Udon Entertainment 2019
Written by Ken Siu-Chong
Illustrated by Hanzo Steinback
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
Meet Necro and Effie, the screws-loose, madly-in-love mutant couple of the Street Fighter universe! On the run from Urien, Kolin, Nash, and the whole Secret Society, this pair of lunatic lovebirds will need to jump through heaps of harrowing hoops to stay alive!
This is one of the great things about comics. Ken takes this unlikely pairing and gives them their own adventure which makes them absolutely adorable and charming. I have never been quite sure where these two fit into the franchise and I have always thought of them as being on team bad-guy but after this story while they may be out for themselves Ken makes me want to see more. I’d love a four to six issue limited series featuring these two exploring their past and present and possibly what the future holds. After all we also get a fair bit of information about Effie’s possible future already so there’s a perfect basis for a full arc.
I am not a video game guy and I do remember the big machines in the arcade where you pick who you wanted to be and fight others. Yes I am aware of the crossover games with Marvel and over the year last number of years I have been reading the adventures that Udon has been putting out. I love the franchise nowadays because they have become characters and people who lead interesting lives and occasionally fight. Of course fight scenes are the bread and butter right in video games and in comics as the confrontations help us define who we end liking and rooting for.
The way that this is structured is extremely well done. Ken takes us on a journey, one that starts and finishes almost as ambiguously as it begins. I do also like that the events of this issue stem out of the Darkstalkers mini-series yet you don’t need to have read that to know what’s happening within these pages. This one-shot is completely new reader friendly and it’s kind of a great gateway fr someone to join the comics franchise without worrying about feeling lost. The way we see the story & plot development work with the pacing to create this beautiful ebb & flow showcases Ken’s extraordinary skill, talent and ability to write.
The interior artwork here is pretty spectacular as well. While I feel it has that computer generated feel to it which almost gives off this animation cel appearance. I love it too because it takes the best of the Saturday morning cartoons and old school comics and makes it something to fall in love with. There are some utterly spectacular moments in this book and while they are performing and we see the crowd in the backgrounds blurred out but identifiable yeah that’s among them. Now if this is computer generated artwork then there needs to be more utilisation of backgrounds here as well more colour gradation effects instead of straight up colour blocking. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a very solid eye for storytelling. Again I am a fan of the blurred versus in focus moments as it’s a great technique to have at your disposal.
With the story & plot development and pacing being so strong it’s no wonder that the character development is as well. I think by focusing on such few of the denizens of this Street Fighter universe we get a chance to get to know some of those we might not normally have a chance to. I am still in the dark as to how old Effie is but I do want to find out and then there’s Necro and that face with that nose and his stretch armstrong trick. All of it piques the curiosity and imagination of the reader making us want to see m ore.