In two weeks, Sony’s exclusive open-world action adventure title inFamous: Second Son will finally be in stores, and it’s about time.
Touted to be the biggest title for the system, the third inFamous game by developer Sucker Punch puts you in the shoes of a hipster called Delsin who acquires superpowers through the game. Use it for good or evil? You decide. All this takes place in the developer’s take on Seattle, the Emerald City and home of the Washington State Convention Center, the EMP museum and overpriced coffee chain Starbucks.
Before 21st March, take a gander at some supplementary non-video game sources of entertainment to keep your hype levels maintained.
Let’s start off with the easiest supplementary materials as our starting point: the funny books. Trade paperback collections, graphic novels, what-have-yous.
Irredeemable/Incorruptible by Mark Waid
Set in a gritty world similar to the inFamous series, Irredeemable tells the tale of a Superman archetype called the Plutonian who went rogue and is set on culling the Earth’s population after a series of personal betrayals and downfalls.
On the other side of the coin, we have Incorruptible, a former supervillain in that universe trying to go straight following the Plutonian’s rampage. It’s got morally-ambiguous scenarios, twists, turns, and lovely artwork. Highly recommended to get into the swing of dark superhero things where the right choices aren’t normally the best ones.
DMZ by Brian Wood
Want a piece that criticises national security like how inFamous: Second Son is alluding to? DMZ explores the extreme case of it all.
The witty and metaphoric narrative by Brian Wood and the gritty artwork by Riccardo Burchielli gel together to tell its story. Reporter Matty Roth is attempting to get the scoop of a war happening in an alternate America involving the federal US government and the “Free States” army. The whole series is out in trade paperback, so you’ll have lots of time to finish it just before the next inFamous comes out.
Young Avengers: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
If you like a series that’s focused on super-powered teenagers acting like, well, teens, the Young Avengers run by writer Kieron Gillen and artists Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton and Matthew Wilson is the best depiction of being free, being in love, and being a superhero. Well, we know that inFamous: SS deals with the former and latter, so two out of three ain’t bad, right?
Never has these three narrative arcs been presented better under a mainstream brand than this comic. We recommend that you start off with ‘Style > Substance’, then continue on with ‘Alternative Cultures’ and ‘Mic-Drop At The Edge of Time & Space’.