Comic Previews: Sonic the Hedgehog #288, Sonic Universe #91, Sonic Mega Drive: The Next Level #1 And More!

This October is looking to be a real classic!

The covers and solicitations for Sonic’s October line-up have been revealed, and this is a jam-packed month of action! First out the gate is Sonic the Hedgehog #288. Here, we go back in time for a look at Sonic’s first escapade against Eggman, relived from the final confrontation in Sonic 1.

But that’s not the end of it by a long shot. What’s going to happen when the battle concludes, and what’s lurking about to rise up once it’s over? Find out in “Genesis of a Hero”: part 1. This arc is part of the year-long 25th anniversary celebrations!


Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata & John Workman
Sonic the Hedgehog #288 CVR A Reg: Patrick Spaziante
Sonic the Hedgehog #288 CVR B Variant: Genevieve FT
SONIC is BACK in “Genesis of a Hero” Part One: It’s Sonic’s 25th Anniversary and we’re celebrating in style—retro-style that is! See Sonic in his first climactic show-down with Dr. Eggman, straight from the gameplay of the first Sonic the Hedgehog game! But what happens after the battle? And what new force arises once the dust has settled? It’s the story you know with a new twist! Featuring cover art by the legendary Patrick Spaziante and a “Best Buds” variant by the lovely Genevieve FT!
On Sale Date: 11/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

From retro Sonic to classic noir as Sonic Universe #91 features the Chaotix! They’ve been hired to locate a missing princess. But how do you find that when she’s from the bottom of the sea and could be anywhere? Perhaps they’ve already been where she went? Whatever the answer may be, expect it to feature pirates and…an underwater car? This is “The Case of the Pirate Princess”: part 1.


Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms & Jack Morelli
Sonic Universe #91 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley and Ben Hunzeker
Sonic Universe #91 CVR B Variant: Jason Piperberg
Vector, Espio and Charmy are on the job in “The Case of the Pirate Princess” Part One: The Chaotix are back! Our favorite detectives are hired to find a missing princess from the bottom of the ocean! There will be pirates! There will be ninja! (At least one, anyway.) There will be a car that drives underwater! Don’t miss the beginning of a new, wacky adventure! Featuring cover art by Sonic comics veteran Tracy Yardley and a “Super Sleuths” variant by super-talent Jason Piperberg!
On Sale Date: 10/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Next up, we’re back to the classic era, but in a big way! Following up the hit comic Sonic Mega Drive, Sonic Mega Drive: The Next Level #1 follows off on our heroes’ efforts to find the ancient gear to stop Eggman’s MEGADRIVE from coming together. But Sonic decides to hit the road alone, which will be a problem for the team effort, not helped by the fact that Eggman has a robotic weapon waiting in the wings! This is the 48-page continuation of the anniversary celebrations, “The Next Level”.


Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
Sonic: Mega Drive – The Next Level #1 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
Welcome to “The Next Level”: The sequel to the hit Sonic: Mega Drive is here! Picking up right where things left off Sonic, Tails, Amy Rose and Knuckles are on the hunt for the Ancient Gears and on the move to stop Dr. Eggman’s latest scheme! But not everything runs like clockwork when Sonic breaks away to do his own thing. And Dr. Eggman has a certain high-speed robot up his sleeve. You can’t miss out on this exciting new installment in the Sonic Mega Drive series! Featuring cover art by mega-talent Tyson Hesse!
On Sale Date: 11/2
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Latest in the series of pocket-sized reprints, Sonic Super Digest #18 collects stories from Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and Sonic Boom. This time around, there’s more stories of the Freedom Fighters doing what they do best, the villains that want to stop them and a particular emphasis on a certain wizard or two.


Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Various
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin & Matt Herms
Gear up for thrills, fun and supersonic speed—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Embark on some of Sonic’s best adventures from the Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and Sonic Boom™ comic series! Watch as Sonic and his team, the Freedom Fighters protect the world from dastardly villains, wicked wizards and all baddies in-between! Dash into adventures that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring awesome cover art by Jamal Peppers and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!
On Sale Date: 11/9
128-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

And finally, Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Unite Volume 2 relives the crossover that saw so many franchises come together, and the build-up started around here! The worlds have been fused, and Sigma has the Deadly Six and a Maverick army on his side! Sonic, the Freedom Fighters, Mega Man, the Maverick Hunters and Sticks’ crew have a lot on their plate, but they’ll keep on fighting regardless…even if it ends up being amongst themselves. And when things start to get too much, where can they turn to for more help? Well, the fact the Street Fighter cast is just the beginning should hint at where that’s going! This is Worlds Unite Volume 2: Broken Bonds.


Script: Ian Flynn, Ryan Jampole
Art: Patrick Spaziante, Edwin Haung, Gary Martin, Gabriel Cassata, John Workman, Ryan Jampole, Rick Bryant, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering and more!
Cover: Patrick Spaziante
The sequel to the record-shattering Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover is here! You saw what happened when “Worlds Collide!” Now brace yourself for when WORLDS UNITE! Sigma–the brilliant villain from the future—has fused the worlds of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man together! Now he feeds on the super-planet’s energy to become unstoppable! It’s up to Sonic and Mega Man to raise an army to fight the time-hopping villain. Joining them are the Freedom Fighters, the Robot Masters, X and his Maverick Hunters, Sticks and her friends, and–Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily?! But it won’t be easy, as Sigma uses his powers to reach across space and time to recruit an army of his own! It’s a battle of epic proportions to save the Unified World! Featuring the introduction of the STREET FIGHTER cast, including Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile and Ken! This volume collects WORLDS UNITE parts 5-8, including SONIC UNIVERSE #77, SONIC BOOM #9, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #274, MEGA MAN #51 and selections from the MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES one-shots and includes bonus materials such as creator spotlights, production art, and an expansive cover gallery. Featuring cover art by Sonic comics legend, Patrick Spaziante.
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/2

We’ll have more information on all of these issues closer to the time of their release. If you want a throwback, this seems like the best time for it!

Source: Comics Alliance

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  1. Holy crap! We’re so close to Sonic Universe reaching TRIPLE DIGITS!! So psyched to see how the gang at Archie plan on celebrating that, as well as Sonic The Hedgehog reaching THREE hundred issues!

  2. I wonder if the Chaotix can turn water into Banang (Banana-flavored powdered drink mix), or spread an environmentally sound message about treating the oceans with respect, like Sam & Max can.

  3. Pirate Princess????
    So will we see Blaze again, maybe? Pretty please we haven’t seen her for like 3 years.

  4. Can someone tell me where to find a guide to the comics in order? I just finished STH #280 and I don’t know where to go next?

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