So Archie has something big going on right now. It’s a major crossover arc with two of their biggest titles, Sonic the Hedgehog and Meg Man. You might be thinking, “What’s so great about two old video game mascots?” Well I’ll tell you. There’s a guy, Ian Flynn, whose been getting some great press on his run with Mega Man as well as his run on The New Crusaders another Archie title from their Red Circle Imprint. He’s also been the writer on the Sonic comic for a few years now so needless to say, this guy is pretty much Hero-Archie right now. Though I haven’t always like the directions he’s gone, I’ve got to admit, he’s done a great job with what he’s been given. This is also a huge deal for both franchises. Sonic is the longest running comic based on a video game character having gone for 15 years strait as well as two successful spin-off series and Mega Man has been getting praise left and right. So to sum up this is going to be big and its’ going to be good. And here are some more reasons this is worth your attention.
By now we’re used to the every-few-years-shake-things-up approach that Marvel and DC have adopted and it has worked, with varying results. On the one hand, I love comics because of the stories they’ve told and taking that away every so often takes a little of my love with it. Some of my favorite characters have been ret-conned out of existence: Wild Cat, Tom Bronson not Ted Grant, Jean-Paul Valley, Ted Cord, Cassandra Cain and I’m certain there’s some Marvel people in there I just can’t quite recall any at the moment. On the other hand, ret-cons create allow for a whole new generation of comics fans to be born and without them we’d still have to deal with some really stupid stuff, like Mrs. Marvel giving birth to her otherworldly rapist. Ha, told you I’d get some Marvel people in there! Anyway, one of the most enjoyable things about Sonic is that it’s been going forward since its inception and this arc is going to be the first time his world gets “shook up”. There has been talk of some changes happening within the Sonic universe and after a massive kerfuffle of a legal dispute with former writer, Ken Penders, it’s possible that this crossover arc is the beginning of a brand new world for everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog.
Mega Man’s comic hasn’t been around for that long so there isn’t any real change to be expected. It’s more likely that this is going to be a moment where the character can really shine. Mega Man has been called “the smartest super-hero comic on the stands” while Sonic, although a great read, isn’t known for its great philosophical quagmires. So here is a perfect moment where great stories meet great debates all coming together to make some good fun for everyone.
Due to some subscription snafu’s and comic book structure, I’m going to be reviewing Worlds Collide in chunks until I get around to the final three issues which I will be reviewing as individual issues. The crossover is being written for trade rather than floppy so looking at it in chunks until the finally seems like the best approach. Alright, now that we’re done with the preamble, let’s get to the main event!
Till next time, I’m The Writing Writer