Friday, July 24, 2009

Wednesday's Comics!! (7-29-09)

Arkham Horror: Curse of the Dark Pharaoh Expansion
Army of Darkness #23
Authority vol 1 TP: Relentless – S/O #17
Batman: Brave and the Bold #7
Billy Batson & the Magic of SHAZAM #6
Bionicle vol 6 GN: Underwater City - S/O #43
Blackest Night #1 (OF 8)
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #3 (OF 3)
Captain Marvel #4 (OF 5)
Citizen Rex #1 (OF 6)
Dark Reign: Goblin Legacy

Dark Reign: Hawkeye #4 (OF 5)
Dark Reign: Hood #3 (OF 5)
Dark Reign: Lethal Legion #2 (OF 3)
Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man #2 (OF 4)
Dark Reign: Young Avengers #3 (OF 5)
Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead #3 (OF 6)
Dark X-Men: Beginning #2 (OF 3)
Detective Comics #855
Disney Character Pin Set: Peter Pan – S/O #3
Eureka: Dormant Gene #4 (OF 4)
Fables vol 2 TP: Animal Farm
Fantastic Four #569
Fathom #8
Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink #3 (OF 6)
Freddy vs Jason vs Ash: Nightmare Warriors #2 (OF 6)
Free Realms #1
Fusion #2 (OF 3) – S/O #14
Garth Ennis’ Battlefields: Tankies #3 (OF 3)
Grimm Fairy Tales #40
Halo: Helljumper #1 (OF 5) – Shortage Replacement
History of the Wildstorm Universe
JLA #35
JSA #29
Kid Colt #1
Last Days of Animal Man #3 (OF 6)
Lone Ranger #17
Madame Xanadu #13
Marvel Minimates: Wolverine Through the Ages – S/O #64
Marvel Previews: August 2009
Marvel Zombies 4 #4 (OF 4)
Mice Templar: Destiny #1
Muppet Show: Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson #1 (OF 4)

New Avengers #55
Northlanders #19
Outsiders #20
Previews #251 AUGUST 2009
Queen Bee SC – S/O #7
Rawbone #3 (OF 4)
Scooter Girl TP – S/O #7
Secret Invasion #3 (OF 8) Yu Variant
Secret Warriors #6
Son of Hulk #13
Star Trek: Mission’s End #5
Star Wars: Legacy #38
Superman #690
Teen Titans #73
Terror, Inc.: Apocalypse Soon #4 (OF 4)
Thor & Hercules: Encyclopedia Mythologica
Thunderbolts #134
Toy Story: Mysterious Stranger #3 (OF 4)
Ultimatum #5 (OF 5)
Ultimatum: Spider-Man Requiem #2 (OF 2)
Unknown Soldier #10
War of Kings: Ascension #4 (OF 4)
Watchmen Movie: Rorschach Action Figure
Wednesday Comics #3 (OF 12)
Wednesday Comics #4 (OF 12)
Wizard Magazine #215
Wizard: Wolverine Mast Edition Deluxe HC
Wolverine Noir #4 (OF 4)
Wonder Woman #34
X-Men Forever #4

Blackest Night #1 (OF 8) – We’ve got a handful of copies of this first issue coming back in. If you missed it the first time around, this is probably your last chance to get your hands on a copy of this book! Pick it up quick!

Citizen Rex #1 (OF 6) – "What compels life without a soul?" Comics legends Gilbert and Mario Hernandez join forces to present a bizarre, sexy view of the future and what it means to be human. Twenty years ago, the most famous, lifelike robot in the world was engulfed in scandal, arrested, and deactivated. Since then, an anti-robot movement has developed, while body modification is in and prosthetic limbs have become hot, black-market items. Stories like these are the stock-in-trade of gossip columnist Sergio Bauntin, whose startling revelations earn him the constant scrutiny of both the mob and the city's mysterious investigators, the Truth Takers. When Sergio catches wind of sightings of the long-missing robot celebrity CTZ-RX, all of these interests will collide in violence and intrigue.

