Preview Released for Sonic the Hedgehog #38

The full preview has been released for Sonic the Hedgehog #38, and it’s getting a bit topsy-turvy in here. Sonic, Tails and Amy have managed to find an Eggman Base inside the mysterious tower, but this is no cake walk! Logic goes out the window as the heroes encounter illusions and obstacles with every new room explored. Can they traverse the place in one piece? Meanwhile, Tangle and Belle have also found their way to the base, but they get the behind-the-curtain view as they run into trouble from the robots controlling things and more tower trickery! This is “Test Run”; part 2.

(W) Evan Stanley (A) Adam Bryce Thomas (CA) Matt Herms
Houston, there appears to be two hedgehogs and a fox floating through space…
Sonic, Amy, and Tails are stuck in a mysterious new Eggman base. Each room holds a challenging surprise and the hallways don’t make any sense! Can they find out how to escape unharmed? Meanwhile, Tangle and Belle sneak in to find the bots running the show and stumble into some trouble!
In Shops: Mar 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog is out at all good comic retailers tomorrow, March 24th. Tricks and traps await you when you tag along for this one!

Source: Previews World

Solicitation for Sonic the Hedgehog #42 Revealed, More 30th Anniversary Comic Information

IDW have released their solicits for June, which means more exciting news on upcoming Sonic comics! First, Sonic the Hedgehog #42 sees Zavok having brought the Deadly Six back together, and planning to make a move that will undoubtedly not go down well for the heroes! Jewel has called on Sonic, Tails and the Chaotix to interfere with whatever they have brewing, but will their team-up be enough to stop the Zeti? This is “Zeti Hunt”; part 2.

Sonic the Hedgehog #42—Cover A: Priscilla Tramontano
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Priscilla Tramontano (c)
“Zeti Hunt,” part two! Now that Zavok has his pack, it’s time for them to make a big move. But Jewel the Beetle, newly appointed Restoration leader, has called on Sonic, Tails, and the Chaotix to run interference. Will they be able to stop the Zeti and make it home in time for spaghetti!?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #42—Cover B: Abby Bulmer
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Abby Bulmer (c)
*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!

In addition to this, there’s more information on the Sonic 30th Anniversary Comic celebration, with a special being released in time for his birthday! Have you wanted to see longtime Sonic comic writer Ian Flynn show the classic heroes together on a quest for the Chaos Emeralds? Does the idea of Eggman celebrating his birthday from ‘The Babysitters Club’ author Gale Gilligan interest you? Did you desire for a story from the McElroy Brothers about Sonic learning to drive? All topped off with art from a slew of excellent artists, and covers by the likes of Sonic Team and Tyson Hesse? As oddly specific as some of those are, this one-shot special has you covered!

Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special—Cover A: Sonic Team—Gem of the Month
Ian Flynn; Gale Galligan; Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy (w) •Aaron Hammerstrom & Reggie Graham, Mauro Fosenca, Thomas Rothlisberger (a) • Sonic Team (c)
After 30 years of going fast, it’s time for fans to celebrate the speediest hedgehog of all time! It’s an unbelievable birthday celebration for Sonic the Hedgehog with his first Classic Sonic special!
First, in “Seasons of Chaos” by longtime Sonic scribe Ian Flynn and artists Aaron Hammerstrom & Reggie Graham, Sonic goes on an adventure from pleasant spring valleys to wintry wonderlands in search of the Chaos Emeralds. But Sonic’s not alone, with a little help from his friends Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, Mighty the Armadillo, and Ray the Flying Squirrel, they’ll race, fight, and fly their way to victory against the baddest of baddies!
Then, in “Dr. Eggman’s Birthday,” the vile, villainous Dr. Eggman takes center stage in a story written by New York Times bestseller Gale Galligan (The Babysitters Club)! And how does the bad doctor celebrate the occasion? Only his Badniks know for sure…
Finally, in “Sonic Learns to Drive,” Sonic’s up against a tough challenge: Driving! When the fastest thing alive can outrun any car, will Sonic have the patience to learn… or will he finally get left in the dust? Written by the hosts of My Brother, My Brother, and Me, The Adventure Zone, and New York Times bestsellers, the McElroy Brothers!
Grab a slice of chili dog cake and don’t get left in the dust on the most way past cool book of the year!
FC • 80 pages • $8.99
Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special—Cover B: Christina-Antoinette Neofotistou—Gem of the Month
Ian Flynn; Gale Galligan; Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy (w) •Aaron Hammerstrom & Reggie Graham, Mauro Fosenca, Thomas Rothlisberger (a) • Christina-Antoinette Neofotistou (c)
*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Patrick Spaziante!
Order 25 copies and get one free variant cover by Tyson Hesse!

