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Archie's Mega Man issue 34 variant by BenBates Archie's Mega Man issue 34 variant by BenBates
The request was for a teaser image of X, as the comics launch their Mega Man X story line. 
I kicked around a couple ideas before I thought of how cool it would be to do the exact moment he activates, through the POV of Dr. Cain. 

X can look fierce with that helmet dipped down over his eyes, and if I was Dr. Cain down in some ruins where this robot just emerged from a sealed capsule, I'd probably feel pretty creeeped out at first. 

What an honor to draw X!!! 

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DR-WATCHAMACALLIT Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student Filmographer
we need a mega man x book badly.....
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ToyChicaCutiepie10 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Artist
Pom: O DAYUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!
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Zironix Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Filmographer
AUGH MY LIFE

CANNOT WAIT FOR 34
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Zironix Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Filmographer
**I mean...to acquire it 0_0 to have it in my possession
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AhO4464 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
This is soo awesome dude! :D
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mkf2308 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Archie Comics is going to have Megaman X!? Woo-hoo!
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DanLuna Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   General Artist
:omg: I cannot wait for this!
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Thanatos-Zero Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BenBates, you are in contact with Archie, yes? I need you to inform the storywriters of some canon facts, which might be overseen by accident.

It is about Megaman issue 34
themmnetwork.proboards.com/thr…
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Halestorm019 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh my god that looks amazing! i hope i will get to draw like you!
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:iconragevx:
RageVX Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always love to see your owrk, you somehow manage to make the style so close to the original yet with that extra touch of awesomeness.
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darkwarrior Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Just seeing this image brings all the awesome excitement I'm looking forward to!
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TeamNazo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
X!?
OH MY KAMI-SAMA YES PLEASE!!!
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:iconselkra:
Selkra Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
:iconhappyxplz:   X in the Megaman Archie comics? Yes please!
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:iconteamnazo:
TeamNazo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed!
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Selkra Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
ShakeHighfive  woot!
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Only if the get a different writer.
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Kristofo1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Amazing! i wish you would make a wallpaper out of it
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MarxForever Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll have to keep an eye out for this.
Kind of insulting that it took this long, to be honest. I would've killed for an X comic when I was a kid.
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Drawloverlala Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fianlly! i've waiting for this long time ago!!
:iconclapplz: amazing as always
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LighttheChao Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If Spaz drew the original cover for this issue, I'd have to say that I favor yours over his. I really love the design of Mega Man X in your art style(and I'm playing MMX on the Wii U, even though I suck terribly at it)! Plus, Spaz's way of drawing Rock doesn't look as good as the previous covers. It just doesn't have the same charm to it like normally(at least, I got this info from the wiki of Mega Man, so it could be false), but if Spaz did draw the normal cover for it, it just looks weird looking at Mega Man. The charm left him as opposed to the covers from the Blackout issues.

Besides that, I really love this cover! I doubt I'll get my hands on this variant cover, but I wish there was some way it could miraculously happen come Christmas. 
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Toontendo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My favourite archie comics artist draws my favourite character from my favourite megaman series.
I think I can die happy now.
I'm totally picking up this variant cover when it comes out, I don't care how much it will cost, I just need it.
Ben Bates you're awesome!
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BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional
Aw thanks! That was great to read! I hope the variant costs the usual price!!
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BallpointsStudio Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
xxxxxxxxXXXXXXXXXXX!X!X!X!X!X!X!X!X!X!X!X!X!X!XXXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
great stuff, Ben!!! powerful.
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THEATOMBOMB035 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013   General Artist
please just do a story more then 4 issuse, that just is rushing a REALLY good game with a REALLY good story
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:iconbenbates:
BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional
I don't know what they've got planned, but I agree. 
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THEATOMBOMB035 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013   General Artist
I WOULD like to see 4 issuse for each boss or level
giving you alot of backstory and alot of groath for X and how he learns the ways of war
...but thats just me think about a big story
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Tattletale616 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Incredible artwork! So intensive, and lighting is very well done
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Buraideviant Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
You have talent.
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
ohh, this is exciting! :D
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:iconsonic808:
Sonic808 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool pic!
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Mavrickindigo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Is that text on the lower right from the game's initial text crawl?
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:iconbenbates:
BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional
It's Dr. Cain's journal entry just before he activates X. I dont think it appears in game, I think it's only printed in the manual. I could be wrong though.  
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Mavrickindigo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah right, that makes sense. I remember reading that. I was thinking of that Dr. Light warning message from the beginning of the game.
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SamCyberCat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
I think you were a great choice of artist for this teaser image and I definitely got excited for the X storyline after seeing this.
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Chauvels Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013   General Artist
Wow! Seriously cool!
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SapphireD Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just started playing MMX. This'll be interesting!
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13snumber14 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
YES OH MY GOD
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Estonius Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Way wicked cool!!
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DanSchoening Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love your work man :) I look forward to picking this up. Cheers!
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KarakatoDzo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Looking forward to this but I hope this doesn't slow down the Classic Mega man's comic series release (thinking about you Worlds collide) 
As for the pic itself, Just love how X looks as he's reawakened from his capsule, clearing all that rubble and all.
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dark-dragoon-gao Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
You have no idea how happy I am to see X again, since he got me into Mega Man.
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TheTodStar Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
SO psyched for Mega Man X in the Archie Comics! :excited:

And this is the perfect cover art for the Reploid's debut, mate! :thumbsup: :+fav:
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BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional
Thanks a ton! I'm glad to hear what might only have been a relatively simple teaser ended up being perfect! 
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
A Jackson say Flynn goes straight for his own fan created characters after the first issue.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013   General Artist
Awesome...
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Angelic-Fayth Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome!
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:iconoldmanwinters:
oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
We've taken our first step into a much larger world!
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:iconbenbates:
BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional
Haha, you make it sound so intense. 
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:iconoldmanwinters:
oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
It is!
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