Happy Free Comic Book Day! Since today we celebrate comic books, I want to talk about comic book games for a second. Comic book games don’t have the best track record, because for every Batman Arkham City there is a Superman 64. However, comic book games are dominating this year’s games. Batman Arkham Origins, The Wolf Among Us, Walking Dead Season 2, and Deadpool are on the horizon, and Injustice: Gods Among Us has already been a success. So I decided if they are going to make comic book games, why not go all out? So without further ado, these are the five comic book games I would love to see.


Megaman and Sonic the Hedgehog: Worlds Collide

Genre: 2D Shooter/Platformer

Developed By: Capcom

Why: Three weeks ago, Archie decided to do a cross-over of some of the most beloved franchises of all time. Eggman and Wily team up to destroy their nemeses by turning Sonic’s friends against him. Knuckles Man, Rose Woman, Tails Man, and Shadow Man join the ranks of Willy Army, and it’s up to the two heroes to stop them.


The pitch: Gameplay would be in classic Megaman style, but you can now swap characters on the fly. Megaman can shoot down enemies from a distance, do high jumps with his dog, and switch abilities from the robot master. Sonic on the other hand is much more agile, being able to run up walls and dodge attacks. Each level would have secret areas that can’t be accessed without playing as sonic or megaman, so you can play through your favorite multiple times to see all the secrets.


Green Arrow

Genre: Stealth/Platforming

Developed By: Sucker Punch

Why: Green Arrow was once Oliver Queen, a rich and selfish frat-boy. But when he was stranded on an island, he learned how to hunt and survive. When he was finally rescued and brought back to Keystone City, he saw that the city had been overrun with the corrupt. Horrified by the fact that he was once just like them, he took up the mantle of Green Arrow and became a modern day Robin Hood.


The Pitch: I would image Green Arrow taking from Sucker Punch’s most famous games. Adventuring around the city would be similar to InFamous, but stealing would be like a more advanced version of Sly Cooper. Different arrows would enhance strategy, especially for platforming. Attaching a grapple line from a bank’s roof to a fire escape, creating a distraction with a sonic arrow, and then stealing cash before making your escape with the grappling hook would be oh-so-satisfying.



Genre: Turn-based Strategy

Developed By: Firaxis

Why: There are only so many super heroes in the world, so S.H.I.E.L.D. is there to clean up the mess. They are keeping an eye on the planet, and are prepared for combat if superhumans go out of control. Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Agent 13. However, they don’t have the powers that heroes have, so they usually rely on firearms to get the job done.


The Pitch: A S.H.I.E.L.D. game would be a more story-driven version of X-com, where you fight across the world. Defending your base from HYDRA, tracking down Norman Osborn, or a full-scale assault on Latveria. You could either respond to normal threats around the world where you face off against minor villains and level up your soldiers, or you could just charge from one story mission to another. You could even gain access to some heroes like Captain America, Hawkeye, and Iron Man to join your squad, but like everybody else, if they die they stay dead.



Genre: Open-world/Stealth

Developed By: Rocksteady

Why: Quick, who’s the perfect Batman villain? We all have our own takes on the question, but personally I would go with Catwoman. She isn’t my favorite villain, (that would be Harley Quinn) but she and Batman are both morally grey, and Batman must face the fact that they are both the same. While she may be a thief, she still has common goals with the Bat, and her own arsenal of gadgets as well.


The Pitch: Batman’s on-again-off-again love interest showed off her skills in Batman: Arkham City, so I think it’s time that Rocksteady gives Selina the game she deserves. You don’t have to even change the engine, all the building blocks are already there. She could get the chance to go after some of the supervillains not seen in the Arkham games, and since she’s more focused on stealth it could be even more harrowing than Batman’s outings.


My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Genre: Point and Click Adventure

Developed by: Telltale

Why: I’m sorry. I really am sorry for putting this comic on the list, but the writing is just so charming that I couldn’t resist it. The TV series is fun, but the comics go above in beyond in terms of storytelling. The writing puts a smile on my face every time, but it also has a darker edge to it. Zombies, fight scenes, blood stains, and monsters that will literally make you turn against everybody you care about just because they feel like it are some of the key plot-points.


The Pitch: This would be another one of Telltale’s fantastic point-and-click games, with the focus being on character interaction. Considering the fact that the comics include lots of betrayal and zombies, it seems right up their alley. Especially after the grim and heartbreaking Walking Dead, having a story with tons of over the top personalities that still seem relatable would be great to see.