The Spin: Sonic Maniacs In The Making

In more than ten years of writing for The Sonic Stadium, this article has by far consumed the most time, and required the most revisions. I guess this is because sometimes it’s hard to really convey what you mean when you’re in love, and I can say without a doubt that I am already in love with Sonic Mania. Continue reading The Spin: Sonic Maniacs In The Making

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

Opinion Zone 60: Is Archie Sonic Dead? Special Guest: Lisa Medin

In todays episode, Comic Artist Lisa Medin joins us to discuss the future of Archie Comic’s long running Sonic comic as we dissect a recent article by Jason Berry.

Is the future at risk? And what is to blame for the downfall of the long running licensed comic? Skip our news discussion (including someone going to court for using a hedgehog as a weapon) and listen to us chat all things Archie at 36:00! Let us know what you think in the comments.

We also get to learning with David The Lurker as we find out if one of our hosts use to visit Sonic Passion!

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?

Sonic Talk 39: Stuffed Full of Cheese

 

This podcast was (not) brought to you by Totino’s!

Alex takes over hosting duties this month as we talk about our trip to the Sonic 25th Anniversary celebration and San Diego Comic Con along with our impressions of Sonic Mania, along with our thoughts on Project 2017 and Sonic in Lego Dimensions and our thoughts on Sonic Mega Drive from Archie comics. We only focus on one major topic this week so this episode is mercifully shorter than usual. Enjoy!

Comic Update: Hmm, The Train is Late

Like, really late in the case of some of these.

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I’ve already given my Western cartoon quote for the article, sorry.

So as you may recall, Sonic Universe #82 got its official preview the start of January, and everyone figured that meant the end of the dry spell that usually happens around the time of December. As it turns out, that hasn’t been the case, and Sonic the Hedgehog #279 is now slated for release on February 24th. I guess we can’t really dance around the issue forever, so now would be a good a time as any to address the elephant in the room; there’s been delays to Sonic stuff for a good while now. Here’s just a quick summary of the situation so far;

Graphically Not Present

We start with the graphic novels, and these go a long way back in comparison to everything else. The first graphic novel series to face the music was the Knuckles Archive, albeit this one appears to have had different circumstances compared to the others. With KA#4 released in April 2013 and cover images existing for KA#5 and 6, people waited a long while to try and pre-order these books. In a very small window of opportunity, some individuals managed to do so, only for Amazon to cancel them as the publisher had cancelled the issues according to their statement. This one probably isn’t involved, as it’s clear what its fate was long beforehand.

The rest of the graphic novel books are in murkier waters. Remember when we had solicits for the Babylon Rising Sonic Universe volume, or Sonic Boom volume 1? They were lost in the server wipe, but we had them. These are just a couple of examples of the number of graphic novels that have been simply delayed constantly. The last GN releases of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Archives, Sonic Universe, Sonic Saga and Mega Man were all in January or February of last year, so we haven’t seen a regular graphic novel come out in over a year across the board! Even worse, Sonic Boom and Worlds Unite’s graphic novel series haven’t even had a foot out the door yet!

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See this? You will never get this.

Even amongst these, some special cases came up;

  • Sonic Select #10 came out in January 2015 too, but unlike the others there was no hint of a continuation. Given that the GN series was meant to cover the specials and one-off issues, and pretty much all of them had been done by the time SS#10 came out, It’s easy to see why the plug was pulled on that.
  • Best of Sonic was originally due to have issue 3 come out, it focusing on rivals following BoS#2 focusing on villains, but it ended up as Best of Sonic: Ultimate Edition (the difference was that basically all the rival stuff was interspersed with stories from the other two volumes, and any Scourge assets made for the book weren’t included), and was a surefire end to that series.
  • Sonic Legacy was the black and white omnibus series, with its last physical release being Sonic Legacy #3. Sonic Legacy #4 did come out in December 2014, but only as a digital title, with the back page explicitly telling the reader that it was the last issue.
  • Sonic Super Special Magazine didn’t even get that much; the last physical release was SSSM#13 in January 2015, but SSSM#14 got a brief digital release before it was pulled, and it hasn’t seen the light of day since. With SSSM#15’s planned exclusive content being shifted over to Sonic Super Digest #15, it’s safe to say that’s cancelled too.

There’s been precisely two exceptions to this. Worlds Collide: The Complete Epic was originally slated for a May 2015 release. but it too seemed to suffer the terrible delays. After Archie missed the promised revised release date of December 2015, it finally hit the shops in January 2016. The Sonic Super Digest series, while facing some schedule hiccups, has been releasing at a steady rate throughout all this, and is the only trade series unaffected…at least on the surface.

Boomed Out

To tie in with the release of the games and cartoon for the newly revealed Sonic Boom branch, Archie released a comic series that stuck true to the comedic and more episodic stylings of said branch, as opposed to the action/adventure style of the Archie-exclusive comic universe. While it didn’t set the charts on fire (it was below Sonic the Hedgehog for all of its run bar the first issue, and it was often a bit below Sonic Universe as well), it did decently in numbers, certainly enough to keep it going long after Sonic Boom had established itself. But when the eleventh issue rolled around, some solicitations indicated that this was to be the last issue all of a sudden, and this was confirmed by Archie themselves. Around this same time, Mega Man was announced to be going on an indefinite hiatus, so the fate of that comic is up in the air. And to be clear, the cancellation was not because of sales or SEGA. So, less being late and more never arriving.

The Issue With Issues

Finally, we get onto the most recent chapter in the story, and the one that’s visibly affecting coverage here. Everything was absolutely fine for release schedules, aside from Sonic the Hedgehog slipping a single week but running with it. Then, out of nowhere, both Sonic Universe #82 and Sonic the Hedgehog #279 became complete no-shows for their slated release dates (back in November/December). December delays are nothing new, but in those cases the delay happened for a month at most for the issue in December, and then January picked it right up. Here, Sonic Universe #82 was supposed to be released at the end of November, but didn’t come until mid-January (and even then, it seems a lot of people haven’t got it, still). Sonic the Hedgehog #279 was due out early to mid -December, and is now currently slated for the end of February, which for the record is over two months apart (and there’s whispers in the wind of subscribers being warned of another delay on top of that, although that’s not confirmed).

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If we went into the staff conflict, we’d be going over the age rating.

Potential Causes

Now then, this brings us to the obvious question one can ask; Do we know of any potential causes for this? Well, we can only speculate at this point, but we do have a pretty solid idea of which possibilities are most likely. For the sake of thoroughness, I’ll go through every vein I can find.

  • The lawsuit; You know the drill, Archie went to court over the copyrights of a portion of the characters they were using, that reached a settlement point and Archie made sure they wouldn’t cross that bridge again by excising everyone not by their current staff from the comic. But given that these characters were also appearing in stories in the graphic novels, how much of an impact would they be hit with? Probably not as much as you think. Ironically, the most affected appears to have been the still-running Digests. They used to cover the entire span of the comic up to SSD#8 (released in August 2014). SSD#9 (October 2014) reduced this to comics only made since Ian took over writing duties, and we haven’t seen any stories that have been pre-reboot and featured characters removed in the reboot since SSD#10 (December 2014) (The pre-reboot stories we have seen since have been from Treasure Team Tango, the Sonic Generations tie-in and Babylon Rising part 1, all of which only feature game characters). Aside from this, the only time the lawsuit has come into play was when shipments of KA#3 were attempted to be halted.
  • Archie themselves; It’s no secret that Archie haven’t exactly had a smooth time in past few years. Behind the scenes, it’s been littered with conflicts between staff, but the biggest event has to have been the Archie reboot Kickstarter. In May 2015, Archie (the publisher) announced that they wanted to reboot Archie (the franchise and character), so they were trying to raise $350,000 on Kickstarter for it. Because of their still prevalent name, some wondered why they couldn’t just fund it themselves. Things became even worse when it was revealed that the Kickstarter came about because they had the chance to get rack space at big supermarkets like Target and Wal-Mart, since this was essentially a snub to smaller comic sellers. Just five days after the start, Archie cancelled the Kickstarter due to the controversy. The reboot still went ahead, but funded out of pocket. Naturally, this much financial strain would have a very wide-feeling effect. Sonic Boom’s cancellation and Mega-Man’s hiatus are suspected to be direct repercussions for the Kickstarter fiasco, but it would hardly be surprising if it was affecting their ability to manage their graphic novel releases. As for the actual running series? Possibly, although there have also been storms around the East Coast that would not help in the slightest bit.

No matter what the cause turns out to be, we’re not going to be done with waiting for a good while yet, as all of the currently slated release dates for the delayed volumes are at least July 2016.

Time Will Tell

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Happy May Day!

