DC Universe Rebirth

dcrebirthFinally I managed to get a first edition copy of DC Universe Rebirth. After reading some of the new number 1’s I was eagerly anticipating reading what led to all this. Now I previously talked about how Rebirth is DC’s mea culpa to alienating readers who loved the old universe before the Flashpoint event but this is really the start of something hopefully for the better.

After reading the issue and absorbing all the little details I cannot be more excited. I am perhaps a little overly optimistic but my fingers are crossed that things go back mostly to the DC I knew and loved. Now it’s not to say the New 52 was all bad, there were standout titles such as Swamp Thing and Animal Man; but after reading this issue and reading reviews online I cannot help to agree with the major point everyone seem’s to agree on. The New 52 missed love.

It seem’s silly saying it but what made DC great was the relationships between their heroes. There was a genuine friendship between them that was tangible. New 52 seemed to be heavily inspired by Christopher Nolan’s Batman trend of grit. Characters were more gritty, angst and with more attitude. For characters like Superman this didn’t rub off very well. Not to mention they threw out the history with Lois. Now while I am sure some people would accept changes between those two such as a divorce, a complete write off pissed a lot of people off.

They seem to have delivered though and kudos to the staff at DC for this epic start. We have Wally and Barry embrace after all these years, we have The Watchmen who are now merged with the DC Universe. It was hard to imagine but giving myself ample time to reflect on it I can see a lot of cool stuff coming out of this. Watchmen has been kind of a sacred cow so it will be interesting to see how it goes. It’s definitely a bold move.

It was also nice to see all the reference to the Justice Society, Titans and The Legionnaires. I wonder if we will eventually get series based on them. I am hoping for a JSA series myself.

In all honesty though, Rebirth is a great start. The art is solid and the writing is well done. You don’t ever feel like you missed anything so it’s definitely a good starting point for readers to get into the DC Universe. It will appeal to the newer fans as well as the older fans as characters from both iterations are featured. I am sure it will bring in even some more new readers as well since the hype train seems to be going full steam ahead. I am hoping that the following Rebirth titles continue this awesome vibe that is happening.

In all I cannot recommend this title enough. We will have to wait and see if this is indeed the universe we are all hoping for but for me at least I feel like I got our heroes back.

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Arrives!

I was surprised to finally have received my package for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition in the mail. I was not even informed it was shipped with only having confirmation that it cleared customs with everyone else’s in Canada. I mentioned how long the process was to get the books via Kickstarter. The project was almost the demise of Chaosium if not for Moon Design Publication that ¬†took ownership.

I have only had time to peruse the books but I just have to say wow. From the books to the Keeper screen to the handouts, everything is so well done. You can tell with all the details that it was really a labor of love by all those involved. I for one know that I am going to get the Arkham map laminated for deco and home use and I am also sure this will help out with ideas for the play by post campaign.

Oh and for those wondering about the campaign we should be getting back in the swing of things. As I have perhaps mentioned work at a garage and we hit our season tire rush so I have been working 6 day week and long days. It sucks because it halts momentum but it’s the nature of the beast as the say but stayed tuned, fun times ahead.

D&D finally gets Lord of the Rings

This is slightly old news, but I’m sharing it anyway, damnit! Cubicle 7, the fine folks behind the Doctor Who RPG and the very cool Lord of the Rings RPG called the One Ring are now making a D&D 5th edition version of Tolkein’s setting that started it all. The book should be out this summer, and I’m looking forward to seeing it!

You can read the Escapist article about it here.

The Dresden Files card game on Kickstarter

Because everything is being funded through Kickstarter these days (and believe me, I’m not complaining!), you may be interested in knowing that Evil Hat has launched a Kickstarter for The Dresden Files cooperative card game. Having backed an Evil Hat Kickstarter in the past, I can attest to their prowess in putting these things together. They’re always a great deal.

Check it out here.

Magic: The Gathering comes to D&D

The ever-wonderful Critical Hits is reporting that the setting of Magic: The Gathering, Zendikar, has come to D&D via a free PDF. What’s more, WotC is running a survey to gauge interest in a paid book for the setting as well.

Read more on Critical Hits. And/or get the PDF here.

Midnight Syndicate’s music for Zombies!!!

The exclamation points are critical. Midnight Syndicate, you may remember, created an official (I think) soundtrack for D&D back in the dark ages of 13 years ago. Well, now they’re back and making “spoopy” tunes for the beloved space-hogging Zombies!!! boardgame that is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary this year (!).

Also, this just in: I’m old now.

More info on Midnight Syndicate’s website here.