Hear 16 entrance songs for his characters ahead of the new mini-series.

By Aubrey Sitterson
Updated February 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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Aubrey Sitterson wears many hats. The prolific comic writer, who has lent his talents to the Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment’s official website as a writer, editor, and web producer is also a former Marvel and Image Comics editor, a performer, as well as a host of a pro wrestling podcast Straight Shoot.

And now, Sitterson’s newest comic, Street Fighter x G.I. Joe, makes its debut on Wednesday from IDW. A six-issue miniseries with art by Emilio Lasio, the crossover story pulls together a roster of participants from both Capcom’s Street Fighter video game series and Hasbro’s G.I. Joe, pitting them against each other in a World Warriors tournament not unlike what you would see in a wrestling ring.

And what would a wrestling match be without entrance music? Sitterson shares his musical inspirations for his 16 participants with EW via a playlist that is a little different than you might be used to. Plus, view an exclusive preview of the cover for issue six by Khary Randolph and John Rauch.

“It’s not a novel idea for comic book creators to design playlists for their work. But this? This is something different,” Sitterson tells EW. “Instead of music that I listened to while writing Street Fighter x G.I. Joe or songs that share some kind of loose thematic connection to the book, this is a list of actual entrance music.”

He continues, “That’s right! The entirety of Street Fighter x G.I. Joe is one big, 16-person tournament, and like any good fight – whether professional wrestling, MMA or just a brawl at your local dive – it’s crucial that each combatant has their own entrance music.

“This isn’t just music to throw on while you’re reading Street Fighter x G.I. Joe #1 (in stores and on Comixology right this very second!), it’s the music that each World Warrior or Real American Hero has blasting as they make their way to the ring. Yup, this playlist is diegetic, daddy.”

Check out the playlist and Sitterson’s explanations for each song below.

Snake Eyes: “Overdrive” by American Sharks

“Snake Eyes (First appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1) is a no-nonsense, completely silent ninja, a deadly, speeding whirlwind of fists, feet, blades and bullets. He’s used to finishing his fights quickly and with finality, so he likes a song that starts fast and gets faster, as he does his level best to defeat his opponent before this track by Austin’s finest can even complete its two minute run-time.”

Crimson Viper: “Got the Time” by Anthrax

“A scorching hot mom with big hair. What other music could Crimson Viper (Street Fighter IV) possibly listen to besides metal from the late 80s and early 90s? If pressed, she’d probably say she’s a bigger fan of Poison or Mötley Crüe, but we’re talking about fight music, not a slow dance, which is why she goes with the ripping Anthrax cover of Joe Jackson’s ‘Got the Time’ – a track that’s perfectly timed for someone making their way to the ring. “‘All we want! Two, three, GO!'”

The Baroness: “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett

“She’s Cobra’s whip-smart intelligence officer, used to working and finding success in a world dominated by men and not giving a damn about…much of anything else. So, it’s no wonder that The Baroness (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1) shares an entrance song with MMA megastar Ronda Rousey. Note: Spotify doesn’t actually have the original song, so I, regrettably, had to use the Avril Lavigne cover for my playlist. Turns out though, I’m actually kind of OK with it, as The Baroness is a villain, so of course she’d decline to use the much cooler Joan Jett version of the track.

Rufus: “Shame on N****” by Wu-Tang Clan

“Rufus (Street Fighter IV) is one of my favorite characters in the entire series because of his insufferable narcissism, his Bruce Lee homage jumpsuit and his…questionable self-taught martial arts techniques. Obviously, there’s only one musical group that would make sense for this kung fu obsessed American to come out to, and Rufus has always struck me as the guy who maybe wouldn’t fully understand why he shouldn’t sing along to this track.”

Roadblock: “King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar

“Even though his birthplace of Biloxi, Mississippi is far, far removed, both geographically and culturally, from Kendrick Lamar’s hometown, Compton, I want nothing more than to see Roadblock (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #22) making his way to the ring with ‘King Kunta’ blaring. A massive, muscley dude, lugging a M2 Browning on his shoulder, screaming ‘I GOT A BONE TO PICK?’ That’s America as far as I’m concerned.”

Hakan: “The Gods Made Heavy Metal” by Manowar

“Hakan (Super Street Fighter IV) is a heavily muscled, mustachioed Euro-asian that likes to cover himself in oil. By my math, there’s absolutely no way that he has any tolerance for False Metal, and accordingly, he absolutely must be a massive Manowar fan. Hakan is goofy, weird, violent and a little cornball, but in the best possible way, so his music should reflect that.”

