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Monday, July 13, 2009

Street Fighter II Turbo #7 Review


Story: The preliminary rounds have reached their final stage. The last set of qualifiers are held in the obscure Metro City where Characters from both Street Fighter and Final Fight games are about duck it out to see who are the lucky winners that will end up participating in the famous yet to start Street Fighter II tournament.

The issue starts where the last of left of, our heroes including Ryu and Ken are battling each other and against the time as Balrog is setting the whole building to explode within few minutes.
This issue is the first major crossover between the Street Fighter characters and the final fight roster and it did not disappoint. Not only the action was great but seeing Cody fighting poison and and Guile fighting Rolento is a dream come true for the hardcore Capcom fans. The pacing of the Story is really natural and you do not find yourself bored by the excess of action. In fact I would have loved if the fight was longer than what it was.

I you remember my review of Issue 6, I was skeptical on how the battle royal that Balrog has initiated as the final preliminary tournament would work for the Street Fighter universe. And luckily I was proven wrong since this issue is one of the best SF2 Turbo comic book series.
As the Udon tradition has gotten us acquainted, the book also includes a special bonus story at the end featuring the bushinryu master Guy and Maki. The story is short but gives you an idea about the origin of the rivalry between the 2 warriors.

Art: Chamba is the man! I would have never guessed I would ever say this, let alone after only 6 issues. I really hated his style in the first issue but the guy did not cease to amaze me by how fast he is progressing and improving from issue to issue. And now 7 issues down the line and I can safely say Chamba was a great choice to be the lead artist for the 2 turbo series and I am looking forward to see his dynamic art style portraying the sf2 tournament fights.
The back up story is drawn by Eric Vedder and for a new Udon artist he is handeling himself quite nicely. Although there are some questionable images of Guy that make the character look kind of werid I still think Vedder did a good job.


Closing Comment: After it’s 7th issue, the Street Fighter 2 Turbo series is definetly picking up steam. The story is naturally flowing and the art is dynamic and beautiful. The series will soon tackle the SF2 tournament, the most famous event in the Street Fighter universe and fans like me cannot wait to see what udon has in store for us in the next few issues.
The only compaint i have about this issue is that the pages are quite Dark sometimes which makes the action a bit difficult to see. Other than that this one solid issue that deserves a solid score.

Overall Score: 8.5/10


10 comments:

Grifo said...

Unless they changed it (haven't read the issue yet), that's Zaku, not maki that Guy's fighting on the pics.

Chamba's style is good with the dynamics, but completely sucks when it comes to drawing the characters faces.

strugler said...

@Grifo

In that picture it is indeed Zeku (guy's master) fighting Guy. However the story of the short comic revolves around the rivalry between Guy and Maki (the female ninja from final fight 2 and sf alpha 3 max)

Topher Jay said...

Another boring issue. I am really disappointed with this comic now. I appreciate how close Udon is sticking to canon, but this just doesn't feel right to me anymore.

Sorry Udon. This series needs a better writer. It's just so bland especially the characters. They are so one dimensional.

If only Nakahira could write this series...

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