Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #281, Sonic Universe #84 and Sonic Comics Spectacular Revealed

New faces, old faces, they all mix as we turn up the heat for this delicious broth!

Comics Alliance is once again bringing the Sonic comic goodness first, this time with the covers and solicits for January 2016! First up, in Sonic the Hedgehog #281, we have two stories once more.  Sonic and the Freedom Fighters are out in Chun-Nan hunting down another Gaia Key, and Dulcy and her new team are pitching in to help. But their help, or any help, might not do much good against the looming force in “Wings of Fire”; part 1. Meanwhile, Bunnie and Tails are out on their own helping another Key Guardian in their time of need in “Homesick”.


SONIC is SPEEDING down the Dragon Road in “Wings of Fire” Part One: Sonic and the Freedom Fighters travel to city-state of Chun-nan in search of more Gaia Keys! Dulcy the dragon is bringing all her might to help, but is her fledging team ready for end-of-the-world stakes? Could anyone really be? Then in “Homesick,” Bunnie and Tails come to the aid of a Key Guardian in a time of crisis! Featuring Cover art by the totally-terrific Tyson Hesse and a special Valentine’s Day “Love Struck” variant by the super-expressive Diana Skelly!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata
Sonic the Hedgehog #281 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
Sonic the Hedgehog #281 CVR B Variant: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 2/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Sonic Universe #84 continues the trials and tribulations Eggman is having to face when the Naugus Twins manage to strike against him! But Eggman is having none of this, so he forms his own strike team out of the Egg Bosses stationed across the globe. This includes known characters like Tundra and Clove, older characters with new reimaginings like Conquering Storm and Akhlut, and entirely new faces that I can’t even put a name to yet! What is he using to keep them all in line…and can they even work together long enough to be considered a team? This is “Eggman’s Dozen”; part 2.


Eggman’s got the MASTER PLAN in “Eggman’s Dozen” Part Two: Dr. Eggman has suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands (and claws!) of the malicious Naugus Twins! But everyone knows that you just can’t keep a good villain down-so what’s a demented doctor to do? Form a coalition of evil! When Dr. Eggman forms a strike team of his Egg Bosses around the world to strike back, will these misfit minions mesh into a fighting force? And what sinister secret is Dr. Eggman using to keep them in line? Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and an awesome “Boss Attack” variant by lightning Lamar Wells!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art:Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #84 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #84 CVR B Variant: Lamar Wells, Jim Amash & Steve Downer
On Sale Date: 1/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

And finally, we have “Sonic Comics Spectacular: Speed of Sound”, what seems to be one of the biggest general reprint collections yet at over 350 pages long! Not much is known specifically about the contents, but it promises to cover Sonic’s greatest adventures whether an old fan or new, so this may be one we’ll be keeping an eye on for future information!


Sonic the Hedgehog isn’t just the fastest running hero around—he’s the longest running too! From killer robots to mad scientists to evil wizards—Sonic’s overcome them all! He’s traveled the world at super-sonic speed! For every villain he’s faced, there’s a friend he’s made! Sonic is simply the coolest hedgehog there is! SONIC COMICS SPECTACULAR: SPEED OF SOUND is a collection of some of Sonic’s greatest adventures! You’ll be racing right along with Sonic through over three hundred fifty pages of pure action, adventure and fun! Whether you’re new to all of Sonic’s awesome adventures, or a long-time fan reliving the magic, this is the end-all, be-all collection for you!
Script: Various
Art: Various
$8.99/$9.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16″
352 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/3

As always, we’ll have more on all of these issues closer to their release date. Be on the ball for this walk down memory lane all over!

Source: Comics Alliance

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  1. Oh wow, I love Dulcys new look! I never liked her European dragon look, always found it a bit dull and uninspired but she looks like a proper Mobian now!

  2. That Silver Sonic in Dragon Road looks really badass!

    And I have to admit I like that Love Strick variant, it’s funny how Blaze is immune to Omega’s cupid arrows XD

  3. Huh, so they did keep Dulcy. And she’s a Chinese Dragon now…?….Sweet! I gotta say, it’s nice to see her with a more bad ass appearance than her cute and cuddly definitely not Pete the Dragon look from the show and older comics. Not that I hated her or anything, I just though she looked a bit to rainbow brite cute and cuddly to be mixed in with a plot involving evil scientists, killer robots, and homicidal aliens from different reaches of space and time. It’s nice to see that she’s getting the Sega-ready touch up treatment as well, and that she’s been remade for a different part of the world too. I also love that Conquering Storm is back and that she looks largely unchanged for the most part. I gotta say, Akhlut being given a Mobian treatment is pretty interesting as well. I can’t wait to see how they made him personality wise, we’ve only seen him in at least one or two plots, I would have liked to have known him more. I guess this erases any chances of him being the infamous Orca from Sonic Adventure and Sonic 2006 though. And looks like they still have Kukku XV too. Oh boy, can’t wait to see what sort of tensions there are between the Egg Emperor and the leader of the Battle Bird Armada! I’m still in the middle of the Worlds Unite arc, so I’ve got a lot to catch up on!

    1. I agree with all of this comment, I really hope Dulcy’s still clumsy though since that was her entire character, like Antoine being a wimp.

  4. To provide a little context on the Comics Spectacular: it’s literally the Sonic equivalent of the Archie Comics Spectaculars, which are essentially just glorified digests.

  5. This is one of the reasons why the comics is possibly my favourite thing about the franchise currently.

  6. Eh, is it just me or does Dulcy look sort of like a female Vector?

    I’ll also admit I’m rather disappointed in Archie for making what sounds like yet another reprint issue with Sonic Spectacular while cancelling a decent doing comic like Sonic Boom.

    1. That isn’t too outlandish an observation, her face has that structure in the eyes and snout. A bit too much to be honest.

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