Mega Man Mega Mix has been one of the best adaptions of Mega Man I have ever read. Hitoshi Ariga does a great job of creating a world for Mega Man that is both funny and deadly. He gives each robot it’s own distinct personality which is no easy task with there being over 50 of them introduced between Mega Man 1 – 6. I also like how he has all the Robot Masters interacting with each other. Robot Masters from Mega Man 2 will be chilling with Wily’s later robots from Mega Man 5, it’s a nice touch and fans will get a kick out of it.
The stories in Volume 2 & 3 of Mega Mix aren’t just rehashes of the games either. They are completely new and original stories that give the world of Mega Man some much needed depth and maturity. My favorites in Volume 2 were one that focused on Skull Man from Mega Man 4 seeking revenge for being put offline, and another story that had the robots of Mega Man 5 working at an amusement park to earn money for Dr. Wily. The Skull Man story was extremely serious and was full of action and adult themes. While the amusement park storyline offered some good laughs, funny moments and the introduction of Mega Man baddie Bass.
Volume 3 starts of with Mega Man fighting against the Robot Masters from Mega Man 6 and quickly takes a turn for the unexpected with Mega Man going AWOL and declaring war on humanity. It’s full of action, explosions, robot parts, and appearances by Bass, Protoman, and a slew of other faces from Mega Mans past.
Volume 2 & 3 are also packed with short stories, interviews with Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, character sketches and profiles of the bosses from Mega Man 4 & 5. They make a great addition to Volume 1 and I highly recommend picking up all three volumes. You can find them on Amazon.com.