I’m a huge fan of Street Fighter in general and I went nuts when I heard that UDON was doing this book. I have also been very pleased with what has happened with the book so far. It’s really nice to see people working on this book who are obviously fans of the games, anime, etc. itself.
My only question is just how long can this book keep going? Don’t get me wrong, I work in a comic shop myself and I have seen the increasing demand for this book from the customers, but there is still the problem of the game itself and how much story material Udon as been given to work with.
For this comic to avoid being short lived it seems like you guys need to have more material to work with then what you’ve got. Some of the Hong Kong comics lasted a long time. (over 100 issues) But this was at the cost of being exceedingly bizarre.
You guys probably want to stick with the official street fighter cannon, which means using the games as a guideline of sorts. The first story is 6 issues. If this pattern is followed it would seem that you would run out of games and official story long before 2007, which is the earliest (according to most) that Street Fighter 4 will be released.
And with capcom’s lack of speed in developing new fighting games there is no telling how long after SF4 another SF game would come out. (If they do put another one out.)
I don’t mean to be so doom and gloom, and I do realize that you can do stories about non game material, like issue 7 with Ryu’s travels, but how are you going to fill in story that is just not there, unless you go back in time to all our fighters when they were growing up?
It would be cool if Capcom let you guys in on SF4’s storyline in advance. I think this comic could be a great way to promote SF4 in the United States when it does come out.