As the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate draws closer, Nintendo continue to tease the new and exciting features included in the game – and today’s blog post on the Official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate site is delectably Sonic AND Mega Man-themed!
Sonic Team sound director and Crush 40 guitarist Jun Senoue has been revealed to have created a Mega Man 4 Medley for the game, following on from the reveal of Tomoya Ohtani (sound director for Sonic Forces and Sonic Colors) has created his own rendition of a track from Splatoon for the title.
Check out our coverage of the Archie action panel from San Diego Comic Con. Check out some new art, new info on World’s Unite, the fate of Sonic Boom, the new Silver arc and much, much more! Professionals chatting include Bill Freiberger (Sonic Boom), regular Sonic artist and writer of “The Silver Age” Evan Stanley, Marketing Man Alex Segura, New Archie Action editor Vincent Lovallo and Archie President Mike Pellerito. Headphones recommended as their voices echo in the room.
Credit for video goes to Alex Peal AKA Nuckles87. He’ll have a video interview with Vincent Lovallo up on Segabits very soon with even more new stuff.
Yet another round of bad news for Archie comic fans.
Usually this site doesn’t cover Mega Man outside of the crossover shenanigans, but this piece of news is pretty urgent for anyone who follows the blue bomber. Earlier today, comicbook.com released the solicit for September’s issue of Mega Man, Mega Man #53. On top of that, they stated that this arc would Archie would be ending the series in November’s Mega Man #55. Below is the solicit for September’s issue;
MEGA MAN #53
The BLUE BOMBER is BACK from the events of “Worlds Unite” and is ready to fight for justice! That’s all well and good, if there was actually someone to fight! In “Blue Shift,” peace has finally come to Mega Man’s life—but is that a bad thing? Could it be possible that our super fighting robot has come to actually love the battles he was once so opposed to? Meanwhile, Dr. Wily plots something sinister from the shadows, reaching an even newer low for the mad doctor! It’s an extended curtain call as we come to the end of the Mega Man series! Featuring cover art from Jason Piperberg and a BOT UNDER FIRE variant from superstar Thomas Pitilli!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman and Elaina Unger
CVR A Reg: Jason Piperberg
CVR B Variant: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 9/16
32-page, full color comic
Archie’s Twitter later clarified the news as being a hiatus, not a full on cancellation;
MEGA MAN series to go on hiatus after #55 via @ComicBookdotcom @IanFlynnBKC
Either way, this isn’t exactly great for those who follow the Mega Man comic. At least there’s still a continuation on the cards, so watch this space to see if Mega Man returns to take on more of Dr Wily’s nefarious plans.
Mega Man’s landmark 50th issue hits stores next week, and Archie’s celebrating it in a big way. On top of concluding Part 1 of the Worlds Unite Sonic/Mega Man crossover, the issue will feature a wrap-around cover drawn by longtime Sonic and Mega Man cover artist Patrick Spaziente, a bonus anniversary story showing Mega Man and X meeting for the first time, and five variant edition covers.
Mega Man #50 will hit newsstands on June 17, the same day as the Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles one-shot. You can check out those variant covers, the issue’s official synopsis, and a four page preview below:
Celebrate 50 issues of Mega Man with the latest chapter in the globe-smashing SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event! “Worlds Unite” Part Four: Act One comes to its mind-blowing conclusion! Sigma’s plan reaches its first stage, and the worlds of Sonic and Mega Man have fused! It’s definitely going to take more than one hero to stop the threat from the future—maybe even ten! Sonic, Mega Man, X, Sticks, the Freedom Fighters, Robot Masters and Maverick Hunters—UNITE! PLUS: Stick around for a special bonus anniversary story as Mega Man and X meet for the first time! Featuring a wrap-around cover from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante! PLUS 5 variant covers from Edwin Huang, Irvin Rodriguez, Patrick Thomas Parnell, Roger & Idalia Robinson and part 4 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
David Oxford, writer for Nintendo Force magazine, and Ian Flynn, writer for Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, and Mega Man series, are teaming up for a start-to-finish blind playthrough of SEGA’s upcoming Sonic Lost Worldto raise some money for charity!
Hosted by Nyteworks, the pair seek to raise $1000-1500 (but you know what they say: the more, the merrier!) over the course of 24 hours for the Sick Kids Foundation, the fundraising branch of the Toronto-based The Hospital for Sick Children. You can pester Flynn with various questions concerning the comics, participate in raffles to win prizes via known sponsors Nintendo Force and UDON Entertainment (publisher of The History of Sonic the Hedgehog), and even request games to be played should they finish their Lost Hex romp early!
HOWEVER! While the mission in itself is noble, they won’t be able to accomplish their goal without the proper equipment.
The Sonic Lost World First Play Charity Marathon needs a bit of a boost of up to $750 for quality tools, so Oxford and Flynn are turning to crowdfunding via Indiegogo in order to make the charity event a reality. Perks of contributing include shout-outs and promotions of almost anything (so long as it is within reason), so for the charity and the equipment fundraiser of the charity…
Please think of the sick children.
That’s right, I’m guilt-tripping you. Is it working? Yes? Good!
Get your headphones on boys and girls, cuz this one’s a bit hard to hear otherwise. Alex and I were in attendance at the Sonic/Megaman panel at the San Diego Comic Con Sunday and managed to get footage of the Q&A portion of the panel using Alex’s super nice HD video camera (somebody turn me into a sammich ‘cuz I’m jelly of that thing). There were tons of fans in attendance including some awesome cosplayers including an awesome Eggman and Sally. If anyone can hear this well enough to transcribe it, I’d gladly add it in later.
FTA and Smoovies are accompanied by Ian Flynn, the head writer for Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man franchises, and chat about the two series, some behind the scenes tidbits, as well as the ongoing crossover special, Worlds Collide!
It’s a whopping 1 hour and 45 minutes long, but it’s plenty fun and informative!
For anyone who’s been following Archie Comics’ Sonic/Mega Man crossover, you can now treat yourself to a free digital preview of the upcoming Mega Man #24: Worlds Collide!
Get your first look at the crossover event of 2013 here! Before worlds collide in Mega Man #24, check out this digital-exclusive FREE preview! Get a recap of the events leading up to the crossover, see some amazing upcoming covers by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, and get an exclusive first-look at some of the interior artwork from Mega Man #24! Get ready, folks-it’s Blue times TWO!
All you have to do to get your hands on the preview is to register on the Comixology site, add the preview to your basket, and proceed through the checkout! Easy peasy!
Here’s the Q&A session from the Sonic/Mega Man panel that took place just over a week ago at Comic Con International. Artists Jon Gray and Evan Stanley were there along with Editor Paul Kaminski and Archie president Mike Perrilto among others. Mike and Paul are still arguing on whether Rotor Sucks or not, but everyone shows their love for the freedom fighting clam, Bivalve. I’ll be showing photos from the panel in a later update and my interview with Archie Editor Paul Kaminski will also be up later this week. The audio kinda echos through the room, so I’d recommend some headphones so you can hear what they are saying. Enjoy!
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