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!

Source: Adventures in Poor Taste

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.

The mini series was revealed in this month’s IDW solicits, which revealed an issue that will contain a sneak peak of the series, Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #0.

The mini series’ plot and creative team are currently unknown. The prequel comic is currently slated for April 24, 2019. We’ll be sure to bring you all the latest!

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #12

The battle may be over but the war will surely rage on.

The preview has finally been released for Sonic the Hedgehog #12 and even as the arc ends it’s only building up the mystery! Sonic and his friends, after finally putting down Neo Metal Sonic, are in the process of clearing up and restoring Angel Island. But have they truly quashed the spirit of the metallic monster? And what else is lurking in the underground of villainy? This is “Battle for Angel Island”; part 4.

“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part Four.
The thrilling conclusion to the Battle for Angel Island saga! As Sonic and his friends work to restore Angel Island, two questions remain: is Neo Metal Sonic truly defeated, and what other trouble is brewing?
Sonic the Hedgehog #12
Cover A: Evan Stanley / Cover B: Gigi Dutreix
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #12 will be on sale in comic shops and on digital platforms from January 16th. Don’t miss it if you want to see the fallout of Metal Sonic’s terror!

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Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #15 and the Sonic Annual Revealed

The excitement is spreading as much as the new bug in March’s story selection!

IDW have released the solicitations for the first lot of Spring, but not all of this new life is cute and cuddly! In Sonic the Hedgehog #15, after Sonic’s encounter with the enigmatic Dr Starline, he has to learn more about the new terror he’s unleashed. He teams up with Amy to start investigating an old base of Eggman’s, but things don’t go smooth when Rough and Tumble are involved!

Sonic the Hedgehog #15—Cover A: Jack Lawrence
Ian Flynn (w) • Jack Lawrence (a)
“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!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #15—Cover B: Diana Skelly
Ian Flynn (w) • Jack Lawrence (a) • Diana Skelly (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Bullet points:
– A major turning point in Season 2! Who will be infected?!

We also have more info on the Sonic Annual that was announced earlier! Want to read about Tangle and Whisper teaming up to save a friend? Sonic and Tails’ wacky hijinks when Sonic decides to be in the pilot seat of the Tornado? The gardening adventures of Silver and Blaze? Rouge the Bat doing her thing? Or even the start of the new Sonic Fan Club? Then this smorgasbord of talent is just for you!

Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019—Cover A: Sonic Team
Ian Flynn, James Kochalka, Evan Stanley & Gigi Dutrieux, Cavan Scott, and Caleb Goellner (w) • Jonathan Gray, Jack Lawrence, Jennifer Hernandez, Diana Skelly, and Evan Stanley (a) • Yuji Uekawa of Sonic Team (c)
In Sonic’s world, adventure awaits around every corner, but even the world’s fastest hedgehog can’t be at the center of all of it! Join Sonic and some of his coolest friends in adventures that show just how wonderful Sonic’s world really is.
In the lead story, the odd couple of Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf team-up to save a friend in need! Then Sonic and Tails take the Tornado for a spin, but is Sonic going too fast? Plus, Silver and Blaze slow down for a minute to go gardening, the Sonic Fan Club has their first official meeting, and Rouge the Bat hunts for treasure!
FC • 48 pages • $7.99

As a little note, Sonic the Hedgehog #12 has been moved again, but only to January 16th, so expect the preview very soon. In the meantime, we will have more on all of these issues closer to their release. The tension is building, and the thrill is infectious!

Source: Newsarama

IDW Announces Sonic the Hedgehog Annual comic

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:

 

Comic Previews: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #14

Enemies finally show themselves in the latest revealed issue!

IDW has revealed its solicitations for February, and the intrigue comes to a head in the next instalment of the series! In Sonic the Hedgehog #14, Sonic is working with Silver again after a tip-off about a base that’s suddenly brimming with activity. But when they go to investigate, they get more than they bargained for when they encounter an old foe…and a new one who’s getting to meet them for the first time! Who are these villains, and how will they react to being disturbed by two of the most powerful hedgehogs out there? Find out in this issue!

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Nathalie Fourdraine
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…
In Shops: Feb 20, 2019
Final Orders Due: Jan 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

As always, we will have more information on this issue and more closer to the time of their release.

