Wait, what? Read on and prepare…to get even more confused.
Yes, after what happened last week, Archie have actually released new solicits for April. We’ll cover the solicits themselves first, then provide an update on the whole situation after.
First up, Sonic the Hedgehog #294 revisits one of the most obscure games in the franchise; SegaSonic the Hedgehog! When Sonic, Mighty and Ray come together to think back to those hair-raising events, Sonic and Mighty can’t agree on how it happened, and it threatens to put a wedge in their friendship in “Memories”. Then, Bunnie and Antoine are fighting against each other…in the kitchen! They’re pitting their culinary skills head to head in “Baking Bad”.
“Memories”: Sonic reminisces with his buddies Mighty and Ray, but Sonic and Mighty disagree on how they met. Can their friendship survive their egos’ revisions? Then in “Baking Bad,” Bunnie and Antoine put their competitive cooking skills to the test! Featuring cover art by Tyson Hesse and a “Kooky Kitchen variant” by Jennifer Hernandez!
Script: Ian Flynn and Aleah Baker
Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
Sonic the Hedgehog #294 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
Sonic the Hedgehog #294 CVR B Variant: Jennifer Hernandez, Gary Martin &
Ship Date: 4/12
On Sale Date: 4/26
32-page, full color comic
The Freedom Fighter spotlight continues in Sonic Universe #97, this time with Sally Acorn! She’s teamed up with Amy and Cream to repair Nicole after the events of the Eggmanland tussle. While on a quest to retrieve the parts needed, however, they run into a face they did not want to see again! This is “Freedom Fighters”: part 3.
“Freedom Fighters” Part Three: Amy Rose and Cream join Sally Acorn as they seek the components needed to repair Nicole’s systems, but during their quest an old adversary reemerges! Featuring cover art by Jamal Peppers and a “Sonic and the Freedom Fighters variant” by Tyson Hesse!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
Sonic Universe #97 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #97 CVR B Variant: Tyson Hesse
Ship Date: 3/29
On Sale Date: 4/12
32-page, full color comic
And finally for the new content, it’s time to revisit the ring as Sonic the Hedgehog: Volume Five covers the Sonic the Fighters adaptation! Sonic and the Freedom Fighters have to play Breezie’s game in order to get the Chaos Emerald, but that meant fighting their way through friends and enemies alike, and ultimately squaring off against a secret plot that may render all that toil for nothing! This is “Champions”.
It’s a Sonic battle in a championship of fighters! Shady media mogul Breezie has gotten her hands on a Chaos Emerald Sonic needs to save the world. The only way he can get it is to fight in her televised battle royale against friends and foes alike! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG VOL. 5: CHAMPIONS collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #268-271.
Script: Ian Flynn.
Art: Diana Skelly, Ryan Jampole, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata & John
Cover: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin & Ben Hunzeker
120 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/5
So, with these solicits out, does this disprove the idea of the comic being cancelled?
Unfortunately, not exactly.
There are still a multitude of unaccounted factors that are in effect, such as;
- The comic being absolutely delayed. Sonic the Hedgehog #291 was supposed to be out last Wednesday, but it has not come out at all, and is currently down as a March 1st release on Previewsworld. The release dates in the solicits above do not take the delay into account, so do not expect them to come out on these dates. Last year there was a delay due to a printing press problem, and it’d be poor form if the issue was just that again, especially as…
- Archie themselves have said nothing on the situation, they haven’t even talked about Sonic since Sonic Universe #94 came out nearly three weeks ago. No word on why there’s a delay, nothing on promoting Mega Drive: Overdrive, and nothing on the fact…
- The subscriptions are still down. After the initial phone calls, later customers were told that the subscriptions were temporarily offline. However, Archie have not actually spoken about it outside of those calls, and you still cannot subscribe to the comic.
It’s also important to note that an issue getting solicited is not a guarantee that it will come out. Sonic’s Free Comic Book Day issue for 2017, which we reported on last month, has been canned in favour of a Riverdale issue. And Archie themselves have marked down Sonic Super Digest #18, solicited months back and due to come out a few weeks ago, as cancelled.
While it’s looking a bit sunnier than it was, there’s definitely something going on behind the scenes. We will have more information on the situation as it comes to light. For now, we will keep an eye out for any advances vigilantly.
Source: Comic Vine