10/31/2014

Graphic Content (a comic book podcast) episode 11 is up!

Comics discussed:

LOW #4 (IMAGE)
DEATHLOK #1 (MARVEL)
DARK GODS #1 (AVATAR)
HARLEY QUINN ANNUAL #1 (DC)
WAYWARD #3 (IMAGE)
RASPUTIN #1 (IMAGE)




10/30/2014

Wizkids releases Uncanny X-Men Dicemasters!

We're carrying the Dicemasters starters and boosters in stock now! Here's the press release from Wizkids:

Hillside, NJ — October 30, 2014 — Hot on the heels of the incredibly successful release of Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men, WizKids, the industry leader in quality pre-painted collectible miniatures, today unveiled a new addition to its Dice Masters series with Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men. Available in stores now, the new game features classic X-Men characters from Marvel Comics, including Cyclops, Magneto, Wolverine, the Sentinels and more.
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Priced at a suggested $14.99USD, the Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men Starter Set comes with 44 custom dice, 38 cards, two dice bags and the complete Dice Masters Core Rulebook – everything two players need to battle head-to-head in Marvel’s popular X-Men universe. As with other Dice Masters games, Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men can be integrated with previous expansion packs, and the original Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Starter Set, to offer an even wider variety of play experiences and options.
For more information, please visit – http://dicemasters.com/

HeroClix The Flash Delayed One Week



Shipping problems, freight problems, customs, whatever the case, Wizkids has announced that The Flash release for Wizkids has been delayed one week. Here's the press release:

Greetings from WizKids!
As many of you may already know, there has been a major west coast port issue affecting all imported goods coming into the country.  We have been working hard to mitigate any delays to product releases as a result of this situation, but due to circumstances out of our control we have had to delay the release of DC HeroClix: The Flash.  Please look for this product line to release on 11/12, just one week after the original scheduled release date of 11/5.
This includes the following skus:
71554 DC HeroClix: The Flash 10 Ct. Booster Brick
71556 DC HeroClix: The Rogues Organized Play Kit
71557 DC HeroClix: The Flash – “The Rogues” Fast Forces Pack
We apologize for the inconvenience and are looking forward to the upcoming release and hope that you are too!  For those of you that wish to know the extent of the issue, you can go here to read about the situation.

10/24/2014

Graphic Content episode 10 is posted!

Join Cody, Dave, Isaac, and Mike as they talk about comics! This episode we will be discussing:
MULTIVERSTIY THE JUST #1 (DC)
(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Ben Olive
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1 (IDW)
(W) Kate Leth (A) Drew Rausch
AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #3 (MARVEL)
(W) Rick Remender (A) Leinil Francis Yu
GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #2 (IMAGE)
(W/A/CA) Ryan Browne
GONERS #1 (IMAGE)
(W) Jacob Semahn (A/CA) Jorge Corona
DEATHSTROKE #1 (DC)
(W) Tony S. Daniel (A/CA) Tony S. Daniel
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #5 (IMAGE)
(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie
ARKHAM MANOR #1 (DC)
(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Shawn Crystal
In our 'book club' segment we wil be discussing Hellblazer #129 - #133, "Son of Man" by Garth Ennis and John Higgins.
Email: missioncommandpod@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missioncommandpodcast
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CommandPod
Music by griefer
 

10/20/2014

Sector Conditions for the Star Trek Attack Wing game

From the WizKids STAW site:

For Star Trek: Attack Wing, we will be adding a new game mechanic to the events: Sector Conditions. Sector Conditions provide special rules that are in play during the game that represent different spatial anomalies and other environmental effects. The three Sector Condition for the WizKids Open that will be in play during different rounds (see Tournament Rules for more information) are: Nebula, Energy Flux & Meteor Shower. These Sector Conditions can be found below—please feel free to add them to your next Star Trek: Attack Wing game!

I think these Sector Conditions are a great addition to the game and really help distinguish it from other Flightpath games. I recently had a chance to play in a high point STAW game on a 4 x 6 board and I'm looking forward to adding this spatial anomalies to the next game!



10/19/2014

The Near-Death of Wolverine (in 1984)

The recent Death of Wolverine event featured Kitty Pryde and Wolverine reminiscing about their shared experiences. Seems unreal to see a call back so central to the relationship of these two characters that happened thirty years ago.

The mini-series Kitty Pryde and Wolverine hit the stands in the latter part of 1984. Aside from Claremont and Miller's 'Wolverine' mini-series, this was by far the coolest Wolverine joint going at the time. Claremont managed to make Kitty Pryde cool and there was all that ninja fighting action.

We had an iteration of Wolverine that wasn't nearly unstoppable, in fact a katana to the chest from a brain-washed Kitty very nearly put him down. 


It also featured Wolverine entering his 'berzerker rage', something we don't see much of these days.


Kitty Pryde and Wolverine is still a fun read and if issue #3 of Death of Wolverine left you with some questions, I would recommend checking it out.  

10/18/2014

Graphic Content, a comic book podcast, episode 009 is up!

Dave, Isaac, and Mike discuss a few comic from this week:
  • AXIS #2 (MARVEL)
  • DOCTOR WHO (12TH) #1 (IDW)
  • STORM #4 (MARVEL)
  • DEATH OF WOLVERINE #4 (MARVEL) -  SPOILERS!
In the 'book club' segment they discuss CRADLEGRAVE (2000AD) by John Smith and Edmund Bagwell.

10/16/2014

WizKids have posted their unboxing video for The Flash set!

Reposted from the WizKids site:

"Just in time for the premiere of the new Flash TV series, WizKids is unveiling some all-new “speedster” themed HeroClix! Scott Porter (comics superfan and the voice of Cyclops on the X-Men animated series) and Kevin Kiniry of DC Comics unbox the latest The Flash HeroClix booster bricks, showing off a variety of amazing high-speed figurines you’ll definitely want to add to your HeroClix collections!"

