Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man Join Forces

Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man Join Forces

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Archie Comics will publish a massive 12-part series on The Blue Bomber and the Blue Blur.

Crossovers are an odd phenomena in geekdom. Born from the desire to briefly merge stories and fictional universes owned by rival companies, a properly handled crossover can produce results that are just as memorable as the original franchises themselves. Aliens Vs Predator and Marvel Vs Capcom became huge hits thanks to this process, and now Archie Comics thinks it can get in on the crossover game. Having already licensed the comic book rights to Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog and Capcom's Mega Man, Archie Comics has gone a step further and brokered a deal for a 12-part storyline that will bring the two gaming legends together for the first time.

The entire event will be penned by Ian Flynn, who already writes the Sonic and Mega Man books for Archie Comics. "I'm already living the dream by writing the Sonic titles," Flynn said. "Then I got to live the other dream of writing for Mega Man. With that many dreams being handed to me, I figured it was only a matter of time."

Flynn is taking the story very seriously, as series editor Paul Kaminski discovered when he brought Flynn onto a project that would make any fanfiction writer salivate. "His response was, 'I have been writing that story since we began the Mega Man title,'" Kaminski said. "Of course, I thought he was joking, but not an hour later my inbox was flooded with Sonic/Mega Man story synopses."

Despite the characters coming from different fictional universes, Flynn believes that he can craft a crossover that is true to the characters and the worlds they inhabit. "They're both fun, adventurous and open to everyone," Flynn explained. "They both have heavy sci-fi themes, mainly robotics, underpinning them that give us something to build from and play off each other. That, and they both have mad-scientist nemeses with fabulous mustaches!"

Ultimately, what's most impressive about the entire project is its scope. The story will encompass 12 chapters in the ongoing Mega Man and Sonic comic books, which not only suggests that the story will be canonical to the comic book universes, but also that the story will be bigger than similar crisis events published by DC and Marvel. "Going in, I want this to be the story fans wanted to read - not just our regular comic fans, but fans of both franchises - so we're holding nothing back," Flynn continued. "Who knows when the stars will align and we'll get another chance to do something like this again, so I'm making sure this is the end-all, be-all crossover."

While the success of the project isn't guarenteed, the last time I read an Archie Comics crossover was the Archie Meets The Punisher one-shot, a silly yet less-risky project in comparison. If Archie Comics is willing to take a gamble on a big project that, at worst, will get the attention to two huge fanbases, who am I to judge? The storyline will begin in 2013, giving Flynn and Archie Comics plenty of time to flesh things out and reveal more details.

Sources: Archie Comics, USA Today

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I saw the news title, assumed it was a game of some sort, and was very excited.

Then I read the article and was first disappointed, because it's not a game, but then kind of still excited... because it's a thing, and besides, how would that game even work?

Ruzinus:
I saw the news title, assumed it was a game of some sort, and was very excited.

Then I read the article and was first disappointed, because it's not a game, but then kind of still excited... because it's a thing, and besides, how would that game even work?

Co-op: Mega-Man shots Sonic out of his arm canon.

This made me smile xD what an awesome cross-over.

I am now reminded of "Scooby Doo meets Batman"...Ahhhhh Childhood <3

Sonic was my first comic series. I haven't read it since Sonic Adventure 2 came out... I haven't heard good things since >.>

I haven't touched the Sonic comics in ages. I think this might be the thing that gets me back into it.

The Sonic comics were infinitely better than the settings of any of the games, though I'll forgive that with the 2D games because there very seldom is a story to begin with. Honestly though, Sega should go through the comics the next time they want a semi-decent story...so long as the game isn't the rubbish like Sonic 2006 or Heroes or most of the stuff released past Sonic 2.

You know what Megaman should do? Instead of teaming up with Sonic...why not have him appear in MOTHER FUCKING MEGAMAN LEGENDS 3?!
'Tis but a dream

Flynn? As in Kevin Flynn? Working on a sonic/megaman crossover? Dear god: please don't let this suck!

I really need to read those comics. They are quite good. Both of them.

Ian Flynn is one of the best writers Archie Sonic has had in a very long time. I'm excited to read this.

DVS BSTrD:
Co-op: Mega-Man shots Sonic out of his arm canon.

Fastball Special.

This is going to FAIL and you know it. Capcom's effectively shelved Megaman, why should this succeed? Or is this one of those fate-tempting tries at resurrecting the blue demoman?

So am I the only who thinks that picture makes it look like there's a bed just out of the shot with Sonic and Mega Man boning in it?

Well darn. By the looks of the article's title, I was hoping we were going to get the hardest Sonic game to date.

Or the easiest Mega Man to date.

But yeah, I don't really read too many comics. But I might keep an eye out for this.

Cid SilverWing:
This is going to FAIL and you know it. Capcom's effectively shelved Megaman, why should this succeed? Or is this one of those fate-tempting tries at resurrecting the blue demoman?

