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Mick-LuciferPosted: 01/06/2015 10:11 AMStatus ::
Review: Mortal Kombat X #1 Chapter 1

After months of anticipation, Mortal Kombat X comics have finally arrived!

Only the first digital chapter is available thus far [purchase], which Mortal Kombat Online will be reviewing here. For the full print issue, you'll have to hit up your local comic shop January 14th! If you haven't pre-ordered, make sure you show your interest for future issues!

DC Comics' first foray into the Mortal Kombat comics business has had a lot of time to build interest since it was announced at October's NYCC. If you download Chapter One looking for all the answers to your every question - you're not playing with fair expectations. That said, if you pay the 99c expecting some substantial answers, it may be the comic that comes up short of the title on the cover.

As seen in yesterday's preview; Kenshi takes centre stage in a cold opening set in the Himalayan wilderness "many years ago". It's an action sequence that would've played better in a pre-credits crash for television, but where it isn't informative in detail, it is very indicative of the type of read that follows.

The beats are kept remarkably simple, as if designed to fit into 16-bit text on a home cartridge, rather than a 40 page comic: Kenshi has been working undercover with the Red Dragon Clan [for the Outerworld Investigation Agency, we're forced to presume]; his cover was blown; Sonya Blade called to tell him he has a child in Thailand; the blind sword saint was too late to rescue mother from the Red Dragon; he has the boy and is on the run.

Fellow Deadly Alliance alum Hsu Hao commands his Red Dragon minions to punish Kenshi's apparent betrayal. Fans will recognize this as a role reversal for Hsu Hao, who was embedded within the OIA Special Forces in the 2002 game. Given that he's unceremoniously sacrificed mere pages later -- we might assume this is less of a deliberate twist to the now rebooted story, and more about putting a recognized name to the Red Dragon fatality. Given the medium's ability to redeem oddball characters, it seems a shame to finish him so quickly.

The man who speared Hsu Hao's cybernetic heart and punched clean through his head is Scorpion. The ninja spectre gets two things here that are nice to see: A big, impactful, splashy entrance, and a plot that progresses him beyond the endless quest for revenge. Of course -- given that this is "many years ago", and we've already seen Scorpion bring grievances to the fight in gameplay previews -- we have to assume he'll be ready to revenge by the time the game ships. As it stands, he's obviously very protective of the clan's land. In one of the most effective moments of the chapter, Kenshi reveals he's trespassing before the kunai spear ushers in the arrival of Scorpion.

The nebulous "many years ago" comes as a jarring surprise, given the apparent significance of the 25 years to be covered by the game and comic. That shock may come from the relative precision of Injustice: Gods Among Us, which divided its series into year based volumes. That game and its comic utilized a similar deliberate passage of time to divide significance between writers on the comic and game -- five years, in that series. With Mortal Kombat X slated to dip into its history during the home console story mode, keeping things vague may be for the best, but it contributes to a general sense of shabby storytelling, where detail is sparse and context overlooked.

Scorpion - for those wondering - has found time to recover a human face, grow a beard, stoke a friendship with Kenshi, and create a new incarnation of the Shirai Ryu clan. This one is cobbled from "sole survivors" who lost their families to "The Netherrealm War". That may suggest the events of Mortal Kombat 4 - teased at the end of Mortal Kombat (2011)'s reboot story with the lurking presence of Shinnok. Like so much else in this opening chapter, it is given no further context. Why the Shirai Ryu are in Earthrealm, hanging out in the Himalaya instead of Japan, is probably of future story significance, and requires patience. It's frustrating, never the less, to have it delivered in such a cavalier manner, with so many missing details.

The chapter ends with the first appearance of Sub-Zero. Again, hints of a prior allegiance to Quan Chi and subsequent loyalty to Raiden are alluded to - but no real context about the character is given. He's slick and very much alive. This won't help speculation about the identity of the new game character, and arguably leaves readers as much in the dark, as well.

Even his mission: to procure a dagger from a Red Dragon stronghold - is without detail. This makes the final page reveal of Kano - who we know is working for Quan Chi, thanks to game trailers - lack impact. He carves a line down Sub-Zero's face and teases "The Curse of the Kamidogu".

Fortunately, Dexter Soy delivers some great visuals throughout - with his tightest pencils appearing in these final pages. The chunky inks and solid color of earlier pages seems to sharpen into more expressive, tighter lines. How the artist has anticipated the dual release for print and digital, and how it has affected the finished work, is something we can only speculate about. Of course, fan speculation will belong almost exclusively to the minimal information on offer.

The first digital chapter of Mortal Kombat X clearly sets the scene for the inevitable epic of the April game. Alas, of all the questions it raises in its brief debut, the biggest may be concerning the strengths of the comic book medium and its digital frontiers.

DC Comics utilized the same digital-first format for Injustice: Gods Among Us, effectively slicing the traditional comic book page in two [top and bottom], and the average print issue into three. The end result alleviates the pressures of squeezing elaborate sequential artwork into irregular screen sizes, but also challenges the economy and pacing of the traditional American comic. As in Injustice; these decisions distract from the art form, inadvertently calling attention to the dual purpose of a tie-in released four months prior to the main event of the video game: weekly chapters don't benefit the story, but they keep interest high and building.

