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

Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #10 and Team Sonic Racing Revealed

That is, Team Sonic Racing the comic. Not the game. Maybe.

IDW have released their solicitations for October, and not only does it feature the next part of the climactic battle, it also features the official tie-in comic to Team Sonic Racing! And perhaps a little more than that…

In Sonic the Hedgehog #10, the resistance are working hard to liberate Angel Island from the vying claws of the Egg Fleet, with Tails and Amy leading the charge, but some heroes have a little more work to do. Blaze has to face off against an army all by herself, and she’s going to need some real fire power to do it! Meanwhile, Sonic and Knuckles are working together to take out a very powerful enemy, but will their combined efforts be enough? Find out in “The Battle for Angel Island”: part 2.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #10 CVR A THOMAS
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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Tracy Yardley (CA) Adam Bryce Thomas
“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part 2. As Amy and Tails lead the Resistance fighters to free Angel Island from the Egg Fleet, Blaze must face an army all by herself. Meanwhile, Sonic and Knuckles find themselves face-to-face with a Super-powerful enemy. Will they be able to beat their foe, or will they just get beat?
The stunning second part of the first-year finale!
In Shops: Oct 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #10 CVR B YARDLEY
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #10 10 COPY INCV FOURDRAINE

Meanwhile the Team Sonic Racing tie-in comic, announced at SDCC, actually seems to be quite mysterious. We’ll get plenty of racing shenanigans that lead into the game, sure, but the plot seems to be the synopsis for the game as opposed to the comic. Do you want to see Sonic get himself out of a scrape in a strange world with the help of some fast cars and the superpower of teamwork? You might just be in luck!

TEAM SONIC RACING (ONE-SHOT)
AUG180800
(W) Caleb Goellner (A/CA) Adam Bryce Thomas
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!
Leads into the upcoming game, Team Sonic Racing, available Winter 2018!
Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails team up in this exciting adventure!
Special extra-long one-shot!
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Whether you want to see a test of power or prefer some red hot speed, it looks like October will have you covered! We will have more info on both of these issues closer to their release.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Comic Previews: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #9 Solicitation Revealed

The gang’s all here when September comes!

IDW have released the new solicitations for September 2018, and for Sonic that means everyone is pitching in for the fight! In Sonic the Hedgehog #9, a villain to be reckoned with is attacking Angel Island. The goal? To get to the Master Emerald and use its power to take control over everyone and everything! Sonic and all his friends are in a race against time to stop them, but has the clock already ticked down? This is “The Battle for Angel Island”: part 1.

Sonic the Hedgehog #9—Cover A: Lamar Wells
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a) • Lamar Wells (c)
“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part 1. One of the greatest threats Sonic has ever faced descends upon Angel Island, home of the mystical Master Emerald, seeking to take the Emerald’s power and control the world. Can Sonic and his friends stop the attack on the island—or is it already too late?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #9—Cover B: Tracy Yardley
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Tangle, Whisper, Shadow… Everyone’s in this issue!
It’s all been building to this!
Variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!

As always, we will have more news on this comic closer to the time of its release. Until then, you can read the more immediate upcoming issues to see how they build up to this story!

Source: Bleeding Cool

Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #8 and the Fallout Boxset Released

IDW have revealed their solicitations for August, and there’s a new face to be seen…although they may be difficult to hear.

Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #8 and the first comic boxset have been released. Whether you want to look to the future or to the past, the upcoming months have you covered.

Sonic the Hedgehog #8 is keeping rather hush with its story. This time, Sonic the Hedgehog ends up in the company of the time travelling Silver the Hedgehog, But there’s whisper in the wind about a new hero on the horizon, the one whose spoken as a guardian angel, a person known as…well, Whisper! Find out how she fares when Sonic and his usual adventurous flair come running to her doorstep!

Sonic the Hedgehog #8—Cover A: Gigi Dutreix—SPOTLIGHT

  • 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—Cover B: Evan Stanley —SPOTLIGHT
  • Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a) Gigi Dutreix(c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Introducing a brand-new character, Whisper!
  • Also featuring Silver the Hedgehog!
  • Variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!

The boxset for the first four issues that has been covered previous also feature in this month’s batch of solicitations, due to be released in September! If you need to catch up with Sonic’s first adventures in the new continuity, you can do so while meeting up with faces both old and new! There’s danger and mystery abound in “Fallout”.

Sonic the Hedgehog, Vol. 1: Fallout—SPOTLIGHT

  • Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley, Adam Bryce Thomas, Jen Hernandez, Evan Stanley (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
  • The evil genius Dr. Eggman has been foiled—but the work of Sonic the Hedgehog isn’t over yet! In the aftermath of the latest epic battle, rogue robots continue to attack small villages around the world. In order to succeed, Sonic will need the help of his friends Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, along with some new and surprising allies. This new collection from acclaimed writer Ian Flynn features the blue blur like you’ve never seen him before. Gotta go fast!
  • TPB • FC • $15.99 • 96 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-327-8
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • Join the Blue Blur for brand-new adventures as he and his friends race around the world to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman’s robotic forces!

We will have more information on these issues and ones previously revealed closer to the time of their release. In the meantime, pay attention to your calendar so time doesn’t fly by you! And you might want to look out for a clue to the next issue’s release in the upcoming days…

Source: Comic Book Resources

Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #7 Revealed

There’s new villainy afoot as we enter July! Why not relax by playing a game?

While you might be reading up on the skirmish between Sonic, Knuckles and two bad skunks, the solicitation for Sonic the Hedgehog #7 has been revealed! Between all that’s happened in revealing Dr Eggman’s secret, Sonic wants to stop the onslaught of Badniks right at the source. However, what Sonic can see is just the surface. With another villain poised to show themselves, he’ll have to keep his wits about him to stay on the level!

Sonic the Hedgehog #7—Cover A: Kieran Gates—SPOTLIGHT
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Kieran Gates (c)
Secrets revealed! After the dramatic events of the last two issues and the secret of Dr. Eggman, Sonic races off to shut down the organized Badniks at the source. Unfortunately, there’s more at play than Sonic has realized—and more powerful players…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #7—Cover B: Adam Bryce Thomas—SPOTLIGHT
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
• One of the first major villains of the new series revealed!
• A special foil cover to celebrate entering the second half of Sonic’s first year at IDW!
• Don’t miss the new Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course Board game in our games section!
• Variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!

There’s also new information regarding the announced board game from IDW; Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course. Grab up to three other players and race through Green Hill Zone to be the first to collect five Chaos Emeralds!

Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course
Sean McDonald (d)
Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik are on a crash course for the Chaos Emeralds! Speeding through the classic Green Hill Zone, players in Sonic the Hedgehog Crash Course race to be the first player to collect 5 of the 7 Chaos Emeralds! If you want to take the victory, then you gotta go fast!
HOW TO PLAY
RACE forward and leave your opponents in the dust
COLLECT items then heal damage
WIN if you’re the fastest to earn the most Chaos Emeralds!
2-4 players • Playable from ages 8+ • 30-45 minutes • MSRP $29.99 • UPC: 8-27714-01484-6
Bullet points:
• Quick to learn, easy to play, challenging to win! Start racing in minutes!
• Build-as-you-play track! No race is ever the same!
• Powerful special items! Go faster, set traps and slow down opponents!
• Includes 4 pre-painted plastic miniatures!
• Advance solicited for February release!

As always, we’ll have more information about the issue closer to release. While you wait, why not brush up on your board game strategies ready to show your friends how super sonic you really are!

Source: Comic List

Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #6 and a Collector’s Boxset revealed

This month has all sorts of surprises in store as June brings us both a new issue and a new collectors item for those who just want more comic hedgehog!

Continue reading Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #6 and a Collector’s Boxset revealed

Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #5 Revealed

In anticipation of its other solicits coming out tomorrow, IDW has decided to release the solicitation and one of the covers for Sonic the Hedgehog #5 slightly earlier than scheduled. But there’s never a time to be too early when it regards your arch-nemesis coming back into the picture!

In Sonic the Hedgehog #5, there is a question that needs to be answered; where exactly has Dr Eggman got to? His Badniks have still been causing mayhem since he and Sonic last fought, but he’s not been there with them to bring his usual flare to the fight. Wherever he is, he’s bound to be thinking up something evil, but what will Sonic do when he finds out what? This is “The Fate of Dr Eggman”: part 1.

