Nov 152014
 

7 Wonders BabelAsmodee released another 7 Wonders expansion this weekend and this one requires some heavy labor.  7 Wonders:  Babel contains two separate gaming expansions that can be added singularly are together.  First, is the tower component, which adds an extra beginning drafting phase.  During this phase, players draft tower tiles, each of which features a special law that affects all players.  Second, are a set of law cards that tax players for using certain colored cards.Ace Detective A Noir Card Game

It wandered in out of the cold, a cigarette hanging from its box lid, a fedora covering its corner.  Ace Detective was its name.  A storytelling card game in the vein of Once Upon a Time, Ace Detective has players utilizing plot cards to tell a group narrative.  Each turn players lay down story cards in an attempt to keep the yarn flowing, but must battle against each other to take control of the plot’s direction. Catan Ancient Egypt Settlers of And, if you can’t tell from the title, Ace Detective is all noir, all the time.

Another in Settlers of Catan line of standalone spin-offs, Catan:  Ancient Egypt pairs the same great Catan mechanics with an Egyptian setting.  Oxcarts are used to move resources like papyrus, stone, and cattle from town to town.  This standalone edition also features two alternate play scenarios, increasing the replay value of the game and keeping players interested.Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor's Secret Adventure Pack

As Sauron’s forces draw ever closer, the fellowship must venture into the mines of Celebrimbor to discover the only three rings of power untouched by the dark lord.  This is the story for Lord of the Rings Celebrimbor’s Secret, the newest Adventure Pack for the LotR LCG.  Adding sixty new Magic the Gathering Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Boxcards to the game, Celebrimbor’s Secret includes Galadriel as a playable hero character.

With the holidays just around the corner, Magic the Gathering has, for the second year in a row, released a special gift box to ease your shopping distress.  The Khans of Tarkir Holiday Gift Box is an inexpensive 2000 count card box that also happens to contain four Khans booster packs, special card dividers, stickers to personalize the dividers, land, and a special promo card.  Check your favorite Magic player off your “To Buy” list.My Little Pony Celestial Solstice

Nearing closer to the newest My Little Pony booster pack set, Enterplay has released their equivalent of an MtG Fat Pack.  The MLP Celestial Solstice box contains materials for two players, including a twenty-four card pack of rare, foil promos, three Premiere Edition boosters, three Canterlot Nights boosters, and a Pandemic The Cure dice gamedurable card box.

The popular Pandemic strain of virus fighting cooperative games has mutated this weekend.  Pandemic:  The Cure is a dice variation of the original game, converting all the regular mechanics to dice rolls.  Each player still takes on a different role, now represented by a unique set of dice.  The outbreak is also represented by dice, which are rolled, then placed on the gaming board.  A quicker variation of the original, Pandemic:  The Cure can be set-up and played in around thirty minutes.Rarrr card game

With Godzilla and Pacific Rim recently stomping all over movie theaters, Kaiju in demand.  Rarrr!!! is a drafting card game that answers that demand, giving players the chance to control powerful, monstrous creatures.  Broken into two drafting rounds and a bidding round, players first build and power their monster, then use the power cards they’ve attained to outbid others in an effort to destroy the most buildings.

Sheriff of NottinghamThe first release in a series of board games given the seal of approval by Dice Tower, Sheriff of Nottingham puts players into the roles of Nottingham’s merchants and the greedy Sheriff, himself.  Each turn players attempt to enter the city with various goods and products for sale.  However, they may choose to mix legal and illegal products together in their carts.  But, beware, the Sheriff will be allowed to pick through each merchant’s stash and weed out items or punish players.Till Dawn

Both a drafting and Push-Your-Luck game, Till Dawn is a vampire game with style.  Contained within a creatively designed coffin-shaped box, Till Dawn has players taking over the role of a horde of competitive vampires.  Over the course of three rounds, players pass around a deck of cards, drawing one, then following its command.  The goal is to collect the most blood tokens and return to your coffin before the sun rises, but vampire hunters and other obstacles Titanium Wars Confrontationcan make that a difficult possibility.

A short and sweet expansion, Titanium Wars:  Confrontation adds some appealing extras to the base game.  Included within this expansion are new arsenal cards, planets, leaders, and events, as well as cards that replace previous cards.  In addition, Confrontation includes a Versus Mode variation that can be played individually or in teams.Trajan

Stefan Feld, game designer for Bora Bora and Bruges, releases a new game this weekend entitled Trajan.  Players attempt to build-up their own corner of Rome through the use of special ability tiles.  Tiles are distributed around the table through a special mechanic where they are placed in bowls, then used by each player Voyage of the Beagle Robinson Crusoe expansionstrategically.

