Posts Tagged Lobo

Lucky 13

In all the excitment over 5th editon, we were introduced to a small press Fantasy RPG called 13th Age. Loosely based on 3.5, and borrowing more than a little from just about every other popular RPG at the moment, 13th Age captured our imagination with it’s creative blend of some of the best gaming elements introduced in the last 5 years. While not nearly as rules light as something, like, say, FATE, it is way stripped down from something like Pathfinder or even the new 5th Edition. Character generation goes fairly quickly and is actually highly entertaining in it’s own right. The books are written in a very conversational style – it really feels like a game made by players and GMs FOR players and GMs, with a ton of side notes, alternative rule suggestions, and some game mechanics with much humour potential. The magic items “quirks” mechanic alone is worth a read. The thing I like most so far, is I really come away from the books feeling like the writers want to help us tell the story we want to tell, rather than being overly focused on game balance or how to best thwart potential munchkins.

This past weekend was purely character gen and laughing at all the ridiculous possiblities presented in the books. Next session we will actually see how the rules play out on the game table. So far, I think it has a lot of potential.

In other news, I’ll be running the first session of my DGS Vampire Conclave game, Sunset Cove, this Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. I think there is still one spot left. I’m having way too much fun creating NPCs, locations, and potential plot threads for this one, so hopefully things will go well. I’ll report back on that one next week and hopefully have some pages up for it on this site by then.

I have also started a little Twitter project for Halloween. I’m posting a different Halloween themed song every day under the hashtag #SpookySongOfTheDay Feel free to follow me, or the tag, and maybe discover some new music just in time to put together the ultimate Halloween party playlist.

Songs posted so far:

1 – “This is Halloween” – Nightmare Before Christmas

2 – “Living Dead Girl” – Rob Zombie

3 – “Black No. 1” – Type O Negative

Thing I am geeking out on this week:

Harley Quinn – Futures End issue

As a general rule, the actual comics arm of DC has just been making one bad decision after another since the “New 52” launch. This week was no exception with both a heartbreaking Lobo reboot, and a hilarious snafu involving a ladies Batman shirt. As a long time DC fan who is trying to rebuild her collection of 90s era Vertigo trades, this breaks my heart. Especially that awful art in the current Constantine run. Just stop. Or get a better inker so that every panel doesn’t look like a sketch. Something!

Anyways. There is one shining ray of hope in the current DC line up – Harley Quinn has been delightfully silly, dark, and subversive. Although the book is technically part of the 52, the writers seem to be writing a Harley off in her own little corner of the DCU, free to do her own thing and get into her own misadventures with a terrific cast of supporting characters worthy of Gotham, but set in Jersey.

I highly recommend checking out the book if you are any fan of Harley or miss the old days was DC had a sense of humor. The latest issue is much fun, but I couldn’t possibly review it without spoilers, so suffice to say I was highly amused. This was a story that would have been right at home on the Batman Animated series.

 

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90’s in 9

This week our angst over DC’s nerd rage inducing treatment of our favorite spooky comics characters has been released into the wilds of the internet via Topless Robot. Trying to slog through the latest disaster of a crossover made me yearn for the glory days of Vertigo, back when the idea of comics for a more mature audience was innovative and the Brits did it better than anyone else. (AKA the age when Gaiman, Ennis, and Morrison ruled the comic universe) This week I combine my nostalgic love for the great comic book writers of the 90s with my habit of retranslating everything cool into a potential top ten list pitch and bring you my in-no-particular-order list of vital trade paperbacks from the era you should go out and totally buy this week instead of that horrid “Forever Evil” crap.

  1. Death – The High Cost of Living

Neil Gaiman is best known for Sandman, and that is also well worth checking out, but for a girl geek, this book was amazing. For a goth geek girl, even more so. Wise, powerful, funny, empathetic, and looking like Siouxie Sioux’s adorable younger sister, who didn’t wish Death was their best gal pal?

