If you’re looking forward to Paramount’s upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel, IDW will be publishing a one-off special to take place between the two movies. Per the issue’s solicitations via comicreleases.com, it will hit stores around March 23, with Kiel Phegley writing, and Thomas, Yardley, and Stanley on art. The solicitations also provide the issue’s synopsis:
Catch up with Sonic and friends—if you can—in this exclusive prequel to 2022’s most anticipated family film! Life is good in Green Hills for Sonic the Hedgehog . . . maybe too good. He’s starting to get bored, and when Sonic gets bored, things become a lot less boring for everyone else—fast! Quicker than you can say “Chili Dog,” the Fastest Thing Alive is saving the day and causing all sorts of chaos along the way! Plus, new and returning characters starring in the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 film take the lead in stories of their own!
Tails’ Channel reported on the cover of this upcoming one-off special:
This is not the first promotional special IDW has put out. In 2018, the publisher released a one -shot book promoting Team Sonic Racing prior to the game’s release. This is the first time, however, IDW is tackling a Sonic franchise branch outside of the world of the games.
It has been confirmed by FCBD and IDW that Sonic will be getting a comic featuring an original story for next year’s Free Comic Book Day, which will be on May 7. Earlier this year, Sonic returned to the event after a multi-year absence, and this announcement confirms that that wasn’t a one-off.
Unlike Sonic’s previous FCBD outing, however, this one will take place in IDW’s primary Sonic universe. It will feature writing from Ian Flynn, cover and interior art by Adam Bryce Thomas. The story will directly tie into the comic’s larger ongoing story leading into issue 50.
The synopsis is as follows:
Sonic’s racing into a brand-new adventure with his best buds (and co-stars of the hit new movie) Tails and Knuckles by his side! But Sonic’s not the only super-speedster in town… Get caught up with everything you need to know about Sonic’s evil counterpart Surge before she and Sonic go head-to-head in the epic issue #50, a story years in the making!
IDW have released the full preview for Sonic the Hedghog #46, and we’re still on the road to the big 5-0. It may still be early on but it looks like our heroines are already hot under the collar! After a forest fire breaks out under mysterious circumstances, Amy, Tangle, Jewel and Belle need to put their heads together to work out how to save the people and animals in time. But can they do it without letting the friction get to them, and will we get more of an idea what’s lurking out of sight? Find out in “Trial by Fire”; part 2.
(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Ryan Jampole The ROAD TO #50 continues here! Enjoy a TEN-ISSUE long adventure leading up to the EPIC SHOWDOWN in milestone issue #50. This is not a drill! In “Trial by Fire,” part two by Evan Stanely, forest fire threatens the ecosystem and the campers-luckily, Amy, Tangle, Jewel, and Belle are there to help! The Heroines must overcome their differences and work together to save the day. In Shops: Oct 27, 2021 SRP: $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #46 is due out in all good outlets on October 27th. If you want to keep up with the countdown to the showdown, make sure you don’t miss it!
IDW have released the full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #45, and we’re on the road to a big milestone for the comic…quite literally in this case! Amy is taking Tangle, Jewel and Belle on a well-needed girls-only break. But peace and tranquillity aren’t on the cards as tensions run high, and a tarot reading from Amy only exacerbates the situation with some very unsettling outcomes. Can the girls settle things down before this fiery situation gets out of hand? This is “Trial by Fire”; part 1.
(W) Evan Stanley (A/CA) Evan Stanley The ROAD TO #50 starts here! Enjoy a TEN-ISSUE long adventure leading up to the EPIC SHOWDOWN in milestone issue #50. ROAD TRIP!!! The girls; Amy, Jewel, Tangle, and Belle, are heading off on a well-deserved camping trip. Between Dr. Eggman, Dr. Starline, and the Deadly Six, life has been a bit stressful, so they hope rest and relaxation will bring them some peace. Unfortunately… tensions are high and Amy’s fortune card readings leave everyone feeling confused. Can the girls extinguish the awkwardness before it burns out of control? Find out in “TRIAL BY FIRE,” part one by Evan Stanley. In Shops: Oct 13, 2021 SRP: $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #45 is out October 13th at all good digital and physical comic suppliers. Pack your bags, because we’re officially on the road to #50!
