As reported by ComicBook.com, Archie's Mega Man comic is going on an indefinite hiatus following a final story arc beginning with Mega Man #53. It may not be permanent, says Archie Action editor Vincent Lovallo, but things are certainly powering down later this year.
"We are currently wrapping up the “Worlds Unite” crossover, which ties into our Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and Sonic Boom comic series, writes Lovallo. "We’ll only be scratching the surface of the next major Mega Man storyline after that, we figured now is the right time before we dive deep into that plot."
Lovallo then goes on to allude the decision came from Archie themselves, not Capcom:
"We have a great relationship with both Capcom and Sega. We’ve been working with Sega for the past 20+ years and Capcom for almost five now. Capcom is very understanding of our decisions and we are both looking forward to working on future projects and collaborations."
The solicitation for issue #53 reads:
"The BLUE BOMBER is BACK from the events of "Worlds Unite" and is ready to fight for justice! That's all well and good, if there was actually someone to fight! In "Blue Shift," peace has finally come to Mega Man’s life—but is that a bad thing? Could it be possible that our super fighting robot has come to actually love the battles he was once so opposed to? Meanwhile, Dr. Wily plots something sinister from the shadows, reaching an even newer low for the mad doctor! It’s an extended curtain call as we come to the end of the Mega Man series! Featuring cover art from Jason Piperberg and a BOT UNDER FIRE variant from superstar Thomas Pitilli!"
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman and Elaina Unger
CVR A Reg: Jason Piperberg
CVR B Variant: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 9/16
32-page, full color comic
You can read Lovallo's full comment at Comicbook.com.
A few ups and downs aside, this had a really great run. Sad to see it go, really!
Thanks for the tip, BlesDriverBuster.
I take no pleasure in this. A Megaman comic, in any form, should be a beautiful thing. And I so wanted to support it, I really did. But somehow it quickly took on a form that I simply couldn't abide, and many precious opportunities to do great stories were lost to insipid cash-cow crossover events.ReplyDelete
But this should not be taken to mean that there is no demand for a Megaman comic, far from it. But the masses of fans spoke with their wallets and not so surprising, their sentiments were similar, if not identical to my own: "I want a MegaMan comic, just not the way Archie chooses to make it".
But I'd also like to reestablish another sentiment of mine that I think has been shown to have more merit than a lot of folks around here would have ever admitted: THIS IS ALL IAN FLYNN'S FAULT! HIS LOUSY WRITING SPOILED OUR GREATEST CHANCE FOR A LONG-STANDING "QUALITY" MEGAMAN COMIC AND HE SHOULD *** **** *** FOR IT!
Actually I only half believe that, I also suspect Capcom shut down the comic in preparation for Megaman's "Sonic Boom-esque" re-branding.
What the heck are you talking about? Last I checked the Mega Man comics have been selling really well and have been getting really good reviews from both fans and editors. Nothing of what you just said makes sense.Delete
Besides, nothing of what they said suggested this is a permanent end. I really hope it isn't.
The hiatus has nothing to do with the comic's sales. It's actually been selling fairly well, if anything. The hiatus has something to do with some really dumb decisions Archie's made that's forced them to cut back on how many titles they produce. It's the reason why the Sonic Boom comic is getting cancelled, despite that it was also selling fairly well.Delete
If it does get canned, good riddance I say. I just hope the cartoon doesn't suck as much as the Archie comics did. Only saving grace was Spaz's rare art, and the first 4 issues he worked on.Delete
That's pretty selfish of you. Even if you didn't like the comic, many people did. It also helped by introducing a number of people to Mega Man.Delete
"It also helped by introducing a number of people to Mega Man"Delete
I don't want people to just be introduced to MM, I want people to be introduced to MM in the right way. The Archie comics generally aren't the right way. That is my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
I'm gonna be very honest though, it wasn't really that Ian killed it per say or anything like that, it was the reduction of quality art a lot of the time and the Sonic crossovers that killed it for me. I did disagree with the writing a lot of the time too though.
When you consider that the classic Mega Man games barely have any plot at all, you have to admit that the writing wasn't half bad.Delete
It's understandable that one would want a more faithful adaption for those new to Mega Man, but I think that Ian did a good job working with what he was given.
Anyway, that's your opinion and I respect it, but I hope that the comic does continue eventually. And who knows, maybe they will do a better job after some time thinking things through?
As for the crossovers, the first one was made more out necessity to save the Mega Man comic than anything, and the second is pretty decent so far. Leagues better than the first one. I suggest that you give it a try. The latest issue (Mega Man #50) is pretty interesting.
Remember the last time the word hiatus was used for Mega Man? It was in reference to the lack of news on Universe, Online and Legends 3.ReplyDelete
This is a dead comic walking.
"Actually I only half believe that, I also suspect Capcom shut down the comic in preparation for Megaman's "Sonic Boom-esque" re-branding."ReplyDelete
How about we stop jumping to conclusions
After such a nice stream earlier today, this comes as both a slap in the face and a kick in the backside.ReplyDelete
Needless to say, I went from being elated to... ah... more than a little upset.
Well, this sucks. I was really enjoying it. :(ReplyDelete
Having a monthly dose of Mega Man was really nice.
