Tangle Swings into Sonic Forces Today

Less than a week after popping up in Sonic Dash, fan-favorite IDW Sonic character Tangle the Lemur has now found her way into Sonic Forces Mobile in a new week-and-half-long event, “It’s Hero Time!”

She comes to the game as a rare character, and players will need to earn 60 character cards to unlock her. These cards are earned by completing specific missions during the event, which will last from today until July 17.

Tangle brings two new power ups to the game: tail strike, a damaging short-range dash that can take up two item slots, and tail spring, which will let Tangle essentially perform a powered-up spin attack. When it comes to her stats, she scores a 7/10 in speed, 5/10 in acceleration, and 10/10 in strength.

Whisper will likely be coming to the game later this month, after Tangle’s event ends. Stay tuned to this post for Tangle gameplay footage!

Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020 Now Available at Retailers

After being delayed from its original April release date due to the pandemic, IDW’s Sonic annual comic is finally available!

The extra-large $8 comic features six stories from six different writers. , including Ian Flynn, Evan Stanley, Caleb Goellner, Sarah Graley, Sam King and Gigi Dutreix! Each story also features art by Jon Gray, Evan Stanley, Aaron Hammerstom, Lamar Wells, Jamal Peppers, and Abigail Bulmer. Here’s the solicitation from IDW:

“Untold Tales of the Metal Virus!” As the Metal Virus plague-Dr. Eggman’s latest plan that turns all organic life into zombified robots-spreads across Sonic’s world, none can escape its path! Join Sonic and some of his greatest friends and worst foes in six incredible, previously untold stories about how the world reacts to this latest threat!

For a full list of the stories, credits, as well as the various alternate covers and preview pages, check out the gallery below:

Tangle now available in Sonic Dash UPDATE: Now With Gameplay Footage

While Tangle and Whisper will be coming to Sonic Forces: Mobile very soon, Tangle herself is available in Sonic Dash today! This lightfooted lemur is the first playable Sonic character taken from the comics and not from the games themselves (Sally and the Freedom Fighters had a non-playable cameo in Sonic Spinball). Tangle is playable by unlocking 500 Tangle tokens in an event going on all this week. Shouldn’t take players too long to unlock her as a good player can nab 20+ tokens per game easy.

The event only lasts a week, so make sure you get in some time on Sonic Dash soon!

UPDATE: Check out footage of Tangle in action below:

CoroCoro Comics Publish 2000’s Sonic Manga For Free, For A Limited Time Only

If you’re as old as Dreadknux is (he’s turning 35 tomorrow!), you’ll remember that way, way back in 2002 Japanese manga book CoroCoro ran a series of Sonic the Hedgehog gag strips. We thought they’d be lost to time to all outside of Japan, but for a limited time CoroCoro has brought back the entire series for online users to read for free! Continue reading CoroCoro Comics Publish 2000’s Sonic Manga For Free, For A Limited Time Only

IDW Sonic’s Tangle & Whisper Are Coming To Sonic Forces Mobile!

Over 25 years have passed since the last time a Sonic comic character made an appearance in a Sonic game, and that was just a cameo in Sonic Spinball’s bonus stages. The streak is over. IDW Sonic’s Tangle and Whisper are coming to the mobile version of Sonic Forces.

They will be part of a 3-part unlock event that Hardlight says will last a week. They’ve arrived “just in time” to take part in Dr. Eggman’s Egg Pawn Assault 2.0, a community event where you can earn free Tangle and Whisper cards as prizes.

Now, you may recall that the duo were found in Sonic Dash’s files yesterday. Well, it’s very likely that this will still happen. It is not uncommon for non-costume characters to be added to both games. So, all indications are Hardlight will announce that soon.

But now we get to the biggest question of all. Will this mean that Tangle and Whisper will appear in a main series Sonic game? Well, no one knows. Even Ian Flynn said on Twitter that he has no idea if this “opens the doors to anything else”. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Via Twitter

Tangle & Whisper Uncovered in Sonic Dash Datamine!

