It's been awhile since I've done one of these, and this time it's got a distinctly Marvel flavor:
Rant: Defenders – I am disappointed that this new series has already been cancelled (at issue 12). I think the first TPB has only just recently been released, and I haven’t even had the chance to read it yet. Sure it a quirky title featuring an oddball assortment of Marvel characters – but it sounded interesting with a big story to tell. Unfortunately, I also think that Marvel tends to make everything into a new ongoing series, when perhaps they should just focus on making some things into limited series – tell the story you’re looking to tell, and don’t bother your readers with lots of unnecessary cameos by other heroes who aren’t supposed to be a part of the team in question. At least so far Captain Marvel seems to be selling extremely well, as that’s probably the next title I was most excited about.
Rave: Marvel NOW! – it’s like DC’s new 52, only without the whole “scrap everything you ever knew about the characters you love while we start from scratch” thing. I had to laugh when recently one of the guys behind DC mentioned that they are promising better continuity in the future with the new 52 – wasn’t that the whole point of the reset in the first place. Anyway, it seems like Marvel’s doing this the right way – doling out the new #1s over a few months (instead of finding yourself with 52 issue number 7s on the stand a few months from now), and not resetting their continuity – just creating new starting points for new readers. I don’t love every title they’ve announced (I still can’t get too excited about any X-Men titles, though Uncanny Avengers and A+X will be ones I watch out for), but I like the creative teams being shifted onto books I do care about (Iron Man, Thor, Avengers, Fantastic Four) – so all in all, I feel it’s a win-win for my upcoming reading.
Rave: Steam Bandits: Outpost – a new game coming from a company formed by employees laid off from Obsidian, looks to take what’s so addictive about free world building games, and take away the frustration of not being able to play the game because you either need to purchase upgrades with real money or you have to wait until artificial time delay is over to continue playing (unless you want to pay to play it faster). Sure, they’re still planning on pay content – but they’re extras, things you don’t need to play the game, and no artificial delays. At least that’s what the developers claim, and the game is coming out in Oct/Nov timeframe, so we’ll know soon enough if they mean it. It’s got a great looking steampunk vibe, and I’m hopeful that it will replace my son’s addiction to the many “tap” games he currently seems to like to play. More games from this universe, that will all interact together, are planned by the developer, and you can get in on the action by helping to fund their Kickstarter as well.