Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Graphic Novel Review - Street Fighter Origins: Akuma

Name - Street Fighter Origins: Akuma
Published by - Udon Entertainment
Written by - Joe Ng

First things first, I got this book from NetGalley, so thank you netgalley, Diamond Book Distributors and Udon Entertainment for this opportunity.
Akuma is a guy who you either love or love to hate if you are a fighting games fan like me. And every fan of fighting games out there probably knows his background story already. So what has this book to offer in terms of newer elements in the regard of the beloved 'bad guy' Akumas origins? Not anything new to be honest except a few minor details which the writer took liberty with but the art is gorgeous and it feels good to see these characters in action in the pages of a comic book and the beautifully drawn elements of nature were nice too.

The story starts with Akuma and Gouken's tragic past as we learn how their parents died and how the two brothers got separated. Then Akuma starts his training to become a great warrior and eventually leads on to a dark path while his brother attempts to bring him back from it. The story is cool as a origin story even after so many years of the conception of the characters yet all fans of Akuma already knows these stuff, sadly there is nothing new to add to the story or even any attempt of that. We get to know a lot about why Akuma is what he is but despite it his character development feels something to be desired as the writers attempt at telling the story was a bit detached from Akuma's personal viewpoints and logic.

The art on the other hand is quite good. It is really nice to see these characters come out of the world of the game and fight it out in pages of these comics. The color was vibrant and the backgrounds detailed. The fight sequences done with that much vigor to the experience and the artist do deserve credit for that.

On the whole, while not something special this was a good enough read and would be a great addition to the collections for those fans of Akuma and 'Street Fighter' out there and I would also recommend it to the fans of fighting games in general for its nice art style. 

3 out of 5 stars.   

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