Saturday, August 25, 2007

The best video game comics

Watched a couple more episodes of M.A.S.K.'s so bad that it's so good! Actually, it's not THAT bad, if you just sit back and try to let yourself be entertained without putting any expectations comparing this old mid-80s cartoon to cartoons of the modern era.

Oh well. Here's this week's Five for Friday segment:

Aug. 24, 2007: As Brian Michael Bendis brings ‘Halo’ to the comics page, here are our 5 favorite bit-inspired books of all time

By Brian Warmoth

Posted August 24, 2007 5:00 PM

Comics and some of its biggest creative names owe plenty to video games, and this week writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev give something back with their new series Halo: Uprising, which fills in the gap between Halo 2 and Halo 3—no small task. Filling in the gaps of this week’s “Five for Friday,” however, was a piece of cake. As a tribute to Halo’s star-studded arrival to monthly comics, this is the definitive list of our 5 favorite video-game-inspired comics of all time.

5. Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics bottled Sega’s iconic speedster rodent when the Sonic-mania was still pouring out of the second game on Genesis. The comic book series accompanied and eventually outran and outlived its sister animated series “The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Sonic the Hedgehog” and currently stands at a massive 180 issues. Its 15 years have been spent spewing out monthly tales of Acorn, Dr. Robotnik and Sonic’s furry friends. Its British cousin, meanwhile, Sonic the Comic, published by Fleetway, helped give birth to the career of one of comics’ most illustrious writers, Mark Millar.

4. Captain N: The Game Master The all-star-laden cartoon series that fulfilled NES players’ fantasies for 3 years of Saturday mornings translated into a landmark series for Valiant. The story about a couch potato kid plucked off his sofa by his television one day boasted regular characters such as Mother Brain from Metroid, Simon Belmont from Castlevania, Megaman, King Hippo and Kid Icarus (even if his name was actually Pit in the Kid Icarus game). The comic also helped launch the career of a blossoming young artist by the name of Joe Quesada.

3. Street Fighter II There’s a reason Konami tapped Udon Entertainment to redesign its Street Fighter characters for the upcoming Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix game to be downloadable on the PS3 and Xbox 360. SF II artists like Omar Dogan and Alvin Lee put Udon on the map with one of the most visually impressive comics ever to be adapted from a game.

2. Howard & Nester Nintendo nuts lived and breathed every month with Nintendo Power’s early comic about editor Howard Phillips and his pal who eventually became the magazine’s mascot. Nester, the ultimate video game fanboy, role-played into the NES’ biggest hits like Dragon Warrior and Contra, and spun off into his own comic, Nester’s Adventures, which lasted until 1993.

1. Penny Arcade The descendent of Howard & Nester and reigning overlord of geek-friendly webcomics is also the only webcomic to have its own annual 30,000-ticket gaming expo. Creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik also spawned their own charity that last year, raising $1 million for children’s hospitals, also making Penny Arcade the No. 1 most philanthropic video game comic of all time.

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