Sonic’s mobile games have been focused on making more Sonic characters playable for years now, making deeper and deeper cuts into the game canon. Now, Hardlight seems to be mining Sonic’s IDW comics for new characters, according to data uncovered by Twitter user Bluwolfboy. He dug into the latest build of the Android version of Sonic Dash, and uncovered two new characters: Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf! These two characters were introduced early on in Sonic’s IDW run, and became so popular the soon got their own four-part mini series!

Bluwolfboy uncovered fully 3D models and character icons. They also posted proof that the characters are in the data, and Tails Channel was able to independently verify it themselves.

This is a major milestone, not just for IDW Sonic, but for Sonic comics in general. Aside from the Freedom Fighter’s cameos in Sonic Spinball, and a few canceled games, this marks the first time Sonic comics characters have been present in a game! That said, we’re probably still a long way off from any members of the Archie cast popping up in anything.

You can check out Tangle and Whisper’s game assets below. If you want access to the actual models, check out the source at the bottom of the page! Obviously, it is currently not known when these characters will be available, but given they are in the data we probably won’t be waiting too long!

via Twitter

Watch Sonic Revolution 2020 on Twitch today! (6/20)

Sonic Revolution, the yearly Sonic convention normally hosted on the west coast of the United States will have it’s first digital convention and everyone can attend! The event will start at 10 am US pacific time on Twitch at this link. You can also chat with other Sonic fans and do “Meet and Greets” with some of the Sonic talents at the discord server.

The event will be hosted by Shayne Thames and yours truly, Jason Berry. The special guest lineup includes voice actors Mike Pollock, Cindy Robinson, Ryan Drummond. Actor, Lee Majdoub (Agent Stone). The writing cast from Sonic Boom, Bill, and Sam Freiberger,  Alan Denton, and Greg Hahn. Comic book creatives, Ian Flynn, Jon Grey, Evan Stanley, Abigal Starling, Reggie Graham, Gigi Dutriex, and many more Sonic creatives! We’ll also have some special events for Sunday as well.

You can find the full schedule here. See you there! I’ll be cosplaying in my Robotnik costume.

Unlikely Team Ups Galore With Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #33 and Bad Guys #1

Back in the stride of comic news following recent circumstances, IDW have released solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #33 and the first issue of the new miniseries, Bad Guys #1. And there’s all sorts of strange shenanigans going on even with the Metal Virus saga over!

In Sonic the Hedgehog #33, Omega’s sustained heavy damage during the efforts to stop the Metal Virus, and his allies turn to Sonic and Tails to help out. To rebuild his body, they’re going to need to do some dealings with a Chao racing champion. As is to be expected, things certainly aren’t going to be that straight forward for our heroes! This is “Chao Races and Badnik Bases!”.

It’s also neat to note that this is the first main comic issue written by Evan Stanley, who as we reported on a while back has taken over as lead writer. With a barmy premise like this, it should be fun to see what new flavour she brings to the table.

Hold onto your chili dogs, Sonic fans! Long-time artist Evan Stanley takes over as writer with an action-packed, friendship-fueled new arc: “Chao Races and Badnik Bases!” The perfect jumping-on point for new readers! The Metal Virus is gone, but things aren’t quite back to normal. Omega is damaged and his allies turn to Tails and Sonic for help. The only way to rebuild him is to trade parts with a mysterious chanpion Chao racer… but things aren’t what they seem.

Meanwhile, in Bad Guys #1, Dr Starline wants to plot his own evil schemes, and decides that one of Eggman’s old bases would be an ideal spot to do it. But with Badniks guarding any way into it, he realises he can’t get in alone, so recruits some familiar allies to help. If you think this will be a friendly alliance, you are solely mistaken!

The mastermind behind the Metal Virus isn’t done yet. Ian Flynn returns to answer: What happened to Dr. Starline?
The Shadowy Scientist is back to his evil antics in Bad Guys! And what better place to concoct nefarious plans than one of Dr. Eggman’s abandoned bases? But that is easier said than done when badniks are guarding the entrance! Dr. Starline knows he can’t do it alone, so he decides to recruit some familiar and not so friendly faces.

