|Art by Stuart Immonen from Fear Itself Sketchbook & render from cover art of Monster Hunter Tri|
Monday, March 28, 2011
I've been out of the loop a bit the past few months and was catching up on various Big Two happenings, most notably Flashpoint and Fear Itself (should have primers for each in the next week or two), so forgive me if this has been pointed out elsewhere. While looking through the Fear Itself Sketchbook, I stumbled across a really cool looking dragon/serpent. Looking closer, I saw an uncanny resemblence I couldn't quite put my finger on.
So I warmed up my Google-fu and did a quick search of "dragon monster" and nothing stood out on cursory scan, so then thinking the big bad is The Serpent for this event tried "serpent monster". The latter search brought up various dragons and serpent-like creatures, but on the second row was a very familiar creature with Japanese text (Ragiakurusu for the romaji version) and the jpg name of "New_seadragon.jpg".
Now, knowing a little Japanese and finally recognizing just what the sketchbook image reminded me of, it was pretty striking to read off the name and see Monster Hunter Tri's Lagiacrus, the very same creature in the sketchbook and the leviathan featured prominently on the cover to the immensely popular Wii game.
Now, bets, Fing Fang Foom vs Lagiacrus - who wins? Hopefully we can get both in Marvel vs Capcom 3 as DLC to settle it.