Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Mega Man: Fully Charged Comic Book Series Announced


Mega Man: Fully Charged season 2 may not be happening any time soon, but the animated series is getting new life as a limited comic book series.



io9 reports that a six-part comic book series is in development at Boom Studios in collaboration with Dentsu Entertainment and WildBrain. (formerly DHX Media) Developed by A.J. Marchisello, Marcus Rinehart,and Stefano Simeone, the comic is described as follows:

"The Fully Charged comic will see Mega Man (known as Aki outside of his suited-up form in the show) creator Dr. Light captured by the forces of his arch rival, Dr. Wily, leading to uncovered revelations about both Mega Man’s real past and the human/robot war he was built for. But those revelations leave Aki full of questions—not just if he’ll be able to rescue his father figure from the clutches of Dr. Wily, but if he’ll ever be able to trust him about the truths of his past ever again."

While the comic is based on Fully Charged, the synopsis diverges greatly from the animated series with the actual Dr. Wily playing a central role. Dr. Wily wasn't a character in the show, per se; there was a "Bert Wily" who was anything but evil.

Mega Man: Fully Charged #1 is planned to go on sale both physically and digital in August 2020. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, however, plans may change at a moments notice.

53 comments:

  1. Boom Studios has done good stuff with the Power Rangers comics, so this has potential.

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  2. So Archie's run remains in limbo but they will do this?
    There is no hope for the future (facepalm)

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    1. Archie lost the rights as they decided not to renew their contract. It's not "in limbo". It's dead.

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    2. I must have missed that.
      Fine.

      But still, Fully Charged? This is the comic they want to do?
      They could have done any number of things.
      They could have made comics for any of the uncompleted games even.

      I don't know much about Capcom's licensing. But I can't imagine it to be that big a hurdle.

      And if Archie's run wasn't profitable... How in the bloody hell will this be?

      Again. Facepalm. No thanks. No thanks and then some.

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    3. It's actually far better for them to adapt the Fully Charged cartoon then the games. Because (a) Capcom should be the ones to handle any "uncompleted" storylines, not a 3rd party media. (b) the transition from games to a comic is much rougher then doing from a show to a comic. And (c) Fully Charged had a lot of untapped potential.

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    4. yeah i completely agree i'm skipping this. i didn't like fully charged at all(still wish they made a promotional tv series for 11 or brought back the proto design for the ruby spears cartoon as fully charged felt like a mighty no. 9 cartoon that was quickly changed after it's massive shortcomings.) and in terms of comics would rather see a return to the archie comics universe/story.(maybe idw could pick it up or another capcom liscense.:3)

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    5. It's better if Capcom completed Legends/ZX in game form, sure.
      But if they WON'T, it's not unheard of for a LICENSED property to continue/conclude the story in comic or video form.

      I'd rather see a X comic, a Legends comic, a ZX comic, even a porting of the X manga from Japan...
      Any number of things before this. My thoughts on Boom are known. But seriously, what a terrible choice.

      I will wager this won't sell well. I would not be surprised if it's cancelled. I mean, come on. It's a comic for an under performing cancelled show aired in a dead time slot, the least popular subset of a larger franchise.

      Boom is praised for their Power Rangers "adaption". Which is made for an older audience, and not exactly aimed at the target age group. Apply that to this. So now it's even FURTHER subdivided.

      Facepalm.

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    6. *My thoughts on Fully Charged are known.
      Oops.
      I don't have much of an opinion on Boom. But from what little I've seen of their Power Rangers, I'm not a fan.

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    7. I Will Never TellMay 20, 2020 at 8:43 PM

      Unknown, your post is incredibly incoherent. Did you forget how commas and periods work?

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    8. Okay, who's up for Ian Flynn? I felt that Issue 56 is not greenlit. Let's ask him...

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    9. I was reading into it.
      The sources I saw didn't mention Archie lost their license.
      Everything I read just says the Hiatus continues.

      So I don't know what's up with that.

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    10. Seeing how much of a mess Archie has been, not surprised they keep it ambiguous as a hiatus instead of confirming it's cancelled.

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    11. why hasn't archie brought mega man back? are they really that busy with other stuff?

      for that matter couldn't they let idw try making a mega man comic (or at least have ryuji's art style for the comic.)

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  3. Okay, this looks epic!

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  4. "Boom Studios," you say? Well, I don't have high hopes for this, then. The fact that this comic series seems to be an alternate take of the TV show speaks for itself, but on top of that… well… they have their shareholders in mind over the fans.

