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Novas Aventuras de Megaman ("New Adventures of Megaman") was a Capcom-licensed Brazilian comic book developed by Estúdio PPA (PPA Studio, PPA standing for "Peixoto Produções Artísticas", which means "Peixoto Artistic Productions") and published by Editora Magnum (Magnum Press) between 1996 and 1998, spawning 16 issues. It was an action humor comic book with gore and offensive language. Although almost every issue had a different artist, the comic book kept a Japanese-comics art style from the first to the last number. Besides the classic video game characters, the series introduced several original characters. Years later, editor-in-chief Sérgio Peixoto confessed neither him or his partner and writer of the first five issues José Roberto Pereira had ever played a Mega Man video game before and all they knew about the series story was a few information they got from a friend that played the games.

Because of several cast changes, there are some plot holes and inconsistency to the story, and it wasn't concluded. The first five issues were written by José Roberto Pereira. Sérgio Peixoto Silva was the editor-in-chief and writer of issue 6 and Orlando Tosetto Jr. wrote from number 7 up to 16, the last one. Daniel HDR and Érica Awano were among the artists that worked in the comic book series.

Story

After Dr. Wily has been put in jail following the events of Mega Man 8, governments all over the Earth decided to dispose of all outdated robots, including Mega Man and Roll. Dr. Light disobeyed them and protected Mega Man and Roll using his last resources. He upgraded them and hid them in energy capsules, where they would sleep for 30 years. A large Japanese company then released a new line of androids known as the "NeoMavericks" that are intelligent, independent and self-sustainable. Dr. Wily created an army with the NeoMavericks, and every human and robot revolting against him was destroyed. Wily succeeded in taking over the world, and Dr. Light died.

Several years later, Mega Man has been awakened by Roll, who was being pursued by "Sand Troopers". After defeating them, the two begin their quest to defeat Dr. Wily and end his reign. As the two travel the world and gather new allies, things grow more complicated as new and old foes alike emerge and Roll is revealed to have deeper connections to Project Lazarus, a group who has ties to many of the characters and still holds sway over the events of the present.

Issues

  1. O Herói Desperta! ("The Hero Awakes!")
  2. Encontro de Irmãos ("Meeting of Brothers")
  3. Fechou o Tempo! ("Weather Roughens Up!")
  4. Pedaços de Roll ("Pieces of Roll")
  5. Turboman x Mega and Xizinho! ("Turboman vs. Mega, and Little X!")
  6. Roll de Casca Nova! ("Roll with New Shell!")
  7. A Turma Aumenta! ("The Party Grows")
  8. Porradas de Montão! ("Whole Lotta Clobbering")
  9. Revelações Do Passado! ("Revelations From the Past!")
  10. Surgem os Neo-Mavericks! ("Come The Neo-Mavericks!")
  11. "Ele" Voltou ("'He' is Back")
  12. Se Correr, O Bicho Pega ... Corredor Polonês. ("If You Run, the Beast Catches You... Polish Corridor.") Note: A pun in Portuguese: "Corredor", as in the title, means both "runner" and "corridor".
  13. Briga De Família! ("Family Fight!")
  14. Alianças E Traições ("Alliances and Betrayals")
  15. Começa A Batalha! ("The Battle Begins!")
  16. Contato! ("Contact!")

Characters

Video game characters

  • Mega Man: The main character.
  • Roll: Roll was a homeless girl that was kidnapped to be used as an experimental subject for Dr. Wily's Saint Lazarus Project, giving her a robotic mind and body. Dr. Light rescued her brain from Wily and took care of her as a daughter.
  • X: In the comic book, Mega Man X is presented not as a future version, but as a present upgrade version of Mega Man, thus his brother. He has a kinky personality.
  • Zero: Not much is revealed of Zero as he was the last main character to appear. He is referred as "brother" by Dr. Light's robots.
  • Proto Man: A robot created by Dr. Light. Not much is known about him.
  • Slasher (Bass): A strong mysterious robot. He is referred as "brother" by Dr. Light's robots.
  • Dr. Wily (Dr. Willy in the first 8 issues): An evil scientist that became the emperor of the world with the help of the Neo Mavericks. The two last issues suggest Dr. Wily was turned into a cyborg.
  • Dr. Wright (Dr. Light): Seen only in flashbacks. He was Dr. Wily's assistant, but quit after seeing his evil experiments and took Roll's mind with him, and later created Proto Man, Mega Man and Roll. Several years later, his laboratory was hit with an atomic bomb sent by Wily and the Neo Mavericks. He survived the explosion, but died from the injuries.
  • Karinka (Kalinka): A communist saved by Mega Man's group in issue 7. Her father was killed by Dr. Wily 30 years ago – thus she's not a child, as in the games, but an adult woman.
  • Turbo Man: The sponsor of the race from issue 5.
  • Gun Volt (unnamed in the comic): The only racer from issue 5 with speeches. Attacked Mega Man and X, and was destroyed by Slasher (Bass).
  • Minor racers in issue 5: Ball De Voux (referred to as "criaturas-bolinha", "ball-creatures" in English), Met, Flammingle, Sky Claw and others.