So, what’s going to happen regarding all this in the upcoming months? Well, for Sonic Boom, that’s going to stay gone, but Archie have said that they want to do new Boom stories in Digest, so we might be able to see that in future volumes. There’s no set date for Mega Man’s return, but with the announced cartoon series they might want to use that as an opportunity for a relaunch. The running Sonic series may be delayed longer than usual, but I doubt it’s stopping anytime soon, we’re just going to have to put up with missing a quarter (third potentially) of the year, which is going to make things like the Valentines variant funny when it comes out three months late. As for the graphic novels? We have the Sonic Comics Spectacular coming next week, but otherwise Arche haven’t said a word on the delays, so we’ll just have to be wary.

No matter what happens, it’s always our priority to make sure you guys are informed as quickly as possible about upcoming releases or sudden news bulletins, so keep an eye out and you’ll be the first to know about any progression made.

Sources;

TheFatPanda and Ryannumber1gamer – I may know what’s transpired, but their combined efforts have been invaluable on keeping up to date with updates on the graphic novels as they happen, and the timeline of events regarding them.

Comic Book Resources – Reaffirming various Sonic Super Digest release dates.

Destructoid – Original release date of Worlds Collide: The Complete Epic

Panels.net – Archie Kickstarter information

Image: Cleveland.com – Photo of Gorelick, Silberkleit and Goldwater 

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #284 and Sonic Universe #87 Revealed

Memes are bad mkay.

The covers and solicits set for release between April and May have been revealed, and Comics Alliance gives us our first glimpse of them. In Sonic the Hedgehog #284, Sonic and the Freedom Fighters have finally gotten ready to fix the Shattered World Crisis once and for all.  But Eggman’s having none of that, and launches his own last stand in the plan. And knowing Eggman, it’s bound to be grandiose and spectacular, enough to shake you to the core! We’re starting to finish off the crisis in “Panic in the Sky”; part 1.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #284
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata
Sonic the Hedgehog #284 CVR A Reg: Dan Schoening & Luis Antonio Delgado
Sonic the Hedgehog #284 CVR B Variant: Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms
SONIC and friends get into some BIG TROUBLE in “Panic in the Sky” Part One: Sonic’s Freedom Fighters are finally ready to restore the planet! Unless, of course, someone does even more damage! Cue: the evil Dr. Eggman (of course)! He has a plan of his own and strikes first! The mad doctor launches a multi-pronged assault that will leave you speechless-everything has been building up to this moment! The final chapter to the Shattered World Saga begins here! Featuring the first of four EPIC connecting covers by mega-talent Dan Schoening and an “Evil Win” variant by the wonderful Lamar Wells!
Ship Date: 4/27
On Sale Date: 5/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

And in Sonic Universe #87, Rad Red is ready to take the centre stage once again…but with Rosie the Rascal? Yep, Knuckles and Amy are teaming up in a race to get the Master Emerald shards before the Shattered World is restored. But it’s not going to be easy, as much mystery and mayhem is on course to ensue! Read about the final leg of Knuckles’ shard hunt in “Shattered”; part 1.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #87
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #87 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #87 CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight
Knock knock, it’s KNUCKLES in “Shattered” Part One: A brand new adventure starring Knuckles and Amy Rose begins here! It’s a race against time to find the final Master Emerald shards before Sonic restores the shattered world! The final installment of Knuckles’s search, filled with dangers and mysteries, starts with this issue! Featuring cover art by the terrific Tracy Yardley plus an “& Knuckles” variant by CG artist supreme Rafa Knight!
Ship Date: 4/13
On Sale Date: 4/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

We’ll have more on both of these issues closer to the time of their release. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss out, whether up high or down low!

Source: Comics Alliance

Previews: Sonic Universe #82 and Sonic Super Digest #15

We’re going across time and space for the long awaited conclusion this month!

It’s been nearly three months since the last preview came out, and as a treat this one is a double whammy going into two separate time directions at once!

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First up, Comic Book Resources has the preview for Sonic Universe #82, and the conclusion’s set to reach new heights! Silver’s finally about to face up to the Second Devourer…but he’ll a job given that he’s only a metre tall. Can the combined abilities of Professor Von Schlemmer and Gold the Tenrec give him that edge he needs to win the battle? And with timey wimey heavily involved, who knows what the eventual ending will even be! This is “The Silver Age”; part 4.

STORY BY: Evan Stanley
ART BY: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash
COLORS BY: Matt Herms
LETTERS BY: Jack Morelli
COVER BY: Evan Stanley, T. Rex
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Jan 13th, 2016
ENTER THE FINAL FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE! “The Silver Age” part four: The finale to Silver’s latest adventure! Silver simply doesn’t have the might to stop the creature menacing his time. Maybe the combined brain power of Gold and Prof. von Schlemmer can help! It’s a knock-down, drag-out fight for the fate of the future with a shocking ending you’ll never see coming-even if you’re psychic! Featuring cover art by the “Silver Age” writer herself, Evan Stanley, plus a special “Movie Poster Variant” by the terrific T. Rex!

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And secondly, Newsarama deliver a preview of Sonic Super Digest #15, along with a brief interview with editor Vincent Lovallo. Not only does it keep the pattern of reprinting the latest and greatest stories in a handy pocket format, this particular issue delves into the past as we examine the origins of the sea-faring tough guy, Razor the Shark. You asked for it, and they delivered with “Castaway”.

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Sonic Comic Origins continues this month with an ALL-NEW story featuring Razor the Shark! This never-before-seen tale showcases an EXCLUSIVE back-story to the underwater side of the new Sonic Comic universe with one of the most popular new characters to debut in the series! It’s a real splash this month in Sonic Super Digest! Plus, don’t miss all the classic fun and adventure you love in stories from the comics’ 20+ year history as Sonic and his friends embark on daring adventures, face evil villains and save the day one chili dog at a time! Race into the fun that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring super duper cover art from Tyson Hesse and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms & Various
Cover: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 1/13
128-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Both of these issues are due out tomorrow, January 13th. With these officially back on the schedule, this should hopefully mean a return to normal routine, so expect the previews to swing back into full force within the next fortnight!

Sources: Comic Book Resources, Newsarama

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #283, Sonic Universe #86 and Sonic Super Digest #16 Revealed

Calling everyone, calling everyone, to battle stations immediately!

March’s comic covers and solicitations have been released, and Comics Alliance has the first look at the first entries into Spring…but everything’s starting to finish their arcs! Sonic the Hedgehog #283 sees our heroes with everything they need to save the world. They have the Chaos Emeralds, they have the Gaia Keys, and now they’re making a plan! They call our for allies to join them, but what is Cream’s pivotal role? Find out in “The Mission”. Meanwhile, Eggman has found Phage again, and on top of that, the spying Tails Doll has recovered some crucial intel! Can the Eggman bring Sonic’s plan crashing down? This is “Zero Hour”.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #283
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata
Sonic the Hedgehog #283 CVR A Reg: Diana Skelly
Sonic the Hedgehog #283 CVR B Variant: Adam Bryce Thomas, Gary Martin & Gabriel Cassata
SONIC and the FREEDOM FIGHTERS are GO in “The Mission”: Sonic and Sally put out the call to the world! They have the Chaos Emeralds, they have the Gaia Keys, and now they have a plan! And the central hero to it all is… Cream?! Then, in “Zero Hour,” Dr. Eggman finally tracks down Phage! And when Tails Doll gives the mad doctor some crucial info, will Sonic’s plans for saving the world fall apart? Featuring cover art by the delightful Diana Skelly and a “GUARDIANS” variant cover by the amazing Adam Bryce Thomas!
On Sale Date: 4/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Sonic Universe #86 sees Eggman and his dirty dozen finally square off the Naugus twins, their lackeys from the Tails Skypatrol game, and one Crystal Sonic! Can everyone make it out of this scuffle in tact? And we’ll finally see who that elusive twelfth member of the good doctor’s team in “Eggman’s Dozen”; part 4.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #86
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #86 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #86 CVR B Variant: Ryan Jampole
It’s the END for EGGMAN in “Eggman’s Dozen” Part Four: The final, frantic fracas is here! Dr. Eggman and his Egg Bosses square off against the Naugus Twins and the fearsome Crystal Sonic! Will everyone make it out of the battle alive? And who is the twelfth and final Egg Boss? All the action and answers are here! Featuring cover art by Mr. Sonic comics, Tracy Yardley and a “Baddie Bunch” variant by the radical Ryan Jampole!
On Sale Date: 3/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

And finally, if you’ve missed any stories in the past year, Sonic Super Digest #16 has got your back. Collecting a variety of old issues, this volume features new artwork specific to Sonic Boom.

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SONIC SUPER DIGEST #16
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Rafa Knight
On Sale Date: 4/6
Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Don’t miss all the excitement and action you love in stories from the Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and Sonic Boom™ comic series! Sonic and his friends embark on daring adventures, face evil villains and save the day one chili dog at a time! Spin into the fun that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring awesome new cover art from CG artist supreme Rafa Knight and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!
128-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

We will have more information on all of these issues closer to the time of their release. And if you’re wondering where the physical releases of Sonic Universe #82 and Sonic the Hedgehog #279 are, fear not! There are usually delays this time of year and they’re both slated for December 30th!

