Before I get to my review of SF v. Darkstalkers #5, I just wanted to say that I’m not too excited about the rereleashing of the Street Fighter comic: Street Fighter Reloaded. I’m glad Udon is doing it, but I very much prefer original and new stories. I want to see the lives and journeys of my favorite Street Fighter Characters continue in new adventures and fights, rather than rereleasing old material. That’s why I was super hyped for SF Unlimited and SF v. Darkstalkers. And Speaking of which…
My review on SF v. Darkstalkers #5
[details=Spoiler]I just want to say… Best… Issue… EVER!!! (I can neither confirm nor deny that this opinion was more or less influenced from my undenying fanboy bias to Chun-Li, however it does get lots of brownie points for it.).
I absolutely LOVE how Chun-Li is the main focus of the issue for the main heroes of this story. It was great to see the flashback to Gen when she was a child. (Young Chun-Li looks SUPER CUTE!!!) But it was quite fascinating to see how they would meet up again. I had a feeling Gen would come back (hinted in previous issues), but they way they did it, so that Chun-Li could complete her training and learn of a way to escape the Majigen was executed well. I do feel that Chun-Li was a little too eager to want to learn the Forbidden Techniques/The Killing Intent. It felt a little too soon, and I think it would help more for her character development if she took some time to think about it until she realizes that it’s an absolute necessity. Chun-li had for years had used her martial techniques to fight and defend, but never to kill. I think it would’ve been better if we see Chun-li get pushed to that edge. (But then again, it might be a copycat Satsui no Hado plot like it was in SF Unlimited.) But I don’t know. That’s just me. I’m glad Chun-Li gets to be the driving force to the resolution of this whole entire story. But I wished for more development form her since she is such a beloved character. And I do believe the writers probably missed an opportunity with this, but with only 8 issues to tell this story (instead of a generous 12 from previous SF comics), I would understand.
Also, while I do love Chun-li’s classic qipao look, I am surely gonna miss her Battle alt dress. She was just so gorgeous in that. And it felt a little strange how she was not only to learn Gen’s final technique AND change clothes at the same time. Maybe something more combat ready? Who knows. Either way, she still looks good, and I can’t wait to see Chun-li kick more ass.
Okay, Chun-Li bias aside, maybe it wasn’t the best issue ever, but its one that has certainly got me hyped, geeking out, and more jumpy than all the other issues. We’re past the halfway point and things are starting to get intense. Only can go onwards and upwards from here.
Also, I enjoyed the Laura mini comic at the end.
Still enjoyable to read, and I’m looking forward to the next issue.[/details]