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Street Fighter IV #2

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2009
By: Karyn Pinter

Ken Siu-Chon
Joe Ng, Crystal Reid (i), Espen Grundetjern (c), Marshall Dillon (l)
Udon Entertainment
Round two commences. With the release of the Street Fighter 4 game, several new characters have been introduced into the fray and little is known about them--until now, of course. First up for a back-story are the Crimson Viper, the pink haired, tight suit wearing assassin/spy from the States, and Abel, the amnesiac mercenary from who knows where. Now in issue #2 we get a better look at Seth, Rufus and El Fuerte.

As last seen, Crimson Viper was contacted by Seth to locate and steal new fighters to assimilate into S.I.N.ís new program. Sakura is the last on her list. We learn that Seth, or Mr. Fifteen as heís called in the comic, was a part of one of Bisonís many experiments to create new bodies for himself, just like the Doll Program. Seth was supposed to be a mindless shell made for fighting, but heís shown more intelligence than the others so he is allowed to act independently. Abel, the amnesiac, is now hot on the trail of Crimson, who is off to Japan to crash the Samurai Warrior contest in order to snatch Sakura. (Big props to the creative crew for tossing out a nod to Ninja Warrior. That show is freaking awesome and needs to be viewed by all.) As it turns out, El Fuerte is participating in the event as well. Heís a luchador, which makes him cool by default. Dan Hibiki shows up, ego in tow, and makes an ass of himself. Then comes Rufus, self- proclaimed, ďworst nightmare of Ken Masters.Ē All comes to a head when Crimson finally shows up on the scene and gets into it with Rufus, Sakura, and El Fuerte. It all ends with a ďTo Be Continued.Ē

Iíve been reading the Udon Street Fighter series since the beginning and I have to say I still have never seen a comic quite like it. Visually it has no equal. Iím not saying that this is the best drawn comic to ever hit the stands, it is just unlike anything Iíve seen. Itís somehow made to look so much like a video game with a touch of anime. I canít quite put my finger on how itís done, but the finished product is so crisp and full of color. And the story is great--all the stories are great, and they all fit into the Street Fighter universe so nicely. The characters really get to come to life, too. Whereas we would just play them in the games, we now get a look into the lives of these fighters and what motivates them. One of the best parts of the comic is that the characters shout out their attack moves just like in the game, so that giant blue ball of focused chi power coming at you is going to be tailed by a shout of ďHadouken!Ē

The comic is really good and is a great tie-in to the game, as are the others in the Udon Street Fighter series. This series Street Fighter IV also interconnects with the regular monthly series, so there are parts you maybe puzzled about if youíve missed an issue or just arenít reading the monthly on-going. But it wouldnít make much sense to read one and not the other. If you can pull yourself away from the Playstation (I know itís hard--I had to do it to write the review), I suggest you pick up the comic. Which reminds me, does anyone know a cheat code to get Cammy without having to beat the game?



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