Source: Comics Alliance

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #278

This month could be called the month of sand and stone.

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Newsarama has got the preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #278. First up, Sonic, Antoine and Big are in Shamar to get another Gaia Key for their quest by helping another guardian, but the threatening Egg Army is on their tail! The local Freedom Fighter team are on hand to help…but there’s something that strikes deja vu about them. This is “Face of the Enemy”: part 1. Then, We continue our look at the mission for the last Chaos Emerald as Bunnie and Cassia square off, cyborg to cyborg. Alignments and perspectives clash in “Hidden Costs”: part 2.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #278
SONIC’s planet-wide chase CONTINUES!”Face of the Enemy” Part One: Sonic, Antoine and Big head to Shamar to rescue another Gaia Key Guardian! They’re calling in the reinforcements and getting some help from the local Freedom Fighters-but will that really be enough to get past the fearsome Egg Army? Then, in “Hidden Costs” Part Two: Get ringside seats to Bunnie vs. Cassia. It’s the can’t-miss Cyborg fight of the century! Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and a “Maniacal” variant By CG artist Rafa Knight!
Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata
Sonic the Hedgehog #278 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Elaina Unger
Sonic the Hedgehog #278 CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight
On Sale Date: 11/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Sonic the Hedgehog #278 is out next Wednesday. Make sure you don’t let your opportunity go like sand through your fingers! Or stones through your fingers, that’d just be painful.

Source: Newsarama

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #282, Sonic Universe #85 and Worlds Unite Volume 2 Revealed

February may be a cold month, but the month’s comic selection is on fire!

Comics Alliance have revealed Archie covers and solicitations for February, and it is turning up the heat! First up, Sonic the Hedgehog #282 sees Sonic’s team and Dulcy’s team face a hard fought battle when they not only have to fight off the local Egg Army, but also the Dark Gaia Phoenix, a powerful corrupted being. Can they bring it to their side? Find out in “Wings of Fire”: part 2. Then, Mighty the Armadillo and Egg Boss Thunderbolt square up for a rematch, but this time Mighty has the assistance of long-time friend Knuckles! The atmosphere is electric in “Shards and Sparks”.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #282
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata
Sonic the Hedgehog #282 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
Sonic the Hedgehog #282 CVR B Variant: T. Rex
SONIC fights FIRE with FURY in “Wings of Fire” Part Two: When Sonic was infected with the Dark Gaia energy, he nearly all lost control of his mutant Werehog form. So what happens when an ancient and powerful phoenix gets turned to the dark side?! It’s a three-way battle as Sonic and Dulcy’s teams battle for their lives against the Dark Gaia Phoenix and Egg Army! Then, in “Shards and Sparks,” Knuckles and Mighty reunite to take on Egg Boss Thunderbolt! Featuring cover art by the terrific Tyson Hesse and a spooky “Horror Movie” variant by the mega-talented T. Rex!
Ship Date: 2/24
On Sale Date: 3/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Meanwhile, Sonic Universe #85 continues Eggman’s fight against the Naugus twins as he sends his Egg Bosses to take back his refinery. But there may be a clash of egos amongst them that could bring the teamwork crashing down, and Eggman’s own shaky alliances leave him in a very difficult spot! Will it spell the end of Eggman’s master plan? Find out in “Eggman’s Dozen”: part 3.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #85
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #85 CVR A Reg: Diana Skelly, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #85 CVR B Variant: Dan Schoening & Luis Antonio Delgado
Dr. EGGMAN gets CRACKING in “Eggman’s Dozen” Part Three: Dr. Eggman has assembled his evil Egg Bosses to take back his Egg Refinery from the Naugus Twins! The plan seems straight forward enough, but what happens when the Eggman’s minions can’t work together? Can the mad doctor scramble to survive or will his shaky alliances leave him fried? Featuring egg-tastic cover art by dynamite Diana Skelly and a wonderfully “Wicked” variant cover by artist supreme Dan Schoening!
Ship Date: 2/10
On Sale Date: 2/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Finally, Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Unite Volume 2 is finally on the horizon! In the second act of Worlds Unite, Sonic and Mega Man have thankfully been restored to normal, but Sigma is still building up his forces, Eggman and Wily are still very suspicious, and the Deadly Six continue to be a looming threat for the heroes’ alliances. Read on as the heroes deal with the problems head on, and start fighting fire with fire as they begin their search for allies from dimensions away in “Broken Bonds”.

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SONIC / MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE vol. 2 “Broken Bonds”
Script: Ian Flynn and various
Art: Edwin Huang, Gary Martin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata and various
Cover: Patrick Spaziante
The sequel to the record-shattering Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover is here! You saw what happened when “Worlds Collide!” Now brace yourself for when WORLDS UNITE! Sigma—the brilliant villain from the future—has fused the worlds of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man together! Now he feeds on the super-planet’s energy to become unstoppable! It’s up to Sonic and Mega Man to raise an army to fight the time-hopping villain. Joining them are the Freedom Fighters, the Robot Masters, X and his Maverick Hunters, Sticks and her friends, and—Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily?! But it won’t be easy, as Sigma uses his powers to reach across space and time to recruit an army of his own! It’s a battle of epic proportions to save the Unified World! Featuring the introduction of the STREET FIGHTER cast, including Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile and Ken! This volume collects WORLDS UNITE parts 5-8, including SONIC UNIVERSE #77, SONIC BOOM #9, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #274, MEGA MAN #51 and selections from the MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES plus special features!
978-1-62738-868-9
$14.99/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/9

We will have more information on the comics above closer to release date. It may be the last month of winter, but you may want to bring marshmallows.

Source: Comics Alliance

Dr. Eggman Takes Over Sonic The Hedgehog’s Twitter

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Dr. Eggman. Evil super genius, Grammy award winner and Fuzzy Puppy gaming pro has taken over Sonic’s Twitter account. The menacing mustachioed mastermind hacked his way onto Twitter and into our hearts with several replies and tweets to Archie comics and Roger Craig Smith,  all the way to our own Adam Tuff with a shoutout to our site! So head on over to Son-er…I mean, Dr. Eggman’s Twitter account and ask him a question. He may even leave an audio reply! All hail the great Eggman Empire!!

Hee! Hee! Eggman’s burst through the image gave Tails a mustache. How apropo.

Preview: Sonic Universe #81

Kick off the Sonic Stadium celebrations with…uh, something completely unrelated to the Sonic Stadium celebrations.

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It’s time for a glimpse into the fictional and real futures once again as Comics Alliance brings us a preview for Sonic Universe #81. Silver, Von Schlemmer and Gold have been captured by the council, and the first two are guinea pigs for their plans. But all that cold, ruthless scientific research may not stack against the evil might that their experiments bring forth! Gold’s past and connection to this utter disaster is put under the spotlight, but it’s on Silver’s shoulders to save their future. This is “The Silver Age”; part 3.

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SILVER FIGHTS for his FUTURE in “The Silver Age” Part 3: Silver is at the mercy of the heartless council, but their cold nature is nothing compared to the evil then unleash! Gold’s mysterious past is now revealed, as well as how it’s tied to the current calamity. Will it be up to Silver to save his future once again? Featuring cover art by long-time Sonic Comic artist, Tracy Yardley and a “To the Future” variant by newcomer Adam Bryce Thomas!
Script: Evan Stanley
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #81 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #81 CVR B Variant: Adam Bryce Thomas, Terry Austin & Steve Downer
On Sale Date: 10/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

Sonic Universe #81 is due for release next Wednesday. And don’t think this is going to pass by without mentioning that Silver and Von Schlemmer have a fitting Marty and Doc dynamic going on considering that all of the Back to the Future events became our past about two days ago. Great Scott, it was their plan all along!

Source: Comics Alliance

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #281, Sonic Universe #84 and Sonic Comics Spectacular Revealed

New faces, old faces, they all mix as we turn up the heat for this delicious broth!

