Previews for Mega Man #51: Worlds Unite Part 8, Sonic: Worlds Unite Battles #1, & Hiatus Update

The closing chapter of the second part of Worlds Unite is here, and it's not alone: Also released today is the second Worlds Unite Battles book, this time focusing a bit more on the Sonic side of things with three epic clashes.

Before we get to the preview pages and solicits, however, here's the latest word on the whole hiatus/cancellation thing from Comics Alliance (thanks to a tip from The Creature Keeper):

CA: We touched briefly about Mega Man going on hiatus, can you elaborate a little bit more for what that means for the characters in regards to “Worlds Unite,” and if there’s any update on a potential “light at the end of the tunnel” for the future of this series?
VL: Towards the end of “Worlds Unite,” Mega Man is pretty much picking up where he left off from his last adventure. We are building up to something, and you’re definitely going to see the stage set. As for Mega Man #55, we’re going in a little bit of a different direction. I don’t want to give anything away just yet, as it’s kind of super secret right now.
As far as what we’re doing with that series, we’re still planning things out. We might be able to do a little bit more than what we had been doing.

So, despite the solicitations' words, Archie seems quite adamant that this is not the end.

Now, read on for Archie's solicitations accompanied by plenty of preview pages, and stay tuned for Mighty No. X's reviews of both issues!

MEGA MAN #51

IS ALL LOST?! The evil Sigma unleashes an unstoppable army in “Worlds Unite” Part Eight: Sonic, Mega Man and X lead the unified army against Sigma’s horde of resurrected Mavericks!  Sigma has now taken command of the Genesis Portals, threatening to fuse together even MORE worlds!  With our heroes’ time and strength running out, Sticks returns with reinforcements—and you’ll never believe who she recruited! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, and variant cover art from Sonic rising star Diana Skelly and part 8 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Edwin Huang, Gary Martin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Bald is Beautiful Variant: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms
Covers Unite Variant (8 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 7/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

So weird to see X be the first to draw his weapon, isn't it?

NOW I'm disappointed we don't have Vector vs. Wheel Gator.

Place yer bets! Animals 'n robots vs. robot animals!

"I did see Middy and Techno, but don't worry -- I never liked them anyway."

SONIC: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES #1

ALL-NEW DIRECT MARKET-EXCLUSIVE special!  There are so many epic battles in the SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event that the biggest brawls of the bunch have exploded into their very own book! Twelve issues just isn’t enough to contain all the frantic action of “Worlds Unite!”  The action spills over into this second special stand-alone issue where an all-star cast of creators bring you an extraordinary all-action issue!  Watch as Sonic battles the Deadly Six, Knuckles throws down with Break Man, and Sticks… goes after Roll?! LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! Also featuring variant cover art from Roger and Idalia Robinson, and a special wrap-around sketch variant by Sonic and Mega Man superstars Evan Stanley & Jamal Peppers!

Script: Joel Enos, Ryan Jampole, Aleah Baker
Art: Tracy Yardley, Ryan Jampole, Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant, Terry Austin, Rachel Deering and Elaina Unger
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Phyllis Novin and Ben Hunzeker
Sketch Variant Cover: Jamal Peppers
Sonic vs Mega Man Variant Cover: Roger & Idalia Robinson  
On Sale Date: 7/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

"Blue streak... speeds by... there'sadisembodiedhandholdingablueroseinmyway... wait, what?"

Now THAT is what I bet Zavok calls a REAL "Sonic Boom"!

Roll, all alone against all these ferocious (simulated) robots with nothing but her broom... they don't stand a chance.

I can't be the only one who wants to see the "cheeseburger" button in action, can I?

Hey, it's the battle we've been waiting since the last crossover for!

"Bu, bumoooo?! Bu, bumomomomo?! Bumomomoooo!!"