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Comic/fighting-game mashups that need to happen

It’s been eight long years since Marvel vs Capcom 2 hurled random fistfuls of comic-book and videogame characters at each other and made them fight, and since then there’s been alarmingly little cross-pollination between the two media. That suddenly changed this year, with the release of Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe and the Japan-only unveiling of Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes.

Could this be the start of an emerging trend? We sure as hell hope so, and we’ve got a few ideas about where it should lead:

Potential roster – Dark Horse The Goon, Matt Blurdy (The Helm), King Leonidas (300), Marshal Law, Hellboy and Abe Sapien (Hellboy), Big GuyGhostConcreteEmpowered, Heath Huston (Fear Agent), Gigantic, Spaceboy and The Kraken (Umbrella Academy), Grendel, Miyamoto Usagi (Usagi Yojimbo), Groo, Martha Washington, Marv (Sin City), The MaskShi, Soldier American (The End League), X.

Potential roster – Namco: Gilgamesh (Tower of Druaga), Klonoa, KOS-MOS (Xenosaga), Pac-Man, Stahn Aileron (Tales of Destiny), Dig Dug; Astaroth, Ivy, Taki, Voldo, Sophitia, Mitsurugi and Yoshimitsu (Soulcalibur); Heihachi, Jin Kazama, King, Ling Xiaoyu, Marshall Law, Nina Williams and Paul Phoenix  (Tekken); Rick Taylor (Splatterhouse), Valkyrie (The Adventure of Valkyrie: Legend of the Time Key)

Why it would work: Namco excels at creating fighting games, but so far the only dedicated mashup it’s produced has been Namco x Capcom, a Japan-only strategy RPG. This is wrong. What’s more, the company has been teasing us with its crossover potential for years, as Darth Vader, Yoda and Spawn have all made cameos in the Soulcalibur series.


Above: ZOMG IT'S LIKE SEEING DOUBLE

A genuine mashup is long overdue. As it happens, Namco has a little history with Dark Horse – the latter published a one-shot comic based on Dead to Rights in 2002 – and we could see a mascot- and fighter-heavy portfolio like Namco’s meshing nicely with Dark Horse’s diverse stable of ultraviolent weirdos. With both companies at the top of their respective game, we can’t think of any two publishers we’d rather see partner up and kick each others’ teeth out.


Above: Grendel's lightning speed and elegant manner seems like a perfect complement to Ivy's fighting style and personality. Better her than Raphael, anyway

Besides, Hellboy’s due to appear in a decent game, both sides would have guys named Marshal (or Marshall) Law and we really, really want to see a screaming King Leonidas make a suicide charge against KOS-MOS’ giant chainguns. For that matter, imagine the sort of breathtaking violence you could unleash as Groo, Miyamoto Usagi or Sin City’s Marv using Soulcalibur’s fighting system. Or, hell, imagine making those characters burst using Dig Dug’s pump. Tell us that doesn’t sound like a good time.




Potential roster – Archie: Archie Andrews, Sonic the Hedgehog, Scourge the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog, Bunny Rabbot, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Mr. Weatherbee, Julie-Su, Moose Mason, Knuckles, Reggie Mantle, Ms. Grundy, Pop Tate, Prof. Flutesnoot, Mrs. Beazly.

Potential roster – Sega: Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog, Knuckles, Alex Kidd, AiAi (Super Monkey Ball), some zombie (House of the Dead), Hotsuma (Shinobi), Kazuma Kiryu (Yakuza), NiGHTs, Beat (Jet Set Radio), Ulala (Space Channel 5), Werewolf (Altered Beast), Dr. Robotnik; Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant and Pai Chan (Virtua Fighter).

Why it would work: Don’t roll your eyes – Sega and Archie Comics have enjoyed 15 years of collaboration, almost all of it on the long-running Sonic the Hedgehog comic book, so it makes perfect sense for them to work together in the event of Sega suddenly wanting to make a mashup. What’s more, that Sonic comic follows its own canon, separate from the games and several times more convoluted. Its version of Super Sonic has attained godlike powers. Its version of Knuckles has gone through a couple of drastic changes, one of which almost destroyed the comic’s world. And its cast is somehow bursting with even more ridiculous animal characters than the games. With all that in mind, there’d be no real reason why each side couldn’t have its own version of the blue hedgehog and his assorted hangers-on.


Above: Ordinary game Sonic, meet overpowered comic-book Sonic

In all seriousness, though, this one would probably never happen, because as much as we adore the idea of Jughead uppercutting NiGHTs through a ceiling, Archie has a strict policy of never portraying its characters in violent situations. Still, though… Veronica looks like she could hold her own in a fight, Moose has all the makings of a lumbering brawler and you just know Mr. Weatherbee and Dr. Robotnik would make for a vicious final-boss tag-team. We understand where Archie is coming from. We’re just saying it’s wasted potential, is all.




