Each book in Pathfinder’s Ultimate series of roleplaying supplements takes different aspect of the game, and expands it, offering new abilities, options, and story ideas to enhance your game. Ultimate Combat looked at battle and the characters that excel at it. Ultimate Magic looked at the spell system and offered new opportunities to weave sorcery into your game. Ultimate Campaign looks at the campaign as a whole and explores new ways to improve and expand your roleplaying game from a series of strung-together adventures into an in-depth look at the character’s life and the adventures that are the highlights of it.
City Fall is the first big event storyline in IDW’s newest Ninja Turtle series. Two years ago, IDW brought back Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman to oversee a new story that takes the best elements of everything that came before and incorporates them in an action-packed cowabunga-fest. They’ve taken their time introducing the turtles, Shredder, the foot clan, other rival gangs, and fan-favorite character Casey Jones. Now that all those elements are in place, it is time for Eastman and series writer Tom Waltz to take all their toys out of the toy bin and tell an epic adventure.
A few months ago, IDW relaunched all their G.I. Joe lines with new titles that are designed to be easy for readers to jump right in and follow the adventures of the Real American Heroes. I decided I would start reading and reviewing the flagship title, G.I. Joe, by Fred Van Lente and Steve Kurth. We are four issues in, and the previous 3 issues have been amazing for all readers and really terrible for the Joes. The Joes have been split up, pinned down, and under siege since halfway through Issue #1, while their leader Duke is tortured by the evil Baroness and Dr. Mindbender.
Knights, dragons, elves, wolves, swords, and sorcery. If you’re like me, you love all that stuff. I remember growing up and reading this picture book about King Arthur so much that the binding fell apart. I would imagine myself as the brave knight riding up to defeat the dragon and save everyone. This fantasy was easy for me to put myself into, because, like the heroes in most of those books, I was a white male. It wasn’t until I got older, and my sphere of friends grew, that I met someone who was just as into those kinds of stories but wasn’t like me. I started to play roleplaying games with friends who were women, who were gay, who were from all manner of different races and backgrounds. I started to learn that it was tough for them, because there were so few heroes like them in the stories.
Have you ever had a comic book make you cry? No, I don’t mean cry out of anger, because your favorite character lost his silly, red undies and looks stupid now. I also don’t mean I laughed so hard I cried. I mean how many times has a comic been filled with such raw, genuine emotion that you cried? That you put the book down and wanted to go out, do something, and be a better person. I can count maybe three or four times in my 15 years or so of reading comics that a comic book has truly made me cry. Brian Wood’s The Massive is now on that list.
Welcome back to The PREVIEWS Party, the blog that looks at the coolest, new comic books and graphic novels available to pre-order from this month’s Previews magazine.
Later this summer, Archaia will be releasing Cyborg 009, a re-imagining of Shotaro Ishinomori’s manga classic. The PREVIEWS Party had the opportunity to interview illustrator Marcus To and colorist Ian Herring about updating this classic tale for a modern audience.
Intrigue, deception, and adventure on the high seas. These are the things promised to readers of Pirate’s Honor, the latest Pathfinder Tales novel. Wonderfully, writer Chris A. Jackson delivers all of this and more in his delightful tale of an honorable pirate trying to pull of the biggest heist of his career. This book is an incredible mix of the standard sword and sorcery fare mixed with the kind of suspense and intrigue you’d expect from a Hollywood heist film like Ocean’s Eleven. What really make it special, though, is that Jackson has also snuck in a love story that simultaneously complicates the story and makes it so much more worthwhile.
Monty’s World is an anthology series that collects different stories from various creative teams all under the guiding hand of T. Warren Montgomery’s Will Lill Comics. These stories are a callback to the classic comics of yesteryear. They feature over-the-top characters making big speeches, wearing outrageuous costumes, and fighting dastardly villains. The stories are a lot of fun with just enough camp and corniness to be entertaining without going overboard.
Oh, indie comics anthologies, how I love thee. You are the perfect place for creators to try out their darkest, silliest, or weirdest ideas. Where else can you find a dark and bloody vampire story followed up by a silly space adventure? Where else can you turn the page from an alternate reality WWII superhero tale to a gritty noir adventure? VS Comics is a new anthology that pushes the limit on what kinds of stories can be told through comics and delivers some real gems.
Brian Wood’s new Star Wars comic is awesome! Set between the events of Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, this book doesn’t seem to just fill in the blanks but tells an exciting story worthy of the Star Wars name that very well could be a movie on its own. The stakes are high, the action is intense, and all of your favorite characters have come back to play.