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. 15 issues.
Street Fighter II: Follows the first half of the original game as Ryu goes to search for Akuma. 7 issues.
Street Fighter II: Turbo: The later half which features the tournament held by M.Bison. Closes out the "II" series. 13 issues.
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. 4 issues, plus a limited-edition #0 tie-in.
Super Street Fighter: Follows Street Fighter III; Gill and the Illuminati make their move, Alex is introduced and Ryu is captured.
At the end of most of the issues (mostly those in Turbo) are short stories involving characters from Street Fighter III and Final Fight.Legends/Origins seriesComics that focus on one specific character. There are only four 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 Origins: Akuma: Showcases Akuma's (and Gouken's) past, his rise on being a fighter and ultimately, his Start of Darkness.
The series provides the following tropes:
Abusive Parents: Juri's. Or at least her mother. Her dad is genuinely distraught after Juri is shot in the face, and can be seen screaming in anguish before she loses consciousness.
Afro Ass Kicker: One of the people Crimson Viper kidnaps for S.I.N. is a female martial artist with a huge afro. We never see her in action, but she's apparently a skilled enough fighter that she ended up on S.I.N.'s radar.
Alliterative Name: Besides Cammy White and Keith Wolfman, everyone in Delta Red. Lita Luwanda, Matthew McCoy, and George Ginzu.
A true martial artist takes on his meal just as he would an opponent— with focus and drive.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Cammy and Charlie at the start of the series, and Blanka and Dee Jay later on. Ken, E. Honda, and T. Hawk near the end of II Turbo.
Broad Strokes / Pragmatic Adaptation: The comics adapt the basic plot of the various games, but certain events and character introductions are changed or moved to tell a more coherent story.
The comics also attempt to account for certain events left unexplained in the video game canon, such as why almost none of the characters from the prequel Street Fighter Alpha games were present in the Street Fighter II series (which was produced long before Alpha but chronologically takes place later).
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.
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.
Crimson Viper is more than willing to assault and capture innocent people while working undercover in S.I.N., but experiences a crisis of conscience after she kidnaps Sakura and realizes that the teenager will be tortured and possibly killed due to her connection with the Satsui no Hado.
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.
Honor Before Reason: A short story in the 2014 Free Comic Book Day special shows a young Akuma being offered a lucrative gig in an underground fight club. When Akuma states that there's no honor in such a thing, the club's owner tells him that the Japanese notion of honor is outdated and useless in the capitalistic, post-WW2 world they live in. Akuma initially accepts the offer, but throws it all away when he kills his opponent in disgust and storms off.
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 Expies of original characters from the animated series and the various mangas.
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.
Removing the Rival: It's mentioned in passing that all of the other men and women who entered the hot dog eating contest Karin and Sakura had signed up for had mysteriously dropped out the day before the competition. It's heavily implied Karin paid off all of them to make sure the contest came down to her and Sakura.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: After kidnapping Sakura and a number of other fighters while undercover, Crimson Viper blows her cover and frees the hostages before they can be tortured and disposed of.
Serious Business: Lampshaded in the third issue of the Sakura mini-series. A news crew arrives on the scene to cover Sakura's battle with Karin, and the anchor is shown sighing and bemoaning how slow the news day must be for the station to ask them to cover a brawl between two teenagers.
Shotgun Wedding: The "marry-the-girl-you-knocked-up" variant is mentioned by Ken when he mentions to Ryu that Eliza's pregnant in #6 of the original series:
We've been engaged, like, forever. Being parents one day... I just hope her dad doesn't whip out the shotgun when I come back...
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.
Sakura, in frustration for not being strong enough to keep Ryu from the Illuminati, starts drawing upon the influence of the Satsui no Hado...and that eventually lures out Akuma.
Take That: Birdie mentions having chased a gang of "candy-asses" called the Raging Storms out of his neighborhood.
These Hands Have Killed: Gen had no qualms with this until he was forced to kill a Geki ninja 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.
Vomit Discretion Shot: Sakura pukes after competing in a hot dog eating contest, but the audience is only shown the disgusted reactions of Kei and her other friends.
"Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Turbo ends with a montage showing what each of the surviving fighters ended up doing after Bison's death. Super opens with a Where Are They Now? Prologue, showing what's happened to several of the retired fighters after the Time Skip.