Speaking of, for those expecting Sonic the Hedgehog #12 tomorrow, this will no longer be the case due to the limited release schedule they have this month. You can instead look forward to the aftermath of the battle with Metal Sonic on January 9th 2019, and Sonic the Hedgehog #13 on January 30th. Not much longer to wait for more Sonic comic goodness!

Source: Previews World

Comic Preview: IDW Team Sonic Racing One-Shot

Team Sonic Racing may have been delayed to May next year, but there’s a little fuel in the meantime right now!

The full preview for the Team Sonic Racing comic has been released! In this one-off special, follow the antics of Sonic and his friends as they ride wheel to wheel with team Dark and give Eggman a drive for his money! What tricks does Eggman have up his sleeve to even the odds with the heroes…and what exactly does our new associate Dodon Pa want? Find out in this teaser for the game!

Written by: Caleb Goellner.
Art by: Adam Bryce Thomas.
Cover by: Adam Bryce Thomas.
Description: Sonic’s been taken to another world and entered into a race unlike any other! With a little help from his friends Tails and Knuckles, he’ll race to win the competition and get everyone home! But… Before that, check out a comics exclusive story straight from the world of Team Sonic Racing!
Pages: 40.
Price: $4.99.
In stores: December 5.

The Team Sonic Racing one-shot will be available in stores and on digital platforms on December 5th. Beat the cold by burning up the track to your store for it!

Source: Comics Continuum

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #11

Things are getting even more out of control this month for Sonic and his friends!

The preview for the next issue of the IDW comic has been released! In Sonic the Hedgehog #11, Sonic, Knuckles and Shadow are once again keeping up the fight against Metal Sonic, now in his most powerful form. Can they overcome the odds and finally bring Metal Sonic down? Meanwhile, the rest of the resistance get an unexpected snag in their plans when the entire Egg Fleet rebounds and goes on the attack against them! There’s surprises abound in “The Battle for Angel Island”; part 3.

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Tracy Yardley (CA) Jon Gray
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99
“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part Three! Sonic and Knuckles are on the ropes as their foe uses the power of the Master Emerald to become a far more formidable threat! Meanwhile, the rest of the Resistance faces off against the entirety of the Eggman Empire’s Fleet… but can they win?

Sonic the Hedgehog #11 is out on November 28th in stores and on digital platforms. If you need something to beat out the cold, the red hot action hurtling towards its conclusion is the perfect remedy!

Source: Graphic Policy

Sonic Talk 56: In Good Spirits

Oh…..My….God! An episode of Sonic Talk that’s up just days after being recorded rather than weeks?!! That’s insane!!

Join Jason, Alex, GX and our special-guest-maybe-new-fourth-chair Queen Misty Lakes as we discuss the latest games, Sonic’s upcoming movie and his cameo in Ralph Breaks The Internet. We also discuss the delay of Team Sonic Racing and how everyone in the Sonic Universe might have a slight cameo in Super Smash Bros Ultimate thanks to the new spirit mode. Listen in and join the fun!

Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #13 and IDW Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 2 revealed

The battle for the island may be over, but the action isn’t taking a break here! The solicitations for the new year have been released, and things are already getting intriguing! Continue reading Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #13 and IDW Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 2 revealed

Comic Previews: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #11 revealed

The end of the year approaches…but is it the end of the line for our heroes? IDW have released their solicitations for November, and the attack on Angel Island is ramping up! In Sonic the Hedgehog #11, Sonic and Knuckles are still facing off against the invading villain, but with the Master Emerald under his control he’s in position to overpower them with sheer force. Continue reading Comic Previews: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #11 revealed

Sonic Comics Coming To Nintendo Switch Via InkyPen

Fresh off the press from Gamescom 2018, Gamespot are reporting the announcement of InkyPen, a Nintendo Switch app that provide users the ability to read comics and graphic novels on their console, including Sonic comics!

Continue reading Sonic Comics Coming To Nintendo Switch Via InkyPen

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #8

A stealth early release, perfectly fitting for this new character.

