In the world of Mouse Guard, mice have a society, a collection of medieval towns that make up The Territories. While the Guard are off driving away predators and securing safe pathways for merchants, the mice of the Territories work hard in their own way and deserve some entertainment. This is where the biannual story contest at the June Alley Inn in Barkstone comes into play.
Castles. They're far more than a collection of stone and mortar; they are the setting of legends. The meeting place for a group of knights, the final battlefield of a war, the neglected dark fortress that houses great evil; castles come in all shapes and sizes and each of them has a story to tell. Castles of the Inner Sea tells the story of six fantastic castles for use in your Pathfinder campaign.
The Chronicles of Conan is an ongoing collection published by Dark Horse of the original Conan the Barbarian comics produced by Marvel Comics from 1970-1993 and which ran for 275 issues, and the Conan the Barbarian Annual, which ran for 12 issues from 1973-1987. Volume 24: Blood Dawn and Other Stories collects the Conan the Barbarian Annual #11 and Conan the Barbarian #182-189. This collection is made up largely of one story arc, though it does dip back into events that took place in the previous collection, Well of Souls and Other Stories, but since these comics were originally published in this same order, writer James Owsley fills us in on what happened in those earlier issues to remind us if we had forgotten and to inform us if we simply had not read those issues. It was actually interesting to see a straight adventure comic like Conan have stories with long-reaching consequences and as I was sucked deeper into the world of Conan, it became apparent these comics were more of an ongoing, unfolding journey than mere standalone adventures cobbled together.
Ellie and her friend Riley are sick and tired of Boston and its safe, militarized zone and strict rules, and they are looking for a way out; a way to join up with the Fireflies, an anarchist group trying to change the world. Ellie and Riley find themselves in the middle of a firefight between the two groups and, well, you'll see.
With the Akane and Ainu people at one another's throats, Kani, a girl with a foundation among both groups, offers to act as the intermediary and join the Order of Akane; however, on her way to meet with the rest of the order, she is tricked into the claws of some of the Yokai (demons) masquerading as the order of Akane.
Amala is an assassin, the greatest in the land, and she's been sent forth on a suicide mission; one that could lead to another war between the Modifier and Purifier peoples. Little does she know, this is but one layer of a much larger and more complicated game.
Prisoners of Time is doing something very unusual. Every issue of this comic follows a new incarnation of The Doctor, but they are still telling one continuous story. According to math, we have made it to the sixth Doctor and two of his companions, Peri the human and Frobisher the shapeshifting penguin. To be fair, Frobisher is not really a penguin, but he spends most of his time in the shape of one. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, this is a silly comic. It is also a very fun comic that introduces a new wrinkle into the ongoing plot.
The year is 2065 and technology has developed to a dangerous level of dependency when a phenomenon known as bleedback starts, a seepage of virtual reality into the real world. Andrei is brilliant when it comes to robots, but instead of taking a legitimate position he finds himself working as a breaker, a specialized hacker of robots, when the wrong job comes along resulting in his daughter being kidnapped by a shadowy military group and Andrei starts to suffer from the effects of bleedback.
Bleedback – The End is Nigh is a 30-page, full-color comic and is the first of a five-part story created by writer Scott Nihill, editor Riley Adams, artist Giovanni Valletta, and colorist and letterer Jeremy Mohler. While issue #1 is complete, the team is currently raising funds for later issues in the series through Kickstarter.
Justin Robinson’s Coldheart is a novella and a series of short stories that are set in the same world and complement each other. The world of these stories is mostly the same as ours, but there are dark fantasy creatures warring with each other. This war is hidden from view, but exists on a massive scale. There are several factions vying for control that are willing to do anything to get it. The stories focus, not on the supernatural forces, but on the regular people caught up in the machinations of uncaring super beings.
Known for its extensive catalog of biographical titles, Bluewater Productions returns with its latest comic book, Political Power: Anderson Cooper. Telling the illustrated story of the political journalist are writer Michael Fitzgerald Troy and artist Jason Moser, with an alternate cover by David T. Cabrera (The Stonewall Riots). The comic is part of Bluewater's Political Power series, which focuses on the more well known personalities within the political arena.