Sonic the Hedgehog #33 and Bad Guys #1 look set to be released around the October-November period. As always, we’ll have more information closer to the time of release. With so many new ways the story could go now, you won’t want to miss it!

Source: IDWSonicNews [Twitter]

Silver & Whisper Throw Down With Zor in IDW Sonic #28 Preview

It’s been a long time coming, but the next issue of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog is finally on the horizon. With less than two weeks until the series’ return, IDW has released preview pages on Apple’s iBooks app. Check them out below!

Credit to @IDWSonicNews for editing and posting these pages!

IDW’s Sonic Comic Returning June 24; Release Dates for Next Few Months Revealed

After a months long indefinite delay, IDW’s Sonic comics will finally start shipping again, starting with issue 28.

Check out the full list of confirmed release dates below!

Sonic the Hedgehog #28: June 24

Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 6: Last Minute: June 24

Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020: July 8

Sonic the Hedgehog #29: July 22

Sonic the Hedgehog #30: August 5

Sonic the Hedgehog Spanish Edition Volume 1: ¡Consecuencias!: August 12

Sonic the Hedgehog #31: August 19

Sonic the Hedgehog #32: September 2

Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 7: All or Nothing: October 20

Evan Stanley will be taking over as writer for a time starting with issue #33, which currently doesn’t have a release date. Flynn will be returning to the series in 2021 with a new villain-focused mini series, “Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys,” as well as some stories in the main book.

via Newsarama

Former Sonic Comic Writer Reveals Final Copy of Sonic Saturday Morning Cartoon “Bible”

There’s nothing quite as fascinating as early Sonic the Hedgehog lore. Throughout the nearly 30 year run of the famous hedgehog’s career, fans across generations have dug into every nook and cranny possible to isolate anything from merchandise to early prototypes of classic games.

One such treasure is a “continuity bible,” a document that is given to anyone responsible for creating official media based off a particular intellectual property. Today, we’ve unearthed what might be a goldmine.

Continue reading Former Sonic Comic Writer Reveals Final Copy of Sonic Saturday Morning Cartoon “Bible”

IDW’s Sonic #30 Alternative Cover is Amazingly Cheerful and Wholesome

While there is still no official word on when the issue will be coming, IDW has gone ahead and revealed an alternate cover for Sonic #30. The issue itself will be set during the aftermath of the Metal Virus, and the cover shows everyone looking… so… darn… happy! Even Shadow’s smiling! Continue reading IDW’s Sonic #30 Alternative Cover is Amazingly Cheerful and Wholesome

Evan Stanley takes over the Sonic comic while Ian Flynn pens “Bad Guys”

While the Sonic comic may be on hiatus due to the Coronavirus, plans for future issues are still going full steam ahead. As reported on comicbook.com, Sonic artist, Even Stanley will take over as both writer and illustrator of IDW’s Sonic The Hedgehog comic book as of issue 33. The story will take place just after the “Metal Virus” arc ends and will be a more lighthearted tale called “Chao Races and Badnik Bases.” Continue reading Evan Stanley takes over the Sonic comic while Ian Flynn pens “Bad Guys”

IDW Delays Sonic Comics Indefinitely, Starting in May

With major cities and countries in shutdown due to the Coronavirus, many businesses are being forced to temporarily suspend their operations. This includes comic-book distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. They will be suspending operations starting April 1st.

In a statement from IDW president Chris Ryall, IDW will suspend May releases and “reduce its overall publishing line for products originally scheduled through July, with a focus on releasing our biggest projects in special editions to help drive traffic to stores through the summer.”

What does this mean for the Sonic comics? A report from Tails Channel has helped clear things up.

  • Issues 29 and 30 are indefinitely delayed (Future issues likely to be delayed too.)
  • Issues 27-32 and the 2020 Annual are returnable within 60 days if already ordered
  • The issue with digital releases is unclear.

The good news is this doesn’t affect issue 27 which will be out Wednesday (if your local comic store is still open or allowing pickup). The 2020 Annual and issue 28 are still due for release in April.

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #25

It’s coming up to Valentine’s Day, and what better way to celebrate it than utter despair!

