I forgot that this exists. Some seven page story for 'Mega Man and Sonic Team UP- AGAIN!!!'. I think this was meant to explain some back story, fill in some big story gaps, I'm not really sure.
I experimented a lot on this, not just in the art, but on how my job works. I did pencils, inks, and colors, I even obtained the finished word balloon files so I could manually place them myself. Originally I was going to write this particular short story as well!
If I recall correctly, when the job was first proposed, my only directive was that Mega Man had to be defeated by the Zeti. I wanted to use Zeena, Master Zik, and Zomom myself. Had I gone ahead with my original plan, the Zeti were going to unleash all their energy attacks at once (much like in the final product), blowing off Mega man's armor and overloading his circuits, shutting him down. I way wanted to draw his armor all torn off and his inner mechanics exposed, hopefully giving him a sense of real vulnerability as the villains take him away (as well as a little more logic as to why he is modified/rebuilt by Eggman and Wily. I mean you don't need logic of course, its fun and its cool, its what the Doctors would do).
For myself, I wanted to entirely avoid them using their robot control to win the fight. My thoughts are, if they're going to do that in the story at all, why would they wait? I don't think they would. It's like their one super crazy special ability thats extremely weird (why can they control robots of all things?), its also Mega Man's complete and utter fatal flaw against them. So my thinking was, they know they can win flat out. They can tell he is a robot right off of course, but these are villains with petty and cruel personalities. They could just use their power to defeat Mega Man but that's not fun for them, its not in their nature to end it so quickly. My thought for the story would have been to show that the Zeti want to hurt Mega Man. They want to hurt him for caring. Alone, Mega Man can never win against the Zeti. Which, I thought, was perfect because this isn't a story about being alone! This is a story where he needs very specific help to win and with this short story, I could show all of that, tap into the very heart of it! Mega Man needs Sonic!!!
Oh right, as for caring, I recall that I also wanted to have Auto and Rush with him on the supply run. That he was fighting to protect them not necessarily himself. I like Mega Man as a robot that goes out of his way to help others. Oh yeah, and I wanted to have a Stegosaurus in the story too!!! I actually didn't (and still don't) know anything about this second Mega man and Sonic crossover, but I gathered at some point that portals were open that maybe allowed some elements of time travel. I wanted a Stegosaurus to show up at the start of the story, the Zeti humorously mistake it to be one of Mega Man's many pets and when it tries to escape Zomom runs after it. The last we'd see of it is Zomom returning , chewing and tossing a large bone away, the fate of the Stego to be presumed.
I was already well into my animation career while working on this, but had I continued in the comics industry as a freelancer this would have been my continued goal. I want to do it all! Fortunately, creating my own comics makes that much easier and more satisfying.
There's a bunch of other Archie stuff I should upload sometime.