I noticed that there are two new charachter books out.
Are these two books part of the Essentials line? Have they stopped differentiating between Essentials books and the main line of books? I ask because these books are hardcover, while the Essentials books were softcover.
Also, does anyone know if which books are prerequisites for these two books. (e.g., do you need heroes of the forgotten kingdoms, or the Rules Compendium to find weapons and armors for characters in these books, etc.)