The preview has been released for Sonic the Hedgehog #43! Sonic and the restoration efforts are backed against the wall as the Zeti set their sites on the headquarters! Can they fend them off long enough for aid to catch up, or will the Deadly Six finally claw something for themselves? And just what is happening while this is going on? This is “Zeti Hunt”: part 3.
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Adam Bryce Thomas (CA) Thomas Rothlisberger SONIC THE HEDGEHOG VS. SIX DEADLY ZETI! Who will win the battle?! Find out in the action-packed “Zeti Hunt,” part three! It’s all hands on deck as Sonic and friends struggle to defend the newly rebuilt Restoration HQ from the Deadly Six.
Sonic the Hedgehog #43 is released tomorrow, September 1st. Make sure you pick it up, things are going to be ramping up pretty soon!
If you caught this year’s Free Comic Book Day issue of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog, it featured a panel noting the the upcoming clash between Dr. Eggman and Dr. Starline, and significantly, an upcoming 4-part mini-series titled “Sonic: Imposter Syndrome.”
Comic Sonic is no stranger to impersonators across his many series, but hey, maybe this series will address his conflicts with insecurity and self-worth. Why are you really running Sonic? As fast as you are, you can’t run away from yourself.
Sonic has returned to Free Comic Book Day with a brand new story featuring the classic game cast. The issue features Amy exploring a new hobby: making Sonic comics! To find participating retailers in your area, go here.
Check out the cover, preview pages and story synopsis below:
(W) Gale Galligan (A) Thomas Rothlisberger (CA) Tracy Yardley Celebrating 30 years of the world’s fastest hedgehog! There’s no telling how Sonic will react when he sees the results of Amy Rose’s new hobby-she’s been making tell-all comics about her adventures with Sonic, Miles “Tails” Prower, and their friends! New York Times bestselling author Gale Galligan (The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels) spills the beans! Plus, fun extras to catch readers up on Sonic’s ongoing adventures, on the road to issue 50! Sonics 30th anniversary celebration will be a huge priority for IDW and Sega this year!
The full preview has been revealed for Sonic the Hedgehog #42, and if you thought this would be a straightforward scrap you can think again! Zavok has reunited with the rest of the Deadly Six and they’re out to cause mayhem. Jewel, now leader of the Restoration, has brought in Sonic, Tails and the Chaotix to interfere with their fun and stop the destruction! But they’re not the only wedge in the works; Dr Starline has taken fascination in a certain puppet, and him learning the secrets of the Tinker creations would be no fun for anyone! This is “Zeti Hunt”; part 2.
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Adam Bryce Thomas (CA) Priscilla Tramontano Zeti Hunt, part two! Now that Zavok has his pack, it’s time for them to make a big move. But Jewel the Beetle, newly appointed Restoration leader, has called on Sonic, Tails, and the Chaotix to run interference. Will they be able to stop the Zeti and make it home in time for spaghetti!? In Shops: Jul 21, 2021 SRP: $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #42 will be available from all good comic retailers tomorrow, July 21st. If you want to make sure you’re up to date with the building mystery (and maybe even watch some lovable detectives get into shenanigans), give this issue a look!
Sonic’s legacy in comics is almost as old as his legacy in games. From 1991 onward, Sonic’s stories have been depicted in sequential art, from one-shots to decades-spanning series. From a little promo comic to IDW, and with three different series from three different companies running at the franchise’s height of popularity in the 90s, the breadth and length of Sonic’s comic legacy is nearly unmatched in the video game space.
As if everything announced for Sonic’s big 3-0 already wasn’t enough, IDW have released the preview for the special one-off issue celebrating the Blue Blur’s birthday!
This special packs three stories in its pages! First up is the tried and true Chaos Emerald hunt in “Seasons of Chaos”; when the Chaos Emeralds suddenly crop up in random places, it’s up to Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Mighty and Ray to gather them all up before the bad guys can get a hold of them. But this is an anniversary special, so you know it won’t be just Eggman and Metal Sonic’s faces they run into!
Speaking of whom, the second story turns the spotlight onto the old man himself, since it’s also his birthday! But how does a despicable man like Eggman celebrate his birthday? His Badniks may be the only ones with the answer to that! This is “Dr Eggman’s Birthday”, written by The Babysitters Club author Gale Galligan.
And finally, the third story…is being kept secret for the preview! We know it’s being written by the McElroy Brothers, but you’ll have to read the comic to find out what goes on. Let’s hope it doesn’t drive you up the wall!
