Arcade fighter fans won’t have a hard time recognizing Capcom’s respective Street Fighter and Darkstalkers franchises. Any and all storylines have been separate at best, surrounding their various video game iterations, cartoons, comics, and mangas. Last week however, the combat driven Street Fighter series and the spookier Darkstalkers series finally crossed paths in UDON’s new mini-series Street Fighter VS Darkstalkers.
The comic by Matt Moylan and Hanzo Steinbech opens in the Darkstalker Dimension, where we are first see the likes of Jedah staging a coup. The art style is a cross between a cartoon and a manga, using a great deal of colors while maintaining a level of relative realism (as much as fighting demons and living mummy-kings can be real). The detail and shading work is well done, but perhaps a little more contrast with lighting and shadows and a little more texture would make it resemble an edgier comic of which the likes of the Darkstalkers franchise deserves. Street Fighter VS Darkstalkers #0 boasts 3 extra variant covers, the main story cover featuring Lilith sitting on a pile of Street Fighters, made by Edwin Huang, where the different variants are entitled “Homage Cover” by Panzer, “Poster Homage Cover” by Joe Vriens, and “Friend Pie Exclusive” also by Panzer.
The writing is standard, but it’s not really the writing that fans come for with these respective franchises. The action feels just like one of their fighting games. The interest for this comic series will be how the two groups interact, and what plans Lord Jedah has instore for the Street Fighter characters.
Street Fighter VS Darkstalkers #0 is definitely worth a read for all Capcom and fighting game fans alike. Be sure to check it out and then watch for issue #1 which releases on April 5th of this year.
Nicholas Eskey is an avid reader and writer. When not contributing to The Beat, he works on his personal projects, the latest being a fantasy novel called “My Personable Demon.” He lives in San Diego, California, and is frequently bossed around by his cat.