Comics Alliance is once again bringing the Sonic comic goodness first, this time with the covers and solicits for January 2016! First up, in Sonic the Hedgehog #281, we have two stories once more.  Sonic and the Freedom Fighters are out in Chun-Nan hunting down another Gaia Key, and Dulcy and her new team are pitching in to help. But their help, or any help, might not do much good against the looming force in “Wings of Fire”; part 1. Meanwhile, Bunnie and Tails are out on their own helping another Key Guardian in their time of need in “Homesick”.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #281
SONIC is SPEEDING down the Dragon Road in “Wings of Fire” Part One: Sonic and the Freedom Fighters travel to city-state of Chun-nan in search of more Gaia Keys! Dulcy the dragon is bringing all her might to help, but is her fledging team ready for end-of-the-world stakes? Could anyone really be? Then in “Homesick,” Bunnie and Tails come to the aid of a Key Guardian in a time of crisis! Featuring Cover art by the totally-terrific Tyson Hesse and a special Valentine’s Day “Love Struck” variant by the super-expressive Diana Skelly!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata
Sonic the Hedgehog #281 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
Sonic the Hedgehog #281 CVR B Variant: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 2/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Sonic Universe #84 continues the trials and tribulations Eggman is having to face when the Naugus Twins manage to strike against him! But Eggman is having none of this, so he forms his own strike team out of the Egg Bosses stationed across the globe. This includes known characters like Tundra and Clove, older characters with new reimaginings like Conquering Storm and Akhlut, and entirely new faces that I can’t even put a name to yet! What is he using to keep them all in line…and can they even work together long enough to be considered a team? This is “Eggman’s Dozen”; part 2.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #84
Eggman’s got the MASTER PLAN in “Eggman’s Dozen” Part Two: Dr. Eggman has suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands (and claws!) of the malicious Naugus Twins! But everyone knows that you just can’t keep a good villain down-so what’s a demented doctor to do? Form a coalition of evil! When Dr. Eggman forms a strike team of his Egg Bosses around the world to strike back, will these misfit minions mesh into a fighting force? And what sinister secret is Dr. Eggman using to keep them in line? Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and an awesome “Boss Attack” variant by lightning Lamar Wells!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art:Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #84 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #84 CVR B Variant: Lamar Wells, Jim Amash & Steve Downer
On Sale Date: 1/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

And finally, we have “Sonic Comics Spectacular: Speed of Sound”, what seems to be one of the biggest general reprint collections yet at over 350 pages long! Not much is known specifically about the contents, but it promises to cover Sonic’s greatest adventures whether an old fan or new, so this may be one we’ll be keeping an eye on for future information!

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SONIC COMICS SPECTACULAR: SPEED OF SOUND
Sonic the Hedgehog isn’t just the fastest running hero around—he’s the longest running too! From killer robots to mad scientists to evil wizards—Sonic’s overcome them all! He’s traveled the world at super-sonic speed! For every villain he’s faced, there’s a friend he’s made! Sonic is simply the coolest hedgehog there is! SONIC COMICS SPECTACULAR: SPEED OF SOUND is a collection of some of Sonic’s greatest adventures! You’ll be racing right along with Sonic through over three hundred fifty pages of pure action, adventure and fun! Whether you’re new to all of Sonic’s awesome adventures, or a long-time fan reliving the magic, this is the end-all, be-all collection for you!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover:
978-1-62738-864-1
$8.99/$9.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16″
TR
352 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/3

As always, we’ll have more on all of these issues closer to their release date. Be on the ball for this walk down memory lane all over!

Source: Comics Alliance

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #277

We may be on the plains, but this mission won’t be plain-sailing.

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After a much longer gap than anticipated, Sonic the Hedgehog #277 is officially right around the corner, and Comics Alliance has the preview for it! In the first story, Sonic, Sally and Bunnie have met up with an old face with a brand new coat of paint; Lupe the Wolf! While taking on another Super Badnik, find out how they know her…and what they don’t know about her that links into the Shattered World Crisis, in “Thunder, Rain and Lightning”. Then, Sally, Nicole and Bunnie have picked up the track of the last Chaos Emerald needed, but the problem is that it’s right in the thick of Egg Boss Clove’s territory! What tricks and traps will the team encounter, and what is the deal with Clove, Cassia and their army? Uncover a bit about it in “Hidden Costs”; part 1.

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SONIC TAKES THE LEAD in the race to fix the planet! “Thunder, Rain and Lightning”: Sonic and the team link up with Lupe to destroy one of Dr. Eggman’s super badniks! How does this tie into fixing the shattered world? And just what secrets does Lupe keep? Then, in “Hidden Costs” Part One, Sally and Bunnie hunt down the final Chaos Emerald—which is in the heart of Egg Boss Clove’s forbidden territory! Featuring cover art from jammin’ Jamal Peppers and a “BATTLE!” variant from Sonic comics all-star Tyson Hesse!
Script: Ian Flynn & Aleah Baker
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Rick Bryant and Ben Hunzeker
CVR B Variant: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 10/21 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S.

Sonic the Hedgehog #277 is officially released in stores and digitally next Wednesday. However, with the original release date having been October 14th, the Sonic comic app had it available accidentally for a short period of time. If someone tells you they’ve already bought it, that’s probably why. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed out!

Source: Comics Alliance

Preview: Sonic Universe #80

This month’s issue is going deeper down the rabbit hole, complete with mysterious voices.

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Newsarama has released the preview for Sonic Universe #80 as the mystery continues to unfold. Silver and Von Schlemmer are now a (not quite close) team, but Schlemmer’s efforts to propose a solution to the council fall on deaf ears. Why do they not want to hear it? To make matters worse for Silver, a voice starts calling out to him, which is bound to drag him even further into this mess. Can Silver and co. get to the bottom of this mystery before it gets them? Find out in “The Silver Age”: part 2.

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The FUTURE is in DANGER, and only Silver the Hedgehog can make things right! “The Silver Age” Part Two: Silver has teamed up with Prof. von Schlemmer and they have a plan for stopping the Genesis Portals! This seems like the solution everyone’s been waiting for—but why doesn’t the Council want to hear it? The mystery deepens as a voice calls out to Silver—a voice that only he can hear! Will our unlikely heroes uncover the conspiracy, or die trying? Featuring cover art from the Sonic comic master Tracy Yardley and a CHAOS CRISIS variant by Rafa Knight!
Script: Evan Stanley
Art: Tracey Yardley, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms
CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight
On Sale Date: 9/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

Sonic Universe #80 is due out this Wednesday. As those Bits might say, “01000100 01101111 01101110 00100111 01110100 00100000 01101101 01101001 01110011 01110011 00100000 01101111 01110101 01110100 00100001”

Source: Newsarama

Sonic Talk 32: Sequential Sonic (Interview with Ian Flynn)

Welcome to the TSS premiere of Sonic Talk! We’ve moved our show from Segabits to here at the Sonic Stadium. Sadly this episode is very late but great and worth the wait! In this comic book heavy episode, we get a nice, long interview with Sonic comic book scribe Ian Flynn! We talk about the Sonic/Mega Man crossover,”World’s Unite”, the recent Sonic story arcs, writing comedy for Sonic Boom and a little behind the scenes on the reboot. Meanwhile, Alex gives his final two cents on a previous Sonic writer who shall remain nameless, but you can probably guess who. All this and more in the first Sonic Talk on Sonic Stadium!

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #280, Sonic Universe #83 and Sonic Super Digest #15 Revealed

Mysteries abound, villains assemble…and déjà vu all over again?

Comicbook.com has revealed the first look at the covers and solicits for December! First up, in Sonic the Hedgehog #280, Sonic, Tails and Chip are in Mazuri for the next Gaia key, but they’ll be facing tough opposition from local Egg Boss Axel the Water Buffalo. And while in the temple, Chip discovers something incredible! Find out what it is along with him in “Keys to Victory”. Meanwhile, a young girl is going through a family emergency, and only Sally and Rotor can help in this situation in “A Special Occasion”.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #280
SONIC’S WORLD TOUR CONTINUES in, “Keys to Victory”:
Sonic, Tails and Chip head to the Efrikan settlement of Mazuri to find the next set of Gaia Keys—but they’ll have to go through the tough and menacing Axel, the Egg Boss of the Efrika Egg Army, to find them! While deep in the heart of the Gaia Temple, Chip finds something incredible—but you’ll just have to wait and see what it is! Then, in “A Special Occasion,” Sally and Rotor are one girl’s only hope in a family emergency! Featuring awesome cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and an “Altered Beast” variant by the exquisite Erik Ly!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata
Sonic the Hedgehog #280 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin & Ben Hunzeker
Sonic the Hedgehog #280 CVR B Variant: Erik Ly
On Sale Date: 1/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Meanwhile, in Sonic Universe #83, the good doctor is facing opposition himself as wizarding twins Walter and Wendy Naugus have taken over his base and his Dark Gaia energy operations! He’d usually bring out a mech, but that alone is insufficient in such a situation. Instead, he’ll need to bring together all of his Egg Bosses to tackle the danger by force! And he’ll start doing just that in “Eggman’s Dozen”: part 1.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #83
EGGMAN’S BASE is UNDER ATTACK in, “Eggman’s Dozen” Part One:
Dr. Eggman’s plans for controlling the shattered world were going perfectly—until now! The wizard warlords—the Naugus Twins—have taken over Eggman’s base and Dr. Eggman’s source of Dark Gaia energy! No mere robots will do for this mission—the doctor’s going to need ALL his Egg Bosses! Featuring cover art by Mr. Sonic comics himself, Tracy Yardley, and an “Evil Genius” variant by CG artist supreme, Rafa Knight!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #83 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #83 CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight
On Sale Date: 12/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

And finally, we have the latest in the Sonic Super Digest line, Sonic Super Digest #15! Along with the usual reprinting you’ve come to expect, this issue comes with a new Sonic Comic Origins story spotlighting Razor the Shark!

