By Bryan Jefferson
Megaman meets Street Fighter in the new comic published by Lion Forge Comics. It is written by Brandon Easton, directed by Carl Reed and art by Sendol Arts. By combining the boss skill mechanic of the Mega Man series with the aesthetic of a fighting game it gives an enjoyable, visually unique style the same way Scott Pilgrim vs the World did for movies. This allows it to have an exciting perspective on the battles without over doing the violence. It presents an engaging story presented with additional characteristics that aren’t necessarily needed but are greatly appreciated by the reader.
The story focuses on Aiden Cross and his best friend Madison. They are casually talking about school when they find themselves in the middle of a battle between their hero Bold Mighty and a giant pill bug robot known as 765. After seeing his idol tossed aside and blocking an attack against his friend, Aiden learns he isn’t a normal boy, which is where the story starts to take shape. He discovers that he is a cyborg that can obtain new abilities by obtaining Pyramoids that contain different data types. The most interesting being Micro-Mees that allow Aiden to transform into multiple smaller versions of himself while still retaining the same power as his larger self. Learning about this true origin and discovering his new abilities he believes he could be the next superhero, which attracts ire from the hero he once looked up to.
The most notable imagery of the series is the way the fights are presented like a fighting game. Whenever Aiden encounter an enemy there is a VS screen showing the names of the characters and a life bar. Throughout the fights the life bar will pop up showing damage received. Special moves are shown by name when used sand upon acquiring new Pyramoids, it displays a BONUS with the new ability. Each chapter is presented as a new level and each issue starts with an INSERT COIN panel and ends with an INSERT COIN TO CONTINUE panel which adds to the video game feel of the series. I’ll be saving my coins for the future of this series and am really looking forward to delving more into the world of Roboy.