SNK vs Capcom Vol. #06 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Release Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Writer/Artist:Chi Wan Shum
Translated by:Yun Zhao
Adapted by:Shawn Sanders
What They Say
There exists a limbo realm where the cost of admission is death! Here a new battlefield is populated by the most powerful and fearsome martial artists the world has ever known. Time holds little importance as fighters from many eras and periods of history - living or deceased share the same timeline. This is the playing field for SNK vs. Capcom! This is SVC Chaos!
So I thought to myself, why not read some more Street Fighter manga? I happened to enjoy the first volume of Sakura Ganbare, after all – I can live with the kind of weirdness you need to turn a fighting game into a manga in order to get some of that nostalgia action going. What could possibly go wrong?
Oh, I was wrong.
Let me get the good points out of the way first. The comic is definitely drawn in a Western style – not just character features, but every page in full color, glossy art, with a lot of good art of the characters’ moves (a few of which are practically pinup quality). It looks pretty good, though a lot of the moves are done in a single panel, with an inevitable “Special Move” tag explaining just what the character is doing. Okay, it’s Street Fighter versus SNK, this is within the realm of believability.
But the writing! Oh, god, the writing. This isn’t quite the worst thing I’ve ever read, but it’s... it’s almost GOOD from the sheer amount of awesomely bad writing that’s in these volumes. But not really! Serial reincarnation I can live with in a video game adaptation. Having a narrator constantly comment on every last thing that happens? “Iori plans to kill both Mr. Karate and Ryo? It’s unbelievable that anyone can accomplish such a feat.” Every other panel. This is a manga, man, you’re supposed to show, not tell! I’ll leave aside describing the characterization – just assume there isn’t any, and that characters will act completely out of character to set up whatever fight the writer has in mind.
It’s simply not possible to describe how utterly awful the story is. I could go into some kind of florid extended metaphor, probably including things like Dan Brown and bad memories of Oscarfics from back in the day, but you get the idea. Suffice it to say that this will disappoint all but the absolute die-hards who’ve been jonesing for this kind of story – and even they aren’t going to like it much.
Sorry, I really didn’t set out to sound like some kind of grumpy old man in this review. But I went significantly beyond not liking this comic – it’s practically a duty to inform people of its terrible nature.
Mania Grade: D-
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: C
Text/Translatin Rating: B-
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: DrMaster
Size: 8.8 x 5.9
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: SNK vs Capcom