Dark Reign: Goblin Legacy – Before he was the ultimate power broker in the Dark Reign Marvel Universe, Norman Osborn was better known as the Green Goblin--the insane arch nemesis of everyone's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Now, experience an early turning point in the ongoing war between the wall-crawler and his glider-riding rival--the unmasking of Norman Osborn from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39-40 (1966)--like you've never seen it before, fully remastered with modern coloring. Also featuring an all-new framing sequence and a Saga-style recap of the complete history of the Green Goblin!

Detective Comics #855 – 'Elegy' part 2 of 4 by Greg Rucka and JH Williams III! Batwoman captures her enemy, a madwoman known only as Alice who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras - including Kate! But when the tables are turned, Batwoman finds herself in a hallucination slamming the present into a collision with the past, and the hints of a threat that will claim the lives of every man, woman and child in Gotham City. And in the all-new co-feature starring the Question, Montoya's quest to find a missing young girl turns deadly.

Free Realms #1 – SONY teams with WildStorm and best-selling fantasy author J.S. Lewis (the Grey Griffins series) for an exciting adaptation of Free Realms, their new MMORPG! This 12-issue series mirrors the nonstop action of the game, offering exciting adventures, battles with vicious monsters and, of course, the allure of gorgeous fairies! The story begins when a young boy is abducted and dragged into a darkened forest teeming with twisted monsters. It's up to a relic hunter and a pixie to save him, but their mission is cut short when a horde of troll-like creatures captures them!

Kid Colt #1 – Framed for murder, Blaine Cole, one of Marvel's original western heroes saddles up to ride again as KID COLT! Against a deadly bounty hunter, a corrupt Sherriff and the scavengers of the west, odds are against the Kid and his ally, the steady-shooting Everrett Hawkmoor. But that's the way they like 'em.

Mice Templar: Destiny #1 – The second chapter in the saga of the Mice Templar begins here! The Templar have fallen, leaving the natural world in the grip of tyrants and ever-increasing chaos. The promise of restoration for the Templar and the salvation of all creatures now lies in the paws of the newly-knighted Karic. But as sinister powers seek to thwart him, others are desperate to use his mission for personal agendas. Now Karic is anxious to complete his training so that he might rescue his family from slavery. But his new master is Cassius, a bitter Templar exile who does not believe in Karic's destiny. Their journey takes them to the legendary Haunted Wood, a dead forest inhabited by Diabhlan, ancient evil spirits hungry to feed off of living souls.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wednesday's Comics!! (7-22-09)

Aliens #2 (OF 4)
All New Savage She-Hulk #4 (OF 4)
Amazing Spider-Man #600
Atomic Robo: Shadow from Beyond Time #3 (OF 5)
Avengers Initiative #26
Black Panther 2 #6
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #2 (OF 3)
Boys: Herogasm #3 (OF 6)
C E Murphy’s Take a Chance #5
Captain America: Reborn #1 (OF 5) Quesada Variant – S/O #17, #158
Captain Britain and MI 13 #15
Cars: Rookie #4 (OF 4)
Conan the Cimmerian #12
Cyberforce/Hunter Killer #1 (OF 5)
Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #5 (OF 5)
Dark Wolverine #76
Deadpool: Suicide Kings #4 (OF 5)
Dellec #1
Dr. Who: Room with a Deja View
Dr. Who Magazine #410
Fall of Cthulhu: Nemesis #4 (OF 4)
Farscape: Gone and Back #1
Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #3 (OF 6)
Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5 (OF 5)
Freddy vs Jason vs Ash: Nightmares #2 (OF 6)
Fusion #3 (OF 3)
GI Joe #7
GI Joe Movie Adaptation #4 (OF 4)
Gotham City Sirens #2
Green Lantern #44 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
Green Lantern vol 1 HC: The Sinestro Corps War
Guardians of the Galaxy #16
Halo: Helljumper #1 (OF 5)
Immortal Weapons #1 (OF 5)

