Mega Man #21

“Goodbye 20XX, hello 20XX!”

Mega Man #21

Archie Comics (March, 2013)

WRITER: Ian Flynn
PENCILER: Ryan Jampole
INKER: Gary Martin
COLORIST: Matt Herms
SELECTED COVER ART: Chat Thomas, Gary Martin, and Matt Herms
LETTERER: John Workman
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Vincent Lovallo
EDITOR: Paul Kaminski

It’s New Years and Xander plans to disrupt the event since it’s this year’s guest of honor is Mega Man. Of course, his plan will lead to a lot of people being hurt. Rock, Rush, and Detectives Stern & Krantz must take down Xander and his two remaining Emerald Spears operatives before that happens.

What they got right: We actually have names and backstory for the two Spears who escaped the last time they showed up. It’s the bare minimum but they’ll probably be back so Flynn has something to build on.  As a stand-alone tale this was well done and full-length rather than a shorter story and a back-up like previous stand alone issues.

What they got wrong: It’s tough to do a New Year’s story when the year doesn’t change, as I noted in the cover’s caption gag.

Recommendation: A very good story that’s worth giving a look.

I wish more superhero comics would look at this hero as an example.

I wish more superhero comics would look at this hero as an example.

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