 

Sonic the Hedgehog #5
Ian Flynn (w) • Jamal Peppers (a) • Jamal Peppers (c)
“The Fate of Dr. Eggman,
” Part 1. After his last battle with Sonic, Dr. Eggman’s gone quiet. His Badnik forces are still causing trouble, but without the bad doctor’s usual fanfare. What’s Eggman been doing all this time? And what will happen to Sonic when he finds out?
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 5/30/18

Sonic the Hedgehog #5—Cover B: Kieran Gates
Ian Flynn (w) • Jamal Peppers (a) • Kieran Gates (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
Expected in-store date: 5/30/18
Bullet points:
– Guest starring: The Chaotix Detective Agency!
– Retailer Incentive: Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Foudraine!

As always, we will have more on this issue closer to the time of release. In the meantime, look out for more variant covers for the previous issues to be revealed up to April!

Source: Newsarama

Comic Preview: Solicitation Revealed for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #2

Now isn’t this a shocking move! IDW have revealed the solicit to the second issue of the new comic series a day before the rest are supposed to be released, and it’s got a lot going on!

While issue 1 was focused on Tails, this issue will focus on Amy Rose. Sonic’s still out saving more towns, but when he comes across this one, Amy comes along to help him fight off more of Eggman’s forces. But things take a more serious turn when Amy has something to ask of Sonic; rejoining the resistance!

Sonic the Hedgehog #2—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
Sonic’s new adventure continues, and when he comes across another town in need of saving, his old pal Amy arrives just in time to join the fight! The banter is fun, and the stakes are high, but things get really serious when Amy presents Sonic with a big request: rejoin the Resistance!
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/11/18

Sonic the Hedgehog #2—Cover B: Adam Bryce Thomas
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/11/18

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Order 25 copies, get one free variant cover featuring the characters from the issue by Jonathan Gray!

Now, this isn’t the only solicit you’ll be getting for the month, as Issues 1, 3 and 4 are all due theirs tomorrow. Watch this space for more news!

Source: cbr.com

Archie delays upcoming Sonic comics again, doesn’t solicit Sonic for May

Fans of Archie’s Sonic comic series will be waiting awhile longer to get their next Sonic comic fix. According to the website Previewsworld, which posts solicitations for upcoming comic books, the next issues of both Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe have been delayed again to April and beyond.

Sonic the Hedgehog #291, originally scheduled for late January before being delayed to March 1, then March 22, is now arriving in stores April 26. Sonic Universe #95 will be shipping on April 12, three whole months after the last issue. Of course, these delays have also affected subsequent issues, with Sonic #292 shipping on May 24 and Sonic Universe #96 shipping on May 10.  The solicitations for the remaining issues have yet to be altered, but they will no doubt be changed eventually to reflect these delays.

Today, it seems even these dates may not be set in stone; while in the past Archie has re-solicited delayed comics, their recently released May solicits did not feature any Sonic comics, new or old.

Things have been rocky for Archie’s Sonic comics these last few months. In addition to these delays, subscriptions for the comics became (and remain) unavailable, which we first reported back in January. The exact cause of all this remains unclear, as Archie staff have remained mum throughout all of this.

Sources: Comic Vine, Previews World

Sonic: Mega Drive #1 Announced

Archie comics have revealed their contribution to the 25th anniversary, and it’s a blast to the past!

Courtesy of Comic Book Resources, the cover and solicitation has been revealed for a special 25th anniversary one-shot called Sonic: Mega Drive #1! After the events of the Death Egg’s destruction, Eggman has hatched up a new scheme; building a new machine of terror called the MEGADRIVE. Continue reading Sonic: Mega Drive #1 Announced

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

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

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.

SonicUniv85

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

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

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

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #277, Sonic Universe #80 and More Released

Listen out for the cry of the wolf…and robot minions?

Arcade Sushi has an exclusive advance look at September’s Sonic comic offerings, and it looks to be quite wild! In Sonic the Hedgehog #277, Sonic and the Freedom Fighters on the hunt for one of Eggman’s Super Badniks, and they’re assisted by none other than old SatAM supporting character Lupe! But what exactly lies under the sheep’s clothings, and how does destroying the Super Badnik help in the restoration of the world? Find out in “Thunder, Rain and Lightning”. Meanwhile, Sally and Bunnie are on the trail of the last Chaos Emerald they need, but it’s in the territory of Egg Boss Clover the Prongfoot! Discover they’ll attempt to get it out in “Hidden Costs”.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #277
Script: Ian Flynn & Aleah Baker
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
Sonic the Hedgehog #277 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Rick Bryant and Ben Hunzeker
Sonic the Hedgehog #277 CVR B Variant: Tyson Hesse
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!
Ship Date: 9/30
On Sale Date: 10/14
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Sonic Universe #80 continues the great conspiracy of the future! Silver’s still out to shut those Genesis Portals alongside Professor Von Schlemmer, but the plan they formulate is being refused to be heard by the council that can put it in action. Why would they turn deaf ears to an end to the danger? And it doesn’t help that Silver’s hearing a voice that no-one else can! Let’s hope Silver can uncover the mystery before he’s driven to madness or, worse still, death! This is “the Silver Age”: part 2.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #80
Script: Evan Stanley
Art: Tracey Yardley, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
Sonic Universe #80 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #80 CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight
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!
Ship Date: 9/9
On Sale Date: 9/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

Next up, a new graphic novel has been announced, and we’re revisiting the debut of the Werehog! Sonic the Hedgehog GN #4: Control brings back to Sonic and the team’s efforts to secure a Chaos Emerald and fight off a slew of Super Badniks. Along they way, they encounter Mighty, Ray and their mentor Moss, cross the angry path of Egg Boss Thunderbolt the Chinchilla, and they end up a man down temporarily as Sonic learns to control his unleashed side. Relive the ensuing carnage with the collection of “Control” and “Ambushed”.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4: CONTROL (TR)
Script: Ian Flynn, Benjamin Bailey, Joey Esposito, Eric Esquivel
Art: Tyson Hesse, James Fry, Jamal Peppers, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Things are about to get a little HAIRY! Moving at the speed of sound, keeping the world free from robotic tyranny—it’s SONIC THE HEDGEHOG! One of the most beloved video game icons speeds into brand new comic book stories with new friends, new foes and new adventures! It’s Sonic—UNLEASHED! The corrupting energies of Dark Gaia have infected our heroic hedgehog, transforming him into the fearsome WEREHOG! It’s up to his old buddies Mighty and Ray to tame the savage beast! And the race for the Chaos Emeralds grows direr as the Freedom Fighters fight for their lives against the fearsome E-100 killer robots! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4: CONTROL collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #264-267.
978-1-62738-955-6
$12.99/$14.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/30

Finally, we go to a more calm side of things with a new one-off book! The Art of Sonic the Hedgehog Comics looks more at the artsy side of the creative process. Not only does it have galleries with regular and variant covers, but artwork from across various Sonic titles over the years, and a glimpse behind the scenes looking into the step-by-step process of making the pictures you see month by month. Certainly one to get if you’re keen on the creative aspects of the comic!

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ART OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG COMICS (TR)
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Patrick Spaziante, Ben Hunzeker and various
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is the single longest-running video game-inspired comic book series ever! With over 400 issues and over 20 years of adventures, the artists on Sonic comic books have created thousands of pages of show-stopping artwork. Join us in a parade of visual splendor as we revisit the finest pieces of art to come from SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, SONIC UNIVERSE, SONIC BOOM and all the other Sonic titles you’ve come to know and love over the years, featuring an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the artists and their work, including sketches, pencils and stage-by-stage break-downs of your favorite true blue artwork, plus an extensive variant cover gallery! No Sonic fan will want to be without the dazzling works of PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE, TRACY YARDLEY, BEN BATES, JAMAL PEPPERS, JENNIFER HERNANDEZ and many, many more!
978-1-62738-936-5
$39.99/$45.00CAN
8 1/4 x 11 1/4″
TR
304 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/7

We will have more information on all of these comics closer to their release date. No doubt you’ll be howling when that happens!

Source: Arcade Sushi

 

Solicitations for August: Worlds Unite Ends, Sonic Returns to Normal, Sonic Boom Comic Rumour

It’s the end of the line for Worlds Unite…but is it the only thing ending this month?

