Destructoid has got you covered for the monthly five-page preview of the newest MEGA MAN adventure in the epic finale to “The Curse of Ra Moon”. It’s all-our war as Mega Man and his Robot Master companions stand against Ra Moon and his own army. Can Ra Moon be stopped before all of humanity crumbles under its reign?
Archie Comics has been producing comics for over 70 years. Even Sonic has 20+ years and 400+ comics under his belt. Can you imagine how many gems must be tucked away in the Archie warehouses, waiting to be discovered?
Well, it’s time to find out! Archie has opened THE ARCHIE VAULT, an online store dedicated to the forgotten and lost treasures of Archie’s glorious past. And while the selection is a bit scant now, there’s definitely a lot of potential for some real delights to show up in the future!
And, for those who missed out on Mega Man’s first convention variant, you can currently pick up the 2011 NYCC variant of MEGA MAN #6 for $14.99 USD. Admittedly, this may seem a bit pricey, but the item doesn’t show up on eBay very often, so this may be one of your last chances to secure a copy.
All of my incessant speculation is finally put to rest. Midtown Comics now has their listings up to Archie’s releases from the second half of February to the first half of March, 2014. With it, we have the official solicitations for the highly-anticipated MEGA MAN #34, including the adaptation of the popular MEGA MAN X series. The issue will also feature interior pencils by newcomer Tyson Hesse, and the main story appears to be part of a new story arc called “Shadow of the Moon.”
This is it! The issue every Mega-fan has been demanding! The debut of Mega Man X! But first, in ‘Shadow of the Moon’ Part One: Mega Man joins a research team seeking the truth behind Dr. Wily and Ra Moon. But how far will they get when Shadow Man goes on the attack? Then, in ‘The X Factor’ Part One: jump 100 years into the future as Dr. Cain discovers Dr. Light’s final, greatest creation – Mega Man X! Featuring pencils by the returning Mega Man art legend Patrick ‘Spaz’ Spaziante! The road to the next big mega-crossover starts here, featuring an exclusive Mega Man X variant cover by superstar artist Ben Bates! (Release Date: 2/19/2014)
What’s my take on this?
Based on my previous speculation, it’s safe to say that—because this issue is releasing later in the month than MEGA MAN usually does—issues #32 and #33 will probably receive 1-2 week delays, just like recent issues. So, don’t be surprised if that happens.
What I find most intriguing about this solicit is the mention of “the next big mega-crossover.” Previous reports of the MEGA MAN X adaptation make no mention of the two universes crossing over. In fact, video-game faithfuls know that—canonically speaking—the characters of “Classic” and “X” have never met.
So, does this mean Archie will be dropping a time-travel story that has the two Mega Men meeting (not unlike Ruby-Spears and Dreamwave did before them)? Or, will they drive a more faithful route, keeping the two universes separate? Personally, I hope for the latter, but I’ll take what I can get!
Which would you like to see more? Let me know in the comments!
[UPDATE] Mega Man #31 receives 1½ month delay? Mega Man #34 is missing in the January solicits? What’s going on?
FINAL UPDATE (November 15, 2013 6:45 pm):
I have a copy of the comic book in my hands, and other subscribers are receiving theirs as well.
UPDATE #5 (November 10, 2013 3:42 pm):
Kids Comics has updated their listing for #31 to 11/20. Assuming this is correct, that puts #31 with a two week delay, just like #30. And, assuming the same happens to #32 and #33, then that would explain why #34 is not in the January 2014 solicits. (Of course, the February 2014 solicits will be dropping any day now, so we’ll know for sure soon!)
UPDATE #2 (November 4, 2013 12:15 pm):
Good news. I spoke with a representative in the Archie Comics subscription department, and they have the comic listed as releasing 11/13 (next Wednesday). If it’s like the last two issues, that means it’ll probably be available digitally 11/6 (this Wednesday). I’ll keep everyone posted.
ORIGINAL POST (November 3, 2013 11:21 am):
As many fans have noticed, the last few issues of MEGA MAN have received some quiet delays. #29 and #30 both released digitally on their original release dates. However, #29 released physically a week later (9/18), and #30 followed suit by receiving a two week delay (10/23). With the original solicit for #31 putting it to release this Wednesday, many questioned if it would receive a similar fate.
If Diamond Comic Distributors is any indication, the answer is—unfortunately—”yes.” If you aren’t familiar, Diamond is the largest comic book distributor in North America, responsible for transporting comics from its publishers to the retailers. This means they’re probably the most accurate source of comic book release dates on the web. And, according to their Kids Comics sister site, we won’t be seeing MEGA MAN #31 until Christmas.
(Currently, Diamond lists #32 and #33 as their original releases. But, considering that puts #32 as releasing before #31, I imagine they’re subject to change.)
(This makes sense, too. The solicits run mid-month to mid-month. In other words, January solicits run mid-January to mid-February. Just an additional two week delay on MEGA MAN’s entire release schedule would throw #34 into the February solicits.)
So, what does this all mean? Is this the first nail in the inevitable comic book coffin? Will the MEGA MAN comic be joining MegaMan Volnutt on the moon, never to be rescued?
I doubt it.
According to editor Paul Kaminski on the BumbleKing forums, “Do not panic! The Mega Man series is alive and well, just some scheduling stuff to work through. Had some art come in on 34 today and it’s freaking awesome.”
Now, for my own musings…
I know that for long-time MEGA MAN fans, the word “delay” sparks flashbacks that induce rage and doubt. But, while we can speculate all we want on why the comic is being delayed, I can say with certainty that we have nothing to worry about.
