By Lyndsey Beatty | Gaming Insurrection

It’s Kombat time.

Issue 49 is devoted to one of the oldest fighting game series, and it is fitting that it’s about my favorite of all time: Mortal Kombat. This tome of MK critique and analysis is the culmination of a lot of Mortal Kombat consumption in 30-plus years. Mortal Kombat has appeared often in the 22 years of GI, and with good reason. I love talking about and writing about Mortal Kombat, and GI was borne of that love.

It should be well known by now that the overarching reason for GI’s creation on Jan. 1, 2002, was because I wanted to interview series co-creators John Tobias and Ed Boon. My goal was to sit down with the men who had hijacked my money, time and attention and changed my life. I never did achieve that goal as a full-time journalist, but the dream lives on in Gaming Insurrection’s existence. In 22 years, GI has reviewed quite a few of the games in the series and produced at least two features dealing with the series. We’ve run a tournament for Mortal Kombat II and done multiple podcasts about our love for the series that entered “Finish Him” into the lexicon.

This issue gathers all of the content we’ve produced over the years in one spot, along with new reviews of the games we haven’t touched and assorted property reviews. Will some things take a critical drubbing? Yes, but that comes with the territory of being an older franchise with a varied media past. It doesn’t mean we love Mortal Kombat any less.

We’ve loved Mortal Kombat for so long that our biggest issue yet is devoted to it. Nothing can prepare you for the content we have here.
Here's where you'll find our reviews for the series entries - from Mortal Kombat 1992 to Mortal Kombat One and everything in between.
Here, we talk about Mortal Kombat in a digital medium. Our podcast recollections are available here.
Our reviews of various Mortal Kombat media are here. We review the movies, animated stories and comics associated with the series.