(W) Ian Flynn, Gale Galligan, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy (A) Aaron Hammerstrom, Reggie Graham, Mauro FoNSEca, Thomas Rothlisberger After 30 years of going fast, it’s time for fans to celebrate the speediest hedgehog of all time! It’s an unbelievable birthday celebration for Sonic the Hedgehog with his first Classic Sonic special! First, in “Seasons of Chaos” by longtime Sonic scribe Ian Flynn and artists Aaron Hammerstrom & Reggie Graham, Sonic goes on an adventure from pleasant spring valleys to wintry wonderlands in search of the Chaos Emeralds. But Sonic’s not alone, with a little help from his friends Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, Mighty the Armadillo, and Ray the Flying Squirrel, they’ll race, fight, and fly their way to victory against the baddest of baddies! Then, in “Dr. Eggman’s Birthday”, the vile, villainous Dr. Eggman takes center stage in a story written by New York Times bestseller Gale Galligan (The Babysitters Club)! And how does the bad doctor celebrate the occasion? Only his Badniks know for sure… Finally, in “TITLE TBD”, XXXXXXXX! Written by the hosts of My Brother, My Brother, and Me, The Adventure Zone, and New York Times bestsellers, the McElroy Brothers! Grab a slice of chili dog cake and don’t get left in the dust on the most way past cool book of the year! In Shops: Jun 23, 2021 SRP: $8.99
The Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special is out tomorrow, June 23rd, just in time for the big day. This bumper pack of goodies makes the perfect accompaniment to the Birthday celebrations, so make sure you get your copy!
IDW are continuing the steam for Sonic’s 30th birthday, as the newest batch of previews they’ve released includes Sonic the Hedgehog #41! In the start of a brand new arc, The Deadly Six are still at large and causing havoc. Both Sonic and Eggman are on their tail, and the Chaotix have even been brought in by Jewel to help stop the monsters! But they’re not the only ones after them; Zavok, pride wounded, wants to enact revenge, and getting the band back together is just the first step! This is “Zeti Hunt”; part 1.
(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Adam Bryce Thomas The Deadly Six are still on the loose and attacking towns. Jewel the Beetle recruits Sonic’s friends the Chaotix to find and stop the monsters, but Zavok is looking for his minions, too-he’s angrier than ever and wants to reunite. The Chaotix will have to act quickly to outsmart the Deadly Six! In Shops: Jun 16, 2021 SRP: $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #41 is out in all good comic retailers tomorrow, June 16th. Keep the celebrations going, make sure you don’t miss the start of a new action-packed story, and pick this one up!
The latest previews have been revealed by IDW, and this issue concludes Eggman’s diabolical testing. Tangle has managed to suss out the trap tower, and has jumped in to save Sonic, Tails and Amy from the most dangerous hybrid robots in Eggman’s twisted arsenal. Can they escape the tower in one piece? And what of Belle, who has her own ghouls to face when she comes across an old…”friend” from her past? This is “Test Run”; part 4.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #40 Tangle to the rescue! The brave lemur has jumped into the battle to save Sonic, Amy, and Tails from falling victim to Dr. Eggman’s latest experiment. Belle has a different kind of battle when she comes face-to-face with an old friend. Will the gang be able to escape unharmed? Find out in Evan Stanley’s epic conclusion to “Test Run”!(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Dan Schoening In Shops: 6/9/2021 SRP: $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #40 is due to be released in all good physical and digital retailers tomorrow, June 9th. With important revelations guaranteed to be around the corner, you won’t want to miss this explosive conclusion!
After missing out the April window, the full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog has finally been revealed, and things are twisting even further in this tower of terror! Sonic, Tails and Amy are still trying to make their way out of Eggman’s elaborate trap, but the further they get the more diabolical tests they’re subjected to. Meanwhile, Tangle and Belle are still trying to assist from the outside. What they don’t know is that they’ve managed to get control of the tower, and that’s just making things worse! This is “Test Run”; part 3.
