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)

Wondercon 2018: Interview with Ian Flynn

Walking around Wondercon today, I came across quite a few interesting things. Cosplayers, tons of artists, every other booth requiring a few hundred Funko Pops for sale, a booth that sells only Ewok heads (I’m not kidding) and (formerly) Sonic Boom’s own Bill Freiberger. Continue reading Wondercon 2018: Interview with Ian Flynn

Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #6 and a Collector’s Boxset revealed

This month has all sorts of surprises in store as June brings us both a new issue and a new collectors item for those who just want more comic hedgehog!

Continue reading Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #6 and a Collector’s Boxset revealed

Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #5 Revealed

In anticipation of its other solicits coming out tomorrow, IDW has decided to release the solicitation and one of the covers for Sonic the Hedgehog #5 slightly earlier than scheduled. But there’s never a time to be too early when it regards your arch-nemesis coming back into the picture!

In Sonic the Hedgehog #5, there is a question that needs to be answered; where exactly has Dr Eggman got to? His Badniks have still been causing mayhem since he and Sonic last fought, but he’s not been there with them to bring his usual flare to the fight. Wherever he is, he’s bound to be thinking up something evil, but what will Sonic do when he finds out what? This is “The Fate of Dr Eggman”: part 1.

 

Sonic the Hedgehog #5
Ian Flynn (w) • Jamal Peppers (a) • Jamal Peppers (c)
“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?
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 5/30/18

Sonic the Hedgehog #5—Cover B: Kieran Gates
Ian Flynn (w) • Jamal Peppers (a) • Kieran Gates (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
Expected in-store date: 5/30/18
Bullet points:
– Guest starring: The Chaotix Detective Agency!
– Retailer Incentive: Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Foudraine!

As always, we will have more on this issue closer to the time of release. In the meantime, look out for more variant covers for the previous issues to be revealed up to April!

Source: Newsarama

Two stinky new villains revealed IDW’s Sonic comic, plus other details

Sonic’s extensive rogues gallery will be getting some new additions in the IDW comics this April: the skunk brothers Rough and Tumble. This pair of malicious mephitidaes will be antagonizing Sonic and Knuckles in the series’ third issue.

Kotaku interviewed the comic’s associate editor David Marriotte, who said that the new villains aren’t exactly masterminds, meaning we shouldn’t expect them to be hatching any grand schemes any time soon. He also confirmed that they are “independent agents,” though did hint that they could become henchman down the line. So it may be safe to speculate that they’ll end up working for Dr. Eggman eventually.

Rough’s finalized concept sheet
Tumble’s final concept sheet

Marriotte also talked about how new comic characters are designed: they are first described by writer Ian Flynn in a few paragraphs, then they are designed by one of the comic’s artists, and then they are sent to SEGA for approval. After some back and forth between IDW and SEGA, the characters are fleshed out and finalized. According to Kotaku, the characters used to be more heavily clothed, had less defined eyes, and Tumble use to look a lot more rabid.

Meanwhile, in a Game Informer interview released yesterday, Ian Flynn confirmed that the IDW comics will be a fresh start focused on story elements and characters from the games. Early issues will feature stories that are light on world-building and lore, but heavy on adventure and cinematic action. Despite starting with “bite-sized” stories, Flynn also confirmed that these stories will start building up to a surprise that will pay off within the comic’s first year. This surprise will be an obscure antagonist that hardcore fans may be able to guess, but casual fans will find new and exciting. You can find the full interview, which goes into more detail about Flynn’s plans as well as his past, here.

Flynn later clarified on Twitter that he doesn’t want to front load a new, fast paced book with lore, and that he wanted to keep things game-centric to make the comic recognizable to casual fans. Once the tone is set, he will get into bigger arcs and begin exploring the characters.

IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog will launch April 4, and release a new issue every week for its first four weeks before going monthly with issue 5.