The first expansion for Robinson Crusoe, Voyage of the Beagle is here!

Containing a set of original scenarios that can be paired with the base game to extend its playability, each of these scenarios link together, serializing events so that what occurred during the last play session remains into the next session.King of New York

Hottly anticipated, Richard Garfield’s sequel to King of Tokyo is finally here!  King of New York is bigger and more intense than its predecessor, just like a game set in America should be!  Like King of Tokyo, players take control of monsters, attempting to gain the most victory points by beating the crap out of each other.  However, the game board for King of New York is double the size, providing multiple zones for players to fight from.  As well, the game adds a “fame” component that allows one player to take the spotlight and gain special abilities.
Oct 312014
 

Death of Wolverine Weapon X ProgramDeath of Wolverine Weapon X Program #1 (of 5)

-Spins out of the events detailed in the Death of Wolverine miniseries!

-Written by Charles Soule, who wrote the entire Death of Wolverine storyline!

-After Logan has cracked the Weapon X facility open like a walnut, a near army of test subjects have escaped into the world.  Will they be hunted down or will they survive?

-Sabertooth will make appearances throughout this miniseries, leading up to his possible acquisition of the Wolverine mantle.

Humans #1Humans #1

-Sons of Anarchy. . .with monkeys.

-Image Comics has launched big series with big writers, but now they’re testing out some up-and-coming greats, including Keenan Keller and Tom Neely.

-A classic biker exploitation vibe pervades the series, following the Humans, an all primate biker gang, as they travel down the road mourning the lose of a gang member and welcoming someone new into the fold.

-New Image series like Goners and Wayward have made plenty of buzz, will Humans be the next series to generate a rabid following?  It’s already sold out at the distributor level, so there’s a good likelihood.

Spider-Verse Team UpSpider-Verse Team-Up #1 (of 3)

-Similar to Axis Revolutions and AvX Versus, Spider-Verse Team-Up will feature two separate stories.

-Each story will feature a different combination of alternate reality Spider-Men written and illustrated by different creative teams.

-In issue #1, the first story features an aged Peter Parker and Spider-Ham searching for Ben Reilly and the second story stars the combination of Spider-Man Noir and Six-Armed Spider-Man.

-Future issues will star Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, and Araña!

Tooth and Claw #1Tooth and Claw #1

-An anthropomorphic Conan the Barbarian mixed with a bit of Game of Thrones, Tooth and Claw is hotly anticipated new series from Image Comics!

-Veteran comic writer, Kurt Busiek (Marvels, Astro City, Avengers) takes readers to an entirely original world like they’ve never seen.

-When ancient wizards bring a renowned hero forward through time to solve a desperate problem, will he be able to fight off the forces of evil to do so?

-Issue #1 is not only double-sized at forty-eight pages, but costs only $2.99!

Oct 242014
 

Rasputin #1Rasputin #1

-Local comic author, Alex Grecian, launches a new ongoing series at Image Comics!

-Riding high on the popularity of his novel, The Yard, Grecian returns to comics to write this supernatural account of actual history.

-The series begins with Rasputin’s death at the hands of revolutionaries, then works back into the madman’s younger days.

-Grecian is joined by frequent collaborator and popular artist, Riley Rossmo (Bedlam, Cowboy Ninja Viking, Green Wake).

Deathlok #1Deathlok #1

-The fan favorite cyborg from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gains his own ongoing series!

-Unbeknownst to him, Doctor Henry Hayes is secretly activated as Deathlok when he ventures beyond American borders.  Instead of healing ill citizens like he intends to, he ends up committing top secret assassinations.

-Nathan Edmondson, whose skills with espionage narratives have served him well on the Punisher and Black Widow series.

-Skottie Young also provides another super cute Baby Variant cover for this series, complete with super soaker guns in place of Deathlok‘s pistols.

Axis Revoltuions #1Axis Revolutions #1 (of 4)

-Another major tie-in miniseries for Marvel’s Axis event!

-The Axis equivalent of the Avengers vs. X-Men Versus miniseries was to that event.  Basically, all fights all the time.

-Each of the four issues will feature two separate stories (that take place inside the events of the main Axis miniseries), written and illustrated by different creators.

-The first issue of Axis Revolutions will feature a story written by Pulp Fiction’s own Dennis Hopeless!

Marvel 75th Anniversary one-shotMarvel 75th Anniversary #1

-Timely Comics, who eventually became Marvel Comics, began publication in 1939, seventy-five years ago!

-To celebrate, Marvel is releasing this over-sized, single anthology that contains stories by veteran comic writers and artists.

