Last month, we brought you an update on what was going on with the Archie Sonic Comic as of February, concerning delays on PreviewsWorld and Sonic being absent from the May solicitations for Archie. There’s been more interesting developments since then, so here’s a roundup of information as of March.
First off, there have been no further date changes on PreviewsWorld, so issues slated for March and April last month are still sitting at those dates. However, the issues that are dated for March are not coming out on these dates, so these are now inaccurate.
There’s been an update on what’s going on behind the scenes! Tracey Yardley, long time artist on the comic, asked management for any word on the situation he can give, and he has managed to find out that Archie and SEGA are talking on the situation, and that he’ll feed back more updates as they become available. It wasn’t specified how long they’ve been in talks, but it would be safe to presume it’s since the issues stopped coming out back in January.
Sonic is once again absent from the latest solicitation release, this time for June 2017. This marks two months in a row that it has been a no-show. As with last month, this means that the issues dated for April and May are not concrete, and possibly means an even longer wait to get issues if they do get released again.
The final major update is a bit of a worrying one for those following the Mega Drive series. The order form for April 2017 has been uploaded onto PreviewsWorld. It shows that Sonic the Hedgehog #293, currently listed as coming out March 22nd on information pages, is to be resolicited. Two Sonic products are listed as being cancelled by the publisher; Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 5 (the graphic novel collection of all the issues that made up the Champions arc), and Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive #1. The latter issue was the final part to the highly acclaimed series of one shots that comprised the Mega Drive arc, so if it is truly cancelled it’ll be a blow to those who wanted to see the story concluded.
As always, we will have more information on the situation as it becomes available. Hopefully, the situation will become clear sooner rather than later.
Sources; Twitter (Sonic News Channel), Comic Vine, PreviewsWorld (04/2017 order form)