  1. Preacher – Book One

From the amazingly twisted but thoughtful mind of Garth Ennis, Preacher is a must read for any adult fans of the show Supernatural, or just urban fantasy with a heavy dose of religious commentary. Jesse Custer is up with Sandman for great Vertigo protagonists that really challenged you to question everything while being highly entertaining. Its NC-17 level of mature content makes me wonder if we will ever see this one hit the small or big screen.

  1. JLA – The Deluxe Edition Vol. 1

This is a hard pick. There were some wonderful trades for JLA during the 90s, not in small part due to Grant Morrison’s legendary run as writer, but also excellent stories like “The Nail”. But there is a reason Morrison’s run was so loved, and for your DC comic staples like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman this is the best place to start. This was the JLA being epic but fun, the way the JLA should be. (Also, the Hitman guest spot in the JLA recruitment issue is still one of my favorite panels ever.)

  1. Lobo/Hitman – That Stupid Bastich

Lobo was one of the best characters to ever be introduced to the DCU – rude, crude, and a badass dude, Lobo was the anti-Superman. A shot of heavy metal into whatever book they had him guest starring in that week. Although he had his own title, Lobo seems to most commonly show up in everyone else’s stories, so it seems appropriate that my favorite take on him was in this brilliantly funny crossover with one of my other favorite DC anti-heroes, Hitman. This book covers pretty much everything you need to know about both characters, including Hitman’s colorful group of sidekicks. (And it’s Garth Ennis again. Because he is the king of twisted storytelling.)

  1. The Maxx – Book 1

(Will also be available as The Maxx: Maxximized in June! Squee!)

Like many people, I was first introduced to The Maxx when MTV aired an animated series based on this surreal comic book about a young woman named Julie with some serious issues and her would be superhero The Maxx. Besides the protagonist’s name, I related to this book on so many levels, which is interesting when you consider the fever dream like nature of Sam Keith’s storytelling style. Like Sam Keith’s previous work on Sandman, the art style is as fluid and dreamy as the writing. It’s a modern day Alice in Wonderland with some serious Jungian overtones.

  1. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac – Director’s Cut

You probably know Johnen Vasquez best as the gothtastic mastermind behind Hot Topic favorite Invader Zim. But before there was Zim there was Johnny (or just Nny), an angsty serial killer with some serious home decorating issues, prone to waxing philosophical in that way only angsty teenagers can. This is Zim with a R rating and a Nine Inch Nails soundtrack. And the reason I occasionally think about getting a “Z?” tattoo.

  1. Hellboy – Seed of Destruction

While the movies have been much fun, you are robbing yourself of Mike Mignolia’s witty writing and unique art style if you don’t pick up at least one of the Hellboy trades, and I can easily recommend you keep right on going. (Strange Places has my favorite comic panel of all time.) While the subject matter might be rooted firmly in the occult and folklore, the general feel of the books reminds me more of an old fashioned 1940s adventure story. Hellboy as a protagonist has more in common with Indiana Jones than his more anti-hero contemporaries, dishing out clever one liners as he carries on from one mythology inspired situation to the next.

  1. Hellblazer – Dangerous Habits

The longest running title in Vertigo’s line up, I recommend you start with the first story from Garth Ennis. Besides being award winning and thought provoking, it will make you realize just how unacceptably awful that Keanu Reeves version really was. We can only hope the new Constantine TV show will do the comic more justice. In the meantime, here is John Constantine, in all his smoking, long coat wearing, occult dealing glory, as he was meant to be enjoyed and written by an actual Brit who knows a thing or two about characters struggling with Heaven and Hell and all the powers in between.

  1. Transmetropolitan – Back on the Street

There really aren’t many names cooler than Spider Jerusalem. On that point alone I could tell Warren Ellis was going to make this a fun ride. But the character himself is also fantastic – a futuristic Hunter S. Thompson with a spider tattoo on his bald head and iconic sunglasses with mismatched lenses, it amazes me this book doesn’t get more pop culture attention. Like Doonesbury on acid, this was a comic for fans of political and social satire that doesn’t pull punches. Released into the world only a year before the infamous “W” would take office, it was surprisingly timely for being a comic set in the 23rd century.

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