Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mega Man #5 Covers Revealed

Archie Comics have revealed both the standard and variant cover for the fifth issue in their Mega Man comic series. Yes, while some of us are still awaiting on issue #1 to hit mailboxes (me!), Archie is quite ahead of the game. Nevertheless, check them out!


Your eyes don't deceive you, that's Mega Man Powered Up's Time Man! Issue #5 looks to be kicking off a brand new story arc featuring the time-warping Robot Master:

"Time Keeps Slipping” Part One: The evil Dr. Wily may be in jail, but that doesn’t mean the adventures are over for Mega Man! Federal agents are investigating Dr. Light for ties to the Robot Masters‘ rampage while sinister figures lurk in the shadows. And why does Dr. Wily look so smug in his jail cell? Don’t miss the beginning of the newest Mega Man adventure! Featuring a painted cover by fan favorite artist Greg Horn!"

Issue #5 is due out for subscribers on August 24, comic shops on September 7, and newsstands everywhere on September 13.

Issue #5 marks the departure of series regular Patrick 'Spaz' Spaziante. In his place, Chad Thomas, artist of past cover variants, will be taking up the pen for the interior artwork. If you want to see Spaz continue his work on the comics, send Archie a line, and make your voice heard!

Credit: The Mega Man Network

15 comments:

  1. Time Man's in it? I guess that means Oil Man will be showing up, as well. Now I'm REALLY interested.

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  2. The sad thing about Oilman, is that when he makes an appearence, it will be the pussified american version =P

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  3. Time Keeps SLIPPING. Oil Man is in.

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  4. Oh my... Time Man actually looks intimidating(unlike the Powered up version)!!! And look at the top right corner! An 8 bit version of him! Archie comics be doing this epicly!

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  5. Wow Time Man looks boss in that style.

    While I should be more excited about Time Man (and as Steve just pointed in all likelihood Oil Man), there's a part of me that really REALLY hopes they portray Fire Man with his Powered Up personality that was so hammy it was glorious.

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  6. So Timeman (and hopefully Oilman) hasn't been forgotten? Awesome. :)

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  7. Is it me, or do I see a little bit of Bass in Time Man? At least in Spaz's cover.

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  8. Wow! I love Time Man, he's awesome, gonna get this issue when it came out.

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  9. http://phen01.deviantart.com/art/Time-Man-and-Oil-Man-185622560

    Archie couldn't be bothered to make their own Time Man sprite?

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  10. Professor MegamanMay 23, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    TimeMan and OilMan are cool...

    I just hope they don't employ TimeMan as a convenient plot device to plug X into this book.

    Series Crossover-loathing aside, no comic book has ever benefited from the concept of time travel. (Well, Crisis probably helped Batman)

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  11. Wicked. Awesome. That's all I have to say about that.

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  12. @Zan

    Actually. That deviantart guy also stole the sprites from this guy on youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLnJNcmrEHs

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  13. Regardless of who made what first, it's kind of sad for Archie, with their artistic talent, to blatantly use sprites not of their own making. They should be able to produce better work themselves.

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  14. The sprites are similar, but if you look closely, you can tell that the sprite that Archie is using is not the same sprite as the one you linked to, Zan.

    Both do seem to be edited off of Mega Man's sprite from one of the Wonder Swan games, though. I can't recall off the top of my head which game it is, but I recognize it as such.

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  15. The sprite base is Rockman Battle and Fighters (Neo Geo Pocket). But even beyond the same base the images are identical; the non-Rockman additions to the sprite confirm it.

    The only way the sprite on the cover is any different, is the recoloring of several elements to add 'detail'. As a result, NES color limits are broken, making it stand out like a sore thumb even more.

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