Potential roster – Slave Labor Graphics:  Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Georgina Riley (Murder Family/DORK), Devi (I Feel Sick), Rex LibrisHsu and Chan, Lenore and Ragamuffin (Lenore, The Cute Little Dead Girl), Dr. Radium, Jesse Sanchez (Street Angel), Milk & CheeseFillerbunny, Vanth Dreadstar (Dreadstar), Samurai Penguin.

Potential roster – Killer Instinct: TJ Combo, Jago, Spinal, Chief Thunder, Fulgore, Cinder, Glacius, Sabrewulf, Riptor, Gargos, B. Orchid, Kim Wu, Maya, Tusk.

Why it would work: Killer Instinct is dark, violent, relatively obscure and beloved by its fans. Slave Labor Graphics, meanwhile, is known mainly for publishing comics that are dark, often violent, relatively obscure and beloved by their fans. The two are perfect for each other. Granted, there hasn’t been a new game in the KI series since 1996’s Killer Instinct Gold for the N64, but that hasn’t stopped fans from spending the last few years not-so-quietly begging developer Rare to make another sequel. Now that Mortal Kombat has made its current-gen debut in a crossover game (MK: Armageddon for the Wii doesn’t count), the time is ripe for Killer Instinct to do the same.

Why cross over with Slave Labor Graphics in particular? Because we want to do horrible things to Tusk as Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, go toe-to-toe with Fulgore as Milk and/or Cheese and smack Fillerbunny around as just about anyone else. And also we want to hear that announcer scream “C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!” while we do.

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68 comments

  • Brawler89 - August 13, 2009 4:14 a.m.

    Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Namco vs Darkhorse OR Namco vs Capcom would rock!
  • FlamingChaos35 - August 26, 2009 5:56 a.m.

    KILLER INSTINCT!!!!!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!! Make a sequel!!!!!!!!!!¡!!!!!!
  • evildevil2 - December 14, 2008 12:33 a.m.

    My idea of Bloody Roar vs. Mortal Kombat vs. Soul Caliber vs. Tekken vs. Virtua Fighter vs. Street Fighter is still awesome!
  • Satanshadow94 - May 6, 2009 8:09 a.m.

    What about a Guilty Gear vs. Dark horse and why didn't you do like a Bloody Roar vs. Dark Stalkers. I mean I get it you want to be funny but it is starting to piss me off!!!!
  • linkganon - May 8, 2009 12:30 a.m.

    how is sonic with and against sega? and i wonder why isn't solid snake nor is his series placed anywhere, and konami is nowhere to be seen? comeon, you have to at least be able to place them somewhere. i'll name a couple that could be used in something... solid, liquid, solidus snake, ocelot (3 costumes), meryl, soldiers of different variations, snake wannabe (raiden), big boss, vamp, sniper wolf, metal gear ray, rex and mgs4,s variation, of course the some ,marine corps,volgin, Johnny kidding, (or was i?)and there are many others.
  • Ginger-sama - November 27, 2008 12:26 a.m.

    First! Archie VS. Sega-lolz
  • TrIp13G - November 27, 2008 12:49 a.m.

    The last one makes the whole list.
  • TrIp13G - November 27, 2008 12:50 a.m.

    Dammit, all. Sorry for the (now triple) double post.
  • iluvmyDS - November 27, 2008 1:03 a.m.

    I really would love Marvel VS Capcom 3 above all.
  • Defguru7777 - November 27, 2008 1:33 a.m.

    Please? LOL.
  • EvilZeus - November 27, 2008 1:56 a.m.

    My picks: Namco ftw Don't care. Killer Instinct FTW Don't care. Super Smash Bros ftw Bloody Roar ftw Don't Care. Don't care. Don't care. And yes, Killer Instinct is beloved by its fans.
  • Elbo444 - November 27, 2008 2:20 a.m.

    i've heard of maybe 10 of those comic book characters... calvin and hobbes ftw?
  • misfit119 - November 27, 2008 3:08 a.m.

    MvC3 and Guilty Gear vs. Image please! I'd definitely pay good money for either of those games.
  • Amnesiac - November 27, 2008 3:25 a.m.

    Agreed. MvC3 and Guilty Gear Vs. Image FTW.
  • valorouslegacy - November 27, 2008 4:34 a.m.

    MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3!!! YES, PLEASE!
  • Gatastrophe - November 27, 2008 5:07 a.m.

    No mega man in the capcom section?
  • Samael - November 27, 2008 5:43 a.m.

    Yeah...Image vs. Guilty Gear needs to happen right fucking now. I recommend Agent 355 (Y: The Last Man) and Swamp Thing for Vertigo vs. SNK as well.
  • SOLIDSNAKE1983 - November 27, 2008 12:40 p.m.

    Forget comics, we all know that the only "vs" game that will ever matter (if it gets made) is Street fighter vs Mortal Kombat!!!
  • clever123 - November 27, 2008 4:03 p.m.

    Marvel vs capcom ftw!
  • blackheart1 - November 27, 2008 4:23 p.m.

    shadow knuckles and sonic could beat archie down into the ground and they could do that to sega too

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