It’s been seven months since WORLDS COLLIDE wrapped up, and the second trade paperback (of three) compiling the adventure is now out. But, if you haven’t picked up any of them yet, you may want to hold off. Coming later this year—November, to be exact—the entire 12-issue SONIC crossover will be published in a single hardcover deluxe edition!
Two versions of this collection have cropped up on Amazon: a standard edition, and a special limited edition. Details are scarce on what makes the limited edition so much better than the standard (as both are listed as hardcover), with the only clue being the page counts: 320 versus 336. (Interestingly enough, both page counts are noticeably high for 12 issues which would run to about 250 pages.)
But, whichever version you want… you better start saving your pennies now. The standard edition retails at $50, while the limited edition version is a hefty $80! Definitely a stark difference from the usual TPBs that run about 12 bucks.
This is all the info we have for now, but as more surfaces (likely from Archie’s own announcements), I’ll keep you posted. Big thanks to TheFatPanda for the news tip!
AFTER THE CREDITS MONTH brings alternate endings to SONIC and MEGA MAN comics in May.
When we first heard the solicitation for MEGA MAN #36, we were all scratching our heads at this curious sentence: “Plus, be sure to pick up both regular and variant editions to read both SHOCKING ‘post-credits’ alternate endings!”
Courtesy of Comics Alliance, we now have our answer. All of Archie’s video-game comics being published in May will feature different endings in their variant issues. In the past, variant issues have always been identical on the inside, only featuring unique covers, so this will give readers more incentive to purchase both versions. But, while Comics Alliance has a sneak peek at some of the artwork that will encompass these alternate endings (including a cryptic shot of Mega Man’s tattered helmet), we’re still a little unclear on what these endings will entail.
To be clear: Each version is the same from pages one to nineteen. Page Twenty will change depending on which issue you get. Each ending will be canon, but the story arc will be concluded the same in each issue. You will not need to buy both to finish the arc you were already invested in.
So, what do you think? Will you be buying both variants? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Zero’s are red, X’s are blue, here’s a terrifying variant cover of Sigma and Vile to steal your Valentine’s candy from you.
You can’t slow down the MEGA MAN X hype train! Hot off the heels of yesterday’s reveal, we’ve got a two-page preview for “The X Factor,” the back-up story set to debut in this month’s issue and expected to be reprinted in this year’s Free Comic Book Day special.
Courtesy of the Free Comic Book Day website, you can download a PDF containing two preview pages from “The X Factor,” as well as a pencil sketch for the Sonic half of the special.
What do you think? Are you totally going out of your mind with X-citement? Let me know in the comments! (And, a big thanks to Mrmichaelt for the news tip!)
Destructoid reveals covers for MEGA MAN #37. Four-part MEGA MAN X crossover is coming this May!
The Tango is out of the bag! The next big MEGA MAN crossover will be upon us this May 2014, starting with MEGA MAN #37. The new four-part story arc is called “Dawn of X” and will feature a crossover between the Mega Man universe we all know and love, and the dark futuristic future of MEGA MAN X.
To build hype for the monumental event, Destructoid has revealed the covers for the first issue of the crossover, as well as conducted an interview with Paul Kaminski and Ian Flynn.
A lot of fans have expressed concerns with the universes crossing over, something that has never occurred in the video-games in which the comics are based. In fact, there’s about a 100-year-gap between the two timelines that has never been filled. Will Archie Comics be filling that gap with this crossover? According to Flynn and Kaminski, they are aware of the source material and will be respectful with their approach to it.
Flynn:“The mystery of what happened between Classic and X is such a big part of the mythos that I’m hesitant to pull back the curtain on it.” Kaminski:“‘The Dawn of X’ event uses some clever storytelling tools to link the franchises in a way that doesn’t fill in any gaps best left to the fan’s imaginations. The intrigue of the gap of time between franchises remains intact.”
I was a bit skeptical before, but it sounds like they’re going to do a stand-up job to deliver a fun and faithful adaptation! Head to Destructoid for the full interview and freakishly-high-resolution versions of the covers. (And, thanks to BillNoSpoilers for the tip!)
Mega Man X crossover confirmed with this teaser from IGN.
For months, the official solicitations have been hinting at a “Mega Man X crossover” event, but fans weren’t sure if this meant a true crossover from the spin-off series or if it was merely a reference to Mega Man X appearing in the main comics as back-up stories. Today, IGN has decided to clear up any doubts by releasing an exclusive teaser image. With a release date of Spring 2014, it’s safe to assume this event will be starting in MEGA MAN #37. Check it out below!