There's nothing wrong with this pulp process and promotional mentality, but I think enthusiastic collectors of print issues will be the long term winners. They will receive each issue in its complete format and that, if Injustice was any indication, is the superior format.

If Injustice was any indication, this series will find a strong audience, at least within the gaming faithful. The lofty heights of Injustice's chart dominance seem unlikely, given the hook of an alternate take on Superman et al, but the action packed pages should delight digital consumers who contributed to Injustice's success. When Injustice was at its most brief, it was often those unfamiliar with the medium, and simply enjoying seeing the characters in action, who benefitted most.

This is to say, Mortal Kombat has long been a part of a philosophical struggle, and the comics will test both sides. Playing to the broad cultural touchstone, writer Shawn Kittelsen has been the face of selling action and danger - "a fatality in almost every issue", he told DC All Access. This in-game finishing mechanic has been a trademark of the series since its days as kung fu movie pastiche, but in a medium driven by story, it remains to be seen if there's value in focusing so much attention on the gimmick of death. MKX Chapter One delivers a lot of action and blood, but when it comes to storytelling, it's incredibly sparse and arguably under written. It will be in the eye of the beholder to decide if that's a good or bad thing.

Final notes: Takeda is a loaded name for fans of Mortal Kombat: Conquest, sure to fuel expectations about Kenshi's son and the influence of Scorpion [read more]. Nice to see Daegon return [from Armageddon], in name at least, as the demigod leader of the Red Dragon Clan. We'll be watching for him.

Answers will come. Story will be told. More will come next time. All in all, it's a promising start with plenty of room for improvement.

Mortal Kombat Online is looking forward to more Mortal Kombat X from DC Comics and we hope you will too! Visit DC Entertainment or Google Play to purchase the first chapter for yourself! Register to discuss the series and share your own review on the forums!

elsonPosted: 01/06/2015 04:55 AMStatus ::


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MKX Comic #1 is out!!!

MKX Comic #1 is out, here is the screenshot, enjoy!!!

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Read DC Entertainment Digital site.

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jimmykricketPosted: 01/06/2015 05:04 AMStatus ::


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ChromePosted: 01/06/2015 05:15 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic #1 is out!!!

*tears up*

quote: Hanzo conquered Scorpion years ago.





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JINNOCIDEPosted: 01/06/2015 05:25 AMStatus ::


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MAN I'm hyped. I wonder if they will bring physical issues to other countries like Brazil. I'd definetely buy all of them.


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ChromePosted: 01/06/2015 05:35 AMStatus ::


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RE: MKX Comic #1 is out!!!

Jesus H. Christ, summary if this gets taken down:

Spoilers: (Highlight to reveal)


Confirmed stuff:

the boy Takeda is indeed Kenshi's son, though in a way that even Kenshi does not know. He was doing an undercover infiltration of the Red Dragon when someone tips him off that he has a son. He races to the woman, called Suchin but arrives too late (btw, Suchin pretty much owns the Red Dragon goons before they shoot her.)

The Shirai-ryu despite being a Japanese clan has it's territory in the FUCKING HIMALAYAS. When Hsu Hao intercepts and OWNS Kenshi (he gets an arrow in his leg, so Hao pretty much whales on him) Scorpion comes out to protect the territory of the NEW shirai-ryu.

and now you will probably need to sit down.

HANZO HAZASHI IS IN CONTROL OF BEING SCORPION. No skull face, no vengeance this, vengeance that. Better yet, he is in cahoots with Kenshi, who brings Takeda to the shirai-ryu FOR TRAINING and SAFEKEEPING. The shirai-ryu have a temple complex and quite a few members.

Kenshi leaves later on to find DAEGON and how he knew about Suchin and Takeda. He keeps the murder of the boys mother from him in order to not allow him to go down the same route as Scorpion (it seems Scorpion agrees with this, might turn out wether yes or no). Scorpion stops Takeda from running away, exclaiming that Shirai-ryu do not run, they fight.

btw, Scorpion sports a full beard and a separate mustache. he is quite brushy and kinda looks like a hooded Khal Drogo/Leonidas. Awesome.

Sub-Zero is searching for a dagger in a Red Dragon temple in China, where the Red Dragon people WOULD RATHER FACE Quan Chi, than Subs. Sub-Zero notes that Quan Chi IS IN THE PAST.

He is there on orders from Raiden, but gets intercepted by Kano, who SCARS HIS FACE withthe dagger. Also, Sub seems to be sporting his MK3 outfit without the black undershit and hood, but with the mask. He loses the mask due to Kano laser blasting it off his face.

Kano has the dagger (it has a scorpion tail motiff)and exclaims that he will now know that Raiden set him up for a goose chase and there is something called the CURSE OF THE KAMIDOGU as he begins to slice Subs face up.



Get out of here!

The whole thing is disjointed in the digital format, and the story overall is very In Medias Res. The only thing we seem to get to know is that Takeda is -supposedly- Kenshi's boy and Scorpion managed to score some braincells.