There’s a new batch of covers and solicits for the taking, and Comicbook.com gives us our look at the end of the crossover, amongst other things. In Mega Man #52, Sonic and Mega Man finally power up to take on Sigma in his deadliest form yet, and the Genesis Portals have taken their toll as reality is starting to fall apart! Can the heroes defeat the threat and fix the multiverse in time? Find out in “Worlds Collide”: part 12.

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MEGA MAN #52
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!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Mega Man #52 CVR A Reg: T. Rex
Mega Man #52 CVR B Variant: Reilly Brown
Epic Poster Variant (pt 12 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 8/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

In Sonic the Hedgehog #276, Sonic is right back to business as his search for the Gaia Keys takes him to the arctic. But he’ll be hot under the collar when Egg Boss Tundra steps in to put his efforts on ice in “Cold Hearted”! Eggman’s plans aren’t so smooth sailing either as he embarks into territory unknown to find his deadly weapon Metal Sonic in “Back in Business”.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #276
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!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas
Sonic the Hedgehog #276 CVR A Reg: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Matt Herms
Sonic the Hedgehog #276 CVR B Variant: SEGA
On Sale Date: 9/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

In Sonic Universe #79, we take our first proper look at Silver’s future. It may be more pleasant than the burning ruins he used to be in, but that doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous too; he still has to deal with the Genesis Portals, but now there’s a whole conspiracy linked to them, and guess who’s going to be dragged along for the ride! It’s our naive hedgehog in “The Silver Age”: part 1.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #79
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!
Script: Evan Stanley
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #79 CVR A Reg: Evan Stanley
Sonic Universe #79 CVR B Variant: SEGA
On Sale Date: 8/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

There’s a new graphic novel due to be released, this time covering Eggman’s attempt to reinstill power over his troops and chasing down the treacherous Snively. Featuring city escapades and rock’em sock’em mechas, this is Sonic Universe Volume 10: Scrambled.

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SONIC UNIVERSE 10: SCRAMBLED (TR)
Move over, Sonic—it’s the villainous DR. EGGMAN’s time to shine! For years, Dr. Eggman’s runty underling, Snively, has been sneakily plotting to overthrow him. Now Snively enacts his grandest plan to take over the Eggman Empire—and this time, he might just succeed! It will take all of Dr. Eggman’s cruelty and cunning to maintain his position of power. Is he up to the task? Or will this be the mad scientist’s final defeat? All will be revealed in the egg-celent Sonic Universe vol. 10, collecting stories from Sonic Universe #37-40!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Steve Downer
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash and Steve Downer
978-1-62738-938-9
$12.99/$14.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/19

And finally, we have an interesting development hot off the press today. Sonic Boom #11 sees Eggman getting tired of his robotic assistants failing him so often, so he calls for outside help in the form of Kyle the Gorilla. Can this new baddie make a monkey out of the heroes, or will he be driven bananas like the rest of them? This is what comicbook.com says about “Eggman Gets a Gorilla”;

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SONIC BOOM #11
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!
Script: Sam Sandak Freiberger
Art: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant, John Workman and Matt Herms
Sonic Boom #11 CVR A Reg: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms
Sonic Boom #11 CVR B Variant: SEGA
On Sale Date: 9/2
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

However, this is not the only version of the solicit out there, as Comics Continuum has an alternate released solicit;

SONIC BOOM #11
Written by Sam Sandak Freilberger, art by Rick Bryant, Diana Skelly, covers by Diana Skelly, SEGA.
Follow up after the “Worlds Unite” crossover with a BOOM in this explosive final 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 with the concluding issue of Sonic Boom!
32 pages, $3.99.

According to this, the Sonic Boom comic will be ending with issue 11. Is this the finale of the adventures with the Boom gang in comic form? We’ll know for sure with the September batch of solicits.

But as always, we’ll have more information of all the comics closer to their release date.

Sources: comicbook.com, Comics Continuum

Covers and Solicitations for Mega Man #50, Sonic Universe #77, Sonic Boom #9, Sonic #274 And More

Once again a big media blowout for Worlds Unite with the June solicits.

Continuing with the updates that happened in March, we continue the story of Worlds Unite through comicbook.com providing covers and solicits for June. Resuming from part 3, act one of the crossover comes to a close with Sigma’s plan of fusing Sonic’s world with Mega Man’s world seeing fruition! It’s going to take a lot of man power to try and stop it, and with our main quartet for the crossover being joined by the Freedom Fighters, the Mavericks and Robot Masters, there’s a lot to draw from! Along with “Worlds Unite”: part 4, there’s a little side story about the first meeting of Mega Man classic and Mega Man X. Fitting for Mega Man hitting it’s 50th issue.

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MEGA MAN #50
Celebrate 50 issues of Mega Man with the latest chapter in the globe-smashing SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event! “Worlds Unite” Part Four: Act One comes to its mind-blowing conclusion! Sigma’s plan reaches its first stage, and the worlds of Sonic and Mega Man have fused! It’s definitely going to take more than one hero to stop the threat from the future—maybe even ten! Sonic, Mega Man, X, Sticks, the Freedom Fighters, Robot Masters and Maverick Hunters—UNITE! PLUS: Stick around for a special bonus anniversary story as Mega Man and X meet for the first time! Featuring a wrap-around cover from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante! PLUS 5 variant covers from Edwin Huang, Irvin Rodriguez, Patrick Thomas Parnell, Roger & Idalia Robinson and part 4 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Schoening, POWREE, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Luis Delgado
Mega Man #50 Wrap-around CVR A Reg: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Mega Man #50 CVR B Variant: Roger and Idalia Robinson
Mega Man #50 CVR C Variant: Edwin Huang
Mega Man #50 CVR D Variant: Irvin Rodriguez
Mega Man #50 CVR E Variant: Patrick Thomas Parnell
Epic Poster Variant (pt 4 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 6/17
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S

Sonic Universe #77 sees our heroes still fighting to stop Sigma’s fusion of worlds, but heroic forces alone are not enough. Enter Xander Payne, with Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily in tow. They provide new insight into Sigma’s insidious plans, but how much can it help? This is “Worlds Unite”: part 5.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #77
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!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Edwin Huang, Gary Martin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Super-group Variant Cover: CLAUS-Justin Harder
Epic Poster Variant (pt5 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 6/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Sonic Boom #9 sees the heroes go to war with the mechaniloids, led by the souped-up Deadly Six! It should be a united front, but Sticks isn’t always one to stick around if she gets distracted. But she didn’t intend to fall off the Sky Patrol and go through a Genesis Portal, we’re pretty sure, and who knows where she landed! This is “Worlds Unite”: part 6.

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SONIC BOOM #9
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!
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
Epic Poster Variant (pt6 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 7/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

For the last of the chronological Worlds Unite stories, Sonic the Hedgehog #274, we’ve lost the unite part of the title as Mega Man, X and their compatriots have turned on Sonic and the Freedom Fighters. Why would they do this? Eggman might have the answer, or he might have something more sinister up his sleeve. This is “Worlds Unite”: part 7.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #274
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 CG-SLUGFEST Variant cover from Rafa Knight and part 7 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Edwin Huang, Gary Martin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
CG-SLUGFEST Variant Cover: Rafa Knight
Epic Poster Variant (pt7 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 7/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

But there’s one more thing to add to the Worlds Unite overload! There’s just so much action in this crossover that the main books alone just can’t contain it. That’s why Archie are bringing out two market-exclusive battle books just for the occasion, promising exciting duels between the various forces of Mega Man and Sonic’s universes. Not only that, but there’s a wealth of new blood on board for both art duties and writing! And the first one has a solicit right here.

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MEGA MAN: 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! 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 superstars Evan Stanley & Jamal Peppers!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn, Howard Mackie, T. Rex
ART: Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Brent McCarthy, Rachel Deering and Elaina Unger
Cover: Evan Stanley, Jamal Peppers, Phyllis Novin and Ben Hunzeker
Sketch Variant Cover: Evan Stanley and Jamal Peppers
United Variant Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
On Sale Date: 6/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

And finally, for a bit of a breather, Sonic Archives #25 reprints more classic stories from days past in the Sonic comic. As the series gets closer to reaching the milestone of #100, there’s treachery afoot as Sonic gets involved in a web of lies, attempts to subdue Knuckles only end in chaos, and there’s a throwdown with Monkey Khan for the cherry on top!