 

Comic Preview: Covers and Solicitations for IDW Sonic #1, #3 and #4 Revealed

To round out the comic news for the month, we have the long awaited solicits up, and boy is it quite a doozy! Not only new adventures, but new allies, new villains and new appearances from someone who wasn’t in Forces!

In Sonic the Hedgehog #1, Sonic’s mananged to defeat Eggman’s latest evil scheme, and is currently going around the world to defeat the robots still on the rampage. That’s a lot for one hedgehog to handle, which is why his very best friend Tails is joining in on the action!

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

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Order 25 copies, get one free variant cover featuring the characters from the issue by Rafa Knight!
Order 25 copies of issues #1-4, and get one free variant cover of issue #1 by Sonic Mania artist Kieran Gates!

Sonic the Hedgehog #2 was revealed yesterday. Skipping to Sonic the Hedgehog #3, Sonic meets up with his oldest rival, Knuckles the Echidna, to do some more baddie-beating and village-saving. But there’s foulness afoot as two new villains, Rough and Tumble, threaten to be more than they can bear! Can the Blue Blur and Rad Red beat them down and help the civilians?

[Please bear with us as there is currently no cover image available]

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

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Order 25 copies, get one free variant cover featuring the characters from the issue by Jamal Peppers!

Finally, in Sonic the Hedgehog #4, Sonic runs into the biggest band of Badniks yet when he turns up to another town. But the heat is about to turn up as Blaze the Cat joins the fray, and there’s a new hero debut in the form of Tangle the Lemur!

Sonic the Hedgehog #4—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
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!
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/25/18
Sonic the Hedgehog #4—Cover B: Evan Stanley
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/25/18

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Order 25 copies, get one free variant cover featuring the characters from the issue by Tyson Hesse!

More information was also given on Tangle in particular. She can use her tail multiple ways, for example like a whip or a fist. She’s also a real scrapper of a fighter who loves fighting baddies, hence why she’s named Tangle. See the below image gallery for more art of her!

It’s a new beginning, and a very exciting time to be in the Sonic comic scene! We’ll have more information on all of these issues, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog #2, closer to their release dates. Prepare your calendars for April!

Sources: Newsarama, IGN

 

Comic Preview: Solicitation Revealed for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #2

Now isn’t this a shocking move! IDW have revealed the solicit to the second issue of the new comic series a day before the rest are supposed to be released, and it’s got a lot going on!

While issue 1 was focused on Tails, this issue will focus on Amy Rose. Sonic’s still out saving more towns, but when he comes across this one, Amy comes along to help him fight off more of Eggman’s forces. But things take a more serious turn when Amy has something to ask of Sonic; rejoining the resistance!

Sonic the Hedgehog #2—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
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!
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/11/18

Sonic the Hedgehog #2—Cover B: Adam Bryce Thomas
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/11/18

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Order 25 copies, get one free variant cover featuring the characters from the issue by Jonathan Gray!

Now, this isn’t the only solicit you’ll be getting for the month, as Issues 1, 3 and 4 are all due theirs tomorrow. Watch this space for more news!

Source: cbr.com

Another Cover Revealed for IDW Sonic #1

Solicits are now almost within touching distance, but in the meantime there’s been another cover reveal!

This is another alternate cover for issue 1, but this time it’s by an artist completely new to the franchise. This lovely cover of Sonic freeing animals with Tails acting as the literal wingman was done by Nathalie Fourdraine.

Along with the cover, some minor details about the upcoming four issues in April were noted, some of which have not been divulged before now. Aside from what we know, the following was revealed.

  • Issue one will be illustrated by Sonic veteran Tracy Yardley, who was revealed with the last cover released.
  • The next three issues will each have a different artist, and once the book goes monthly there will be rotating art teams.
  • Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, each of the first four issues focuses on Sonic with one of his classic allies, issue one being focused on Tails.

