Archie Comics’ Mega Man #35 has made it to store shelves after a bit of a delay. Continuing the Shadow of Ra Moon and X-Factor story arcs, this issue features great artwork (including two fantastic covers) and adds some solid characterization to Mega Man, Break Man and Quake Woman/ Tempo.
Mega Man #35 starts out with Mega Man, Dr. Light, and a crew of robot masters and scientists checking out the temple of Ra Moon. They find evidence that points to the fact that Dr. Wily was telling the truth about being manipulated by Ra Moon. Mega Man feels a hint of regret and sadness when he discovers that Ra Moon is in fact dead, and asks Dr. Light if he did the right thing. In his own words, he doesn’t “like being happy that something is dead”, regardless of the fact that he was evil. Dr. Light comforts him and tells Mega Man that his conflicting emotions give him more humanity than most.
Meanwhile, Break Man (aka Proto Man) pays Quake Woman (a character created just for this comic series) a visit, and he isn’t in a very good mood. He becomes incredibly agitated and a bit violent because Quake Woman treats her creator like family. Dr. Lalinde lashes out at Break Man when he breaks a picture of Dr. Light, and asks him if he ever pondered the fact that his creator built a brother and sister for him, and not to replace him.
At the end of the book we peer into the year 21XX, where we see the introduction of the Reploids and Maverick Hunters, leading into the crossover event coming this summer.
Overall, Mega Man #35 is a good issue with nice artwork and interesting character development, thought it is definitely a bit dialogue-heavy and light on action. In fact, there’s no action at all. That said, fans of the Proto Man character will want to check this issue out, and I’m excited to see where the X series crossover leads to.