Comic/fighting-game mashups that need to happen

Potential roster – Vertigo: V (V for Vendetta), Dream (Sandman), Lucifer, Jesse Custer and the Saint of Killers (Preacher), Shade: The Changing Man;  Lord Fanny, Ragged Robin and King Mob (The Invisibles), Spider Jerusalem (Transmetropolitan); Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Silk Spectre, Nite Owl and Ozymandias (Watchmen); John Constantine (Hellblazer).

Potential roster – SNK: Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami (The King of Fighters), Rock Howard and Terry Bogard (Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves); Nakoruru, Hattori Hanzo and Haohmaru (Samurai Shodown); Kaede (Last Blade, Athena, Marco and Mars People (Metal Slug), Geese Howard and Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury), Fuuma (World Heroes), Ryo Sakazaki (Art of Fighting), Cyber Woo (King of the Monsters)

Why it’d work: We admit it: We don’t actually care about seeing half of these characters in a game. All we want to see is the Watchmen and the King of Fighters crowd beating the shit out of each other, and everyone else, for hours and hours and hours. Everything else is just window dressing.

That said, there's a lot of potential in the other characters. Even in the original graphic novel, V was an extremely capable fighter, bullet-time knife tricks or no, and it'd be fun to boot around SNK's roster of pretty boys under the guise of an anarchist superhero. Meanwhile, Spider Jerusalem's bowel disruptor could turn every fight into a horrifying mess, Jesse Custer's Word of God power could simply make enemies fight themselves and the Saint of Killers' status as an invincible murder machine would make him perfectly suited to be one of SNK's crushingly difficult final bosses.

Potential roster – Oni Press Barry Ween, Shawn and Sam (Black Metal), Sheriff Ida Red and Clint Saguaro (Mutant, Texas), Courtney Crumrin; Clover Connelly, Alan Walsh and Bleu Finnegan (Blue Monday); Alison Dare, Arsenal Hopeless Savage (Hopeless Savages), Carrie Stetko (Whiteout); Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers and Knives Chau (Scott Pilgrim); Argobot (Jason and the Argobots).

Potential roster – Smash Bros.: Fox McCloud, Samus Aran, Captain Falcon, Link, Toon Link, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Pit, Bowser, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Kirby, Wario, Mario, Luigi, Pikachu.

Why it would work: Oni Press has built its reputation on publishing a broad spectrum of quirky, diverse comics, at least two of which will be made into movies in 2009. It’s time to move on to other forms of media, and because our current favorite Oni series (Scott Pilgrim) so heavily references 8-bit games, we can’t think of a better match for the publisher’s characters than Smash Brothers.

Nintendo has already shown on three occasions that its simple, anarchic fighting-game formula works beautifully for bringing together groups of characters from diverse, seemingly incompatible settings, so it wouldn’t be too big of a stretch to dump in Oni’s diverse cast of misfits. Yeah, it’d be a little silly watching US Marshal Carrie Stetko jumping around and kicking Pikachu in the face or whatever, but not that much sillier than it was watching Solid Snake or Samus do the same thing. Meanwhile, the over-the-top brawling abilities of Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers and Knives Chau would be perfectly suited to booting Kirby into the stratosphere, and the giant Argobot would make a kickass, screen-filling boss, goody-two-shoes little-kid pilot or no.

Potential roster - Fantagraphics: The Super-Man (Acme Novelty Library), Luba (Love & Rockets), Lloyd Llewellyn (Eightball), El Borbah, Maggie and Hopey (Love & Rockets), Frank, Uncle Gabby (Maakies), Buddy Bradley (Hate), DoofusKrazy Kat, Drinky Crow (Maakies), Ignatz (Krazy Kat), Snuff (Underworld).

Potential roster – Bloody Roar: Shina the Leopard, Bakuryu the Mole, Xion the Unborn, Uriko the Half Beast, Jenny the Bat, Busuzima the Chameleon, Alice the Rabbit, Stun the Insect, Yugo the Wolf, Shenlong the Tiger, Long the Tiger.

Why it would work: OK, yes, we’re reaching on this one. Fine. But take a moment and imagine a bunch of underground characters, half of whom aren’t even fighters and all of whom are revered by the intellectual elite of comics fandom (I know, I know. Bear with me). Now imagine them thrusted into a videogame, forced to fight a cabal of Japanese werefurries in life-or-death cage matches, and then tell us that doesn’t sound like the best game idea you’ve ever heard of in your LIFE.

Besides, for all their indie cred, characters like El Borbah, Uncle Gabby and Drinky Crow have all committed some pretty horrific acts of violence over the years, so it would probably take an oversized tiger-man to give them a decent challenge. Also, Ignatz the mouse throws a mean brick. We nominate him for final boss.


  • 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.

  • 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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