“That’ll teach the ground to mess with me.”

Mega Man #17

Archie Comics (November, 2012)

“Proto-type” part 1: “Father And Son”
WRITER: Ian Flynn
PENCILER: Chad Thomas
INKER: Gary Martin
COLORIST: Matt Herms
LETTERER: John Workman
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Vincent Lovallo
EDITOR: Paul Kaminski

Rock finds a reference to an earlier robot, Blues. Dr. Light tells the story about his first thinking robot and how he accidentally lost him.

What they got right: I don’t think we’ve ever had a version of Protoman where we really understood why he left Dr. Light. And I also give points to Flynn for not going the usual “badass” route with Proto’s backstory. “I left to fight evil. That’s it.” Not here.

What they got wrong: I won’t say “wrong” exactly, but the tone here isn’t as action-packed as we’ve been used to seeing in this title so I hope you can handle that. Personally, although it led to a lack of Best Scene (the emotional moment was good but not Best Scene good), I can’t say anything bad about it.

Recommendation: It’s an origin of Protoman that isn’t all “I left to be awesome” and that works for me. I say give it a look.

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