Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #23

In the midst of chaos, we finally get a confrontation between good and evil!

IDW has released its previews for this week, and things are set to really heat up as the tension rises! In Sonic the Hedgehog #23, Sonic is desperately running, no matter how exhausted he may be, because he’s the last hope for a cure to the Zombot outbreak. While out gathering data for Tails, he runs into the two villains that started it all; Dr Eggman and Dr Starline! But with the infection all around them, will they even last long enough to have their usual bout of antagonistic banter? This is “The Last Minute”: part 3.

Sonic the Hedgehog #23
Writer: Ian Flynn
Artist: Jack Lawrence
Colorist: Matt Herms
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover Artists:
Cover A: Priscilla Tramontano
Cover B: Tracy Yardley w/ Bracardi Curry
1:10 Retailer Incentive Variant: Nathalie Fourdraine
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
“The Last Minute” – Part Three!
Sonic has been infected by the Metal Virus, and so far the only thing keeping him from going full-on zombot is his incredible speed… but how long can that last? As Sonic pushes himself to his limits gathering data for Tails, he comes face-to-face with the one problem more important than the Metal Virus: its creator, Dr. Eggman.

Sonic the Hedgehog #23 is due out in all good comic retailers and digital platforms tomorrow, November 27th. Make sure you make a note of it, nobody would want to miss out on Eggman getting to gloat over Sonic’s peril!

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Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #21

For once, October is going to have an appropriately terrifying tale in store for Sonic!

The full preview has been released, and the metal virus is knocking on our heroes’ door! Tails is trying to research a cure for the Zombot pandemic before it overcomes his best friend. But the Zombots are having none of that and attack Tails’ lab directly! Meanwhile, Tangle and Whisper are holding their ground and saving as many virus-free civilians as possible, while still coming under heavy pressure from infected masses. Will they all manage to stave off the onslaught, or will there be more major casualties to come? Find out in “The Last Minute”: part 1.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Lamar Wells, Reggie Graham, Jennifer Hernandez (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
“The Last Minute,” Part One! To contain the Metal Virus, the Restoration must split up! In this issue, as Tails researches a cure for the Metal Virus, his lab comes under attack by Zombots. With Whisper and Tangle out saving as many civilians as they can, will Tails withstand the siege and find the cure-or will the whole world fall? The first of three simultaneous stories! Spotlighting beloved characters Tails, Tangle, and Whisper!
In Shops: Oct 02, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #21 is out in all good comic stores and on digital platforms October 2nd. Get yourself in a spooky mood and pick up this nail-biter!

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Sonic Talk 63: “Let’s be Sonic Heroes!”

Another month, another (incredibly late) episode of Sonic Talk!

In this episode, we discuss Sonic’s appearance in OK KO!, and how he single-handedly caused the series to end (kidding). We also chat about Tangle and Whisper, a Mighty plush, Sonic #19,  Mario and Sonic 2020 Olympics arcade and much, much more! So what are you waiting for? RECENT topics?!! Hah! Like we’d do that!


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Cover for Sonic #25 Released

Comic books, especially Sonic comics, traditionally have major events, special stories, or cool covers every 25thissue. By the looks of things, IDW’s iteration of Sonic looks to continue that tradition with this new cover from Tyson Hesse featuring every major character from the series. Hesse has done work on various Sonic comics in the past and recently directed the Sonic Mania Adventures animated web series.

There’s no solicitation to go with this one. Check out the cover below!

Previews for Sonic #20, Tangle & Whisper #2 released

IDW has released three-page previews of their next few upcoming Sonic comics through Apple Books. Both Sonic the Hedgehog #20 and Tangle & Whisper #2 now have previews available. Sonic #20 will be released later this week on August 28, while T&W #2 is coming next Wednesday.

Check out the previews, covers, and solicitations for the issues below:

“Crisis City, Part 2”! When a powerful ally succumbs to the Metal Virus, Omega and Sonic stand alone against an infected city. And even if they can save the remaining civilians from the zombots, will they be safe from Sonic?

