Preview: Sonic Boom #8 (Worlds Unite Part 2)

What’s better than one Sonic and Mega Man universe? You tell me.

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Perhaps a bit awkwardly tangential in light of recent news, Comics Alliance have held an interview with Archie Action Comics editor Vincent Lovallo, Not only does this recap part one and give us another behind the scenes insight, but it comes with the preview for Sonic Boom #8. After the events of the last Sonic Boom story have unfolded, Sticks gets a real surprise when she runs into some of the cast of Mega Man X! But there’s hardly time to joke about as Sigma makes the two wacky doctors get to work on retooling the main universe heroes into minions of his own. This cannot be good! This is “Worlds Unite”: part 2.

SONIC BOOM #8
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Jack Morelli and Luis Delgado
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
“Happy fun-time crossover” Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin and Steve Downer
Covers Unite Variant (2 of 12): Ben Bates
It slices! It dices! It joins line-wide crossover events: it’s SONIC BOOM! “Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Unite” Part Two: It was just another day at the races—y’know, the ones with the giant spider-mechs? Things start to get weird, even for the lovable, paranoid Sticks, when X and the Maverick Hunters arrived! Meanwhile, the epic bromance of the century is rekindled as the captured Drs. Eggman and Wily are forced to turn their life-long nemeses—Sonic and Mega Man—into minions for the terrifying Sigma! After the history-making “WORLDS COLLIDE” crossover event, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man unite once more—and this time Sonic Boom and Mega Man X are joining the fray! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, a special “happy fun time crossover” variant by Ryan Jampole and part 2 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
On Sale Date: 6/3 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S

Sonic Boom #8 is scheduled for release this Wednesday. If you’ve already started to read the epic tale of crossover mayhem, remember to set a date for the continuation!

Source: Comics Alliance

Previews: Sonic the Hedgehog #270 and Sonic Boom #5

Worlds apart, they couldn’t be more opposite if they tried.

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Well, haven’t the last few weeks been interesting. SSMB has been down (and undergone a slight time warp), and a few technical hiccups have delayed these comic updates. But now we’re aiming for the right track with a catch-up on what’s gone down. And as luck would have it, we got a very rare occurrence; two comics came out on the same day!

Comic Book Resources has the preview for Sonic #270. The Chaos Emerald Championship draws on, and more big names bite the dust. Amy takes on Knuckles as he goes about his mission, Sonic tackles the mischievous Honey, and the Hooligans are still running about like loose cannons. But things aren’t as straight forward as they look on the surface, there’s treachery afoot, and it has Eggman all over it, and there’s more shade about Breezie’s past than one would think! All this fights its way into “Champions”: part 3.

“Champions” Part Three: The battle for the Chaos Emerald is reaching a fevered pitch! Hero versus hero! Villain versus villain! Will Dr. Eggman be content to play by the rules? Will Metal Sonic come in and shake things up? And what exactly is the secret history between Metal Sonic and casino mogul Breezie?! All of the answers await you in this thrilling, penultimate chapter! Featuring all-new cover art from one of the newest Sonic superstars Jennifer Hernandez, plus a special “Marvel at the Showdown” variant cover by the incomparable Brent McCarthy!
STORY BY: Ian Flynn
ART BY: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin
COLORS BY: Gabriel Cassata
LETTERS BY: John Workman
COVER BY: Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, Matt Herms, Brent McCarthy
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Mar 11th, 2015

Meanwhile, we trade fighting garb for Lederhosen for Sonic Boom’s latest offering.

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Arcade Sushi are the ones with the preview for Sonic Boom #5. Eggman wants to manipulate the village for his own sick amusement, but how can he take advantage of them with a zero publicity rating? The solution to try and get into their good graces, and the answer for that to him is to throw an event for them. But he’s not going to get far with that unless he calls in the help of our heroes. Join in the ‘festivities’ and make a trip to the fair in “Eggtoberfest”.