Please note that this is not the same as the deluxe edition coming out in October, we covered that one last week.

Sonic’s birthday is certainly shaping up to be jam-packed, with both of these issues slated for June. As always, we will have more info on them closer to their release, so stay tuned to see what’s in store for the big 3-0!

Source: Bleeding Cool

Ian Flynn’s First Sonic Comic Turns 15 Today

This year is a year of anniversaries for Sonic in more ways then one, because not only is the franchise itself turning 30, but Ian Flynn’s first published Sonic work, Archie Sonic #160, turns 15. This means that Flynn has now been writing comics for roughly half of the franchise’s entire lifespan, and the time between his first comic, and his next IDW story arc starting later this year, is roughly the same amount of time as between Sonic 1 and Sonic 2006. Yes, that makes folks like myself who remember when they picked up #160 feel rather old!

Since his debut, Ian Flynn has written well over 200 Sonic comics across five ongoing series, alongside a selection of mini-series and one-shots, as well as a couple of Sonic Boom episodes. This gives him the largest body of work of any Sonic writer.

Flynn had been applying for years to the Sonic comic before he was finally brought on. Both he and artist Tracy Yardley! were given a chance to work on the comic by then-editor of the book, Mike Pellerito. Yardley debuted a bit earlier than Flynn in Sonic X #5. Their first story, “See Ya Later Chao,” was written and drawn in 2005, though wouldn’t make it into the book until years later. Though initially not brought on in that capacity, Ian Flynn soon became the head writer of the Archie Sonic book, writing the bulk of the stories from his debut issue on.

Flynn and Yardley!’s debut story, “Birthday Bash,” was a two-part storyline that turned “Evil Sonic” into Scourge the Hedgehog, briefly brought back old school Archie badniks Octobot and Crocbot as a strange fused monstrosity, and also introduced fan favorites Bean the Duck and Bark the Polar Bear as money-grubbing mercs for hire. This duo’s opening chapter would be the first of many, as Yardley became a fairly consistent presence in the Archie books for years. Both Flynn and Yardley would hone their craft over time, introducing bigger and better stories with better art.

On a more personal note, 160 was my big jumping-back-on point for the comics, after dropping them twice in the past. I never dropped them again after this. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Flynn and Yardley significantly redefined how the comics looked and read for the rest of their run. As someone who loved their work, and thought they only got better with time, I was quite content with that.

What are your experiences with Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley!’s work? Did you pick up #160? Have you ever read that or any other part of Flynn’s Archie run? Let us know in the comments!

I’ve got at least one article in the work about Ian Flynn’s Archie run, in commemoration of this anniversary, so stay tuned for that!

Unfortunately, it does not appear that issue #160 has been reprinted in any capacity, but other Flynn stories from #162 onward were reprinted in the Sonic Sagas collection, which can still be found on Amazon.

Special Note: Tracy Yardley!’s pen name ends with an exclamation point. I thought it fitting to include it here.

IDW Releasing Classic Sonic Hardcover Graphic Novel This October!

Hot on the heels of the reveal of Classic Sonic’s Free Comic Book Day comic, IDW has revealed that they are releasing a 96 page hard cover graphic novel featuring the classic version of the blue blur! Called “Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Deluxe Edition,” the graphic novel will feature writing from longtime Sonic scribe Ian Flynn, as well as Gale Galligan. It will also feature art from Aaron Hammerstrom and Reggie Graham.

