Since the sneak peek back in January, we knew that May's issue of Mega Man would kick off an original story involving brand new characters. Right away, flashes of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog and its overwhelming bloated supporting cast flittered across my mind. However, the comic is only a year old, so we've got plenty of time before we start worrying about an excess of throwaway second bananas. As long as the characters are incorporated in an intelligent manner, there shouldn't be a problem.
In the sample pages, Dr. Light has taken Rock, Roll, Rush, and Elec Man to the Advanced Robotics Trade Show, a convention where roboticists can share their latest and greatest creations. Dr. Light is pals with some of the attendees -- he surprises Dr. Cossack with a sneak bear hug -- but has a special fondness Dr. Lalinde, an old flame with whom he can't wait to get all touchy-feely.
Lalinde's Robot Master Quake Woman appears to have a big ol' stick up her butt, as does Pharaoh Man, for that matter. But with so many capable robots under one roof, you know sh*t will go down eventually.