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MEGA MAN #42 is getting a SUPER SMASH BROS. variant. 

July 16, 2014 8:31 pm  |  Author: Steven Chase  |  7 Comments

Everybody, stop talking. This is important.

The October 2014 solicitations and covers have been posted on Midtown Comics, and MEGA MAN #42 is getting an epic 3D variant cover—by Rafa Knight, of course—based on Mega Man’s upcoming appearances in the ridiculously anticipated Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

But wait! There’s more! Sonic is also playable in this game, and his dark-furred rival Shadow will be appearing as an Assist Trophy. So, surely, they should be getting in on the action too, right? RIGHT! SONIC UNIVERSE #69 and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #266 are also getting Smash Bros. variants, and to top it all off, the three covers connect together to form one totally bad-ass image. CHECK THEM OUT!

Archie Comics and Capcom-Unity are throwing another FAN-ART CONTEST, and this time… it’s MEGA MAN X style! Plus… are you missing the latest issue? Here’s the scoop. 

April 16, 2014 5:49 pm  |  Author: Steven Chase  |  7 Comments

We have news of a brand-spankin’ new fan-art contest, not unlike the Rock of Ages contest thrown last year! Except this time, the task is to create a work of art depicting Mega Man X and his world! Think you’re up for the task? Click the image above for full contest details, including some mighty fine prizes for the winners! You got until July 1st to get your entries in, so get to gettin’!

In other news… many have been asking where Mega Man #35 is. After all, it’s been available digitally since 3/19! For whatever reason, the issue received an exceptional delay, but it is officially showing up in comics shops around the country today. I personally received my own subscription copy from Archie Comics last week, so you should be able to find it everywhere now.

So, what’s that mean for #36, which is street dated for today as well? The issue went up for sale digitally on Archie’s iVerse store this morning, and currently, its street date has been pushed back to next week (4/23). Of course, if previous releases are any indication, this is tentative. As for the “why?” Beats me, kids.

Comics Alliance previews MEGA MAN #37. 

March 24, 2014 4:47 pm  |  Author: Steven Chase  |  15 Comments

Although the highly-anticipated MEGA MAN / MEGA MAN X crossover is still two months away, Comics Alliance has a preview of the interior artwork by Jamal Peppers. There aren’t any new details on the actual contents of the crossover, but from the images, we see that X and Zero are working together to apprehend some human criminals, while in another time, Mega Man is in the desert with Bright Man and Pharaoh Man.

Check them our yourself here.

Covers and solicitations revealed for MEGA MAN #38, the second part of the DAWN OF X crossover! 

March 19, 2014 7:21 pm  |  Author: Steven Chase  |  9 Comments

The second part of the epic MEGA MAN X crossover has been revealed with listings on Midtown Comics. It looks like Xander Payne will find himself skipping through time to Mega Man X’s world. How will the ruthless leader of Emerald Spears react to robots waging war against humanity? The issue also features an epic group variant by Ben Bates with several characters from both universes, including some cameos of fan-favorites that we won’t be seeing for a while…

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jamal Peppers & Various (CA) Patrick Spaz Spaziante
Release Date: 6/18/2014

The epic Mega Man/Mega Man X crossover event continues in ‘Dawn of X,’ part 2! We travel one hundred years into Mega Man’s future, where an ancient Wily weapon threatens all defenseless humans! It’s up to X and Zero to combat the lumbering metal monstrosity! Meanwhile, Emerald Spears terrorist-on-the-run Xander Payne tumbles through time-and sees something that will change him forever! Featuring brand new cover art from Patrick ‘Spaz’ Spaziante and an extra special character-packed variant cover from Ben Bates!

Midtown Comics Listings: Regular Cover / Variant Cover

Hardcover Sonic/Mega Man: WORLDS COLLIDE Super Deluxe Edition listing shows up on Amazon. 

March 5, 2014 9:49 pm  |  Author: Steven Chase  |  7 Comments

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. 

March 2, 2014 6:11 pm  |  Author: Steven Chase  |  6 Comments

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.

Fortunately, Ian Flynn has taken to the BumbleKing forums to offer some additional details.

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. 

February 14, 2014 6:18 pm  |  Author: Steven Chase  |  19 Comments

Today, Game Informer has revealed a truly terrifying painted variant cover for MEGA MAN #37, set to release this May. The beautifully scary painted cover was done by Erik Ly and features Sigma and Vile, ready to steal your lunch money. CHECK IT OUT!

Free Comic Book Day has a 2-page preview of THE X FACTOR! 

February 4, 2014 7:49 am  |  Author: Steven Chase  |  4 Comments

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! 

February 3, 2014 7:17 pm  |  Author: Steven Chase  |  2 Comments

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. 

January 30, 2014 4:35 pm  |  Author: Steven Chase  |  5 Comments

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.

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