New ‘Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li’ Comics Provide Prologue To 2009 Film

Okay, so 1994’s big-screen adaptation of the popular “Street Fighter” video game was less than stellar (heck, even the film’s writer/director, Steven de Souza, thinks so), but as any fan of comic-book movies will tell you, that means one thing: it’s long past due for a reboot!

And while next year’s premiere of the live-action “Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li” hopes to reinvent the brand on the big screen, there’s a lot for comics fans to take note of regarding the film, too. For one thing, the film stars “Smallville” actress Kristin Kreuk as the title character (and yet another object of fanboy affection). More importantly, though, the film has prompted UDON Entertainment to kick off yet another “Street Fighter” series of comics — and provide the preview we’ve posted after the jump.

For those not in the know, UDON’s been publishing some beautiful, yet somewhat under-the-radar, comics based on the “Street Fighter” line for quite a while now — and the new, four-issue “Chun-Li” miniseries looks to be more of the former and, with all of the hype surrounding the film, much less of the latter.

The series will launch in 2009 and feature the creative team behind “Street Fighter Legends: Sakura,” one of the most popular of previous “Street Fighter” projects, Ken Siu-Chong and Omar Dogan. According to UDON, the series will focus on “a younger Chun-Li and one of her earliest assignments for the Hong Kong police.”

“Along for the ride will be her partner Po-lin, a young woman who has a very personal score to settle with the terrorist Shadaloo organization,” continues the synopsis. “Expect this pair of lovely ladies to get into car chases, shoot outs, and plenty of fisticuffs as they fight their way to the truth about Shadaloo’s latest scheme.”

UDON is also promising appearances by some well-known characters from the “Street Fighter” franchise, including “Dorai, (Chun-Li’s father and fellow police officer) and Go Hibiki (the surprisingly competent father of everyone’s favorite walking joke, Dan).” One of the preview pages below also features everyone’s favorite “Street Fighter” bad guy, M. Bison.

Check out three pages from the first issue of “Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li” below, on sale January 2009 and featuring covers by Omar Dogan and Kevin Lau.

Looking forward to UDON’s new “Street Fighter” series? Impressed with some of their previous “Street Fighter” titles? Let us know in the comment section!