Incredible Hercules #131
Incredible Hulk #600
Indiana Jones Action Figure Assortment
Jack of Fables #36
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Stormfront vol 2 #1
Liftport: Opening Space to Everyone TP – S/O #41
Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers #3 (OF 4) – shortage replacement
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #53
Mouse Guard vol 2 HC: Winter 1152
Ms. Marvel #42
Nova #27
Outsiders #20
Power Girl #3
Project Superpowers: Chapter 2 #1
Punisher #7 – shortage replacement
Red Sonja #46
Return to Wonderland TP
Richard Starks Parker: The Hunter HC
Riftwar #2 (OF 5)
Runaways 3 #12
Spider-Man: Icon HC
Spirit #31
Star Trek: Spock Reflections #1
Star Wars Adventures vol 2 TP: Princess Leia & Royal Ransom
Star Wars: Clone Wars – Yoda Standup
Supergirl #43
Thor/Hercules: Encyclopedia Mythologica
Timestorm 2009/2099 #3 (OF 4) – shortage replacement
Tiny Titans #18
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #13
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 1 TP: Power & Responsibility
Uncanny X-Men #512 – shortage replacement
Unknown #3 (OF 4)
Walking Dead vol 3 TP: Safety Behind Bars
Wednesday Comics #3 (OF 12)
Wolverine First Class #17
Wolverine Origins #38
Wonderful Wizard of Oz #8 (OF 8)
X-Force #17
X-Men by Jim Lee Door Poster - S/O #103
Youngblood #9

Amazing Spider-Man #600 – The greatest Marvel super hero of all celebrates his 600th issue with the biggest all-original issue of Amazing Spider-Man EVER! This one’s got it all! The return of Doctor Octopus, Daredevil, a wedding you never predicted, and the return of one of the most important people in Peter Parker’s life in a giant-sized lead story by Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. Doc’s back in town, but it’s only a prelude to darker days ahead as Spidey unknowingly prepares for a gauntlet he can’t even see coming. On top of all that, witness the return of one of Spider-man’s creators, Smilin’ Stan Lee (along with Masticatin’ Marcos Martin) as he presents a story of unbridled passion, drama and angst as Spidey reflects over his many, many years of adventures. But that ain’t all…as the rest of the Spidey Web-Heads bring you several short features showcasing some rarely explored aspects of both Spidey and Pete’s life, drawn by some of the greatest artists in comics. Plus, several other surprises and NO REPRINTS! 104 pages of goodness brought to you by some of the best creators that have ever worked on Spidey!

Cyberforce/Hunter Killer #1 (OF 5) – Top Cow's technology based teams collide in a critical crossover event that will have everyone talking this summer! The Hunter-Killer team's directive to hunt down and detain rogue Ultra-Sapiens brings them head to head with the Cyberforce team in a brutal showdown that leaves more than one member bleeding. But who is manipulating these two teams into conflict and to what end? The team of writer and Hunter-Killer co-creator Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, Irredeemable) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Astonishing Tales, Madame Mirage) bring you a crossover filled with epic action, intrigue, lies, and betrayal.

Dellec #1 – Sometimes, evil should be afraid. His name is Dellec. A working class family man. A highly skilled metal fabricator. A man who will be forced to risk everything - including his own existence, to purge the world of all its treacherous forms of ill repute. However, what if that evil he seeks to destroy is also the very same force that created him? And what if this being was more than mortal altogether? The blazing fires of damnation reign down upon one man in this epic tale of vengeance, loss, and despair as Dellec attempts to not only battle immortality itself, but also the very perception of faith its strength is built upon.