What’s my take on this? You have to admit that Archie Comics is pretty gutsy for taking this approach. A crossover between the Classic and X series is something you either love or you hate. Personally, I’m a little reserved at the idea since the two have never canonically crossed-over in the video-games. That, and it feels a little premature. But, I was also reserved about the idea of Sonic and Mega Man doing a crossover, and I absolutely loved it! So, I have faith that Archie will deliver the same kind of fun, action-packed adventures that has been leading the comic through success since its inception.
Comic Book Resources has an exclusive sneak peek at MEGA MAN #34, the debut of the MEGA MAN X adaptation!
We’re on the eve of the grand debut of MEGA MAN X, premiering as a back-up story in MEGA MAN #34 in a two-part story arc called “The X Factor.” To remind us of just how cool this is going to be (as well as give us a sneak peek at the forthcoming stories), Comic Book Resources’s Kiel Phegley presents an interview with writer Ian Flynn and editor Paul Kaminski. It’s definitely a great read, and the images include art by fan-favorite Patrick Spaziante and newcomer Tyson Hesse. Give it a read, and grab your issue on February 19th!
In addition, Kaminski tweeted this sneak peek at a completed page of the issue. And man, does it look great!
(UPDATED) Destructoid debuts the covers for MEGA MAN #36.
New month, new comic, and new previews! The comic industry definitely knows how to keep on giving! Let’s just take a moment to appreciate that.
Today, Destructoid premiered the covers for MEGA MAN #36, set to release in the distant future of April. It looks like Dr. Wily’s trial is finally underway. Will he be proven innocent, declared brain-washed by the sentient Ra Moon? Or will he spend the rest of his days, rotting in a prison cell?
And… that’s all I got, because there’s no solicit in sight quite yet. But, we do know that POWREE will be back after penciling this month’s issue (#33, out now), and that’s always great news! I mean… Have you read Sandra and Woo? Cuz you should.
Now, get on over to Destructoid and check out those sexy covers! When the solicit rears its head, I’ll pass it along. And finally, thanks to Bob and BlueSpeeder for the news tips!
UPDATE January 22, 2014 12:25 pm
Archie Comics has released their April 2014 solicits, so now we have a bit more information about this intriguing issue. Namely… alternate endings?!
On the eve of the MEGA MAN/MEGA MAN X Crossover comes the TWISTED tale that could only be called “A Chance at Redemption”! Dr. Wily is a free man, cleared of wrongdoing, and it’s all thanks to–Mega Man?! Can even an evil villain like himself live with a lie of that magnitude? Can he enjoy a life of robotics research next to his “frenemy” Dr. Light? Will the promise of power in Gamma be far too tempting? The answer to all your burning questions lie in this mega-fun issue! Plus, be sure to pick up both regular and variant editions to read both SHOCKING “post-credits” alternate endings! Includes cover art by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and a stunning “TRIAL OF DR. WILY” variant cover from rising MEGA-star Brent McCarthy! Script: Ian Flynn Art: POWREE, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante Trial of Dr. Wily Variant Cover: Brent McCarthy Shipping Date: 4/2 On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/16 32-page, full color comic
Comic Vine is here to bring you your five-page preview of the latest MEGA MAN issue, UNPLUGGED. Mega Man put everything on the line to take down Ra Moon, and now that he’s succeeded, will he survive? It’s up to his friends, family, and… enemies (!) to bring him back, but what other loose ends remain to be tied after the world-wide catastrophe?
The comic was expected to release yesterday, but it’s received a minor delay (along with several other Archie Comics publications) due to the holidays, including digital versions. Stay patient; it should be showing up any day now! While you wait, check out Comic Vine’s preview, including the beautiful debut interior pencils by POWREE!
UPDATE January 15, 2014 10:07 am
The comic received a slight delay, but as of today, it is now available everywhere, including online.
What’s my take on this? No, you’re not crazy. The original solicitations and covers for this issue did state that the interior art would be handled by Brent McCarthy. While I’m sure McCarthy would have done an excellent job, I won’t deny that I’m ecstatic to see POWREE penciling an issue. Have you read Sandra and Woo? All the cool people read Sandra and Woo.
Meanwhile, when it comes to Mega Man and delays, the knee-jerk reaction is to panic. But, I want to remind everyone that this happens every year, and MEGA MAN is not the only publication from Archie that is slightly delayed this month. We’ve just endured back-to-back Wednesday holidays; Wednesdays are new-comic-book-day. So, keep calm, sip an E-Tank, and while you wait, read Sandra and Woo.
The eighth Trade Paperback release of MEGA MAN has popped up on Amazon today, titled “Redemption.” As the pattern dictates, it should compile issues 33 thru 36, none of which have been released yet. Beyond a September 23 release date, there are no other details. Expect them to surface as the months go by…