The conclusion of the Crisis City storyline, but not the Metal Virus saga

If Tangle and Whisper know they’re being led into a trap, the imposter they’ve been chasing can’t get the drop on them, right? Who is this mysterious imposter, why is Whisper so adamant about taking him down, and will Tangle be able to help-or just get in the way? Find out in “Ambush”!

TSS Review: Tangle and Whisper Issue #1

While at Comic Con last week, I managed to grab a SDCC exclusive copy of Tangle and Whisper issue number one, The very first IDW spin-off mini series based on comic exclusive Sonic the Hedgehog characters. Written by Ian Flynn with art by Evan Stanley.

Continue reading TSS Review: Tangle and Whisper Issue #1

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #19

This week, we get to see the sun set and dark fall as the metal virus saga broaches even higher stakes!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #19 has been released, and we’re reaching another major turning point! Sonic has reached Sunset City, where team Dark are currently trying to stave off another wave of infection. But with Sonic’s own infection getting worse and the sheer number of zombots not helping, how long can Sonic keep this up? And which of his allies also has their life on the line? Find out in “Crisis City”: part 1.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Ryan Jampole
“Crisis City, Part 1”! Eggman’s reign of terror continues! Sonic races to help Team Dark rescue civilians from a major city, but his own metal virus infection is getting worse! Outnumbered, how long can Sonic outrun the inevitable? And who else will fall? A major cornerstone of the metal virus saga! One of Sonic’s most powerful allies falls victim to the disease, but who? Cover A by new-to-IDW Sonic artist Ryan Jampole!
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #19 is due out in comic stores and on digital platforms July 24th. Don’t be left in the dark, make sure you pick it up!

Source: Previews World

Tangle and Whisper SDCC Pins Coming to the Sega Shop

Tangle and Whisper fans rejoice! There is some official merch coming your way care of the Sega Shop website. Everyone’s new favorite femme fatales are getting their own, exclusive pins. For $14.95 (US Dollars) each, you can pick from the excitable and carefree Tangle or the introvert assassin, Whisper. 

Despite saying SDCC (AKA San Diego Comic Con), these pins do not seem to be available at the convention as they are not listed at IDW’s merchandise booth. The pins are available for preorder now at shop.sega.com and are due to ship on July 30th.

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #18

IDW gets ready for the summer with ever-encroaching dread!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #18 has been released, and there’s a lot to pack into this continuation of the Zombot arc! Sonic’s already lost one friend to the Zombot invasion, and he’s rushing to save another. But with the Zombots already well spread in Cream’s village, will Sonic find himself down another very soon? Meanwhile, things aren’t going quite as planned for Eggman either as he’s losing control over his hoard. See how this starts going for him in “Victims”.

Sonic the Hedgehog #18
Ian Flynn (w) • Diana Skelly (a) • Jonathan Gray (c)
“Victims”! The infection spreads! Sonic’s already lost one friend to the spread of the virus and doesn’t want to see anyone else corrupted. When Cream the Rabbit’s town becomes the latest epicenter, Sonic races to help—but chaos has already started.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #18 is due out in all good comic stores and online July 3rd, which is tomorrow. If you want to catch the latest action, don’t miss out!

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IDW releases August Solicits for Sonic Comics

IDW has released covers and plot summaries for both Sonic the Hedgehog #20 and Tangle & Whisper #2. Check them out below!

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Evan Stanley

“Crisis City, Part 2”! When a powerful ally succumbs to the Metal Virus, Omega and Sonic stand alone against an infected city. And even if they can save the remaining civilians from the zombots, will they be safe from Sonic?

The conclusion of the Crisis City storyline, but not the Metal Virus saga!

In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99
W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Evan Stanley

If Tangle and Whisper know they’re being led into a trap, the imposter they’ve been chasing can’t get the drop on them, right? Who is this mysterious imposter, why is Whisper so adamant about taking him down, and will Tangle be able to help-or just get in the way? Find out in “Ambush”!

A new mini-series featuring two of the most popular Sonic the Hedgehog characters!
Tangle & Whisper are a classic odd-couple in this adventurous team-up!

In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99
Each of these comics have alternate covers, which are currently unreleased. Be sure to stay tuned for future IDW Sonic news!