SONIC BOOM #5
Script: Bill Freiberger
Art: Steven Butler, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
X-RAY Variant Cover by Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms
SONIC BOOM is your antidote to comics that lack AMAZE-MA-TUDE! The NEW ONGOING SONIC COMIC BOOK SERIES keeps on BOOMIN’ IT UP with Sonic Boom #5: Eggtoberfest! Dr. Eggman’s sick and tired of no one trusting him! How on earth can he take advantage of people if they don’t trust him to begin with?! The answer? Easy—EGGTOBERFEST! Just one small problem: the mechanical master forgot to hire ride operators for his carnivorous carnival creation! So it’s Sonic to the… rescue?! If a good guy helps a bad guy, is that “helping” at all? Ponder this and other philosophical queries in the latest action-packed issue of Sonic Boom, written by Sonic Boom TV Series writer Bill Freiberger! Featuring cover art from Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and an X-RAY variant from the newest sonic superstar Diana Skelly!
On Sale Date: 3/11 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S.

Both of these comics are already out. If you haven’t picked up a copy already, make a date to do so. Just have it more like a nice day trip and not a fighting match.

Sources: Comic Book Resources, Arcade Sushi

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #259

The train service gets feisty in the latest issue of Sonic the Hedgehog!

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The conclusion to this whistle-stop mission is due at the station, and Uproxx has a preview of it available. Sonic has managed to successfully locate Dr. Chuck and Professor Pickle, but all is not going to be smooth-sailing from here; E-106 Eta is on the attack, and Sonic is the primary target for elimination! The others still have the Badnik horde to contend with while supporting Sonic, and they’re going to have to take the fight by train and sky. Can the Freedom Fighters keep the two curmudgeons safe from the hands of evil? And just what is Dr Eggman’s ulterior motive for this particular  journey? Find out in “The Chase”: Part 2.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #259
The brand new world of Sonic the Hedgehog barrels ahead at breakneck speed with “The Chase” Part Two: Sonic fights for his life against a NEW terrifying super-badnik! Just to make matters worse, they’re battling on an out-of-control train! With Dr. Eggman waiting at the depot, Sonic’s in a fight against time – and killer robots! Featuring high-speed cover art from Sonic artist supreme TRACY YARDLEY plus an exclusive SEGA game art variant!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman and Steve Downer
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Game Art Variant Cover art provided by SEGA with Vincent Lovallo
On Sale: 4/23
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

Sonic the Hedgehog #259 is out now digitally and should be out in comic stores this Wednesday. Like Sonic Universe #62, it is one of the issues that is part of the After the Credits initiative, which means that there’s a different ending in each version of the comic. Check out both the standard and variant for the full picture!

Source: Uproxx

Preview: Sonic Universe #62

The mission in space comes to an explosive end in this month’s issue!

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We’re at the end of our look into the dilemma in space, and Comicosity has a preview of Sonic Universe #62 in preparation. Shadow, after revenge for what the Black Arms have done to him in the rest of the arc, is now confronting Black Death directly in a fight that neither will want the other to be able to walk away from. It’s sure to be a no holds barred beatdown! Meanwhile, the rest of team Dark and the Spider Troupe are finishing up their business on the Black Comet to escape the weapon. But to get to safety, they’ll have to get through Eclipse and the other Black Arm troops first. How will they fare? That aside, how will Eclipse’s sanity fare?  Belt up and find out in “Shadow Fall”: Part 4.

The EPIC CONCLUSION to the alien-smashing saga starring Shadow the Hedgehog IS HERE! “Shadow Fall” Part Four: Shadow vs. Black Death – for the fate of the world! Who will walk away alive? Who won’t make it to see a new day? Meanwhile, Rouge and Omega desperately try to save their G.U.N. comrades as Eclipse hunts them down! All this with a ticking nuclear time-bomb in the background! Don’t miss the pulse-pounding conclusion! Featuring new cover art from Tracy Yardley and a special “CGI” variant by newcomer Sonic superstar Rafa Knight!
SONIC UNIVERSE #62
Written by Ian Flynn
Art by Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms
Published by Archie Comics
Release Date: April 16, 2014

Sonic Universe #62 is out digitally, and comes out in comic stores today. There’s a little extra as well; there’s a different ending depending on whether you get the standard cover or the variant cover. Be on the look out for both if you want all the tantalising teases!

Source: Comicosity

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #261 and Sonic Universe #64 Revealed

A new month brings new issue details, and this month is bringing in the monsters on the covers!

