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Destructoid chats with Archie's Ian Flynn about Mega Man and Sonic's second 'Worlds Unite' crossover

May 22 // Chris Carter
Chris Carter: Why did you ultimately decide to create another Mega Man and Sonic crossover? Was there unfinished business with "Worlds Collide?" Ian Flynn: “Worlds Collide” was one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, so we poured all our love into it. When we got the opportunity to revisit the idea in “Worlds Unite,” it was great to revisit the premise, but it begged the question: how do we top the last go-around? The answer, of course, was to go bigger, bolder, and with even more crossovers! C: Speaking of "Worlds Collide," how would you rate the sales of those issues in comparison to the regular Mega Man line? I: They were huge. People really responded well to “Worlds Collide.” Hopefully folks will be just as enthused for “Worlds Unite.” C: Did the decision to split them up between different comic lines work well? I: It did! It brought some extra attention to Sonic Universe and Mega Man. We made sure to make it very clear and easy to tell which issue readers needed to pick up next as they jumped from title to title. C: As you may know, there's been a polarizing reception to Sonic Boom, particularly when it comes to the games. How would you sell the inclusion of that subfranchise into the "Worlds Unite" universe? I: The games established the characters and world in that media, the comics and cartoons expanded upon that and have been very well received. The Boom characters help balance the franchise representation -- two types of Mega Man, two types of Sonic -- while also bringing some much-needed levity to an otherwise very dramatic adventure. C: As a follow-up, what went into choosing the additional Capcom universes to represent in "Worlds Unite?" There's massive amount of rich universes to pick from, so it must have been difficult. I: It was really hard to choose, because I wanted to play with all the toys! But we narrowed it down to those we thought would best mesh with Sonic and Mega Man. Resident Evil wouldn’t exactly fit the tone of brightly colored animal-people and robots, right? Capcom was very receptive and supportive. C: I'm really jazzed that the Red Arremer is making an appearance. What's your favorite non-Mega Man/Sonic character that will be joining the fray? I: It’s no secret that I’m a huge Skies of Arcadia fanboy, so having Vyse and the crew show up makes me happy. And I’ve always wanted to play around in the Street Fighter universe, and I had a lot of fun with those characters. C: Can you talk a bit about when the Mega Man X storyline will take place in regards to the game series? I: Everything kicks off some time after Mega Man X7. Axl is a member of the Maverick Hunters, and the Next-Generation Reploids have yet to appear. C: Finally, I asked this years back, but I'll ask it again! What are the chances of getting a standalone Mega Man X comic series? I: Unfortunately, a Mega Man X series is just not in the cards right now. C: Thanks for your time! The 12-part "Worlds Unite" storyline will begin on May 27 at comic shops across the country (and digitally), and will span roughly three months across issues of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Boom, Sonic Universe, and Mega Man. Feel free to peruse the gallery above for a ton of amazing artwork, preview pages, and cover art, some of which has never been seen before.
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It starts next week
Back in 2013, Archie Comics released a rather groundbreaking crossover -- "Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide." It was a joint effort between Capcom and Sega properties, and brought the two iconic heroes together to battle ...

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Sup Holmes

Sup Holmes braids a second quest with David Hellman


Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!
May 17
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] [Update: Show's over every...
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Zelda comic

Nintendo Power's amazing A Link to the Past comic is back


Reprinted for posterity
May 05
// Jordan Devore
Oh hell yes. Viz Media has reprinted the comic adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Amazon has it as a paperback for $13.89. Illustrated by Shotaro Ishinomori of Cyborg 009 fame, the art is as wonderful now as it was back in the Nintendo Power days. I neglected to pre-order the book in January, so this is a pleasant surprise indeed. [Via Tiny Cartridge]
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Telltale presents Marvel

Telltale partnering with Marvel for new game series


Coming 2017
Apr 23
// Steven Hansen
Telltale is adding to its adventure game stable (Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us) with one of the biggest contemporary licenses, the Disney-owned Marvel, Telltale announced. The two companies are "teaming...
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Arkham Knight