IDW have released their previews this week, and Sonic gets to enjoy an extra long issue of action this month! In Sonic the Hedgehog #25, almost everyone has fallen to the Metal Virus, from the most selfless heroes to the most conniving thugs. What few survivors remain have only one place they can possibly go; Angel Island. But even with this potential sanctuary, Sonic will need help to try and still fix this mess. Who can Sonic call on in the darkest hour? And how much darker can that go when the Zeti are brought into the fold? This is “A Sudden Shift”.

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Adam Bryce Thomas (CA) Tyson Hesse
“A Sudden Shift.” The world has fallen to the Metal Virus. Heroes, villains, and civilians have become Zombots. There’s only one place left to hide and the few survivors-good and bad alike-find themselves up against a new threat commanding the Zombot hordes. Who will Sonic turn to for help in his most desperate hour? Find out in this extra-length issue!
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #25 is due for released on February 12th in comic stores and digital platforms. Get your heart racing with the latest twists and turns of the newest chapter of the Metal Virus arc!

Source: Previews World

Comic Preview: Tangle & Whisper #4

The first IDW Sonic mini-series is reaching its end with a real bang!

IDW has released its previews for this week with a finale to remember to round out the year. In Tangle and Whisper #4, it’s finally time for Whisper to take on her traitorous team mate Mimic. With Wisp Gun at her side, she’s ready to fight his fleet of Badniks. But it’s the help of Tangle being there to support her that she’ll need to fall back on if she wants a hope of confronting her past and taking out Mimic properly! This is “Showdown”.

(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Evan Stanley
“Showdown”! This is it! Whisper’s ready to confront her old foe, and Tangle’s more than happy to back her up! Of course, if the bad guy knows he’s walking into a trap, he’s going to be prepared, right? Maybe this won’t be so easy, since he’s got a Badnik army backing him up!
The final fantastic issue of the first Sonic the Hedgehog mini-series in almost two decades!
Collect the epic connecting covers by Evan Stanley, the amazing covers by fan-favorite Sonic artist Nathalie Fourdraine, and the RI by new-to-Sonic artist Abigail Starling!
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Tangle & Whisper #4 is out in all good comic shops and on digital platforms tomorrow, December 11th. You won’t want to miss this epic conclusion for your newest heroines!

Source: Previews World

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #23

In the midst of chaos, we finally get a confrontation between good and evil!

IDW has released its previews for this week, and things are set to really heat up as the tension rises! In Sonic the Hedgehog #23, Sonic is desperately running, no matter how exhausted he may be, because he’s the last hope for a cure to the Zombot outbreak. While out gathering data for Tails, he runs into the two villains that started it all; Dr Eggman and Dr Starline! But with the infection all around them, will they even last long enough to have their usual bout of antagonistic banter? This is “The Last Minute”: part 3.

Sonic the Hedgehog #23
Writer: Ian Flynn
Artist: Jack Lawrence
Colorist: Matt Herms
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover Artists:
Cover A: Priscilla Tramontano
Cover B: Tracy Yardley w/ Bracardi Curry
1:10 Retailer Incentive Variant: Nathalie Fourdraine
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
“The Last Minute” – Part Three!
Sonic has been infected by the Metal Virus, and so far the only thing keeping him from going full-on zombot is his incredible speed… but how long can that last? As Sonic pushes himself to his limits gathering data for Tails, he comes face-to-face with the one problem more important than the Metal Virus: its creator, Dr. Eggman.

Sonic the Hedgehog #23 is due out in all good comic retailers and digital platforms tomorrow, November 27th. Make sure you make a note of it, nobody would want to miss out on Eggman getting to gloat over Sonic’s peril!

Source: Pop Cult HQ

Ian Flynn Pushing To Bring The Freedom Fighters To IDW Sonic

Ever since the cancellation of Archie’s Sonic book and the franchise’s move to IDW, one aspect of the old comics has remained in limbo: the status and future of Archie Sonic’s supporting characters, the Freedom Fighters…until now!

Continue reading Ian Flynn Pushing To Bring The Freedom Fighters To IDW Sonic

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #21

For once, October is going to have an appropriately terrifying tale in store for Sonic!

