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Cover of Issue 4, the first of the Brazilian-produced comics.

The Brazilian Street Fighter comics (called Super Street Fighter II between issues 6 and 13) were a semi-regular comic series distributed by publisher Escala between 1994 and 1997.

History[]

In 1994, Escala held the Brazilian distribution rights for the Malibu Comics series based on Street Fighter. Since it was cancelled with only three issues, however, the publisher attempted to carry on by licensing Masaomi Kanzaki's manga of the game. When these negotiations fell through, an in-house team led by editor Marcelo Cassaro decided to work on the series, even continuing the numbering, which meant that these comics started with issue 4 rather than issue 1.

After issue #5, Cassaro stepped down and appointed Alexandre Nagado as his replacement. Nagado's first order of business was to entirely disregard the Malibu canon and create a new story from scratch, based on Super Street Fighter II, which was out at the time, its Turbo update having been recently released. The publication carried on with successive stories and story arcs, as well as a special edition with three self-contained stories, until issue #20 in 1997, the second of an unfinished three-part series centered around Akuma. The comic series was later canceled due to low sales (according to Nagado).

Throughout its publication, the stories' canon drew mainly from the games, with a few liberties taken, i.e. some elements of Ryu's character were incorporated form his Street Fighter II V incarnation, such as his first fight with Guile (shown in a flashback at the beginning of issue #15). Also, while character designs had an original, manga-inspired look at first (particularly, Chun-Li's appearance drew heavily from Kanzaki's take on the character), the creative team would later incorporate the Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie designs to the characters.

Issues[]

  • #4: Life Imitates Art: Shows Fei Long's backstory. A backup feature, made in the style of the Malibu series, tells a story of how Guile mastered the Sonic Boom (using the old canon version, which said came from an accident during a test flight, instead of him having been taught by Charlie).
  • #5: My Name Is Cammy!: Shows Cammy's backstory. The backup feature hints at a sequence to the events in the American comics, where Ryu and Chun-Li discuss Ken's fate and she mentions his corpse had disappeared, suggesting that he might have survived.
  • #6-8: Battlefield: An adaptation of Super Street Fighter II, featuring the new Street Fighter tournament. In the aftermath, Guile proposes the creation of a task force similar to the allied forces in the Street Fighter film and is joined by Chun-Li, Ryu, Ken, Cammy and Thunder Hawk. This arc also works as a soft reboot to the series and some past events, like Ken's supposed death, were erased from the story's timeline.
  • #9-10: Phantom Agent: Chun-Li and Cammy team up to defend a scientist from a shape-shifting assassin capable of copying not only the appearance, but also the abilities of several Street Fighters.
  • #11-13: The Spheres of Power: A break from the traditional format, the story centers around two extra-dimensional sorcerers, Sasha and Kiran, recruiting the Street Fighters for a tournament to decide the next in line to rule their realm.
  • #14-16: Death Island: Guile is shot down during a recon flight by unknown assailants and presumed dead, while some of the other Street Fighters learn of a growing threat, the underground syndicate Shadow Law, risen from Shadaloo's ashes. Sawada is introduced as Captain of the United Nations's Armed Forces and arranges a task force joined by Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Cammy to rescue Guile and fight Shadow Law (an organization created by Sagat, Vega and Balrog after M. Bison was presumed dead). Number 14 also features a backup story of Blanka, number 15 features a backup story of Dhalsim and number 16 features a backup story of Guile and Zangieff.
  • #17: Casino: Chun-Li and Cammy take on a mission to apprehend an Eastern European drug lord in a casino in Monte Carlo, inadvertently stringing Ken along for the ride. From this issue on to the end, Rodrigo de Góes took over the role of editor, appointed by Nagado.
  • #18: Perfect Vacations: Chun-Li and Guile decide to take a vacation together, but run into an undercover Triad plot before they can enjoy themselves.
  • #19-20: Akuma (or The Worst of the Beasts): Tells the tale of Akuma, a presumably demonic fighter who travels the world brutally defeating opponents. Characters from the Street Fighter Alpha series make appearances here. The third part was never published due to the title's cancellation. Number 19 also features a backup story of Fei Long while number 20 features a backup story of Dan Hibiki.
  • Special Issue #1: Three independent stories. Fei Long fights an assassin; Chun-Li and Cammy try to rescue a hostage during a weekend off; a team led by Guile fights a terrorist organization. This issue was published between the numbers 13 and 14.

Trivia[]

  • In addition to the 17 issues released, there was an extra edition issued, with more pages and three complete stories (one of them a two-parter).
  • The issues covering the Death Island and Akuma arcs also had backup stories involving other characters: Blanka in #14, Dhalsim in #15, Guile and Zangief in #16, Fei Long in #19 and Dan in #20.
  • Issues #17 and #18 were supposed to take place after the Akuma arc, but since the latter was behind its schedule, the stories therein were released first.
  • The original Japanese names of the characters (which, by the time, applied only to the bosses and Akuma) were used in the comic series until the Spheres of Power arc (issues #11 to #13). So the Ditactor was named Vega, the Spanish matador was named Balrog and the American boxer was named Mike Bison. From Death Island arc onwards (issues #14 to #16), Editora Escala switched to the American naming customs, answering a request made by Character, Capcom licenser in Brazil. From this storyline on, Balrog became the American boxer, Vega became the Spanish matador and M. Bison was now the Dictator and Shadaloo leader.
  • Once the comic series was using the American name Shadaloo for Bison's crime syndicate, the writer Alexandre Nagado decided to use the name Shadow Law, the original Japanese name for Shadaloo, for a new criminal organization led by Sagat.
  • The tournament format used in the comics is basically the same to the one that would later be applied in the UDON series, except with a different distribution of contestants.
  • Senoh, character from the animated movie appears in the special edition, Chun-Li identifies Senoh as being "Dr. Haruo Ichihara, former chief of Shadaloo's scientific divison".
  • At the end of issue #17, Chun-Li and Guile start dating. While this is unlikely to happen in the gaming series' canon due to Guile be a married family man, the editors explain that the characters were brought together because of their similar personalities and fate as Street Fighters: they're both linked to peacekeeping forces and they fight for justice rather than just for fighting like most Street Fighters do. It is stated in number 18 that Julia and Guile had divorced because she could not stand the life he was living.
  • Ryu and Ken's power levels are consistent with what was shown in Street Fighter II Victory, having both mastered the Hado. Hence, Ken's Hadoken here is considerably more powerful than in canon (able, for example, to destroy helicopters), and in issue #16, he uses the Hadoshoryuken technique against Vega.
  • There are some references to Street Fighter II V in the series. In issue #15, Ryu recalls when he first met Guile in the same situation of Street Fighter II V's episode 2. Both characters also bear the same appearance of the anime series. Ken uses the Hado Shoryuken technique in the issue #16. Rinko, Ryu's old friend from Street Fighter II V, makes a brief appearance in issue #20.
  • The comic series also incorporates some elements from the Street Fighter film like the Captain Sawada character and the usage of the unofficial Xiang surname for Chun-Li.
  • While it has stuff from Street Fighter II V and the film, not everything is used: Cammy never tried to kill Doraife, Sagat was never wrongfully imprisoned, Sawada doesn't know Ryu and Ken, and he's part of the United Nations, not the Allied Nations.

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