There’s bound to be a big surge of news within the next couple of days, so make sure you keep an eye on the Sonic Stadium for that!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

A new Sonic Forces Comic Arrives “Looming Shadow”

Omega’s in big trouble, Rouge is worried and Shadow’s coming to help and…do I see pictures of Sally Acorn? Nah. Couldn’t be. The third Sonic Forces comic is here! It’s written by Ian Flynn with art by Adam Bryce Thomas. Check it out in the gallery below and check out the first issue here and the second one here.

 

Knuckles and Silver team up in this week’s Sonic Forces comic

 

The second part of SEGA’s Sonic Forces digital comic mini series debuted today, and this week it’s catering to Knuckles fans (and Silver fans I guess). Written by Ian Flynn with art by Adam Bryce Thomas, this comic’s story is a direct prequel to the game, showing how some of the game’s characters get involved. It also…well, you’ll see on the final page, I guess.

This week’s comic pages are embedded below. If you missed last week’s comic, you can check it out here.

SEGA Release Part One of a Sonic Forces digital comic

If the death of Archie Sonic has left a void in your heart, you won’t have to wait until IDW Sonic launches next April to fill it. SEGA has launched the first part of a four part Sonic Forces digital comic. Written by Ian Flynn, with art and lettering by Adam Bryce Thomas, it follows an unnamed member of the Resistance as he conquers his fears and aids the Chaotix in a battle against Eggman’s forces.

You can read the comic here.

IDW Confirms Ian Flynn As New Sonic Comic Lead Writer, with April 2018 Launch

It has been revealed at IDW’s Sonic Comic Town Hall panel (live-streamed by TSSZ), that Ian Flynn will be the lead writer. Fans of the later Archie Sonic comics will be pleased to see Flynn return to his role as creator of Sonic comic story lines.

While details on the comic from the panel has been sparse so far, it has been announced that the new Sonic comic will be in its own continuity and will start with a new number one with “brand new stories.” The comic will launch April 4th, 2018 with the first four issues released on a weekly basis, continuing on monthly.

While Flynn’s involvement as lead writer has been confirmed, no other names have been mentioned at the time of this writing.

UPDATE: IDW has released a high quality version of the Tysone Hesse teaser image alongside their press release.

IDW Sonic Comic Teaser Features Tyson Hesse Artwork

News hot off the floor at this year’s New York Comic Con has revealed images of a flyer advertising IDW’s highly anticipated Sonic the Hedgehog comic, the successor to the long-running Archie series, featuring artwork by the multi-talented artist and animator Tyson Hesse (see below!).

The flyer contains the following message on it’s reverse:

Thank you for joining us for the first ever IDW/Sonic Town Hall!

IDW and SEGA are proud to bring you an all-new chapter of Sonic the Hedgehog comics! After more than 25 years, Sonic’s adventures have captured the imaginations of countless fans, and have inspired one of the most passionate fan bases in the world. We look forward to bringing you brand-new stories, featuring characters old and new, that continue this proud legacy of the fastest comics around!

SPEEDING YOUR WAY APRIL 2018!

Undoubtedly fans will be excited to see Hesse return to Sonic following the success of his involvement in the Archie comics and Sonic Mania, and will likely lead to speculation as to which names from the old guard of Sonic comics might be making a return via the IDW publication. More information is likely to come to light over the course of the comic con and the panel on the 8th of October, and as always TSS will keep you up to date with information as it is revealed!

Many thanks to Kevin Sanchez and Linkabel via Twitter for the images!

IDW Sonic Comic Set To Start April 2018

With New York Comic Con set to begin very soon, we have our first piece of news regarding the highly anticipated Sonic Comic that they will be putting out. According to the signage on their booth, the comic will be starting in April 2018.

This means that while it will be a six-month wait for the comic to come out, we should get the official solicit out in January, as per the usual comic cycle. That’s assuming they don’t give some details on the first comic sooner than that, which can happen for new series.

