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December 6, 2010

Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition Art Preview #3

This is the third part of our art preview for the new Mutants & Masterminds Hero's Handbook. If you missed part one or part two, follow those links! We're continuing our look at the process of creating the cover art.

A Little Background

I've mentioned in a couple of places that one of the things going on in parallel with the development of the new edition of M&M was the creation of a new setting for the game: Emerald City.

It makes its debut here, because we see Emerald Tower, one of the landmarks in the city and the headquarters of the Sentinels—or for your PCs if you decide to drop the Sentinels from the setting and have your characters take their place.

Emerald City is where the Sentinels are based. It's a city in the Pacific Northwest with a very different feel than Freedom City. Mainly because it wasn't a major city until fairly recently. The bad guys of the Freedom City Universe used that to their advantage by making Emerald City their haven. When things went wrong, when they wanted to settle down, or just a place to go until things blew over, they went to Emerald City. Only in the last decade has the city grown to the point that heroes have started to pop up, but the Sentinels are the first ones to band together and get some major press. Then things really start happening when...

But, I don't want to tell the whole story. I mean, we're talking about the art in this series, right?

The Cover: Inks

Sometimes it's the big things! In this case it's the buildings in the background. They really change the illustration. I don't know if it's the added depth, perspective, of weight they give the picture, but they definitely do something!

When I saw this, I was floored again. Things were really coming together and Emerald Tower was right on target in terms of architectural style and significance compared to the other buildings around it. The Sentinels looked great leaping into action, and now they looked even better now that they had a home.

M&M3 Cover Inks

Next time we get to see the cover in glorious living color!

Jon Leitheusser
M&M Line Developer