Mega Man #36
Archie Comics (June, 2014)“A Chance At Redemption” WRITER: Ian Flynn PENCILER: Powree INKER: Gary Martin COLORIST: Matt Herms LETTERER: John Workman SELECTED COVER ART: Brent McCarthy ASSISTANT EDITOR: Vincent Lovallo EDITOR: Paul Kaminski
Wily is able to use Ra Moon taking over THIS plan to blame all his actions on the alien computer taking over his mind. While some still aren’t convinced, Light takes Wily into his confidence and reveals his latest project, Gamma. However, Wily is conflicted with continuing his latest scheme after working with Light and crew again.
What they got right: I’m usually the guy who doesn’t want to feel sympathy for the villain and I don’t here, but Flynn is doing a good job at giving a bit more depth to Wily than the ranting (sometimes wheezing) loon we’re used to in non-game media. We know he’s still evil but watching him having second thoughts makes you wonder if they’ll do a twist the games didn’t, even if that seems unlikely. Also, nice cameo by the judge from fellow Capcom game series Phoenix Wright.
What they got wrong: I haven’t played the game but from what I’ve read the story should be that eight Robot Masters who mine the elements that powers Gamma went rogue. Instead we have Wily’s “former” Robot Masters attacking the unveiling and stealing the elements. Maybe introducing the Mega Man 3 Robot Masters in the previous story was a mistake. Yes, I can be that much of a nitpick and still enjoy the story. But what really bugs me is this “after the credits” thing, not because they’re trying to emulate the Marvel movies for some reason but because if you want both endings you need to get both covers. This is an all-ages comic. Kids don’t have that kind of money and adults don’t have that kind of space OR money to buy two of the same issue just for one page.
Recommendation: And I very much do. It’s too bad somebody decided to interrupt it with the Mega Man X crossover, which is as annoying as the Sonic crossover interrupting the precursor to the Ra Moon arc. Flynn (or the editor, whomever is behind this) needs to stop that, as it drove me off of the Sonic title when I joined the ranks of the unemployed. Still, that crossover was good and this might be. As for this issue, it’s a good point to get into this comic if you haven’t already.