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SONIC ARCHIVES 25 (TR)
Treachery and mystery abound in the next exciting installment of the SONIC ARCHIVES graphic novel series! Sonic finds himself caught in the middle as heroes and villains alike plot and plan their own agendas—what’s a super-speedy hedgehog to do? Dr. Eggman draws his wayward people into a city-sized trap! The power of the kingdom is snuck out from under Princess Sally by a double-sleeper agent! Sonic faces down his super-powerful cyborg rival! SONIC ARCHIVES VOLUME 25 collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #92-95.
Script: Ken Penders, Karl Bollers
Art: Ken Penders, Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, James Fry, Ron Lim, Michael Higgins, Jim Amash
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-61988-964-4
$7.99/$8.99CAN
5 x 7 3/8”
TR
112 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/15

We’ll have more details on all of these comics closer to their release. Isn’t it weird that we’re already halfway there!

Source: comicbook.com

Worlds Unite News Blast: Covers, Solicits and Teasers Abound

Covers and solicitations for May are in, but there’s more surprises in store for this crossover.

For the next three months, we’re on a Worlds Unite binge for the solicitations going from the end of spring to mid-summer, and we’re starting off big, folks! Archie has a slew of new covers and solicitations to start off the crossover, so let’s get right into it.

The 12 part story begins in Sonic Universe #76. Sigma, a deplorable villain from the Mega Man X universe, has managed to escape his space and reach the Lost Hex in Sonic’s World. Those Deadly Six have a history of backstabbing Dr Eggman, so what happens when they’re offered more power than the good doctor can give? Meanwhile, Sonic and Mega Man are too caught up in an ambush to be able to do anything! This is “Worlds Collide”: part 1.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #76
THE SONIC/MEGA MAN CROSSOVER EVENT BEGINS HERE! It’s the epic first chapter of the biggest story in Sonic/Mega Man comic book history with “Worlds Unite” Part One! Get ready for cross-world treachery as the wicked Sigma escapes the world of Mega Man X and arrives in Dr. Eggman’s secret Lost Hex base! When Sigma promises new power to the Deadly Six, how long do you think they’ll stay loyal to Dr. Eggman? We’re not betting for long! And just where exactly are our heroes during all this? Looks like Sonic and Mega Man are right in the middle of an ambush! The sense-shattering sequel to “Worlds Collide” starts right now! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Rafa Knight, and part 1 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Schoening, Jack Morelli and Luis Delgado
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
CROSSOVER KICK-OFF Variant Cover: Rafa Knight
Epic Poster Variant (pt1 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 5/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

Next, our focus turns to Sonic Boom #8, where Sticks is just enjoying a normal beating robots in the Sonic Boom universe before it’s a bit disrupted by X and the Maverick hunters! Even worse, back in the main universes, Sigma is forcing Dr Eggman and Dr Wily to do the worst thing you could imagine; making Sonic and Mega Man into his own minions! The stakes heat up in “Worlds Unite”: part 2.

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SONIC BOOM #8
It slices! It dices! It joins line-wide crossover events: it’s SONIC BOOM! “Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Unite” Part Two: It was just another day at the races—y’know, the ones with the giant spider-mechs? Things start to get weird, even for the lovable, paranoid Sticks, when X and the Maverick Hunters arrived! Meanwhile, the epic bromance of the century is rekindled as the captured Drs. Eggman and Wily are forced to turn their life-long nemeses—Sonic and Mega Man—into minions for the terrifying Sigma! After the history-making “WORLDS COLLIDE” crossover event, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man unite once more—and this time Sonic Boom and Mega Man X are joining the fray! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, a special “happy fun time crossover” variant by Ryan Jampole and part 2 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Jack Morelli and Luis Delgado
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
“Happy fun-time crossover” Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin and Steve Downer
Epic Poster Variant (pt2 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 6/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

For the last new chapter in the crossover, Sonic the Hedgehog #273 sees M’egga Man pack his terrifyingly varied arsenal against the Freedom Fighters in Sonic’s universe, and Sonic Man gives the runaround to the Robot Masters in Mega Man’s universe. There must be something that can save them…and it may be something that you wouldn’t expect. This is “Worlds Unite”: part 3.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #273
The ALL-NEW Sonic/Mega Man Crossover sequel explodes onto the shelves with “Worlds Unite” Part Three: It’s a cascade of cross-dimensional chaos! On Sonic’s World, the Freedom Fighters are battling with the terrifying arsenal of M’egga Man! On Mega Man’s World, the Robot Masters can’t keep up with the super speedy Sonic Man! Who can possibly save our heroes? The answer is sure to surprise you! After the history-making “WORLDS COLLIDE” crossover event, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man unite once more—and this time Sonic Boom and Mega Man X are joining the fray! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, villain variant by T.Rex and part 3 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Jack Morelli and Luis Delgado
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Villain Variant Cover: T.Rex
Epic Poster Variant (pt3 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 6/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

Continuing the Worlds Unite theme, Sonic Super Digest #12 has more reprints as usual, as well as a spotlight feature on Sonic and Mega Man looking back at Worlds Collide. In addition, there’s a new Sonic Comic Origins story focusing on Julian Snively!

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SONIC SUPER DIGEST #12
Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! As the Sonic/Mega Man WORLDS UNITE crossover reaches a fever pitch, see how it all began with a look back at Worlds Collide, the story that started it all, in a special Sonic/Mega Man spotlight feature! Also in this issue is an ALL-NEW edition of SONIC COMIC ORIGINS spotlighting the insidious G.U.N scientist (and villain?!) SNIVELY! This new story fills in some crucial and never-before-revealed gaps in the new Sonic comic universe, and you can ONLY scope this exclusive new story in Sonic super Digest! But that’s not all! Don’t miss all the classic fun and adventure you love in stories from the comics’ 20+ year history! Plus new cover art from Sonic comic super-star Jamal Peppers!
Script: Ian Flynn & Various
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms & Various
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 6/10
128-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Sonic Super Special Magazine #15 also has a look back at Worlds Collide along with the normal range of articles and features. As part of a tie-in with the Upcoming graphic novel collection of Waves of Change, there’s also a Sonic Comic Origins story spotlighting Razor the Shark!

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SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #15
Sonic Comic Origins continues this month with an ALL-NEW story featuring Razor the Shark! This special tie-in to the Sonic the Hedgehog vol3 graphic novel showcases 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! 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 Comic Origins mini-feature, this issue also features a special look back at the history-making Sonic/Mega Man crossover “WORLDS COLLIDE” storyline, as the sequel, WORLDS UNITE, heats up across the Archie Action Comics line! All this plus the extra features you love, an interview with Sonic/Mega Man Worlds Unite penciller Edwin Huang AND a super special cover featuring art by Sonic comic superstar Tyson Hesse!
Script: Ian Flynn & Various
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 5/27
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

To round out the solicitations, we have the more down to earth Sonic Boom graphic novel (Sonic Boom, down to earth, who’d have thought?). The first not-arc of the newest comic series in the Sonic the Hedgehog range is collected right here. Relive Sonic and co’s efforts to take down Eggman’s Big Boy, all while running into problems within the team along each step of the way.

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SONIC BOOM VOL 1: THE BIG BOOM (TR)
Here comes the BOOM! Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends are back and ready to do battle with the evil DR. EGGMAN and his mechanical minions and diabolical death-machines! This ground-breaking new chapter in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise puts a different “spin” on all your favorite heroes and villains—plus brand new faces and hilarious stories chock-full of action. Written by bestselling Sonic comic scribe Ian Flynn, the comic series will reside in the same story universe as the TV series and games, featuring a different take on the Sonic the Hedgehog universe, with a new look and feel. Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and new member Sticks, must come together as a team to explore a new world full of comedy and adventure. SONIC BOOM Vol. 1 collects Sonic Boom #1-4.
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Evan Stanley, Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-62738-983-9
$12.99/$14.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
112 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 6/3

We’ll have more information on all of the comics closer to their release. In addition, for the duration of Worlds Unite, we’ll be covering the Mega Man solicits and previews too!