Halo: Helljumper #1 (OF 5) – Comics legend Peter David and up-and-coming artist Eric Nguyen bring a whole new HALO story to life! When the colony planet Ariel sends out a mysterious distress signal, it's up to the UNSC's elite, highly skilled special-ops Marines, the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers from the 105th, to find out what's happening. Also known as ODSTs or 'Helljumpers,' these soldiers are some of the toughest in the galaxy - and some of the roughest as well. When the distress signal comes, two Helljumpers will find themselves at the center of the mystery on Ariel, and before it's solved, they'll have to put their friendship-and their lives-on the line...

Immortal Weapons #1 (OF 5) – Out of the pages of IMMORTAL IRON FIST! Jason Aaron (WOLVERINE) and Mico Suayan (MOON KNIGHT) plus an all-star roster of guest artists kick off IMMORTAL WEAPONS in this double-sized issue! Fat Cobra! No man has fought more heartily, consumed more mightily, or lived life more fully! Fat Cobra! Master of the sumo thunder stomp and the devil's skullcrusher! Fat Cobra! Immortal Weapon from the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven! But to this day, no man has known the story of Fat Cobra's life...including the Cobra himself! Discover the shocking origins of this boisterous brawler and witness his decades of adventure! Meanwhile, Danny Rand embarks on his own mission of search and adventure, in a special bonus story by IMMORTAL IRON FIST writer Duane Swierczynski running through all five IMMORTAL WEAPONS issues!

Incredible Hulk #600 – Who is the Red Hulk? The Amazing Spider-Man is going to try and find out! Green Hulk! Red Hulk! Spidey! Secrets revealed! A Story so big it can barely be contained in the Incredible 600th issue of Hulk! All this and a startling surpsie ending to top all the other shocking surprises this Hulk book is known for! The chart-topping team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness bring you a 600th-issue celebration guest starring your friendly Neighborhood Web-Head as the original Incredible series returns! Plus, back-up story by Fred Van Lente featuring the Savage She-Hulk!

Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter HC – Darwyn Cooke, the Eisner-Award-winning writer/artist of such classics as DC: The New Frontier, Selina's Big Score, and The Spirit, now sets his artistic sights on bringing to life one of the true classics of crime fiction: Richard Stark's Parker. Stark was a pseudonym used by the revered and multi-award-winning author, Donald Westlake. The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind-to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him!

Thor/Hercules: Encyclopedia Mythologica – For the first time ever — all of Marvel's mighty pantheons, all in one handbook! Thor and Hercules aren't the only gods in town, as the ENCYCLOPAEDIA MYTHOLOGICA spotlights everything from Aztecs to Zoroaster! Brush up on the eternal rivalry between the Green Knight and the Red Lord! Meet Anitun and the Diwatas, the gods of the Philippines! Learn the dark origin of Mikaboshi, the Shinto god of evil! Explore the mystical dimension of Otherworld! Plus: Panther Gods, Lion Gods and Snowbirds!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Wednesday's Comics! (7-15-09)

Action Comics #879
Agents of Atlas #8
All Select Comics #1 70th Anniversary Special
Amazing Spider-Man #599
Art of A Song of Ice and Fire HC
Batman Chronicles vol 2 TP
Batman: Streets of Gotham #2
Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter #2 (OF 3)
Betty & Veronica Spectacular #90
Blackest Night #1 (OF 8)
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1 (OF 3)

Brave & the Bold #25
Buck Rogers #2
Captain America #601
Captain America #601 Djurdjevic Variant – S/O #17
Creepy Comics #1
Dark Avengers #7
Dark Reign: Mr. Negative #2 (OF 3)
Deadpool #12
Descendant #1 (OF 3)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep #1 (OF 24)

