Metroid (Magazine Z)

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Metroid is a two-volume comic written by Kouji Tazawa and drawn by Kenji Ishikawa and published by Magazine X from November 2003 to May 2004. It was created as the backstory of the Metroid series.


I don't own this comic, but I have read the first volume.



  • A lot of the drawings in the comic are really nice, especially the action sequences.


  • The story is pretty juvenile and trope-heavy.
  • I don't care much for the character design of Samus as an adult.
  • How is it a group of pirates are often more powerful than the entire Federation's military? I get that they have Mother Brain to guide them, but they were practically annihilated, and very quickly become powerful enough to take on a multi-planet federation.
  • A lot of characters were added that don't appear in any of the games which makes it hard to care about them.
  • There are a lot of action panels which are either so close up or so abstract that I can't tell what's going on.
  • The chibi art tossed in with the blood and action only serves to remind you that you're reading something for kids.


  • Nothing, but I didn't find the comic very interesting.