Batman comic will provide the Arkham Knight's origin story


His mother would not buy him a Nintendo and he became resentful
Apr 15
// Steven Hansen
If the headline sounded like "Arkham Origins," don't be frightened. Rocksteady is back and WB can't hurt you any more. Except with delays into late June. But that's a "it's for your own good" hurt, like forcing you to eat you...
Rockman Gigamix photo
Rockman Gigamix

Rockman Gigamix will get a reprint next month in Japan


Megamix was reprinted too
Mar 19
// Chris Carter
Earlier this year we reported that the Rockman Megamix manga series would be getting a reprint in Japan. Now, creator Hitoshi Ariga has moved on to the subsequent Gigamix series, and has also confirmed a reprint for April.&nb...
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Spider versed

Bayonetta 2 director would like to make a Spider-Gwen game


Spider versed
Mar 13
// Steven Hansen
Bayonetta 2 director Yusuke Hashimoto, daydreaming on Twitter, expressed interest in making some kind of Spider-Man, or "Spider-Verse," game. "If I had to work with an existing IP," Hashimoto said, "I'd want to make a game in...
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Sega/Capcom crossover

Sega-Capcom crossover comic 'Worlds Unite' features characters we haven't seen in years


Got the world in my wingspan
Feb 26
// Jason Faulkner
Originally billed as another crossover of the Sonic and Mega Man universes in the vein of their Worlds Collide storyline, Archie Comics' upcoming Worlds Unite crossover is shaping up to be so much more. Not only will Sonic an...
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Batman trailer

Get possessive over Gotham in this Batman: Arkham Knight trailer


The darkest bright
Feb 25
// Steven Hansen
The upcoming, M-rated end to Rocksteady's Arkham trilogy has a lovely new trailer out today. And this one isn't polished, artsy CG the series is known for. Some well cut in-game footage, a view of the rogues gallery teaming ...
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Mature Bats

Batman: Arkham Knight has an M rating


For, you know, Mature
Feb 24
// Steven Hansen
The end of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, squeaked by with a PG-13, but it looks like Rocksteady's Arkham trilogy didn't have the same luck. Arkham Knight director Sefton Hill told IGN that the gam...
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Archie

Archie's Mega Man and Sonic 'Worlds Unite' crossover will be bigger than we thought


More characters
Feb 24
// Chris Carter
[Update: we now have the full image available in the gallery below.] This year, Sega and Capcom will join forces yet again in a Mega Man meets Sonic Archie comic crossover. This time is billed as 'Worlds Unite,' which wi...
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Star Fox Spoof Trailer

Nerdist's spoof Star Fox trailer reminds me of the old Nintendo Power comic


Never give up. Trust your instincts
Feb 18
// Jason Faulkner
Star Fox is possibly the most under-appreciated Nintendo series. It's had games cancelled, been snubbed entirely for a whole console generation, and hasn't received an original entry since 2006 (although an untitled Sta...
Hotline Miami 2 comics photo
Hotline Miami 2 comics

Hotline Miami 2 digital comic series free on Steam


Get your murder on with pictures and words!
Feb 18
// Rob Morrow
Devolver Digital and Dennaton Games have teamed up with Italian art collective Dayjob Studio to bring you an early taste of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number in delicious, digital comic book form. The free, five-part comic s...
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To Be or Not To Be

Choose your own adventure Hamlet is now a game


To Be or Not To Be
Feb 04
// Darren Nakamura
A few years ago, Ryan North (of Dinosaur Comics fame) set up a Kickstarter campaign for a "choose your own adventure" styled retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet, titled To Be or Not To Be. It enjoyed enormous success, making m...
Mega Man photo
Mega Man

The Rockman Megamix manga is getting a reprint


Sweet!
Jan 30
// Chris Carter
If you're a Mega Man fan you owe it to yourself to check out the Rockman Megamix manga. There are a few volumes floating about in addition to the extended Gigamix series, and they feature some cool storylines compliments of H...
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Humble Comic Bundle

The Humble Archie Comics Bundle packs in Sonic and Mega Man


Worlds Collide
Jan 27
// Chris Carter
The "Sonic and Mega Man: Worlds Collide" arc from Archie Comics was pretty radical. See, I'm using '90s terminology to describe it, so you know it has to be good. The comic series sees Mega Man and Sonic pitted against and wi...
Zelda comic photo
Zelda comic