…Does that sound familiar to you? We’ve covered it before! Both the cover and the new Sonic Comic Origins story were originally to feature in Sonic Super Special Magazine #15, but that line has faced some hiccups lately, so at least now you’ll get to have at it!

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SONIC SUPER DIGEST #15
Sonic Comic Origins continues this month with an ALL-NEW story featuring Razor the Shark! This never-before-seen tale showcases an EXCLUSIVE back-story to the underwater side of the new Sonic Comic universe with one of the most popular new characters to debut in the series! It’s a real splash this month in Sonic Super Digest! Plus, don’t miss all the classic fun and adventure you love in stories from the comics’ 20+ year history as Sonic and his friends embark on daring adventures, face evil villains and save the day one chili dog at a time! Race into the fun that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring super duper cover art from Tyson Hesse and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms & Various
Cover: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 1/13
128-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

As always, we’ll have more on these issues closer to release. See out the year with the ante pumping up!

Source: Comicbook.com

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Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #276

We may be in the ice cold, but the action’s gonna be red hot!

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The Shattered World crisis is back into full swing with Sonic the Hedgehog #276, and Comic Book Resources has the preview for it. Sonic, Chip and Rotor are up in Artika to retrieve another Gaia key to reunite the pieces of the world, but they’re going to come across a bit of an ice block when Egg Boss Tundra gives the team a particularly chilly reception in “Cold Hearted”. While this is going on, Eggman has restarted his Dark Gaia energy-gathering operations for his grand scheme, but before anything else he needs to find his weapon of terror, Metal Sonic. How will he fare when he’s forced to traverse the treacherous to do this? Find out in “Back in Business”.

STORY BY: Ian Flynn
ART BY: Adam Bryce Thomas, Terry Austin
COLORS BY: Gabriel Cassata
LETTERS BY: John Workman
COVER BY: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Steve Downer
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Sep 9th, 2015
The BLUE BLUR IS BACK from the events of “WORLDS UNITE” and ready to save the world! In “Cold Hearted,” Sonic embarks on a quest through the arctic to find and recover the all-important Gaia Keys! Collecting them all is essential for fixing the shattered world. It’s a pretty chill mission until Egg Boss Tundra steps in to put the freeze on Sonic’s plans! Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman is “Back in Business” as he braves the unknown to find his most treasured killing machine Metal Sonic! Featuring cover art by newcomer Adam Bryce Thomas plus a “HERO” variant with art provided by SEGA!

Sonic the Hedgehog #276 is due out this Wednesday. Don’t get cold feet if you want to get the issue!

Source: Comic Book Resources

Preview: Sonic Boom #11

Sonic Boom is ending with more meta madness than ever in its final issue!

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It feels like yesterday when we announced that Sonic Boom would be getting a monthly comic, but we’ve reached the final issue and Comic Book Resources has the preview of it. Sonic Boom #11 sees Eggman become frustrated with his usual fare of robotic warfare, so he decides to hire Kyle the Gorilla to aid him. But this may not be the greatest idea if the help doesn’t exactly want to help! Can Eggman turn the situation to his advantage? This is “Eggman Gets a Gorilla”.

STORY BY: Sam Sandak Freiberger
ART BY: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant
COLORS BY: Matt Herms
LETTERS BY: Jack Morelli
COVER BY: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant, Steve Downer
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Sep 2nd, 2015
Follow up after the “WORLDS UNITE” crossover with a BOOM in this EXPLOSIVE eleventh issue! “Eggman Gets a Gorilla”: When Dr. Eggman’s regular robotic enforcers just can’t cut the mustard, he hires some additional help! (Because, seriously, how hard is it to cut mustard?) Introducing the mighty, Kyle the Gorilla! Is he really the next APE wonder of the world? Or will Sonic get yet another reason to point and laugh? You’ll be pointing and laughing too-but in a good way! Featuring cover art by rising star Diana Skelly plus a “BOOMTASTIC” variant with art provided by SEGA!

Sonic Boom #11 is due out this Wednesday. Start September out by sending off Sonic Boom’s monthly series for the last time!

Source: Comic Book Resources

Preview: Sonic Universe #79

Let’s literally do the the time warp again!

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There’s a new arc to behold in Sonic Universe #79, and Comic Book Resources has the preview for it. Silver’s future may not be haunted by a fire god any more, but an Orwellian future isn’t so peachy either. Especially not when he’s pulled into the thick of a conspiracy going on that’ll prove perilous to our hero! See how Silver first got involved with the Genesis Portal shenanigans that were so pivotal to Worlds Unite in “The Silver Age”: part 1.

STORY BY: Evan Stanley
ART BY: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash
COLORS BY: Matt Herms
LETTERS BY: Jack Morelli
COVER BY: Evan Stanley
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Aug 26th, 2015
SILVER THE HEDGEHOG RETURNS in an ALL-NEW adventure! Enter: ”The Silver Age”: Part One – Silver the Hedgehog’s future may no longer be a terrible burning ruin, but it certainly is far from safe! Mystery and danger abounds as Silver is dragged into a dangerous conspiracy linked to the reality-warping menaces known as the Genesis Portals! Featuring cover art by Sonic comic extraordinaire Evan Stanley plus a “HERO” variant with art provided by SEGA!

Sonic Universe #79 is due to be released this Wednesday. If there’s one thing you can guarantee, it’ll be ahead of our time!

Source: Comic Book Resources

Preview: Mega Man #52 (Worlds Unite part 12)

After three months, we’ve finally hit the end of the line of the second comic crossover!

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It’s time for the final weekly song and dance as Worlds Unite wraps up for its finale! Comics Alliance recaps the events of the prior issue, has one last chat with Vincent Lovallo (amongst which is a confirmation that Sonic Universe’s upcoming Silver Age arc is a prequel to the prologue that leads into Worlds Unite) and contains the last preview for this 12+ issue event. Desperate times have called for desperate measures as Sonic and Mega Man have gone super, but even in this form Sigma may prove a challenge. On top of that, reality itself is falling to pieces with the Genesis Portal abuse! It’s going to take some super-powered teamwork, and perhaps some evil maniacs’ sabotage, to end Sigma’s threat for the last time! This is “Worlds Unite”: part 12.

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Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: T. Rex
Variant Cover: Reilly Brown
Covers Unite Variant (12 of 12): Ben Bates
The ALL-NEW Sonic/Mega Man Crossover sequel comes to a chaotic close with “Worlds Unite” Part Twelve: The grand finale to “Worlds Unite” sees our super-powered heroes Sonic and Mega Man face off against the evil Sigma in his final, most lethal form! If that wasn’t enough, the Genesis Portal-ravaged reality is falling apart and time is running out to fix it! You don’t want to miss the stunning conclusion to the biggest crossover event of the year! Featuring the worlds of STREET FIGHTER, SKIES OF ARCADIA, NiGHTS INTO DREAMS, OKAMI, GHOSTS ‘N’ GOBLINS, ALEX KIDD and more! Featuring cover art from the legendary T.Rex, a special “SUPER-POWERED” variant by Reilly Brown and the final part of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
On Sale Date: 8/19 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S

Mega Man #52 is due to come out this Wednesday. Pick it up if you want to see how this entire debacle concludes in its explosive ending!

Source: Comics Alliance

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #279 and Sonic Universe #82 Released

I’m falling free in the…pages. And I don’t remember a verse where Sonic became Godzilla.

After a strange release schedule of the solicits last month, we’re back on track as Arcade Sushi brings us covers and info on two new releases! First up, we’ve got continuation of two stories in the same book. Sonic the Hedgehog #279 sees Sonic, Antoine, Big and their Freedom Fighter allies are now at the mercy of new Egg Boss Nephthys and troops in their pursuit of a Gaia key. Will they be able to save themselves before they can save the guardian? Find out in “Face of the Enemy”: part 2. Then, the fight between Sally and Bunnie against Egg Bosses Cassia and Clove has wrapped up, and each side thinks they’ve won. But did anyone truly win in the end? This is “Hidden Costs”: part 3.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #279
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin & Ben Hunzeker
Variant Cover: Rafa Knight
SONIC is in the FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE in—”Face of the Enemy” Part Two: Sonic and his friends are at the mercy of Egg Boss Nephthys and her Egg Army! They came to rescue a Gaia Key Guardian-but can they manage to escape with their lives?! Then, in the finale to “Hidden Costs,” revelations abound! Sally and Clove both think their plans have succeeded-but at what cost? Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and Sonic CG artist supreme Rafa Knight!
On Sale Date: 12/9 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S.