Jinx: “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill

The coolest thing about Jinx (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #59) isn’t that she’s a ninja. It’s that despite being a part of the Arashikage ninja clan, she’s far, far from just a gender-swapped carbon copy of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. Trained by the Blind Master, Jinx has carved out a unique space for herself on the dude-dominated G.I. Joe team, so of course she comes out to a tune by the radical feminist, riot grrrl pioneers, Bikini Kill.”

Ryu: “POWER” by Kanye West

“Even outside of the obvious connection dredged up by the line ‘No one man should have all that power,’ this is the perfect track for Ryu (Street Fighter). That’s because not only does the Kanye single have an undeniable feel of inevitable triumph about it, but it also makes heavy use of a sample from King Crimson’s ’21st Century Schizoid Man,’ which is a nice nod to the dark, vicious power that Ryu contains within him.”

Guile: “Hair of the Dog” by Nazareth

“Guile (Street Fighter II: The World Warrior) is a pretty straightforward dude. He loves his country, his family, lifting heavy and rocking the balls out. So, fittingly, the dude swaggers to the ring with Nazareth’s hands-down greatest-song-ever filling the arena, a track that features the perfect blend of Plant-esque vocals, killer riffs, driving rhythm section and more than just a touch of cowbell. Added bonus: It lets Guile’s opponents know exactly who they’re messing with.”

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Gung-Ho: “Born on the Bayou” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“I grew up in the south and Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first classic rock band that I ever really loved. In fact, when I found out that they weren’t actually from the south – that they were from California, Northern California – I was, to put it simply, crushed. The difference between me and G.I. Joe’s resident bareknuckle boxing Cajun, however, is that Gung-Ho (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #11) would sock you in the jaw if you questioned CCR’s bayou bonafides.”

Chun-Li: “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways

“It’d be tempting to give Chun-Li (Street Fighter II: The World Warrior) some kind of quirky, cutesy-wutesy Chinese pop music, but how could that possibly compliment someone as utterly badass as she is? Someone who can kick so fast you can’t even keep track of her feet? Songs featuring Joan Jett are appearing twice on this list, but you know what? She’s earned it. And besides, this is the perfect song for Chun-Li, who was as explosive and revolutionary in her first appearance as The Runaways were.”

Dan: “We Are the Champions” by Queen

“Dan (Street Fighter Alpha) kinda sucks. Not as a character! As a character he’s tremendous: Overconfident to the point of delusion. But as a fighter…him sucking is kind of the entire point. In his earliest appearances, he is an objectively terrible character, included in the series as a kind of in-joke or way for players to purposefully handicap themselves. As for why he’s coming out to ‘We Are the Champions,’ it’s because he actually believes that he is one and, well…it just makes me laugh thinking of him singing along right before getting his lunch eaten.”

Storm Shadow: “Sabotage” by Cancer Bats

“‘Sabotage’ would work as entrance music for a lot of G.I. Joe characters, but for a ninja skilled in the art of subterfuge, accustomed to changing sides at the drop of a hat…it’s perfect. While the original Beastie Boys version is great, I imagine that Storm Shadow (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #21) would probably want something a little harder, a little more aggressive, which is why I gave him this frantic, killer Cancer Bats cover of the song.”

Croc Master: “Walk” by Pantera

“Officially, Croc Master’s (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #72) hometown is never named, but seeing as he used to be an alligator wrestler…I’m going to go ahead and say that dollars to donuts, the dude is from Florida. Deep, swampy, gator-rasslin Florida. And here’s the thing: If you’re talking about a dude from Florida, who wrestled alligators, then (sans irony) started training crocodiles as home protection…you are most definitely talking about a dude who is way, way, way too into Pantera.”

Cammy: “Clash City Rockers” by The Clash

“A proud member of the British special forces group Delta Red, Cammy’s (Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers) nationality is hinted at with her beret and driven further home by moves like the Hooligan Combination. So, it makes sense that she’d want to stomp to the ring to something that wouldn’t feel out of place in a pub fool of folks watching soccer and screaming “OI!” at one another. ‘Clash City Rockers’ fills those requirements while also being an aggressive, uptempo track, perfect for getting into the right pre-fight mood.”

M. Bison: “I Am of Death (Hell Has Arrived)” by Skeletonwitch

“M. Bison (Street Fighter II: The World Warrior) is a scary dude. He’s not just a brutal dictator and crime-lord, he’s also a formidable hand-to-hand combatant with mastery over the mysterious Psycho Power. He’s a monster, an absolutely terrifying abomination, which is why he comes out to one of the thrashiest, raddest Skeletonwitch songs, which contains delightful lines like ‘You become my sacrifice! I am here to take your life!’ and other bon mots you can easily imagine Bison screaming at his opponents.”

Street Fighter x G.I. Joe #1 is in all finer comic book shops right now, and also available digitally on Comixology. Find A CHALLENGER APPEARS playlist on Spotify.

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