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New and Releasing Soon: Dragon Ball Super Card Game

What’s new fellow TCG players? I am very excited to talk to you about a brand new game coming to us this summer.


On July 28th Bandai is releasing the new Dragon Ball Super card Game’s first set release called “Galactic Battle”. The game will be featuring characters from the ongoing Dragon Ball Super anime while including past characters from the Dragon Ball universe. It is a competitive two-player trading card game that lets the players experience an exciting Dragon Ball battle.


This past month I was able to sign up for an early promotion to receive demo decks of the game to get a first look into this new adventure and to learn how to play. So first thing I did was get together with my good friend and YouTuber, Duke from “DeebzHub”. He covers mostly anything that is gaming and Dragon Ball. If you’re a DBZ fan go check him out here. We both came to the conclusion after playing the first few games and learning together that this is a fast paced, very different kind of game. Yes, there have been several cancelled Dragon Ball card games in the past; but this one is the one to stick around. This game deserves to be given a chance by any card game lover even if you’re not a fan of the show. There is already a national Facebook group with over 2000 members and growing quickly, even though the game has not even been officially released yet. Duke and I are in agreement that Bandai is doing a wonderful job at promoting and creating interest in this game. In-between the promotional giveaways and hype & tutorial videos on Bandai’s website they really seem to want to cater to the the Dragon Ball fan community. Even with the upset about the cancellation of Panini’s DBZ TCG, this new Dragon Ball game is going to be a breath of fresh air.

Now let’s get to what you all came here for:

The mechanics are fun, easy to learn yet very involved with card interactions. A deck consists of 3 different card types.  1 leader card of a character to lead the battle, which is the core of what you build your deck around. This is a two sided card that when you are low on life you “Power Up” to become stronger, and to turn the tides of battle around in your favor.

Start the game on your unawakened side, waiting to unleash your potential…
…then activate “AWAKENED MODE” after taking significant damage in combat, and unleash your TRUE power!



Then 50 battle cards that allow you to attack, defend and combo your opponent into oblivion!

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Of the few games I have played so far it is so amazing how much strategy there is in this game. My games have lasted between 5 to 7 turns back and forth and on average anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes which means that every decision you make in your early game is crucial to your late game play. On the flip side, as you take more damage you gain an advantage for your next turn. Let me tell you, the first time that you awaken your leader is when the real excitement kicks in. Your attacks become more powerful as you pummel your opponent. Don’t get a big head just because you’re in the lead; this game can go to either player at any point in time.


So grab your dragon radars and lets start an adventure and dive into this new game and fight it out in a Galactic Battle of SUPER proportions.

On July 26th come down to Great Stories for a demo day and walk away with your very own half deck and a promo leader card. You can also enter into Cards and Counters very first raffle for some DBZ merch.



Don’t forget to comment and discuss. What should we try next? What new game would you like the see come to Great Stories?

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – July 12, 2017

Hey there comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. I’m happy to report that Spider-man Homecoming was a terrific movie from start to finish. Minor plot missteps aside, it was the most fun I’ve had watching a super-hero movie in a long time, maybe ever. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesday I like to spotlight some of the cool stuff that I will be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:



The Top of the Pile: Dark Days: The Casting #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Jim Lee

What it is: The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss?

Why we love it: The Forge came out a few weeks ago and it was a dense read. If you’re weren’t well versed in DC history and lore, you probably had more than a few head scratching moments. It was easy to miss the dots that DC appears to be connecting with their Dark Days event, but still, it was successful in building intrigue. Add to that an all-star creative team and I have enough reasons to move The Casting to the top of my read pile on a relatively light Wednesday.



The Mainstream One: Weapon X #5

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Greg Land

What it is: ‘WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION’ PART THREE! The mysterious new director of the reformed Weapon X program has assessed the data from their latest Adamantium cyborg attack and the results look good? They are ready for the next stage of their plan to eradicate all of mutantkind! Warpath and Domino follow leads into a remote part of the Midwest but what vicious secrets will they find hidden in a sleepy gated community? Rated T+

Why we like it: The first two installments of the Weapons of Mutant Destruction (WMD) cross-over were excellent. The WMD story is being told across 3 titles: Weapon X, Totally Awesome Hulk and Weapons of Mass Destruction, all written by the uber talented Greg Pak. I’m totally stoked to see what the Pak-man has in store for us this week. What are the two most terrifying words in the Marvel Universe? Hulk snikt!