IDW’s Sonic comics sell out again

IDW has revealed that their latest Sonic comics have all sold out. Sonic #14, #15, as well as the recently released Sonic Annual have all sold out “at the distributor level.”

This comes as IDW’s Sonic comic has been entering its second major story arc, with a Tangle and Whisper mini-series on the way this summer. The latest issue, Sonic the Hedgehog #16, just released today.

Tangle And Whisper #0 Available Now And It’s Free

Those anxious for the first issue of Tangle and Whisper can get their first taste today courteousy of IDW comics. Tangle and Whisper #0 is available for free both online and at your favorite local comic store. The issue itself is a short preview of #1, but the best reason to buy it is if you’re new to IDW Sonic as it features a nice recap of the first year of the book. So why are you still reading this? I gave you a link! Go read the comic! Go drive to your local comic shop and nab a copy while you still can! Go! Continue reading Tangle And Whisper #0 Available Now And It’s Free

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #15

On the brink of disaster this month…

The preview for the latest issue has been revealed, and it seems as if we’re drawing ever closer to the point of chaos! In Sonic the Hedgehog #15, Sonic and Amy are hot on the heels of Dr Starline after his first encounter with Sonic. Their attempt to infiltrate Eggman’s plans are disturbed by two skunks looking for revenge; Rough and Tumble are back in business! But with Eggman’s secret weapon nigh ready for release, how long with they stay safe? How long can Sonic stay safe, for that matter? This is “Patient Zero”.

Having finally come face-to-face with Dr. Starline, Sonic needs to learn more about this new threat. He and Amy investigate an old Eggman lair but find it less abandoned than they thought when Rough & Tumble return for revenge!
Sonic the Hedgehog #15
Cover A: Jack Lawrence / Cover B: Diana Skelly
Ian Flynn (w) • Jack Lawrence (a)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #15 is out in all good comic retailers and digital platforms tomorrow, March 20th. Get down there and catch that comic fever!

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Sonic Talk 58: Sonic Got Bamboozeled

On this much shorter episode of Sonic Talk, Jason discusses Apex Legends (that other game with Roger Craig Smith) only for GX to suffer a power outage which results in about half an hour of our discussion being cut off. We still have plenty of Sonic news and a review of the first dozen issues of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog. So prepare for 45 minutes of Sonic-y goodness!

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #14

Sonic’s getting a bit of cold reception in the latest issue!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #14 has been released, and it looks like Sonic is on thin ice! In this issue, he and Silver have made their way to a frigid but active base off the back of a tip. When there though, they run into baddies both old and new; Metal Sonic and Dr Starline! How will the two hedgehogs handle this strange new team-up? And what of Eggman’s incubating evil scheme? Find out in this story!

Sonic the Hedgehog #14
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a) • Lamar Wells (c)
A helpful tip leads Sonic and Silver to an abandoned Eggman base suddenly teeming with activity. As the two investigate the action, an old foe returns and a new foe comes face-to-face with Sonic for the first time…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #14 is out February 27th in comic stores and on digital platforms. That may be a bit later than what you were told, but you still won’t want to miss out on things heating up!

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Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #13

There appears to be something incubating in the latest issue…

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #13 has been released, and it’s the start of something new and sinister! Sonic and his friends are returning to normalcy after the total defeat of Metal Sonic on Angel Island, but as our heroes go about their lives, the underground hive of villainy is not dormant for long. An old foe reemerges with a plan more diabolical than ever, but how are Rough and Tumble involved with the newest and most microscopic agent in the team? Find out in this issue!

Time for a break! Sonic can finally take some time to catch his breath, secure in the fact that the day’s been saved and his old greatest foe is… Wait. He’s gone?! What does that…? Well, that smells like trouble…
Bullet points:
The return of Rough and Tumble!
Sonic faces a new threat that kicks off year two with a bang!
Extra-length issue!
Sonic the Hedgehog #13–Cover A: Adam Bryce Thomas
Writer Ian Flynn
Art Adam Bryce Thomas
Colors Matt Herms
Letters Shawn Lee
FC • 36 pages • $4.99
Release Date: February 6, 2019

Sonic the Hedgehog #13 is out tomorrow, February 6th, in stores and online. Pick up the fever of new arc hype when you pick up the comic!

