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

SEGA Teases Shadow the Hedgehog Announcement for Sonic Dash

Shadow Sonic Dash teaser

SEGA has just shared the above image on their official SEGA and Sonic Facebook pages along with the message “Get ready for the ultimate challenge!”. The teaser suggests the publisher could soon be announcing that Shadow the Hedgehog will be appearing in iOS title Sonic Dash in some form. Whether he’ll be playable or not, though, is anyone’s guess. We’ll update you when more is revealed.

Sources: Official SEGA Facebook page & Official Sonic the Hedgehog Facebook page

Sonic 4: Episode 2 Teaser Trailer Unveiled at GameSpot

As stated yesterday, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 has been officially announced today over at GameSpot with a teaser trailer that reveals a new playable character. Unexpected though, an interview with Ken Balough came with it revealing more details about this episode. Balough says SEGA has listened to fan feedback from Episode 1 and in response they have added a new graphics engine, a new physics engine and fixed the uncurling.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 will be released in 2012 on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Nework, iOS, Windows Phone 7 and Android devices. Yes, it doesn’t appear to be coming to any Nintendo platforms, unfortunately.

Source: GameSpot

Continue reading Sonic 4: Episode 2 Teaser Trailer Unveiled at GameSpot

SEGA’s Ken Balough Teases First Sonic 4: Episode 2 Reveal

SEGA’s Sonic 4 Brand Manager Ken Balough has recently been answering queries regarding Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 at the publisher’s official forums and in his responses has teased when we can expect the first reveal for the game. In a post dated November 30th 2011, Balough says that after the new Sonic CD port launches this month, he will give a hint of where we will get the first reveal for Episode 2. In a post made today, Balough again states that once Sonic CD launches, he can give a “brief hint” about the game. Continue reading SEGA’s Ken Balough Teases First Sonic 4: Episode 2 Reveal

New Trailer Teases New Xbox 360 & PS3 Sonic Title

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbGEzP01tkM&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

The day everyone’s been waiting for is here. SEGA’s just posted their much anticipated trailer on the official Sonic Facebook page and it’s one that will please classic and modern Sonic fans alike. The trailer is for a new game that will launch in 2011 on Xbox 360 and PS3, but what the game is called is currently unknown. No gameplay footage is shown in the new video, but we do see plenty of CG animation of Sonic in both classic and modern forms running around what looks like Green Hill Zone from Sonic’s first outing on SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis. Could the rumours about old zones returning be true? We’ll keep tabs on this exciting new game and bring you new details as soon as they’re released.

Source: Sonic’s Facebook page

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the YouTube upload.

Speculation Nation: What is “Project RINGO?”

First, we get shakey mushrooms and now we get some silhouette juggling an apple (which is “Ringo” in Japanese, by the by).  I don’t know what to expect from this new teaser site after the 8-bit mushroom made way for a blatant Mario rip-off with dick jokes.  I think it’s safe to speculate that we’re getting a platforming game out of this deal.

The teaser page is a little flash ditty with the cartoony silhouette tapping its foot to an upbeat tune.

Check out Project RINGO.

[Source: SegaNerds via Kotaku.]