by Andrea Purcell
February is a month all about love, and there’s nothing we love more than video games and comics! This month’s PRESS START column is jam packed with all of the best video game comics, action figures, and more. No matter what you love, you’ll find something in the February PREVIEWS catalog that makes your heart flutter.
It's time to level up and read this month’s PRESS START: Video Game Comics and Collectibles Column! Video game-related items are sprinkled through each month’s PREVIEWS catalog, and we go through to pick out the coolest products. With everything from comics and art books to statues and toys, the PREVIEWS catalog is full of everything a gamer needs.
Put your game on pause and head to your local comic book shop to pre-order all of the cool items in this month’s column and many more!
Women who play video games can struggle to find their place in the broader gaming community, so Alterative Comics, Hazel Newlevant, and 40 female cartoonists have come together to create Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers (FEB161059).
A love letter from women to video games, as well as table-top role-playing, collectible card games and more, this anthology explores the real life impact of how games connect with us and teach us about ourselves.
Originally published through a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Chainmail Bikini shows that while women may not be the target audience for gaming, they are a dynamic part of it.
Get Ready to Raid
Taking place in the same universe as the popular puzzle games Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Dark Horse Comics is taking the tomb raiding heroine on another adventure in Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen (FEB160021).
It’s Lara Croft and Carter Bell versus a crazy group of cultist bent on worldwide cataclysmic devastation as ancient ivory artifacts hold the key to the world’s salvation and destruction. These once time rivals must now work together and recover the ivory artifacts before the cultists in a race against time.
Full of high-spirited escapades and incredible action, Lara leads the way with her duel pistols and saves the world in the process.
Prepare to Die
There’s no escape from your imminent doom as Titan Comics brings the world of Namco-Bandai’s award-winning video game to comics in the first issue of a new ongoing series, Dark Souls #1 (FEB161792).
Expanding the mythology of an unforgiving world full of bonfires and the undead, this new series will throw readers even deeper in the twisted saga of the Lord Souls. The game featured a minimalistic plot so this new series is your chance to find out what the Age of Man will bring.
Equip your best demon fighting gear and find the nearest bonfire because Dark Souls is coming, and it is unforgiving.
Knee-Deep in the Dead
Get up close and personal with hell spawn and demons in Dark Horse Comics newest video game art book, The Art of DOOM (FEB160013).
Travel back to Mars as id Software shows off never-before-seen sketches and concept art from the highly anticipated next installment of their long running franchise. This art book is more massive then a BFG9000, full with commentary from the developers and an exclusive look at the development of the latest installment of DOOM.
It’s a must have collectible for long time followers of id Software, DOOM, and fans of first person shooters.
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NECA has brought some of 8-bit gaming’s favorite characters to life and now they’re adding two of the best commandos in gaming to their collection with the Contra Bill and Lance 7 inch Scale Action Figure 2-Pack (OCT158782).
Complete with custom-designed weapons based on the classic Konami game, detachable blast effects, and the infamous floating power-up, these action figures will send you straight back to your 8-bit glory days.
Along with all new head sculpts and “pixilated” paint deco mean Bill and Lance have never looked better and will add plenty of action to any toy shelf.
One, Two, Freddy's Coming for You
Welcome to Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, where your only goal is to survive through the night. Funko is bringing the terror to your toy shelf with the Five Nights at Freddy’s action figures featuring the fan favorite characters from the hit horror series.
Freddy (NOV158212), Chica (NOV158206), Foxy (NOV158210), Bonnie (NOV158205), and even Gold Freddy (NOV158213) are here, and if you collect all five figures you can create the sinister Springtrap! Don’t miss out on these fully-poseable figures, as they’ll be sure to find you.