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Mega Man 1: Let the Games Begin Paperback – September 27, 2011


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"Mega Man returns to comics with an explosive new series!" --Nintendo Power Magazine

"Creating a connection that actually elevates an aspect of the source material is the best thing an adaptation can hope for, and Flynn and Spaz pull it off with an ease that makes it seamless, while still telling a great all-ages action story." --AOL Comics Alliance

About the Author

MEGA MAN scribe IAN FLYNN has been the chief writer for Archie's popular and record-setting SONIC THE HEDGEHOG comic for more than five years, including the headline-grabbing SONIC: GENESIS storyline and graphic novel. He is the main writer of its sister title SONIC UNIVERSE and accompanying graphic novels since the title's inception, the new SONIC BOOM series and is also the writer of Archie's MEGA MAN series, another critical and popular hit. Flynn also helmed the historic first meeting of Sonic and Mega Man in the hugely anticipated SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE storyline, and wrote the critically-acclaimed NEW CRUSADERS series, Archie's return to the superhero genre.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Mega Man (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Archie Comics (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879794853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879794856
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a new collector I am glad I got this.
Janice Wendling
Ian Flynn knows his audience well enough to not only write a Mega Man comic just for kids, but for anyone who likes Mega Man.
Morgan Floyd
Regarding the writing: Well, I think I already covered that pretty well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Chandler on April 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:40 Mins
Mega Man is here and ready for action! Ian Flynn collects issues 1-4 in this awesome adaptation of the adventures of the Blue Bomber! This collection tells the story of the origins of Mega Man and his first major confrontation with the evil Dr. Wily. Plenty of familiar faces appear throughout the pages of this graphic novel, such as Cut Man, Bomb Man, Ice Man, Dr. Light, and more! I highly recommend anyone a fan of classic gaming or Mega Man check out this awesome book as well as the next in the series Mega Man 2: Time Keeps Slipping Get Equipped with Mega Man 1: Let the Games Begin!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 28, 2011
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I'm not a big comic book guy, but I knew when I saw the cover of Archie Comics' new Mega Man comic series that somehow it would end up on my bookshelf. The combination of awesome artwork - some of the best associated with the character in eons, and authentic to the video games - and Ian Flynn's writing just absolutely can't be beat. Essentially retelling the events of the original 1987 NES game, this collection of the series's first four issues takes the character back to his roots. We are reminded that Rock, the lab assistant android who volunteers to become the super fighting robot, Mega Man, is mentally and emotionally just a little boy trying to cope with his sudden influx of firepower and we are witnesses to his struggle to do so while taking down the six Robot Masters stolen and reprogrammed by his creator's jealous and greedy ex-partner, Dr. Wily.

Anyone who's a fan of the classic Mega Man video game series and is even remotely into comics owes it to themselves to pick this up if they haven't already.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Toban_Frost on February 2, 2013
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To anyone reading this, I am not making this statement lightly. In the past month, I decided to read through five separate Mega Man series. Furthermore, I am an old Mega Man geek dating back to my childhood in the 80s and 90s, and while I was not an expert, I was passing this and my other books around with other big, BIG, self proclaimed, Mega Man NERDS who know every intricate little detail about the videogames and the continuity of Capcom's beloved franchise. So believe me when I tell you that I know my stuff, and so do my friends.

Why am I telling you this? I want you to understand that I am very serious about this when I tell you what what you get from this book will probably be the most well written, and most true to source, Mega Man series you could buy.

What you get from Archie's Mega Man series is a book that follows everything canon in videogame continuity, good or bad, and manages to tell a story that has depth, and weight, without straying from the source material. In addition to all that, this book is fun, hilarious, exciting, totally badass (without breaking a G rating, no less), and full of heart. It is also full of in-jokes and in-game references, as well as references to internet memes. This book might surprise you. If that wasn't enough, this series manages to also acknowledge the name changes from both Japanese and American versions of he games. It's really refreshing.

Basically, I would recommend this book to just about anyone. It's clearly made for the fans, but also made in a way that should appeal to kids, and adults alike, whether they're looking for sci-fi, action, adventure, or superheroes. However, if you're deeply cynical, and can't stand something so sunny and bright-eyed, this book might not be for you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thecrimson on January 11, 2012
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I was asking for recommendations a few months back, so a friend of mine told me about Mega Man. I thought, "What the heck?" and bought it.

First of all, the art is perfect for this comic. It captures the look of the original video game in an amazing way. The story is pretty dang good, too. It does a good job of following the game while at the same time adding some pizazz to it. Rock doesn't quite spend too much time fighting each of his foes, but it's still a good ride.

You need to buy this if you call yourself a Mega Man fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bechtloff on March 21, 2012
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You know there's a difference between a kids book and an all ages book. This is an all ages book. You can give it to a 7 year old to enjoy or an old jaded comic book nerd who grew up playing Mega Man can enjoy it. And of course Spaz's artwork is beautiful as always. If you used to love Mega Man as a kid, pick this up. If your looking to get a fun book for a son, nephew, little brother, ect pick this up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Splatman13 on June 14, 2011
This comic is beautifully drawn and the story is what you would expect from megaman. A good pickup for megaman fans or anyone who wants to read a good comic.
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By Morgan Floyd on February 9, 2014
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I'm going to first start this review saying that lately I have been obsessed with revisiting my past. I'm a kid who grew up in the 90s, one of the best decades ever to grow up. It had its toys, games, Disney movies, and mostly its cartoons. One cartoon I vaguely remember watching is Mega Man. Now I'll be honest and say that I have never played a Mega Man title in my life. However, with the Marvel vs. Capcom games Mega Man is always my top player I choose. Something about the guy makes me like him. Either his powers, his looks, the fact he's blue, or just cool character. Just recently, I was looking up his history and found out his first appearance was in December of 1987. He’s my age, which made me excited to find out a favorite character is 26. With all that said, I had to buy this comic book.

Now for the actual review of this comic book. First off, I keep reading and hearing people say this is a kid’s comic? Yes, it read like a kid’s comic, but it really is an all ages comic. Ian Flynn knows his audience well enough to not only write a Mega Man comic just for kids, but for anyone who likes Mega Man. Sure there's part of it that seem childish, like Flynn side noting what A.I. means, but there's parts of it he makes Mega Man more humanistic then I remember. You could say this is a kid’s comic book with some heart. Overall, Flynn knows how to write a comic book based on a video game.

The other part that appealed to me with this book is the artwork. As most kids comics these days, they really pick out good artist. Not only does it look like a fun Saturday morning cartoon, but the coloring is well done as well. This might be a quick read, but the art makes to want to stay for a little while.
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