Covers and solicitations for Archie's April 2015 offerings are now available, with a few surprises in store.
First up is Mega Man #48, the final chapter of the four-part storyline "The Ultimate Betrayal," complete with a "special Capcom art variant":
The showdown to end 'em all is finally here!
"The Ultimate Betrayal" Part Four: The cataclysmic conclusion! Dr. Light built Gamma to be the definitive answer to all global disasters—unfortunately it looks like all of its power might just be turned against poor Mega Man! As the battle rages, the entire castle stronghold begins to collapse. How will anyone get out of this one alive—and will they at all? Don’t miss the epic conclusion to this Mega Man 3 game adaptation storyline, featuring new cover art from fan-favorite Brent McCarthy and a special Capcom art variant!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Odagawa, Gary Martin, John Workman and Evan Stanley
Cover: Brent McCarthy
Variant Cover: Art provided by Capcom
On Sale Date: 4/15
32-page, full color comic
Next up is Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Collide - The Complete Epic:
It's the crossover of a lifetime! The team-up you've been dreaming of! Two of videogame history's most iconic heroes come together for the greatest action story ever told! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and MEGA MAN unite in WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE! It all begins with a meeting of the minds--EVIL minds! Dr. Wily makes contact with Dr. Eggman, and the two malicious mechanics conspire in a plan that will reshape entire worlds! Using the power of the Chaos Emeralds, they build themselves an unstoppable army of Robot Masters and Roboticized Masters--Sonic's corrupted friends! It's pan-dimensional panic as Sonic and Mega Man race to uncover the doctors' diabolical plot, save Sonic's friends, and brave the nightmarish landscape of the Skull Egg Zone! Along the way they gain new allies, Mega Man gains all new powers, and the stakes keep getting higher until two universes hang in the balance! You CANNOT miss this critically acclaimed crossover! Celebrated by old and new fans alike, beloved by critics and casual readers, this is one big love letter to all things SONIC and MEGA MAN! WORLDS COLLIDE collects the entire crossover event, containing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #247-251, SONIC UNIVERSE #51-54, MEGA MAN #23-27 and material from SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #252 and MEGA MAN #28.
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Ryan Jampole, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, Gary Martin, Jim Amash, John Workman, Jack Morelli, Thomas Mason, Dustin Evans, Matt Herms and Steve Downer.
Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante and Matt Herms
Previews-exclusive Variant Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante and Matt Herms
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
336 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/6
While the normal version will likely be found in better book stores everywhere, I'm going to guess that the Previews-exclusive variant cover will be limited to comic book shops. If that's how you get your Mega Man and Sonic books, then be sure to ask about it!
In addition to these titles, you can also see what's to come in Sonic the Hedgehog #272, Sonic Boom #7, and the special milestone 75th issue of Sonic Universe, all leading up to the Worlds Unite event over at IGN.