IDW have decided to release Sonic the Hedgehog #8 early, and with that comes an early preview! In this issue, after the failed data capture in the Egg Fleet, Sonic is assaulting the Arsenal Pyramid. Silver is there to help him out, but there’s someone else inside the base. Why do they call them the guardian angel? And why are they so secretive to boot? You can find out here!

Sonic the Hedgehog #8
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a & c)
Hush! You hear that? It sounds like Sonic’s racing off to another adventure and he’s not alone! But who is this “Guardian Angel” and why does everybody talk about her in a Whisper?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #8 is releasing tomorrow. Make sure to remember the early date so you can wolf down more Sonic comic content as soon as it comes out!

Source: Graphic Policy

Behind the Scenes of Sonic Mania Adventures With Tyson Hesse

Following the developer diary videos, the latest installment of the behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Sonic Mania universe focuses on the creation of the Sonic Mania Adventures shorts, narrated by director Tyson Hesse. Check out the video below!

Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #10 and Team Sonic Racing Revealed

That is, Team Sonic Racing the comic. Not the game. Maybe.

IDW have released their solicitations for October, and not only does it feature the next part of the climactic battle, it also features the official tie-in comic to Team Sonic Racing! And perhaps a little more than that…

In Sonic the Hedgehog #10, the resistance are working hard to liberate Angel Island from the vying claws of the Egg Fleet, with Tails and Amy leading the charge, but some heroes have a little more work to do. Blaze has to face off against an army all by herself, and she’s going to need some real fire power to do it! Meanwhile, Sonic and Knuckles are working together to take out a very powerful enemy, but will their combined efforts be enough? Find out in “The Battle for Angel Island”: part 2.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #10 CVR A THOMAS
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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Tracy Yardley (CA) Adam Bryce Thomas
“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part 2. As Amy and Tails lead the Resistance fighters to free Angel Island from the Egg Fleet, Blaze must face an army all by herself. Meanwhile, Sonic and Knuckles find themselves face-to-face with a Super-powerful enemy. Will they be able to beat their foe, or will they just get beat?
The stunning second part of the first-year finale!
In Shops: Oct 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #10 CVR B YARDLEY
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #10 10 COPY INCV FOURDRAINE

Meanwhile the Team Sonic Racing tie-in comic, announced at SDCC, actually seems to be quite mysterious. We’ll get plenty of racing shenanigans that lead into the game, sure, but the plot seems to be the synopsis for the game as opposed to the comic. Do you want to see Sonic get himself out of a scrape in a strange world with the help of some fast cars and the superpower of teamwork? You might just be in luck!

TEAM SONIC RACING (ONE-SHOT)
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(W) Caleb Goellner (A/CA) Adam Bryce Thomas
Sonic’s been taken to another world and entered into a race unlike any other! With a little help from his friends Tails and Knuckles, he’ll race to win the competition and get everyone home! BUT! Before that, check out a comics exclusive story straight from the world of Team Sonic Racing!
Leads into the upcoming game, Team Sonic Racing, available Winter 2018!
Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails team up in this exciting adventure!
Special extra-long one-shot!
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Whether you want to see a test of power or prefer some red hot speed, it looks like October will have you covered! We will have more info on both of these issues closer to their release.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #7

Who’s ready for a good ol’ helping of spoilers today?

The full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #7 has been revealed after SDCC has been and gone, and what it reveals is quite the doozy! In this issue, Sonic wants to bring the badniks down at the heart of operations after the mystery of Mr Tinker is somewhat cleared up. But if Sonic thought it would be easy, he’d be mistaken; there’s more brewing under the surface, and other powerful enemies set to make their move. This is “Meet the New Boss”.

Sonic the Hedgehog #7
After the dramatic events of the last two issues and the secret of Dr. Eggman, Sonic races off to shut down the organized Badniks at the source. Unfortunately, there’s more at play than Sonic has realized—and more powerful players…
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Kieran Gates (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #7 is due to release tomorrow. If you want to be the ultimate Sonic comic fan, you won’t want to miss this one!

By the way, if you don’t want comic spoilers, you may want to leave the preview until you get the comic…

Source: Comic Crusaders

 

 

Team Sonic Racing Prequel Comic announced

Team Sonic Racing will be getting a prequel comic from IDW this October. Revealed at IDW and SEGA’s “Way Past Cool Sonic Panel” at San Diego Comic Con, the comic will feature Sonic and his friends “facing an old foe” while racing across an alien planet.