Dr. Who Ongoing #1
Dog Eaters #3
Ender’s Game: Battle School HC
Ender’s Shadow: Battle School HC
Fables #1 Peter & Max Preview
Fables #86
Farscape: Dargo’s Lament #4 (OF 4)
Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape #3 (OF 6)
Franklin Richards: School’s Out
GI Joe Movie Adaptation #3 (OF 4)
Green Lantern #41 – S/O #6
Hellboy vol 1 TP: Seed of Destruction
Hellboy vol 2 TP: Wake the Devil
Hellboy vol 3 TP: Chained Coffin & Other Stories
Hellboy vol 4 TP: Right Hand of Doom
Incognito #5
Incredibles: Family Matters #4 (OF 4)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
JSA vs Kobra #2 (OF 6)
Last Resort #1
Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers #3 (OF 4)
Marvel Adventures Avengers #38
Marvel Select Wolverine AF – S/O #64
Mighty Avengers #27
New Mutants #3
Preacher vol 1 HC
Punisher #7
Red Star vol 2 TP: Nokgorka
Sherlock Holmes #3 (OF 5)
Soulfire: New World Order #3 (OF 5)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #43
Star Wars: Mimobot 2 Gig Darth Sidious Flash Drive
Super Friends #17
Superman/Batman #62
Timestorm 2009/2099 #3 (OF 4)
Titans #15 (Blackest Night)
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 2 TP: Learning Curve
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 3 TP: Double Trouble
Uncanny X-Men #513 – Shortage Replacement
Unknown #3 (OF 4)
Unthinkable #3 (OF 4)
Vigilante #8
Walking Dead #63
Watchmen Movie Rorshach Action Figure – S/O #16
Wednesday Comics #2 (OF 12)
Werewolves on the Moon vs Vampires #2 (OF 3)
Whiteout: Definitive Edition vol 1 TP
Whiteout: Definitive Edition vol 2 TP: Melt
World of Warcraft #21
X-Factor #46
Y The Last Man vol 1 TP: Unmanned
Y The Last Man vol 4 TP: Safeword
Y The Last Man vol 5 TP: Ring of Truth

All Select Comics #1 70th Anniversary Special – Meet Blonde Phantom - she's gorgeous, quick-witted, and hard-boiled. There was never a case that wasn't open-and-shut for this gun-toting, two-fisted knockout of a P.I. But has she still got what it takes to bust a mystery wide open in the modern Marvel Universe? Marc Guggenheim (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Javier Pulido (CAPTAIN AMERICA 65TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL) turn the classic Blonde Phantom into Marvel's newest hero! AND MORE! Writer/artist Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle) takes on Marvex, the Super-Robot, in a hilarious bonus special feature!!

Blackest Night #1 (OF 8) – Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis raise the dead in the most anticipated comics story of the year! Throughout the decades, death has plagued the DC Universe and taken the lives of heroes and villains alike. But to what end? As the War of Light rages on, the prophecy of the BLACKEST NIGHT descends upon us, with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps at the center of it all. Don't miss this 8-issue epic taking the DCU beyond the grave!

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1 (OF 3) – In this 3-issue miniseries, writers Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) reveal the secrets behind the Lanterns of BLACKEST NIGHT! Bear witness to Blue Lantern Saint Walker's pilgrimage of hope, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris' sacrifice for love, Green Lantern Kilowog's courageous beginnings, Red Lantern Vice's source of rage, Orange Lantern Blume's bizarre creation, and the first appearance of the mysterious Indigo, leader of the Indigo Tribe!

Creepy Comics #1 – What's black and white and clawing its way onto your reading list? It's the newly resurrected Creepy, of course! Now, don't fret, my putrid pets -- these new terror tales are cut from the same cursed cloth as the outlandish originals, telling contemporary horror stories with gorgeously ghoulish art from a lineup that'll make you lose your head! Original Creepy artist Angelo Torres teams up with devilish Dan Braun on "Hell Hound Blues"; Michael Woods and artist Saskia Gutekunst serve up a dose of "Chemical 13"; Neil Kleid and Brian Churilla provide "All the Help You Need" at a weird weight-loss camp; and jaundiced Jason Shawn Alexander brings his phenomenal painting skills to Joe Harris's "The Curse!" Plus Bernie Wrightson, the return of "Loathsome Lore," and more. All this, plus one classic story from Uncle Creepy's dank dungeon, and you've got 48 freakish pages of terror to bring home to mummy!