And finally, a mystery is on the horizon. IGN has announcements to make about even more SEGA and Capcom franchises making an appearance in Worlds Collide, and it’s looking to be a massive amount! Right now we have Alex Kidd, Billy Hatcher, Nina (Breath of Fire) and Viewtiful Joe confirmed, and there’s more to be confirmed over the coming days. See if you can try to guess who’s who from this initial teaser;

Check with IGN often to see if your favourite SEGA and Capcom franchises show up!

Sources: Archie Comics, IGN

Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #272, Sonic Universe #75, Sonic Boom #7 and Worlds Collide The Complete Epic Revealed

For Sonic Universe hitting another milestone, we get…a counting lesson?

IGN has an exclusive look at the latest solicitations, and it’s all building up for Worlds Unite! First off, in Sonic the Hedgehog #272, Sonic and Chip have made it to Apotos, and their port of call is checking out the Gaia Gate in the area. Meanwhile, Knuckles is hanging with the Freedom Fighters in a typical session of fighting off titanic threats that could potentially destroy them before Sonic can get any closer to his goal. This is “A Ray of Hope”.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #272
Time is up—the WORLDS UNITE crossover event is almost upon us!
“A Ray of Hope”: As Sonic and the Freedom Fighters continue their journey to save the shattered planet, Sonic and Chip journey to Apotos to uncover the secrets of the Gaia Gate! Meanwhile, Knuckles and the Freedom Fighters take on a TITANIC challenge of their own! Does Sonic have a hope in saving the world? Will battle tear the freedom fighters apart first? Find out the answers to these and more exciting questions as our heroes journey to the much-awaited crossover event of the year—WORLDS UNITE! Featuring new cover art from Edwin Huang (Uncanny Skullkickers) and a crazy-new Metal Sonic game art variant provided by Sega!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Edwin Huang and John Workman
Metal Sonic Game Art Variant Cover provided by SEGA
On Sale Date: 5/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

In Sonic Universe #75, Sonic steps up to the plate again as Metal Sonic has a Chaos Emerald and chasing him down leads Sonic to a place that’ll test his heroics out. THere may possibly be some moonlight and madness involved as Sonic attempts to get that Chaos Emerald in “Fury”. And to celebrate 75 issues of Sonic Universe, it’s going to have seven and a half variants (how do you have half a variant?).

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SONIC UNIVERSE #75
Sonic Universe has reached 75 thrilling issues—and we’re celebrating in style!
“Fury”: The race is on as Sonic chases down Metal Sonic for one of the sought–after Chaos Emeralds! But when their chase takes them to a very unexpected place, Sonic’s worth as a hero may be put to the test! Can Sonic win the day, secure the emerald and retain his sense of self by the end? As our journey to WORLDS UNITE crashes to a close, join us in celebrating the longest-running Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off comic in history with 7.5 variant covers from your favorite Sonic artists! Featuring cover art from Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Tyson Hesse, EGA Studios, Patrick Thomas Parnell, Lamar Wells, Evan Stanley and Jonathan H. Gray! To name a few!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Variant Cover 1: Tracy Yardley
Variant Cover 2: Ben Bates
Variant Cover 3: Tyson Hesse
Variant Cover 4: EGA Studios
Variant Cover 5: Patrick Thomas Parnell
Variant Cover 6: Lamar Wells, Gary Martin and Gabriel Cassata
Variant Cover 7: Evan Stanley, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
Variant Cover 7.5: Jonathan H. Gray, Gary Martin and Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 4/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

The crossover may be on the horizon for Sonic Boom #7, but that isn’t going to distract Sonic from resolving unfinished business! The friendly little race that Eggman is hosting turns out to be not so friendly and more like a lethal trap. Sonic wants to stick it to the Eggman by winning the rigged raced with his good ways, but he has to make it back to the track in one piece first in “Everybody’s Super Sonic Racing”: part 2.

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SONIC BOOM #7
A multi-part story? In MY Sonic Boom comic?? You got that right!
It’s wacky-racin’ adventure in “Everybody’s Super Sonic Racing” Part Two: Dr. Eggman’s fun and “friendly” go-kart challenge has turned deadly! But, really, who didn’t see that “twist” coming? Can Sonic salvage the race and prove to the bad doctor he can win fair and square? More importantly—can Sonic survive long enough to return to the race course?! Discover the fate of life, limb and ego in this super-fast story with cover art from Sonic comic fav Jamal Peppers, and an all-new “insubordination” variant cover from painter Erik Ly! …And BOOM goes the dynamite!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms
Insubordination Variant Cover: Erik Ly
On Sale Date: 4/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

And finally, with Worlds Unite right on the doorstep, one might want to catch up with the previous crossover to get up to speed with the shenanigans of the combined Blue Brunt. Well, Archie has you covered with a complete graphic novel, over 300 pages in length, with every comic of Worlds Collide as well as contextualising issues from before and after the crossover itself. You won’t need another resource for Worlds Collide again with this hefty thing!

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SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE THE COMPLETE EPIC (TR)
It’s the crossover of a lifetime! The team-up you’ve been dreaming of! Two of videogame history’s most iconic heroes come together for the greatest action story ever told! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and MEGA MAN unite in WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE! It all begins with a meeting of the minds–EVIL minds! Dr. Wily makes contact with Dr. Eggman, and the two malicious mechanics conspire in a plan that will reshape entire worlds! Using the power of the Chaos Emeralds, they build themselves an unstoppable army of Robot Masters and Roboticized Masters–Sonic’s corrupted friends! It’s pan-dimensional panic as Sonic and Mega Man race to uncover the doctors’ diabolical plot, save Sonic’s friends, and brave the nightmarish landscape of the Skull Egg Zone! Along the way they gain new allies, Mega Man gains all new powers, and the stakes keep getting higher until two universes hang in the balance! You CANNOT miss this critically acclaimed crossover! Celebrated by old and new fans alike, beloved by critics and casual readers, this is one big love letter to all things SONIC and MEGA MAN! WORLDS COLLIDE collects the entire crossover event, containing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #247-251, SONIC UNIVERSE #51-54, MEGA MAN #23-27 and material from SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #252 and MEGA MAN #28.
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Ryan Jampole, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, Gary Martin, Jim Amash, John Workman, Jack Morelli, Thomas Mason, Dustin Evans, Matt Herms and Steve Downer.
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
Previews-exclusive Variant Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
978-1-62738-951-8
$29.99/$34.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
336 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/6

We’ll have more on all of these comics prior to release. And next month, we’re diving into the next foray of Mega Man and Sonic joining forces!

Source: IGN.com

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #269, Sonic Universe #72 and Sonic Boom #4 Revealed

Man the decks! The ship wars are fast approaching, even if they’re not relevant to the actual stories of January!

Midtown comics has a slew of new covers and solicits. In Sonic #269, the tournament continues with the next round of match-ups going ahead. Of course, when you’re dealing with crooked figures like Breezie and Fang, something’s bound to be up. Sonic takes it upon himself to try and find out what’s going, and the faces he’ll turn to for some help are surprisingly familiar. This is “Champions”: part 2.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Terry Austin & Various
The contestants are brawlin’ and the saga continues in ‘Champions’ Part Two! The fighting tournament for the Chaos Emerald is in full swing! Tails vs. Honey! Espio vs. Bean! Knuckles vs. Bark! But it’s a sure bet that if a competition’s going down, something’s fixed with thugs like Breezie and Nack involved. Sonic will need some inside info – and he finds it from some surprisingly familiar faces! Featuring new cover art from Jammin’ Jamal Peppers and a SWE (Sonic Wrestling Entertainment) variant cover by the indomitable T.REX!

Meanwhile, in Sonic Universe #72, Dr. Ellidy’s defences are going offline, bad news when Dark Gaia monsters have been a problem for the past few months! Sally and Big are busy investigating the mystery behind the Red Star Rings, whiles Tails and Nicole are trying to fix up the computer systems so Nicole can confront the mystery being who’s waiting for her. It’s all going down on Isolated Island in “Spark of Life”: part 2. Also note the variant cover, which might need a few firewalls itself.

