Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Solicitation & Covers for Mega Man #29

With the Worlds Collide crossover event wrapping up, Archie Comics are looking ahead to the next big Mega Man story arc. Here's out first look at "Blackout: Curse of Ra Moon" Part One.

"(W) Ian Flynn (A) Mike Cavallaro, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
The biggest storyline in Mega Man comic history starts here! "BLACKOUT: Curse of Ra Moon" Part One: The world has shut down!  When the power of Ra Moon robs the Earth of all its technology, it’s up to Mega Man and a handful of Robot Masters to set things right. But just how can robots handle the force of a technological meltdown if they’re cut off from the ability to re-charge? Has Mega Man fallen right into Dr. Wily’s trap?  Or has Wily underestimated his mysterious new ally? Featuring all-new cover art from Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, and variant cover by comics-superstar Dean Haspiel!"

Source: Newsarama


  1. Oh boy another game crammed senselessly into four issues to make it easy to just plop it in a trade I'm soooo excited.

    So much for them listening to the pacing concerns like they've claimed they were in all those interviews.

  2. Technically there are five parts since #28 is considered the "prelude."

    And this doesn't look like a game adaptation at all. I'm not sure if you played Super Adventure Rockman... but it didn't happen like this.

  3. @anon:

    At least it's one game in four issues instead of 12 games in one issue.

    And that variant cover by Dean Haspiel is beyond crappy. I've seen better art on bathroom walls.

    At least they're making an effort to make the content on the outside reflect the content on the inside.

    I always hated publishers who trick consumers into buying lousy comics with attractive covers. It's good to see Archie starting to refuse stooping that low.

  4. And yet the Megamix and Gigamix stories, with the exception of the 3rd volumes of both, also cram three different, full stories into one book, which is on average the same length or a little shorter than three Archie trades... and yet, I don't see people complaining about that>

  5. I liked Patrick's art the best. Now, new artist is on Megaman Series and I gave up because I dont liked a new artist's appearance for Megaman at all.

  6. @Steven

    Super Adventure Rockman is about Ra-Moon using his electromagnetic wave to disrupt all the technology on earth, so Mega Man (and the MM1 Robot Masters for support) go to stop it.

    This story arc is about Ra-Moon using his electromagnetic wave to disrupt all the technology on earth, so Mega Man (and a group of Robot Masters for support) go to stop it.

    You still want to argue this isn't being done as the comics Super Adventure Rockman adaptation?

  7. Anon2: It's prof Megaman. He has an undying hatred for the Archie comics and Ian Flynn.

    Just tune him out, he can't be reasoned with.

  8. @Cyberguy

    Do I REALLY need to preface all my posts with "I am not Professor Mega Man"? Just because he agreed with me doesn't mean I'm him. For crying out loud you treat dissenters like boogeymen here.

    @The Megamix and Gigamix anon

    Because the pacing is still better in those stories even if shorter length and pacing are not the same thing.

    Also many of them are original stories only using the games as a lose base and are pretty good, kind of like what the Archie comic's been doing which are also pretty good we need more of that and less of game adaptations for the sake of filling in a game adaptation check list.

    If Archie's adaptations are going to be the same as they've been they should pull another Ariga and do a time skip ahead so they can write more original stories, sense not much would be lost from not having those adaptations.

  9. My opinion... I think Ian Flynn is improving the SAR storyline, because if anybody has played that game or watched a walkthrough of it (you can google a let's play by Oyster who translated the dialogue), it was really nothing to write home about. The anime parts were cool, but the story itself was a mess and I could just slap the person who made that game.

  10. @ E. Leona:

    You weren't really expecting quality writing from an anime OVA tailor-made for a game, are you?

    Granted the game is story-driven, but this is Japan we're talking about. Telling deep, intriguing stories isn't their forte.

    @Cyberguy: HAH! Burned! And just so you know, there's a difference between being reasoned with and being imposed upon.

    You seem to prefer the latter.

  11. @Prof: What burn? All I see is an anon replying to a comment that was meant for a different one. (2:31 Anon =/= Anon2)

    BTW, 2:31 Anon? Didn't think you were a sock puppet before. Now I'm questioning it, due to you and the Prof operating on the exact same assumption.

