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Mega Man (2011 Series) #1

June 17, 2011

Title: Trouble Get (Let the Games Begin Part One)

Writer: Ian Flynn
Art:
Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Colorist:
Matt Herms
Letterer:
John Workman
Cover:
Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Editor:
Paul Kaminski       
Publisher:
Archie Comics

Considering that Sonic the Hedgehog has been a solid seller for Archie Comics for over 225 issues now, it’s kind of odd that they’ve waited so long to try to expand their video game hero library. On the other hand, maybe they’ve just been waiting for the right project. Mega Man kicks things off with the origin of the young robotic hero.

The good Doctor Light has given up on building weapons. His new generation of robots is intended for peaceful purposes. But his former ally, Dr. Wily, isn’t willing to accept the new robots, and abducts them, reprogramming them into weapons of conquest. A new hero must be constructed to stand against them.

The story isn’t really anything new here – Mega Man has been around as a video game character for decades, after all. Ian Flynn has done a great job of polishing off that old story, injecting a little more pathos into it, and turning it into a modern kid-friendly action yarn. The book is just exciting enough to keep you turning the pages, while still picking into the characters pretty well. Patrick Spaziante brings his considerable skill to the table, providing art that seems, at first blush, to be very Manga-inspired. In truth, though, it’s just faithful to the classic character designs.

Not being much of a video game player myself, I really don’t know how aware kids these days are of Mega Man. I hope the book finds its audience, though – it’s a worthy companion to the venerable Sonic franchise.

Rating: 8/10

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