Dragonball is one of the world’s most popular manga. The story of Goku is a cultural phenomenon in Japan, the USA, and, especially, South America. Oddly, it’s considered hard to play. A lot of that, though, comes from people exaggerating the character’s ability. If you can play Superman in a system, you can play these characters.
Woodrow “Woody” Van Chelton has always been reckless and wild. The adopted brother of Eric Henderson, the pair were a classic “odd couple” or “buddy cop” pairing. If Eric is the overly wound-up, straight edge, Woody is the headstrong mess. They get on each others nerves constantly and often go long times without seeing each other. Hell, after an incident in high school, the pair didn’t see each other again until their father’s death.
After a brief fight at the funeral, Woody, of course, suggests breaking into their dad’s lab and investigating his death. The pair ended up getting caught in an explosion at their father’s lab — that they caused — and getting superpowers. Woody decides, after a brief fight with the police, that they should become superheroes.
And, thus, the world’s worst superheroes were born!
Obadiah Archer was raised by his parents to be a devout christian. He was trained to be a holy warrior of Christiandom and mastered all forms of combat. He excelled past his 22 brothers and sisters and became an agent of the Dominion.
His first assignment: kill the Anti-Christ.
Sounds easy? Well, it got complicated. Fast. And the little boy from the anti-evolution amusement park started his first steps to a wider world.
There was a world before our own. A great series of civilizations that were wiped away in the great cataclysm. The event was so great that it became the inspiration for the biblical flood of Noah.
The truth is a lot stranger.
The truth gave birth to Armstrong, one of the three immortal brothers.
Continuing from X-O Manowar, it’s time to hit one of Valiant’s other heavy hitters: Bloodshot. The nanoite infused mercenary who can survive anything. No memory of who he was and no idea where he was going.
He’s gone on a big journey since issue #1 of his original series and a lot of things have come to light and changed. However, like I said, trying to avoid spoilers so we’re keeping him to how he originally appeared. So, this won’t include the awesome Jeff Lemire run, sadly.
In my last post, I ported over GM-Less play from the Valiant RPG to Marvel Heroic Roleplaying. Afterwards, I thought I’d begin to stat up some of my favorite Valiant characters into Marvel Heroic Roleplaying. It’s really just for fun as I’ve already suggested trying the Valiant Universe to my playgroup and they had no idea what I was talking about at all.
Few things to get out of the way first, however.
- I’ve only read the books from the 2012 relaunch, not the original 1990s run.
- I am trying to avoid spoilers.
To elaborate on the second point, Valiant, unlike Marvel or DC, has a relatively new and unknown continuity. You can conceivably go to X-O Manowar #1 and read from there to the current issue and learn the entire universe. It’s only 5 years of comics. It’d take a while, but, with this guide and comixology unlimited (which has the first three years of Valiant books included), you could do it. Heck, I’m doing just that.
As such, I’ll try to avoid too many spoilers and write them up as “generic” as possible.
With that out of the way, time to get to the heavy hitter: X-O Manowar.
While the recent buyout by DMG entertainment has me worried, I am a huge fan of the revived Valiant Comics line-up. X-O Manowar, Archer and Armstrong, Ninjak, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Faith, Shadowman, and, of course, QUANTUM AND WOODY. These are some quality comics and few people talk about them.
Back in 2015, Valiant Comics released an official roleplaying game using the same engine as Cosmic Patrol. It was by Catalyst Games, the creators of Shadowrun. However, despite nice production values, it has some problems. Continue reading