This is only a glimpse at what IDW have to announce for the Sonic Comic at NYCC though. They’re set to have a panel on October 8th that will reveal much more, so there’s that to look forward to. We will report any news that comes out of there, and any other Sonic comic news in the meantime.

Source: IDW Publishing (Twitter)

Pages From Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive #1 Leaked

A number of inked pages purporting to be from Archie’s ‘Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive #1‘ comic have apparently been leaked onto the internet. The pages, which feature Tyson Hesse’s unique art style and appear to be genuine, were shared anonymously following fears that the classic comic series may never be fully published. Continue reading Pages From Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive #1 Leaked

IDW Reveals the Sonic Comic’s Editor

While IDW’s new Sonic comic is still many months away, it already has an editor: Joe Hughes. As the editor, Hughes will effectively run the entire book. IDW is still on the hunt for writers and artists, and is reportedly considering both veteran Sonic talent and new faces.

Joe Hughes used to be the manager of a New York City comic book store called Forbidden Planet, before getting a job at DC Comics. Starting as a direct sales representative, he eventually became an assistant editor on DC’s Vertigo imprint. He left DC in 2012 to become the Editor-in-Chief at ComicsAlliance, a major comic book news site that closed earlier this year. He joined IDW just a month ago.

IDW’s Sonic comic is scheduled to launch at some undetermined date next year.

Source: IDW Publishing

IDW Announce NEW Sonic the Hedgehog Comic for 2018

SEGA and IDW Publishing have today announced a partnership to continue Sonic the Hedgehog comics in a new series in 2018. The news comes a day after SEGA officially announced the end of a 24-year partnership with Archie Comics.

According to SEGA, creative teams are still being formed at IDW, with more news to come later. The news shot also hints that the writers and artists are involved in the news comics, stating they are in talks with “Sonic fan-favourite creators and new creators alike”.

As always, TSS will keep you up to date as news comes!

Archie Sonic Comic Officially Cancelled

After six months without any release and and vast amounts of speculation of it’s fate, SEGA of America have finally announced that it is ending their partnership with Archie Comics, effectively cancelling it. The tweet sent out by the official Sonic the Hedgehog account is below;

As the tweet also says, this doesn’t mean that SEGA won’t foray into comics in the future. But it is the end of an era, and what a legacy it left;

  • 290 regular issues of the main comic.
  • Four serial spin-off comics.
  • Over 500 issues combined.
  • Several crossovers with other franchises.
  • Dozens of beloved characters, stories and places that will always stick with the fans.

We are sure many fans, including ourselves are sad to see this chapter of Hedgehog history come to an end. We will keep on top of any future updates on what SEGA does in the comic industry next.

And with the final panel ever printed in Archie Sonic, that’s this case closed too.

Source: Sonic the Hedgehog (Twitter)

Sonic Comic News to be Announced at SDCC, and The Story So Far

Perhaps this mystery will finally be solved.

Today, it was announced that there would be news this week on the Sonic comics. During the usual fortnightly stream that Aaron Webber hosts, he finally addressed the question that had been asked session after session. While he had no news right then and there, he had this to say about the future;

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Sonic Talk 44: Schrodinger’s Sonic

Right now, Archie Sonic is much like Schrodinger’s Cat. Until we get an official confirmation, he is both cancelled and not-cancelled. In this week’s Sonic Talk, we discuss Sonic’s apparent comic cancellation and what this means for the future of non-game Sonic media. We also discuss what recent games we’ve been playing and the flat level design of the Green Hill Zone in Sonic Forces. All that, and more so stay tuned! Sadly, this was recorded just before the news broke about the third character. Continue reading Sonic Talk 44: Schrodinger’s Sonic

More on the Cancelled Comic Issues, Archie to Provide Update to Subscribers

It’s rare a story twists so soon, but here we are with an important update.