The Indie One: Calexit #1

Publisher: Black Mask
Words: Matt Pizzolo
Art: Amancay Nahuelpan

What it is: What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1…a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California’s LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled? From the creators of YOUNG TERRORISTS, Matteo Pizzolo (GODKILLER) and Amancay Nahuelpan (CLANDESTINO), comes this tale of resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.

Why we like it: Not much from the indies this week. Two Black Mask alums make up the creative team behind Calexit, which has a plot that straddles the fine line between reality and fiction. Pizzolo’s Young Terrorist would have made many best-of lists had it not been for unexcusably long delays between issues, and I was digging Amancay Nahuelpan (pronounced Aman-kay Na-well-pan) work on Clandestino before ending after just 6-issues. Hopefully we get more with Calexit and hopefully we get it on time.



The #1 One: Spider-men II #1 (Saiz connecting variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Sara Pichelli

What it is: THIS IS IT, TRUE BELIEVERS! The moment five years in the making is finally here! The first time Peter Parker and Miles Morales met ended with a question – WHO IS THE MILES MORALES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE?! Now that the Miles you know and love is with Peter in the Marvel Universe, you’re finally going to get that answer to who the OTHER Miles Morales is! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli bring you the next heart-stopping adventure for both Peter Parker and Miles Morales! Rated T+

Why we like it: I didn’t even know that there was another Miles Morales in the Marvel Universe… Looking forward to this one solely based on the strength of Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli’s current run on Spider-man. The regular cover is ugly in my opinion, but fortunately there are a few variant covers for this issue that stand out, my favorites being the Daniel Acuna variant and the Jesus Saiz connecting variant.


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Flash #26

Publisher: DC
Words: Joshua Middleton
Art: Howard Porter
Cover Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico

What it is: ‘RUNNING SCARED’ part two! Barry Allen and Iris West witness a chilling vision of the future courtesy of the Reverse-Flash, who reveals the couple’s legendary romance will yield only darkness for the world of tomorrow. Now, Thawne forces The Flash to make a choice: spend forever alone or doom the future?

Why we like it: My favorite cover this week is another regular cover from DC. DC’s been killing it, putting out top-notch cover art without resorting to high-ratio incentive variants. DC, I thank you and my wallet thanks you.


That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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Trailer Snark (July 7, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
Plot: Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  I think we are going to have our best Peter Parker yet.
Jim: Been anticipating this since Tom Holland stole Captain America: Civil War. After the mess of Spiderman 3 and the two Andrew Garfield snoozefests, this is most welcome. Micheal Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey…there’s almost TOO much entertainment!
Chris: Oh gee…another Spider-Man movie.  Heck yeah, I’m going to see it!  Tom Holland rocked the Parker role in Civil War.  Stroke of casting and scripting genius!

A Ghost Story (A24) – Drama/Fantasy/Romance
Rated R for brief language and a disturbing image
Tag Line: It’s All About Time.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Plot: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
Running Time: 92 minutes

Chris: I was not actually expecting much, but got a beautifully crafted trailer and compelling story.  No Sheet!
Jim: a beautiful trailer. This looks spooky, moody, and intelligent.
Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  The idea of leaving a piece of yourself behind so that you live on after death is an interesting concept.  The metaphor of the ghost is a great device.  Looking forward to this one.

City of Ghosts (IFC Films) – Documentary/War
Rated R for disturbing violent content, and for some language
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Real people
Plot: A documentary that follows the efforts of “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  If this movie is as good as the trailer, I’ll be very satisfied.  I enjoy a good documentary and this story is very relevant today.
Chris: I see a trailer like this and just realize how thankful I am to have been born in the USA with all of the snowflakes and safe zones.  Maybe Americans could use some perspective and watch this one?
Jim: Too much real life. Pass.

Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout, crude sexual references, some drug use and a brief nude image
Tag Line: None
Starring: Danielle MacDonald, Bridget Everett
Plot: PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$ who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Jim: I’m not a big fan of rap music, but I have to admit this looks pretty interesting, a lot of passion and arresting images.
Wayne: It is a clean sweep, I’m buying this trailer and all trailers this week.  Is this a white woman’s Eminem story?  Looks fun and I love an underdog story.  Hope to catch this one too.
Chris: I wanted to dislike it, but just couldn’t.  I’ll catch it on the small screen at some p0int.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Spider-Man, as if you didn’t already know?!

“Let’s talk about your Aunt May.”


