Already home to Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog (incidentally, one of the longest running “Funny Animals” comics in history) Archie Comics announced Friday that they’ve also received official license to publish a comic series featuring Capcom’s Mega Man.
No doubt there are more than a few details yet to come where Archie’s Mega Man series is concerned so I’ll keep myself “cautiously optimistic” about this until more news is forthcoming but ‘off the cuff’ I have to say that I’m really looking forward to this. Archie is capable of making really good books and with vested creators like Patrick Spaziante on board it’s tough not to be excited about the possibilities.
Here’s the official Press Release:
New York, NY (October 8, 2010): Archie Comics — home to Sonic the Hedgehog comics–is about to become the base of operations for a comic series featuring Capcom’s heroic video game legend, Mega Man!
The Mega Man® franchise is hotter than ever and in the spring of 2011, Archie Comics will take his heroic adventures to new heights with a brand new monthly comic!
With the aid of his mighty Mega Buster blaster arm and a killer creative team including renowned artist Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante and infamous Archie action/adventure writer Ian Flynn, Mega Man is equipped to blast his way back into the comic book world in his own monthly action. Arriving Spring 2011, the new Mega Man comic from Archie Comics promises to build a faithful legacy while exploring a vast universe of heroes, villains, and robots.
‘Since 1987, the enormously successful Mega Man franchise has conquered media from video games to television to manga. Archie Comics is ready to carry on this tradition of success, holding true to the spirit of the old school with a fresh eye on Mega Man’s strong potential in the world of American comics,’ promised Archie Comics editor of Sonic and now the Mega Man franchise, Paul Kaminski.
The Mega Man comic book series will follow the original Rock/Mega Man in his battles against the maniacal Dr. Wily. Mega Man’s jam-packed, fast-paced adventures are told from the perspective of Rock (a.k.a. Mega Man) the young boy with a peaceful heart now thrust into a life of conflict.
“Readers can expect non-stop action, as well as an exploration of the themes of family, choice and loyalty that make the Mega Man franchise a property that connects on a very personal level,” continued Kaminski. ‘From there, we hope to fully explore not only that classic world, but the other spin-offs including Mega Man X, Mega Man Zero, Mega Man Legends and more!’
‘We’re thrilled to be creating a definitive version of Capcom’s Mega Man to American audiences,’ remarked Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. ‘And to do it with our top-notch creative team who all love and understand the property inside and out is going to be spectacular!’