Comic only characters

  • Nástenka: Karinka's robot bodyguard.
  • Princesa (Princess): A character summoned by Karinka from a dimensional portal that likes havoc and has the ability to fly and release beams from her hands. She was introduced in issue 2 and made minor appearances until issue 7, where Karinka tries to convince Princesa to work for her (or "support communism", as mentioned in the comics dialogue), but she refuses and tries to kill Karinka and Nástenka. She was sent back to the portal by X and Mega Man, and is not seen again. Later, her creator, José Roberto Pereira, stated his intentions were to turn Princesa into the series main protagonist after killing every other character. If he was serious or not, it was never clear. After Pereira quit Editora Magnum, just after issue 5, the new writer from the story Orlando Tosetto Jr. wrote Princesa out of the plot.
  • Alan, Edouard, Celina and Otto: Four rebels that oppose Wily. They are referred to as a "resistance group".
  • Neo Mavericks: Advanced robots allied with Wily.
    • "The Six": Five Neo Mavericks that work with Dr. Wily. Proto Man was a member of the group, but they continued being called "The Six" even after he quit. Their names were never revealed.
    • G-Man: A sumo fighter robot from issue 10.
    • S-Man: A red and blue samurai with sword from issue 10.
    • MagicMan: A gray robot with a Chinese monk appearance, with conical hat, prayer beads and shakujo staff. He's not the same Magic Man from Mega Man & Bass.
    • N-Man: A robot with high speed from issue 10. Was defeated by Roll.
  • Holzenbein House: A organization allied with Wily and the Neo Mavericks. The leader of the organization is a bald old man called Mr. Holzenbein. His brief appearances involved tribal clothing, corpses and the removal of the heart of a dead person in some kind of ritual, which may suggests he took part of occult activities.
  • Sand Troopers: Pharaoh-like robots defeated by Mega Man in the first issue.
  • Maludijan: A robot from issue 3 that is the mayor of the ruins from São Paulo. He destroyed Roll's body and was destroyed by X and Mega Man. His name is a combination of three most recent mayors of São Paulo at the time: Paulo Maluf (1993-1996), Luiza Erundina (1989-1992) and Jânio Quadros (1986-1988).
  • Jirimum and his gang: A small cangaceiro robot and his group of larger mechas from issue 6. Cangaceiros are members of Cangaço, groups of outlaws in the Northeast region of Brazil in late 19th and early 20th centuries. He and his gang were destroyed by Roll in her new body. His name comes from jerimum, a Portuguese-language synonym to "abóbora" (pumpkin) that is sometimes spelled as "gerimum", "girimum" and "jirimum".
  • Turbo: A robot from issue 7 that works for Princess. He has great speed and can extend his arms, but he was easily defeated by X and Mega Man.

Trivia

  • When the publisher bought the rights to the Mega Man franchise and started doing work on the comic, the licenser sent them the originals for the Rockman 7 manga by Shigeto Ikehara. Instead of publishing a translation, they opted to invest on an original story.[1]
  • A Mega Man X miniseries with 6 issues was planned to be released by PPA Studio and Shalon Press,[2] but was canceled.
  • For every issue of Novas Aventuras de Megaman, the script was provided to multiple artists to draw. The version felt best suited for the script was then selected to be published. As a result, the designs of several characters differed greatly from issue to issue.

Gallery

References

  1. Animax issue details by Rodrigo Shin in Rockman Perfect Memories
  2. Animax issue 46 page 4

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