This new HeroClix release will be available in a gravity feed, booster brick, and fast forces.

Gravity Feed streets 10/22/14
Boosters street 11/05/14
Fast Forces street 11/05/14


10/15/2014

[PREVIEW] Marvel HeroClix Pete Wisdom LE from the 2014 Excalibur OP Kit

WizKids has posted previews of their 2014 Monthly Organized Play Kit. Each kit contains 4 copies of 3 LE figs. All of these figs can be used with the team bases from the Wolverine and the X-Men set.

Here's the latest. Pete Wisdom M-022, from the Excalbur OP materials. The SKU on this kit is WZK 71699, and the street date at the time of this writing is 10/29/14.






10/14/2014

The Unsettling Horror of Junji Ito

It's that month.

A speed bump on the way to Christmas for some. But for some of us, that best, most eerie time of the year. When those strange changes are on the wind. The time when reality thins a bit and the shadows stretch longer and deeper. It's time for Halloween and time to remind ourselves how to shiver and huddle closer before the bleakness of winter is upon us.

I thought I would share something that makes me shiver a bit. A favorite of mine...

Junji Ito is without a doubt my favorite mangaka, possibly my favorite creator of anything in the horror genre. I first encountered him the pages of the long dead monthly manga anthology Pulp published by Viz. It was there I lost my equilibrium in the death spiral that is Uzumaki.

Uzumaki tells the tale of a small coastal town that is cursed and ultimately doomed by spirals. It is lovecraftian in the strange and unknowable nature of the curse and in the futility of the protagonists ' struggles. Chapter after chapter brings more strange corruption of the town, and brings our central characters closer to their fate.

The thing about Uzumaki, and about all Ito stories, is there's always this moment. A moment that makes you stop and take a breath, and shudder a bit. so I thought I would share some of those. If you've never read Ito's stuff, this will either compel you to seek  him out or convince you to never delve into his work.





More after the jump...

New podcast up! Graphic Content, a comic book podcast, episode 008 is live.

Cody, Dave, Isaac, and Mike discuss: 

  • WYTCHES #1 (IMAGE) 
  • SABRINA #1 (ARCHIE) 
  • KLARION #1 (DC) 
  • AXIS #1 (MARVEL) 
  • COPPERHEAD #2 (IMAGE) 
  • BIRTHRIGHT #1 (IMAGE) 

In our 'book club' segment we discuss the webcomics of Emily Carroll (http://www.emcarroll.com) and ANYA'S GHOST (FIRST SECOND BOOKS).
 

Universal Fighting System (UFS) Tutorial from Jasco Games

We're carrying the new Megaman and Protoman tins for UFS in the store, and folks have been asking about UFS so we thought we'd share Jasco Games' tutorial from YouTube here.



10/03/2014

[REVIEW] BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER #1




BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER #1
MARVEL COMICS

WRITER: ALES KOT
ART: MARCO RUDY

The secondary purpose of the big comic events seems to be to generate some new series, and to shake up the status quo of existing series. Original Sin has yielded a new position in the Marvel U for Bucky Barnes as the "man on the wall", a position recently vacated by Nick Fury. Barnes will serve as a first line of proactive defense against the enemies of the Earth.

Barnes, ably assisted by Daisy Johnson, is essentially an intergalactic assassin, out to identify anyone or anything cogitating on doing some ill to Earth and using their one-of-a-kind super sniper rifle to give that thought the chunky salsa effect.

Pretty dark territory but Kot gives the proceedings a light comedic touch through the banter of the characters, that includes an appearance by "Imperious Sex" himself, Namor. Like most first issues there is a lot of set up. That set up is pretty vague so far but we can assume things are being set in motion that will require Barnes to line up some alien heads in his crosshairs.


This brings us to the art of the new Winter Soldier. Marco Rudy seems intent on giving every page, every splash, it's own unique design inspired by the milieu or the action in that part of the story. This is effective and beautiful in some cases, and distracting to the point of confusion in others. The underwater sequences with Namor later in the issue are particularly odd. It's doubtful that during these sequences we would be able to discern where the characters are and who they are without the accompanying captions and dialogue. This may be a bit of overreaching by the artist. As the series progresses the story and art may syncopate into something truly remarkable.


Whatever the next few issues hold for the Winter Soldier, it will certainly be an interesting departure for the character and much like the Thai-Skrull food truck fusion the characters enjoy in the story, it may surprise you by how well hard-core black ops espionage and cosmic space opera mix.

Graphic Content talks comics in episode 7

The Graphic Content guys, over at the Mission Command podcast, just posted episode 7 and its a pretty good one. They talk about some of this week's comics, like Nailbiter #6, Gotham Academy #1, Thor #1, and Men of Wrath #1. They wrap it up by delving deep into the nostalgia that is Secret Wars.



    Amazing Spider-Man: SPIDER-VERSE Checklist



    IN READING ORDER:

    NOVEMBER

    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9
    SPIDER-VERSE #1
    SPIDER-VERSE TEAM UP #1
    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10
    SCARLET SPIDERS #1
    SPIDER-WOMAN #1
    SPIDER-MAN 2099 #6

    DECEMBER

    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11
    SPIDER-VERSE #2
    SCARLET SPIDERS #2
    SPIDER-WOMAN #2
    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12
    SPIDER-VERSE TEAM UP #2
    SPIDER-MAN 2099 #7

    JANUARY

    SCARLET SPIDERS #3
    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13
    SPIDER-WOMAN #3
    SPIDER-VERSE TEAM UP #3
    SPIDER-MAN 2099 #8
    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14