(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Abby Bulmer Report: Test subjects S, A, and T are responding very well to experiments. Proceeding to phase three. Sonic, Amy, and Tails are still stuck in Eggman’s evil tower and being subjected to his increasingly crazy tests. It doesn’t help that Tangle and Belle have unknowingly begun controlling the tower and are making it impossible for their friends to escape! Everyone’s limits are pushed as they try to make it out in time in “Test Run,” part three! In Shops: May 12, 2021 SRP: $3.99
The full preview has been released for Sonic the Hedgehog #38, and it’s getting a bit topsy-turvy in here. Sonic, Tails and Amy have managed to find an Eggman Base inside the mysterious tower, but this is no cake walk! Logic goes out the window as the heroes encounter illusions and obstacles with every new room explored. Can they traverse the place in one piece? Meanwhile, Tangle and Belle have also found their way to the base, but they get the behind-the-curtain view as they run into trouble from the robots controlling things and more tower trickery! This is “Test Run”; part 2.
(W) Evan Stanley (A) Adam Bryce Thomas (CA) Matt Herms Houston, there appears to be two hedgehogs and a fox floating through space… Sonic, Amy, and Tails are stuck in a mysterious new Eggman base. Each room holds a challenging surprise and the hallways don’t make any sense! Can they find out how to escape unharmed? Meanwhile, Tangle and Belle sneak in to find the bots running the show and stumble into some trouble! In Shops: Mar 24, 2021 SRP: $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog is out at all good comic retailers tomorrow, March 24th. Tricks and traps await you when you tag along for this one!
IDW have released their solicits for June, which means more exciting news on upcoming Sonic comics! First, Sonic the Hedgehog #42 sees Zavok having brought the Deadly Six back together, and planning to make a move that will undoubtedly not go down well for the heroes! Jewel has called on Sonic, Tails and the Chaotix to interfere with whatever they have brewing, but will their team-up be enough to stop the Zeti? This is “Zeti Hunt”; part 2.
Sonic the Hedgehog #42—Cover A: Priscilla Tramontano Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Priscilla Tramontano (c) “Zeti Hunt,” part two! Now that Zavok has his pack, it’s time for them to make a big move. But Jewel the Beetle, newly appointed Restoration leader, has called on Sonic, Tails, and the Chaotix to run interference. Will they be able to stop the Zeti and make it home in time for spaghetti!? FC • 32 pages • $3.99 Sonic the Hedgehog #42—Cover B: Abby Bulmer Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Abby Bulmer (c) *Retailer incentives: Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
In addition to this, there’s more information on the Sonic 30th Anniversary Comic celebration, with a special being released in time for his birthday! Have you wanted to see longtime Sonic comic writer Ian Flynn show the classic heroes together on a quest for the Chaos Emeralds? Does the idea of Eggman celebrating his birthday from ‘The Babysitters Club’ author Gale Gilligan interest you? Did you desire for a story from the McElroy Brothers about Sonic learning to drive? All topped off with art from a slew of excellent artists, and covers by the likes of Sonic Team and Tyson Hesse? As oddly specific as some of those are, this one-shot special has you covered!
Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special—Cover A: Sonic Team—Gem of the Month Ian Flynn; Gale Galligan; Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy (w) •Aaron Hammerstrom & Reggie Graham, Mauro Fosenca, Thomas Rothlisberger (a) • Sonic Team (c) After 30 years of going fast, it’s time for fans to celebrate the speediest hedgehog of all time! It’s an unbelievable birthday celebration for Sonic the Hedgehog with his first Classic Sonic special! First, in “Seasons of Chaos” by longtime Sonic scribe Ian Flynn and artists Aaron Hammerstrom & Reggie Graham, Sonic goes on an adventure from pleasant spring valleys to wintry wonderlands in search of the Chaos Emeralds. But Sonic’s not alone, with a little help from his friends Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, Mighty the Armadillo, and Ray the Flying Squirrel, they’ll race, fight, and fly their way to victory against the baddest of baddies! Then, in “Dr. Eggman’s Birthday,” the vile, villainous Dr. Eggman takes center stage in a story written by New York Times bestseller Gale Galligan (The Babysitters Club)! And how does the bad doctor celebrate the occasion? Only his Badniks know for sure… Finally, in “Sonic Learns to Drive,” Sonic’s up against a tough challenge: Driving! When the fastest thing alive can outrun any car, will Sonic have the patience to learn… or will he finally get left in the dust? Written by the hosts of My Brother, My Brother, and Me, The Adventure Zone, and New York Times bestsellers, the McElroy Brothers! Grab a slice of chili dog cake and don’t get left in the dust on the most way past cool book of the year! FC • 80 pages • $8.99 Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special—Cover B: Christina-Antoinette Neofotistou—Gem of the Month Ian Flynn; Gale Galligan; Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy (w) •Aaron Hammerstrom & Reggie Graham, Mauro Fosenca, Thomas Rothlisberger (a) • Christina-Antoinette Neofotistou (c) *Retailer incentives: Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Patrick Spaziante! Order 25 copies and get one free variant cover by Tyson Hesse!
