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IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog is an ongoing comic book series based on SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise. It launched on April 4, 2018, and is the first Sonic comic series set in the IDW continuity.
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The Sonic the Hedgehog IDW series was first announced on 21 July 2017 when the official Sonic Twitter revealed that Sega and IDW Publishing would be collaborating together to create a new Sonic comic following the cancellation of the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic two days prior. The first official creative summit was conducted on 3 August 2017.
During the New York Comic Con 2017 event, more information regarding IDW's Sonic comic was revealed on promotional flyers (drawn by Tyson Hesse, known for his work on the Archie Sonic comics and Sonic Mania), where it was revealed that the comic will contain characters old and new, and feature brand new stories. Following this, Ian Flynn, former writer of the Archie Sonic comics, was confirmed to be the lead writer for the IDW Sonic comics. On December 28, 2017 though, Flynn revealed that none of the characters he created for Archie Comics will appear in the IDW Sonic comics.
On 11 January 2018, IDW opened an official family-friendly IDW Sonic Facebook group, called “IDW Sonic Comics Squad“. This page will feature updates, art reveals, link to the IDW editorials and more related to the IDW Sonic series. A few days later, on 16 January 2018, it was revealed that Tracey Yardley, a long-time Sonic artist at Archie Comics, would be joining the IDW Sonic team as well. As more information about the first four issues went public, it was revealed that each of the four first issues will feature a different artist, and then rotating art teams would be taking over once the book went monthly.
After its introduction, IDW Sonic Comics Squad revealed that a new character was set be announced on January 24. After five days, this character was revealed to be Tangle the Lemur. On that very same day, the solicitations for the first four issues were revealed.
In an interview with Game Informer, Flynn established that IDW Sonic was a brand new continuity with no connection to the Archie Comics. He further stated that the comics will, at the moment, only draw inspiration from the Sonic game continuity and will go in a fresh new direction not dictated by an already-established canon. Flynn also stated that older elements and fringes of the franchise might be incorporated into the comics at some point, but for the beginning of the series, he wanted to focus on the core style of storytelling for the Sonic series. Flynn also revealed bits of the storyline for the first few issues, which will follow up on Sonic Forces and will deal with the fallout of the War to Take Back the Planet. As for the Sega relationship, it was revealed that they this time around are more directly involved with the stories themselves, namely by offering suggestions here and there on where to tweak things. In return, Flynn makes sure that the comic elements fit into the Sonic universe.
On 21 February 2018, IDW opened its pre-orders for the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. On the same day, the IDW Sonic Comics Squad surmised the returning Archie Comic artists for the IDW Sonic series, with Matt Herms being among them. It was also revealed that Sega had placed restrictions on the comics (term like “Mobian” or any similar term has been banned, and the only “Mobile” that is allowed is the Eggmobile), that no crossover had been planned, and that the series will be a mix of various genres.
During a Q&A on Facebook, it was revealed that the Sonic the Hedgehog series would be an ongoing title with no end date determined.
On March 16, 2018, at "Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel", the official Sonic the Hedgehog panel at the SXSW Gaming 2018 convention, Sega announced the "Sonic the Hedgehog IDW Comic Series Exclusive Bundle", which was a limited edition bundle up for pre-order on their online store, SEGA Shop. Included in the bundle were issues #1-4 of IDW's new Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series, an additional exclusive variant cover of issue #4, an exclusive mystery t-shirt (both of which were only available on the SEGA Shop), and digital downloads of Sonic the Hedgehog issues #1-4 as they were released. The bundle was released on May 1, 2018 and costed $40. It was also possible to select a shirt size from the following options: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and 2X-Large.
The comic is set in its own continuity heavily inspired by the world of the video games (they do not share the same universe however). Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends live on an unnamed planet seemingly inhabited entirely by anthropomorphic animals like themselves, which is constantly under threat from the evil scientist Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, the only known human on this world, who wants to take over with his army of robotic minions.
This ongoing battle between Sonic and the Eggman Empire has been going on for quite some time within the comics universe, with the heroes having battled it out with the omelette dictator multiple times before the point at which the comic even began, many of these encounters baring strong similarities to those that occurred in past Sonic video games. At the point where the comic begins, Sonic and his friends are dealing with the fallout caused by Eggman’s recent conquest of the planet, as depicted in the, at that time, most recent video game, Sonic Forces.
Storyline- Synopsis of Issues and Story Arcs
As soon as the war to take back the planet ended, Doctor Eggman went missing but his robot army remained, without control. About a month later, the badniks became more organized and started attacking various town, commanded by an unknown villain hidden in the Eggman Empire Fortress with Orbot and Cubot. Sonic decides to find the source and stops several of the attacks with the help of Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Blaze and Tangle the Lemur.
The Fate of Doctor Eggman
The Chaotix of the Chaotix Detective Agency has just found Eggman, which is seemingly amnesic and comes promtly reached by Shadow and Rouge, ready to destroy the evil genius. After convincing Shadow, "Mr. Tinker" reveals that "Eggman Land" was just an amusement park for children. In order to get some information, Sonic reaches the Egg Fleet with the Tornado: inside the battleship, Sonic discovers that the ringleader is Neo Metal Sonic disguised as Eggman. Sonic infiltrates one of the bases with Silver the Hedgehog and a new ally named Whisper the Wolf, aka "Guardian Angel" where they find out that Neo has conquered Angel Island.
The Battle for Angel Island
- Fallout! (#1-4)
- The Fate of Dr. Eggman (#5-6)
- Meet the New Boss (#7)
- Silent Support (#8)
- The Battle for Angel Island (#9-12)
- David Mariotte
- Joe Hughes
- Ian "Potto" Flynn
- Adam Bryce Thomas
- Evan Stanley
- Jamal Peppers
- Jen Hernandez
- Jonathan Gray
- Kieran Gates
- Nathalie Fourdraine
- Tracy Yardley!
- Tyson Hesse
- Matt Herms
- Rafa Knight
- Michael Cisneros
- An unused image that was made by Tyson Hesse was used for the cover of a catalogue from PREVIEWSworld, which is a catalogue of upcoming comics for comic shops.
- The comic launched in what would have been the 25th anniversary year of its predecessor.
- On October 9, 2017, Flynn stated on Bumbleking that there could be a chance that the Pre-Super Genesis Wave continuity from the Archie comics could be concluded in the IDW comics along with the Post-Super Genesis Wave continuity, as he also said that IDW is famous for bringing back and completing older runs of fan-favorite franchise comics when they can.