Thursday, July 21, 2011

I Need This, You Need This.

Oh, I need to get this. I'd pick it up for Jeff Moy's artwork alone.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Comics Review: Age of X

So, this week I picked up the Age of X trade paperback.

My first thought is that it’s not as good or as emotionally satisfying as Second Coming (reviewed a couple of months back), but it’s still a pretty good graphic novel.

I’m a sucker for alternate world stories, because they offer creators a freedom to cut loose with the characters and their world. The old series, What If? Was a favorite comic of mine back during the early 1990s, and Age of Apocalypse (which is a thematic precursor to this story) was mind-blowingly good. I suppose since I’m comparing Age of X to its predecessor Age of Apoc, it comes up short. Then again, comparing anything to a bad ass sci-f story with art by Joe Madueria at the top of his game, most things would come up short.

On its own merits, though, I’d give Age of X a solid 7 out of 10, maybe even 8 of 10 if I’m feeling generous. My biggest problem was despite the huge cast (pictured at left) the story only focused on a few characters: Rogue/Revenant, Mageneto/The General, Cyclops/The Basilisk, Wolverine, Cannonball and Legion. All the rest of the characters had glorified cameos, and quite a few characters had no speaking role at all.

This left me feeling a bit unsatisfied, and there were a lot of tantalizing questions posed by the excellent Clayton Mann art that the script left unanswered. In no particular order: what the hell happened to Collosus’s arms, and can he turn back human now? Where exactly did Gambit pick up the musket? Who the hell was the red haired telekinetic with the X scar on her check? She wasn’t Jean, nor was she Rachael, and I don’t think she was identified by name any where in the entire storyline. She was a cipher, which is a disappointment, because I really liked her bondage-harness costume. It was kinky enough to catch my eye.

Also speaking of ciphers, I find it really disappointing that the creative staff decided to include Avalanche, give him a redesigned costume, and not give him one single line any where in the book. I’ve been reading since the Claremont days, and Avalanche has always been the thug in the back of a crowd scene- a soldier with a cool power and neat helmet but no discernible personality. I figured we’d finally get to see some humanity from this guy after 30 years of being a non-entity. Nothing.

Anyway, the wrap up was a bit quick and considering it involved the alteration of reality a bit too easy, but based on what I’m seeing in current issues of X-Men: Legacy the repercussions will continue to be explored. I gottta say one thing though: why hasn’t anybody in the Marvel Universe come by and smoked Legion like he’s a Polish sausage?

Seriously, this guy has broken reality twice now. The Scarlet Witch only fucked up reality once, and everybody was ready to kill her. And the Scarlet Witch, for most of her career, was a cute, cheerful superhero. Legion, by contrast, has been a selfish, twitchy little dweeb since his first appearance. Letting him live just makes the X-Men seem too dumb to live themselves.

Anyway, I’ve only got two pieces outstanding on Otherverse America, which means that this beast will be ready to go soon. I’m also working on a short companion PDF to Fursona, that uses the same basic character generation system to build robotic heroes and villains. It should be a fun one.

Blessed Be,


Monday, July 18, 2011

Species of the Otherverse

Species of the Otherverse just came out. This 70 pager sourcebook was originally going to be part and parcel of the revised Otherverse America corebook, but got moved to it's own release because of page count concerns. With Sexually Transmitted Future, Tactical Upgrade 2107, and the Powered Hero Basic class, it forms the core of the Otherverse America character builder. It's a pretty sweet release- lots of art, not very much of which is stock. Inside, you've got 13 of the most common alien and post-human species found on Earth, including racial feats for each species.

A listing of the species found inside:


Medium Humanoid (Psionic)

2030s, United States Military

Teleporting military psions

Dreamborn Mau

Medium Humanoid (Psionic)

2079, Coven of Bast

Cat like children of a goddess


Medium Humanoid (shapechanger)

2034, Sanger Genomics and other meta-porn companies

Seductive shapechangers

Full Conversion Cyborgs

Large Monstrous Humanoid

2030s, various corporations and militaries

Heavily armed and armored bionic warriors

Half Grey

Medium Humanoid (Psionic, Lifechained)

2011, alien

Stealthy, predatory refugees


Medium Humanoid (Psionic)

2050s, various corporations and militaries

Psions able to manipulate plastic and metal


Medium Humanoid (Psionic)

2090s, United States Military

Logical, atheistic geniuses


Medium Humanoid

2060s, Lifer Army of God

Predators designed to feed on nanotech


Medium Undead (Lifechained)

2080s, Lifer Army of God

Zombie-like activists

Shy Minutemen

Medium Humanoid

2040s, United States Military

Predators designed to hunt Lifechained superhumans

Softling Healers

Medium Humanoid (Psionic)

2040s, Sanger Genomics and the Covenant

Psi-capable healers


Large Monstrous Humanoid

2020s, alien

Wealthy, advanced shapeshifting giants


Large Aberration

2079, the Coven of Bast

Sentient combat trained lions

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cover: Otherverse America Unlimited Edition

Cover for the upcoming Otherverse America Unlimited Edition, by Alex Garcia.