And right when we were at a point when the Masters could have been fleshed out and usedDelete
Same here. I even have almost every issue since it first released.Delete
That really sucks. =(ReplyDelete
I'm REALLY hoping this hiatus only lasts a year, because Mega Man is Archie's best video game series (this is coming from a fan of their Sonic comics).ReplyDelete
If they kick this indefinitely, well...
THERE WERE EIGHT MORE MAIN CLASSIC GAMES TO COVER, NOT TO MENTION THAT THEY TEASED THE GAME BOY GAMES, WHICH WOULD AT LEAST MAKE THREE MORE YEARS OF COMICS IF THEY DROPPED THEIR OWN ORIGINAL STORIES (WHICH WERE AWESOME BY THE WAY) AND WAS I THE ONLY PERSON WHO EXPECTED THEM TO MAKE AN X SPIN-OFF SERIES AFTER DAWN OF X BECAUSE THEY HAVE TWO SONIC COMIC SERIES IT'S ONLY FAIR TO GIVE MEGA MAN THE SAME TREATMENT
(Sorry, had to get that Higsby out of me...)
Where was I? Oh, yeah...
Archie's series helped stimulate the fanbase during the hiatus, and it did a great job of it. I hope the hiatus ends soon. Mega Man 4 was one of the adaptations I was looking forward to.
Another one bites the dust... Not that I followed the comics or anything, but still, sad.ReplyDelete
- Dr. Jerk.
This can't be happening!!!! This is the ONLY comic book series I love to read!!!!! What will I be reading nowwwww!!!!!!ReplyDelete
This sux out loud and I loved every aspect of the series. I loved the way they transition nicely from arc to arc. The best stories were Let the games begin, the return of Dr. Wily, Spiritus ex Machina, Proto mans origin story, and Rock of Ages. I really came to love Quake Woman as I wanted to see her develop into a more well endowed character. Come to think of it, the Mega Man comic book series is way better than any of the Sonic comic series because it had better stories, awesome artwork, a perfect amount of characters, and it actually follows the games stories. So many great ideas to come, a Megaman X comic book series, a Megaman multiverse story, Proto Man unmasked, Rolls own story. Sadly will never happen now. Why couldn't they cancel the Sonic Boom series instead.
For what it's worth they have cancelled Sonic Boom, and have done so a few months earlier than Megaman (it won't even get an any episodes after the Worlds Unite crossover, whereas at least Megaman will get a final-ish storyline from the sound of this).Delete
I agree with you though, I was really enjoying the Archie Megaman stories. I'm not that familliar with the games but I was looking forward to seeing what they did with various characters and enjoyed the more philosophical tone the series had in comparison to the Sonic comics. If anything I almost wish they'd have cancelled Sonic Universe instead, so at least we'd get some continuation of the story in both Universes.
Well, this comic has an annoying thing of stopping the main storyline every four issues, but it is the best western attempt of a megaman comic. But I think it's selling below Archie's expectations and they've decided to stop it. At least Capcom is releasing old stuff again.ReplyDelete
Aww... ;_; I hope the hiatus doesn't last long as it is one of my favorite comic series. True that Ian is working a lot (StH, SU, SB, MM, and specials like SSSM, SSD, FCBD, WUB, ...), but I think Sonic Universe should be the one to take a pause as there are many Sonic comics, or at least make it and Mega Man bimonthly or quarterly to reduce the work...ReplyDelete
Since characters like Shadow and Blaze don't appear in games anymore, Sonic Universe is pretty much the only place where people who like those characters can see them.Delete
That's why Sonic Universe should remain.
I loved the comic initially,but my interest dropped when the Sonic crossover started. I never liked any of the crossovers.ReplyDelete
Really hard to understand this, if the comic sells well and Capcom is OK with it, why the hiatus?. Even if they are working on something to pair with the new tv show, there is no need to stop this now. Maybe the real problem is Archie and the problems they had lately with the failed kickstarter campaign and other stuff.ReplyDelete
Good riddance! Those comics were dragging Megaman down to Sonic's level. Better to let him just die, rather than have us wish he was dead. Archie's OCs were horrible, the flow was being constantly hindered by those obnoxious Sonic cross-overs and all the dialog sounds like people ribbing on each other on an internet forum. They just weren't worth it, even if they did bear the Megaman name.ReplyDelete
You shouldn't speak for everyone. Especially when a lot of fans here disagree with you.Delete
I think when he said "us" he was using a figurative colloquialism, not literally as if speaking for a specific group. I guess he could have just said me but, it just doesn't sound right..Delete
Aw man... just when things were getting good. Some robot masters reforming, but not all of them. Mr. X being a real person, and a total villain instead of some benevolent tycoon. And even though this crossover so far hasn't been up to par with the last one, I'm still loving all the character interactions. Especially the heroic Wily masters and seeing X and Rock have a conversation.ReplyDelete
Well put Cyberguy64 (nicer than what I could ever put together).Delete
Personally i thought Mr X was gonna be Wily from the future doing some time travel shiningans. Perhaps the wily from Quints era after the revert to evilDelete
Hello Mega Man, my name is Cancelled.ReplyDelete
reminder guys, let Archie hear you.ReplyDelete
if it really bothers you, let them know.
The beginning of the series was really good, but then there were to many issues that had nothing to do with the storyline, too much crossovers, drawings quality declining, double standards with Light robots treating only Rock,Roll and protoman as siblings and not the rest, etc, etcReplyDelete