It’s rare a story twists so soon, but here we are with an important update.
Earlier today, I gave a general comic update on what had gone on in the last month regarding the Archie Sonic comics. As said there, Sonic #291 and Sonic #294 were listed as cancelled by the publisher on PreviewsWorld’s order form.
This is actually extremely critical to note as Sonic #291 was scheduled to be the next comic released in the main series. While being cancelled by the publisher on the order form doesn’t necessarily mean the comic will never come out (there are some cases where the comic does get revived and put out much later down the line, often with a new product code), it is nonetheless not a healthy sign when so many other Sonic comic products have met the same fate, and with so many potential reasons why they’re not seeing the light of day.
However, the lack of communication from Archie may be set to change soon; Archie Sonic Online user GentlemanX got in contact with Archie’s subscription department recently, and received an interesting response to his queries. The agent made two interesting points;
- Archie plans to email all of its subscribers to Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe by the end of April (and it was explicitly said to be April) to update them on what’s happening with those two comics.
- In the event that the comics were cancelled, Archie would offer either a store credit or a subscription refund (and the agent noted that they were aware that Sonic readers likely wouldn’t be interested in automatically transferring to other Archie titles).
The latter part is interesting as their usual subscription policy would not allow for a subscription refund, as quoted from their website;
All subscription cancelations will receive a credit only for purchases that can be used towards products throughout our store.
And naturally the first bullet point means that Archie may be ready to talk on the future of their tenure with Sonic the Hedgehog, after three months of silence. In light of all that’s gone down in that time, an update directly from them is much needed.
So, a potential substantial update that may finally clue us in on what’s going on with the comic? May we finally know if the comic is gone for good, or will there be another reason this has gone on so long? Whether the answer to that is good or bad, we will keep you informed throughout.
Sources: PreviewsWorld (05/2017 order form), Archie Sonic Online Forums, Archie Comics website