The graphic novel’s main story, “Seasons of Chaos,” will be written by Ian Flynn. It centers around Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Mighty the Armadillo, and Ray the Flying Squirrel as they venture through season-inspired zones in search of the the Chaos Emeralds. The story will also feature other unnamed “special guests.”

The graphic novel will also feature “bonus stories” from some of Sonic’s “biggest fans,” as well as loads of bonus content.


The graphic novel will be released on October 5th for $19.99. Check out the official synopsis and cover, provided by Penguin Random House, below:

Celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s way past cool 30th birthday!

The classic character comes to life in all-new adventures inspired by the original 2D games and he’s not alone! Join Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, Mighty the Armadillo, Ray the Flying Squirrel, and even more special guests as they travel through zones inspired by the seasons in search of Chaos Emeralds! It’s a hilarious and hectic race against the clock in “Seasons of Chaos” by longtime Sonic writer Ian Flynn! Plus bonus stories by some of Sonic the Hedgehog’s biggest fans and tons of bonus content celebrating the blue blur!

This special anniversary collection is the perfect piece of pop culture memorabilia for all Sonic fans

IDW Celebrates Sonic’s 30th Anniversary For This Year’s Free Comic Book Day

Sonic has had a presence at Free Comic Day for well over a decade now, but this year IDW will be using the occasion to celebrate Sonic’s 30th anniversary with a comic featuring Classic Sonic!

Revealed today as part of this year’s complete FCBD line-up, the issue’s cover features classic Sonic characters. Whether this is a wholly original story or just a free version of the upcoming Classic Sonic mini series is currently unknown. Instead of its usual “first Saturday of May” date, this year’s FCBD is scheduled for August 14. For a list of participating comic stores and featured comics, check out the FCBD website here.

Check out the full cover below:

At the moment, the FCBD website gives no further information on the issue, including who is writing it and who drew the cover. Stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for all the latest!

Ian Flynn Returning to the Main IDW Sonic Comic for Four Issue Arc

Ian Flynn may no longer be the lead writer of IDW’s Sonic comic, but that doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere! Flynn is set to return for a four issue arc, “Zeti Hunt,” which will see the Chaotix racing to track down the Zeti before their leader, Zavok, can find them. This reveal comes mere months after the completion of Flynn’s “Sonic Bad Guys” mini series.

When asked why he used the Zeti so frequently, Flynn had this to say: “I like mining untapped potential. Plus they’re a lingering plot point from Metal Virus. Need to clean up after myself.”

His return isn’t surprising. Flynn revealed last year that while Evan Stanley was now the lead writer, he still had some stories lined up in the main book. 

“Zeti Hunt” is set to begin with Issue #41, after Stanley’s upcoming arc “Test Run,” set to start next week

Check out the cover and solicitation below:

Cover A: Adam Bryce Thomas | Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a & c)

Ian Flynn returns for a four-part arc “Zeti Hunt”!

The Deadly Six are still on the loose and attacking towns. Jewel the Beetle recruits Sonic’s friends the Chaotix to find and stop the Zeti, but Zavok of the Deadly Six is looking for his minions, too—he’s angrier than ever and wants to reunite. The Chaotix will have to act quickly to outsmart the Deadly Six!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99 Sonic the Hedgehog #41

—Cover B: Jonathan Gray

Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Jonathan Gray & Reggie Graham (c)

via Comic Releases

IDW Sonic #40 Solicitation and Lineart Cover Revealed [U]

Looks like New Comic Info Day has come a little early, as solicitations for the next upcoming Sonic IDW comic – Issue 40 – has been released to the media, along with not-quite finished line work of one of the edition’s planned cover art. Check it all out below!

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Sonic #37 Has a New Cover and Release Date

Sonic comic writer and artist Evan Stanley has just revealed her alternate cover for IDW’s Issue #37, which depicts Tangle and Belle running headlong into some new adventure, while the blue blur, Amy and Tails look at… something, with expressions of mild trepidation. Check it out below:

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Ian Flynn Confirms Sonic Netflix Not Based on IDW

Nearly a month after its (now deleted) announcement, we still don’t know much about the Sonic Netflix series. Technically, it hasn’t even been officially announced! Nevertheless, we now at least know one thing it won’t be: an adaptation of the IDW Sonic comic series.

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Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #39 and IDW Collection #1 Revealed

IDW have revealed their newest comic releases, and there’s some variety coming up in the Sonic comic scene! Firstly, Sonic the Hedgehog #39 sees Sonic, Tails and Amy still at the mercy of Eggman’s Trap Tower, and the tests are just getting more and more deadly! Tangle and Belle are still trying to aid the heroes, but unbeknownst to them by taking control of the tower they’re the reason they can’t escape! Is there a way of solving the puzzle they’re just not seeing, and will their wits last long enough to work it out? Find out in “Test Run”; part 3.

(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Abby Bulmer
Report: Test subjects S, A, and T are responding very well to experiments. Proceeding to phase three.
Sonic, Amy, and Tails are still stuck in Eggman’s evil tower and being subjected to his increasingly crazy tests. It doesn’t help that Tangle and Belle have unknowingly begun controlling the tower and are making it impossible for their friends to escape! Everyone’s limits are pushed as they try to make it out in time in “Test Run,” part three!
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99

On the more prestigious end of the scale, the definitive collection of older IDW Sonic stories finally has a release date! In Sonic the Hedgehog: IDW Collection Volume 1, you can relive the first arc of the series as Sonic meets old and new faces as the restoration efforts kick off, runs into a moral dilemma when he squares off with Shadow, and finds out what threats are lurking in the aftermath of the war, prepared to strike at any sign of a weakness. In addition, this isn’t a regular trade paperback, this is a proper hardcover edition which will make for a fantastic present for a beginner to the comic series!

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Tracy Yardley, Adam Bryce Thomas, Jennifer Hernandez (A/CA) Evan Stanley
Oversized hardcover editions of the celebrated Sonic the Hedgehog comics, including the ongoing series, annuals, and mini-series, all presented in recommended reading order. Everything a beginner could need, everything a diehard could want!
ON YOUR MARKS. GET SET. GO! The adventure begins here as Sonic races to protect the world from bad guys old and new! In the aftermath of his latest battle with Dr. Eggman, rogue robots are on the loose and new foes are on the rise. But where is the evil doctor and what secrets will Sonic discover during his search? One thing’s for sure: he’ll need plenty of help from Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and new allies Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf. Plus, he’ll have to deal with a little competition-from his old frenemy Shadow the Hedgehog! It’s an epic storyline Sonic fans can’t miss, so don’t get left in the dust. Gotta go fast!
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $59.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #39 is currently slated for release in March, while you’ll have to wait a little longer for Sonic IDW Collection Volume 1 which is set for a June release. In any case, we’ll have more on both of these closer to the time of their release!

Source: Bleeding Cool

Preview for IDW Sonic’s Bad Guys #4

IDW have released their full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #4, and it’s all hands on deck for all the villains in this action-packed finale! Dr. Starline and his treacherous team have just about managed to last long enough to get their hands on the powers they were after all along. Starline’s plan is in his grasp! But Eggman’s not going to let them get away with this, so he’s setting his sights on them with no mercy. Will Eggman wipe out his potential threats…or will they wipe each out first? Find out in “No Honour Among Thieves”!

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron HammerstromDr. Eggman vs. the Bad Guys! Astonishingly, Dr. Starline’s managed to hold together his motley crew of criminals long enough to almost achieve his goal and see his plan to fruition. Unfortunately, when Dr. Eggman gets wind of their activities, he sets his sights on them. Will the Bad Guys stay together to scramble Eggman or will they crack? Find out in “No Honor Among Thieves,” the thrilling conclusion to Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys!In Shops: Dec 23, 2020SRP: $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #4 came out December 23rd in comic shops and on digital platforms. If you’ve got some last minute Christmas shopping to do, what better to treat yourself with than seeing this explosive finale!

