I don’t care what you do Ian. You can never make me believe Geoffrey St. John, a man (skunk)very loyal to the kingdom could possibly be a Ixis Wizard AND a traitor to the crown! It’s impossible for you t-holy crap he did it! Read on to see how and find out Who is conspiring against the new king. (Hint: I just told you.)

 OVERVIEW

We start off the story where “Babylon Rising” ended. Sonic and Tails are looking over the wrecked Babylon Garden and Battle Bird Armada ship. Sonic notes that they look to be evecuating the crash victims and leaving. Just then, two Armada soldiers show up to attack Sonic and Tails. “I’ll take the one with the beak, you take the one with the feathers.” Sonic says as the two make short work of the feathered foot soldiers. They high-tail it back to New Mobotropolis which has rather large sinkhole now thanks to the Armada’s previous attack. As the trial begins, a bored king Naugus looms over the proceedings while rarely used characters Hip and Hop (from Sonic Spinball) act as the judges in the case. Antione who’s acting as prosecutor, grills Geoffrey on his acts of treason. It’s here that we finally learn of Geoffrey’s secret past and how he came to know Ixis Naugus.

It starts all the way back to Geoffrey’s childhood. It’s here that we learn why he became so dedicated to Naugus’s Cause. He lost his father to overlanders during the great war and found a magic artifact in his father’s belongings. Naugus, trapped in the zone of silence communicates with young Geoffrey. He says that the new overlander (the human you know as Robotnik) can’t be trusted and that the king is a fool. He says to follow his instructions and together, they can save the kingdom from the overlanders. A young Geoffrey with much hate in his heart for the overlanders, accepts this mission from Naugus. After the take over of the kingdom by Robotnik, Geoffrey left to train. He studied his father’s combat manuals during the day and practiced Ixis magic by night. When he learned that King Max has sworn fealty to Naugus, he started the rebel underground to help take back the kingdom in order to make way for Naugus as the new king. But of course, if you’ve read the series, you know what’s happened to Naugus over the years to keep him from that goal.

"I have a mustache! Your argument is invalid."

Stubble? On a furry? That makes no sense!

 

Antoine accuses Geoffrey of having Hershey in on his years of deception. This causes Geoffrey to freak out and lunge at Antoine. He then tells of the fate of Hershey. She was working undercover in Soumerca while investigating a local D.E.L. chapter. She was presumed killed in action. Geoffrey went looking for her but could find no trace. I guess this is good news for Hershey fans as it means she may still be alive. When he thought Hershey was lost to him, he went back to his original mission of getting Naugus on the throne. That’s when he back stabs Sonic…quite literally.

After his admission, judgement is passed on Geoffrey. Since he had stolen documents and was plotting against the former king during his time of rule, he has been found guilty of treason. However, Naugus makes use of his new role as king and under a constitutional loophole, immediately pardons Geoffrey making this whole ordeal for nothing. Meanwhile, Eggman has just finished modifying Metal Sally with a new look and a power ring. He says that the modifications will keep her from having free will as he gets ready to launch another attack on Sonic. Next month, it’s Sonic vs. Metal Sally!

Give a hoot! Plot against your new king in secret.

In the short story “From the Shadows” former king Elias pleads with his mother and father to leave the city while Naugus is in charge. Max however, refuses to leave. Claiming the kingdom belongs to the acorns. Elias decides that he has to do something and comes to the house of Harvey Who, a former director of the secret service. Elias pleads with him to help his cause, but Who refuses mainly due to King Max’s past mistakes which he worries have passed onto his son. “I told him I didn’t trust Kodos, but he made him warlord. I told him to kick out Naugus, but he booted Morgan instead! I told him not to trust that overlander, and he let Robotnik take it all over! I had to watch his back because he never listened to me!!” He goes to slam the door on Elias, but Elias jams his foot in. He pleads with Harvey that Naugus will not just be happy with the crown. Who agrees and they start their plans for a new team that will work underground. A team of Secret Freedom Fighters!

                          REVIEW

One of the problems I had with the book last year was Geoffrey’s sudden change. I mean, to go from being a loyal servant of King Max to an all out betrayer who was also an Ixis wizard seemed out of nowhere and was very hard for me to believe. In order to even get me to think any of this was plausible would take a great backstory that managed to retcon events while not missing any little detail. To my surprise, Ian handled it beautifully. It was believable, it was done with great care and it even made me feel great sympathy for one of the biggest jerks in the Sonic comics. I was even a bit peeved at Sonic for throwing in the “In your face, jerk!” line so shortly after he poured his heart out about his supposedly dead wife. But hey, Sonic is not well known for tact. The ending came exactly as I thought it would with Naugus pulling a Gerald Ford and immediately giving a pardon to his co-conspirator. In the words of Mel Blanc, “It’s good to be da king!”