Meanwhile, in the bizarro tale of Silver, the unleashed evil is proving too much for Silver’s powers alone to handle in his current state. Gold the Tenrec and Professor Von Schlemmer may be able to offer a bit of extra brain power for the cause, and it may be a bigger effect than you’d think. Promising a conclusion you wouldn’t be able to predict, this is “The Silver Age”: part 4.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #82
Script: Evan Stanley
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Cover: Evan Stanley
Variant Cover: T. Rex
ENTER THE FINAL FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE! “The Silver Age” part four: The finale to Silver’s latest adventure! Silver simply doesn’t have the might to stop the creature menacing his time. Maybe the combined brain power of Gold and Prof. von Schlemmer can help! It’s a knock-down, drag-out fight for the fate of the future with a shocking ending you’ll never see coming-even if you’re psychic! Featuring cover art by the “Silver Age” writer herself, Evan Stanley, plus a special “Movie Poster Variant” by the terrific T. Rex!
On Sale Date: 11/25 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S

As always, we will have more information on both of these comics closer to their release. Stay tuned for now, because the next comic post will be the conclusion of the biggest story Sonic’s had to date!

Source: Arcade Sushi

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #275 (Worlds Unite part 11)

Enjoyed the week long respite? Because this train’s got no brakes now.

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It’s that time again, folks. Comics Alliance has their usual recap of the previous issue, an interview with Vincent Lovallo (this time on the recruiting choices and Sticks’ general weirdness) and a preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #275. We’re finally at the story’s climax as the multi-universe spanning heroic army, led by Sonic, Mega Man and Mega Man X, have been gathered together for the first time and are now launching their final no-holds-barred attack on the increasingly powerful Sigma! Have they managed to bring themselves together in time to stop him, or is his power just too great? Find out in “Worlds Unite”: part 11. This issue is a double length issue, which can mean extra story time, a reprint of past events or both at the same time, we’ll find out on the day. It also comes in six different variants, so you may want to decide which ones you want beforehand!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 CVR A REG: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 CVR B Wrap-around Variant: Edwin Huang
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 CVR C Wrap-around Variant: Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 CVR D Wrap-around Variant: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin and Steve Downer
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 CVR E Wrap-around Variant: Rafa Knight
Covers Unite Variant (11 of 12): Ben Bates
CELEBRATE 275 ISSUES OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG with his good buddy Mega Man and the worlds of STREET FIGHTER, BILLY HATCHER, NiGHTS INTO DREAMS, MONSTER HUNTER and more in this DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUE! “Worlds Unite” Part Eleven: It’s pan-dimensional pandemonium as the unified army begins their attack on Sigma! Sonic, Mega Man and X lead an all-star roster of heroes from across the SEGA and Capcom universes in an all-out assault against the villainous robot from the future! Will they be enough to save all their worlds, or has Sigma already become a god? Featuring a wrap-around cover from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante! PLUS 5 variant covers from Edwin Huang, Lamar Wells, Tracy Yardley, Rafa Knight and part 11 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates! Don’t miss the penultimate chapter to the biggest crossover event in Archie Action history!
On Sale Date: 8/12 | 48-page, full color comic | $4.99 U.S.

Sonic the Hedgehog #275 is due out next Wednesday. As a milestone issue of the main Sonic comic, it’d be madness to miss this one!

Source: Comics Alliance

Preview: Sonic Boom #10 (Worlds Unite part 10)

Part 10 in issue 10? Well now that’s just weird, I tells ya.

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As we hit the double digits of Worlds Unite, Comics Alliance has another recap of the prior issue’s events. Along with going over the previous otherworldly recruits and an interview with Vincent Lovallo (this time bringing Ian Flynn’s knowledge of Skies of Arcadia), there’s a preview for Sonic Boom #10. The recruitment drive continues as our heroes go across six more game franchises to look for help. Would you like your escapades egg-celent, breath-taking, simply viewtiful, or a different punny adjective entirely? Meanwhile, Eggman, Wily and Xander aren’t under watch from the heroes any more, which can only mean one thing; there’s an evil and/or wacky scheme on the horizon! Catch all this in “Worlds Unite”: part 10.

SONIC BOOM #10
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
SONIC BOOM #10 CVR A REG: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
SONIC BOOM #10 CVR B Variant: Reilly Brown
Covers Unite Variant (10 of 12): Ben Bates
The SONIC/MEGA MAN Crossover event explodes beyond the worlds of just our two blue heroes! “Worlds Unite” Part Ten: Sonic, Mega Man, X and Sticks continue to rally heroes from across the wide expanse of the SEGA and Capcom universes! Who will be brave and join the unified assaulted against Sigma? PLUS with all of the heroes busy, who’s keeping an eye on the malicious Xander Payne and Evil BFFs Drs. Eggman and Wily? The villains MUST be plotting something now—but what? Featuring the worlds of VIEWTIFUL JOE, GOLDEN AXE, BREATH OF FIRE, PANZER DRAGOON, BILLY HATCHER, MONSTER HUNTER and more! Plus cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, and variant cover art from Reilly Brown and part 10 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
On Sale Date: 7/29 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S.

Sonic Boom #10 is due to be released this Wednesday. Might want to make sure you’re up to speed now, because the ending looms on the horizon!

Source: Comics Alliance

Preview: Sonic Universe #78 (Worlds Unite part 9)

Hop aboard, because the multi-dimensional tour is about to embark!

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Comics Alliance delivers with another weekly dose of Worlds Unite. There’s the usual recap, a Vincent Lovallo interview (this time focused around the end of act 2), and an exclusive preview for Sonic Universe #78. This time around it’s a plethora of SEGA and Capcom references as the heroes go about the Genesis Portals to recruit new heroes (and for Sigma to recruit new villains). The franchises may be listed in the solicit, but see if you can recognise all the characters individually! But it’s not all fun and games; not everyone went dimension hopping, and Sigma’s more than willing to punish them for that mistake…This is “Worlds Unite”: part 9.

SONIC UNIVERSE #78
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
New Worlds Variant Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
Covers Unite Variant (9 of 12): Ben Bates
The third and final act of the EPIC SONIC/MEGA MAN CROSSOVER EVENT begins here! “Worlds Unite” Part Nine: Sigma has begun his conquest of ALL the worlds. Now it’s up to Sonic, Mega Man and X to unify those worlds AGAINST Sigma! It’s a “who’s who” of SEGA and Capcom heroes answering this important call to arms! But with Sigma still active on the unified world, he turns his gaze upon those left behind..! Featuring the worlds of STREET FIGHTER, SKIES OF ARCADIA, NiGHTS INTO DREAMS, OKAMI, GHOSTS ‘N’ GOBLINS, ALEX KIDD and more! Plus cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, and variant cover art from “Worlds Collide” penciling star Jamal Peppers and part 9 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
On Sale Date: 7/22| 32-page, full color

Sonic Universe #78 is out this Wednesday. If you have a love of SEGA or Capcom franchises beyond the blue mascots, this is sure to be a delight for you!

Source: Comics Alliance

Check Out the Archie Sonic/Mega Man Panel from Comic Con 2015

Check out our coverage of the Archie action panel from San Diego Comic Con. Check out some new art, new info on World’s Unite, the fate of Sonic Boom, the new Silver arc and much, much more! Professionals chatting include Bill Freiberger (Sonic Boom), regular Sonic artist and writer of “The Silver Age” Evan Stanley, Marketing Man Alex Segura, New Archie Action editor Vincent Lovallo and Archie President Mike Pellerito. Headphones recommended as their voices echo in the room.

Credit for video goes to Alex Peal AKA Nuckles87.  He’ll have a video interview with Vincent Lovallo up on Segabits very soon with even more new stuff.

 

Preview: Mega Man #51 (Worlds Unite part 8)

The second third of the crossover may be closing, but that doesn’t mean the action is cooling down any!

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Comics Alliance has its usual weekly recap and interview with Vincent Lovallo (including a hint to Archie Action stuff not related to Sonic or Mega Man, possibly), and SDCC hasn’t stopped them bringing out an early preview of Mega Man #51! Sigma has gathered his Maverick and Mechaniloid army and has seized control of the Genesis Portals. What does this mean for our heroes? Nothing good despite their efforts, that can be assured! But as they grow weaker from the attack, Sticks comes back from her dimension hopping shenanigans, and she brings some pretty well known faces into the wake! This is “Worlds Unite”: part 8.

MEGA MAN #51
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Edwin Huang, Gary Martin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Mega Man #51 CVR A Reg: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Mega Man #51 CVR B Variant: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant and Gabriel Cassata
Covers Unite Variant (pt 8 of 12): Ben Bates
IS ALL LOST?! The evil Sigma unleashes an unstoppable army in “Worlds Unite” Part Eight: Sonic, Mega Man and X lead the unified army against Sigma’s horde of resurrected Mavericks! Sigma has now taken command of the Genesis Portals, threatening to fuse together even MORE worlds! With our heroes’ time and strength running out, Sticks returns with reinforcements—and you’ll never believe who she recruited! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, and variant cover art from Sonic rising star Diana Skelly and part 8 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
On Sale Date: 7/15 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S

Mega Man #51 is due out next Wednesday, the same day as Sonic: Worlds Unite Battles. You can kill two birds while finishing off the second act of the crossover, because from here it’s only going to be more chaotic!

