Written by Jim Zub
Illustrated by Omar Dogan
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
Written by Ken Siu-Chong
Illustrated by Edwin Huan
Coloured by Sigmund Torre
It's the stinging bee versus the hungry spider, when Cammy gets up close and personal with Juri! But Juri's not the only deadly damsel on the scene. This issue opens with a battle between five ferocious female fighters, all with ties to Shadaloo!
Plus in a special bonus story, Akuma learns that branding yourself as a demon means you may also be hunted as one!
Well we pick up where we left off after Juni ran off and Cammy chased her, right into the proverbial hornets nest. I like what Jim’s doing here he’s able to take the past, which i’m woefully under informed of, blend it with a fresh new take and create a viable story that uses both the mental and physical sides of the characters. We know that Juni is being possessed by something the Shadaloo had done, surprisingly of all of them she’s the only affected.
I always appreciate a good fight but when it’s tied into something much larger and we have no clue what that is it’s even better. With Crimson Viper and Juri Han involved in all this Cammy is left with no intel at her disposal to clue her and her team to follow the chase of what’s happening. That Jim can bring us this kind of mystery/intrigue into this setting makes this a much more enjoyable story than I was expecting.
I’m also rather a fan of the fact that this is Cammy’s story and while we get a focus on hers she’s not ignoring her team and is going to use them to help her get to the bottom of things. It’s nice leadership qualities that Jim’s bringing out in her. The focus on Cammy aside that Crimson Viper and Juri are on the case as well do a nice job in not only introducing us to the bad guy who shall remain unnamed at this stage but also in expanding the universe Cammy and her team operate in. As well as show us the scope of the opinion of those who were once controlled by Shadaloo.
The blend of American and Japanese Manga Cartoon style artwork here is great. There’s a very nice amount of attention to detail in the characters, outfits and backgrounds. The way the fight scenes are orchestrated are wonderful it’s like watching a dance. The flow through page layouts with angles and perspective really draw us in and keep our attention. This work is full of expression and emotion and subtle moments that really go the extra mile in storytelling.
The back-up story raises questions and interest and again showcases at least to me a character I know nothing about and makes me want to see more. There’s an interest factor here that is superbly demonstrated by both the limited story and it’s visuals.
Jim and company here at Udon are doing for the Street Fighter franchise what IDW has done with G.I. Joe and making it more accessible and thrilling for both longtime fans and new readers alike.