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Favorite Comics of the Moment

Everyone knows I love comics, just as much as I love pulp novels. So what are my current faves? Read on! The list is broken down by publisher, ’cause I roll like that.

Note: I actually buy more than just these titles… but these are my favorites.

DC Comics
Earth 2
Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE
Green Lantern
Sword of Sorcery
Worlds’ Finest

Marvel Comics
Scarlet Spider

Mars Attacks
Star Trek (ongoing series)

New Crusaders

X-O Manowar

Abstract Studios
Rachel Rising

The Shadow

I’m really looking forward to Shadowman (Valiant), Masks and Hickman’s Avengers but none of those are out quite yet.

Hack. Cough. Repeat.

Sore throat? Check. Tired eyes? Check. Feel like crawling in a hole and sleeping for a few days? Check.

Yep, I’m sick. Normally, the ‘con grunge’ hits me sooner after Dragon*Con but this year it allowed me a few weeks to lull me into a false sense of security. Sneaky thing.

Work resumed on Gravedigger last night and I’m currently writing a scene where she meets Max Davies, aka The Rook. Fun times. Gravedigger is very much a “spine” kind of thing, where it plays very hard with my other continuities. So there are references to The Rook, Lazarus Gray and much more. I’m still aiming for a first quarter 2013 release with this one but I need to pick up the pace to make that happen — I’m currently about 12,000 words into the story.

If you’re a comic fan, check out X-O Manowar # 5. Best comic published by the revamped Valiant so far. Really, really good stuff.

Reading “The Golden Dog Murders” right now — it’s a 1938 Shadow story. Good fun with some great scenes but it feels a bit like a mishmash of several different stories. Honestly, they’re throwing everything but the kitchen sink in there!

Reaction to yesterday’s Tales of The Rook announcement has been very positive — a lot of people are really pleased with the lineup of authors and are excited to see what they come up with. So am I!

X-O Manowar – Classic (Marvel Heroic RPG Stats)

Aric of Dacia
“Feel my power!”

Affiliations: Solo D10 Buddy D8 Team D6

Distinctions: D4 (+1PP) or D8
Man Out of Time
Savage Code of Honor
“Conan In A Can”

Power Sets:

X-O Manowar Class Armor (Symbiotic)
Cybernetic Senses D6
Enhanced Reflexes D8
Superhuman Durability D10
Superhuman Strength D10
Energy Blast D10
Flight D10
SFX: Area Attack. Target multiple opponents. For every additional target, add D6 to your pool and keep +1 effect die.
SFX: Boost. Shutdown highest-rated X-O MANOWAR CLASS ARMOR power to step up another power by +1. Recover power by activating an opportunity or during a Transition scene.
SFX: Energy Absorption. On a successful reaction against an energy attack action, convert your opponent’s effect die into a X-O MANOWAR CLASS ARMOR stunt or step up a power by +1 for your next action. Spend 1 PP to use this stunt if your opponent’s action succeeds.
SFX: Berserk. Add a die from the doom pool to one or more attack actions. Step up the doom pool die by +1 for each action; return it to doom pool when you’re done.
Limit: Power Surge. Shutdown highest-rated power to gain 1 PP. Take an action vs. the doom pool to recover.

Armor Control Ring
Mind Control D6
Limit: Functions only with the armor, allowing the wearer to summon the armor to him and to aid in binding its will to his.
Limit: Gear.

Combat Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6
Cosmic Expert D8 or 2D6
Menace Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6

Blood Oath to Destroy the Spider Aliens
1xp when encountering an agent of The Spider Aliens.
3xp when actively destroying a small enclave of Spider Aliens or exploring their plans for earth.
10xp when either destroying a major colony of Spider Aliens or leaving earth for a time to pursue them across space.

Orb Industries
1XP when forced to alter your natural behavior in order to save face at Orb.
3XP when Ken Clarkson or Randy Cartier are threatened by your enemies.
10XP when claiming a rival company as spoils of war and absorbing it into Orb Industries.

Notes: One of my all-time favorite characters, X-O Manowar starred in a 68-issue series back in the Nineties. He’s recently been revived but this writeup is based on the “classic” version of the character, since the revival is so new that I’m not certain what elements may have changed. A Visigoth barbarian who claims an alien warsuit for himself, Aric is transplanted to the modern day, where he quickly claims Orb Industries (a shell company owned by the Spider Aliens). Taught the modern tongue by his sentient armor, Aric is now a hero in the modern day, working alongside beings like Shadowman, The Eternal Warrior and Bloodshot.

And yes, I know he’s not by any stretch of the imagination, a pulp character — but I felt like statting him up so you’ll just have to get over it. I’ll return to pulp-related writeups after this one, I promise.