The time is finally upon us, as the final issue of Mega Man -- at least until such an unspecified time as the hiatus ends -- is upon us, arriving in stores tomorrow (though apparently Google Play got it a bit early). As always, following are the solicitation and preview pages for the issue, but first is a bit of a word about this final story from writer Ian Flynn.
From the dedicated discussion thread on his own Bumbleking Comics forums:
I will say that while a ton of heart was poured into this, it didn't come out exactly as I wanted. Structurally, it's a bit of a retread of MM#20, but that's because Capcom insisted on some kind of framing device. Originally, I wanted it as a stand-alone piece; something that held up all of Mega Man to behold, celebrating the legacy in an "artsy" sort of way.
(Funnily enough, MM#20 didn't go as I wanted either - I thought starting it during the Wily Wars only made it more confusing. The Time Skimmer just causes all sorts of problems - ha!)
Most of my intentions came through, and as it is it still acts as a curtain call for the series. But if you go through it and go "Isn't this basically "Rock of Ages" 2.0?" Then yeah, it kinda is. =P
Anyway - thank you all so much for reading. And don't just pass it off as "Eye-Candy, The Issue." Ever single page is very precisely designed with hints, nuances and symbolism what what my long-term plans were.
Edit: Since I guess I wasn't clear. The entire reason Dr. Light is the one having the visions is because Capcom wanted there to be a framing device. The original draft didn't have any of that - it was each page (or two-page spreads, in some cases) telling their individual stories. Either way, the main idea is still there: you have to deconstruct each page as its own story. If you look at it as "just some pin-up," you're missing out.
On a related note, Archie is currently offering a limited-time deal where you can get a "12 Issue Archie Action Mixed Bundle" featuring a dozen mixed issues of Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, and Sonic Boom (including some variant covers) for $11.99 USD, down from the regular price of $47.88 USD. Plus, enter the code "SANTA" at the checkout to take an extra 45 percent off whatever you order!
Now, on with the preview, and be sure to check back for the final (for now?) edition of "The Blue Ink" from Erico.
MEGA MAN #55
THE MEGA-EPIC, MEGA-MOMENTOUS LAST ISSUE OF MEGA MAN BEFORE HIATUS IS HERE! “Everlasting Peace”: When an experiment at the Chronos Institute goes awry, Dr. Light is sent on a journey through time and space! Join us as we follow Mega Man across the ages and learn what it really means to be “Mega Man”! What legacy will the Blue Bomber leave and what will Dr. Light gain from this epic journey? Find out as we take a historic glimpse into the legendary adventures of Mega Man featuring the worlds of Mega Man, Mega Man X and even further beyond for the FIRST TIME EVER with the worlds of Mega Man Zero, Mega Man ZX and Mega Man Legends! Featuring cover art by the legendary Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante and a really rocking “ROCK MAN” variant cover by long-time Mega Man artist Ryan Jampole!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick Spaziante
Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole
On Sale Date: 12/23
32-page, full color comic