-The writers included in the issue are James Robinson, Bruce Timm, Brian Michael Bendis, Tom DeFalco, and Len Wein.

-Joining writers above are artists such as Francesco Francavilla, Bruce Timm, Mike Deodato, Chris Samnee, and Joe Quinones.

Aug 292014
 

Hawkeye vs Deadpool #0Hawkeye vs Deadpool #0 (of 4)

-Two of the most popular Marvel characters (and the laziest ((and the most single)) come at each other in a fury of Nerf arrows and rage!

-Reminiscent of the successful Deadpool Kills and Deadpool Vs. miniseries releasing lately, this miniseries will be short and sweet!

-Add to the equation that it is Halloween on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and a mystery is a foot and you’ve got a winning combination.

-Gerry Duggan, writer of the current ongoing Deadpool series as well as Dracula’s Gauntlet, handles writing duties on this entire miniseries!

DC Future’s End Week 1Action Comics Futures End #1

-It’s been three years since the DC New 52 began and, to celebrate, DC is bringing back last year’s highly sought after 3D covers!

-For the entire month of September, DC replaces their regular ongoing titles with Future’s End versions set five years into the future of the DC Universe.

-Each of these issues will also come in a standard form, with covers printed on regular comic paper, and a 3D version that features an image that alters depending on how it is tilted.  These covers quickly rose in value during last year’s Villains Month, so get them quickly if you want them.

-The issues for this week will be Action Comics, Aquaman, Batwing, Detective Comics, Earth 2, Grayson, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Swamp Thing, and Trinity of Sin Phantom Stranger.

Silent Hill Downpour #1Silent Hill Downpour Anne’s Story #1 

-The first Silent Hill comic book content in years!

-Spinning out of the story of Silent Hill Downpour, Anne’s Story reveals the tale of prison guard Anne Marie Cunningham.

-Tom Waltz, writer of previous Silent Hill comic miniseries and the Downpour game, lends his writing talents in order to maintain continuity between properties.

-Tristan Jones, aping the scratchy style of Ben Templesmith, brings a moody ambiance to the miniseries!

Death of Wolverine #1 (of 4)Death of Wolverine #1

-He’s the best there is at what he does, and what he does is die, apparently.

-The destined to be classic miniseries everyone has been waiting for is finally here!  Logan no long has his healing factor, and that spells certain doom for him!

-Prolific and impressively talented up-and-coming writer, Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Swamp Thing, Inhuman, Letter 44), is at the helm, killing Marvel‘s cash cow in the most intelligent way possible.

-Pulled out of seclusion for only the most important Marvel events, Steve McNiven (Civil War) matches the legendary nature of the story with his clean, detailed line work!

Jun 272014
 

Fantastic Four 100th AnniversayFantastic Four 100th Anniversary #1

-The start of a series of one-shots set in the far future of the Marvel Universe!

-100 years after their first appearance, the Fantastic Four are a very different group.

-How do the granddaughter of Doctor Doom and the twin children of the Banners and the Richards get along?

-Written by the psychedelic author of Ork Stain and Wonton Soup (also out in reprint this week), James Stokoe!

Deadpool vs. X-Force #1 (of 4)Deadpool vs X-Force #1

-The way history has progressed just doesn’t sit well with Deadpool.  Time to change it.

-Blasting back to the past, Deadpool is on a mad tear to alter the time line, but he has the original X-Force on his tail!

-This four issue miniseries details the “real” first meeting of Deadpool and Cable!  Yes, even before New Mutants #98!

-Crime writer and former author of The Dark Knight and Birds of Prey, Duane Swierczynski steps in for Cullen Bunn as our tour guide to the nineties!

The Legendary Star Lord  #!The Legendary Star Lord #1

-The first of three new Guardians of the Galaxy spin-off series launching this week!

-The writer of this series, Sam Humphries knows a thing or two about scoundrels after writing Uncanny X-Force for many issues!

-A bit of double duty, one of the other Guardians spin-offs this week is GotG Most Wanted!

-This issue stars Rocket and Groot as Groot attempts to arrest Rocket for his crimes.

Rocket Raccoon #1Rocket Raccoon #1

-Rocket (don’t call him a raccoon) gets his own ongoing series a month before Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters!

-Skottie Young, famous for providing amazing baby variant covers to all the Marvel books of the last two years, illustrates this series (one he was born to draw!) while also writing it!

-Not only does Young provide the regular cover for the issue, but also a sweet variant cover sporting Rocket firing a ridiculously over-sized gun.  David Peterson, author and illustrator of Mouse Guard, also provides a variant.

-On the lamb from intergalactic law, Rocket attempts to clear his name as he races across the galaxy!