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They Call Him B.M. for a Reason
by SundaySmash

Welcome back and please, help yourself to as much Sunday bangers and Smash as you can eat. Really, we have plenty.

With the Mega Man obsession I’ve nurtured for 20 years, it’s surprising that it took this long for the blue bomber I love so much to make his first comic appearance. To this day, Mega Man 2 is in my top 5 all time favorite games in the company of such greats as A Link to the Past and Super Mario Bros. 3. I can speed run it in 38:19:88 without using any bugs or cheats.

One of the standouts of the series for me (and many others) was the music. I frequently ran a tape recorder when gaming to record Mega Man tunes for my listening pleasure while most of my peers were obsessing over New Kids on the Block, MC Hammer, or Vanilla Ice. I seem less silly now, don’t I? My roommate and I have a game we play from time to time where one of us asks the other, “Okay, what is this?” A tune is then hummed, and the other person has to guess what Mega Man song it is. Neither of us has ever guessed incorrectly. We aren’t the only people the music has impacted either. On YouTube, it is incredibly easy to get lost listening to covers and interpretations of Mega Man songs. The craziest thing I ever came across was Mega Man 2 gangster rap. Caution: that last link leads to a song that has some fairly explicit lyrics put to Mega Man music.

In fifth grade, the only thing I learned was that if I sat in the back of the class and looked like I was diligently taking notes, I could get away with drawing increasingly elaborate battle scenes between Mega Man and my favorite robot masters. I even created more than 100 of my own robot masters on notebook paper my teacher provided me. This was one of my most worthwhile years of school.

Despite all this, I have yet to play MM9 or 10, even though they’re designed to be more reminiscent of MM2 than the later, less fantastic entries in the series (Mega Man 7, how could you?!). I’m not sure what the reasoning for this is, but we attempt to shed some light on this subject in today’s comic… in addition to our increasingly questionable heterosexuality, apparently.

-Kevin