Descendant #1 (OF 3) – Descendant,” follows the adventures of Rayne Santiago, a South American refugee and now a U.S. counter terrorism agent, believed to be the descendant of an ancient Incan fire God. The series creators, writers Mike Dolce and Marcus Perry, along with artist Mariano Navarro, spoke with CBR News about “Descendant,” it’s blend of action and fantastic elements, and also about bananas. Rayne is forced to return to her South American homeland of Martagal when she receives word that her brothers have been abducted by a rogue pharmaceutical conglomerate bent on using their DNA to manufacture super powers,” Mole Dolce told CBR. “Exiled from her country years ago for abusing her own innate pyrokinetic abilities, Rayne must not only win back the trust of her people, but also overcome her fear of the powers that lay dormant inside her in order to rescue her brothers from the regime’s sinister commander, Dr. Alexis Bane.”

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep #1 (OF 24) – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the book that inspired the film Blade Runner, comes to Boom! with backmatter by Warren Ellis! Visionary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep has been called "a masterpiece ahead of its time, even today" and served as the basis for the Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War killed millions, driving entire species to extinction, and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep--even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids--they're machines, but look, sound, and think like humans. Clever, and most of all, dangerous humans. Rick Deckard, Pris, The Voight-Kampff Test, Nexus 6 androids, the Tyrell Corporation: join Boom! Studios as the complete novel is adapted into the comic book medium, mixing all new panel-to-panel continuity with the actual text from the novel in an innovative, groundbreaking 24-issue maxi-series illustrated by acclaimed Wolf artist Steven Dupre for the science-fiction publishing event of the year! Covers by Bill Sienkiewicz, Dennis Calero, Moritat, and Scott Keating.

Fables #1 Peter & Max Preview – Preview the new Fables novel for a buck! Set in the imaginative realm of the award-winning comic book series FABLES, PETER & MAX is a stand-alone prose novel--the first ever published starring FABLES characters! Long ago, in the deepest dark of The Black Forest, two brothers--Peter Piper and his older brother, Max--encountered ominous forces that changed them both irreparably. Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music, and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day, when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern day Fabletown. PETER & MAX: A FABLES NOVEL features the deft prose of award-winning comic book writer Bill Willingham and lush ink spot illustrations from FABLES artist Steve Leialoha. The novel also reveals secrets of some of the regular FABLES series cast members, including Bigby Wolf, Frau Totenkinder, and Bo Peep.

Last Resort #1 – A zombie epic that pays homage to 1970s exploitation films and disaster movies like Airport and Towering Inferno. In an entertaining and darkly over-the-top celebration of gore and sex, The Last Resort transforms a Caribbean paradise into a biological wasteland populated with homicidal flesh-eating vacationers! From the acclaimed writers of Jonah Hex and Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters!

Monday, July 06, 2009


This is my first attempt at a topic that may become a regular with the Haven Comics blog. Assuming I don't get distracted by other shiny objects (a real possibility), I will post up-coming game products that have grabbed my attention each month. Generally, these picks will be based on the descriptions posted in each month's Game Trade Magazine, so the products will probably not yet be released and will not be available for 1-2 months. Of course, I'm sure Josh will be more than willing to place a pre-order for ya. Now enough blog-talk, let's talk about GAMES!

* Cthulhu Britannica will be released in August and is a collection of five adventures for the Call of Cthulhu game, centered around England. Each scenario focuses upon a different time period, from the streets of Victorian London to the far future when the End is almost nigh.

* Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs contains nearly fifty blog posts from dozens of RPG blogs. I'm really undecided about this product, but it does sound kinda interesting to me. It is scheduled to ship in September.

* Dungeons & Dragons: Dragon Magazine Annual Volume 1 collects the best Dragon magazine content from the past year. In addition to the articles, the book contains notes from the designers, developers, and editors. Look for it in September.

* Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Master's Guide 2 is a new core rulebook containing advice and rules for Dungeon Masters of all levels of experience, with a particular focus on running adventures and campaigns in the paragon tier (levels 11–20). Among the other content is a fully-described "home base" for paragon-tier adventurers: the interplanar city of Sigil. (You fans of the old Planescape setting might like that.) This book will be released in September (and be heralded by another Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day).

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Wednesday's Comics!! (7-9-09)

That's right - WEDNESDAY'S COMICS.

In a surprise turn of events, Diamond just sent me notification that comics will be coming in on their regular schedule this week, despite the holiday this past weekend. That means...COME IN ON WEDNESDAY, FOLKS!! See you then!

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #36
Angel: Not Fade Away #3
Anita Blake: Necromancer #3 (OF 5)
Army of Darkness #22
Batman #688
Booster Gold #22
BPRD: 1947 #1 (OF 5)
Captain America: Reborn #1 (OF 5) -
Celtic Dice Bag
Complete Persepolis TP
Dark X-Men: Beginnings #1 (OF 3)
Doc Savage Double Novel vol 23 – S/O #102
Fruits Basket vol 23 GN (OF 23)
Genext United #3 (OF 5)
Ghostbusters Series 1 Mini-Mates – S/O #64
GI Joe: Movie Adaptation #2 (OF 4)
GI Joe: Origins #5
Green Arrow/Black Canary #22
Green Lantern #43 (Blackest Night)
House of Mystery #15
I am Legion #4 (OF 6)
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Storm Front #4 (OF 4)
Mangalicious Tick #1 (OF 3)
Mighty #6
Ms. Marvel #41
Munchkin 5: De-Ranged
New Warriors Classic TP vol 1
North 40 #1 (OF 6)
Pride & Prejudice #4 (OF 5)
Punisher: Frank Castle (Max) #72
Rebels #6
Red Robin #2
Scooby Doo #146
Skrull Kill Krew #3 (OF 5)
Sonic the Hedgehog #202
Spider-Man Icon HC
Stand: American Nightmares #4 (OF 5)
Star Trek: Crew #5
Stormwatch PhD #22
Strange Adventures of HP Lovecraft #3 (OF 4)
Superman: World of New Krypton #5 (OF 12)
Thor: Tales of Asgard by Lee & Kirby #3 (OF 6)
Trojan War #3 (OF 5)
Uncanny X-Men: First Class #1 (OF 8)
Unwritten #3
War of Kings: Warriors #1 (OF 2)
Warhammer 40K Gamemaster’s Kit
Warlord #4
Wednesday Comics #1 (OF 12)
X-Men Forever #3
X-Men Legacy #226

BPRD: 1947 #1 (OF 5) - The newest B.P.R.D. members are thrust into the jaws of a group of unsavory vampires as they search for a missing comrade in the bowels of a dilapidated old chateau. Joshua Dysart (B.P.R.D.: 1946, Unknown Soldier) and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola join forces with Eisner Award-winning artists Gabriel Bá (The Umbrella Academy) and Fábio Moon (Sugarshock) for the latest chapter in the hidden history of the B.P.R.D.!

Captain America: Reborn #1 (OF 5) – Following the events of Captain America #600, Steve Rogers' closest friends and allies may have found a way to bring back the original Captain America. Or is what they found something more sinister? The Red Skull's greatest plan to destroy Captain America has been in motion and its completion is almost at hand. Will Captain America be lost forever or will he be REBORN? WE’VE GOT THESE BACK IN STOCK – PICK UP YOUR COPY TODAY!!!

Dark X-Men: Beginnings #1 (OF 3) – Who are the Dark X-Men and how did they come to be? FIND OUT HERE! Each issue has 3 11-page stories, each dedicated to one of the Dark X-Men and how they came to be part of the team. This first two issues focus on Emma Frost, Mimic, Cloak & Dagger, Daken, Weapon X and Dark Beast!