Source: Previews World

Preview Released for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #35

The full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #35 has been released, and there’s certainly no silent night for Sonic and his friends! Rouge’s mission goes awry and there’s a mysterious hooded villain on the prowl in White Park. Sonic and Tails are called in to help, but newly discovered puppet-robot Belle is along for the ride! Is she truly going to assist our heroes, or does she have her own motives? And what has happened to the rest of the investigation party? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 3.

(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times, this is going to be a bumpy one! Rouge calls on Sonic and Tails for backup after the appearance of a hooded villain at White Park. The recently-revealed shadowy figure from Eggman’s base tags along, but can they really be trusted? All will be revealed in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases,” part three!
In Shops: Dec 02, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #35 will be available in comic shops and on digital platforms December 2nd. Get into the Winter season with a bit of snowy adrenaline!

Source: Previews World

New Preview Revealed for IDW Sonic’s Bad Guys #3

The preview is out for Bad Guys #3, and things aren’t going so well for Dr. Starline. He thought he had the other baddies in the palm of his hand, but taking control of other connivers to get rid of them isn’t exactly an easy feat. When Zavok and Mimic discover what Starline has planned for them, they are rightfully pretty mad and get to work concocting their own counter-plans. Starline’s going to learn how hard keeping order can be in “Trust Issues”.

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
Who can you trust in a group of bad guys? Zavok and Mimic find out the hard way in “Trust Issues,” and are… less than happy. Meanwhile, Starline is struggling to maintain control of the rowdy group of villains.
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Bad Guys #3 will be out on November 25th. You’ll want to pick this up if you want to see some evil egos put in check!

Source: Comic Watch

Get Out Your Wallets For The “Best of IDW” & “SEGA Cyber Deals” Sales

Thanksgiving Week in the United States is here, and so are the big discounts and sales. If you’re into the IDW Sonic comics, there’s a sale for you. If the games are your preference, you can also take advantage of a sale.

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SEGA Celebrates Sonic R’s Anniversary With New Artwork From Sonic the Comic’s Rich Elson

Egmont Fleetway’s ‘Sonic the Comic’ may have been dead for nearly a decade, but it still has its die-hard fans. It would seem some of those fans are alive and well within SEGA – to celebrate today’s anniversary of Saturn racer Sonic R, the company has kept things appropriately British by enlisting the help of STC artist Rich Elson to design some new artwork.

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Preview Released for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #34

All’s fair in chao and war!

The full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #34 has been revealed, and behind the cutesy veneer there’s skulduggery afoot! Amy, Cream and Rouge are still competing to help Omega and keep Cheese away from mean-spirited champion Clutch, but something seems a little…off. Meanwhile, Sonic and Tails keep investigating Eggman’s base, unaware they’re being watched by a figure as yet unknown. And how does Shadow’s own mission tie into everything? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 2!

(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Abby Bulmer
It’s off to the races with Cream, Cheese, Amy, and Rouge! They have to keep up their winning streak or surrender Cheese to Clutch’s evil… clutches! Meanwhile, Sonic and Tails are being watched by a mysterious figure in Eggman’s seemingly abandoned base and Shadow investigates a mystery!
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #34 is out November 11th in all good comic outlets and on digital platforms. If you want adorable Chao antics mixed with mysteries, this might be the one for you!

Source: Comic Watch

Preview Out for IDW Sonic’s Bad Guys #2

The full preview has been revealed for the next step in Dr Starline’s nefarious scheme to get back at Eggman! He’s brought together the brutality of Zavok, the cunning of Mimic, and the relentless determination of Rough and Tumble. Together with his intellect, destroying his former boss’ Badniks and securing the power for their own purposes should be a breeze…as long as they don’t destroy each other first! This is “Smash & Grab”.

From Sonic veterans Ian Flynn and Jack Lawrence comes “Smash & Grab,” an exciting story jam-packed with bad guys and badniks!
Some of Sonic’s worst enemies are back and badder than ever! Dr. Starline, Dr. Eggman’s former-right hand, has brought together Mimic, Rough, Tumble, and Zavok and promised them even more incredible power… if they can stop fighting each other and start fighting badniks to get to it!
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Bad Guys #2 is out on November 4th, so make sure you look out tomorrow for more of their dastardly exploits!

