IDW Sonic Issue 30 Retailer Incentive Cover Builds on Metal Virus Montage

Surprise! We thought we were done with special cover artwork for IDW Sonic #30. But today the issue’s ‘Retailer Incentive’ edition was revealed. Not only does it look amazing in its own right, but it builds on the last issue’s RI cover in a really cool way. Continue reading IDW Sonic Issue 30 Retailer Incentive Cover Builds on Metal Virus Montage

Sonic the Hedgehog #264 and Sonic Universe #67 Covers and Solicitations Revealed

Sonic Super Special Magazine #12 has a booming update, as well.

Comic Vine has a bunch of new covers and solicitations for viewing pleasure, and all of them kick off a new chapter in the comic series! In Sonic the Hedgehog #264, Amy and Sally explore the rainforest for a Chaos Emerald that’s been detected. What they didn’t count on was finding Mighty and Ray during all the mess! Sonic is also fighting new Egg Boss Thunderbolt, and it seems he’s being pushed to the brink as the Werehog comes out to play in “Control”:part 1. But that’s not all, as the crisis takes its toll on Antoine and Bunnie in “A Nice Day to Start Again”.


A-WOOOOOOOOO! THE WAIT IS OVER! Prepare yourself for the terrifying debut of SONIC THE WEREHOG! “Control” Part One: Sonic, Amy and Sally venture deep into the rainforest in search of a Chaos Emerald. What they find are Mighty, Ray – and serious trouble! Will Egg Boss Thunderbolt push Sonic to the breaking point? Then, in “A Nice Day to Start Again,” Bunnie and Antoine experience the effects of the Shattered World Crisis in a very personal way! Featuring new cover art from PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and an “UNLEASHED” SEGA variant!
Script: Ian Flynn, Joey Esposito and Benjamin Bailey
Art: Tyson Hesse, James Fry, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Unleashed Variant Cover: SEGA
Ship Date: 8/27
On Sale Date: 9/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Hope you’ve been following Shadow Fall and Great Chaos Caper (aka the last two Sonic Universe arcs), because Sonic Universe #67’s new arc ties them both together! With Eclipse suspected to be on Angel Island, team Dark go on the hunt for him. Predictably, Knuckles is none too happy about this! Eclipse himself isn’t slacking on the pursuit either, all in “Total Eclipse”: part 1.


BRAND NEW STORY ARC! The events of “Shadow Fall” and “Chaos Caper” have clashed to collision in the epic new tale — “Total Eclipse” Part One! The third chapter in the DARK TRILOGY begins here as Team Dark comes to Angel Island on the hunt for Eclipse. But Knuckles isn’t known for his hospitality! Sparks begin to fly as he and Shadow clash over how to protect the world! Meanwhile, the sinister Eclipse hunts our heroes! It’s the first-ever SU TRILOGY and you’ll be in on the ground floor with this titanic new issue, featuring cover art from TRACY YARDLEY and a special “PIXEL CUTSCENE” variant from Ryan Jampole!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms
Cover: Tracey Yardley and Ben Hunzeker
Pixel Cut Scene Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole
Ship Date: 8/13
On Sale Date: 8/27
32-page, full color comic

Finally, we have a bit of an update to deliver! If you recall, we initially looked at Sonic Super Special Magazine #12 back in March. The information was updated along with the batch of new covers. Alongside the Mega Drive retrospective and exclusive interviews, there’s an exclusive behind the scenes look at the upcoming Sonic Boom! You might want to keep a close eye on this one if you’re starving for game hype!


Celebrate 25 years of the SEGA GENESIS with this extra-special anniversary edition of SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE! Take a look back at the SEGA system that started a revolution with this anniversary issue featuring the origins of such hit games as Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Streets of Rage and more—alongside awesome new pin-up art from the Archie team! Also featured is a special look at the all-new SONIC BOOM games and TV show, with exclusive info you won’t find anywhere else! The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE gives you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before, with tons of comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog-hero! Plus an interview with Sonic inker supreme Terry Austin and an all-new foil-enhanced cover from the incomparable BEN BATES! This issue is jam-packed with awesomeness!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Ben Bates, Tracy Yardley, Erik Ly, Jerry Gaylord, Brent McCarthy and more!
Cover: Ben Bates
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

We will be taking a closer look at Sonic the Hedgehog #264 and Sonic Universe #67 nearer their release dates.

Source: Comic Vine

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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


Source: Midtown Comics, Comic Book Resources

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

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

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


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



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


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



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

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

Sources:, Den of Geek!



Sound Test Saturday: 21st Anniversary Edition!

My readers, this day is what all true Sonic fans strive for!

Yes, today is June 23rd, and you all know what that means! The Blue Blur himself, Sonic the Hedgehog, is celebrating his 21st birthday today!

So, let’s have a bit of an extravaganza ourselves! 21 is the magic number, so why not go for that many tracks, just for today? A great number of these tracks have been tipped by you guys, and I thank you all for your contributions!

Due to the sheer amount of music to be featured beyond the jump, I’ll refrain myself from commenting on each track. Instead, I will leave you all with this. If everything goes according to plan here, Sound Test Saturday will be moved to SEGASonic: Radio next week. Yes folks, SS:R will return sooner than you think! And with the big move, we will introduce a new feature on our weekly music column: interviews! First ones up are Freen in Green, followed by xTrickyWolfy and Ring Energy should all go well!

If there is any particular artist you would want featured on a future Sound Test Saturday, if there are any remixes, covers, or originals you want to share, if you have work of your own you would like to see up on the site, then do not hesitate to notify me at!

That being said, Happy 21st Anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog! Still unstoppable after 21 years!


Title: Green Hill Zone
Author: TheSymphonicGames
Tip: Faseehudeen

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Ken Penders Launches Huge Sonic Comic Cover Auction

Every now and then, Archie comics writer and artist Ken Penders seems to find the odd bit of Sonic the Hedgehog book memorabilia to auction off. This time, he and a few fellow Archie authors are kicking off something of a super-auction in a bid to share a vast array of behind-the-scenes comic works. Just in time for Christmas!

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Ken Penders Selling Last Remaining Stock of Classic Archie Covers

Collectors of the US Archie Sonic comic – pay attention! Writer and artist Ken Penders has announced that he will be selling the remainder of older covers that he has in his inventory. But you had better be quick, as there are only a few copies left to grab from the first 100 issues.

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