Midtown Comics is covering both of the new issue details this time. Firstly from them, Sonic, Amy and Rotor continue their underwater recovery of the Chaos Emeralds, only to run afoul of political problems when their new friend Coral (who isn’t actually on the regular cover at all, he’s a new Mantis Shrimp character!) gets in bad books with her own government. Then, continuing the back-up story of last issue, the plan that Sally concocted to tackle Eggman’s plans appears to have gone awry! This is “Waves of Change”: Part 2 and back-up “Light in the Dark”: Part 2;

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(W) Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker (A) Evan Stanley & Various (CA) Matt Herms, Tracy Yardley
Dive into the action in ‘Waves of Change’ Part Two! Sonic, Amy, and Rotor-in the deep sea and in deeper trouble! When their new friend Coral has run afoul of her government, will Sonic and the Freedom Fighters stand by her side? Or will they risk becoming fugitives? Then, in ‘The Light in the Dark,’ Sally’s simple raiding plans take a turn for the worse! Featuring new cover art from Sonic superstar Ben Bates and a hilarious new ‘Is it Summer Yet??’ Variant cover by Tracy Yardley! and Matt Herms!

Then, as was simultaneously revealed, the fight between team Chaotix and team Hooligan wages on. Knuckles has his own job to do so he has to work on through the mad grab for the Chaos Emerald. But who he finds is arguably more striking (not the match on the regular cover, though)…and dare I say possibly more important. This is “The Great Chaos Caper”: Part 2.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jim Amash & Various (CA) Tracy Yardley
‘The Great Chaos Caper,’ Part Two. The chaos continues! It’s hijinks and high explosives galore with Knuckles caught in the middle of all the action! The Chaotix and the Hooligans are falling over each other to get to a Chaos Emerald – the key to saving (or dooming) the world! It’s up to Knuckles to power through the madness and complete his own mission, and in his travels, you’ll never believe who he finds! Featuring new cover art from Tracy Yardley and a rad red SEGA Variant cover!

Whatever happens in these issues, you can guarantee that there will at least be a good amount of Gaia minion thrashing! We’ll have more info on these issues closer to their release.

Source: Midtown Comics

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #257

It’s a rescue mission in Station Square in this month’s issue of Sonic the Hegdehog.

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Comic Book Resources has the preview pages for Sonic the Hedgehog #257. In this issue, the Freedom Fighters engage on their first mission in the context of the soft reboot. Following on from the Countdown to Chaos, havoc has already hit Station Square (isn’t it always under some havoc though?) and the Freedom Fighters go out to help everyone in the city. Learn more about the new team dynamic in an applied context. Also find out what effect the memory jolts had on their work. Meanwhile, Eggman is hatching a new scheme and it’s going to be big…and perhaps involving cucumber sandwiches. This is “Damage Control”.

The “COUNTDOWN” is over, the “CHAOS” has just begun! “Damage Control”: The shattered world is causing chaos everywhere, and Station Square is about to implode! Sonic and the Freedom Fighters must spring into action to save the day, unless someone beats them to the punch. Cue: Dr. Eggman. Will the evil doctor be the one to save the world? Or will his newfound power give him ultimate control? If the ending to issue 256 left you breathless, you cannot miss the next chapter in the ALL-NEW saga of Sonic’s comic adventures! Featuring a special wrap-around cover by Rafa Knight and Variant art from Lamar Wells!

The issue is already out digitally and should be out in comic stores February 12th. Check out the aftermath of the countdown here!

Source: Comic Book Resources

Preview: Sonic Universe #60

The adventure in space continues in this month’s issue of Sonic Universe!

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We have a preview for Sonic Universe #60 courtesy of Den of Geek. Our journey into Black Arms territory continues this month as team Dark and the military venture deeper into the Black Comet. Rouge and Omega have been left with the Spider troupe to get to the heart of it all and stop the alien menace with whatever force necessary as they get assaulted by the enemies. It’s not all fun and games for Shadow either when his scouting leads him into the company of Eclipse the Darkling, self-proclaimed “brother” of Shadow who seems…cheerfully keen on bringing him to their side. It’s both brute force and mind games in “Shadow Fall”: Part 2.