Nostalgia blast! Viz Media reprinting Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo Power comic


Compilation coming May 5, 2015
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
Shotaro Ishinomori's The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past comic for Nintendo Power (RIP) was a few years before my time. But, a quick Google image search later, I can confirm that it's as cool-looking and expressive as eve...
Mega Man photo
Mega Man

Mega Man and Sonic are lined up for Free Comic Book Day again


For Worlds Unite
Dec 22
// Chris Carter
Free Comic Book Day will arrive yet again in May 2015, where you can go to select local shops and pick up an assortment of free literature. Traditionally Archie has gotten into the event with their Mega Man and Sonic&nbs...
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Marvel vs. Capcom

Capcom is delisting Marvel vs. Capcom Origins soon


Oh man, that filter
Dec 18
// Jordan Devore
It's a shame when companies delist digital-only games but it's even worse when they don't give a heads up. Capcom had the courtesy to let us know that Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is coming off PlayStation Network on December 23...
Sonic Boom photo
Sonic Boom

The Sonic Boom universe will show up in the Mega Man comic


Hmmm
Dec 15
// Chris Carter
We already knew that a "Worlds Unite" storyline was coming for Archie Comics' Mega Man and Sonic lines, but now we have a little more information as to what it entails. As revealed by IGN, Mega Man X and Sonic ...
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Batman

This Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is disappointing


'Batmobile trailer,' I should say
Dec 01
// Jordan Devore
The first Ace Chemicals Infiltration video for Batman: Arkham Knight rekindled my excitement and, looking over your comments, I was far from alone in that regard. But this? Come on now. It's almost entirely scripted footage ...
Batman: Arkham Knight photo
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
After news of the delay back in September, the folks at WB Games and Rocksteady have kept all things Batman: Arkham Knight close to the vest. Thankfully, they figured we could use another appetizer after their showing at E3, ...

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Infinite Crisis

Infinite Crisis has a SoCal bro Green Lantern


And he looks douchey in all the wrong (right?) ways
Oct 08
// Jordan Devore
We haven't talked about Infinite Crisis, the DC Comics-themed multiplayer online battle arena game, in a while. Truthfully, it's been fun to just look at its alternate-universe heroes and villains more than anything, what wit...
Mega Man comic photo
Mega Man comic

Sonic and Mega Man will crossover again in Worlds Unite


The second collaboration
Oct 08
// Chris Carter
Sonic and Mega Man already did the crossover thing with Archie Comics' Worlds Collide storyline, but they are returning yet again in "Worlds Unite." More details will be revealed at New York Comic Con, but for now we kno...
Sonic + Mega Man photo
Sonic + Mega Man

Sonic / Mega Man: Worlds Collide comic is getting a complete collection


In addition to the smaller ones
Sep 16
// Chris Carter
The Sonic / Mega Man: Worlds Collide comic was pretty much everything I expected it to be. It was a perfect combination of two of my childhood icons, and it was enjoyable to read from start to finish. Although there have...
LEGO photo
LEGO

Bat-Cow is an udder delight in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham


Blame / praise Hamza for that headline
Jul 25
// Jordan Devore
Now here's a game that really does feel right at home at Comic-Con. TT Games has a new trailer for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham prepared for the San Diego convention and, better yet, images featuring LEGO Bat-Cow, Batman of ...
Metroid photo
Metroid

Corey 'Reyyy' Lewis re-imagines Samus as a nature photographer


New comic from former Rival Schools artist
Jul 19
// Jonathan Holmes
Way back when, Corey "Reyyy" Lewis wrote and drew a comic for Udon based on Capcom's cult classic fighting game Rival Schools. It was canceled before the final issue saw print. The fact that it never got a proper resolution h...
LEGO Batman 3 photo
LEGO Batman 3

Adam West is still the best Batman and will hopefully prove it in LEGO Batman 3


As if I really needed another reason to be excited
Jul 17
// Brittany Vincent
The official LEGO Batman Twitter account posted an image of a Lego Adam West this week (seen above), which hopefully means we'll see a whole lot more of him in the upcoming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Adam West is also goin...

