The nerd gods above have answered one of our many, many geek prayers. Sega and Capcom have put together their own video game Blues Brothers (I may make more bad 'blue' puns as this goes on. You've been warned.). Usually, in comic book crossovers we get teased with one-shots or 2-parters. If we're lucky, we get to see some of our favorite fictional personalities mingle for a 4-part mini. Worlds Collide goes beyond that and grants us a solid 12 issue story event giving us a good fill of what will probably be the only time these characters will ever meet.
The chemistry writer Ian Flynn creates between Sonic and Megaman is priceless. Their personalities and methods of fighting are so far from each other. The only things they have in common are being blue and video game characters. The dynamic between the two characters is highly amusing and humorous. Sonic sees Rock (Megaman's real name) as a naive do-good-er and a bit of a wimp, Rock sees Sonic as an arrogant jerk who doesn't treat his friends as nicely as he should. What's especially funny is when Rock tells Sonic what he thinks, Sonic doesn't deny it. Sonic thinks of his friends as people who're there for him to tease and mess with for his own entertainment. All except for Tails who is the only one he considers family. Seeing these two have to deal with each other through their adventure makes for a great read.
The art is on point, it's essentially the same as it's been for both series thus far. Nothing especially new is brought to the table but, it is still smooth and very easy on the eyes and amazingly inked and colored. A variety of teams of artists and inkers have taken task on working on the issues as the style noticeably changes every few issues. In a nutshell, the illustration is wonderfully cartoony as we would expect.
The dialog is simple, easy to follow but, not dumbed down to make the reader realize he's reading something from the kids' section. Flynn does a great job of writing a comic meant for lower aged audiences readable by anyone who's loved these characters since the NES to Genesis eras. As an adult reader, you'll feel like a kid again without feeling immature. That's the magic Flynn creates here.
The only that keeps this event from getting a perfect score is the frequency of character caption boxes. Little captions that tell you who characters are. I know, you're thinking "There just letting the reader know who someone is, what's the big deal!?". The deal is there in every issue. Imagine someone you know introducing themselves every time you see them as if you've never met. That's what these captions are like. I could understand if this was done for the side characters but they put them in for Sonic, Megaman, Dr. Wily, and Eggman who are in every issue. Not to mention, two of them have their names and selves on every cover. They kind of insult the intelligence of readers as if we have terrible memory. Theses boxes are all over a majority of pages in each issues reiterating each intro which tends to crowd pages and panels, getting in the way of dialog. I read this issue to issue so maybe the creators figured this was necessary to any kid who randomly grabs any issue. I'm hoping when this is inevitably collected in 1-2 volume trades they edit out excess caption boxes if possible.
Other than that, this was an epic read that make your gamer and comic reader nerves tickle with delight. No matter what age you are, don't be afraid to own this for yourself and use it to introduce a younger generation to a time when video games were solely about fun and didn't need convoluted plots or more than just a control pad and 2 buttons to play. Finding all the issues right now would be quite a quest so you may have to wait until it's all collected. When it is... I don't need to say anymore, we all want this and will buy when available. It'd be weird if you didn't want to own this event. Get it, enjoy.
4 out of 5 stars! Excellent!