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Comic Preview: Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #16 and Tangle & Whisper #0

IDW has released their April solicitations, giving us our first look at Sonic the Hedgehog #16 and Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #0.

In Sonic the Hedgehog #16, Sonic has to use his speed to survive a virus. Meanwhile, in Tangle & Whisper #0, we will get our first look at their upcoming solo mini-series, coming this summer, as well as a recap of the first year of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic.

Check out the covers and solicitations below:

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Diana Skelly (CA) Evan Stanley

In Shops: Apr 17, 2019

Final Orders Due: Mar 25, 2019

SRP: $3.99


(CA) Various

Fan-favorites Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf take the spotlight in this special preview for their upcoming mini-series adventure! Check out a sneak peek of their next adventure as two of the newest and already most beloved Sonic characters team-up! Also includes a recap of Season 1!
* Catch up on Season 1 of Sonic as Season 2 picks up speed in the main series!
* Includes a special sneak peek of the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper mini-series, coming this summer!
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019

Final Orders Due: Apr 01, 2019

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Tangle and Whisper To Get Their Own Mini Series This Summer

Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf, two original characters from IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, will be going on their own solo adventure in a mini series coming this summer. These two characters will be the first non-game Sonic characters to get a mini series since Archie Sonic’s Princess Sally series back in 1995. The mini series itself will be the first Sonic comic mini series since Sonic Quest was printed in 1996.

The mini series was revealed in this month’s IDW solicits, which revealed an issue that will contain a sneak peak of the series, Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #0.

The mini series’ plot and creative team are currently unknown. The prequel comic is currently slated for April 24, 2019. We’ll be sure to bring you all the latest!

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #12

The battle may be over but the war will surely rage on.

The preview has finally been released for Sonic the Hedgehog #12 and even as the arc ends it’s only building up the mystery! Sonic and his friends, after finally putting down Neo Metal Sonic, are in the process of clearing up and restoring Angel Island. But have they truly quashed the spirit of the metallic monster? And what else is lurking in the underground of villainy? This is “Battle for Angel Island”; part 4.

“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part Four.
The thrilling conclusion to the Battle for Angel Island saga! As Sonic and his friends work to restore Angel Island, two questions remain: is Neo Metal Sonic truly defeated, and what other trouble is brewing?
Sonic the Hedgehog #12
Cover A: Evan Stanley / Cover B: Gigi Dutreix
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #12 will be on sale in comic shops and on digital platforms from January 16th. Don’t miss it if you want to see the fallout of Metal Sonic’s terror!

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Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #15 and the Sonic Annual Revealed

The excitement is spreading as much as the new bug in March’s story selection!

IDW have released the solicitations for the first lot of Spring, but not all of this new life is cute and cuddly! In Sonic the Hedgehog #15, after Sonic’s encounter with the enigmatic Dr Starline, he has to learn more about the new terror he’s unleashed. He teams up with Amy to start investigating an old base of Eggman’s, but things don’t go smooth when Rough and Tumble are involved!

Sonic the Hedgehog #15—Cover A: Jack Lawrence
Ian Flynn (w) • Jack Lawrence (a)
“Patient Zero.”Having finally come face-to-face with Dr. Starline, Sonic needs to learn more about this new threat. He and Amy investigate an old Eggman lair but find it less abandoned than they thought when Rough & Tumble return for revenge!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #15—Cover B: Diana Skelly
Ian Flynn (w) • Jack Lawrence (a) • Diana Skelly (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Bullet points:
– A major turning point in Season 2! Who will be infected?!

We also have more info on the Sonic Annual that was announced earlier! Want to read about Tangle and Whisper teaming up to save a friend? Sonic and Tails’ wacky hijinks when Sonic decides to be in the pilot seat of the Tornado? The gardening adventures of Silver and Blaze? Rouge the Bat doing her thing? Or even the start of the new Sonic Fan Club? Then this smorgasbord of talent is just for you!

Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019—Cover A: Sonic Team
Ian Flynn, James Kochalka, Evan Stanley & Gigi Dutrieux, Cavan Scott, and Caleb Goellner (w) • Jonathan Gray, Jack Lawrence, Jennifer Hernandez, Diana Skelly, and Evan Stanley (a) • Yuji Uekawa of Sonic Team (c)
In Sonic’s world, adventure awaits around every corner, but even the world’s fastest hedgehog can’t be at the center of all of it! Join Sonic and some of his coolest friends in adventures that show just how wonderful Sonic’s world really is.
In the lead story, the odd couple of Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf team-up to save a friend in need! Then Sonic and Tails take the Tornado for a spin, but is Sonic going too fast? Plus, Silver and Blaze slow down for a minute to go gardening, the Sonic Fan Club has their first official meeting, and Rouge the Bat hunts for treasure!
FC • 48 pages • $7.99

As a little note, Sonic the Hedgehog #12 has been moved again, but only to January 16th, so expect the preview very soon. In the meantime, we will have more on all of these issues closer to their release. The tension is building, and the thrill is infectious!

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The Spin: The Freedom Fighters are Gone (and That’s Okay)

Before you send me a ton of hate mail, let me explain.

First, we gotta go back to the beginning of cartoon adaptions of video games. It wasn’t always easy to do. In the early days of video games you had a protagonist that you played as, an antagonist but no real story tying them together. If there was one, it was VERY bare bones. With very little to go on so the cartoon creators had to come up with some kind of plot that could play for 13 episodes on a Saturday morning. Look at Pac-Man. How do you make a cartoon based on a series of games where the protagonist is a yellow ball that eats tiny, white dots in a maze while being chased by ghosts? If you’re Hanna Barbera, you rip off one of your own properties (The Flintstones) and make it about a family man who’s trust trying to get through his daily life while being chased by ghost-monsters who are trying to find the power-pellet forest because that’s the only thing they’re weak against. Somehow, that was enough for a few seasons and a Christmas special. That’s just one example. There was all kinds of crazy cartoon adaptions of games. Some faithful to the source material, some not.

“Will you give me my @#$%ing boots back already?!!”

Then, in the fall of 1993, DIC came up with two wildly different adaptations of Sonic the Hedgehog that could not be more different in tone. One was “The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” that aired on weekday mornings. It was a silly, goofy take on the video game franchise. It took inspiration from cartoons such as Ren and Stimpy and Looney Tunes. The other was “Sonic the Hedgehog” otherwise known as “SATAM” by fans because oit played on Saturday mornings. Where Adventures was super goofy, “SATAM” was much darker and took a more serious tone.

Now at this time, there was only two Sonic games and both took place in fantastical lands with only Sonic, Tails and Dr. Robotnik (Knuckles and Amy did premiere in games that year, but that was after the shows had been released). Even the planet they were having their adventures on had no name. Just “zones”. Since like many video game adaptations there was little to go on, DIC (along with Archie comics) made a ton of characters and world-building of their own. Now, I’m not going into what they did with “Adventures” because that’s not important. “SATAM” is what we’re going to focus on. On that show, Dr. Robotnik basically won. He had taken over and polluted the planet to near devastation. The only ones in his way were Sonic, Tails (who was barely used) and the Freedom Fighters. Sally (co-lead character and Sonic’s love interest), Antione (love rival and comic relief), Bunnie (strongman and very encouraging) and Rotor (genius mechanic with the personality of wet toast). The Freedom Fighters were added mainly due to Sonic having a small cast of characters at the time of production.

“I like fish sticks! That’s the closest thing I have to a personality quirk!”

Sonic fans LOVED this show and for most, it’s still their favorite and why not? Sonic and Sally’s constant struggle to end the grotesque and evil Robotnik’s reign of terror made for delicious drama. This series gave us a ton of Sonally fans (fans who ship Sonic and Sally) and who can blame them? Seeing these characters struggle so hard to defeat this tyrant only to fail or achieve very small victories was heartbreaking. They lost friends. They lost family. The only joy they seemed to have was in their comradery with each other and we loved seeing that relationship grow. For a while, Sally was HUGELY popular with fans. So popular that she was the third hero at the Sega amusement park “Sega World” in Australia, had a puppet musical show with her in it and she even got some of her own merchandise.

