Publisher: Malibu Comics
Writer: Charles Marshall
Artist: Kiki Chansamone
Release Date: 03/1995-05/1995
Another terrible mini-series. Rayden tries to make Kano turn good, and that’s about it. They made up some crap about an ancient sword that Shao Kahn is afraid of. Only a man who was bad and wants to turn good can wield it. What?! That is one of the dumbest ideas I have ever heard. Rayden and Kano duke it out for the entire one and a half issues with the same crappy writing and art as before. Rayden finally thinks Kano sees the light when Kano walks right into Shao Kahn’s fortress and hands the sword over “as promised”. That was a nice twist of events, but everyone knows Kano does this! So later Rayden is so shocked (no pun intended) that Kano turned on him and scolds him. They fight some more and that’s pretty much the end.
What did we learn today? That everyone in 1995 waited 3 months to read a bunch of nonsensical bull crap. Everyone talks in the third person still, the characters look like deformed blobs, and there’s still no gore or fatalities. The shoehorned morals don’t help anything either. Why couldn’t they just stick with the fighting and do that right first? I have no clue and I don’t think Malibu does either.
In the end, Rayden & Kano is another crappy mini-series and just an excuse to keep milking the early Mortal Kombat craze. They didn’t do the fans any service by creating these abominations. Somehow they kept buying them despite every comic book critic bashing it. Rayden & Kano are better left in the games and should stay out of the glossy pages.