Source: Comic Watch

IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #37 Revealed, as well as a new Premium Collection!

IDW have released more upcoming goodies, and Sonic has a couple of new titles announced! Firstly, opening out next year, Sonic the Hedgehog #37 has a solicit for a brand new story. After resolving the problem in Eggman’s base, Tangle is on a mission to initiate new girl Belle into the restoration team. But when Sonic, Tails and Amy investigate a mysterious tower that seems to have come from nowhere, they may be put through trials much sooner than they thought! This is “Test Run”.

(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Jon GrayThere’s a new kid on the block! And a new… tower? While Tangle tries to initiate Belle into the Restoration, Sonic, Amy, and Tails investigate a mysterious looking tower that has popped up. Everyone is pushed to their limits in “Test Run”!
In Shops: Jan 13, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In addition, there’s something coming for both established IDW Sonic fans and those who want a convenient way of getting into the series. Sonic the Hedgehog is joining its collection line with The IDW Collection: Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 1.

This book will collect issues 1 – 12 in an oversized hardcover format, perfect for any library! Future volumes will encompass the annuals and miniseries as well, presenting them in the most ideal reading order. As of writing, the book is slated for release June 8th 2021, so it’s going to be a while before it hits the shelves.

As always, we will have more information on both of these closer to the time of their release. In the meantime, keep an eye out for more news and previews on the comic!

Sources: Previews World, Comic Book Wire, Amazon

Check Out The Character Sheet of IDW’s Chao Kingpin, Clutch the Opossum

IDW Sonic comic fans have been treated well this month! Not long after we heard about new character Belle, artist Adam Bryce Thomas has shared character sheets of another brand new face in the comic universe: Clutch the Opossum.

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IDW Reveals Sonic Comics with Convention Exclusive Covers, on Sale Now

Convention exclusive merchandise has existed for a long time, and this year’s no different, with IDW selling two convention-exclusive editions of the latest Sonic comics during this year’s New York Comic Con. IDW is selling editions of both Sonic the Hedgehog #33 and Sonic: Bad Guys #1 with convention-exclusive covers for $10 each on their NYCC store.

Check out the covers below:

If these comics seem expensive to you…well that’s because they are, but it’s pretty typical for convention-exclusive stuff to be sold at a premium, so there isn’t anything particularly unusual about the price. These convention-exclusive editions will only be available for a limited time, so if you want them you might want to act fast.

IDW will be holding an online NYCC panel tomorrow. Be sure to check out Sonic Stadium for coverage!

Preview Released for IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog #33

The preview has been revealed for Sonic the Hedgehog #33, and the next phase of the story is off to an unusual start! While the Metal Virus may be gone, its effects aren’t quite over yet. Omega has no body after it was torn apart, so he turns to Sonic, Tails and their friends for help in rebuilding a new one. The only way to do that? Trade for parts with a mysterious champion on the Chao racing circuit. Seems simple enough, but not when there’s some shady business going on just beneath the surface! This is “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 1.

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Gigi Dutreix
Hold on to 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 champion Chao racer… but things aren’t what they seem.
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $3.99

This issue marks the first time Evan Stanley takes the helm as head writer for the comic, so it’ll be interesting what changes that brings to it! Sonic the Hedgehog #33 is out October 14th, assuming no delays occur. Now would be a perfect time to dive into a new adventure!

Source: Apple Books (apple)

Preview for Bad Guys #1 Released

It’s time for the more minor villains to take the stage in this new miniseries!

IDW have released a preview for Bad Guys #1! Dr Starline is eager to get back to evil schemes after the Metal Virus saga made a mess of everything, but it’s not going to be easy. The base he chose to devise a plan turns out not to be abandoned at all, and there’s no way he could take on Eggman’s security alone! If he wants to get anywhere, he’s going to need a team, and he’s willing to bring in some villains we all know and…well, know how treacherous they can be. What could go wrong? Find out in the first part of the miniseries!