SONIC UNIVERSE #60
Shadow and Team Dark versus an invading alien army! “Shadow Fall” Part Two: The mission to save humanity is falling to pieces!  With Rouge, Omega and G.U.N. are on the run from murderous aliens and Shadow battling for his life – and his free will – against the malicious Black Death and Eclipse, the world is running out of time! Loyalties are tested, aliens are blasted, and NEW characters make their debut in this space-faring new issue! Featuring cover art from Tracy Yardley and an Alien Invasion Variant from Vincent Riley (Native Drums).
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
“Alien Invasion” Variant cover by Vince Riley
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 2/5
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

Sonic Universe #60 is out now digitally and should be out in comic stores this Wednesday. Don’t miss the second part of this otherworldly adventure!

Source: Den of Geek!

Preview: Sonic The Hedgehog #256

The countdown is nearly over, and it’s sure to end in a bang!

sth_256-0After the crossover threw Sonic’s world into disarray, Sonic and Tails have been fighting to solve the mystery of the changes at hand. Now, with all of the Freedom Fighters on their radar (and Amy back on their ground by means of Pirate Plunder Panic), the final piece to that small puzzle can be put into place as the end of the first main arc of the reality shift approaches. But there’s far more at stake, with Eggman on the assault with his deadly servant Metal Sonic, and a whole world is on the frizz…or maybe even more is in danger! Get ready for a blast with a five page preview of “Countdown to Chaos”: Part 4.

It’s the dramatic conclusion to the epic “Countdown to Chaos” SAGA! In Part Four, it’s a race against time as the countdown reaches its thrilling end! Metal Sonic is out to kill Sally and the Death Egg II has launched—things are not going well for our true blue hero! Can he and Tails get to the Aquatic Ruins Zone in time to save the day? And what horrifying discovery awaits Dr. Eggman? You definitely won’t want to miss this earth-shattering climax of the storyline that shook the Sonic comic books to the core! Featuring the final adjoining cover in the series from artist Ben Bates, and a special “end of the world” variant cover from Tracy Yardley!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jerry Gaylord, Terry Austin, John Workman, and Steve Downer
Cover: Ben Bates
End of the World Variant Cover: Tracy Yardley!, Phyllis Novin and Dustin Evans
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/31
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

Although it didn’t come out on the intended date quoted, it has hit the digital comic stores on January 7th, so you can download the conclusion and see it unfold for yourself!

Source: Archie Comics

 

Covers and Solicitations for SSSM#11 and FCBD’14 Released

Two more comics are coming out for the Spring period, and one particular story stands out.

First up, from Midtown Comics, we get a first look at Sonic Super Special Magazine #11. Amongst the various features and articles that the magazines usually come with, there is also an “encore presentation” of the currently running Countdown to Chaos arc (which will likely be highlights). The one feature likely of interest to everyone is Sonic Comic Origins, as this comic strip forms the magazine’s new content.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant (CA) Sega

The secret origin of the new Sonic universe: revealed! The Sonic Super Special Magazine gives you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before, with tons of comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog-hero! Along with the all-new Sonic Origins mini-feature, this issue also features a special encore presentation of the history making ‘countdown to chaos’ storyline, and much much more!

But that’s not the only place you can find the story, as Comic Book Resources has revealed! Free Comic Book Day 2014 occurs on May 3rd, and if you can get yourself down to a participating comic shop on that day, you can get this Sonic/Megaman X Flipbook comic (it’s not a crossover) and a slew of other comics for free! In this years offering, find out how the Freedom Fighters first banded together to become the world-saving force they’re known as in the new reality.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Jennifer Hernandez, Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant, Gary Martin, John Workman, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
(CA) Ben Bates
Its TWO free comic books in ONE! Hot off the heels of the ultra-successful Sonic/Mega Man crossover event, “Worlds Collide”, comes a showcase issue of the hottest new storylines in both characters’ universes — exclusively for Free Comic Book Day! Somic stars in “Blast to the Past” and the origin of his Freedom Fighters! Then, on the flipside of this issue, get ready for the “Mega Man X” crossover event with this primer story!
32pgs, FC FREE!

If you want background information on the comic universe as it is now, either one of these would be great accompanying pieces! More info on both will come closer to release. You’ll have to look in the grocery shops for SSSM#11, and keep a note in your diary of the date for FCBD’14.