Sally was a big part of Sega World.

But all good things must come to an end and the series only lasted two seasons. From there, it continued on the in pages of Archie comics for nearly 25 years. Originally, Archie went the comical route with the book, but after the success of SATAM, they turned it into pretty much a continuation of the series, only now with game elements added in as well. However, after many adventures in the Archie comics, the series met it’s inevitable end. When the Sonic comics were picked up by IDW comics, it continued off not from Archie with the Freedom Fighters, but a non-cannon continuation of the 2017 game “Sonic Forces”. For those who didn’t play Sonic Forces, the same basic premise applies. Dr.Eggman (formerly Robotnik) won and had taken over the earth and a small band of resistance fighters led by Knuckles (Who’s brilliant idea was that?) fought back to end Eggman’s tyranny. Sound familiar?

But enough of the history lesson. While the IDW comic has introduced two new heroes, Tangle and Whisper, the Freedom Fighters are nowhere to be found. Why? Who knows? Could be they are tangled in some kind of copyright issue, could be Sega would rather focus on the cast that appears in the games rather than a 25 year-old cartoon. Whatever the reason, Sally, Bunnie, Antione and Rotor are gone….for now. But in my personal opinion, that’s fine. Maybe, just maybe it’s time to let them go. Why? Several reasons.

Reason #1: They are characters that only exist outside of the games.

One of their final appearences.

Like I mentioned before, when SATAM premiered, there was only TWO heroes in the games, Sonic and Tails with Amy and Knuckles only premiering in brand new games that year. Nowadays, our heroes include Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Big, Cream, Blaze, Vector, Espio, Charmy, Silver, Rouge, Shadow and…did I leave anyone out? These characters exist in the games and the comic needs more focus on them rather than characters who are cartoon and comic exclusive with their only game appearance being a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in Sonic Spinball. The comic exists to expand the world of the games. The CURRENT games. With a cast so huge that a lot of nerds bitch about it while hypocritically complaining that Luigi’s evil twin brother isn’t playable in Smash. My main point is that the comic’s are there not only to make a profit, but to help promote the games. Something the Freedom Fighters have never been a part of.

Reason #2: Thanks to shows like Sonic X and Sonic Boom, The SATAM fan base is shrinking.

“Sally? Sally who?”

Remember when I mentioned that the 90’s were full of Sonally fans? This was very true. If you browsed the internet on the Sonic fan base during the late 90’s early 2,000’s it was all about Sonic and Sally. Then Sonic X happened and there became more and more kids who grew up on that cartoon rather than SATAM and gradually a good chunk of Sonic discussion and fan art went from mostly Sonic and Sally to Sonic and Amy and that’s only getting bigger. In fact, I rarely see Sally or the Freedom Fighters in fan art on my Twitter anymore.

If you need any more proof that they are not needed anymore, just look at the reaction when the IDW comic premiered without them. There was no outrage. No controversy.  Almost zero. The only thing close was an online article where they were upset about Ian being vague about their return and that’s it. Instead, the internet got flooded with fan art of the newest hero for the Sonic book, Tangle the lemur.

Reason #3: The comic has a new band of Freedom Fighters AKA “The Resistance”

“So wait, I’M the leader?! On a scale of 1-10, how %$#@ed are we?”

As I said before, the IDW Sonic comic is a non-cannon continuation of the Sonic Forces story line. A story where Sonic has a new band of freedom fighters all based on game-related characters and is pretty much twice as big as the original Freedom Fighters. Knuckles is the leader this time with Amy as the strategist which allows Sonic the freedom to world travel and help build up the resistance to the currently-defeated Eggman and any new villains that may rise in his stead. This includes brand new characters to help freshen up things, making bringing back the original Freedom Fighters a moot point. They’re not needed.

Reason #4: Their stories have been told.

“Our children are cute and biologically impossible!”