Earlier today, I gave a general comic update on what had gone on in the last month regarding the Archie Sonic comics. As said there, Sonic #291 and Sonic #294 were listed as cancelled by the publisher on PreviewsWorld’s order form.

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Archie Sonic Comic Update: Comics Still No-Show, More Concerning Updates

Another monthly update of the Archie comic situation, and things have cycled around once again, with similar updates to last month.

First up, Sonic is absent from the July 2017 solicits, marking three months in a row as a no show. With Sonic Universe #95 not released for its slated April 12th release, and Sonic #291 not listed for release next week despite its previous given date of April 26th, we won’t be seeing any Sonic comics in April, and makes any May releases unlikely.

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Archie Sonic Comic Update: SEGA and Archie “Talking”, Missing Solicits Again, Sonic Mega Drive: Overdrive Worry

Last month, we brought you an update on what was going on with the Archie Sonic Comic as of February, concerning delays on PreviewsWorld and Sonic being absent from the May solicitations for Archie. There’s been more interesting developments since then, so here’s a roundup of information as of March.

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Is It Time For The Sonic Franchise To Let Go Of Archie Comics?

We’ve been down this road last year. Delays, rumors of cancellations, ACTUAL cancellations (Mega Man, Sonic Boom) and a publisher that seems to be doing everything it possibly can to stay relevant while rumors of fighting and inner turmoil are going on within it’s offices. With a ton of characters that can no longer be used, a world that was reset but not fully rebooted and with Archie no longer allowing subscriptions to either Sonic books, we may be seeing the end of an era. But the question is….could this be a good thing? Is it time for the Sonic franchise to leave Archie and be refreshed with a new publisher?

Reason #1: Archie is focusing on Archie

Archie’s primary focus right now is on the Archie brand itself. The reboot of the Archie series using a more modern comic art style and shifting away from the classic look (outside of digests) has actually been fairly successful for them. Archie, Jughead and other books are now outselling Sonic rather than the other way around and their profits are up. Not only that, but they’re heavily focused on promoting the new CW show “Riverdale” based on the Archie characters which had a soft, but decent debut in the ratings, but has been slowly dropping since. Because of this, it seems like Sonic is taking a back seat to their top brand.

Reason #2: Past creators and lawsuits

Without naming very obvious names, Archie comics can’t use a large amount of past Sonic characters because of legal issues. This is main reason for the soft reboot of the series three years ago. In some cases, I believe those creators to be in the wrong. While in other cases, I feel them to be very much in the right. Let’s be honest, Archie hasn’t  exactly done right by a lot of former creators, including the one they took their classic art style from. And just when you think everything’s been all settled and done, another creator comes in, staking a claim. Then there’s Archie offering reprints of old issues featuring creator-owned characters online which has caused even more controversy. At this point, it may be better for Archie to let Sonic go and avoid the hassle.

Reason #3: It’s gotten a bit stale

Now, this is just my personal opinion (and I know I’m gonna get a ton of comments on this one). When the first Mega Man/Sonic crossover was done, Archie did a soft reboot of Sonic with a long, long, too friggin’ long story known as “The World Adventure”, based off of the game “Sonic Unleashed”. For three full years, from September of 2013 up to October of 2016, we have been going through one very long story line with branching arcs along the way to build up a new world with new lands and new characters.

And at times, it was starting to bore me.

Here’s the thing: when I first heard about the soft reboot, I was elated! Finally, a chance to get rid of all the excess baggage and back story that has dragged down the book over time. We could focus on the main SegaSonic cast and build up their own back stories while slowly showing some new lands in this new world. While we were introduced to new worlds, we were also introduced to a lot of new characters with their own back stories. Suddenly, the world was cluttered again. SegaSonic already has a ton of characters, did we really need to have a bunch of new ones? I love some of the new arcs (“Champions” was fantastic) and some of the new characters like Thunderbolt and Relic, but after twenty years of Sonic traveling the globe to keep the Acorn kingdom safe, this was the opportunity to take the series in a bold new direction and instead, it does its best to fill the void of old characters as quickly as possible while telling an over-arching story that takes three…..years to finish. It may be new, but it doesn’t feel very fresh. This is no fault of writer Ian Flynn or the very talented artists, it  just feels to me like it’s been going in circles for a long, long time.

