Some of you guys are gna flame me for this, but for what its worth this is my shot at contructive criticism for a comic about something i love.
i’ve noticed that the intestity and depth of the story’s been going down hill since issue 1. It just seems like Udon’s way of storytelling is just to make excuses for our favourite characters to beat each other up. Well, of course i DO wanna see that, but fights are 100% more fun to watch when there’s intensity,history,reason and character revelation explored during/before/after these fights. well to give Udon credit, there’s a visible pinch of those qualities thrown in,like in Sagat vs Ryu in issue 5. “Im not the same fool u fought X years ago,ryu” or sumthing like that was pretty neat. but why did sagat try to knee ryu right away after seeing him? Impulse? He wasnt even there to assasinate/capture ryu so at least say sumthing first! Grown men dont just do that. Kids with grudges against each other do. Real fighters always need a good reason, be it good or bad, before they let the punches fly. Be it for the fight itself, to save sum1’s ass/revenge watver. Im sure Sagat had his reason’s but in the EXCECUTION-the way the comic came out- we didnt know squat. it wasnt in self defense either.
Another example would be the Vega/honda match.Im not sure how long Udon is planning to run this series, and I know that the SF universe has ALOT of characters to play around with, but once again a REGULAR like Honda is treated candidly. I liked him much more in the original SF anime, where it was practically a draw with Balrog. If Udon thinks sum1 like honda is so expendable then sumthing’s really wrong. Birdie, I understand but honda?
Whats worse is the whole Charlie mess. Guile’s been searching for him for YEARS…he was Guile’s best friend and mentor…he abandoned his FAMILY to search for Charlie and what happens when he meets the real Nash again?(not shadow) It happens just like that?No buildup,no facial closeup…nothing. Such a big turning point in the story and it gets treated to just a few frames on a page. And after Charlie “died” again?Guile:“he sacraficed his life to save us”. THATS IT?!U finally met the guy u’ve been searching for and when he dies infront of your eyes thats all you gotta say? I really think im watching a video game than reading a comic book about the STORY of street fighters.
oh and when chunli found out her dad was dead? that’s IT?
I dunno, from the promising 0,1st and 2nd issues I come across this. I dont like how UDON’s been treating the franchise, I get the feeling SF is being cheapened somehow…again. I do admit i’m satisfied with seeing my favs going at it against each other, but for the average person who didnt spend years of his life playing these characters…I dont think so. no wonder SF hasnt had the popularity it had in the old days. Capcom started milking the franchise, thinking that everyone would swallow a new Sf just because it had new characters or whatnot. I hope UDON doesnt think it can sell comics to the masses just because u get to see Charlie do his flash kick on Bison. for the Sf fan,its enough. but the potential of this comic was to satisfy the Sf fan, and also to “introduce a whole new generation to this great franchise”. I dont think this comic can acheive the latter with the way its going now.
Ok, this is MY opinion of things. If you guys enjoyed the comic more than i did, good for you.You got more of your money’s worth than i did. And for the record, its still a big KUDOS to Udon for appreciating Sf for what its worth and putting visible passion into the art and production of this comic. but still, as a great fan of Sf, i believe the potential of these characters can stretch far,far more than how they’re being portrayed now. I may be wrong about everything, but if any of this strikes a bell to any of you guys at Udon or here, I’m sure u know the comic has the potential to be a CLASSIC, instead of what it is now.