    Also, that art style is… somethin' else.

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    1. Why the emphasis on "shareholders"?

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    2. I'm just kind of angry at how Boom! Studios runs things. Or, ran things. I dunno if they still do things with money in mind.

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  5. Seeing a new Mega Man comic be announced from a new publisher made me look up the Archie series on Comixology to see if it was still being sold or if it was taken down like Sonic was when the IDW Sonic series was announced. It's gone, you can't buy the Archie series on Comixology anymore. Glad I bought my remaining missing issues earlier this year when I had the chance.

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  6. six-part...so 6 issues? Reading the description, can't tell if thats too short or too long to cover the story.
    I'm surprised they aren't mentioning Sgt. Night. But makes sense he isn't related to Aki's origin.

    The last sentence reminds of Pachislot: I'm guessing Aki and Namagem was created by Wily but adopted by Light?
    (hence "father figure" and not "creator")

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  7. I believe in Boom Comics, the Power Rangers comics are actually amazing

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  8. I wish (a) good luck and the success to the Fully Charged comic books. I hope these do well.

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  9. >Dr. Wily

    I didn't finish Fully Charged (yet). Did Dr. Wily actually appear in the show (not Bert)?

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    1. Never mind. I just didn't read far enough into this blogpost. :P

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  10. Wow, it's modern bad box art Megaman 🤣

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    1. Not gonna lie, that was the first thing I thought.

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  11. Usually like the comics but that art style really isn't doing it for me.

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  12. Wow. They're taking character designs people already don't like and making them even uglier. Seriously, what are they thinking?

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  13. I don't like anything I'm seeing here

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  14. Not much was learned from MM1's box art, apparently.

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    1. Obviously they learned the REAL issue with it was the first game's US box art made him an overweight, middle-aged man and not a semi-realistic cartoon elementary schooler in a TRON suit.

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  15. Still can't believe they are trying to keep this trainwreck alive, but hey, at least they actually bothered to use the source material as reference this time around, Wily is actually the villain and not some random kid who is Mega Man's friend! Though given how horrible Mega Man's face is on the cover, I can't say i'm thrilled to see what they'll do with Wily.

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    1. I would be curious to see how the cover artist would render a semi-realistic Dr. Wily, assuming he actually looks like Dr. Wily and not say, the one seen in the promos for Wreck-It Ralph before they nixed him.

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  16. Can we just have the Archie comics rescued by IDW or Boom instead of this trash?

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    1. Honestly, I'd rather Archie just picked it back up.
      I like the story they were telling and the artwork looked good too. A little sloppy here and there, but on target for the aesthetic.
      Seriously. I can't imagine Archie couldn't get a license. Capcom licenses this property for arguably garbage product all the time.
      I can only imagine it just wasn't selling.

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    2. Only if certain individuals (you know who) would apologize to everyone reading the Archie Comics run and trying to make them feel ashamed for it.

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  17. It actually warms my heart to read everyone talk so fondly of the Archie run. Though it is concerning to hear it disappear from Comixology, the better question for me to ask is what does this mean for the Mastermix by Udon. The last issue was delayed to April of last year, and neither it nor the Megaman X Megamission comic have been heard of since.

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  18. This looks like crap... I didn't even know about this cartoon and I'm guessing that looked like crap too

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    1. The art style reminded me of Paw Patrol. I couldn't really get into it.

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  19. Also, while I'm at it, hot take: I don't dislike the character design pieces for Aki/Mega Man here.

    (Both cover arts, however, look uuuuuuuugly).

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  20. Whats this abomination? That aint no Megaman , quit trying to ruin my childhood with this trash. Hes awful and looks on crack. Burn it.

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    1. Just as X, Legends and Battle Network are "Mega Man", so to is this.

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    2. Whoah there gotta call foul, my friend. X, is not and never was Mega Man, I don't even think he was ever really Mega Man X since his creator retconned his name into being just X (without the Mega Man attached) but he SURELY was never just Mega Man if anything, in the lore he's like Mega Man's more mature younger brother or something. I can say almost the same argument for Megaman.exe but that more of a quagmire.

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    3. In a meta sense, he is a "Mega Man" I mean. As a brand.

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    4. In maverick hunter X. Light mentioned X as Megaman X / Rockman X. So yes he is also a megaman (robot line). Not just a brand. But also his name.

