Dec 192014
 

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-Greg Capullo’s iconic rendition of the Batman universe continues to be immortalized in plastic!

-DC Direct digs into Scott Snyder’s Zero Year with a Batman figure featuring his first, purple-gloved costume!

-Adding some female empowerment to the line, the New 52 version of Batgirl is also dropping this weekend!

-He smokes a pack a day, but, hey, he’s still got Batman‘s back more than anyone, Commissioner Gordon finishes out the series.

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-Fans of Prophet and Helheim, should check out the first volume of Image ComicsDark Engine!

-An immortal warrior woman is sent through time on various missions (including fighting dragons).

-John Biven’s detailed, expressionistic artwork is the main draw here, illustrating dinosaurs, jungles, blood, gore, and all sorts of other crazy, other worldly things!

-Fans of the weird and unusual should plop down the measly $9.99 to try out this first trade paperback.

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-Stjepan Sejic’s popular comic off of Deviant Art is finally published by Image Comics!

-Like a better written 50 Shades of GreySunstone follows to bisexual women who explore a BDSM relationship with each other.

-Sejic’s beautiful, painterly artwork brings the series to life, using vibrant colors to draw the reader in.

-This volume is strictly for adults, so we are enacting a strict no one under eighteen purchasing policy!

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-Image Comics head of publishing (and frequent comic writer) Eric Stephenson launches a new ongoing series this week!

-A follow-up to Stephenson’s critically acclaimed Nowhere Men series, They’re Not Like Us is sure to generate buzz.

-Set in a real world-like location, They’re Not Like Us follows the first generation of superhuman individuals.  Where previous eras have had to deal with new technology and politics, these teens are forced to struggle with abilities beyond those of normal humans.

-The problem:  Power corrupts absolutely.

Aug 022014
 

Cypher Chest NumeneraFor the stressed Numenara game masters out there, Monte Cook Games has released a product that will ease the set-up process.  The Numenera Cypher Chest contains three card decks intended to speed up play and game prep.  One deck contains 120 Cypher cards, twenty of which are different devices, while the other one hundred are power upgrades for them.  The second deck is full of commonly encountered creatures.  And deck three is an XP deck that eases the challenge of keeping track of stats.Hotel Tycoon board game

Anyone looking for vibrantly designed family board games that could ease new players into more complicated resource management games should check out Hotel Tycoon.  A kid friendly resource management-lite game, Hotel Tycoon has players purchasing and developing hotels, with each represented by a plastic, three Box Cover.indddimensional building miniature, in order to attain the most money.

The north is filled with two things:  lumberjacks and Sasquatches.  Flapjacks and Sasquatches plays off of this fact, by pitting the two against each other, as they are natural enemies.  Players are competing to chop down the most trees, marked in the game by tree cards and chop tokens, but beware the dreaded Sasquatch, as he may attack at a moment’s notice!

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Another entry in the 8-bit influenced card game series, Pixel Tactics 3, like its predecessors, is entirely stand-alone!  So, if you wish, you can add it to either of the previous releases, but that is not necessary to be able to play it.  As for how the game works, players will select hero cards from a limited amount of options, construct a deck out of them, then pit them against Madame Chingtheir opponent.  Where the strategy lies is in using the right hero, in the right way, for the right situation.

The great pirate captain Madame Ching has enlisted you, a trusted captain among her pirate army, to sail out and capture the most booty, will you succeed?  Each player controls a different captain, each attempting to waylay unsuspecting ships, outrun fellow players, and acquire new skills.  Working Space Wolves Stormfang Gunship miniature 40Kyour way across the board, part of the strategy comes in choosing to push on to Hong Kong or return to Madame Ching first.

Pathfinder Pawns Bestiary Box 4The major Warhammer 40K miniature release for the weekend comes in the form of the Space Wolves Stormfang Gunship.

Another Bestiary hardcover has been released and that means another Pathfinder Pawns Bestiary Box is here.  The Bestiary Box 4, as usual, is the most cost and time efficient way to visually enhance your next Pathfinder game.  This gigantic box contains over 300 individual tokens, fully illustrated with a creature, and accompanying bases.

Dec 292012
 

Anything Finn can do, Fionna can do better.  And in knee socks.

The highly successful Adventure Time comic series gains another tie-in miniseries this Wednesday!  Written by co-creator and storyboard artist from the television show, Natasha Allegri, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake brings the girl power!  Spinning out of a stand-alone episode where the regular protagonists, Finn and Jake, where gender bent into women, this miniseries gives them the spotlight for six whole issues!  As the previous Adventure Time series have sold out as fast as the Ice Queen sliding down a snowy slope, if you want a copy be sure to put your name on the pull before Wednesday or be at the store early!

Vampires have been the new hotness for quite some time now, but they’ve never been Marvel NOW!  Uh, until now.

With this week’s Morbius, the Living Vampire #1, another of Spidey‘s villains gets an empathetic make over.  After breaking out of The Raft prison in Spider-Man #699.1, Michael Morbius is attempting to find his inner good guy and satisfy his natural hunger.  Written by Joe Keatinge, up-and-coming author of Hell Yeah and Glory for Image Comic, the first issue showcases his unique blend of stylistic indy paneling and catchy, quick dialog as well as moody horror.  As is often the case, C-list characters commonly make for the best reads at the big two comic companies (for evidence, see Swamp Thing and Hawkeye), given that the writers have a leeway to put the characters through their paces in ways that the A-list characters can’t be.  Trust me, it won’t suck.  Except, you know, in the ways that a vampire book should.