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Spider-Man: Homecoming – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  July 7, 2017
Rating:  PG-13
Run Time:  2 hour 13 minutes
After Credit Scene:  YES (and during credits)
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  9 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

Spider-Man Homecoming is the movie of the summer and my favorite film of the year.  It will take a lot to knock this one from the top of my list.  If you saw Captain America: Civil War then you already have an introduction into who Peter Parker and Spider-Man is.  Every actor pulls his or her weight in this film.  Ver pleasantly surprised how characters were used and few I wasn’t expecting were revealed.  Tom Holland and Michael Keaton had such great chemistry with their characters.  Holland is Parker and Keaton is Vulture.  It all works and works well.  Marvel Studios has done it again!

What works:  We didn’t need an origin story and we didn’t get one.  EXCELLENT!  The movie is very well written and met all my expectations of the film.  It is funny where you expect it to be without going overboard.  There is enough action to see Spider-Man spinning webs and jumping around.  The casting was excellent.  Even the supporting cast is loaded with names/faces we know and what a great job they did.  The story takes some unexpected chances that I’m not certain how people will feel, but I like their decisions because they are trying to make Parker/Spider-Man relevant in 2017.  Although the movie felt a little long, I’m fine with it because they gave us a very good Parker.

What doesn’t work:  I’m not so certain that kids today in high school are listening to 80’s bands.  I was expecting a bit more contemporary music; however, I’ll take my 80’s where I can get it.  Although I listed this as a “what works,” taking chances on some of who the characters are is so risky.  I may not mind, but purists may take a step back.  Without spoiling anything, there are a few moments in the trailers that would have been better if kept for the movie only.  It would have had a better impact.

I think most people who see this film will leave feeling happy with what they saw.  Be sure to stay to the end of the credits as there is an after-credit scene worth seeing.  Small little spoiler here, there is no Venom and no mention of Venom in the film.  Good, no need for us to rush things with Spider-Man even though I’m aware that Venom is a Sony property, not Marvel.

My viewing was not in 3D nor IMAX, but I can only imagine how spectacular and amazing it must be (ya, I couldn’t resist).

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Spider-Man: Homecoming a 9.  It is worth seeing in the theater and a popcorn combo.  I look forward to seeing it again very soon.

Did you see the film?  Tell us your opinion below.

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Comic Shop Talk – Not So Secret Empire

Greetings Everyone,

We are so excited to bring you our very first video blog (vlog for short I suppose).  This will be the first of a monthly series that will bring you the latest in comics and pop culture!  Let’s just get right to it.  We are new to this, and we trust you will see production elements improve over time as we get into the flow of video creation.  We hope you enjoy the first journey!

Film Date: June 4, 2017

Video # 1 is All Secret Empire Talk.  Nick Spencer ticks off Captain America fans everywhere.  Hydra Cap…say it ain’t so!  Check it out and let us know what you think!

Video #2 covers various topics including non-Secret Empire comic talk, movies, and television.

1:09 – The guys talk about what they are reading lately and digging.

18:25 – We begin talking cinematic happenings including talk about DC’s successful Wonder Woman.

29:37 – We start to get into television talk for both DC and Marvel.

Thanks for watching!

The Great Stories Team

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Despicable Me 3 – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  June 30, 2017
Rating:  PG
Run Time:  1 hour 30 minutes
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  7.9 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

Gru, bad guy turned good guy, finds out that he has a twin brother.  He and his family go to meet his newly found brother and bond over an attempt to thwart the evil plan of Balthazar Bratt.  Bratt, a child actor who’s tv show was canceled, now grown up, has turned to a life of crime.

What works:  For those who love the Minions, have no fear as they get plenty of screen time and are funny.  So many 80’s references in this movie that parents are sure to enjoy.  The message echoed is ‘family,’ and is a theme throughout the film.  Steve Carell continues to do the voice of Gru and in this film, he also does the voice of Dru, Gru’s twin brother.  Excellent voice work done by the cast.

What doesn’t work:  Although a good movie and it is trying to evolve the characters, this is a kid’s movie at heart and it doesn’t keep adults engaged.  This is fully expected by me, but this is the only fault I had with the movie

A good soundtrack for those who enjoy the 80’s and as I mentioned above, there are many 80’s references.  Fun and refreshing story, this franchise has a good track record and provides another good sequel.  My instinct tells me we’ll see another movie in the future as there are a few different directions it could continue, that is if the movie continues to be a financial success as well.  Kids are sure to enjoy this summer film.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Despicable Me 3 a 7.9.  It is worth seeing in the theater and maybe a popcorn combo.

