How About Those Metroids?


This page at the Metroid Database features scans of many different Metroid-related comics, including English translations of some manga that never received official release outside Japan. The 2002 Metroid Manga tells the story of how Ridley killed Samus Aran‘s parents, and she came to be raised by the Chozo on Zebes. She then joins the Galactic Federation Police, leaves them to become a bounty hunter, and returns to Zebes to destroy the Mother Brain, the central computer of the planet that became an ally of the space pirates. It also explains how the Chozo created the Metroids in order to eliminate Parasite X from SR-388. Why are there so many bounty hunters in space-based fiction, anyway? I guess they become more necessary when there’s an entire galaxy to search for offenders.

Picture by Jokoso
Interestingly, while this manga appears to be considered canonical and the Nintendo Power Super Metroid comic doesn’t, the characters of Old Bird, Chairman Keaton, and Chief Hardy all carry over from the latter. I’ve also seen it suggested that Samus having been part of the Galactic Federation Police derives from Valiant’s Nintendo Comics System titles, which are tied into the Captain N universe.

While the cartoon didn’t take all that much from Metroid aside from Mother Brain herself and brief appearances by a few other enemies, the comics include Samus as a character and incorporate the Galactic Federation into Videoland. Apparently they even have the power to arrest Princess Lana.

I guess they have authority over Angel Land as well.
The Valiant comics gloss over how the Federation exists without Earth, which either doesn’t exist or exists in a bunch of different versions in Videoland. Speaking of the Federation, the manga places its capital on the planet Daiban. It also incorporates the character of Adam Malkovich, Samus’ former commanding officer, who is mentioned in Metroid Fusion from the same year.

He would actually show up in the prequel Other M, where he sacrifices his own life. Adam does live on in a way inside a computer, though. Adam’s ship, the VIXIV, is a reference to the 1992 Game Boy three-dimensional first-person shooter X, which had the same director and producer as Metroid.

There’s more about it in this video:


Also on the manga page is Samus and Joey, in which Samus teams up with an overeager kid named Joey Apronika. She’s initially understandably reluctant to bring him along, but he eventually proves to be able to help out at times. Sometimes accompanied by a mechanic named Diesel, they fight a mutated Metroid called a Megaroid, save Joey’s mother, stop Samus from being framed for bank robbery, and retrieve the bounty hunter’s stolen data capsules that grant her abilities. The last part of the series, Metroid EX, takes place on several bizarre themed planets, including one similar to the American Old West and another where the inhabitants are obsessed with roundness.

The latter wouldn’t have been out of place in the Land of Oz. The writers apparently enjoyed using allegorical names. At least in the translation I read, Joey is from the planet Liberty, and the villains include Jealousy and Greed.

The latter is a member of Ridley’s species, as is Judge Racklas in the Captain N comics. It’s odd that everybody in this manga thinks Samus is a man when it seems to be well-known in the Federation that she’s female. It does take place in the far reaches of space, though.

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