To congratulate Miss Tron on her unexpected release on PSN, let’s take a quick peek through some of my favorite scenes from the Chinese Rockman DASH comic.
Released at the end of July back in the year 2000, this manhua was done by the same artist who did the Chinese-only Rockman X5 comic volumes. Let’s see some pictures.
Although a lot of the story points will look familar to anyone who’s played through the first Mega Man Legends title, there are a few scenes the book delves into that you won’t find in the game. Like Rock Volnutt as a swaddling baby.
Another rare addition is the tale of John and Varley, the two Diggers who put Kattelox on the map. The English game doesn’t mention them by name, but it does refer to their story in the Library. They were first to popularly explore Kattelox’s ruins and discover high-quality refractors there some 60 years before the events of the game, causing a gold rush style population boom on the island. They also discovered something in the underground ruins that gave the island its current name. But their cargo sank and the two perished in a disaster at sea under mysterious circumstances, contributing to the gossip of a legendary disaster or curse upon the island and its treasures. The characters were probably named after the prolific science fiction writer John Varley.
In his Digging days, Barrell was nicknamed “the Invincible” or “the Immortal” (written in Japanese as 不死身 or more literally meaning “un-dying person”) because of his tendency to survive seemingly impossible situations. In this comic, Barrel has another nickname: the Phoenix (不死鳥 “un-dying bird”). Because the kanji are so close to one another I’m not sure if that’s a translation error, a genuine regional difference, or just something the author wanted to do because it’s funnier.
That’s all for now. I have raw scans of the entire manhua from start to finish, but the files are large and I don’t have an account on any major file sharing sites. If anyone out there wants to help distribute it, let me know in the comments.