The comic will be written by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles scribe Caleb Goellner and feature art from veteran Sonic comic artist Adam Bryce Thomas. You can check out the comic’s cover art, also drawn by Thomas, below:

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #6

As the hottest time of the year rolls by, it’s time for the action to heat up!

IDW have released the preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #6, and if you want sparks to fly this looks to have it in spades! Sonic and the Chaotix have managed to find Dr Eggman, but they faced a moral quandary when he turns out to be the friendly neighbourhood Mr Tinker. Shadow’s having none of that though, and his philosophy is putting him square against Sonic in an all out fight to determine the fate of this Mr Tinker fellow. But whether Eggman really has turned for good or not, he’s bound to have some tricks up his sleeves! This is “The Fate of Dr Eggman”; part 2.

Sonic the Hedgehog #6
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a)
“The Fate of Dr. Eggman,” Part 2. Dr. Eggman has been located, but Sonic’s not the only one to find him! When Shadow comes, whose side will Sonic be on?!?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
? Guest starring: Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat, and the Chaotix Detective Agency!
? The second part of the gripping story, setting up the series through 2019!
? Cover A by Tracy Yardley, Cover B by Jonathan Gray, Cover RI by Nathalie Fourdraine

Sonic the Hedgehog #6 is due to be released this Wednesday. If you want to find out the true fate of Dr Eggman, there’s no excuse for missing this issue!

Source: Newsarama

Comic Previews: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #9 Solicitation Revealed

The gang’s all here when September comes!

IDW have released the new solicitations for September 2018, and for Sonic that means everyone is pitching in for the fight! In Sonic the Hedgehog #9, a villain to be reckoned with is attacking Angel Island. The goal? To get to the Master Emerald and use its power to take control over everyone and everything! Sonic and all his friends are in a race against time to stop them, but has the clock already ticked down? This is “The Battle for Angel Island”: part 1.

Sonic the Hedgehog #9—Cover A: Lamar Wells
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a) • Lamar Wells (c)
“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part 1. One of the greatest threats Sonic has ever faced descends upon Angel Island, home of the mystical Master Emerald, seeking to take the Emerald’s power and control the world. Can Sonic and his friends stop the attack on the island—or is it already too late?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #9—Cover B: Tracy Yardley
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Tangle, Whisper, Shadow… Everyone’s in this issue!
It’s all been building to this!
Variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!

As always, we will have more news on this comic closer to the time of its release. Until then, you can read the more immediate upcoming issues to see how they build up to this story!

Source: Bleeding Cool

Sonic The Comic Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Sonic the Comic is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week, having first appeared in corner shops and news agents across the UK back in May 1993.

For fans living outside the UK (or are too young to remember!) the publication ran for nine years from 1993 to 2002 through Fleetway comics and later Egmont magazines, producing a total of 223 issues. The darker tone of the comics and the portrayal of characters garnered a cult following of fans, inspiring a resurrection of the comic in an online incarnation in the form of Sonic the Comic Online, which continues to present day.

To celebrate this milestone year in the comic’s lifetime, STCO has released issue number 275 with a 32-page story bringing to a conclusion some of the longest running storylines in the series.

Additionally, a Sonic the Comic 25th anniversary party will be taking place on Sunday, 3rd of June 2018 at the FAB café in Manchester. More information on the event, which will see many of the prolific contributors to Sonic the Comic including Richard Elson and Nigel Kitching in attendance, can be found on the event’s facebook page.

From everyone here at The Sonic Stadium, we wish Sonic the Comic a very happy birthday!

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #5

Sonic and Eggman finally get to come face to face in the latest comic!

The preview Sonic the Hedgehog #5 has been released, and it’s certainly building up the tension! With the assistance of the Chaotix, Sonic finally finds Dr Eggman. He hasn’t been heard much since his defeat, despite the Badniks still being out of control. But will confronting his arch-nemesis bring Sonic the answers he’s after…or just raise more questions? This is “The Fate of Dr Eggman”: Part 1

“The Fate of Dr. Eggman,” Part 1. After his last battle with Sonic, Dr. Eggman’s gone quiet. His Badnik forces are still causing trouble, but without the bad doctor’s usual fanfare. What’s Eggman been doing all this time? And what will happen to Sonic when he finds out?

