Ha, I've been out of it so long I forgot to submit this months ago.
Mega Man 11! Where he blasts through a total of four robot masters!
I thought it would be fun to imply a sense of story unique to each boss, as if each of their stories might fill up a single issue itself. (Well, except for Quick Man, I guess I'm not saying much aside from he's a badguy.)
Air Man is a nod towards Ariga's story where the MM2 bosses first appear in that awesome storm. I thought it would be fun to see Air Man whip up a giant tornado.
For Metal Man, I love the idea of the detective's trying to stop a dangerous Wily Robot, especially one throwing saw blades around. Mega Man would appear just in time to save their lives.
Flash Man, well, whats he mining down there for? And what could Wily do with such a gem?
Obviously this would be a very episodic approach and maybe thats not that right way to go... but that reminds me about how cool and different Ariga's idea on telling Mega Man stories are.
At this point, I haven't read too much of Ariga's work. I picked up Vol. 1 of Megamix (which I enjoyed fine, although the last story with the mother computer and Yellow Devil gave me a hard time), then jumped to Vol. 1 of Gigamix (where I actually fell in love with his work! Asteroid Blues was soo cool and cinematic. Battle & Chase was such a blast and included so many characters! So much fun!!!)
And now I'm back to Vol. 2 of Megamix. What I love about his stories is the ability to work inside and around the videogames while giving us an original story and balancing a large cast of characters.
'Grim Reaper of Resurrection' uses all of the Cossack Robot Masters in various roles and I don't feel cheated or like I've missed out on anybody.
The cast for 'Warriors Day Off' is even more intense and its topped off with an intense battle with Bass! Its balancing so much at one time so well.
What's even crazier is that those stories achieve so much in a relatively short amount of time. 'Grim Reaper of Resurrection' is somewhere around 52 pages and 'Warrior's Day Off' is like 45.
If these were American comics with 20-22 pages each you're looking at roughly 2 or 2 1/2 issues with each story.
It just seems crazy to me.
Anyway, back to the Mega Man 11 cover, you'll notice if you grab out your copy that Mega Man's nose got twisted for the final version.