The full preview has been released, and the metal virus is knocking on our heroes’ door! Tails is trying to research a cure for the Zombot pandemic before it overcomes his best friend. But the Zombots are having none of that and attack Tails’ lab directly! Meanwhile, Tangle and Whisper are holding their ground and saving as many virus-free civilians as possible, while still coming under heavy pressure from infected masses. Will they all manage to stave off the onslaught, or will there be more major casualties to come? Find out in “The Last Minute”: part 1.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Lamar Wells, Reggie Graham, Jennifer Hernandez (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
“The Last Minute,” Part One! To contain the Metal Virus, the Restoration must split up! In this issue, as Tails researches a cure for the Metal Virus, his lab comes under attack by Zombots. With Whisper and Tangle out saving as many civilians as they can, will Tails withstand the siege and find the cure-or will the whole world fall? The first of three simultaneous stories! Spotlighting beloved characters Tails, Tangle, and Whisper!
In Shops: Oct 02, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #21 is out in all good comic stores and on digital platforms October 2nd. Get yourself in a spooky mood and pick up this nail-biter!

Source: Previews World

Sonic Talk 63: “Let’s be Sonic Heroes!”

Another month, another (incredibly late) episode of Sonic Talk!

In this episode, we discuss Sonic’s appearance in OK KO!, and how he single-handedly caused the series to end (kidding). We also chat about Tangle and Whisper, a Mighty plush, Sonic #19,  Mario and Sonic 2020 Olympics arcade and much, much more! So what are you waiting for? RECENT topics?!! Hah! Like we’d do that!


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TSS Review: Tangle and Whisper Issue #1

While at Comic Con last week, I managed to grab a SDCC exclusive copy of Tangle and Whisper issue number one, The very first IDW spin-off mini series based on comic exclusive Sonic the Hedgehog characters. Written by Ian Flynn with art by Evan Stanley.

Continue reading TSS Review: Tangle and Whisper Issue #1

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #19

This week, we get to see the sun set and dark fall as the metal virus saga broaches even higher stakes!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #19 has been released, and we’re reaching another major turning point! Sonic has reached Sunset City, where team Dark are currently trying to stave off another wave of infection. But with Sonic’s own infection getting worse and the sheer number of zombots not helping, how long can Sonic keep this up? And which of his allies also has their life on the line? Find out in “Crisis City”: part 1.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Ryan Jampole
“Crisis City, Part 1”! Eggman’s reign of terror continues! Sonic races to help Team Dark rescue civilians from a major city, but his own metal virus infection is getting worse! Outnumbered, how long can Sonic outrun the inevitable? And who else will fall? A major cornerstone of the metal virus saga! One of Sonic’s most powerful allies falls victim to the disease, but who? Cover A by new-to-IDW Sonic artist Ryan Jampole!
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #19 is due out in comic stores and on digital platforms July 24th. Don’t be left in the dark, make sure you pick it up!

Source: Previews World

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #18

IDW gets ready for the summer with ever-encroaching dread!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #18 has been released, and there’s a lot to pack into this continuation of the Zombot arc! Sonic’s already lost one friend to the Zombot invasion, and he’s rushing to save another. But with the Zombots already well spread in Cream’s village, will Sonic find himself down another very soon? Meanwhile, things aren’t going quite as planned for Eggman either as he’s losing control over his hoard. See how this starts going for him in “Victims”.

Sonic the Hedgehog #18
Ian Flynn (w) • Diana Skelly (a) • Jonathan Gray (c)
“Victims”! The infection spreads! Sonic’s already lost one friend to the spread of the virus and doesn’t want to see anyone else corrupted. When Cream the Rabbit’s town becomes the latest epicenter, Sonic races to help—but chaos has already started.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #18 is due out in all good comic stores and online July 3rd, which is tomorrow. If you want to catch the latest action, don’t miss out!

Source: Graphic Policy

IDW releases August Solicits for Sonic Comics

IDW has released covers and plot summaries for both Sonic the Hedgehog #20 and Tangle & Whisper #2. Check them out below!