Source: Comics Alliance

Preview: Sonic: Worlds Unite Battles #1

Get ready for round 2 of the one-off fighting face-offs!

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There’s another book on the horizon for Worlds Unite, and Comic Book Resources has an early preview for it. Sonic: Worlds Unite Battles #1 covers three more fights that just didn’t have space to be featured in the main comic pages. First off, Sticks confronts her mortal enemy the broom…and there’s Roll with it too! Then, Knuckles is forced to fend off Break Man after he’s controlled with deadly intent! Finally, you can see how Sonic fared against the Deadly other three of Six during his capture back in the first issue! Like the Mega Man counterpart, this book features a slew of veteran talent and fresh blood at the helm!

STORY BY: Joel Enos, Ryan Jampole, Aleah Baker
ART BY: Tracy Yardley, Ryan Jampole, Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant , Terry Austin , Rachel Deering , Elaina Unger
COVER BY: Evan Stanley, Jamal Peppers, Phyllis Novin, Ben Hunzeker , Roger Robinson , Idalia Robinson
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Jul 15th, 2015
SONIC: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES #1
ALL-NEW DIRECT MARKET-EXCLUSIVE special! There are so many epic battles in the SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event that the biggest brawls of the bunch have exploded into their very own book! Twelve issues just isn’t enough to contain all the frantic action of “Worlds Unite!” The action spills over into this second special stand-alone issue where an all-star cast of creators bring you an extraordinary all-action issue! Watch as Sonic battles the Deadly Six, Knuckles throws down with Break Man, and Sticks… goes after Roll?! LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! Also featuring variant cover art from Roger and Idalia Robinson, and a special wrap-around sketch variant by Sonic and Mega Man superstars Evan Stanley & Jamal Peppers!

Sonic: Worlds Unite Battles isn’t due to be released until July 15th, which is nearly two weeks from now. That gives you plenty of time to train for going down to the store, as it is exclusive to the direct market.

Source: Comic Book Resources

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #274 (Worlds Unite Part 7)

Things are going a bit haywire thanks to alien shenanigans this week.

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Comics Alliance has it’s usual recap and interview for the week, and with comes a preview of Sonic the Hedgehog #274! The robotic members of the heroes’ army have come under control by a force unknown to them, and they’re being made to attack the rest of their allies! Dr Eggman and Dr Wily may have the answer to this problem, but is there something more sinister in their minds? Meanwhile, Sigma is increasing in power all the time, and plans to make his next move to become even more formidable! This is “Worlds Unite”: part 7.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #274
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Edwin Huang, Gary Martin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Heroes Collide Throwback Variant Cover: Rafa Knight
Covers Unite Variant (7 of 12): Ben Bates
The heroes of the SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event: AT WAR?! “Worlds Unite” Part Seven: The unified army is not so unified anymore! What has driven Mega Man, X and their robot companions to attack Sonic and the Freedom Fighters? Drs. Eggman and Wily may have the answer! Or a weapon. Could a weapon be the answer? Or is it more trademark treachery? Meanwhile, Sigma grows in power, preparing for the next phase of his master plan! And speaking of masters, this issue features cover art from master-artist Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, a Heroes Collide Throwback Variant cover from Rafa Knight and part 7 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
On Sale Date: 7/8 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S.

Sonic the Hedgehog #274 is scheduled to be released nest Wednesday. Make sure you take note to not miss it, and make sure your electronics don’t attack back in the process.

Source: Comics Alliance

Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #278, Sonic Universe #81, Sonic Super Digest #14 and More Revealed

Because you are hopefully old enough to understand a Spandau Ballet reference!

Much earlier than expected, Arcade Sushi brings us the exclusive first look at Sonic’s October offerings, but it’s more action than horror! Sonic the Hedgehog #278 has Sonic, Antoine and Big head to the dusty land of Shamar to nab another Gaia Key and do some saving in the process. But the Egg Army is no joke, so they call on the help of the local Freedom Fighters in “Face of the Enemy”. Meanwhile, Bunnie and Cassia come to blows for the possession of the last Chaos Emerald left for the heroes, and you can be sure neither’s going to back down from this! This is “Hidden Costs”: part 2.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #278
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel
Cassata
Sonic the Hedgehog #278 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Elaina Unger
Sonic the Hedgehog #278 CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight
On Sale Date: 11/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.
SONIC’s planet-wide chase CONTINUES! “Face of the Enemy” Part One: Sonic, Antoine and Big head to Shamar to rescue another Gaia Key Guardian! They’re calling in the reinforcements and getting some help from the local Freedom Fighters-but will that really be enough to get past the fearsome Egg Army? Then, in “Hidden Costs” Part Two: Get ringside seats to Bunnie vs. Cassia. It’s the can’t-miss Cyborg fight of the century! Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and a “Maniacal” variant By CG artist Rafa Knight!

In Sonic Universe #81, Silver gets deeper to the heart of the conspiracy as Gold the Tenrec’s past is revealed to be involved with the danger to the future. If that wasn’t bad enough, the council’s cold shoulder unleashes an evil that would even make them run cold! Is destiny fated to leave the future saving to Silver once again? Find out in “The Silver Age”: part 3.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #81
Script: Evan Stanley [Original article is a mistake]
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #81 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #81 CVR B Variant: Adam Bryce Thomas, Terry Austin & Steve
Downer
On Sale Date: 10/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S
SILVER FIGHTS for his FUTURE in “The Silver Age” Part 3: Silver is at the mercy of the heartless council, but their cold nature is nothing compared to the evil then unleash! Gold’s mysterious past is now revealed, as well as how it’s tied to the current calamity. Will it be up to Silver to save his future once again? Featuring cover art by long-time Sonic Comic artist, Tracy Yardley and a “To the Future” variant by newcomer Adam Bryce Thomas!

And now we a slew of reprinted material for those who need a catch-up with various comics and stories! First off is the resident assorted collection of stories throughout history that is Sonic Super Digest #14, with cute cover art by upcoming Sonic artist Tyson Hesse.

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SONIC SUPER DIGEST #14
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 11/4
128-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.
Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Don’t miss all the classic fun and adventure you love in stories from the comics’ 20+ year history as Sonic and his friends embark on daring adventures, face evil villains and save the day one chili dog at a time! Spin into the fun that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring awesome cover art from Tyson Hesse and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!

Next, we go back to one of the biggest milestone stories in the entirety of Sonic’s comic run! Sonic Saga #9 goes back to the final assault on Eggman as his defences in the city have weakened, and the combined forces of the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix are more than a match for his army! But while they may be celebrating that victory, new sinister forces are emerging out of the shadows and they’re preparing to bring the good guys to their knees. This is “The Eggman War”.

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SONIC SAGA SERIES 9: THE EGGMAN WARS (TR)
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Renae Deliz, Jim Amash, Tery Austin, John Workman,
Teresa Davidson, Matt Herms, Jason Jensen & Josh Ray
Cover: Tracy Yardley
978-1-62738-996-9
$12.99/$14.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/18
The SONIC SAGA graphic novel series returns! This volume is all out WAR! Dr. Eggman’s forces have grown thin and his city is destroyed. It’s time to strike! Sonic leads the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix in a high-speed blitz to liberate the world! But Dr. Eggman’s army
won’t go down without a fight-or will they? Even as the dust settles, a new conflict threatens to blaze up out of the ashes! What is the Iron Dominion, and is their fearsome might too much for Sonic to handle? And what role does Dr. Eggman’s lackey, Snively, play in all this? It’s all action and intrigue in this latest installment of the SONIC SAGA SERIES! Collects select stories from Sonic the Hedgehog #s 199-202.

Haven’t been able to keep up with Worlds Unite for whatever reason? Well, Worlds Unite Volume 1 is just the ticket for you! Sigma has escaped from his world to use the Genesis Portal to conquer the multiverse! Forcing the Deadly Six to do his bidding and for Eggman and Wily to subdue their own worlds’ heroes, Sonic and Mega Man are turned into Sigma’s minions, and the results are devastating! This is the first act of Worlds Unite, “Deadly Fusion”.

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SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE VOL. 1: DEADLY FUSION 1 (TR)
Script: Ian Flynn, Various
Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin,
Jack Morelli, Rachel Deering, Luis Antonio Delgado & Elaina Unger
Cover:Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
978-1-62738-998-3
$14.99/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/4
The sequel to the record-shattering Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover is here! You saw what happened when “Worlds Collide,” now brace yourself for when WORLDS UNITE! Dark forces have come together in the far future! The vicious conqueror, Sigma, has cheated death again and escaped the justice of X and the Maverick Hunters. He’s crossed space and time to join forces with Zavok and the malicious Deadly Six of Lost Hex! Sonic and Mega Man could save us-but they’ve gone missing! Now the Freedom Fighters of Sonic’s world and the Robot Masters of Mega Man’s world must take up the fight to save their heroes and stop the coming tide of darkness! WORLDS UNITE features guest appearances by the cast of SONIC BOOM, MEGA MAN X and some of CAPCOM and SEGA’s biggest stars! This volume collects WORLDS UNITE parts 1-4 from Sonic Universe #76, Sonic Boom #9, Sonic the Hedgehog #273, Mega Man #50 and selections from Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1.

