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

4.7 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in the Mega Man (Archie) Series

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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: 1 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 (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I was hesitant when I heard that Archie Comics was going to make a Mega Man series. I was all: Seriously, Capcom? You couldn't find anyone better? Then I read the first issue and thoroughly enjoyed it. And I also enjoyed each and every issue to come out after. So, okay, Archie Comics. I'm sorry for doubting you.

The artstyle is very reminiscent of the games: Cute, colorful and cartoony, with a good level of detail in the machinery bits. Unless you have a particular disdain for manga art styles, you'll enjoy the lightheartedness of the simple cartoon drawings.

Story wise, the plots are simple and straightforward. This is not a slight against it. Like Mega Man himself, the story's are earnest and nice and can be enjoyed by all ages. I didn't know how they were going to go about it. Previous attempts were seriously lacking (Like the previous series attempted by Dreamwave Comics, at least, I think it was them) and tried to make Mega Man a kid going to school or something. Heck, they even called him Mega for his normal, everyday name. So, I am happy that this one succeeds where others failed.

If you like Mega Man, then you'll like this. I mean, it's not like Capcom's gonna make another game anytime soon.
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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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This is a very interesting way to get someone who is not really into Mega Man into it. The artwork is detailed and bright, but the story doesn't suffer from how visually intense it is. I didn't really know anything about Mega Man before I read this, but I know that I like the character now. I will definitely be getting the rest of these.
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Ridiculously fun all-ages comic that doesn't talk down to kids or bore adults. Does a fantastic job incorporating Mega Man lore for fans, and delivering an exciting adventure that's not just mindless violence. Gorgeous art and smart writing. Buying this is a no-brainer and I can't wait to get the rest of the series.

Why can't mainstream superhero comics be this good??
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