The other Marvel NOW! release for this next week is Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers companion book, New Avengers #1. Like FF to Fantastic Four, this series will share characters with the main title, as well as some plot elements, making them a shared story, of sorts.  And if you’ve read Hickman’s first issue of Avengers or any of his Manhattan Projects series, you know he’s capable of giant sci-fi craziness and incredible plot twists, both qualities which he will bring to characters of New Avengers.  Starring The Illuminati, the secretive, behind-the-scenes puppet masters of the Marvel Universe, the series will feature Black Panther, Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Beast desperately struggling to halt the collision of two universes.  And fans of the New Universe concept of yesteryear should take note, as it’s rumored to return in this book.

Thanks to a little timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff, the third series of Doctor Who Character Builder Miniatures materializes in the store this Wednesday!  Yes, we know series two hasn’t arrived yet, but, you know, time travel.  Anyway, it really doesn’t matter as each set features different characters or key characters in unique costumes.  Set three includes the Doctor in his fancy green longcoat (circa season five), Amy with Silence marks on her face, an alternate universe Rory, River Song, an Ood, and many more (check them all out to the right).  Each figure is compatible with Lego’s, if you wish to build your own Doctor Who adventure set, or feel free to pick up one of Doctor Who Character Builder playsets currently at the store.

Dec 212012
 

It’s not quite to midnight yet (as I start writing this), but I’m calling it in favor of us all outlasting the Mayan apocalypse.  If you didn’t get enough of the end-of-the-world conspiracy theory, then Tzolk’in:  The Mayan Calendar is here to supply you with more.  The oft talked about Mayan calendar plays into the mechanics of the game, as players carefully place their Mayan Meeples onto interlocking gears which rotate around the board, moving the pieces to different action zones.  To accomplish placement and conduct other key actions, players must spend corn, ultimately attempting to please the gods or constructing underground temples.  So, until the next apocalypse myth comes along, make mine Tzolk’in.

Is the force strong with you?

Or have you given into the dark side?

Either way, you’ve got a side to play in the new two-player Star Wars LCG card game from Fantasy Flight.  Set-up like many of their other popular LCGs (but with more X-Wings and stuff), Star Wars has players choosing sides in a head-to-head battle for galactic domination.  Players then balance objective decks (containing mission cards) and player decks (containing character and equipment cards) in order to complete their assigned tasks.  As with Magic the Gathering or most other CCG-style games, players place/play their cards into the center of the table in order to activate them.  Of course, the real question of the game will be, who shot first?

I’m going bet that many who read this have fantasized about manning a starship at one time in their life.  Be careful what you wish for, however.  Space Cadets fulfills that wish by assigning each player an important role on the bridge of a freshly minted starship.  This cooperative game for three to six players enlists a captain, helmsman, engineer, and weapons, shield, and sensor officers.  Each member of the crew has a specific  task to complete in order for the entire team to win, so make sure you staff your bridge wisely, or else it’ll be your final frontier.

Bad guys need friends, too.  Eclipse:  Rise of the Ancients is the first expansion for the epic space battle game, Eclipse, introduces tons of ancient adversaries which can assist all the baddies from the original game.  Along with these foes, the expansion also includes original rare technologies, developments, alliances, ancient homeworlds, and warp portals.  Three brand new player boards also offer four new alien races to choose from.  And with the game’s modular design, all or some of these additions can mixed in with the contents of the base game, completely at your discretion.

Oct 202012
 

I just want to quote the Image Comics description for the first book we’ll talk about tonight as a way of helping you understand what it’s like.

“Sexica and her Werewolf boyfriend Nikoli travel across a sci-fi, fantasy Russia smoking singing cigarettes.  Meanwhile the organ hunter Nura is sent out with a severed head and instructions to find its body.”

Yup.  That’s Brandon Graham for you, folks.  If you’ve read Prophet (the craziest, most brilliant comic out there!) or King City (the only comic with a cat telescope), then you’re well aware of Graham’s ingenious perspective on, well, everything.  Graham’s comics build fully realized, utterly unique worlds for you to explore visually (as he does the art himself) and conceptually.  For those reasons, I can promise you Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity will be one of the most interesting books you’ll ever read.

Jason Starr, renowned crime novelist and comic author, takes a crack at Wolverine‘s past this Wednesday, but not in a way you’ve ever seen before.  Wolverine MAX is a five issue miniseries that takes Logan back to Japan for an origin story of violent proportions.  If you’ve never read any of Marvel’s MAX line of books, they’re a no holds barred, adult version of famous Marvel characters.  So, in short, Wolverine like you’ve never seen him before.  Expect blood.  Expect guts.  Expect cursing.  Expect SNIKT-ing!

And if we’re talking blood and guts, we might as well mention the new Punisher War Zone miniseries hitting shelves this Wednesday.  Picking up where Greg Rucka’s recent Punisher ongoing series (both volumes, of which, are available now) left off at, Frank is on the run from the law in a way he’s never been before after taking the fall for shooting a cop.  Even though he didn’t do the deed, Frank is taking the blame to protect the woman who did (if you want to know more, you got to pick up the TPBs).  But Frank’s going to need his own form of protection as The Avengers decide to assist the NYPD in capturing him.  It’s Punisher vs. The Avengers, written by Greg Rucka, taking place in real Marvel continuity!

Followers of The Walking Dead television show on AMC have just been introduced to Phillip Blake aka The Governor with the beginning of season three, but there’s so much more to find out.  In conjunction with the hit television series, Robert Kirkman (the creator of the show and comic) began a trilogy of Walking Dead novels last year with The Rise of the Governor, which detailed Blake’s life during the initial zombie outbreak.  Now, its sequel, The Road to Woodbury, picks up where the last book left off at, following Blake as he climbs to power in the walled-off city of Woodbury.  Find out the origins of one of the most terrifying villains in comic history by picking up The Road to Woodbury this Wednesday!