In our modern world of streaming media and digital comic books, it’s pretty common to binge on a series and find yourself in a quandary. Once a series runs out, it’s difficult to stay occupied and entertained during the interim. But every so often, a major publisher will test the waters and try to add a new vessel to their fleet of comics. Such was the case in May 2009.
During the run of Street Fighter II: Turbo, Udon Comics pitched a potential new series through bonus stories at the back of certain issues. Since Cody and Guy tied so heavily into the current plot of Street Fighter, it makes sense that Udon would try to get readers interested in a standalone comic based on Final Fight.
In issues 6 and 7 of SFII:Turbo, Cody, Guy, and Haggar of Metro City battled for justice in bonus comics. These stories served as teasers for a potentially larger series based on the classic beat ’em-up games. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough support to see Final Fight grow into an individual Udon Comic property. Fans of the games (read: me) would have to settle for two bonus stories and some brief cameos in the Street Fighter comics. But at least we got to witness Haggar in his true Schwarzeneggarian glory.
For two issues of SFII:Turbo, readers were treated to the potential of another beloved Capcom property becoming a mainstream series. In spite of this hopeful message, the status quo of comics was maintained. The hardest words to read in a comic remained at the end of an issue. Whether it be “Look forward to next issue,” “To be continued,” or “See ya Space Cowboy,” it’s so hard to say good-bye, even for a little bit.
And so it is with a heavy heart that I bid all of you faithful Geek Force Network readers a temporary farewell. Life is making its demands quite heavy in the near future, and so I must take a hiatus from my weekly review and reminisce of video game comic book adaptations. But fear not, for I will return to Geek Force Network in a few months- refreshed and energized to delve even deeper into the bowels of video game comics!
For now, enjoy one of my favorite video games turned comic books. In the meantime, please be sure to enjoy the backlog of great articles here on Geek Force Network. And for the future, remember this- it isn’t good-bye, simply To Be Continued!