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Evan Stanley

“Crisis City, Part 2”! When a powerful ally succumbs to the Metal Virus, Omega and Sonic stand alone against an infected city. And even if they can save the remaining civilians from the zombots, will they be safe from Sonic?

The conclusion of the Crisis City storyline, but not the Metal Virus saga!

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99
W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Evan Stanley

If Tangle and Whisper know they’re being led into a trap, the imposter they’ve been chasing can’t get the drop on them, right? Who is this mysterious imposter, why is Whisper so adamant about taking him down, and will Tangle be able to help-or just get in the way? Find out in “Ambush”!

A new mini-series featuring two of the most popular Sonic the Hedgehog characters!
Tangle & Whisper are a classic odd-couple in this adventurous team-up!

In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99
Each of these comics have alternate covers, which are currently unreleased. Be sure to stay tuned for future IDW Sonic news!

IDW’s Sonic comics sell out again

IDW has revealed that their latest Sonic comics have all sold out. Sonic #14, #15, as well as the recently released Sonic Annual have all sold out “at the distributor level.”

This comes as IDW’s Sonic comic has been entering its second major story arc, with a Tangle and Whisper mini-series on the way this summer. The latest issue, Sonic the Hedgehog #16, just released today.

Tangle And Whisper #0 Available Now And It’s Free

Those anxious for the first issue of Tangle and Whisper can get their first taste today courteousy of IDW comics. Tangle and Whisper #0 is available for free both online and at your favorite local comic store. The issue itself is a short preview of #1, but the best reason to buy it is if you’re new to IDW Sonic as it features a nice recap of the first year of the book. So why are you still reading this? I gave you a link! Go read the comic! Go drive to your local comic shop and nab a copy while you still can! Go! Continue reading Tangle And Whisper #0 Available Now And It’s Free

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #15

On the brink of disaster this month…

The preview for the latest issue has been revealed, and it seems as if we’re drawing ever closer to the point of chaos! In Sonic the Hedgehog #15, Sonic and Amy are hot on the heels of Dr Starline after his first encounter with Sonic. Their attempt to infiltrate Eggman’s plans are disturbed by two skunks looking for revenge; Rough and Tumble are back in business! But with Eggman’s secret weapon nigh ready for release, how long with they stay safe? How long can Sonic stay safe, for that matter? This is “Patient Zero”.

Having finally come face-to-face with Dr. Starline, Sonic needs to learn more about this new threat. He and Amy investigate an old Eggman lair but find it less abandoned than they thought when Rough & Tumble return for revenge!
Sonic the Hedgehog #15
Cover A: Jack Lawrence / Cover B: Diana Skelly
Ian Flynn (w) • Jack Lawrence (a)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #15 is out in all good comic retailers and digital platforms tomorrow, March 20th. Get down there and catch that comic fever!

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Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #14

Sonic’s getting a bit of cold reception in the latest issue!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #14 has been released, and it looks like Sonic is on thin ice! In this issue, he and Silver have made their way to a frigid but active base off the back of a tip. When there though, they run into baddies both old and new; Metal Sonic and Dr Starline! How will the two hedgehogs handle this strange new team-up? And what of Eggman’s incubating evil scheme? Find out in this story!

Sonic the Hedgehog #14
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a) • Lamar Wells (c)
A helpful tip leads Sonic and Silver to an abandoned Eggman base suddenly teeming with activity. As the two investigate the action, an old foe returns and a new foe comes face-to-face with Sonic for the first time…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #14 is out February 27th in comic stores and on digital platforms. That may be a bit later than what you were told, but you still won’t want to miss out on things heating up!

Source: Graphic Policy

Team Sonic Racing comic Gets a Plus Deluxe Turbo Championship Edition Reprint

IDW will be reprinting their comic book tie-in for Team Sonic Racing this May, complete with new content, to coincide with the release of the game. The reprint even has a special name, “Team Sonic Racing Plus Deluxe Turbo Championship Edition.” The new content will include a guide to the Wisp power-ups, a glossary Of Team Moves, a gallery of in-game tracks, and commentary from the tie-in’s writer, Caleb Goellner.