Sonic’s birthday is certainly shaping up to be jam-packed, with both of these issues slated for June. As always, we will have more info on them closer to their release, so stay tuned to see what’s in store for the big 3-0!
Looks like New Comic Info Day has come a little early, as solicitations for the next upcoming Sonic IDW comic – Issue 40 – has been released to the media, along with not-quite finished line work of one of the edition’s planned cover art. Check it all out below!
The full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #36 has been released, and it’s all hands on deck to stop Dr Starline in this issue. He’s set up an avalanche that Sonic needs to somehow avert to save the guests of White Park!
IDW have revealed their newest comic releases, and there’s some variety coming up in the Sonic comic scene! Firstly, Sonic the Hedgehog #39 sees Sonic, Tails and Amy still at the mercy of Eggman’s Trap Tower, and the tests are just getting more and more deadly! Tangle and Belle are still trying to aid the heroes, but unbeknownst to them by taking control of the tower they’re the reason they can’t escape! Is there a way of solving the puzzle they’re just not seeing, and will their wits last long enough to work it out? Find out in “Test Run”; part 3.
(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Abby Bulmer Report: Test subjects S, A, and T are responding very well to experiments. Proceeding to phase three. Sonic, Amy, and Tails are still stuck in Eggman’s evil tower and being subjected to his increasingly crazy tests. It doesn’t help that Tangle and Belle have unknowingly begun controlling the tower and are making it impossible for their friends to escape! Everyone’s limits are pushed as they try to make it out in time in “Test Run,” part three! In Shops: Mar 31, 2021 SRP: $3.99
On the more prestigious end of the scale, the definitive collection of older IDW Sonic stories finally has a release date! In Sonic the Hedgehog: IDW Collection Volume 1, you can relive the first arc of the series as Sonic meets old and new faces as the restoration efforts kick off, runs into a moral dilemma when he squares off with Shadow, and finds out what threats are lurking in the aftermath of the war, prepared to strike at any sign of a weakness. In addition, this isn’t a regular trade paperback, this is a proper hardcover edition which will make for a fantastic present for a beginner to the comic series!
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Tracy Yardley, Adam Bryce Thomas, Jennifer Hernandez (A/CA) Evan Stanley Oversized hardcover editions of the celebrated Sonic the Hedgehog comics, including the ongoing series, annuals, and mini-series, all presented in recommended reading order. Everything a beginner could need, everything a diehard could want! ON YOUR MARKS. GET SET. GO! The adventure begins here as Sonic races to protect the world from bad guys old and new! In the aftermath of his latest battle with Dr. Eggman, rogue robots are on the loose and new foes are on the rise. But where is the evil doctor and what secrets will Sonic discover during his search? One thing’s for sure: he’ll need plenty of help from Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and new allies Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf. Plus, he’ll have to deal with a little competition-from his old frenemy Shadow the Hedgehog! It’s an epic storyline Sonic fans can’t miss, so don’t get left in the dust. Gotta go fast! In Shops: Jun 09, 2021 SRP: $59.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #39 is currently slated for release in March, while you’ll have to wait a little longer for Sonic IDW Collection Volume 1 which is set for a June release. In any case, we’ll have more on both of these closer to the time of their release!
IDW have released their full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #4, and it’s all hands on deck for all the villains in this action-packed finale! Dr. Starline and his treacherous team have just about managed to last long enough to get their hands on the powers they were after all along. Starline’s plan is in his grasp! But Eggman’s not going to let them get away with this, so he’s setting his sights on them with no mercy. Will Eggman wipe out his potential threats…or will they wipe each out first? Find out in “No Honour Among Thieves”!
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron HammerstromDr. Eggman vs. the Bad Guys! Astonishingly, Dr. Starline’s managed to hold together his motley crew of criminals long enough to almost achieve his goal and see his plan to fruition. Unfortunately, when Dr. Eggman gets wind of their activities, he sets his sights on them. Will the Bad Guys stay together to scramble Eggman or will they crack? Find out in “No Honor Among Thieves,” the thrilling conclusion to Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys!In Shops: Dec 23, 2020SRP: $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #4 came out December 23rd in comic shops and on digital platforms. If you’ve got some last minute Christmas shopping to do, what better to treat yourself with than seeing this explosive finale!