Let’s face it. Archie did just about everything they could with them. Twice, we’ve seen Sonic and Sally’s future where they were king and Queen. We’ve seen Eggman/Robotnik fall, rise, fall again then rise again like a rollercoaster. Antione finally gave up on Sally and eventually married Bunnie. Finally Rotor became more useless than ever after Tails became the mechanical genius. The character evolution was basically in limbo. Even in a reboot, what more can they do with them?

Now, all that said, does this mean they’re gone for good? Who knows? Just because they are not being used in the comics anymore doesn’t neccesarily mean IDW can’t use them in the future. Like I said, could be legal entanglements, could be they just have no current use for them. Maybe rebooting them and introducing them to a new audience would be great, but as I see it, it’s unnecessary.

Would I like to see them back? Sure! Who wouldn’t? But I think there NEEDS to be a reason to bring them back and currently, I just don’t see it. If you want more of the Freedom Fighters, there’s always other methods like fan-fiction or fan comics like Archie Sonic Online. A fan-created continuity of the Archie Sonic comics. Thing is, sometimes it’s good to let things go if it’s outlived it’s purpose rather than let things drag on. Here’s hoping to see more of the Freedom Fighters in the future but if we don’t, well that’s okay too.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not neccesarily those of Sonic Stadium.

IDW Announces Sonic the Hedgehog Annual comic

IDW has announced that the Sonic comic will be getting its very first oversized issue next March with Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019. This 48-page comic is not only a first for the IDW series, but also the first oversized comic Sonic has starred in in over 18 years.

A big comic requires a lot of people to make and the list of creators for this comic is sizable. This issue will be featuring work from series veterans Ian Flynn, Evan Stanley, Jennifer Hernandez, Jonathan Gray, Caleb Goellner, Diana Skelly, and Gigi Dutreix. The comic will also be introducing new creators from other IDW comics, including Jack Lawerence (Transformers: Lost Light), Cavan Scott (Star Wars Adventures), and James Kochalka (Johnny Boo).

In addition to all of these new creators, the comic will also feature a cover variant from veteran Sonic game artist Yuji Uekawa. Uekawa is best known for his work in the Sonic Adventure games, which introduced Sonic’s modern, green-eyed look. This cover will mark Uekawa’s debut in Sonic comics.

In a press release IDW gave exclusively to ComicBook.com, Uekawa gave his thoughts on IDW’s original characters, which are featured in his cover. “I am really happy to draw IDW’s original characters altogether with Sonic and his friends, as I had never imagined that I would draw these characters as official artwork. As with many IDW Sonic series fans, I personally love Tangle and Whisper, and I am very much looking forward to seeing their further adventures with Sonic, as well as seeing original characters in future issues!”

The other two variant covers will feature art from Hernandez and Nathalie Fourdraine.

The issue will cost $7.99, and the number of individual stories it will feature are currently unknown. Stay tuned for further details!

UPDATE: Sonic comic editor David Mariotte has confirmed that the comic will feature five stories:

A Tangle and Whisper story from Ian Flynn and Jennifer Hernandez.

A Sonic and Tails story from Caleb Goellner and Jack Lawerence.

A Rouge the Bat story from Cavan Scott and Diana Skelly.

A Sonic fan club story from James Kochalka and Jon Gray.

A Blaze and Silver story from Evan Stanley and Gigi Dutriex.

Check out Uekawa’s full cover below:

 

Comic Previews: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #14

Enemies finally show themselves in the latest revealed issue!

IDW has revealed its solicitations for February, and the intrigue comes to a head in the next instalment of the series! In Sonic the Hedgehog #14, Sonic is working with Silver again after a tip-off about a base that’s suddenly brimming with activity. But when they go to investigate, they get more than they bargained for when they encounter an old foe…and a new one who’s getting to meet them for the first time! Who are these villains, and how will they react to being disturbed by two of the most powerful hedgehogs out there? Find out in this issue!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #14 10 COPY INCV FOURDRAINE
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Nathalie Fourdraine
A helpful tip leads Sonic and Silver to an abandoned Eggman base suddenly teeming with activity. As the two investigate the action, an old foe returns and a new foe comes face-to-face with Sonic for the first time…
In Shops: Feb 20, 2019
Final Orders Due: Jan 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

As always, we will have more information on this issue and more closer to the time of their release.