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    5. Yes Dr. Light does mention X as Rockman / Mega Man X but he didn't actually EVER REFERRED TO X himself as Rockman/Mega Man X, EVER, not once and the one time mention of Rockman/Mega Man X was in a weird context as a memo to future discoverers of X. In fact, no character ever refers to X himself as Mega Man anything, ON THE VERY CAPSULE it says JUST X. In fact the very game is called Mega Man:/Rockman: Maverick/Irregular Hunter X.

      In fact there is an ENTIRE scene dedicated to X ASKING ABOUT HIS NAME and it never mentions Mega Man. Matter of even more fact in the entire Day of Sigma script there is no mention of the word Rockman or words Mega Man EVER and in the ENTIRE Hunter X script it is only mentioned ONE TIME. And I quote

      "Dr. Light: X... X? X!

      (The half-completed X opens his eyes and looks at Doctor Light.)

      X: Who are you?

      Dr. Light: It is I, Thomas Light. I created you, X.

      X: X... you called me... X... Is... that my name...?

      Dr. Light: That's right. It's a variable. It represents limitless potential. You see, you are a new type of robot who can think for himself.

      (The flashback skips ahead to X, who is nearly completed except for one missing arm. He opens his eyes and looks at the now much older looking Doctor Light.)

      X: What's the matter, Doctor? You look tired.

      Dr. Light: You truly are just like us humans, X. (Sighs, then coughs) That's why I'm afraid that mankind is not quite ready to accept you. We are not yet mature. They may very well view your limitless evolutionary potential as something to be feared. The name "X" also carries connotations of danger.

      (X's view turns to static, then the flashback skips ahead again. X's body is now complete, but Dr. Light is older and feebler still.)

      Dr. Light: I am sorry, X... I didn't have enough time to see you enter the world... (coughs)

      X: Doctor Light...

      Dr. Light: I have given you the power to think... to worry and to grow and evolve as you fight, but... it is too soon for that power to be unleashed...

      X: Doctor... I'll use this power to fight for justice! To fight for hope!

      Dr. Light: Of course you will. I believe it to be so. X... I want you to use that conscience of yours to fight for the people of the future. (pushes a few buttons, sealing X in his capsule) They will need someone like you to guide them.

      X: Doctor...

      Dr. Light: Farewell, X. You are the world's one true hope."

      More over none of this matters for two reasons. One, The Mega Man in X's name is not a brand for a line within the context of the lore it's LITERALLY his name in totality, even if it were a brand for a line that would help my case since it would explain in HX why he's branded as Mega Man X but never named Mega Man X. Two, you can throw all that out cause when directly questioned long after HX existed the co-creator of the character gave a clear direct response to this. And I quote...

      Keiji Inafune Q&A with DaveSW777-

      "DaveSW777: 2 things that I think need to be settled once and for all:

      1: What is X's full name? Is it Mega Man X, or just X?

      2: Is Wier Dr. Wily?

      Inafune: "X" is just "X" -- not "Mega Man X" :)"- http://www.themmnetwork.com/blog/2013/9/27/keiji-inafune-to-reddit-ask-me-anything

      So yes he wasn't with Capcom at the time but you can clearly tell the mindset he was in while developing the games/character. At this point and time no one else that has officially worked on the Mega Man franchise has disputed this to my knowledge as well.

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  21. Somewhat liked the show, not a huge fan of the art style but chances are I'll get used to it. Those covers are atrocious though.

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  22. Nope Nope Nope, burn it down and bury it away deep in sands of the deepest ocean on earth, this is horrible and should NOT exist.

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  23. Weird art style. I would've gone with Ryuji Higurashi's visual style. It's truer to the show and frankly, more visually appealing.

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  24. A comic series with awful artwork based on a lousy, dead cartoon show...

    What is it about the Mega Man franchise and these endlessly endless monkey's paw wishes?

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    1. for a mega man show can't they just go with one based off 11(with ryuji higurashi's visual style.)

      or the pilot for ruby spears mega man?(the one that used the original game designs.)

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  25. who asked for this
    honestly. Who is this aimed at

    I dont think any kids cared very much for the show, which was the whole point of it, to try and americanize megaman for younger kids, but he was never gonna beat some of the existing crap out there

    And those kids are certainly NOT going to be buying comic books, OR asking their parents to.

    And the audience that WOULD buy them, isn't going to buy them because they didnt like the interpretation to begin with.

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