 

Source: Midtown Comics, Comic Book Resources

Covers and Solicitations For Sonic the Hedgehog #259 and Sonic Universe #62 Revealed

Two story arcs are coming to a gripping end in March 2014!

Spring is said to symbolise the beginning of new life. These first looks at Sonic the Hedgehog #259 and Sonic Universe #62 feature the endings of the stories that have been casting a first glance at the new life of several of our beloved characters in this new reality.

 

Courtesy of IGN, we know that Sonic the Hedgehog #259 continues the train ride from the last issue as Sonic and the Freedom Fighters square off against a fearsome Badnik foe to rescue its hostages. Can they stop this particularly radical train before it reaches its destination? This is “The Chase”: Part 2.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #259

“The brand new world of Sonic the Hedgehog barrels ahead at breakneck speed with “The Chase” Part Two: Sonic fights for his life against a NEW terrifying super-badnik! Just to make matters worse, they’re battling on an out-of-control train! With Dr. Eggman waiting at the depot, Sonic’s in a fight against time – and killer robots! Featuring high-speed cover art from Sonic artist supreme TRACY YARDLEY! plus an exclusive SEGA game art variant!”
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman and Steve Downer
Cover: Tracy Yardley! Game Art Variant Cover art provided by SEGA
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/9
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

 

Den of Geek reveals that Sonic Universe #62 brings a close to team Dark’s first solo arc since the very beginning of Universe’s run, and the first look at them after “When Worlds Collide”. This epic climax sounds like an action film with showdowns, rescues and a nuclear bomb waiting to go off! Read about Shadow, Rouge and Omega’s adventure in “Shadow Fall”: Part 4.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #62

“The EPIC CONCLUSION to the alien-smashing saga starring Shadow the Hedgehog IS HERE! “Shadow Fall” Part Four: Shadow vs. Black Death – for the fate of the world! Who will walk away alive? Who won’t make it to see a new day? Meanwhile, Rouge and Omega desperately try to save their G.U.N. comrades as Eclipse hunts them down! All this with a ticking nuclear time-bomb in the background! Don’t miss the pulse-pounding conclusion! Featuring new cover art from Tracy Yardley! and a special “CGI” variant by newcomer Sonic superstar Rafa Knight!”
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash and Steve Downer
CGI Variant Cover: Rafa Knight
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/26
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

These endings are bound to be explosive in one way or another. There will be a closer look at the comics closer to the time of release. Keep your eyes peeled!

Sources: IGN.com, Den of Geek!

 

 

Sonic Lost World Comic & Archie Cast Redesigned?

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The newest previews for various Sonic comics have just come out and they show a number of very interesting things for both long term readers and new readers to the comic.

According to the cover of a future Sonic Super Special, there will be a comic book adaptation of Sonic Lost World, the sample text that came with it claims that the story will be 20 pages long and be the longest archie videogame adaptation to date.

Long terms fans of the comic might find the next bit of news more interesting. For the last year or two, there have been a number of rather noticable changes in the comic, some subtle, others are quite obvious. Why is this? Well, some believe that Sega might finally be trying to bring the comic more in line with the games, others suspect it’s to do with legal reasons against people who frankly I don’t want to give any attention to. Whats the truth? Probably a combination of them both.

Anyway, one major change which was announced around a year ago was that the long running character Sally would be getting huge design change. Looking at the preview images for the comics, it would seem that she’s not the only one whose had a design change.

The following is the cover for issue 254.

archie254As noticed by a number of SSMB members. Along with Sonic, there appears to be two supporting cast memebers there, Rotor and Antoine, whilst Rotor looks slightly different, the biggest change is Antoine, it would appear as if he’s outgrown his jacket.

Also if you take a look at the Super Special cover again, you’ll notice that it has the line ‘Your official guide to the all-new Sonic Comic Universe’ written on it. In addition to that it has other supporting cast members on it which seem to support the theory theres been a design change.

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Apart from Sally which we already knew about. You can also see the character Bunnie who now has her robotic arm back as well as a few other changes.

So anyone like the new designs? Anyone gonna pick up the issues to see whats going on?

Source: SSMB members.