Between 2004 and 2005, UDON Entertainment released a six issue series of comics titled, Darkstalkers, based on Capcom's fighting game series of the same name. The series was originally released through Devil's Due Publishing. Each of the comics featured a comedic one page mini story. Later in 2005, UDON released a trade paperback titled, Darkstalkers: Rise of the Dark Ones, which featured all six issues as well as the short comic, featuring Morrigan Aensland, that was originally released in UDON's Capcom Summer Special 2004.
Publisher synopsis[edit | edit source]
- "In Darkstalkers, the fate of the world seems to have taken a bleak and ominous turn. Slowly, but steadily, increasing numbers of supernatural, inhuman creatures have inexplicably begun to walk the Earth. Coming in numerous shapes and sizes — as vampires, werewolves, zombies and ghosts — these beings that have brought fear to the night have come to be known by one name: The Darkstalkers. Some Darkstalkers prey on humans, while others try to live in peace with them. Still, others are too busy fighting amongst themselves to even care what humans do."
- –Udon Entertainment
Issues[edit | edit source]
|Issue||Release date||Back-up story|
|Issue 01||November, 2004||"The Wielding of Dhylec"|
|Writer: Ken Siu-Chong||Pencils and inks: Alvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, Mark Brooks|
|Issue 02||December, 2004||"Talbain's Bane"|
|Writer: Ken Siu-Chong||Pencils and inks: Alvin Lee, Lesean Thomas|
|Issue 03||January, 2005||"Demetri's Chosen"|
|Writer: Ken Siu-Chong||Pencils and inks: Kevin Lau, Alvin Lee, Scott Hephurn|
|Issue 04||February, 2005||"Felicia's Christmas Carol"|
|Writer: Ken Siu-Chong||Pencils and inks: Joe Vriens, Alvin Lee, Scott Hephurn|
|Issue 05||March, 2005||"The Curse of Hannya and Kien"|
|Writer: Ken Siu-Chong||Pencils and inks: Joe Vriens, Alvin Lee, Kevin Lau, Alan Wang|
|Issue 06||April, 2005||"The Silver Necklace"|
|Writer: Ken Siu-Chong||Pencils and inks: Joe Vriens, Alvin Lee, Kevin Lau, Scottie Young|
Reception[edit | edit source]
While some of these comics were sold the reception of the comics remained split among the fans; it has since been a controversial take on the Darkstalker lore. Some praises were given to the comics art style and presentation, however, changes to the narrative and mainly Morrigan and Lilith's personality received criticism among gaming fans, that felt it was contradictory to the main plot.
Capcom special contents[edit | edit source]
- Main Article: Capcom Summer Special 2004
|Story||Story Name||Story arch cover featured|
|#1||"Papa's Gift"||San Diago Comic-Con|
|Writer: Ken Siu-Chong||Art: Andrew Hou, Omar Dogan, Scott Hepburn, Christine Choi, Gary Yeung and Arndold Tsang|
|#2||"Eye of Belial"||Wizard World Chicago|
|Writer: Ken Siu-Chong||Art: Alvin Lee, Omar Dogan with colors by Shane Law and Kevin Yan|
|#3||"Justice High"||Toronto Comic Expo|
|Writer: Erik Ko, Ken Siu-Chong||Pencils and inks: Omar Dogan, Calvin Lo|
Collections[edit | edit source]
In 2005, UDON released Darkstalkers: Rise of the Dark Ones which contained the first six issues of the Darkstalkers comic series. The collection also featured the original short, "Eye of Belial," from the Capcom Summer Special 2004 which featured the origins of Morrigan and started UDON's Darkstalkers series. The cover for the first collection featured Morrigan and Demitri Maximoff and was done by Capcom artist, Shinkiro. It containted 144 pages total.
In 2012, UDON released Darkstalkers: The Ultimate Edition in hardcover and paperback forms which featured the original six issues of the Darkstalkers series as well as the three issues of Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors. The hardcover version was limited to 300 copies and received an exclusive cover with the male cast members in their "Midnight Bliss" forms. The artwork for this cover was done by Omar Dogan. The limited edition hardcover also received a slip cover featuring Felicia that was done by Alvin Lee.