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