The full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #35 has been released, and there’s certainly no silent night for Sonic and his friends! Rouge’s mission goes awry and there’s a mysterious hooded villain on the prowl in White Park. Sonic and Tails are called in to help, but newly discovered puppet-robot Belle is along for the ride! Is she truly going to assist our heroes, or does she have her own motives? And what has happened to the rest of the investigation party? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 3.
(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times, this is going to be a bumpy one! Rouge calls on Sonic and Tails for backup after the appearance of a hooded villain at White Park. The recently-revealed shadowy figure from Eggman’s base tags along, but can they really be trusted? All will be revealed in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases,” part three! In Shops: Dec 02, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #35 will be available in comic shops and on digital platforms December 2nd. Get into the Winter season with a bit of snowy adrenaline!
The preview is out for Bad Guys #3, and things aren’t going so well for Dr. Starline. He thought he had the other baddies in the palm of his hand, but taking control of other connivers to get rid of them isn’t exactly an easy feat. When Zavok and Mimic discover what Starline has planned for them, they are rightfully pretty mad and get to work concocting their own counter-plans. Starline’s going to learn how hard keeping order can be in “Trust Issues”.
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom Who can you trust in a group of bad guys? Zavok and Mimic find out the hard way in “Trust Issues,” and are… less than happy. Meanwhile, Starline is struggling to maintain control of the rowdy group of villains. In Shops: Nov 25, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Bad Guys #3 will be out on November 25th. You’ll want to pick this up if you want to see some evil egos put in check!
The full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #34 has been revealed, and behind the cutesy veneer there’s skulduggery afoot! Amy, Cream and Rouge are still competing to help Omega and keep Cheese away from mean-spirited champion Clutch, but something seems a little…off. Meanwhile, Sonic and Tails keep investigating Eggman’s base, unaware they’re being watched by a figure as yet unknown. And how does Shadow’s own mission tie into everything? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 2!
(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Abby Bulmer It’s off to the races with Cream, Cheese, Amy, and Rouge! They have to keep up their winning streak or surrender Cheese to Clutch’s evil… clutches! Meanwhile, Sonic and Tails are being watched by a mysterious figure in Eggman’s seemingly abandoned base and Shadow investigates a mystery! In Shops: Nov 11, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #34 is out November 11th in all good comic outlets and on digital platforms. If you want adorable Chao antics mixed with mysteries, this might be the one for you!
The full preview has been revealed for the next step in Dr Starline’s nefarious scheme to get back at Eggman! He’s brought together the brutality of Zavok, the cunning of Mimic, and the relentless determination of Rough and Tumble. Together with his intellect, destroying his former boss’ Badniks and securing the power for their own purposes should be a breeze…as long as they don’t destroy each other first! This is “Smash & Grab”.
From Sonic veterans Ian Flynn and Jack Lawrence comes “Smash & Grab,” an exciting story jam-packed with bad guys and badniks! Some of Sonic’s worst enemies are back and badder than ever! Dr. Starline, Dr. Eggman’s former-right hand, has brought together Mimic, Rough, Tumble, and Zavok and promised them even more incredible power… if they can stop fighting each other and start fighting badniks to get to it! In Shops: Nov 04, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Bad Guys #2 is out on November 4th, so make sure you look out tomorrow for more of their dastardly exploits!
What’s that? You want Sonic the Hedgehog news, sonny? Well, it just so happens that we’ve got a whole LIBRARY’S worth of news stories and features covering the last twenty years! We could tell you when Archie Sonic #117 hit comic store shelves… or we could tell you something interesting instead. How about the biggest Sonic stories to hit the internet since The Sonic Stadium opened its doors in 2000?
IDW have released more upcoming goodies, and Sonic has a couple of new titles announced! Firstly, opening out next year, Sonic the Hedgehog #37 has a solicit for a brand new story. After resolving the problem in Eggman’s base, Tangle is on a mission to initiate new girl Belle into the restoration team. But when Sonic, Tails and Amy investigate a mysterious tower that seems to have come from nowhere, they may be put through trials much sooner than they thought! This is “Test Run”.
