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The Aberration Arboretum

The very worst of comics and fanfics, made fun of for your viewing pleasure.

The New Adventures of Megaman (Novas Aventuras De Megaman)

A Brazilian comic about Mega Man released by a publisher mostly known for gun magazines.  That alone would be strange enough, but on top of that, it was written by two people who had never played the games and whose only direct exposure to the franchise was the Ruby Spears cartoon series, which they hated.  So they basically just made up an original script based on what little knowledge they had, peppered in a mishmash of plot elements copied from much better works, and called it a day.  The end result manages to cram more insanity and shameless fan service into it than most bad fanfics, with plenty of blood, gore, perversion (including heavy incestuous overtones), ham-fisted politics, endless boring fight scenes that accomplish nothing, and even an attempted hijacking by one of the authors' Mary Sue characters (yes, seriously), it's a disasterpiece of epic proportions that needs to be seen to be believed.  But the real kicker?  This comic was officially sanctioned by Capcom.  Malibu's Street Fighter series didn't meet their quality standards, but this was apparently A-okay!

Oh, and they didn't have any artists on staff, either.  With the exception of the first issue (drawn by Pereira's wife), every page was unpaid volunteer work created by fans they sent the script to; they then selected the pages they liked the best and used them in the comic. As a result there's no consistency in art style or quality from issue to issue, and they often change within a single issue as well, sometimes more than once.  Classy!

(And no, I am not making any of this up.)


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Lawyer Man

Has mankind created any more vacuous waste of time and brain cells than sprite comics?  Probably.  Is this one any exception to my previous sentence's bit of scorn?  By the author's own admission: No.


Rise of the Technoids

Ah, interactive fiction.  Theoretically a way for many authors to collaborate on one big epic story set in a fictional universe, but in practice it always just boils down to a big clusterfuck of each and every author's Mary Sue characters seeking to outdo each other for page time and "cool" factor, regardless of how out of place or unrepentantly stupid they may actually be.   I'd honestly be surprised if anyone ever read one of these for more than five chapters.  Well, besides us, of course, as we have to riff this mess...

If only it were Rise of the Taco Trucks instead.

Frozen [Discontinued]

Another of Zero's interactive fictions, and not only is this one arguably worse than the original, it's roughly five times as long and has about thirty times as many author characters in vying for supremacy.  Yes, fanfic is inevitably stupid and painful and terribly written, but rarely does it make for a marathon such as this.  Here but for the sake of boredom go we...

They call it Frozen because you're stuck in a time loop where nothing gets accomplished

Like Clockwork

A confused tale of morality and tragedy with a lot of heavy-handed Christian symbolism and some decidedly un-Christian themes like murder, vengeance, evasion of justice and selling one's soul to Satan in exchange for universe-shattering superpowers.  Starring our favorite "dead, back in five minutes" hero, Mr. Zero Diamond.

It starts!

Land of the Titans

A big Zelda-esque adventure starring our old friend Zero and the completely superfluous cast of Earthbound that got all of one fifteenth done and then was quickly forgotten.

The Whole Thing


More insipid fan work, this time from that annoying kid we all knew who thought that creating poorly drawn MSPaint comics full of gags cribbed from Teen Titans and Family Guy made him god's gift to comedy.  Which I wouldn't particularly care about if their crappy comic were about some forgettable dreck like Inuyasha or something, but instead he chose to butcher one of gaming's finest science fiction serials...

Here we go!

Foppy's Big Day Out [Discontinued]

Not a forgettable John Hughes comedy, but rather another forgettable piece of interactive fiction penned by the Earthbound community circa 1999.  Also starring our old friend Zero "Gary Stu" Diamond!

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The Cheetahmen Comic

Cheetahmen's become pretty well-known over the years as the centerpiece of the notoriously bad Action 52 compilation on the NES.  As did its unreleased sequel Cheetahmen 2, its Genesis counterpart, and even the TV commercial created to promote the game.  One of the rarer pieces of Active Enterprises memorabilia, however, is the comic book created to promote the Cheetahmen.  Active clearly intended for them to become a media franchise on par with the Ninja Turtles, and it would have all began with this comic that came packed in with the game.  Like all things they produced though, it tanked due to its low complete absence of quality.  But thanks the magic of the Internet, we can experience it for ourselves without having to pay some scalper on eBay tens of thousands of dollars for a complete copy of one of the worst games of all time, so let's take a look!

Read on!

Street Fighter (the Malibu series)

Capcom is undeniably a legendary company, but their forays into media other than video games have been questionable at best and downright terrible at worst.  Granted, this has improved in recent years with some solid Street Fighter and Mega Man comics by Udon and Archie respectively, but the 90s and 2000s brought us a lot of laughably bad junk based on our favorite franchises.  Some very cheesy Mega Man, Street Fighter and Darkstalkers cartoons, a group of mediocre-to-decent licensed comics from Dreamwave, a lousy film based on Street Fighter II*, a string of terrible Resident Evil movies that have only the most tenuous of connections to their source material, and of course the infamous Brazilian Mega Man comic written by two people who knew nothing about Mega Man.  One of the first of these many insipid forays was Malibu's Street Fighter comic, a series canned after only three issues because even Capcom thought it was trash.  So let's take a look and see if it's really as bad as it's cracked up to be!

*Legend of Chun-Li.  The 90s one is fun because Raul Julia is awesome.


Femme Fatale

A previously unseen draft of another story starring Frozen's most unlikable protagonist as he... acts like a jackass and not much else!

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The DOOM Comic

Perhaps the best-known thing we've riffed on, this is a comic released in the mid-90s to promote Doom, the ever-popular, very violent first person shooter video game.  Its poor art quality, atrocious writing and ridiculous dialog have all become legendary over the years, inspiring countless memes and edits and even being referenced in the newer Doom games.  But between this and the awful movie and a series of laughably terrible novels, it's little wonder why Doom has mostly stuck to the realm of video games.

The Beginning