Hey everyone, I like to welcome you to my texted version of my overall review of the 'Worlds Unite' crossover between Mega Man and Sonic The Hedgehog.
To say that this crossover was a mixed and confusing bag, would be saying a lot, because due to the fact, that in the eyes of several fans, this crossover for the past 3 1/2 to 4 months was nothing more than a cash cow. Now you might be wondering why they would think this, well when one hears from one of the people in charge that this crossover is going to be bigger story wise/issue wise/character wise, it leaves much to wonder whether or not if this crossover is for the fans or to capitalize on the previous crossover that started about 27 months ago aka two years and four months ago.
And throughout the crossover, there are many indications that this is indeed a cash cow for all three parties involved, that being Archie comics, Capcom, and Sega. While you may ask?, Well when part of the "bigger portion" is bringing in other gaming characters from other gaming franchises and doing it towards the end of the second act and into the third act of this 12 part crossover, and doing it because not only do you want to show off and introduce or reintroduce your established gaming franchises that you have not brought out games for in not just the past few years, but perhaps the past decade and a half, and then giving them their "hero" moments when they appear/make their debut, only to have them get smacked around by the Sigma villain towards the end of the crossover. I really think you can't blame several fans for thinking that.
Not to say that there isn't some good in this crossover would be a lie. Because there are some decent/good moments. A good example is part five of this crossover, when you have the interaction between the characters and you have them get to know each other better and help each other out as well as plan out the strategy of how to attack Sigma, for me and many others this it was a good change of pace, and it was a nice break from the action. In fact some have said that this was the one thing that was missing from the first crossover.
However, with a little bit of good there also comes a bit of mixed and bad. Let's start with the mixed, first of all the way the art work is presented in several issues is indeed a mixed bag for the fans. You see some feel that the art style that you see in the Mega Man comic doesn't suit the Sonic characters very well, and the same could be said when The Mega Man characters are in the Sonic book's. Because to some the artists style of drawing the characters doesn't mesh very well with how fans see the characters drawn in presented in their own individual comic books.
Another thing that is mixed among the fans is the inclusion of Sticks and her crew. Some fans are okay with Sticks being there, because she does represent The Boom comic, and she does bring the humorous Boom style to the crossover. And like I said some fans are okay with this. However there are some that are not. For you see they may not have a problem with Sticks being involved, but they do have a problem with her crew that she brought along, and the reason they have a problem with her crew, if they see no point in having them there. And I would have to agree with that. As a matter of fact as I said in my "other version" of this overall review, I believed if you would have added Perci the female echidna from the Boom games and cartoon, along with possibly somebody else, I think the potential of the Boom representatives would have been accepted more so then it is. Because along with Sticks, you have according to her profile a character in Perci that is willing to fight and kick butt when necessary. And again as I said probably would've made the Boom representatives more accepted and Sticks more accepted in this crossover.
One other thing I want to talk about, because I know some people who are gaming fans will point this out themselves, and that is how all the gaming characters that will brought in in the latter half of the crossover, towards the end of the second to last part of the crossover, that Sigma when he evolves into his third form "evil incarnate", just easily smacks and tosses all the heroes and even the villains that a part of the unified army around like done nothing. Thus in the eyes of gaming fans, making even the strongest characters from these games look weak and pathetic. However to straighten that out, when you're main villain is someone that wants to go through in evolution by sucking dry the energy from all the worlds that the Genesis portals have been opened up too, then one could argue that not even the strongest/most powerful characters from these gaming franchises stand a chance.
And now to talk about the elephant in the room, and that is the way this crossover officially ends. Okay, so throughout this crossover we've had this Xander Payne character talking about his destiny, we've also seen Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wiley be involved with him as well. But we never could understand why. That is until we get to the end. Now for a lot of us, we expected the doctors to try to pull a fast one not just on Sigma but on the unified army and try to obtain the power of the master engine for themselves so that they can re-create realities in their own image. However some of us may have not seen Xander Payne playing a role in them getting control of the master engine, and then basically revealing that this is all part of his destiny and that he needed the doctors to take control of the master engine so that he can place his hand on the control panel, have the energy from the master engine supercharge his cybernetic eye, and thus allow him to open a time portal to the very beginning of this crossover and allow him to basically shoot Sigma's zero form and reset everything back to the end of Sonic 272, SU 75, Sonic Boom 7, and Mega Man 49. And why is this an elephant in the room you may ask?