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(W) Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker (A) Jim Amash & Various (CA) Tracy Yardley & Various
What monsters lurk on the mysterious isolated island? Find out for yourself in ‘Spark of Life’ Part Two: Things are getting very creepy in the lab of Dr. Ellidy! His badnik defenses are going offline – which is bad news when there are Dark Gaia Monsters prowling the shores at night! Sally and Big investigate the mystery of the Red Star Rings as Tails and Nicole debug the system – where something, or someone – is waiting for Nicole! Featuring new cover art from Tracy Yardley and an interactive Matchmaker variant cover by rising Sonic star Jennifer Hernandez, where you can ‘ship it yourself’!

Finally, in Sonic Boom #4, Dr. Eggman has been refining Burnbot to its maximum destruction capability, and he appears to have Sonic and his friends on the ropes. But Sticks has an idea for a secret weapon to use against the threat. What is it, and how will it help save the day? Find out in “Sticks and Stones”.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Evan Stanley & Various (CA) Tracy Yardley & Various
The new ongoing Sonic comic book series from Archie Comics keeps on BOOMIN’ with Sonic Boom #4: Sticks and Stones! Dr. Eggman’s Big Boy mech has been refined into its final, deadly form. Sonic and his friends are on the ropes, but have no fear! Sticks has brought her secret weapon! It’s a… wait, seriously? Sticks thinks that’s going to help? Find out what her secret weapon is in the weird and wacky conclusion to the first story arc of the brand-new series Sonic Boom! Featuring cover art from Sonic art guru Tracy Yardley and an all-new ‘Sticks-with-stones-being-chased-by-bones’ variant cover from rising Sonic star Diana Skelly!

We will have more information on all of these comics closer to the time of release.

Source: Midtown Comics

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #268, Sonic Universe #71, Sonic Boom #3 and More Revealed

Christmas really is the time of giving; Archie’s giving us a media blowout bursting with surprises!

Comic Vine has the latest released solicits from Archie Comics, and December is on course to be a huge month for Sonic comic fans. There’s not one, not two, but six comics, magazines and books to be on the lookout for! To kick things in grand fashion, Sonic the Hedgehog #268 sees Sonic enter a fighting tournament to nab another Chaos Emerald for the quest. The line-up is bound to be full of familiar favourites, and there’s even the Fighter Vipers reference Honey the Cat in it to win. On top of that, the variant brings in one Breezie the Hedgehog (Robot), not seen since her appearance in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog! All this excitement is in “Champions”: part 1.

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TEST YOUR MIGHT with the first chapter in an all-new 4-part SAGA! “Champions” Part One: Sonic is in for the fight of his life! Casino Park is holding an epic fighting tournament, and the grand prize is a much sought-after Chaos Emerald! How many fighters will answer the call? Which champions will make the roster? The knock-down, drag-out battle for the world starts right here! Featuring new cover art from Sonic rising star Evan Stanley, plus all-new variant art introducing Breezie the Hedgehog by Sonic artist Jonathan H. Gray!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin and Ben Hunzeker
Breezie Variant Cover: Jonathan H. Gray, Terry Austin and Gabriel Cassata
Ship Date: 12/31
On Sale Date: 1/14
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Sonic Universe #71 brings us into new mystery and intrigue. Nicole detects a distress call from the supposedly unknown Digital World. It’s up to Tails, Sally and Big to answer the call and head to Isolated Island to find out just what’s going on, the deal with Dr Ellidy and how this all links the lives of Sally and Nicole together. This is “Spark of Life”: part 1.

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ALL-NEW STORY ARC! “Spark of Life” Part One: Nicole detects a distress signal from the Digital World—but how can that be if nobody is supposed to know about the Digital World?! Sally, Tails and Big must travel to Isolated Island to answer the call for help! Who is Dr. Ellidy? And in what way does he link the lives of Sally and Nicole? Featuring a stunning new cover by Tracy Yardley and “Web Lynx” Variant cover art by rising Sonic star Rafa Knight!
Script: Ian Flynn & Aleah Baker
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley & Ben Hunzeker
Web Lynx Variant Cover: Rafa Knight
Ship Date: 12/10
On Sale Date: 12/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

On the lighter side, we have Sonic Boom #3. Amy’s beloved hammer is gone, and if she can’t find it then she’s wont to lose something else! The boys try to find it, while Sticks offers to show Amy a new arsenal of weapons. You can imagine how well this would go before the release of “Hammer Spaced”.

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE BOOM?! The NEW ONGOING SONIC COMIC BOOK SERIES from Archie Comics continues its frantic fun with Sonic Boom #3: Hammer Spaced! Amy’s most precious possession, her piko hammer, has gone missing! And if she can’t find it, her hammer won’t be the only thing she’ll lose! While the boys are on a hammer-hunting quest, Sticks tries to show Amy a new arsenal—but will she survive the experience?! Don’t miss the exclusive tie-in comic to the new TV Show and Video Games from Sega, featuring cover art from Sonic comics legend Tracy Yardley and a special “TEAM SONIC” variant edition!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms
Team Sonic Variant Cover art provided by SEGA
Ship Date: 12/17
On Sale Date: 1/7
32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.

Sonic Super Digest #10 brings more Sonic Boom with it, focusing on the comic side. It has some of the cover art from the new line, features on it and even a special preview of the comic. Meanwhile, there are stories focused on Shadow, Knuckles and Sally for extra variety.

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Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Featuring classic stories from the comic’s 20+ year history! Join Sonic and his friends as they embark on daring adventures, face evil villains and save the day one chili dog at a time!
This month features a special spotlight on the newest Sonic comic series from Archie Action — Sonic Boom! Check out awesome BOOM cover art, features and a special preview of the anticipated new series! Plus stories featuring Shadow and Knuckles in the wake of the epic “DARK TRILOGY,” and everyone’s favorite FF leader Sally Acorn! Spin into the fun that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring bonus content you can only find in this exclusive digest collection!
Script: Ian Flynn & Various
Art: Various
Cover: SEGA
Ship Date: 12/3
On Sale Date: 12/17
128-page, Full Color
$4.99 U.S.

There’s even more Sonic Boom in Sonic Super Special Magazine #13. Looking more at all aspects of Sonic Boom, it gives us information on the cartoon, the games and the comic. With reprints mixed into the fray, it’s a pot full of stories old and new.

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“Sonic Boom-tacular!”: The mega-magazine stuffed with Sonic goodness comes speeding at you with exclusive SONIC BOOM special features, awesome art from the comic series and the inside scoop on the biggest Sonic event in decades! SONIC BOOM is the newest Sonic sensation bringing brand new games, cartoons—and now—comics!
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! Featuring an awesome special FOIL cover featuring the cast of Sonic BOOM!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Various
Cover art provided by SEGA
Ship Date: 12/3
On Sale Date: 12/17
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

And finally, Sonic Select #10 brings us a mish-mash of comics from Sonic’s history, whether it be one of the many fights between Sonic and Knuckles, a revisit to the arc that began the altered reality we have now, or even stories from the limited number Free Comic Book Day Specials. There’s a variety in there that’s bound to satisfy a number of tastes.

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Sonic the Hedgehog’s most popular graphic novel series is BACK! It’s non-stop action in this collection of some of Sonic’s newest, greatest—and strangest—battles! Witness one of the craziest clashes between Sonic and Knuckles in Sonic’s home city! Witness the newest adventures of Sonic and his friends as they enter the new Sonic comic universe! All this and more in Sonic Select vol. 10—collecting stories from Free Comic Book Day, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, the Sonic Super Specials, and more!
Script: Ian Flynn & Various
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, John Workman, Jason Jensen & Various
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
$11.99/$13.99CAN
6 x 9”
Trade Paperback
128 pp, full color comic
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/7

We will have more details on the comics closer to their release.

Source: Comic Vine

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #267, Sonic Universe #70 and Sonic Boom #2 Revealed

Two more arcs end with a shattering bang, while the new comic picks up steam with its second issue!

