January 2009 is the month where the first issue of Street Fighter Legends: Chun-li hits the comic book stands. The comic book is part of 4 issues bi monthly mini series that tells the story of fan favorite Chun-li’s early years as she gets to discover shadaloo for the first time in her life.
Chun-li is not the only character that will appear throughout the series, Bison, a scarless, two eyed sagat as well as goofy Dan will all play a major role in the series. So how was the first issue of this promising mini series? keep reading to find out (Warning: Spoilers ahead).
Story: Street Fighter Legends: Chun-li #1 starts with the Sexy fan favorite Chun-li (who is a police officer) as she cleans the streets of Hong Kong from some car jackers with her partner Po-lin (a nod to Masaomi Kanzaki’s character from Street Fighter II manga). We then learn that the thiefs are members of Shadaloo, a crime organization that has been taking over Hong Kong ‘s underworld gangs lately. Dorai, Chun-li’s father is also introduced during this issue as a police high officer who agrees to put his daughter and her partner Po-li on the Shadaloo case. On the mean time, Go Hibiki and his Son Dan as are opening their Martial Arts dojo in China and are unwilling to pay protection money to Shadaloo, a fact that annoys Sagat, the crime boss of Hong Kong who takes his orders directly from Bison.
The Story in this first issue, while not very elaborate yet, does a great job introducing the characters and setting up the general mood of the miniseries. The story is as usual written by veteran Ken Sui Chong who does a great job re-introducing the characters; we all know and love, to both fans of the series and new readers.
The Art: Street Fighter Legends: Chun-li is drawn by the talented Omar Dogan who was the same artist behind the “Street Fighter Legends: Sakura” mini series that was release couple years back. Omar Dogan does not disappoint, in fact I was very surprised to see how well the action parts were portrayed. Omar also does a great job in drawing rich and vivid back grounds and very detailed vehicles, the car chase segment of the comic feels like watching a high budget police action movie.
The characters are all very well drawn and the whole comic has the anime flair to it that we got used to from Udon. A job Well done by Omar Dogan.
Closing Comment: With a good Story scripted by ken Sui chong and AWESOME art from Omar Dogan, Street Fighter Legends: Chun-li #1 is the best Street Fighter comic we got this season. If you still did not pick up the book yet, I suggest you do so now and let me know what you think of it.
Final Score: 10/10