Mangalicious Tick #1 (OF 3) – The Tick returns and embarks on his newest adventure, Manga! The Tick crosses the International Date Line in this satirical look at the manga art form! While investigating a disturbance in The City, The Tick confronts a new nemesis, The Setting Sun! Now trapped in another dimension, The Tick must fulfill an ancient prophecy, and save Arthur, The City, and the World!

North 40 #1 (OF 6) – Somewhere in Midwestern America was a place called Conover County. When the old book was opened, and the runes therein used in haste and ignorance, a place of farms, simple folk, and small-town dreams became a den of monsters and nightmare. NORTH 40 is the story of those who survived and came to confront an even greater evil on the horizon - one that wouldn't just consume their flesh, but their souls as well. Heroes arise with power to bring against the dark: Wyatt, an unwilling protector of his former tormentors; Amanda, an apprentice to forgotten arts; and Sheriff Morgan, whose bonds with Conover County go back farther than even he can remember.

War of Kings: Warriors #1 (OF 2) – What shocking event sent Gladiator on his path to becoming the leader of the Shi'Ar Imperial Guard? Christos Gage (AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE) and Mahmud Asrar (NOVA ANNUAL #1) reveal a life-changing moment in the early days of this infamous X-foe! Plus: What is Blastaar's grand plan, and how far will he go to succeed? Christos and Carlos Magno show you why you will bow to the living bomb blast! Yes, it's two stories in one issue that spotlights key players in the War of Kings!

Wednesday Comics #1 (OF 12) – In July, DC Comics gives a fresh twist to a grand comics tradition with WEDNESDAY COMICS, a new, weekly 12-issue series by some of the greatest names in comics today! WEDNESDAY COMICS is unique in modern comics history: Reinventing the classic weekly newspaper comics section, it is a 16-page weekly that unfolds to a sprawling 28" x 20" tabloid-sized reading experience bursting with mind-blowing color, action, and excitement, with each feature on its own 14" x 20" page. Spearheaded by DCU Editorial Art Director Mark Chiarello, whose past editing credits include BATMAN BLACK & WHITE, DC: THE NEW FRONTIER and SOLO, each page of WEDNESDAY COMICS spotlights the continuing adventures of DC heroes, including: * BATMAN, WEDNESDAY COMICS' weekly cover feature, by the Eisner Award-winning 100 BULLETS team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso.


It has been a while since I last wrote a gaming blog, so I thought it was about time for another one. (Plus, you know how Josh will keep bugging you until you finally cave and do it...)

Last night (July 3rd), I traveled up to The Game Keep in Nashville, TN to catch a couple of demonstrations for new games (published by Steve Jackson Games) that will be on store shelves next month. Due to play space, I was unable to play the first game, Revolution!, but I did watch several rounds. Revolution! is a board game which can handle up to 4 players, has simple rules, and can be played in less than an hour. Each player attempts to win the support of the people by using blackmail, force, or money to gain influence. It seems to be great fun.

The second game, which I managed to beg and plead my way into playing, was The Stars Are Right. You really have to think to play this game. Essentially, it is a card/tile game (up to 4 players) based on the horror mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and a player wins by summoning 10 points of other-worldly beings. The real trick is that in order to summon these eldritch horrors, the stars must be in the correct alignment. The stars are represented by tiles in the game which are moved and changed by each player during his or her turn, so although you may be ready to summon a Great Old One at the beginning of another player's turn, by the time your turn begins, the stars may be in a completely new alignment. (Completely screwing your master plan to summon Hastur and win the game... but I'm not bitter.) I'm a big fan of the Lovecraft mythos and really enjoyed this game (I loved the art and star alignment concept), but I can see how searching for star patterns every turn could be more annoyance than fun to some people. I'm sure I'll be demonstrating this game myself around Huntsville when it is finally available to order, so if it sounds interesting to you, keep a look-out for demonstration posters.