As a huge fan of Mega Man I was excited when I heard Udon Entertainment would be releasing Mega Man Megamix for the first time in English. Hitoshi Ariga handles both the story and art in this manga that was originally released in Japan in 2002. Volume 1 contains three chapters, including a section for character profiles and sketches, and an interview with Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune.
The first chapter is a loose adaption of the Mega Man 1 video game. Dr. Wily reprograms six of Dr. Light’s robots and unleashes them on the city. The art is great and Hitoshi makes the world of Mega Man a little darker than normally. You’ll see the Robot Masters causing extreme mayhem as they slice buildings in two and blow up everything in their path. The story does feel a little rushed as Mega Man faces off against all 6 Robot Masters in fairly quick succession, with each battle consisting of a page or two. I would of loved to have seen longer battles. Chapter 1 ends with Wily escaping and gives us a quick glimpse of the Robot Masters from the Mega Man 2 video game. My favorite part of Chapter 1 was Mega Man’s arm getting sliced off by Quick Man. It was brutal and showed that this was not a kiddy story.
Chapter 2 has Wily unleashing his own robots on the city. These robots are the villains of the Mega Man 2 video game, which this chapter is very loosely based on. The best part of this story is Mega Man teaming up with Dr. Light’s six robots from the first chapter to take on Wily’s crew. It was really fun to see things like Cut Man facing of against Metal Man or Fire Man battling Crash Man. Hitoshi is a self proclaimed Mega Man fan and it really shows in this chapter. He even works in Item 2 from the video game. The story for this chapter felt more fleshed out and was a better read.
Chapter 3 is an all new story. It starts with a brief description of the events of the Mega Man 3 video game, and than shifts to Mega Man on his way to Manhattan for the unveiling of a new super computer. While there, one of Wily’s new robots goes haywire and starts to destroy the city. Wily, upset that one of his robots would dare disobey him tries to destroy the robot. Mega Man teams up with Wily’s Robot Masters from Mega Man 3 to take down this new threat. The interaction between Mega Man and Wily’s robots is hilarious and makes for some funny situations. This chapter greatly benefits from not having to follow the story of Mega Man 3 and is in my opinion the best chapter because of it.
I really enjoyed this book over all. It was a little rocky at the start but found it’s legs about half way through. The bonus sketches in the back and the interview were also nice additions. I will be ordering the next volume.
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