Publisher: Malibu Comics
Writer: Charles Marshall
Artist: Patrick Rolo
Release Date: 07/1994-12/1994
Why? Let me ask that question right now. Why did they continue this series? Why did Malibu think that their god-awful Mortal Kombat comics could continue? Because the stupid idiots buying them are making it happen! I read the reader letters at the end of these comics and I can’t believe they think this is an amazing series. It’s absolute bull crap! It’s like they just took their brainstorming notes and went straight to drawing! They didn’t even storyboard it or anything. Why did the MK team allow this garbage? There are lore inconsistencies, terrible art, horrific dialog, and most of all, it’s just crap!
What drives me absolutely nuts is that the series never goes anywhere. I mean nowhere! It’s just the same MK characters introducing themselves in every single issue and fighting over nothing. They get the basic story right, but what about other realms besides Outworld? Not a single realm outside of Outworld and Earth is even mentioned! Why is everyone talking in the third person narrating their own fight sequences?! Imagine this: Superman comes out to fight Lex Luthor and he says, “Watch out Lex! You can’t defeat Superman! He is made of steel!” What kind of crap would that be? Or every time Batman comes out to fight Joker he gets a 3-page introduction in the same issue twice in a row! We all know who these characters are, so stop repeating their names 500,000 times!
There are only two characters in the entire MK series that are allowed to talk in 3rd person: Baraka and Ermac. That’s it! The dialog is just so dumb with lame puns coming out of Jax and Johnny Cage’s mouth. Shang Tsung is trying to solve the seven riddles of the Tao Te Zhen book that will give him ultimate power. Sure that’s fine and all, but it never goes anywhere! The entire series is just each character introducing themselves and babbling on about god knows what. Rayden keeps giving lame advice, and every character just threatens each other over and over again then they punch each other in the face!
There’s also no gore! Why is this a kid-friendly comic? There’s hardly any blood at all. There are no fatalities, and the artwork sucks! The characters look deformed and some shots have them looking like their melting. They don’t look the same from one page to the next, I felt like I was being tortured with every page that turned. Just do yourself a favor and stay the hell away!