A peek under the hood of M&M

December 8, 2010

Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition Art Preview #4

Welcome to the fourth installment of our art preview for the new Mutants & Masterminds Hero's Handbook. Click the links to check out parts one, two, and three. This time around we're getting a look at the first color image the studio sent over.

Ominous Much?

One of the Big Things we have planned for next year is the first multi-part adventure for Mutants & Masterminds. We're calling the six-part series of PDF adventures Heroes Journey: Emerald Knights, and it'll take your characters from zeroes to heroes. And it's all set in Emerald City!

As I said last time, Emerald City is a town without many heroes to call its own; that's where your characters come in! Something big happens in town and when your gaming group's heroes show up to help, well, things go from there.

What's this have to do with the cover to the Hero's Handbook? Well, some pretty big things happen during the course of the Heroes Journey. By the end, the heroes have made a name for themselves, done some good in the world, and learned of a big, ominous new threat. Hence the ominous cover.

The Cover: First Color

Okay, my first thought on seeing the studio's first stab at coloring the cover was, "Whoa, that's dark!" But, I knew this was part of the process; they send us an update, we comment on the update, they make changes and send it back, we make more comments... you get the idea.

Anyway, despite the overly ominous colors I could see this was coming together quite well. The Rook, the only fully colored character on the cover, looked great and, as you can see, Rocky, Ultramarine, and Princess were coming along. The other four characters being that murky red didn't really bother me because I knew the colorist hadn't gotten to them yet.

Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition cover during coloring

As for the background, one of the notes the artist sent with this image was a request for the colors for the buildings. We sent that information back and you'll see how it ended up looking next time. Our other comments to them were to lighten things up a bit. Rocky was too dark, he should be more of a slate grey for one thing, and the dark clouds were just a bit too dark. We wanted "comic book ominous" not "actually really depressingly ominous." I mean, this is the cover to a super-hero roleplaying game, right?

Join us next time for even more color! And this time it's been jazzed up a little bit!

Jon Leitheusser
M&M Line Developer