(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Jon GrayThere’s a new kid on the block! And a new… tower? While Tangle tries to initiate Belle into the Restoration, Sonic, Amy, and Tails investigate a mysterious looking tower that has popped up. Everyone is pushed to their limits in “Test Run”! In Shops: Jan 13, 2021 SRP: $3.99
In addition, there’s something coming for both established IDW Sonic fans and those who want a convenient way of getting into the series. Sonic the Hedgehog is joining its collection line with The IDW Collection: Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 1.
This book will collect issues 1 – 12 in an oversized hardcover format, perfect for any library! Future volumes will encompass the annuals and miniseries as well, presenting them in the most ideal reading order. As of writing, the book is slated for release June 8th 2021, so it’s going to be a while before it hits the shelves.
As always, we will have more information on both of these closer to the time of their release. In the meantime, keep an eye out for more news and previews on the comic!
IDW Sonic comic fans have been treated well this month! Not long after we heard about new character Belle, artist Adam Bryce Thomas has shared character sheets of another brand new face in the comic universe: Clutch the Opossum.
Convention exclusive merchandise has existed for a long time, and this year’s no different, with IDW selling two convention-exclusive editions of the latest Sonic comics during this year’s New York Comic Con. IDW is selling editions of both Sonic the Hedgehog #33 and Sonic: Bad Guys #1 with convention-exclusive covers for $10 each on their NYCC store.
Check out the covers below:
If these comics seem expensive to you…well that’s because they are, but it’s pretty typical for convention-exclusive stuff to be sold at a premium, so there isn’t anything particularly unusual about the price. These convention-exclusive editions will only be available for a limited time, so if you want them you might want to act fast.
IDW will be holding an online NYCC panel tomorrow. Be sure to check out Sonic Stadium for coverage!
The preview has been revealed for Sonic the Hedgehog #33, and the next phase of the story is off to an unusual start! While the Metal Virus may be gone, its effects aren’t quite over yet. Omega has no body after it was torn apart, so he turns to Sonic, Tails and their friends for help in rebuilding a new one. The only way to do that? Trade for parts with a mysterious champion on the Chao racing circuit. Seems simple enough, but not when there’s some shady business going on just beneath the surface! This is “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 1.
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Gigi Dutreix
Hold on to your chili dogs, Sonic fans! Long-time artist Evan Stanley takes over as writer with an action-packed, friendship-fueled new arc: “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”, The perfect jumping-on point for new readers!
The Metal Virus is gone, but things aren’t quite back to normal. Omega is damaged and his allies turn to Tails and Sonic for help. The only way to rebuild him is to trade parts with a mysterious champion Chao racer… but things aren’t what they seem.
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
This issue marks the first time Evan Stanley takes the helm as head writer for the comic, so it’ll be interesting what changes that brings to it! Sonic the Hedgehog #33 is out October 14th, assuming no delays occur. Now would be a perfect time to dive into a new adventure!
It’s time for the more minor villains to take the stage in this new miniseries!
IDW have released a preview for Bad Guys #1! Dr Starline is eager to get back to evil schemes after the Metal Virus saga made a mess of everything, but it’s not going to be easy. The base he chose to devise a plan turns out not to be abandoned at all, and there’s no way he could take on Eggman’s security alone! If he wants to get anywhere, he’s going to need a team, and he’s willing to bring in some villains we all know and…well, know how treacherous they can be. What could go wrong? Find out in the first part of the miniseries!
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
The mastermind behind the Metal Virus isn’t done yet. Ian Flynn returns to answer: What happened to Dr. Starline?
The Shadowy Scientist is back to his evil antics in Bad Guys! And what better place to concoct nefarious plans than one of Dr. Eggman’s abandoned bases? But that is easier said than done when badniks are guarding the entrance! Dr. Starline knows he can’t do it alone, so he decides to recruit some familiar and not so friendly faces.
In Shops: Oct 07, 2020
Bad Guys #1 is due out October 7th in comic stores and on digital platforms, a suitably creepy month to start these villainous shenanigans. If you want to walk on the bad side for once, make sure you pick it up!
The Metal Virus Saga finally wraps up with one last clash with the man who started it all!
The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #32 has been released, and even though the ordeal is concluding, it doesn’t mean our heroes get to rest! Sonic is still MIA, so naturally Eggman chooses to unleash a desperate assault on the ones left to rebuild. Omega’s still got to be rescued, there are other smaller baddies crawling out of the woodwork to think about their next moves, and there’s still room for some funny business from the main hog himself. Catch it all in the second half of the Metal Virus epilogue!
