These Street Fighter comicbooks are provided by the U.S/Canada writer/artist collective UDON. This is the second time the series has been adapted into comic book form, with the first being the three issue run by Malibu Comics.Started in 2005, the book mostly chronicles Ryu and his path of a true fighter, plus Guile and Chun-Li's operation to bring down Shadowloo and its head, M. Bison. The story cuts to other fighters along the way who either interact directly with Ryu, get caught up in the military investigation, or are working for or have gained the ire of Shadowloo. The series was originally published by Image before moving to Devil's Due Publishing, but eventually UDON started self-publishing the whole thing.Here the rundown of the series:Main Series
Street Fighter: Based on Street Fighter Alpha. Chronicles Ryu's travels with his pupil Sakura, Guile and Chun-Li's efforts to track down M. Bison, and Cammy's defection from Shadaloo.
Street Fighter II: Follows the first half of the original game as Ryu goes to search for Akuma.
Street Fighter II: Turbo: The later half which features the tournament held by M.Bison. Closes out the "II" series.
Street Fighter IV: A mini series that doesn't fully follow the game; it features a story in which SIN kidnaps several Street Fighters for experimentation. Crimson Viper, Abel, and Seth are the central focus of this story arc with some glances at other characters of the game. Also includes a sneak preview of Juri from Super Street Fighter IV.
At the end of most of the issues (mostly those in Turbo) are short stories involving characters from Street Fighter III and Final Fight. A Street Fighter III series has been hinted at for a future date. After over a year of silence regarding the SF license, UDON announced that there will be more comics released in the GN format in 2013 and beyond.Legends seriesComics that focus on one specific character. There are only three series so far.
Street Fighter Legends: Sakura: Focus on Sakura and her exploits. The first two issues follow her as she trains and help R. Mika against Zangief. The last few find her against her rival Karin, who goes to almost ridiculous lengths to try and beat Sakura. Features characters from Rival Schools.
Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li: Centers on Chun-Li and her early days in the police academy. Features Dan and his father Go and their encounter with Sagat.
Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki: Starring Ibuki from Street Fighter III as she tries to live a double life as a ninja of her clan and a regular high school girl. Also features Makoto and Elena from the same game.
Street Fighter Legends: Akuma: Showcases Akuma's past, his rise on being a fighter and ultimately, his Start of Darkness.
The series provides the following tropes:
Alliterative Name: Besides Cammy White and Keith Wolfman, everyone in Delta Red. Lita Luwanda, Matthew McCoy, and George Ginzu.
Q, Rufus, Demitri and a few others can be seen in the audience if one looks closely.
Damnd and some Mad Gear mooks show up and make trouble in a restaurant in New Generation
Captain Ersatz: Fei Long faces off against stand-ins of Iron Monkey, the Drunken Master, the Master of the Flying Guillotine, and other classic kung fu movie characters, while Chun-Li contends with human versions of the Furious Five.
Ditto Fighter: Twelve, as in the games. In this case, he seems to be capable of copying moves only if he's seen them before — when he fights Dhalsim, he has the moves of characters from the original Street Fighter, namely Eagle, Joe, Mike, and Lee. After he "loses", he acquires Dhalsim's moves.
Evil Twin: The Four Kings and Guile, Ken, Ryu and Chun Li find they've been invited to an island with an evil clone of Bison...and seven other clones as well. Leads to all of them fighting their EvilTwin, though in one move, Ryu and Bison do a Switch Out Move that lead to each man trouncing the other's clones.
Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a merciless killer throughout much of his life, Gen stops short from killing Chun Li after she witnessed him killing an assassin. The moment serves as Gen's turning point for his character.
Lighter and Softer: The comic book series, for the most part, is a light-hearted adaptation of the series.
Mythology Gag: Plenty, the UDON crew really did their homework with this one. Many characters from the oft forgotten first game make appearances as well as Expy of original characters from the animated and the manga series.
Pro Wrestling Is Real: This series has it both ways; R. Mika's actual wrestling matches (i.e., the stuff that happens off panel) are scripted, while Zangief is baffled by the concept and has never heard of such a thing before. This has roots in SF canon; the series takes place in the same world as the Saturday Night Slam Masters games. Not only is wrestling real, but Zangief's old sparring partner Biff Slamkovich is upset that some people think it isn't.
Start of Darkness: Juri receives one in "New Generation"; She was the daughter of a cop investigating Shadaloo, and lost her eye and her family in a Shadaloo attack. After recovering, she turned her anger towards Tae Kwon Do, and the rest is history.
These Hands Have Killed: Gen had no qualms with this until he was forced to kill Geki in front of a young Chun-Li. This ends up becoming the greatest regret of his life, and he swears to never kill again.
Tournament Arc: Kinda unavoidable since it's based off the games. The II Turbo series is mostly the main focus of this.
Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Of course a few of the fighters will play dirty to win battle. One of the more ridiculous examples is Karin from Sakura's legends series. She challeneges her to a hot dog eating contest and once she actually has her full, goes to attack her on the spot. It nearly works if not for the Rival Schools cast jumping in for the save.