Comic books get delayed regularly. Remember, a single MEGA MAN comic book takes the work of several individuals, many of which rely on someone else before they can even start their work. A colorist can’t color until the inks come in, and an inkist can’t ink until the pencils are done. If just one slip-up happens in the process, it can delay the entire product… and possibly every product thereafter.
Not to imply that someone on the team didn’t turn their work in on time, but this is just one example of several for why a comic series could receive delays, and they have nothing to do with it being cancelled outright. Archie’s own SONIC comics have undergone several delays in the past, and yet, the comic has been going strong for 20+ years (even when the franchise itself hasn’t).
And of course, there’s still the chance that Diamond’s listing is just plain wrong, and I’ve stirred up panic for no good reason.
But regardless, what do you think? Let me know in the comments!
Still digesting the most epic Mega Man comic announcement since “Worlds Collide?” Well, take a breather, because Comic Vine has got your exclusive first look at the latest chapter in “The Curse of Ra Moon,” hitting store shelves this Wednesday.
Take a look at the preview pages over at Comic Vine, and when you snag your copy, hit the comments to discuss what you think of the newest adventure!
It’s happening. Archie Comics announces a MEGA MAN X adaptation, starting in February 2014 with Mega Man #34.
This is a monumental day for Mega Man fans everywhere. The hit spin-off series to the classic Mega Man franchise, MEGA MAN X, is getting its own comic book adaptation, starting with a back-up feature story in Mega Man #34 (coming out February 2014) that will continue into #35. These two stories will be penciled by fan-favorite Patrick Spaziante. Initially, X’s story will be told only through stories in the back of the main Mega Man publication, but if there’s enough demand (and you know there will be), it could get its own book sometime in 2014.
IGN has released full details on the Mega Man X adaptation, complete with an exclusive interview with Ian Flynn and Paul Kaminski. They also have cover artwork for #34, including the standard cover and an amazing Mega Man X variant edition.
There are no details on the main story of #34, but from the cover, we see that Mega Man is back in working order after being in critical condition in #33. Also, Plant Man and Pharaoh Man will play some kind of role.
If you’ll recall, we’ve previously known that the finale to the epic crossover with Sonic—i.e., Sonic the Hedgehog #251—would be getting its own convention exclusive variant cover (penciled by Lamar Wells) at some point in time. Well, that time is now!
Direct from the Archie Comics blog, special giveaways for the 2013 New York Comic Con will include the variant cover, as well as nifty Worlds Collide buttons.
The cover is a sketch that Wells has hosted on his deviantART account for several months (which I personally hoped would be used for the variant cover). Except instead of a sketch, it has been fully realized with inks by Jim Amash and colors by Dustin Evans.
The Sonic/Mega Man/Red Circle panel is scheduled for October 10th with appearances by Paul Kaminski, Mike Pellerito, Ryan Jampole, Dean Haspiel, Ian Flynn, and Jamal Peppers. Head to Archie’s blog for full details.
If anyone is attending and would like to pick me up a copy, I’d be more than happy to compensate you for your troubles! And, thanks to TheFatPanda for the news tip!
A listing for the first Mega Man comic of 2014 has shown up on Midtown Comics. After the fall-out of Ra Moon, Mega Man’s fate hangs on by a thread. The only ones that can save him are Dr. Light and… Dr. Wily?! (Cue Mega Man 3 adaptation!) The issue features a cover and debut interiors by Brent McCarthy (who previously threw together the awesome “movie poster” variant cover for issue 31). It will also feature a variant cover by fan-favorite Patrick Spaziante where Mega Man goes tow-to-tow with his greatest arch nemesis of all time: the ghastly localized depiction of himself!
The solicits and covers are below, and head to Midtown Comics to pre-order your regular or variant edition covers.
(And if you’re a recent Sonic fan thanks to the crossover, the latest batch of Sonic covers/solicits are also on Midtown Comics here and here.)
The critically acclaimed Mega Man series continues with the dramatic, action-packed epilogue to the ‘Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon’ storyline in, ‘Unplugged’! The battle against the sinister alien being known as Ra Moon has ended, and Mega Man’s final fate remains in doubt! With major repairs looming, and Rock’s future as a super fighting robot in question, Dr. Light must work to restore our hero to his former glory. This may be a job that even Dr. Light can’t handle, but at least he’s got some help from his trusty pal Dr. Wily. Wait! Why on earth is the evil scientist helping to save the Blue Bomber? And how far will Dr. Wily go to remain free? Featuring cover art from Brent McCarthy and a special variant cover from Mega Man artist supreme Patrick ‘SPAZ’ Spaziante!
Destructoid’s first look at #29 + interview with veteran artist Mike Cavallaro.
It’s that time! The epic new Mega Man story arc is officially underway, and Destructoid has your first look! In addition, they’ve conducted an interview with Mike Cavallaro, a veteran comic book artist who is penciling Mega Man for the first time. And let me tell you… the results are grand!
Head to Destructoid for the interview, the standard 5-page preview, as well as several promotional images, including pencil sketches by Cavallaro. Subscribers may have already received their issues. Not a subscriber? Too far from a comic shop? No worries! The comic is available at all major retailers and digitally today!
Archie Trade Paperback blow-out! Covers revealed for Worlds Collide Volumes 2 and 3 + The Curse of Ra Moon!
Holy awesome! Not satisfied with some imageless Amazon listings? Bleeding Cool’s got you covered with a HUGE blow-out of Archie’s trade paperback releases scheduled for 2014. Of course, this includes the last two volumes of the Sonic the Hedgehog crossover “Worlds Collide,” as well as the upcoming Ra Moon story arc. Check out high-resolution images here, and also look at all the other glorious Archie books scheduled for next year!