Contest: Win a copy of Death Sentence!

Jul 09 // mrandydixon
From the publisher: Verity, Monty and Weasel have contracted the G+ Virus, an infectious agent that gives you incredible powers – before killing you! What will struggling graphic designer Verity, failing indie guitarist Weasel and roguish media personality Monty do in the time that remains? Fade away – or go out in a blaze of glory? And if they choose to kick back... will there be anything left of the world when they're through? From the streets of London to the North Atlantic, from intimate betrayals to the death of thousands, from muses lost and futures thrown away to the fall of society – Death Sentence is the jaw-dropping next step in superpowered storytelling! Funny, fearless and frightening, packed with shocks, dialogue you can't stop quoting, and the character finds of a generation – don't miss this unforgettable comics debut!
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The break-out comic series by videogame artist Monty Nero
[Update: Contest over! Winners have been notified.] Our friends at Titan Comics have hooked us up with three copies of the awesome comic series collection from artist and writer Monty Nero: Death Sentence! Monty is best known...

Review: The Wolf Among Us: Cry Wolf

Jul 08 // Chris Carter
The Wolf Among Us: Cry Wolf (iOS, Mac, PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)Developer: Telltale GamesPublisher: Telltale GamesReleased: July 8, 2014 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) / TBA (iOS)MSRP: $4.99 (Each Episode) [As is the case with all my Telltale reviews, there will be no spoilers or specifics for the current episode (outside of new character introductions), although events of previous episodes will inevitably be discussed.] Cry Wolf picks up immediately after In Sheep's Clothing's conclusion -- in the inner sanctum of The Crooked Man behind the curtain. The same Crooked Man who seemingly set all of the events of Wolf in motion, and who we only got a mere glimpse of in the penultimate episode. The good news is -- you don't have to wait long for revelations. In fact, some secrets are immediately revealed, setting the tone for a rather fast-paced episode that doesn't screw around or waste time. The rest of the dark realizations will unfold over the course of the tale, but the pacing is pretty spot-on throughout, sprinkling a good amount of action scenes on top of confrontations and a few inquisitions. Fans who enjoyed the pure detective elements might be a little disappointed until the very end, but this is a finale after all, and there is a lot that's expected in terms of excitement -- which it delivers. Unlike some scenes in past episodes, every event in Cry Wolf has a point to it, whether it's to contribute to the overall plot, give us some character development, or deliver some plain old fun. There's hardly any downtime -- hardly any time to catch your breath from the get-go. [embed]277522:54723:0[/embed] One boss fight in particular is a very fun battle that's unlike anything in the collective of episodes so far -- it also happen to feature one of the most terrifying and unique character designs Telltale has dreamed up to date. The action has always ramped up in terms of showing off Bigby's abilities, and this one blows the roof off. Cry Wolf's diverse feel is also accentuated by a chase scene that's unlike anything we've seen so far. Also, the time is over for choices that "may or may" not influence something later. Although you still have your "[x] will remember that" prompts even near the end just for impact, said impact happens immediately, and there's no wondering or hoping that your choice will matter somewhere down the line. In terms of past choices finding a way back to the finale -- they do pop up in a satisfying way, but don't expect too much in terms of actually overhauling the episode's final moments. The real question for any finale is -- "is it satisfying?" -- and I think Cry Wolf passes that test. It gives us a good villain worth confronting, an incredibly tense final set of choices, and a narrative that wraps everything up nicely. Some of your favorite characters might not get more fanfare than others, but there's at least a nod to the supporting cast. Although I would have liked to have seen a little more from a few people in particular, I wasn't disappointed by what I was shown. I don't want more Wolf Among Us -- I need more. It delivers a tone unlike anything Telltale has given us before, and really shows us how they've matured as a studio. The series has also influenced me to read Fables, the source material for Bigby's adventure, just so I can pass the time and hold out hope for a season two. If you're listening, Telltale, find a way.
Wolf Among Us finale photo
A satisfying ending
The Wolf Among Us has been one hell of a ride. Although Tellltale's The Walking Dead managed to craft a grimdark world worth seeing time and time again, Wolf has a more nuanced take, with larger-than-life fairy...







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