And finally, a bit of levity to the reprinting pack, as Sonic Boom gets its second (and final) volume collection! Eggman starts out with a problem regarding his reputation so he decides to, fittingly for the month it comes out, hold his own Eggtoberfest, and the heroes are suspicious when he asks for their help. Then, Eggman’s back to his antagonising ways as he challenges Sonic to a race with no tricks or cheats, but you can bet he doesn’t stick to those rules! Finally, Eggman goes a bit ape when he decides that his lackeys aren’t up to snuff and hires a gorilla in their place, and you bet things will only go bananas from there! This is “Boom Shaka-Laka”

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SONIC BOOM VOL. 2: BOOM SHAKA-LAKA (TR)
Script: Ian Flynn, Bill Freiberger & Sam Sandak Freiberger
Art: Steven Butler, Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Diana Skelly, Rick
Bryant, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms
978-1-62738-994-5
$12.99/$14.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/11
Brace yourself for the SONIC BOOM! The hit multimedia Sonic experience comes to you in the action-packed, laugh-a-minute comic book series! Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks find themselves caught up in more zany adventures! Dr. Eggman asks the question: “Where does a one ton, fearsome gorilla sit?” The answer: “Wherever he politely asks to!”—wait, what?! Dr. Eggman has a problem-how can he betray the trust of the villagers when they don’t trust him to begin with? The mad mechanic pulls out all the stops to woo the wary would-be victims, but he gets more than he counted for when Sonic and his pals decide to become his
staff! Then it’s off to the races as Dr. Eggman goads Sonic into competing in a go-kart race! Sonic puts the pedal to the metal-because if he put his feet to the track, he’d win without question! But there’s no way Dr. Eggman will run a clean race! This volume collects SONIC BOOM #5-7 and #11.

As always, we will have more on these new stories closer to their release date. And remember to always believe in your soul…silver.

Source: Arcade Sushi

Preview: Sonic Boom #9 (Worlds Unite Part 6)

Another weekly dose of the crossover, this time with 100% more explosions!

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Comics Alliances brings us the next part of their recap for Worlds Collide! Aside from running through the events of part five and and another interview with editor Vincent Lovallo (bringing up the age old mystery of Spy Brooms along the way), there’s a preview for Sonic Boom #9. The moment’s finally arrived for our heroes to engage Sigma, the Deadly Six and the Mechaniloid forces in all out combat. You know they’ll be fighting with all they have, but Sigma’s bound to be packing a rotten trick up his sleeve to work against them! Meanwhile, Sticks somehow ends up in a predicament when she falls off the Sky Patrol and into a Genesis Portal herself! Where could she have landed? Never mind that for now, our fighters are going into combat in “Worlds Unite”: part 6.

SONIC BOOM #9
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Edwin Huang, Gary Martin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Evil Friends Forever E.F.F. Variant Cover: Brent McCarthy
Covers Unite Variant (6 of 12): Ben Bates
The SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event GOES BOOM! “Worlds Unite” Part Six: The war against Sigma has been waged! Sonic, Mega Man and X lead their unified friends against hordes of mechaniloids led by the armored, super-powered Deadly Six! That sounds pretty scary and exciting, and now is definitely the time for everyone to work together and pay close attention. Especially Sticks. She tends to do some distracting stuff, like falling off the Sky Patrol and landing into a Genesis Portal or something—wait? Did she really? Well, where did she land? No way! Is that – -?! You won’t believe where Sticks lands, but what you BETTER believe is that this issue sports some awesome cover art by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and the return of the EVIL FRIENDS FOREVER (E.F.F.) variant by Brent McCarthy! Plus part 6 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
On Sale Date: 7/1 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S.

Sonic Boom #9 is due to be released in stores next Wednesday. Let’s hope you don’t run into a portal if you want to pick it up yourself!

Source: Comics Alliance

Preview: Sonic Universe #77 (Worlds Unite Part 5)

Worlds Unite enters act two in the latest issue of Sonic Universe!

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Comics Alliance has another installment of their weekly recap for the crossover, and alone with the usual rundown of previous events and interview with Vincent Lovallo, there’s a preview for Sonic Universe #77. Due to the shenanigans of act one, Sonic’s and Mega Man’s worlds are now fused together, and the heroes have to set up a unified front in order to take on the new threat. Aside from heroes getting to know each other for the first time, there’s an interesting turn as Xander Payne joins in…with Eggman and Wily in tow, revealing more about Sigma’s plan! But there’s bound to be questions over the situation as we get into “Worlds Unite”: part 5.

SONIC UNIVERSE #77 REG CVR
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Edwin Huang, Gary Martin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Super-group Variant Cover: CLAUS-Justin Harder
Covers Unite Variant (5 of 12): Ben Bates
The next exciting chapter in the SONIC/MEGA MAN “WORLDS UNITE” crossover event starts here! “Worlds Unite” Part Five: The worlds of Sonic and Mega Man have been joined together by Sigma, and it’s going to take a full-on army of unified heroes to make it right! Actually—scratch that—it’s going to take some heroes AND some villains! When the mysterious and malicious Xander Payne inexplicably arrives with Drs. Eggman and Wily in tow, our heroes get new insight into Sigma’s plans! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and variant cover art from CLAUS-Justin Harder (Thor: the Dark World, SNL) and part 5 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
On Sale Date: 6/24 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S.

Sonic Universe #77 is due to be released next Wednesday, be sure to tune in as the stakes start to build in this next act!

Source: Comics Alliance

Archie Mega Man Comic Being Put on Hiatus

Yet another round of bad news for Archie comic fans.

Usually this site doesn’t cover Mega Man outside of the crossover shenanigans, but this piece of news is pretty urgent for anyone who follows the blue bomber. Earlier today, comicbook.com released the solicit for September’s issue of Mega Man, Mega Man #53. On top of that, they stated that this arc would Archie would be ending the series in November’s Mega Man #55. Below is the solicit for September’s issue;

MEGA MAN #53
The BLUE BOMBER is BACK from the events of “Worlds Unite” and is ready to fight for justice! That’s all well and good, if there was actually someone to fight! In “Blue Shift,” peace has finally come to Mega Man’s life—but is that a bad thing? Could it be possible that our super fighting robot has come to actually love the battles he was once so opposed to? Meanwhile, Dr. Wily plots something sinister from the shadows, reaching an even newer low for the mad doctor! It’s an extended curtain call as we come to the end of the Mega Man series! Featuring cover art from Jason Piperberg and a BOT UNDER FIRE variant from superstar Thomas Pitilli!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman and Elaina Unger
CVR A Reg: Jason Piperberg
CVR B Variant: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 9/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

Archie’s Twitter later clarified the news as being a hiatus, not a full on cancellation;

MEGA MAN series to go on hiatus after #55 via @ComicBookdotcom @IanFlynnBKC
http://bit.ly/1GcmUWt

Either way, this isn’t exactly great for those who follow the Mega Man comic. At least there’s still a continuation on the cards, so watch this space to see if Mega Man returns to take on more of Dr Wily’s nefarious plans.

Sources: comicbook.com, Archie’s Twitter

Preview: Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1

Prepare the fisticuffs, Marquess of Queensbury rules!

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In the first of two auxiliary books, we’re covering some early battles that just didn’t have space to be covered in the main events. Comics Alliance has another instalment of their weekly recap and interview with Vincent Lovallo, and a preview for Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1. Here, there are three fights to be played out; go back to the start where Mega Man squared up against the Deadly three of Six before capture, find out the stepping stones the Mega Man X cast took from fighting Vile in their world to reaching the Sonic Boom universe, and see the first defence of Mega Man’s world as Dr Light’s Robot Masters attempt to stop the roboticised Sonic Man!

MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES #1
Script: Ian Flynn, T. Rex
Art: Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Brent McCarthy, Rachel Deering and Elaina Unger
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Phyllis Novin and Ben Hunzeker
Sketch Variant Cover: Jamal Peppers
United Variant Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
ALL-NEW DIRECT MARKET-EXCLUSIVE special! There are so many epic battles in the SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event that the biggest brawls of the bunch have exploded into their very own book! This extra-special bonus issue features exciting duels spilling over from the pages of the much-talked about “Worlds Unite” event, and feature an all-star cast of creators! Watch Mega Man bring the ruckus to the Deadly Six, the Maverick Hunters ultimate showdown with Vile and Dr. Light’s Robot Masters tussle with the unstoppable power of hero-turned-uber-villain Sonic Man! LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! Also featuring variant art from Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, and a special wrap-around cover and sketch variant by Sonic and Mega Man superstar Jamal Peppers!
On Sale Date: 6/17 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S

 Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1 is coming out exclusively to the direct market next Wednesday. Make sure to keep a sharp eye out so you don’t miss this gut-punching action!

Source: Comics Alliance