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Team Sonic Racing is the first one-shot special of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series. It serves as a prequel to the video game of the same name. A deluxe edition was later released.

Summary

Official Solicitation

Sonic and his teammates Knuckles and Tails journey to a new planet and enter a race unlike any other! With a little help from friends like Amy Rose, Big the Cat, and a few other familiar faces, Sonic must race to prevent an old foe from obtaining a powerful new technology in this story by writer Caleb Goellner (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and longtime Sonic The Hedgehog artist Adam Bryce Thomas.[1]

Synopsis

A mysterious person named Dodon Pa is holding a race between Team Sonic and Team Dark on Planet Wisp. No one knows where he is from or why he hosts races anyway. Dodon Pa is nonetheless very interested in the race, especially the rivalry between Sonic the Hedgehog and Shadow the Hedgehog, and wonders who will survive.

Meanwhile, Miles "Tails" Prower notes that he and Knuckles the Echidna are lagging behind while Sonic and Shadow are off in front with their Speed-Type cars. Knuckles soon clashes his Power-Type car with E-123 Omega's. Knuckles notes he can handle Omega and requests that Tails learns to outwit Rouge the Bat between their Technique-Type car skills. Tails manages to catch up to Sonic and Shadow and notices that everyone's vehicle has a unique slipstream, which is key to using kinetic energy to their advantage. Dodon Pa confirms this observation, using the communicator in Tails' car. He also confirms that the cars can do several things, including communication through video screens.

Shadow clashes with Sonic and reminds him to focus on his opponent. They are both then attacked by a Black Wisp. Knuckles tries bashing into Rouge to slow her down but this allows Omega to slip past and grant her the chance to perform a Skimboost. With this, she thanks Knuckles for his "assistance". As Sonic is driving on, he admits to himself that he did not know what to make of Dodon Pa inviting them to race at first but now he finds enjoyment in racing against Team Dark. He is soon cut off when Dr. Eggman enters the race and bashes his car. Sonic immediately believes Eggman is planning something and tells the doctor that he will not prevent him from crossing the finish line first. Eggman replies that he is only there to participate in the race as a special guest, to which Dodon Pa entertains. Sonic and Shadow become determined to beat Eggman. As Eggman notices this, he relays the fact that he does not have a team to Dodon Pa. Dodon Pa tells him to use power-ups, to which Eggman demands more Wisps. Dodon Pa complies and allows Eggman to receive more Item Boxes. Sonic does not understand why Dodon Pa is helping Eggman and Shadow reminds him that they do not know his true motives and it would be best to just observe him for now.

Eggman proceeds to start using several Color Powers to gain the lead. Rouge notes that the race is a farce and asks Knuckles to team-up against Eggman, to which the echidna agrees upon. Tails asks Sonic to try a Slingshot move with himself and Knuckles so that he can catch up to Eggman. Shadow requests the same to his teammates. Knuckles doubts that their efforts would be enough as Eggman's cheating was difficult enough to handle for both teams. Tails tells Knuckles not to worry as he has a plan, to which Eggman believes cannot stop him anyway. Sonic and Shadow both manage to pass Eggman using the Slingshot move, but this does not phase him as he believes he can easily catch up anyway. Tails asks Knuckles to cover him while he makes a call. Rouge becomes suspicious of Tails and asks Omega what he thinks of it. Omega ignores her and focuses on eliminating Eggman, much to Rouge's exasperation. Soon, Tails puts in word to Amy Rose and Vector the Crocodile to join the racers with their teams: Team Rose and Team Vector. Vector expresses gladness in Tails' call as he and his team were becoming bored waiting for their next race. Amy adds that she is happy to put in extra practice driving.

Tails tells the teams that half of them need to move ahead of Eggman, telling them to use the Slingshot move. He then says that they should all attack the doctor using Wisp Color Powers. The teams comply and everyone (aside from Sonic and Shadow) picks up a Wisp while having Eggman surrounded. On Tails' mark, they all launch their Color Powers at Eggman, completely destroying his car and leaving the doctor burned. Out from this explosion, Sonic and Shadow both cross the finish line at what appears to be the same time. They hurriedly ask Dodon Pa who won only to find out that he was not paying attention to the results but rather the attack on Eggman's car. Sonic and Shadow find annoyance that their was no photo finish when considering all of Dodon Pa's technology. Eggman finds delight in the fact that he ruined the race for Sonic and Shadow but is still irritated in the fact that he has no team. Dodon Pa tells Eggman that he looks forward to seeing Eggman race with a team as he felt his passion against overwhelming odds was inspiring. Sonic asks Shadow for a rematch and the two race off as Dodon Pa watches them again.

Key Events

  • Sonic and his friends, as well as Doctor Eggman, are made to compete in a racing event by Dodon Pa.

Background Information

  • The comic was originally scheduled for release on October 31 2018, and then was initially delayed to December 19, before finally being bumped back up to December 5. This release window was to coincide with the games originally planned Winter 2018 release, before it was pushed back to May 21. The later deluxe edition was released to coincide with the new release window, releasing a day after the game.
  • This is the first IDW Sonic publication not to be written by Ian Flynn.
  • This is the first Sonic video game adaptation published by IDW Publishing.
  • This issue was released between issues #11 and #12 of the main series.
    • As a result, the issue marks the physical IDW debut of Eggman in his proper state of mind, without him being an amnesiac or a duplicate.

Cameos and References

  • Eggman references the time he "corrupted [the Wisps] entire species" (Sonic Colors).

Continuity

This comic is considered non-canon to the overall IDW Sonic universe. Instead, it takes place primarily in the Sonic the Hedgehog Video Game Universe.[2]

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