Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review of the Week: Mega Man #37

Well, here it is, the start of the Mega Man/Mega Man x crossover. Our story starts in X's time as we see that the comic original anti-robot extremist group the Emerald Spears is still around in that time period and still causing problems. Back to Mega Man's time we see Mega Man along side Bright Man and Pharaoh Man exploring one of Wily's old labs while Dr. Light, Dr. Cossack, and the supposedly but not really reformed Dr. Wily listen in on their progress. Then we cut to the leader of the Emerald Spears Xander Payne breaking into the Chronos Institute and using their experimental time machine. Back in Wily's old lab one of Wily's killer robots activates and Mega Man is seemingly crushed while pushing Bright Man out of its path. We then cut back to X's time with Dr. Cain and X exploring the ruins of that very lab and finding the shattered remains of Mega Man's helmet and the very killer robot we saw earlier.

This issue was a good start to the crossover, and I'm curious to find out where we're going with all this next issues. But, I can't help but feel doing this crossover at this time is a big mistake. One of the biggest problems with the Sonic/Mega Man crossover was it was rushed so much we had to do some reality altering shenanigans to get all the important Mega Man characters into it. I mean for as long as this comic has run we are still only at about Mega Man III as far as what we've covered. Hell, Proto Man is still in his villainous Break Man phase, and we have yet to have a proper Bass introduction. I mean I'm a sucker for crossovers, but we really should have let Mega Man's world flesh itself out some more before getting into this. Maybe just do some Mega Man X back up stories some more in the mean time. Still a damn solid issue to a damn solid book, my misgivings about possibly doing something like this too soon aside.

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