    Okay, Prof. Let's talk about imposing viewpoints for a minute, Mr. Hate-On-Every-Other-Post-Relating-To-The-Comic. Geeze... You couldn't be any more hypocritical if you tried.

    You can hate the comic all you want. Everybody has told you that. What we're sick of is your ridiculously immature and stuck up attitude, your omnipresence on every post whenever we're trying to get excited for the comic, and your inability to concede that "Hey, maybe these stories can be kinda fun, even if they aren't perfect."

    I know a thing or two about being the voice of dissent. I've had some experience being it occasionally. There's a big difference between going: "I personally dislike this for X Y and Z reasons. You can like it, but I think you're wrong." And going: "This sucks! (Personal X Y and Z reasons must be specifically asked for.) And people who like it are idiots!"

    (I'm ashamed to admit I've occasionally fallen into the latter category occasionally. Especially regarding Xover.)

    Bottom line? You're entitled to your opinion. But your opinion is annoying and we're sick of it.

    Now then, for some commentary on the comic itself. I find it rather refreshing that Ian is doing something different instead of doing a direct adaption of 3. 3's plot always felt fishy to me. "Wily is good now! Go to outer space to stop his robots that went bad for no reason! Let's help him build a weapon of mass destruction to be used to keep the peace!"

    I think combining it with SAR is a clever idea and it could lead to some interesting places.

  12. @Cyberguy:

    You're welcome to be excited for it all you want.
    But if you're going to be a part of an online discussion, you simply have to expect and accept the existence of people who are viciously opposed to the things you like.
    That's not a personal attack, so don't view it as such.
    I intend to keep my voice loud and constant, until the powers that be acknowledge that the factions dissatisfied with their efforts to suck the quality out of everything they make. (Futile, I know. But it's a hobby.)
    I'll concede two things here:
    1.) It's a children's comic. So quality writing certainly shouldn't be expected. Least of all from a publisher like Archie.
    2.) Like the Sonic games, these comic have been designed and marketed exclusively for a much younger, and less discerning audience.

    Being an older, more discerning fan, my standards are too high to keep blindly handing precious money over to companies who insist on playing it cheap, make half-assed efforts, and appeal to a consumer base that only cares about face value.
    That's why I don't go to Transformers movies, that's why I don't watch The Looney Tunes Show, and that's why I don't order pizza from chain stores. They should be better, but they're not because they just don't give a damn. And that's wrong. And it's wrong to keep funding them just because it's easier than hating them and searching for a superior alternative.

  13. @Cyberguy: After 2 defeats, Wily realized his mistakes and became good. He was given a chance to redeem himself by helping Dr. Light. People in 20XX are kind, forgiving, and VERY naive! >:D *moves eyebrows while stealing Gamma* (also, Wily was helping Dr. Light in the beginning of Super Adventure R., and he seemed to be sincere on his change. At least until he found the powerful Ra Moon and it revived his robots...)

    Or you could go the Gigamix route, Wily is sent to jail, but as the government has trouble, they decide to ask for his help and he works with Light. Shadow Man frees him and stuff happens...

  14. The right cover... is awful

  15. As a general rule, people who call themselves "discerning older readers" while relentlessly posting about a kids comic they purport to hate but somehow can't stop talking about are generally not discerning at all. They're usually just arrogant windbags.

    But please, by all means continue acting as the arbiter of good taste and refinement for the unwashed masses. We're all grateful and we wait with bated breath for your wisdom every day. Really, we do. It in no way sounds like you're just mad that Ian Flynn didn't sign your "extra-special fanart" of Sonic the Hedgehog that time you met him at a fan expo.

  16. "a kids comic"

    lol. While that's true, I'm pretty positive the majority of the readers are an older audience. Mega Man veterans, most likely.

  17. Oh man.. Right cover is awful. That's why I gave up reading his issues after Patrick stopped drawing. Patrick is the best artist for Megaman, to be honest.

  18. @DB:
    That's the problem with generalizations, they're often false.

    Sarcasm aside, I assume you're too young to differentiate between quality and crap. A.K.A. SEGA/Archie's target audience.

    And the only thing I resent Flynn for is the monthly turds he used to leave in my mailbox.


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