Did you see the film?  Tell us your opinion below.

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – 7/5/2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to a special July 4th edition of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff that I’m digging. Happy birthday ‘murca. Enjoy the day off.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:


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The Top of the Pile: Batman #26

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin

What it is: ‘THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES’ part two! The Riddler and The Joker escalate their bloody feud, and the villains of Gotham City are forced to choose sides or be caught in the crossfire! It’s up to Batman to push himself to the limit and keep innocent citizens out of harm’s way.

Why we love it: The war of jokes and riddles rages on and the only questions on anyone’s mind is, so did she say yes, or….? Honestly, it doesn’t matter much to me because we all know comic marriages are soap opera marriages, they never stick. Despite all the manufactured attention over Batman’s proposal to Catwoman, there’s actually a pretty cool story brewing here. There’s also a smoking hot Joshua Middleton cover B featuring Poison Ivy for this issue to be on the lookout for.


The Mainstream One: Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Cullen Bunn
Art: Dalibor Talajic

What it is: Remember the time Deadpool went a little TOO crazy and killed the entire Marvel Universe? Well, this isn’t that. This is a DIFFERENT time. Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dalibor Talajic (A.K.A. the creators behind DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE) have reunited for ANOTHER tale of Deadpool taking out all of your faves in the most horrific ways possible! It’s gonna hurt him more than it hurts you, and you’re gonna love it! Parental Advisory

Why we like it: The first time that Deadpool killed the Marvel Universe was an unexpectedly brilliant sendup of the comic genre. It was a meta tale of revenge, soaked in ultraviolence, wit and humor, and resulted in Deadpool figuratively killing the core of the Marvel’s Universe by murdering the creative team of Bunn and Talajic. That same creative team from the original is apparently back from the dead and back for a sequel. This is a can’t miss for me.



The Indie One: Sacred Creatures #1

Publisher: Image
Words and Art: Pablo Raimondi and Klaus Janson

What it is: When the supernatural forces maintaining the fragile balance of power in this world start to unravel, Josh Miller, a young college grad and expecting father, is caught in the middle of a vast conspiracy threatening to tear apart the foundations of humanity as we know it. As myth and reality collide, Josh finds himself on the frontline of a battle against an enemy dating back to the beginning of time itself. Comic legends KLAUS JANSON (Daredevil, Dark Knight Returns) and PABLO RAIMONDI (X-Factor, Book of Doom) proudly present SACRED CREATURES, their first-ever creator-owned series, with a monster-sized first issue featuring 66 pages of color art!

Why we like it: Sacred Creatures makes the list on the strength of the creative team and an advance preview, which you can check out here. The preview doesn’t offer any more clarity as to what this book is about, but it is certainly intriguing. I’m at least giving this flip through at the stands.

 UThe #1 One: Unholy Grail #1

Publisher: Aftershock
Words: Cullen Bunn
Art: Mirko Colak

What it is: Arthur Pendragon was the king of all Britain. His story is legendary. Merlin. The Lady of the Lake. Excalibur. Camelot. The Knights of the Round Table. But these stories are bright lies painted over the truth. Here is presented the gospel of Arthur’s bloody rise to power and his unholy reign. The legend of King Arthur is not the stuff of legends, but the fuel of nightmares. As Arthur descends into darkness, is there any lingering hope that he still might do something good? From writer Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool) and artist Mirko Colak (Punisher) comes a Lovecraftian take on the Arthurian legend that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

Why we like it: Cullen Bunn makes his second appearance on this week’s list with a dark blend of King Arthur and Lovecraft. I’ve been digging the medieval horror books that have come out recently. The premise reminds me of another Aftershock book, Pestilence, which pit a band of Crusaders against a zombie horde. They are the knights who say braaaaaaaiins.


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Superman #26 (Jimenez variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Peter J Tomasi
Art: Scott Godlewski
Cover Art: Jorge Jimenez

What it is: ‘ROAD TRIP’ part one! It’s been an emotional and physical rollercoaster for Superman, Lois, and Jon: the Eradicator, Dinosaur Island, Frankenstein and the Bride, Multiversity, Reborn and Black Dawn – a barrage of terror and horror! What does the family need right now? Yep, you got it… a vacation!

Why we like it: Beauty of a cover swipe. Superman #14 came out 75 years ago and the image is still striking. A bonafide classic.


That’s all I got this week. Until next time, happy 4th everyone, stay safe out there and as always carpe comics!