Scheduled to arrive in comic shops next week (and in the hands of subscribers sooner than that, hopefully) is the 33rd issue of Mega Man from Archie Comics. Following the events of the "Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon" finale, we are left to wonder what will be the fate of our favorite super fighting robot.
For those who can't wait to catch a peek of what comes next after that cliffhanger, Comic Vine has the ritualistic five-page preview available on their website, along with the following solicitation:
MEGA MAN #33
The critically acclaimed Mega Man series continues with the dramatic, action-packed epilogue to the "BLACKOUT: THE CURSE OF RA MOON" storyline in, "Unplugged"! The battle against the sinister alien being known as Ra Moon has ended, and Mega Man's final fate remains in doubt! With major repairs looming, and Rock's future as a super fighting robot in question, Dr. Light must work to restore our hero to his former glory. This may be a job that even Dr. Light can’t handle, but at least he’s got some help from his trusty pal Dr. Wily. WAIT A MINUTE—DR. WILY?! Why on earth is the evil scientist helping to save the Blue Bomber? And how far will Dr. Wily go to remain free? Featuring cover art from Brent McCarthy and a special "BOX ART MEGA MAN" variant cover from Mega Man artist supreme Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
Cover: Brent McCarthy
"BOX ART MEGA MAN" Variant cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/15
32-page, full color comic
With that said, it's possible that things are not as they appear. That is, reports are that something has affected the scheduling for the comic, as TMMN reader Will has shared with us the following correspondence he received from digital comic provider comiXology:
Subscription Notice: Mega Man #33 Delay
Dear fellow Mega Man fan,
Last week, you were notified by email that Mega Man #33 was due to come out this week. Due to unforeseen delays in publisher and production schedules, there is no confirmed release date at this time.
When this book is released, we'll reach out and let you know.
If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @cmxsupport.
Thanks for your patience!
- Your Friends at comiXology
So far, Archie Comics themselves have made no mention of a delay, though the original street date was supposed to be January 8th, but this would not be the first time a series of events like this has happened.