Writer: Ian Flynn
Artist: Gary Martin
Cover: Ryan Jampole
Mega Man is Back!
As the tag line on the cover states, the Blue Bomber is indeed back after his epic crossover with Sonic the Hedgehog. His world has been restored to normal, Wily has been defeated and that means our hero can now enjoy some much needed rest.
Well not exactly.
While the Worlds Collide story arc may have ended for Rock, he now finds himself in the prelude to “Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon”. It seems that there is no time to recoup from his massive adventure in the pocket verse, but that’s ok because the writers used the classic amnesia plot point to allow for our hero to keep on fighting.
As I said Rock’s world has been returned to normal and as such, the way of the world is once again where it was before Wily and Eggman turned everything upside down. Proto Man is back to being under Wily’s control as Break Man and he and Rock are squaring off just as they were before the shift in realities. In fact other than a few lines of dialogue, they really made it feel as if the whole Worlds Collide arc never happened or was just a passing dream. While this does allow for the Mega Man story to continue as it had been prior to, I still would have liked it to remain in the characters memories so we could still see Rock use all the awesome power-ups he gained from the Sonic characters.
While there is no rest for the wicked, Wily is back and planning to use the power of the ancient alien Ra Moon on the world in his latest diabolical plot to destroy his blue nemesis and bring his brand of order to the planet. Sadly for our mustached antagonist, this will not take shape as he had hoped as Ra Moon has a plan of its own and starts to unleash it in this issue.
Want to know what the plan is? Well sadly I am not going to spoil it for you, as I want you to read for yourself.
However the good thing about this issue is the fact that it is a great jumping on point for new fans. Like most issues in the Archie Adventure Series, you get a nice recap of what has been happening in the story up to this point. So even if you have not been picking up the title you don’t feel as if you have missed anything. Factor that in with the great text boxes that let you know who every character in the story is and you have a recipe for a book you can pick up and read without having to shell out the cash on a ton of back issues.
You also get the history of Ra Moon in this issue so you will be caught up on who or what this new threat to Mega Man’s world is and how it came to be. This allows you once again to be able to pick up and enjoy and not ask the questions you get in a lot of other books of who is this character that is talking or what happened previously?
Ian Flynn does it once again and creates a tale that makes you want to read and want to know what is going to happen next. For any comic book this is what you want, you want to create a tale that makes the reader salivate for the next part of the story and Flynn seems to do this with every issue he writes. I know when I read this issue and seeing what Flynn had done it made me sad when the last page came into view and I knew I had to wait another couple of weeks for the next installment. That is how good this was and is a true testament to Flynn’s abilities as a writer. He does the same to me with Sonic and as comics go these are two of my favorites due to that want of the next issue after you finish reading.
While like I stated I would have loved for the memories of the crossover to remain intact with the characters, I have hopes it will be revisited at some point, this is still a great start to the next stage in the Mega Man series. Based off this issue alone and the surprising events that take place this is an issue not to miss for anyone who has ever been a fan of Mega Man.
5 out of 5 nerds