 

Midtown Comics has the covers and solicitations for the comics coming out in the holiday month, but these issues are going to be anything but peace on earth! In Sonic the Hedgehog #267, Sonic is still trying to get his wild side under control, but he’s got to do it quickly because he’s still under fire from the relentless Egg Boss Thunderbolt! The other Freedom FIghters are being attacked by several E100s, so they’re just as hot under the collar in “Ambushed”: part 2.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #267
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin (CA) Evan Stanley, Terry Austin

The thunderous conclusion to the latest Sonic story arc crashes to a close at lightning speed! ‘Ambushed!’ Part Two: Sonic’s gotten himself into a hairy situation! The savage Werehog threatens to erupt from within, and the vengeful Egg Boss Thunderbolt attacks from without! What’s a cursed hedgehog to do? Unfortunately he won’t get by with a little help from his friends; the Freedom Fighters are far too busy fighting for their lives against three killer E-100 robots! Don’t miss the explosive ending featuring cover art by Stanley, Austin and Hunzeker, plus a hilarious new ‘Holiday Havoc!’ variant cover with pencils by Sonic artist extraordinaire Jennifer Hernandez!

 

In Sonic Universe #70, Eclipse has joined the list of individuals that have nabbed the Master Emerald, and it’s serious enough that Shadow and Knuckles need to stop fighting and get it back. But with the full force of the Dark Arms now on their backs, there might only be one thing left for Knuckles to do, and he won’t like it one bit. This is “Total Eclipse”: part four.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #70
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jim Amash, Tracy Yardley (CA) Tracy Yardley & Various

The first ever Sonic universe trilogy reaches its stunning conclusion in ‘Total Eclipse,’ Part Four! Knuckles and Shadow must end their duel because Eclipse has escaped with the Master Emerald! Can the two chaos-fueled warriors stand up to the power of the Dark Arms? Knuckles may be forced into the one choice he doesn’t want to make! Don’t miss the sense-shattering finale that will change the shattered world crisis and the Sonic comic landscape as we know it! Featuring stunning new cover art from Yardley, Amash and Hunzeker, plus an awesome SEGA art variant featuring two of the biggest ‘Total Eclipse’ stars: Knuckles and Rouge!

Finally, in Sonic Boom #2, we rejoin our heroes in this new continuity for more shenanigans, but there might be a traitor amongst their ranks. Guess who, and perhaps why, in “Knucklesduster”.

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SONIC BOOM #2
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant (CA) Patrick Spaz Spaziante

Get ready for the BOOM, baby! The new hit ongoing Sonic comic book series from Archie Comics continues here with issue #2, ‘Knuckleduster!’ Race along at Sonic speed with the blue blur and his pals Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose and the newest edition to the team – Sticks! But is there a traitor in our heroes’ midst? Say it ain’t so! Find out in this sensational second issue, featuring explosive new cover art from Sonic art legend Patrick ‘SPAZ’ Spaziante, and a super-special ‘Sonic Spotlight’ variant cover by artist T.REX!

We’ll have more on all of these issues closer to the time of release.

Source: Midtown Comics

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic #266, Sonic Universe #69, SSD #9 and Sonic Boom #1 Revealed

Smash! Boom! Shazaam! All comic titles, not all of them Sonic-related as we delve into onomatopoeias aplenty.

Midtown Comics has released new solicits for the comics coming out in November, and it is literally more jam-packed than ever before! Sonic the Hedgehog #266 sees Sonic look for help with his hairy anger issues from Mighty’s mentor, but can he help him? Meanwhile, Sally and the other Freedom Fighters get into a less literally hairy situation with the possibility that the new Chaos Emerald hunt might have led them right into a trap. All of this is in “Ambushed”: part 1.

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‘Ambushed,’ Part 1. Sonic’s in need of some inner peace, but it’s going to take more than yoga and meditation! He seeks the guidance of Mighty the Armadillo’s mentor, Moss the Sloth. Can the sage sage help Sonic tame the savage Werehog within? Meanwhile, Sally leads the Freedom Fighters in recovering a Chaos Emerald – but could she be leading them right into a trap? Featuring all-new cover art from Lamar Wells, and part 3 of a 3-part connecting ‘SUPER SMASH’ collector cover set!

Sonic Universe #69 sees Shadow and Knuckles still duking it out over the fate of the Master Emerald and the Island it sits on. Not helping is Eclipse attacking the other members of team Dark, and this time he’s brought the Dark Arms with him! This is “Total Eclipse”: part 3.

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The first-ever Sonic Universe trilogy rolls on in ‘Total Eclipse,’ Part 3! As the Dark Trilogy inches closer to its shocking conclusion, it’s a no holds barred battle between Knuckles and Shadow for the fate of Angel Island and the Master Emerald! As Sonic’s top rivals clash, the rest of Team Dark and Relic are attacked by Eclipse and the terrifying power of the Dark Arms! Featuring all-new cover art from Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash and Ben Hunzeker, and part 1 of a 3-part connecting ‘SUPER SMASH’ collector cover set!

Next, Sonic Super Digest #9 collects more classic Sonic stories for easy reading. Amongst the reprints is a new installment of Sonic Comic Origins, this time focusing on Bunnie Rabbot and how she managed to become a Freedom Fighter even in the wake of her traumatic injuries!

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Get ready for a super special edition of the Sonic Super Digest! Featuring an all-new story continuing the hit Sonic Comic Origins mini-feature blasts into your hands as that boisterous southern belle, Bunnie Rabbot, takes center stage! Learn how everyone’s favorite bunny bomber overcame her tragic disability to grow into the freedom fighting powerhouse she is today! Then, continue the fun with more classic adventures from the Sonic comic library as well as special features focusing on the brand new Sonic Comic Universe only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring!

And finally, Sonic Boom #1 makes it’s debut into the line-up in the wake of the news brought earlier today. Not much has been revealed on the plot, but expect plenty of comedy and robot-smashing action!

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Here comes the BOOM! Based on the new hit TV and video game comes Sonic Boom, a new ongoing Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series from Archie Comics! Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends are back and ready to do battle with the evil Dr. Eggman and his diabolical death-machines! This ground-breaking new chapter in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise puts a new ‘spin’ on all your favorite heroes and villains – plus new faces and hilarious new stories chock-full of action! Featuring a stunning first issue cover by Sonic art legend Patrick ‘SPAZ’ Spaziante, and 4-part ‘Here Comes the Boom’ collector covers from series artists Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant, and Matt Herms!

We will have more information on these issues closer to the time of their release. The Sonic Boom variants can be seen in detail in our earlier article on the comic.

Source: Midtown Comics

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #265 and Sonic Universe #68 Revealed

Darkness falls over the comics (literally), and one must wonder how eclipses affect lycanthropes.

 

Midtown Comics has a bunch of new details about the September/October issues coming up, and the themes are quite apt leading up to Halloween in a few months. In Sonic the Hedgehog #265, Sonic has been pushed across his brink and has gone full Werehog on the gang, and he isn’t a fluffy puppy! As the flames are up in the surrounding jungle, it’s up to Mighty to try and bring him to sense in “Control”: part 2. Meanwhile, Rotor’s keen to show off what the Sky Patrol can do, but runs into bother thanks to a Badnik Horde in “The Grand Tour”.

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(W) Ian Flynn, Joey Esposito (A) Terry Austin & Various (CA) Tracy Yardley & Various
‘Control,’ Part 2. The Werehog is unleashed! As the jungle collapses in flames, it’s up to Mighty to bring his feral friend to heel! But can Sonic even tell ally apart from enemy anymore? Then in ‘The Grand Tour,’ Rotor shows off all of the Sky Patrol’s abilities; unfortunately, it’s right as a Badnik Horde attacks! Don’t miss a moment of the action, with cover art from the titanic team of Yardley, Austin and Stanley – plus an epic Sonic Adventure variant by the newest Sonic superstar Rafa Knight!

Sonic Universe #68 turns tact with Knuckles searching for the Dark Arms in the mountains with Rouge and E-123 Omega in tow. Shadow’s solitude does not go unnoticed, and ‘little brother’ Eclipse goes on the attack against his kin! Shadow starts facing off against this monster relative in “Total Eclipse”: part 2

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jim Amash & Various (CA) Tracy Yardley, Ben Hunzeker
The first-ever Sonic Universe trilogy continues here in ‘Total Eclipse,’ Part 2! Knuckles leads Team Dark’s Rouge and Omega into the wilds of the Red Mountains, searching for the mysterious Dark Arms. But while the echidna’s away, the darklings will play – but darklings don’t play for fun-they play to kill! With Knuckles’ back turned, the evil Eclipse attacks Shadow the Hedgehog! Can even the ultimate life-form withstand Eclipse’s terrifying Monster Form? Don’t miss the new cover art from Tracy Yardley and returning Sonic painter Ben Hunzeker-plus an all-new ‘Tabloid’ variant cover by Jonathan H. Gray, Jim Amash and Matt Herms!