So if rumors hold up and Archie lets go of the Sonic license, where should Sonic go? There only two real choices Sega should take IMO.

Boom Studios

Boom has not only done some of their own kid-friendly indie titles like the Lumberjanes, but Cartoon Network’s biggest properties like Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Regular Show and classic Sunday funnies franchises like Garfield and Peanuts. While I don’t know how well Sonic would do here, I could see Sega splitting the franchises and adding Sonic Boom with the Cartoon Network lineup. That said, I think there’s only one true place for Sonic after Archie and that’s…

IDW

Home of: Godzilla (okay, not kid-friendly but I love Godzilla), Skylanders, My Little Pony, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Disney Comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more, IDW has some of the biggest franchises under the sun with some of the best talent working in comics today! This right here is where I’d like to see the Sonic franchise head with a new take and a fresh perspective, Both Boom and IDW tend to sell better in direct markets than Archie nowadays and think of the possible crossovers! Just surfing the forums alone, I know there’s probably a ton of people out there that would love to see a Sonic/My Little Pony Crossover. Heck, how about Sonic and crew visiting Spyro and the world of Skylanders?

The Sonic comic franchise had been around for over twenty years and deserves better than to be constantly delayed, have subscriptions halted and be tied up in lawsuits. In my opinion, it’s time for Sonic to break free of Archie and run a blazing trail on fresh, new ground.

Sonic Talk 42: The End of Archie Sonic?

Our first all video episode! Stare in despair at Jason’s fat mug and incredibly messy room! Delight at GX’s poor haircut and massive Wii/WiiU collection! Watch as……Alex is too shy to show his face, so he just appears as an icon of Vyse from Skies of Arcadia. Continue reading Sonic Talk 42: The End of Archie Sonic?

Archie delays upcoming Sonic comics again, doesn’t solicit Sonic for May

Fans of Archie’s Sonic comic series will be waiting awhile longer to get their next Sonic comic fix. According to the website Previewsworld, which posts solicitations for upcoming comic books, the next issues of both Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe have been delayed again to April and beyond.

Sonic the Hedgehog #291, originally scheduled for late January before being delayed to March 1, then March 22, is now arriving in stores April 26. Sonic Universe #95 will be shipping on April 12, three whole months after the last issue. Of course, these delays have also affected subsequent issues, with Sonic #292 shipping on May 24 and Sonic Universe #96 shipping on May 10.  The solicitations for the remaining issues have yet to be altered, but they will no doubt be changed eventually to reflect these delays.

Today, it seems even these dates may not be set in stone; while in the past Archie has re-solicited delayed comics, their recently released May solicits did not feature any Sonic comics, new or old.

Things have been rocky for Archie’s Sonic comics these last few months. In addition to these delays, subscriptions for the comics became (and remain) unavailable, which we first reported back in January. The exact cause of all this remains unclear, as Archie staff have remained mum throughout all of this.

Sources: Comic Vine, Previews World

Solicits for Sonic the Hedgehog #294, Sonic Universe #97 and More Revealed

Wait, what? Read on and prepare…to get even more confused.

Yes, after what happened last week, Archie have actually released new solicits for April. We’ll cover the solicits themselves first, then provide an update on the whole situation after.

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Updated: Archie Sonic Comics Very Likely Cancelled

After over 24 years in a near-continuous run, it appears there are some very strong signals that Archie’s Sonic the Comic is set to be cancelled in the near future. Following phone calls from multiple parties, including members of our own SSMB to Archie’s subscription office, we have learned that they are not taking any more subscriptions pending more information.

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