The original print run of the one-shot was originally slated to release alongside the game last fall, before the game was delayed. For whatever reason, the comic wasn’t also delayed, giving it the dubious distinction of being the first Sonic game tie-in comic to beat the release of its game by six months.

It’s currently unknown if the reprint will have a new cover. You can check out the original cover below!

The Knuckles comics were weird…and I loved them

When I was a kid, I had a special appreciation for media that didn’t talk down to me and tried to tell a good story with interesting lore and backstory. Knuckles the Echidna, a 32 issue monthly comic series from Archie Comics, did just that. Given Knuckles’ 25th anniversary, I thought it would be nice to revisit the comics in some way. I haven’t read them in some time (due in large part to their lack of easy digital availability) so I will be recounting my memories of the comic’s tone and themes somewhat vaguely and broadly. Hopefully, I will be able to do a deep dive into the comics in the future.

I had been reading Archie’s Sonic comics for a couple of years when the Knuckles the Echidna series got going. Knuckles was a character that got my attention before I was even exposed to his first game thanks to his cool design, his weird abilities, and most importantly his place in the story. Knuckles was that cool guest star character who only popped up occasionally, making his appearances feel special. He could not only could go toe to toe with Sonic himself, but often would, making him Sonic’s “rival,” at a time when that concept was still fresh to my young mind.

To me, Knuckles was the coolest Sonic character. I must’ve not been the only kid who thought that because Knuckles became pretty popular in the comics. His occasional appearances turned into regular back story appearances, which lead to a mini series, which finally led to a monthly ongoing…which was weird as all heck, but also very neat.

Enerjak, an all-powerful chaos-fueled being [Image Credit: Sonic News Network]
As I said before, the Knuckles series didn’t talk down to kids and tackled some subjects that most kids media didn’t put much focus on back then. The world had politics, including three distinct factions: the fanatical technophilic Dark Legion, the fascistic (and later racial minority) dingoes, and of course the citizens of Echidnapolis (who were predominantly echidnas, of course). The series even featured an entire arc devoted to the world’s politics and the tension building up between the factions. The comic also wasn’t afraid to deal with death and romance, going so far as to devote an entire three-issue story arc to Knuckles and Julie-Su’s budding love-life.

The comic also had a lot of backstory and lore. The tension between the Dark Legion and the citizens of Echidnapolis went back hundreds of years, to events involving Knuckles’ ancestors feuding over how technology should be used in echidna society. Before that, there was Enerjak, a power-mad entity created when one of Knuckles’ ancestors absorbed eleven of the island’s twelve chaos emeralds (yes, twelve) in an attempt to return Angel Island (called simply the Floating Island in the comics) to the planet. The series would often dive into this history to give the current day plot line a greater, more epic context, since the conflicts the comic covered often had roots going back centuries.

The comic had some echidna politics [Image Credit: Sonic News Network]
The comic also had loads of weird, often sci-fi concepts. The Dark Legion, who served as the comic’s primary villain faction, often sported loads of cybernetics to display their devotion to technology. These cybernetics could look kind of gruesome to me as a kid. Then there was the Brotherhood, a clandestine organization made up of Knuckles’ living ancestors, who as it turns out were inexplicably long lived, with the oldest being hundreds of years old at the start of the series (I’m not sure an explanation was ever given for that). The comic opened with the Dark Legion escaping from an alternate dimension known as the Twilight Zone, while the second arc focused on two dimensions holding the separate cities belonging to the echidnas and dingoes collapsing in on each other. Then there was Knuckles himself, who was genetically modified when his father, Locke, irradiated his egg with chaos energy to give him special powers.

So yeah, the comic was cool…and weird. Putting my childhood nostalgia aside, it was also flawed. The writing could feel stiff, and many characters often sounded like they were speaking with the same voice. The comic didn’t always make use of what should have been interesting plot revelations, such as when one member of the Brotherhood turned out to be a former leader of the Dark Legion.

This reveal did not have the emotional pay off one would expect: his son, who held a special hatred for the Legion, turned on him immediately, while the rest of the Brotherhood did not seem to express much emotional grief over their son/grandfather/great-grandfather/etc turning out to be a villain the whole time. We were also denied the satisfaction of a reunion between the Brotherhood and the man the Legionnaire replaced.