The second half of the Metal Virus Saga epilogue. With all the chaos of the recent past still fresh in everyone’s minds, Dr. Eggman launches a new assault-determined to take down his enemies once and for all.
In Shops: Sep 23, 2020
While it’s currently slated to be released on September 23rd, that is still currently a tentative release date, so it’s subject to change. Regardless, if you want to see the culmination of over a year of heartache and trauma for our heroes, you won’t want to miss this!
IDW have revealed their solicitations for December, and there’s a batch of arc endings on the horizon as we see what’s coming in the future!
Firstly, in Sonic the Hedgehog #36, the cold, wintery hills are playing host to red hot action! There’s an avalanche heading towards the White Park chateau, and it’s going to take all the heroes present to stop the guests from being snowed under! Not only that, but the cloaked figure is making off with Tails! Can Sonic and co. pull off controlling both situations at once? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 4.
(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Reggie Graham
Strap on your snowshoes, an avalanche is headed straight for White Park Chateau! Sonic and gang are going to have to act quickly if they want to save the White Park guests and stop the hooded figure from getting away with Tails! Join Evan Stanley for the action-packed conclusion of “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”!
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
This month also marks the end to the latest mini-series as Bad Guys #4 sees Dr Starline take his rowdy rabble to the final stages of his plan. But Eggman isn’t going to sit there politely; once he catches on that there’s dissent, he goes on the attack! Can the troop of villains stick together long enough to stick it to the good doctor? Or is the glue binding them together going to prove brittle under force? This is “No Honor Among Thieves”.
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
Dr. Eggman vs. the Bad Guys! Astonishingly, Dr. Starline’s managed to hold together his motley crew of criminals long enough to almost achieve his goal and see his plan to fruition. Unfortunately, when Dr. Eggman gets wind of their activities, he sets his sights on them. Will the Bad Guys stay together to scramble Eggman or will they crack? Find out in “No Honor Among Thieves,” the thrilling conclusion to Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys!
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
Both of these issues are currently scheduled to come out on the same day before Christmas, but this is always subject to change. Make sure to keep an eye out for updates, you wouldn’t want to miss either of these conclusions!
We’re approaching the end of the Metal Virus crisis next week, but there’s still some cleanup to do!
A three-page preview has been released for Sonic the Hedgehog #31, and things are starting to settle, to an extent. In the first part of the Metal Virus arc’s epilogue, both heroes and villains alike are looking to the future after recovering from the disaster. Some are starting on rebuilding the world, others are planning for the long run. But amongst all this, there’s still a certain hero missing. How is he faring in the aftermath, and how can Blaze help out? Find out in this issue.
It’s all led to this… the thrilling two-part epilogue to the Metal Virus Saga. The world has changed. Heroes and villains plan for the future as reconstruction begins. But one hero remains missing…
Sonic the Hedgehog #31 is due out next Wednesday, on September 2nd. Make sure you clean up your own knowledge and find out how this saga ends!
IDW have released their solicitations for November, and there’s a chill in the air…in more ways than one!
In Sonic the Hedgehog #35, the Chao races are still going on, but there’s trouble brewing in White Park when a hooded baddie is spotted lurking around. Rouge calls Sonic and Tails for backup, and the shadowy figure they found in Eggman’s base is along for the ride. Can Sonic and Tails trust them to keep things going smoothly, or is there foul play afoot? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Base”; part 3.
(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times, this is going to be a bumpy one! Rogue calls on Sonic and Tails for backup after the appearance of a hooded villain at White Park. The recently-revealed shadowy figure from Eggman’s base tags along, but can they really be trusted? All will be revealed in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases,” part three!
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
Meanwhile, in Bad Guys #3, there are trust issues amongst the villains as well. Zavok and Mimic learn that trusting anyone in a band of villains is bound to lead to trouble. And Dr Starline is struggling to keep the control over the group of miscreants as baddies tend not to be the best team workers! This is “Trust Issues”.
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
Who can you trust in a group of bad guys? Zavok and Mimic find out the hard way in “Trust Issues,” and are… less than happy. Meanwhile, Starline is struggling to maintain control of the rowdy group of villains.
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
Both of these issues currently have a November release date, so make sure to keep an eye out. As always, we will have the latest updates if anything changes, and the previews closer to when they release!
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