The backstory was great too. We finally see Elias grow a pair and do something about the situation he’s in now. Plus, for a character in his first debut outside of an off-panel from years and years ago, Ian did and incredible job with Harvey Who. In just a few short panels he comes off as knowledgeable, intimidating and wise. He’s already one of my new fave characters. I can’t wait to see what he and Elias do with the new Secret Freedom Fighters.

If I had any nitpicks, it would be that we STILL never got any ceremony or trail for the removal of Elias as king. It was simply Geoffrey snatching the crown away and that’s that. Also, while Steven Butler’s art has improved with no awkward human anatomy, what’s with the stubble? I know he’s trying to show Geoffrey as tired, but it’s like having facial hair growing out of facial hair and that’s just weird.

If you’re new to the Sonic comics, this is not a great jumping on issue as it deals with a ton of backstory new readers would be unfamiliar with. However, as an issue for longtime fans or even fans of Geoffrey St. John, this is an absolute must-read. It’s one of the best retcons I’ve ever read. Don’t miss it.

 

17 Responses to Sonic Comic Review Issue #233 “The Trial of Geoffrey St. John”

  1. Great review. i was wondering when it would be up

  2. Pira Jacinto says:

    As someone who hasn’t followed the comic into recently, I really felt for Geoffrey as I never really knew him. Right now, I really only know him as the sad character trying to do what’s right, so I felt like he really should have been found not guilty, having not really know him from before.

    Still, it was enjoyable, though felt abit wasted other than to fill in some backstory for Geoffrey, which sounds like it was needed…so, yay!

  3. DevilDiscord says:

    Man, Tails is more BADASS then when he was in the olden days!

  4. Oh god, Geoffrey was Naugus’ friend since childhood… That was great.

    Ian Flynn actually seems to know how to deal with his villains. Not that Geoffrey was a man to earn trust for starters. He almost took Sally down on his first appearance, for what I remember.

    Well, this review was splendid. No more to say.

  5. Jix Hedgehog says:

    Been planning on picking it up.. just too busy

    I’m not sure about Geoffrey, after all these years he’s always pulled through as a good guy whether he’s under cover or working a secret gig for the king.
    Who knows, he could always be alternate universe St. John, Archie have clearly made that a possibility for any scenario

    • Th3AntiGaurdian says:

      While I agree with you, Geoffrey St.Croix is in Zone Jail right now, working for King Maxx. But hey, if Ian could pull off Geoffrey’s betrayal like that, then anythings possible.
      And this was an absolutely amazing issue! And I don’t think Geoffrey’s a “villian” per say, he was just heavily influenced by that vile bat/lobster/rino…thing ever since he was a kid. And remember, Naugus has the ability to exagerate others negative feelings, so any hatred or sadness Geoffrey felt, Naugus could manipulate to ensure he wanted to continue to be an Ixian wizard at all times he was in contact with him. That being said, I actually started liking the character after he helped Amy and the rest of the FF repel the Iron Dominion’s invasion, but now I don’t know what to think. I began hating him during the time when he shot Sonic and revived Naugus, and now I almost feel sorry for him. All in all, Ian is truly amazing, and he did an excellent job with this issue!

    • That’s a good one, I never considered that possibility.

  6. yh i knew he was a traitor because in issue 219 when he sapped sonic and took the emerald for Nagus. bad times for sonic =(

  7. DevilDiscord says:
  8. I like the comic reviews here for the last few months. Are these a regular thing now? If so, keep up the great work! Love to see competent reviews for anything Sonic-related.

  9. I think it’s awesome that Evan Stanley is now an artist for this series. She must be an inspiration to all fan comic artists.

  10. I don’t think this was a recton. Nothing was contradicted. Jeffrey was pretty explicit that he always was working for the kind. a character explaining ulterior motives isn’t a recton. That’d be like saying Professor Quirrell gets a recton because it turns out he’d been working for Voldemort, not Dumbledore.

    • retcon also means retroactive continuity which is adding on to established continuity. Since the Ixis wizard thing is adding to Geoff’s backstory and character it IS a retcon.

  11. SupaSonicAwesomeness says:

    Now, if only we could read the good stuff for ourselves online. you know, like a book on the internet (already invented since like, 2000)

    • JasonTheJackass says:

      You can. Archie has a Sonic comics app for iOS as we speak or you can download comixology and buy the Sonic books the same day as the comic store for a dollar cheaper than newstand. ($1.99 American)

  12. I never did like Geoffrey. He was a jerk since he and Sonic met. But hearing this sob story made me feel a little bit sorry for him.