’re getting a Bat-boat load of young reader Batman comics.  Each of these digest volumes features Batman facing off against one of his classic foes, such as Clayface, Joker, Scarecrow, or Poison Ivy, in the style of the famous nineties Batman the Animated series (the best cartoon ever made!!!).  If dark, broody Batman isn’t your flavor, don’t worry, because there will be plenty of equally kid-friendly Superman volumes shipping as well.  If you’re wanting to get your kid started in comics, these are one of the best, cheapest ways to do it.

The Octopus is out of the bag, Peter Parker is dead.  Long live the Octopus.

If you read Amazing Spider-Man #700, you know that Peter left Doc Ock with some serious baggage to deal with, making Doc vow to become a Superior Spider-Man.  This Wednesday is your chance to see how that goes, as Superior Spider-Man #1 by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman ships.  If you’ve seen any of the sample pages from the Marvel NOW! preview books, you’ll know that Doc Ock has a little trouble at first.  Oh, and with Peter Parker’s face, you know Doc’s going to make a house call to Mary Jane Watson.  Yeah, this isn’t going to be your daddy’s Spider-Man.

And be sure to get to the store early so that you can nab any and all of the rare variant covers for the book, as this one’s going to be worth some money down the line.