Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers #1 Review
Published by Udon Comics
Written by: Ken Siu-Ching
Line Art by: Edwin Huang
Colors by: Espen Grundetjern
Letters by: Marshall Dillon
After being delayed from its original release date of February, the much anticipated Capcom crossover comic Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers hit store shelves today. The biggest villains from both respective franchises team up to throw the heroes (and antiheroes) of both worlds into chaos for their own nefarious needs. What follows is a great start to an exciting, fan service filled crossover that should please fans of both of Capcom’s longest running fighting game series.
For the most part, crossover events usually suffer in the story department. After all, the true appeal of crossovers is seeing your favorite characters from two different worlds bounce off and interact with each other. But with magic being a prominent story element of Darkstalkers, the explanation for why these two worlds are colliding is given a bit more believability than these fares are usually treated to.
The basic premise is solid and allows for the combatants of both worlds to engage in frequent and flashy showings of fisticuffs. In addition, the greater mystery of the overarching story is still being left open for future reveals down the line of the 8 issue series. As one would expect of the first issue of a series like this, there is more setup than action per page. That does not stop the direction of the story from being clear enough to see that more action will follow with each issue. This will lead us up to the final confrontations with the masterminds behind this universe-bending scheme.
As expected of longtime Udon artist Edwin Huang, the artwork comes with a consistency of quality The kind that only comes from years of familiarity drawing these characters and these worlds. The more relaxed, anime styled look of Huang’s art lends itself to a story that mixes characters ranging from muscular karate men and women, to giant werewolves and vampire demons. The art is fun to look at and fans of the games will appreciate the attention to detail given to the stances and attacks of each character.
Naturally, your mileage with a title such as this is directly connected to your familiarity and love of the respective franchises represented. The more a fan of Street Fighter and/or Darkstalkers you are, then the more you will enjoy this title. As someone who is a massive fan of both series I thoroughly enjoyed every page. I can see those not as familiar with the source materials being less interested, inversely. If you are a fan of Street Fighter and/or Darkstalkers I cannot recommend this title enough.