Sonic the Hedgehog #5 is out on Wednesday, May 30th, priced $3.99.

Sonic the Hedgehog #5 is due out on 30/05/18. In case that date doesn’t do anything for you, that’s tomorrow! Make sure you track it carefully so you don’t miss out!

Source: Flickering Myth

Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #8 and the Fallout Boxset Released

IDW have revealed their solicitations for August, and there’s a new face to be seen…although they may be difficult to hear.

Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #8 and the first comic boxset have been released. Whether you want to look to the future or to the past, the upcoming months have you covered.

Sonic the Hedgehog #8 is keeping rather hush with its story. This time, Sonic the Hedgehog ends up in the company of the time travelling Silver the Hedgehog, But there’s whisper in the wind about a new hero on the horizon, the one whose spoken as a guardian angel, a person known as…well, Whisper! Find out how she fares when Sonic and his usual adventurous flair come running to her doorstep!

Sonic the Hedgehog #8—Cover A: Gigi Dutreix—SPOTLIGHT

  • Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a & c)
  • Hush! You hear that? It sounds like Sonic’s racing off to another adventure and he’s not alone! But who is this “Guardian Angel” and why does everybody talk about her in a Whisper?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
    Sonic the Hedgehog #8—Cover B: Evan Stanley —SPOTLIGHT
  • Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a) Gigi Dutreix(c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Introducing a brand-new character, Whisper!
  • Also featuring Silver the Hedgehog!
  • Variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!

The boxset for the first four issues that has been covered previous also feature in this month’s batch of solicitations, due to be released in September! If you need to catch up with Sonic’s first adventures in the new continuity, you can do so while meeting up with faces both old and new! There’s danger and mystery abound in “Fallout”.

Sonic the Hedgehog, Vol. 1: Fallout—SPOTLIGHT

  • Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley, Adam Bryce Thomas, Jen Hernandez, Evan Stanley (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
  • The evil genius Dr. Eggman has been foiled—but the work of Sonic the Hedgehog isn’t over yet! In the aftermath of the latest epic battle, rogue robots continue to attack small villages around the world. In order to succeed, Sonic will need the help of his friends Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, along with some new and surprising allies. This new collection from acclaimed writer Ian Flynn features the blue blur like you’ve never seen him before. Gotta go fast!
  • TPB • FC • $15.99 • 96 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-327-8
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • Join the Blue Blur for brand-new adventures as he and his friends race around the world to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman’s robotic forces!

We will have more information on these issues and ones previously revealed closer to the time of their release. In the meantime, pay attention to your calendar so time doesn’t fly by you! And you might want to look out for a clue to the next issue’s release in the upcoming days…

Source: Comic Book Resources

IDW Sonic Smashes Sales Expectations, Becomes Best-Selling Sonic Comics on Record

Sales data for the first four Sonic IDW comics have surfaced, since the publisher announced that all issues of their new blue-blur run had sold out, and it’s looking incredibly positive for the rebooted series. According to data compiled by Diamond, not only did they become IDW’s best-selling comics for the month, but they have become the best-selling Sonic comics since records began in 1997. Continue reading IDW Sonic Smashes Sales Expectations, Becomes Best-Selling Sonic Comics on Record

IDW Sonic Comics #1 – #4 First Prints Sold Out, Special Collector’s Box Set Incoming

It looks like the demand for the rebooted Sonic the Hedgehog comics has been massive, as IDW proudly announced that Issue #4 of its new series has now sold out of its first print to comic retailers. That marks a home-run for its weekly April launch event, with every single Issue hitting the same milestone. Continue reading IDW Sonic Comics #1 – #4 First Prints Sold Out, Special Collector’s Box Set Incoming

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #4

The month of comics concludes with the debut of a brand new character!

With April’s rapid release of IDW’s new Sonic comic series reaching the last of its four issues, the preview has finally been released for Sonic the Hedgehog #4. In this issue, Sonic comes across the biggest pack of Badniks he’s seen so far! If he wants to beat this lot back, he’ll need more than his own pair of hands. Luckily he has Blaze on his side with her fiery hands, and there’s new hero Tangle the Lemur who can make her tail act like a hand as well! What will the mystery behind the attacks make of this team-up? This is the final part of the comic’s first arc, “Fallout”.

Sonic comes across a town under attack from the biggest Badnik force he’s ever seen. Luckily, help is on the way from his old friend Blaze, as well as a new hero! Get ready for the debut of Tangle!

  • Gotta go fast! To celebrate the blue blur coming to IDW, the first 4 issues ship weekly in April!
  • Featuring beloved Sonic creators introducing all-new characters in all-new adventures!
  • Variant covers featuring the main cast of each issue by artists like Rafa Knight, Jamal Peppers, and Tyson Hesse!
  • Connecting covers by Sonic Mania animation artist Tyson Hesse!

Sonic the Hedgehog #4 is due out on 25/04/18, so make sure you swing by to pick up a copy. While this marks the last of the April issues, remember that the comic is coming out an issue per month from here on, so there will still be plenty of comic goodness in the future!

Source: Comic Book Resources

Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #7 Revealed

There’s new villainy afoot as we enter July! Why not relax by playing a game?

While you might be reading up on the skirmish between Sonic, Knuckles and two bad skunks, the solicitation for Sonic the Hedgehog #7 has been revealed! Between all that’s happened in revealing Dr Eggman’s secret, Sonic wants to stop the onslaught of Badniks right at the source. However, what Sonic can see is just the surface. With another villain poised to show themselves, he’ll have to keep his wits about him to stay on the level!

Sonic the Hedgehog #7—Cover A: Kieran Gates—SPOTLIGHT
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Kieran Gates (c)
Secrets revealed! After the dramatic events of the last two issues and the secret of Dr. Eggman, Sonic races off to shut down the organized Badniks at the source. Unfortunately, there’s more at play than Sonic has realized—and more powerful players…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #7—Cover B: Adam Bryce Thomas—SPOTLIGHT
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
• One of the first major villains of the new series revealed!
• A special foil cover to celebrate entering the second half of Sonic’s first year at IDW!
• Don’t miss the new Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course Board game in our games section!
• Variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!

There’s also new information regarding the announced board game from IDW; Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course. Grab up to three other players and race through Green Hill Zone to be the first to collect five Chaos Emeralds!

Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course
Sean McDonald (d)
Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik are on a crash course for the Chaos Emeralds! Speeding through the classic Green Hill Zone, players in Sonic the Hedgehog Crash Course race to be the first player to collect 5 of the 7 Chaos Emeralds! If you want to take the victory, then you gotta go fast!
HOW TO PLAY
RACE forward and leave your opponents in the dust
COLLECT items then heal damage
WIN if you’re the fastest to earn the most Chaos Emeralds!
2-4 players • Playable from ages 8+ • 30-45 minutes • MSRP $29.99 • UPC: 8-27714-01484-6
Bullet points:
• Quick to learn, easy to play, challenging to win! Start racing in minutes!
• Build-as-you-play track! No race is ever the same!
• Powerful special items! Go faster, set traps and slow down opponents!
• Includes 4 pre-painted plastic miniatures!
• Advance solicited for February release!

As always, we’ll have more information about the issue closer to release. While you wait, why not brush up on your board game strategies ready to show your friends how super sonic you really are!

Source: Comic List

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #3

Do you want to be rougher than the rest of them, or do you just want a little rough and tumble?

With the IDW comic well on its way to securing its position in the franchise, the preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #3 has been released! The next village Sonic comes across allows him to meet up with his oldest frenemy; Knuckles! But before they can catch up and banter, two mercenaries in the form of Rough and Tumble prove to be quite the handful for the combat duo. Can they work together and beat down the threat? And what else is going on with the mystery behind the scenes? This is the third part of the “Fallout” arc.

Sonic the Hedgehog #3—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Ian Flynn (w) • Jen Hernandez (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
Sonic and Knuckles team up, and it’s just like old times—until two new villains show up. With a group of villagers under attack, will even the combined forces of these two heroes be enough to take down Rough and Tumble???
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/18/18
Sonic the Hedgehog #3—Cover B: Jen Hernandez
Ian Flynn (w) • Jen Hernandez (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Expected in-store date: 4/18/18

The latest issue is due to be released on April 18th. Make sure you can get your mitts on it!

Source: Sonic Comic Squad [Facebook]

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #2

Did you like the debut issue of the IDW comic? Because IDW won’t stop, they just go!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #2 is already available, and it’s hammering home the quality we have to look forward to. In this issue, Sonic has come across another town that’s in peril, so he goes into to save it. Joining him this time is Amy Rose for some tried and true dynamics. She’s actually there for some serious business though; she wants to ask him to rejoin the resistance! And with mysterious behind-the-scenes going on, could Sonic be in more danger than he realises? This is the second part of the opening “Fallout” arc.

STORY BY: Ian Flynn
ART BY: Adam Bryce Thomas
COLORS BY: Adam Bryce Thomas
LETTERS BY: Corey Breen
COVER BY: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jonathan Gray, Nathalie Fourdraine, and Tyson Hesse
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
3.99(USD)
2018-04-11
Sonic’s new adventure continues, and when he comes across another town in need of saving, his old pal Amy arrives just in time to join the fight! The banter is fun, and the stakes are high, but things get really serious when Amy presents Sonic with a big request: rejoin the Resistance!

Gotta go fast! To celebrate the blue blur coming to IDW, the first 4 issues ship weekly in April!
Featuring beloved Sonic creators introducing all-new characters in all-new adventures!
Variant covers featuring the main cast of each issue by artists like Rafa Knight, Jamal Peppers, and Tyson Hesse!
Connecting covers by Sonic Mania animation artist Tyson Hesse!

As always, we’ll keep you up to date on the latest news about upcoming issues as they’re revealed. For the time being, the next step into the new world is just 2-3 days away, so make sure you’t don’t miss it!

Source: Comic Book Resources

TSS Review: Genesis of a Hero (Archie)

More like Revelations than Genesis in hindsight. IDW are set to release their new comic in just a few days from now. But as most of you know, before IDW there were the Archie Sonic comics. Spanning 290 issues, it lasted an eventful 24 years before it met its end in December 2016. To celebrate the passing of the torch from one company to another, I will be reviewing the entirety of Genesis of a Hero (AStH#288 – AStH#291), the last arc of the book. Continue reading TSS Review: Genesis of a Hero (Archie)

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #1

Time to jump down the rabbit hole yet again.

It’s been over a year since we’ve had a preview of any comics, but with IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic set to debut next week, a preview has been released to show a little of what this new story has to offer. Since the last battle, Eggman has been nowhere to be found, so naturally you’d think this would be a good time for Sonic to be able to chill.

Not so, as Eggman’s robot army are still on the attack! Sonic comes across one such village under siege, but he’s going to have to get a little help to beat these forces down! As Sonic and Tails do their thing, there’s something strange underneath the surface. What is up with this attack when Eggman is apparently MIA? See the action and mystery start to unfold as we take a look at the first part of the “Fallout” arc, and the first ever issue of IDW Sonic!

Sonic the Hedgehog #1—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
SONIC’S RACING INTO A NEW ADVENTURE!After defeating the evil Dr. Eggman’s latest plot, Sonic is racing around the world to shut down the robotic Badnik forces that are still attacking villages. But it’s a big job for one hedgehog—even Sonic! Fortunately, he’ll have some help from his best friend: Tails!
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/4/18
Sonic the Hedgehog #1—Cover B: Tracy Yardley
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/4/18

Remember, the official release date for this issue is April 4th, and there’s set to be a comic weekly throughout the month of April. If you’ve wanted to get into the comic scene, now is a perfect opportunity to start right at the very beginning!

Source: AV Club

TSS Review: Sonic The Hedgehog #1 (IDW)

The old phrase “The more things change, the more they stay the same” has never been more true when it comes to the return of Sonic in comics in IDW’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” #1. After being gone from comic shelves for over a year thanks to a fallout between Sega and Archie, Sonic’s found a new home with IDW. But the creative team has not left. Continue reading TSS Review: Sonic The Hedgehog #1 (IDW)