There is a common problem that pops up in long-running series across all forms of media. After so many issues/episodes/games of good battling evil to maintain the status quo, the antagonist of a series can seem less like a threat and more like a lovable ne’er-do-well who gets into goofy shenanigans. This trope is especially apparent in prolonged battle shows and comics, where the stakes can only be raised so high by a single villain (see: Dragon Ball Z, Transformers, Power Rangers, countless others).
Like most recurring problems in media, there is a regular solution to which many writers will resort to keep a story fresh and the action intense. If your series bad guy simply isn’t bad enough, just introduce an even more heinous villain into the mix. With dark enough intentions and a scheme that threatens the world on a massive scale, the previous antagonist may even step up to help the hero save the day. This just happens to be the case in the Mega Man: Gigamix comics. Continue reading A Darker Shade of Blue
One of the earliest articles I threw up here on Geek Force Network concerned a very odd (and lackluster) comic book that reimagined Mega Man as a junior high school student. While this comic tried to break out of the usual story presented in the Mega Man series, the plot fell into yet another trope-filled rut and lost the support of fans by removing most of the iconic elements from the games. It was a far cry from what I hope for in a comic book adaptation.
Ideally, a comic book adaptation should expand on the plot and characters featured in a video game. There should be fresh perspectives on the stories we have grown up playing, or brand new adventures in which we can become immersed. There could be humorous side tales with lesser-explored characters, or bonus content like creator interviews or fan art from professional illustrators. The comic would serve as a standalone product that could entice readers to try out the games, as well as a loving tribute to its source material for fans to pour over.
In other words, every comic book creator should look to Mega Man Megamix for inspiration. Continue reading The Blue Bomber at his Best