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Mega Man (2011 Series) #8

July 27, 2012 Leave a comment

July 13, 2012

Title: Time Keeps on Slipping Part Four-Duplicity

Writer: Ian Flynn
Pencils: Chad Thomas
Inks: Gary Martin
Letters: John Workman
Colors: Matt Herms
Cover Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Editor: Paul Kaminski
Publisher: Archie Comics

Things look bad for Mega Man. He and his buddies, the first wave of Robot Masters, have managed to track down Dr. Wily and his new robots to their secret hideout, only for him to regain control of our friends. Now, Mega Man and Special Agent Rosie Krantz have eight Robot Masters to face down if they’re going to save his sister, Roll, from becoming another of Wily’s pawns.

The interesting thing here is that I honestly find my synopsis of the issue – while accurate – wholly inadequate. Ian Flynn is doing a great job with this title, telling a story that, on the surface, is the sort of screwy sci-fi superhero adventure that we would have seen back in the Silver Age. Once you chip past the surface, however, we’re given a comic that has surprising depth of emotion. Rock (Mega Man’s “secret identity,” such as it is) is faced with some interesting moral and ethical quandaries here, and the nature of sentience and life itself is a topic of serious and legitimate discussion for this title.

At the same time, Flynn brings the funny. There’s a great little moment, for instance, when Roll has to remind her brother that he should be hunting down Wily, which leads to a nice little comedy beat. The book isn’t a full-on comedy, of course, but there’s enough funny in here to keep the kids entertained.

Chad Thomas and Gary Martin have crafted a style for this title that borrows a little from American animation, a little from Japanese Anime, and a little from the style of the video games themselves to create a comic that looks… well… it’s not unique, and it’s not unprecedented. But it’s effective and it fits the family of these characters. It looks right.

Mega Man has been a surprisingly emotional and entertaining addition to the Archie Comics family.

Rating: 8/10

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Mega Man (2011 Series) #3

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

August 13, 2011

Title: Let the Games Begin Part Three: Power Get!

Writer: Ian Flynn
Pencils:
Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Inks:
Gary Martin
Colorist:
John Workman
Letterer:
Matt Herms
Cover Artist:
Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Editor:
Paul Kaminski
Publisher:
Archie Comics

Mega Man has been marching through Dr. Wily’s transformed robots, defeating each of them and taking his weapons in turn. But with the defeat of each enemy he seems to be enjoying his victories more and more, and his thirst for battle is growing ever stronger… will Dr. Light have to step in to save Rock’s soul?

Once again, Archie’s Mega Man is providing the reader with a wonderful surprise. This simple video game adaptation, in the first two issues, dug into the psyche of an unwilling soldier going to war. Now it shifts gears and looks at what can make a good, gentle man turn into a someone who craves violence. Let me emphasize where, exactly, this story is coming from: it’s the Archie comic book based on the Mega Man video game. I simply can’t believe how deep Ian Flynn is taking this book. He’s not doing it in a frightening way, nor in a way that would soar over the heads of the children this book is primarily crafted for, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to give the kids something to mull over. It’s an interesting fable about not allowing the necessity of a fight transform you into someone who relishes it.

Also, he beats up Fire Man.

Rating: 8/10

Hulk and Power Pack #2

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Hulk and Power Pack #2 (Marvel)
By Marc Sumerak, David Williams, Gary Martin, GuriHiru, Paul Tobin & Chris Giarrusso

Marvel’s continuity-free line of Power Pack comics, teaming them up with bigger guns, has been one of the most entertaining young readers books to come out of any company in recent years, and the new Hulk and Power Pack series is certainly no exception. This issue, after the kids battle Hydra over a mysterious new energy source, David Banner and their father’s experiments accidentally unleash one of the Hulk’s old foes. The Power Pack and the Hulk again have to partner up to stop them. The continuity-free nature of this series really works here — if they were bound to a world where Banner’s dual nature was public knowledge, the story wouldn’t have worked nearly as well. The Hulk is also slightly more articulate here than the “Hulk Smash!” version of the character usually is, another plus. Paul Tobin and Chris Giarrusso follow up the main story with another Mini-Marvels tale, featuring the lil’ Hulk and Power Pack in combat with one of the greatest threats imaginable — a dirty diaper. Silly, funny and a blast. I really want more Mini-Marvels.

Rating: 7/10