Hsu Hao is drawn fucking ominously, his stature easily towers above most people and he looks like a genuine threat. For all one minute. The Red Dragon are your typical underworld low-brow goons who are cannon fodder.

I really fucking hope that the way Hsu Hao goes out could be a fatality.



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MortaniusPosted: 01/06/2015 05:35 AMStatus ::


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Chrome Wrote:
*tears up*



quote: Hanzo conquered Scorpion years ago.











Not lying... I did the same. the book is sooo good!

FROIDPosted: 01/06/2015 05:38 AMStatus ::


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& Doom goes the Bynamite. Who hasn't seen that coming....¬_¬

ChromePosted: 01/06/2015 05:39 AMStatus ::


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also: new chapters of Mortal Kombat X WEEKLY. also: kano is in his MK9 look. The events happen briefly after or in-line with MK9. Fuck it. This reinvigorated my hope for the franchise somewhat.

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AsesinoPosted: 01/06/2015 05:42 AMStatus ::


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The comic sucked.

ChromePosted: 01/06/2015 06:05 AMStatus ::


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So.... Scorpion has been helped out of his revenge-sperging ways by Kenshi?

So, Kenshi is the Jesus figure of the MKverse? Bladed redeemer of lost souls?


Hmm.

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Thracian_TsarPosted: 01/06/2015 06:09 AMStatus ::


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Chrome Wrote:
So.... Scorpion has been helped out of his revenge-sperging ways by Kenshi?


It makes sense. For quite some time, Kenshi himself followed the revenge path and his hate towards Shang got him nowhere.

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ReptzMKPosted: 01/06/2015 06:31 AMStatus ::


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Excellent comic. Really glad Scorpion got a fucking clue.

Can't wait until Jan 11th!

redmanPosted: 01/06/2015 08:14 AMStatus ::


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Really enjoyed it. Especially the art, all the characters look really fucking great. I hope we can see some more characters and expand the story a little bit. I'm very very curious about Sub-Zero at this point, and man that MK3 redone costume looks fucking awesome! We seriously need more unmasked subby, I hope this is his alt in MKX.

ErmaScoPosted: 01/06/2015 08:23 AMStatus ::


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U call this good ? LOL

Soooo lame.

VigorulerPosted: 01/06/2015 08:25 AMStatus ::


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I may have just wasted a buck, but I havn't even read it yet! Is there a way to read on an I Phone? I purchased the issue on Google play without thinking and I can't view it. I can't find it for sale in the Apple store (app, i tunes, books) either

GoDisNotHereTODAYPosted: 01/06/2015 08:25 AMStatus ::


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No comixology?

redmanPosted: 01/06/2015 08:26 AMStatus ::


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I'm also really intrigued by the Sub-Zero/Raiden stuff. Especially with the quote
in game "Fear their powers Raiden" maybe he's referring to the Kamidogu? Or something else entirely?

Fuck! So many questions! Can't wait!!!

ShaolinChuanPosted: 01/06/2015 08:40 AMStatus ::


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GoDisNotHereTODAY Wrote:
No comixology?


I'm trying to figure that out at the moment too. I subscribed digitally through them and it doesn't show anywhere that the comic is available right now.

GoDisNotHereTODAYPosted: 01/06/2015 08:43 AMStatus ::


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ShaolinChuan Wrote:
GoDisNotHereTODAY Wrote:
No comixology?




I'm trying to figure that out at the moment too. I subscribed digitally through them and it doesn't show anywhere that the comic is available right now.


Indeed, same here! Boooooo.

RedSumacPosted: 01/06/2015 08:48 AMStatus ::


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Nice comic. Art was awesome. Story is intriguing.

Scorpion finally has moved past being mindless revenger and becomes a Big Boss. Kenshi is cool. Sub-Zero....who are you chinese ninja warrior? Hsu Hao is killed as I expected. Daegon is still around - haters of MKA storyline gonna hate. Suddenly Kano.

Interesting setup.

ShaolinChuanPosted: 01/06/2015 08:49 AMStatus ::


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Just got an email from comixology saying the book is available now!

GoDisNotHereTODAYPosted: 01/06/2015 08:52 AMStatus ::


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Huh. I don't see it anywhere at all. Are you using the DC app to get it?

ShadalooPosted: 01/06/2015 08:58 AMStatus ::


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Easily some of the most enjoyable plot decisions and character directions being taken since Deception. I'm astounded by how good this was.

Gotta love that they wrote Sub ambiguous, lol


MK Khronology: 58.49% complete...
ShaolinChuanPosted: 01/06/2015 09:03 AMStatus ::


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GoDisNotHereTODAY Wrote:
Huh. I don't see it anywhere at all. Are you using the DC app to get it?


When you go back to their website does it say book available? It does for me...Also when I clicked on that, it allows me to see the book right in my browser (Firefox).


And I just read it HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!! amazing stuff right there folks, absolutely must have for true MK fans!

I am getting physical copies of this series once they're out, I love what I'm seeing so far.

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