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
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.
In Shops: Oct 07, 2020

Bad Guys #1 is due out October 7th in comic stores and on digital platforms, a suitably creepy month to start these villainous shenanigans. If you want to walk on the bad side for once, make sure you pick it up!

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Preview Released for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #32

The Metal Virus Saga finally wraps up with one last clash with the man who started it all!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #32 has been released, and even though the ordeal is concluding, it doesn’t mean our heroes get to rest! Sonic is still MIA, so naturally Eggman chooses to unleash a desperate assault on the ones left to rebuild. Omega’s still got to be rescued, there are other smaller baddies crawling out of the woodwork to think about their next moves, and there’s still room for some funny business from the main hog himself. Catch it all in the second half of the Metal Virus epilogue!

The second half of the Metal Virus Saga epilogue. With all the chaos of the recent past still fresh in everyone’s minds, Dr. Eggman launches a new assault-determined to take down his enemies once and for all.
In Shops: Sep 23, 2020

While it’s currently slated to be released on September 23rd, that is still currently a tentative release date, so it’s subject to change. Regardless, if you want to see the culmination of over a year of heartache and trauma for our heroes, you won’t want to miss this!

Source: Apple Books (apple)

Solicitations Revealed for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #36 and Bad Guys #4

IDW have revealed their solicitations for December, and there’s a batch of arc endings on the horizon as we see what’s coming in the future!

Firstly, in Sonic the Hedgehog #36, the cold, wintery hills are playing host to red hot action! There’s an avalanche heading towards the White Park chateau, and it’s going to take all the heroes present to stop the guests from being snowed under! Not only that, but the cloaked figure is making off with Tails! Can Sonic and co. pull off controlling both situations at once? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 4.

(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Reggie Graham
Strap on your snowshoes, an avalanche is headed straight for White Park Chateau! Sonic and gang are going to have to act quickly if they want to save the White Park guests and stop the hooded figure from getting away with Tails! Join Evan Stanley for the action-packed conclusion of “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”!
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

This month also marks the end to the latest mini-series as Bad Guys #4 sees Dr Starline take his rowdy rabble to the final stages of his plan. But Eggman isn’t going to sit there politely; once he catches on that there’s dissent, he goes on the attack! Can the troop of villains stick together long enough to stick it to the good doctor? Or is the glue binding them together going to prove brittle under force? This is “No Honor Among Thieves”.

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Dr. Eggman vs. the Bad Guys! Astonishingly, Dr. Starline’s managed to hold together his motley crew of criminals long enough to almost achieve his goal and see his plan to fruition. Unfortunately, when Dr. Eggman gets wind of their activities, he sets his sights on them. Will the Bad Guys stay together to scramble Eggman or will they crack? Find out in “No Honor Among Thieves,” the thrilling conclusion to Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys!
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Both of these issues are currently scheduled to come out on the same day before Christmas, but this is always subject to change. Make sure to keep an eye out for updates, you wouldn’t want to miss either of these conclusions!

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Preview for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #31 Revealed

We’re approaching the end of the Metal Virus crisis next week, but there’s still some cleanup to do!

A three-page preview has been released for Sonic the Hedgehog #31, and things are starting to settle, to an extent. In the first part of the Metal Virus arc’s epilogue, both heroes and villains alike are looking to the future after recovering from the disaster. Some are starting on rebuilding the world, others are planning for the long run. But amongst all this, there’s still a certain hero missing. How is he faring in the aftermath, and how can Blaze help out? Find out in this issue.

It’s all led to this… the thrilling two-part epilogue to the Metal Virus Saga. The world has changed. Heroes and villains plan for the future as reconstruction begins. But one hero remains missing…

Sonic the Hedgehog #31 is due out next Wednesday, on September 2nd. Make sure you clean up your own knowledge and find out how this saga ends!

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Covers and Solicitations Reveals for IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog #35 and Bad Guys #3

IDW have released their solicitations for November, and there’s a chill in the air…in more ways than one!