Because some will look back on it and some have look back on it, and I know they may not say it right now, but from what I read on several of the message boards, in my opinion, I think the overall opinion of those that either disliked or had a mixed/confused feeling about this crossover, will look at that ending and how everything was reset, and asked the question "What was the point of this entire crossover?!, if that was the ending."
And really, you can blame anybody for feeling that way. I mean even those that liked the crossover, down the line may even think and ask that same question. Because basically we just bent three have to four months, three issues each from all four comic book titles, along with two spinoff titles that were extensions of the crossover, and it takes this one moment towards the end of part 12 in Mega Man 52 for this crossover to cease to exist in continuity.
Now some will point out that because the main heroes and villains remember each other but don't remember the event that brought together as well as the indication that in X's future/time, that Silver did indeed show up. And then you have Sticks from Boom who for some odd reason remembers the entire thing, and some have chalked it up to maybe the fact that her universe is unaffected because they are a "break the fourth wall" kind of universe, and possibly the fact that Sticks is such a conspiracy nut, that not remembering anything/remembering the event of "Worlds Unite", she is basically unaffected.
And then to end it all, you have her mentioned something about all of this being connected to some overall Nexus. Which if you know comic books and comic book writers, is an indication that we will get a third crossover centering around this Nexus.
And speaking of which, let's talk about that. Already you have people wondering like myself, how the heck are we going to get there. I mean you have to one comic book that was part of this crossover ending next month, and you have another going on hiatus until further notice. And that means the only two active comics will be the main comic of Sonic and the Universe spinoff. And speaking of the comic that ends next month, their stories will still continue but on a quarterly basis, in other words whenever the super special magazine is released. So with all that happening, again the question is asked how do we get to this third crossover, if we only have two books.
Now some may say, that we had these other gaming franchises crossover and a majority of them don't have comic books, and if they do they being published by other publications. However fans would look at these other franchises crossing over into this crossover and they will point out that you could still get a crossover for the third time and not have to worry if there is a third book to help pull the weight. And that is indeed true, however how will they do the third crossover issue wise. I mean the first time it was four issues of three comics, this year it was three issues of for comics, so the only way a crossover could happen with just two books is to do six issues each. That's right, basically for one year subscribers, half of your subscription would be dedicated to the crossover, and believe me not a lot of fans will like that, because they didn't like it the first time the crossover happened and four of their 12 issues were dedicated to it, so I don't think they'll be happy if a third crossover happens and six out of their one-year subscription issues has to be dedicated to it. Now however, if you have the two years of Scripture and that's not much of a problem, because you would still have 18 issues to go without a crossover interfering. But I always believe, that if you're going to do a crossover and especially to go to do a third one with the possibility that you only have to comic books to work with, then I say for those 4 to 5 months, that you create and publish a six issue 48 page crossover series to get it done, and thus you won't have to interfere with with the two possible comics that will be around.
Speaking of Nexus though, everyone is going to be wondering if this is part of a third crossover and possibly the final one in this trilogy, is how do we get there. Well that is a good question because, honestly like anybody else I have no idea. I mean some have already indicated that this has to deal with prime universes, and how that comes into play I have no idea. I mean the only thing I can think of, is perhaps Ian Flynn along with Archie and perhaps Sega and maybe even Capcom, are trying to revisit the old sonic world of the previous timeline to try and get everything restore from an in story continuity standpoint. That could be the only thing I can think of. But until we perhaps get some answer at either the New York comic con this year or even next year at the San Diego comic con, will just have to wait and see what occurs.
Overall this crossover has indeed been a confusing and mixed bag. I do recommend getting the last issue of the crossover if you are collecting it for collection sake, but overall don't expect too much out of it, I mean yes it does have its good moments here and there, but the ending is basically one of those WTF moments.
However thank you all for reading this and y'all have a good day, God bless and comments are indeed welcome