The comic directly follows on from the Ragnarok trilogy and is the first ‘normal’ SW comic for the new story arc.
The title is a play on the infamously poor (and biggest gaming financial disaster ever) beat-em-up Rise Of The Robots.
This comic features several instances of the ‘Red Weed’ virus which are feasting on the comic’s framework, thanks to some detective work by the EchoWorlds forum the virus – which at the time was causing Sonic Wrecks to slowly shut down – had been correctly identified as being text in the ‘Hylian’ font. As a result of their translation efforts, messages were put into the next few comics and various levels of encryption were used.
The horizontal frame text says: SEEJMERL WAS RIGHT after CJMErl (there is no letter C in Hylian) confirmed the discovery, followed by IT IS HYLIAN for the vertical.
CJMErl also attempted to help cleans the system with another code. Called Ultima Helix and despite sounding like a bad Transformer name it could be seen represented on later comics and the SW website as blue characters.
It’s subsequent failure to stop the Red Weed virus made CJMErl a sad panda. Or a pad santa. Depending upon it’s mood.
A bit of a code giveaway was used by putting ARCHANGELUK at the bottom of the last frame.
The left hand side of the disclaimer is in fact gibberish, but the right hand side clearly states ALL HAIL EMPEROR METAL.
The head of Omega’s ‘Destroy!’ speech is from the movie adaptation of ‘Lost In Space’ .
Disclaimer time peeps!
The comments about dance floors references the dance ‘the robot’ firstly and also references Futurama‘s Bender with the ‘shiny metal ass’ quote.
‘Blood On The Dancefloor’ is a Michael Jackson album.
‘Two puppets of sheep and dog form’ reference the then Woolworths mascots Wooly and Worth, the Woolworth’s tagline ‘well worth it’ is also used.
Writer of words and comics, streamer of games, presenter of radio shows and eternal 'just a guy'. LMC's boss-man has worked on projects for SEGA, Square Enix, Konami, Capcom and more. Once co-created and hosted an international fan-convention because he can do that sort of thing. Used to be known as AAUK/ArchangelUK.