In Sonic the Hedgehog #35, the Chao races are still going on, but there’s trouble brewing in White Park when a hooded baddie is spotted lurking around. Rouge calls Sonic and Tails for backup, and the shadowy figure they found in Eggman’s base is along for the ride. Can Sonic and Tails trust them to keep things going smoothly, or is there foul play afoot? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Base”; part 3.

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Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times, this is going to be a bumpy one! Rogue calls on Sonic and Tails for backup after the appearance of a hooded villain at White Park. The recently-revealed shadowy figure from Eggman’s base tags along, but can they really be trusted? All will be revealed in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases,” part three!
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Meanwhile, in Bad Guys #3, there are trust issues amongst the villains as well. Zavok and Mimic learn that trusting anyone in a band of villains is bound to lead to trouble. And Dr Starline is struggling to keep the control over the group of miscreants as baddies tend not to be the best team workers! This is “Trust Issues”.

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Who can you trust in a group of bad guys? Zavok and Mimic find out the hard way in “Trust Issues,” and are… less than happy. Meanwhile, Starline is struggling to maintain control of the rowdy group of villains.
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Both of these issues currently have a November release date, so make sure to keep an eye out. As always, we will have the latest updates if anything changes, and the previews closer to when they release!

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IDW Sonic Issue 30 Retailer Incentive Cover Builds on Metal Virus Montage

Surprise! We thought we were done with special cover artwork for IDW Sonic #30. But today the issue’s ‘Retailer Incentive’ edition was revealed. Not only does it look amazing in its own right, but it builds on the last issue’s RI cover in a really cool way. Continue reading IDW Sonic Issue 30 Retailer Incentive Cover Builds on Metal Virus Montage

Whisper the Wolf on her Second Anniversary

Two years ago today, IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog #8 was released to the public. With that comic, we were introduced to Whisper the Wolf (conceptualised by Ian Flynn, designed by Evan Stanley). She’s based on the playable avatar in Sonic Forces (amongst other influences), fitting considering the comic started with the aftermath of that game. But there’s so much more to her than that.

When she debuted, she already had a reputation as a capable hero who helped others out when they needed it, hence her nickname being the “Guardian Angel”. However, she never joined any resistance team, so she also had a reputation as a lone wolf. Her personality befit this to a tee, but not in a typical manner. While she’s very focused and professional when on missions, she’s extremely shy, to the point that she usually talks in…well, a whisper. Thanks to an incident in the past which ended in her team’s death, she’s reluctant to get close to anyone lest they suffer the same fate. |Conversely, thanks to meeting Sonic and Silver on a base infiltration, she’s been steadily letting these walls down, showing that when you get to know her, she’s very kind, compassionate and cares deeply for her allies (unless you’re Shadow. There were androids in the incident). Even the wisps she uses for her multi-wispon weapon love her like a mother!

Naturally, she’s helped out the heroes since, grappling with her aversion to crowds to aid in fighting Neo Metal Sonic, helping in Tangle’s home town, fighting against Mimic with the personal baggage that came with him, and holding her own during the Metal Virus disaster (including yet more heartbreak. Don’t worry, this one got better). After this, the potential for where her story could take her is practically limitless. But even going off what we’ve got already, she’s a well-developed, sympathetic and just really cool character, so it’s no wonder she garnered so much attention so quickly.

Even though she’s only been around for a relatively short time in the Sonic universe, her impact has been massive for a comic character. She instantly became a fan favourite, both within the comic fandom and the general fandom at large. There was so much demand for more of her that a miniseries was given the greenlight, showing how Whisper came to become the hero she is today and working with Tangle to move on from her past trauma, making their recent friendship very close in the process.

But that’s not all. Whisper (and Tangle) managed to do something that very few non-game characters have managed; to actually be featured in video games! As of last month, she became playable in both Sonic Dash and Sonic Forces mobile. While these are spin-off mobile games, they give a very good foot in the door for more to be done with her. And even if nothing does become of it, it’s still an achievement for a comic character, and a testament to how beloved she is both in the fandom and within the company.