Speaking of, for those expecting Sonic the Hedgehog #12 tomorrow, this will no longer be the case due to the limited release schedule they have this month. You can instead look forward to the aftermath of the battle with Metal Sonic on January 9th 2019, and Sonic the Hedgehog #13 on January 30th. Not much longer to wait for more Sonic comic goodness!

Source: Previews World

Comic Preview: IDW Team Sonic Racing One-Shot

Team Sonic Racing may have been delayed to May next year, but there’s a little fuel in the meantime right now!

The full preview for the Team Sonic Racing comic has been released! In this one-off special, follow the antics of Sonic and his friends as they ride wheel to wheel with team Dark and give Eggman a drive for his money! What tricks does Eggman have up his sleeve to even the odds with the heroes…and what exactly does our new associate Dodon Pa want? Find out in this teaser for the game!

Written by: Caleb Goellner.
Art by: Adam Bryce Thomas.
Cover by: Adam Bryce Thomas.
Description: Sonic’s been taken to another world and entered into a race unlike any other! With a little help from his friends Tails and Knuckles, he’ll race to win the competition and get everyone home! But… Before that, check out a comics exclusive story straight from the world of Team Sonic Racing!
Pages: 40.
Price: $4.99.
In stores: December 5.

The Team Sonic Racing one-shot will be available in stores and on digital platforms on December 5th. Beat the cold by burning up the track to your store for it!

Source: Comics Continuum

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #11

Things are getting even more out of control this month for Sonic and his friends!

The preview for the next issue of the IDW comic has been released! In Sonic the Hedgehog #11, Sonic, Knuckles and Shadow are once again keeping up the fight against Metal Sonic, now in his most powerful form. Can they overcome the odds and finally bring Metal Sonic down? Meanwhile, the rest of the resistance get an unexpected snag in their plans when the entire Egg Fleet rebounds and goes on the attack against them! There’s surprises abound in “The Battle for Angel Island”; part 3.

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Tracy Yardley (CA) Jon Gray
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99
“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part Three! Sonic and Knuckles are on the ropes as their foe uses the power of the Master Emerald to become a far more formidable threat! Meanwhile, the rest of the Resistance faces off against the entirety of the Eggman Empire’s Fleet… but can they win?

Sonic the Hedgehog #11 is out on November 28th in stores and on digital platforms. If you need something to beat out the cold, the red hot action hurtling towards its conclusion is the perfect remedy!

Source: Graphic Policy

Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #13 and IDW Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 2 revealed

The battle for the island may be over, but the action isn’t taking a break here! The solicitations for the new year have been released, and things are already getting intriguing! Continue reading Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #13 and IDW Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 2 revealed

Comic Previews: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #11 revealed

The end of the year approaches…but is it the end of the line for our heroes? IDW have released their solicitations for November, and the attack on Angel Island is ramping up! In Sonic the Hedgehog #11, Sonic and Knuckles are still facing off against the invading villain, but with the Master Emerald under his control he’s in position to overpower them with sheer force. Continue reading Comic Previews: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #11 revealed

Sonic Comics Coming To Nintendo Switch Via InkyPen

Fresh off the press from Gamescom 2018, Gamespot are reporting the announcement of InkyPen, a Nintendo Switch app that provide users the ability to read comics and graphic novels on their console, including Sonic comics!

Continue reading Sonic Comics Coming To Nintendo Switch Via InkyPen

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #8

A stealth early release, perfectly fitting for this new character.

IDW have decided to release Sonic the Hedgehog #8 early, and with that comes an early preview! In this issue, after the failed data capture in the Egg Fleet, Sonic is assaulting the Arsenal Pyramid. Silver is there to help him out, but there’s someone else inside the base. Why do they call them the guardian angel? And why are they so secretive to boot? You can find out here!

Sonic the Hedgehog #8
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a & c)
Hush! You hear that? It sounds like Sonic’s racing off to another adventure and he’s not alone! But who is this “Guardian Angel” and why does everybody talk about her in a Whisper?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #8 is releasing tomorrow. Make sure to remember the early date so you can wolf down more Sonic comic content as soon as it comes out!

Source: Graphic Policy