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IDW Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 49 is the forty-ninth issue in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by IDW Publishing.

Official solicitation

Featured stories

Story one


The road to issue #50 continues here! Enjoy a TEN-ISSUE-LONG adventure leading up to the EPIC SHOWDOWN in milestone issue #50.[1]
Things are looking up for Sonic and friends! Tails and Belle have been running tests on a friendly Motobug and hope to use their findings to reprogram other Badniks to be good. Without his robotic minions, Dr. Eggman's forces are weakened, but when a signal causes the Badniks to go wild, Sonic, Tails, and Belle unknowingly set out to defeat a foe mightier than Eggman.[1]




  • Sonic tapping his foot on the first page while under the sheet and saying, "I'm waiting" may be a reference to his Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog counterpart's catchphrase.

Other features

  • Story so far: "Story so far" is a summary of the current plotline for the comic.
  • Roll Call: Roll Call acts as a quick reference guide to new readers about the characters. This issue provides data files on Sonic, Tails and Belle.
  • Sonic Letters Squad: Sonic Letters Squad is a section where the comic staff can post fan artwork and fan letters that have been sent in to them. Only one page is featured in this issue. The other pages showcase raw artwork of the variant covers for the issue.
  • Creator Corner: Creator Corner is a section where one of the staff that works on the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series is interviewed. In this case, the section is dedicated to Thomas Rothlisberger.



Early covers


Preview Pages



  • This issue introduces some badniks from Sonic Adventure 3.
  • In the games, these badniks did not use animals to power them, making use of rings instead.
  • It is speculated that Tails used these badniks because they did not use captured animals, instead being powered by rings, just like in that game.

Background information

  • This issue was originally scheduled for release on 20 April 2022, but was delayed to 27 April 2022.
  • On page twelve, the vegetable truck that is being driven is the same one from Sonic the Hedgehog #17, "Plague", first seen on page seven.


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  2. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #47 CVR B HAINES. Previews World (17 September 2021). Retrieved on 17 September 2021.
  3. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #47 CVR C 10 COPY FOURDRAINE. Previews World (17 September 2021). Retrieved on 17 September 2021.