I would like to show you this.

I have spotted Megaman. Have you?

The Sonic Archie comics are creepy to me, so I'm not interested. Were this a game, I figure I'd be much more curious.

captcha: bath water

Really excited about this, I love both games and haven't read Archie comics in a minute so I'm down. This also reminds me of a old flash movie I saw on newgrounds back in the game with megaman and sonic. I don't know how to embed ng movies so I'll just leave the link

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/190268

It's from a while ago so the flash work isn't mind-blowing but its a good watch.

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Sega. Capcom. We need to talk. Make this into a game. NOW!.

saintdane05:

Cid SilverWing:
This is going to FAIL and you know it. Capcom's effectively shelved Megaman, why should this succeed? Or is this one of those fate-tempting tries at resurrecting the blue demoman?

I would like to show you this.

I have spotted Megaman. Have you?

But Megaman IS shelved. Now he is only used for characters in Fighters and cross company games and games that have nothing to do with his story.

Plus that is X. Not classic Megaman.
Also. Megaman and Sonic? YES! That would be so awesome. And now I must post this.

Eggman and Wily teaming up? YEEEEEESSSSS!!!!

Awww, I was hoping this was a game! That would have been awesome :(

Spot1990:
So am I the only who thinks that picture makes it look like there's a bed just out of the shot with Sonic and Mega Man boning in it?

I do now :/

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saintdane05:

Cid SilverWing:
This is going to FAIL and you know it. Capcom's effectively shelved Megaman, why should this succeed? Or is this one of those fate-tempting tries at resurrecting the blue demoman?

I would like to show you this.

I have spotted Megaman. Have you?

Gameplay and Idea seems to be highly similar to this game here...

partnered characters, fighting game combat system yet is a turn based RPG - Crossover...

Regardless I Squeed when I saw Kite and Blackrose :3

Oh deary me.

I...do not have high expectations for this one. I've tried reading some of the later Sonic comics and it is a convoluted, character-dense, bad art laden fucking disaster area. I'll admit the first two are probably just unfortunate consequences of a comic series that has gone on for absolutely bloody ages and also has the unspoken obligation to include characters introduced in the video games to boot. Whole thing's like a bad soap opera for furries.

I haven't read the Mega Man comics (didn't even know they had one, actually.) but since they're trying to tie this into canon, I can only expect this will add to the mess that already exists.

Still, it's perfectly fitting, throwing two series that have been slowly on the decline together to see what the proverbial blender shits out. /zing

I remember reading the old Sonic comics from Archie. I stopped not long after #50, but I have great memories of the series. Sonic #39 where Robotnic finally manages to roboticize Sonic which leads into the Mecha Sonic versus Mecha Knuckles special being one of my favorites. And of course Sonic #47-50 the Endgame Saga was excellent.

Anyway, an interesting idea, but I'm not sure I will bother picking any of it up.

Solo-Wing:

saintdane05:

Cid SilverWing:
This is going to FAIL and you know it. Capcom's effectively shelved Megaman, why should this succeed? Or is this one of those fate-tempting tries at resurrecting the blue demoman?

I would like to show you this.

I have spotted Megaman. Have you?

But Megaman IS shelved. Now he is only used for characters in Fighters and cross company games and games that have nothing to do with his story.

Plus that is X. Not classic Megaman.
Also. Megaman and Sonic? YES! That would be so awesome. And now I must post this.

Eggman and Wily teaming up? YEEEEEESSSSS!!!!

Speaking of Eggman and Wily, the guys over at Death Battle did an episode of Dr Eggman versus Dr Wily. A pretty awesome battle, too. As for who wins? You already know in your heart.

Saltyk:

Speaking of Eggman and Wily, the guys over at Death Battle did an episode of Dr Eggman versus Dr Wily. A pretty awesome battle, too. As for who wins? You already know in your heart.

First thing I thought too?

Badnicks vs. Mavericks.

Badnavericks?

The winner shall be decided by the best moustache.

Sounds cool, I'll have to look for it. Hopefully, it'll be worth a look...

Kind of disappointed this isn't a game, but I'll still be looking forward to it.

Spot1990:
So am I the only who thinks that picture makes it look like there's a bed just out of the shot with Sonic and Mega Man boning in it?

Not anymore D:

*Sigh* I was just hoping for a new Mega Man game, yes i know they are no longer continuing the franchise! I can dream though...

Cid SilverWing:
This is going to FAIL and you know it. Capcom's effectively shelved Megaman, why should this succeed? Or is this one of those fate-tempting tries at resurrecting the blue demoman?

Well, to be fair, Archie Mega Man has been selling at least as well as Archie Sonic and the fans all seem to be behind the idea if postings on BumbleKing, SonicRetrow & The Mega Man Network (to name a few fan sites) any indication. I think it stands a pretty good chance to working out in the end.

 

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