The lineage of guardians who protected the Floating Island, and later joined the Brotherhood. The living ones go all the way back Hawking, the one with the hat [Image Credit: Sonic News Network]
As I said before, its been a long time since I last read these comics. I don’t remember how pervasive the issues I mentioned above were, but they are there. As much as I enjoyed them as a kid, I couldn’t help but feel a bit…underwhelmed upon revisiting them.

That said, there’s still plenty about the comic that did age well. The interior art was mostly done by Manny Galan, one of the best artists Sonic comics have ever seen. He nails the look of a the comic’s characters and world perfectly, and his work is still a joy to look at. The comic also employed an interesting concept with its covers: each cover of the comic’s three issue story arcs could be combined together into a single image. These covers were mostly done by Sonic comic legend Patrick Spaziente, often depicting epic scenery and action.

The covers didn’t go together cleanly, but would often tell their own little stories. Here we have the arrival of the Dark Legion, a past tragedy from their formation, and the climactic present-day battle [Image Credit: Sonic News Network]
It’s kind of unfortunate these comics are so inaccessible in an age when nearly any comic can be bought online. This does, unfortunately, bring us to one of the reasons why I have difficulties going back to these books even when I do have access to my old copies: the Ken Penders lawsuit.

This is something I’d rather not get into right here, so I will keep it brief: I think every artist should be compensated for reprints of their work, and I wish Archie had worked something out with Penders to make that happen. I hope IDW does what they couldn’t. I also think that, by copywriting the characters he created, Penders effectively destroyed this comic’s legacy. Its characters will never be able to grace any Sonic comic continuity again. They have already faded into complete obscurity and they will never again be able to interact with the game characters they were created to flesh out. I think this is very unfortunate.

Though, in a sense, the Knuckles series being inaccessible does feel right to me. Back when the Knuckles comics were being made, I had difficulties getting ahold of them. My local book store didn’t carry them and the comic book stores that did kept going out of business. So to get them, I’d have to go to a Books-A-Million in Potomac, Virginia, which was an hourlong drive. I didn’t get to go often, but whenever I did and I got to see that Knuckles comic on the rack, it was always special. That reflects my feelings on the comic as a whole: special, memorable, and a series that will always evoke my childhood to me. I do hope inaccessibility does not become this series’ fate. So far as I’m concerned, it at least deserves more than this.

Maybe one day.

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #13

There appears to be something incubating in the latest issue…

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #13 has been released, and it’s the start of something new and sinister! Sonic and his friends are returning to normalcy after the total defeat of Metal Sonic on Angel Island, but as our heroes go about their lives, the underground hive of villainy is not dormant for long. An old foe reemerges with a plan more diabolical than ever, but how are Rough and Tumble involved with the newest and most microscopic agent in the team? Find out in this issue!

Time for a break! Sonic can finally take some time to catch his breath, secure in the fact that the day’s been saved and his old greatest foe is… Wait. He’s gone?! What does that…? Well, that smells like trouble…
Bullet points:
The return of Rough and Tumble!
Sonic faces a new threat that kicks off year two with a bang!
Extra-length issue!
Sonic the Hedgehog #13–Cover A: Adam Bryce Thomas
Writer Ian Flynn
Art Adam Bryce Thomas
Colors Matt Herms
Letters Shawn Lee
FC • 36 pages • $4.99
Release Date: February 6, 2019

Sonic the Hedgehog #13 is out tomorrow, February 6th, in stores and online. Pick up the fever of new arc hype when you pick up the comic!

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Tangle and Whisper To Get Their Own Mini Series This Summer

Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf, two original characters from IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, will be going on their own solo adventure in a mini series coming this summer. These two characters will be the first non-game Sonic characters to get a mini series since Archie Sonic’s Princess Sally series back in 1995. The mini series itself will be the first Sonic comic mini series since Sonic Quest was printed in 1996. Continue reading Tangle and Whisper To Get Their Own Mini Series This Summer