Street Fighter #14 Review

Reviewer: Andy Campbell

Written by: Ken Siu-Chong
Art by: Alvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, Omar Dogan, Scott Hepburn, Shane Law, Rey, & UDON
Guest Art by: Carlo Baberi (pencils), M3TH (inks), Roberto Campus (colors)
Lettered by: Cyber Graphix
Assistant Editor: Marina Siu-Chong
Editor: Erik Ko
Publisher: UDON

As far as I can tell, this is the first Street Fighter review to appear on ComicsNexus. I think the first issue may have been reviewed back in the 411mania days, but certainly none recently.

Almost right, Andy. The ever-erudite James Hatton reviewed issue #11 back in November. Before that there wasn’t a SF review since we were at 411. -Encyclopedic Chris).

So, anyway, Street Fighter is of course based on the uber-popular fighting game that debuted 15 years ago. The comic basically sees storylines created for the fighters that you’re familiar with.

Now, as this is the final issue of the current “round” (isn’t that clever?), I’m not going to go into too much detail about the plot, since it’s had 7 issues to build. However, I’ll try to describe the “feel” of the book so that you can decide if it’s something you want to track down.

This issue contains two major fights: Ryu vs. Balrog, and Guile vs. Vega. Now, naturally, if you’re reading a Street Fighter comic, you want to see some excellent fight scenes. And I’ll tell ya, the art in Street Fighter is awesome, and these fights are spectacularly rendered. So, props go out to the massive art team for another absolutely gorgeous book. The fights aren’t everything, though, and Ken Siu-Chong provides a cool story as well.

Now, each issue has a main story, and then a back-up story (which usually relates to a plot point from the main story). The main stories from the first 6 issues (plus #0) were collected in a digest-sized trade, and I’m sure they’ll do the same for this second “round.” The digests are a cheap and easy way to catch up in the series, and I’d recommend that you do just that if you’re looking for a fun, action-packed, and great-looking book that will harken back to better days. Well, earlier days anyway.

The third round doesn’t start for a couple of months, so you have time to catch up on the series before it kicks into high gear again. Enjoy!