IDW has announced that the Sonic comic will be getting its very first oversized issue next March with Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019. This 48-page comic is not only a first for the IDW series, but also the first oversized comic Sonic has starred in in over 18 years.
A big comic requires a lot of people to make and the list of creators for this comic is sizable. This issue will be featuring work from series veterans Ian Flynn, Evan Stanley, Jennifer Hernandez, Jonathan Gray, Caleb Goellner, Diana Skelly, and Gigi Dutreix. The comic will also be introducing new creators from other IDW comics, including Jack Lawerence (Transformers: Lost Light), Cavan Scott (Star Wars Adventures), and James Kochalka (Johnny Boo).
In addition to all of these new creators, the comic will also feature a cover variant from veteran Sonic game artist Yuji Uekawa. Uekawa is best known for his work in the Sonic Adventure games, which introduced Sonic’s modern, green-eyed look. This cover will mark Uekawa’s debut in Sonic comics.
In a press release IDW gave exclusively to ComicBook.com, Uekawa gave his thoughts on IDW’s original characters, which are featured in his cover. “I am really happy to draw IDW’s original characters altogether with Sonic and his friends, as I had never imagined that I would draw these characters as official artwork. As with many IDW Sonic series fans, I personally love Tangle and Whisper, and I am very much looking forward to seeing their further adventures with Sonic, as well as seeing original characters in future issues!”
The other two variant covers will feature art from Hernandez and Nathalie Fourdraine.
The issue will cost $7.99, and the number of individual stories it will feature are currently unknown. Stay tuned for further details!
UPDATE: Sonic comic editor David Mariotte has confirmed that the comic will feature five stories:
A Tangle and Whisper story from Ian Flynn and Jennifer Hernandez.
A Sonic and Tails story from Caleb Goellner and Jack Lawerence.
A Rouge the Bat story from Cavan Scott and Diana Skelly.
A Sonic fan club story from James Kochalka and Jon Gray.
A Blaze and Silver story from Evan Stanley and Gigi Dutriex.
Check out Uekawa’s full cover below: