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!

Source: Apple Books (apple)

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”.

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
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!

Source: Previews World

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!

Source: Apple Books (apple)

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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(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! 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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(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 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!

Source: Bleeding Cool

 

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.

IDW Releases Solicitations and Covers for Sonic #34 and Sonic: Bad Guys #2

IDW has released solicitations for October’s Sonic issues. Sonic #34 is features writing and art from Evan Stanley, as well as a cover from Abby Bulmer. Meanwhile, Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #2 will feature writing from long-time Sonic scribe Ian Flynn, and will also feature art from Jack Lawerence and a cove from Diana Skelly.

Check out the solicitations and covers below!

Sonic the Hedgehog #34:

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!

Sonic #34 will be in stores on October 14.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #2

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!

Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #2 will be available on October 28.

The Metal Virus Saga Reaches its Finale in Sonic #29, Out Now

The long-running Metal Virus Saga has finally reached its finale in the pages of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog with issue 29, which sees the last surviving members of the comic’s cast face off against Zavok and their virus-infected friends. The comic can be bought in stores and on Comixology right now. Check out the solicitation, alternate covers and preview pages below:

“All or Nothing,” Part Four! This is it! Sonic and the remaining members of the Restoration team-up for their final fight against the ultra powerful Deadly Six. Not only do they have to take on Zavok, but a legion of zombots as well! The thrilling final battle of the Metal Virus Saga!

Whisper Shoots Her Way into Sonic Forces With New Event, “Guardian Angel”

Whisper the Wolf, the fan-favorite socially anxious sniper from IDW’s Sonic comic, has arrived in the mobile version of Sonic Forces in a new ten day event: Guardian Angel. Whisper brings her wisp-fueled variable whispon sniper rifle to the race, which allows her to access three new power-ups: cyan laser, green hover, and pink spikes.

Cyan laser fires a beam both forward and behind Whisper, while green hover gives Whisper a speed boost and extends her air time. Her final power-up, pink spike, lays spike traps for rivals to run into.

To unlock Whisper, players will have until July 27 to collect 60 character cards by completing specific missions. Whisper’s stats give her 8/10 on speed, 6/10 on acceleration, and a 7/10 on strength. As she is a rare character rather than an event character, it should be possible to get her cards after the event is over, although they will be quite rare.

I am currently halfway towards unlocking her, so be sure to check back later for footage of her in action!

Whisper Slips into Sonic Dash in a New Event

Whisper the Wolf, friend of Tangle and the other fan favorite new character from IDW Sonic, has arrived in a new event following Tangle’s from last week.

Just like with Tangle, players will need to collect 500 Whispers tokens to unlock her. You can check out footage I captured of her being unlocked and played below! The event, which started a few days ago, will end on July 17.

Whisper will also be heading to Sonic Forces in the near future, probably right after Tangle’s event, which also ends on July 17.

 

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

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!

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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!

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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.