We will have more on both of these issues closer to the release date.

Source: Midtown Comics

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”.

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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.

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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
$3.99

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!

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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

Sonic the Hedgehog #263, Sonic Universe #66 and Sonic Digest #8 Covers and Solicitations Revealed

We’re preparing to leave the waters, but it won’t come without resistance!

Midtown Comics has obtained the solicitations for July, and we’re coming to an end on two watery storylines. In Sonic the Hedgehog #263, Sonic is still trying to save the underwater, when who should turn up but…Chaos?! And Eggman is getting his battle plan for the shattered world ready while that’s going on! This is “Waves of Change”: Part 4.

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(W) Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker (A) Evan Stanley & Various (CA) Ben Bates
‘Waves of Change,’ Part Four. Cool off from the hot summer sun with Sonic the Hedgehog! The tides are turning in Sonic’s favor-literally-as Chaos joins the fray! It’s all-out war to save the underwater city from total devastation in this thrilling conclusion! Then, in ‘Consequences,’ take a sneak peek into Eggman’s shattered world crisis battle plan-we’ll give you a hint, it’s evil! Featuring super-cool cover art from Ben Bates and a Chao-tastic variant cover from Evan Stanley.

Meanwhile, in Sonic Universe #66, Knuckles dukes it out with more Dark Gaia evil while the Chaotix are still entangled with the Hooligans. To make matters worse, the Chaos Emeralds and Chip are still at stake! And there’s still danger from the waters! This is “The Great Chaos Caper”: Part 4.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jim Amash & Various (CA) Tracy Yardley
‘The Great Chaos Caper.’ This is it, the frantic finale full of flustered fighters! In one corner, trying to complete his mission and save the world, is Knuckles! In the other corner, a titanic Dark Gaia beast! The Chaotix and Hooligans continue to tussle, a wounded spirit and Chaos Emerald are being tossed about, and the flood waters are pouring in! Don’t miss this crazy conclusion to the ‘Great Chaos Caper!’

Finally, Sonic Digest #8 collects another selection of classic stories in a handy dandy format. It has its own exclusive story though; another part to Sonic Comic origins covering how Antoine got involved in the Freedom Fighter plight!

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Lamar Wells & Various (CA) Rafa Knight
Sonic Super Digest returns with an all-new story continuing the hit Sonic Origins mini-feature! Sonic the Hedgehog has many friends, but few are as brave, stalwart or had as much growth as Antoine D’Coolette! Learn how this skittish swordsman crossed paths with Sonic and the Freedom Fighters as only Sonic Super Digest can tell it! Then, continue the fun with more classic adventures from the Sonic comic library! Featuring an all-new CG cover from Sonic superstar Rafa Knight!

Sonic #263 and Sonic Universe #66 will have more in-depth previews closer to release.

Source: Midtown Comics

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #262, Sonic Universe #65 and SSSM #12 Revealed

Water, water, everywhere in June’s selection of Sonic comics!

Midtown Comics has the latest solicitations in, and there’s danger from drowning for everyone to kick off the summer months. In Sonic the Hedgehog #262, we continue exploring underwater as the submerged city comes under attack from Dark Gaia’s minions. Sonic not being able to swim won’t help, but maybe Amy can? This is “Waves of Change”: part 3.

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(W) Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker (A) Evan Stanley & Various (CA) Ben Bates

Catch some sun and ride the wave as the aquatic adventure continues in ‘Waves of Change,’ Part 3! Sonic faces a city invasion by the ominous Dark Gaia Monsters! To make it even worse, the invasion is underwater – and Sonic can’t swim! As the struggle turns desperate, will it be Amy’s mission to find the key to saving them all, or will Sonic be left to drown? Then, in ‘The Light in the Dark,’ Part 2, the Freedom Fighters find what they’re looking for – but will their own divisions bring them down? Featuring new cover art from Ben Bates and an extra-special ‘monster movie’ variant from artist T.REX!

Meanwhile, in Sonic Universe #65, Knuckles and the Chaotix venture deeper into the mystery as they head to the Aquatic Mines. There’s no rap to greet them, but there’s the risk of being caved in still present. And they have to track down the Emerald thief before Team Hooligan do, to boot! This is “The Great Chaos Caper”: part 3.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jim Amash & Various (CA) Tracy Yardley & Various

Bust out your detective hats and hop on the case in ‘The Great Chaos Caper,’ Part 3. Knuckles and the Chaotix are in the heart of the Aquatic Mines-where their only two options are to get crushed by a cave-in, or to drown! How on earth (and below earth!) can they make it out alive? And once they do, they’ve got to chase down the unlikely Chaos Emerald thief before Nack’s team of Hooligans beat them to it! Add in ravenous Dark Gaia Monsters, and there may be too much for our heroes to handle! Featuring new cover art from Sonic comic guru Tracy Yardley and an awesome SEGA game art variant starring the Chaotix!

Finally, we take some time from the water to look back in retrospect. The Mega Drive turns 25 and Sonic Super Special Magazine #12 is taking time to reflect on its history, including the origins of other beloved game classics of its time, new art and new interviews.

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(W) Ian Flynn (A) Patrick Spaz Spaziante & Various (CA) Ben Bates

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! 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!

We will have more on Sonic the Hedgehog #262 and Sonic Universe #65 closer to release.

Source: Midtown Comics

Covers and Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #260 and Sonic Universe #63 Revealed

New stories are abound in April/May’s comic offering, and it’s sure to make a splash!

Thanks to Den of Geek!, we know that Sonic the Hedgehog #260 begins a new story which looks to be somewhat based on the events of Sonic Unleashed. As he deals with the now shattered planet, dark monsters have started to come out to play too! This starts off the search for the Chaos Emeralds anew, and it’s not going to be an easy one, especially when it requires a dive under the ocean and a scrap against Eggman’s latest scheme! This is “Waves of Change”: Part 1.

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Journey under the sea with Sonic the Hedgehog in the first chapter of an EPIC new SAGA! “Waves of Change”: Part One – What could be worse than a world shattered to pieces? How about dark monsters rising from the abyss?! While Sonic and the Freedom Fighters race to find the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Temples, Sonic ends up discovering a whole new world of adventure deep beneath the waves! But will those he encounters prove to be friend or foe? Then, in “Light in the Dark: Part one”, Sally, Nicole, Tails and Antoine venture into the Eggman’s latest grab for power to retrieve a desperately-needed Chaos Emerald! Featuring all-new cover art from superstar Ben Bates and a special SONIC VERSUS variant cover from Sonic artist Evan Stanley!
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Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker
Art: Evan Stanley, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Ben Bates
“SONIC VERSUS” Variant Cover: Evan Stanley and Jack Morelli
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/14
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

Meanwhile, Flickering Myth has unveiled the next universe arc, and it looks to be chaos! Knuckles heeds forces telling him to fix the broken planet below, and wouldn’t you know it, Sally’s hired the Chaotix to hunt out the Chaos Emeralds at the same time. When their two paths meet, it only means a team up of quite the baddie-beating power, which can perhaps be used against any hooligans they happen to find alongside the Rexes and Nightmares coming out of the planet! This is “The Great Chaos [Trust me, it’s chaos] Caper”: Part 1.

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Fly high above the clouds with Knuckles and the Chaotix in The Great Chaos Caper: Part One!  Knuckles the Echidna has been tasked by a mysterious force to fix the shattered planet – but when the Dark Gaia monsters emerge from the word’s core, our hero finds himself in a fight for his very life! Luckily the ever-adventuring Chaotix are around to lend a hand, hired by Princess Sally to gather the all-important Chaos Emeralds. But wait, who’s that lurking in the dark?
Sonic Universe #63 which features some new characters and familiar faces arrives on April 23, 2014.

This giant Chaos Emerald hunt and monster bash looks unmissable! We’ll cover them more closer to the time of their releases.

Source: Den of Geek!, Flickering Myth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Source: Midtown Comics, Comic Book Resources

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

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

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

 

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

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #259

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

 

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

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SONIC UNIVERSE #62

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

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

Sources: IGN.com, Den of Geek!