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Review: Mega Man Megamix Vol 1

Its a mix of mega men

 

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Title: Mega Man Megamix (vol 1)  
Art/Writer: Hitoshi Ariga
Publishing: Udon Entertainment
Released: February 24th, 2009
Price: $12.95 SRP

 Mega Man, in a nutshell
 Mega Man, in a nutshell
While this might be overstating the obvious, Mega Man Megamix is the "story" of a little blue robot bent on saving the world from evil robots. With his iconic blur gear, and a cannon for an arm (see crazy arms) Mega Man goes through this never ending song and dance with the evil Doctor Wily. Wily builds/corrupts robots, Mega Man absorbs their powers, saves the world, and then disarms himself so he's good and weak for the next confrontation.
 
Plot is, after all, a convenient and comfortable beast. Like Zelda games (until recently,) there is something so approachable about knowing everything that is going to happen, but how does that translate to this manga, the Mega Man Megamix?
 
Very well, apparently.

"Megamix" indeed


Fans of Mega Man, especially the NES itterations, are sure to get a huge kick out of this read. Artist/Writer Hitoshi Ariga managed to find a way to encapsulate all of Mega Man 1-3 into into an artfully short (yet substantial 220 pages.) There's something earnestly weird, as the book is one part nostalgia, one part action/adventure, and one part light monster of the week fluff. Like, the carousel of content leaves  I'm coo'ing as they introduce a familiar foe, furiously flipping pages to see what happens, and then comfortably smiling as Wily shakes his hands and goes "I'll get you next time Gadget!"
 

Pro and cons

+ Strong heft, and is slightly larger than your traditional sized manga
+ Mega Man riding a jet bike, sipping on an E-tank = Priceless
 + The entire story comes off with a Sentai/ Tokusatu, cheesy monster-of-the-week feeling    

- Value might be a little smaller to those not already Mega Man fans   
- The entire story comes off with a Sentai/Tokusatu, cheesy monster-of-the-week feeling

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Conclusion

 That's an interesting power you've got there... Cut Man...
 That's an interesting power you've got there... Cut Man...
Basically, if I said "Mega Man Manga" and you didn't perk up, this probably isn't the story for you. Not saying you couldn't enjoy it, but this is a manga for the true believers, who want to giggle as familar faces rotate there way through the pages. Though, I will add, the way they portray Mega Man and his "ability to copy of powers of robots he defeats/kills" made me think of Heroes' Slyar. From that point on, the sheer thought of Zachary Quinto playing the Blue Bomber made this an instant classic..
crusader8463on March 26, 2010 at 12:16 p.m.
I respect the megman games for their place in video game history, but i was never a fan of them or the stories they had.
Baku_Senseion March 26, 2010 at 12:43 p.m.
I WILL be getting this
JackSukeruon March 26, 2010 at 12:46 p.m.
Someone guess if I would enjoy this or not, here's a hint, the obvious answer is the right one.   
 
@crusader8463: I respect that you have been unable to enjoy the Mega Man games, but that first part of my sentence was a lie and you are now officially off my zombie team.
crusader8463on March 26, 2010 at 12:55 p.m.
@RockmanBionics: But but...who am i gonna knee cap to keep the hungry zombies busy when they start to chase me? I'm a very fat man, we cant run and we get winded easy!
JackSukeruon March 26, 2010 at 1:27 p.m.
@crusader8463: Sorry dude, you'll just have to knee cap yourself. 
 
Or wait a minute, can't run you say? fat you say? There might be a spot for you, though you'll have to make due with a golf club/baseball bat. It's cool though cause we'll give you a hand grenade that you can use  in an emergency. 
 
Edit: for some reason my html insert will seem to work when I insert it but wont be posted and thus ruins my joke. This makes me very upset Whiskey Media guys! <STRIKE>when the zombies overwhelm you</STRIKE>
Halberdierv2on March 26, 2010 at 1:44 p.m.
Id get it.
crusader8463on March 26, 2010 at 1:57 p.m.
@RockmanBionics: Hazah! I'm on the team again! Every team needs the lovable fat guy!
JackSukeruon March 26, 2010 at 2:20 p.m.
@crusader8463:  I made an edit, in case you missed it, since the joke I made was supposed to be some crossed over text, but for some reason the html just won't stick once I post it. 
 
Also, no you can't be the loveable fat guy, I'm the loveable fat guy! 
 
Actually now that there's two of us we couldn't possibly round out a team, I mean have you ever seen a zombie team with two fat guys? No we're gonna have to make up entirely new team consisting of only fat guys, it's the only logical way. I propose picking the other 2-3 dudes from ethnical minorities, that would make us come off as main characters more easily and thus increasing our odds for survival.  
 
Unless one of them is a charismatic native-american dude, then we're screwed.
crusader8463on March 26, 2010 at 3:17 p.m.
@RockmanBionics: For some reason i couldn't help but picture a combination of this video and left 4 dead the whole time i read that. 

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