May 6, 2013

The Blue Bomber and a Speed Hedgehog Collide in this Wonderful Crossover



This past weekend was Free Comic Book day and one of the free comics was a duel book containing the prelude to the Archie Comic crossover, Worlds Collide, featuring Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog. I have sought out some video game inspired comics over the years with such titles as Halo, Gears of War, Mass Effect, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. The Mega Man and Sonic series I have over looked, but this crossover intrigued me since Mega Man is one of my favorite 8/16 Bit characters and I have had my appreciation of Sonic titles in the past. The comics I typically read are super hero related and come from DC or Marvel. I picked up the free double issue and the shop also had the first three books in the series, which I snagged as well. The crossover is going between three different series; Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Universe. As soon as I returned from the shop, I spent the next hour reading each book cover to cover and have come away thoroughly impressed. As I mentioned before I haven’t read either of the Archie Comics series, so I went into this quite blind. The way the implemented each story line and crossing different plains of existence (which happens quite a bit in the comic book realm) is just too awesome to describe. Not only have the two blue heroes crossed over but the villains have as well, Wily and Dr. Eggman make for formidable foes that use their different expertise to create some epic Robot Masters straight from the Sonic Universe. We get to see the likes of Tales Man, Shadow Man (based on the Sonic Character), Rose Woman, and Knuckles Man. The series is written by Ian Flynn, lead writer on the Sonic the Hedgehog series as well as the Mega Man series. I like the way that Flynn addresses characters if you have never read a Mega Man or Sonic comic so that you are up to speed without hesitation. The series is playful, yet serious, and the way Sonic teases Silver (from the 2006 turd Sonic the Hedgehog) is priceless. The series is worth a look and at only $2.99 an issue it’s hard to argue. I maybe looking into getting some back issues of these two series, they are well done and exceeded my expectations. If you are a looking for a good video game/comic adaptation that your inner child and maybe your own children are looking to read, this crossover is fantastic. Archie Comics has a new fan in me and I will be at my local shop picking up each new issue. The graph below shows exactly which issues the crossover is happening in and the trailer for the series is just amazing. The books are both available in physical print and digital, whatever your choice maybe. There are alternate covers available for some of the issues as well, like the Sonic the Hedgehog #248 rivals variant I picked up featuring Bass and Shadow. Again, the chart below is showing the months and issues this historic crossover is happening in and I’ll see you at the comic shop.




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