It sure has been a while since we got the chance to get a new Udon Street Fighter Comic! After finishing their SF2 Turbo run, the company made the decision to cancel the monthly ongoing comics and move into more of a trade based releases. The first book to capitalize on this idea is Super Street Fighter Vol 1: New Generation.
Let’s get something straight, the book, although advertised as an anthology, presents a coherent, ongoing story that is set few years after the Street Fighter 2 Turbo comics. The anthology aspect of the book is the fact that while there is a coherent story that spans few characters and settings, each of these characters mini-storiesis drawn by different artist, while the main story (following Guile and Alex) is drawn by Chamba.
Most of these mini-stories, as well as the main plot, is written by Street Fighter Comic veteran Ken Sui-Chong. so you can expect to feel right at home with this new series. The story, as i previously stated, takes place few years after the end of the Street Fighter 2 tournament, and Guile is investigating a new organization, named the new society (illuminati, for you Street Fighter 3 fans), that have roots inside all governments. Not only that, but fighters have started to disappear including Ryu. As guile tires to find out what happened to Ryu and his war buddy Tom (who happens to be Alex’s mentor), new mysteries uncover that hint at the secret society has more on its agenda, and that maybe, we have not seen the last of Bison and Shadaloo.
Without spoiling anything for you guys, i can clearly say that this is a worthy addition to the Udon’ Street Fighter comics collection, and one that does not fail to surprise you and make you hope that the second volume is already out.
Art wise, the books is drawn by different artists, including Chamba (for main story), Joe Ng, Long Vo, Omar Dogan, Andres Blanco, and Sean Galloway. Most of them deliver in terms of the art, i do have my reservation for Sean Galloway, who although very talented, seemed like an odd choice for the story.
The book also includes a massive, gorgeous, 47 pages Art Gallery (by various Artists), that is such a treat to the eyes.If you are not into comics, this Art Gallery alone is worth the price of the book.
In terms of characters expect to see: Guile, Alex (main duo), Ryu, Ken, Sakura, Honda, Dan, Juri, Dudley, Balrog, Dhalsim, Urien, Twelve, Guy, Ibuki, and few more cameo surprises.
To sum it up, Super Street Fighter Vol 1 is a great book that will certainly please all the Street Fighter comic fans, and a worthy addition to your Street Fighter collection.
You can also check a full 2 chapters preview of the book here
Final Score: 9/10 (Must Have)
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