Saturday, December 19, 2020

REVIEW: Mega Man: Fully Charged #5: Family Feud

The second to last issue of the Fully Charged comic is finally here. The battle between Daini and Mega Man is about to start! You can read our recap and opinion after the break!

The issue starts where issue #4 left off with Daini using Skull Man schematics and ready to finish the fight with his brother, Mega Man.

Mega Man confronts Daini, who asserts that he finally chose a side: "I'm on my side and mine alone". Dr. Light tries to intercede between the brothers but Daini is not up for a lecture. He quickly destroys Light's exoskeleton, wounding him.

Mega Man and Zero confront him but they are no match. Rush answers Light's call to help Mega Man but he ends up hurt. As Mega Man runs to aid his trusty canine friend, Diani punches the ground with his drill creating a shockwave, causing a building collapsing on Mega Man and Rush.

Zero returns to the scene to continue the fight against Daini and they talk about family values. Daini asks Suna, "Why fight for him?" Suna answers, "It's not about blood. You don't love your family because you have to. You love them because you choose to". The fight continue but Daini overpowers Zero, destroying her helmet.

Mega Man equips Ice Man's schematics and blows the wreckage escaping with Rush to resume his fight with Daini. The battle continues with Mega Man getting a little space to breathe after equipping Air Man and Fire Man's schematics. However, it's still not enough to defeat Daini. Mega Man ends up buried in the ground, defenseless.

Light tries to calm Daini down, talking about love and family. Daini is not up for it and goes for a final blow. He drills directly into Mega Man's head hatch aiming to trigger a "reboot".

Oblivious to Daini, however, what he triggers is a "memory flashback" due to both Daini and Mega Man having the same programming.

When both come back to the "real world", Daini is in disbelief, not wanting to believe there was a time when his family was kind to him. Daini suddenly attacks Mega Man in the chest. Light and Suna step in to cover Mega Man while he retreats, but not before telling Light, "I remember everything, dad. My childhood with Daini, the reason I was built... No, reborn. Daini deserves the same chance. Let me talk to him." Light, however, advises that Daini won't listen.

While Light and Suna keep fighting Daini, Mega Man activates the Fully Charged Mode against Mega Mini's advice. Returning to the battle, Mega Man declares, "Let's settle this family feud once and for all."

To be continued...


For issue #5, A.J.Marchisello returns as the writer. The rest of the creative team remains the same as usual -- Stefano Simeone is at the pencils, Igor Monti on coloring duties and Ed Dukeshire on lettering.

When it comes to the story of this issue, I found it to be the weakest of the series so far. There is not much development and it's basically a fight between the Light family and a lot of drama with Daini. Daini has a lot of trust issues, which is understandable after what he suffered by the hands of Sgt. Night. Still, this feels like a storyline that we have seen a million times and pretty much runs the length of this entire issue

Even so, there was still some cool stuff here. The "memory flashback" or seeing the whole Light family together.  More than anything, though, I'm excited to see the finale next month and especially what role Wily plays in the last issue. It will also be interesting to see if they leave the door open for more comics in the future.

When it comes to the artistic side of the comic, there is not much to say other than repeat myself. The color is splendid and the art by Stefano - after getting used to his unique style - is also fantastic.

I particularly enjoyed the two pages where Daini and Zero fight, which resulted with Zero's helmet getting destroyed and the two-page spread of the "memory flashback" and the composition and rich background of the final page when Mega Man shows up in his Fully Charged form are among my favorites.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Let's us know what you think about this issue in the comments!


  1. Funny, I feel like this is the best issue of the series since it just gets down to business and is the least wasteful with its page space.

  2. Finding out more about Aki and Daini's past was a bit interesting, but yeah. This issue kind of slowed everything to a crawl. I hope the last issue doesn't feel rushed.

  3. I found this issue's biggest problem to simply be that it's an issue of Mega Man Fully Charged. Taken in with the rest of the canon, there's a whole lot wrong with it, but standing alone, it's actually pretty nice. It probably would have been great as an issue of any other comic.

    Thanks to this canon having no consistency, Aki and Daini’s history is still confusing even after it’s spelled out. We still don’t know how exactly Daini disappeared in the first place and it seems like Sgt. Night’s brainwashing shouldn’t have worked on him at all in the second place. A lot of pieces are still missing in the story of how Daini went from a good kid to an irredeemable homicidal maniac; the only way it’d make sense is if an actual roboticist like, oh, say, Dr. Wily did the brainwashing instead of a washed-up soldier like Sgt. Night. In fact, I'm pretty amazed at how Sgt. Night has haunted this canon to the very end, seeing as he played the biggest part in ruining the cartoon.

    And why was Mega Mini critically damaged by Skull Man's psychic buster voodoo only in the first issue, while all subsequent times he’s been completely immune to it? And why do a bunch of random schematics give Mega Man new armor? And why does Mega Mini say that going "fully charged" risks destroying Mega Man when that wasn't a problem at all the last three times they did it? And is Daini merely using Skull Man's schematics or did Dr. Wily upgrade him into a new Skull Man? Speaking of which, where was Dr. Wily this issue? Ian Flynn would have tossed us a bone there to keep the momentum going.


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