Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW Publishing)
Sonic the Hedgehog is a comic book series based on the Sega video game franchise, published by IDW Publishing. It is the third licensed comic book iteration based on Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog intellectual property, after Fleetway Publications's Sonic the Comic and Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog series.
|Sonic the Hedgehog|
Promotional artwork from New York Comic-Con by Tyson Hesse (2017)
Sega of America
|Publication date||April 4, 2018–present|
|Written by||Ian Flynn|
On July 21, 2017, IDW Publishing announced a deal with Sega to produce a new series of Sonic comics following the cancellation of the previous Sonic the Hedgehog series by Archie Comics. The new series would begin with a four-week long event where the first four issues will be released each week in April 2018, followed by a monthly release of subsequent issues starting in May 2018. Archie Sonic writer Ian Flynn was later confirmed to return as the series' lead writer, alongside artist Tyson Hesse.
During New York Comic Con 2017, Ian Flynn confirmed that characters old and new would be featured in the series, hinting that characters from the games and the original comics might possibly return. In January 2018, IDW revealed that Tracy Yardley, who originally worked on Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comics, would be one of the pencillers for the IDW series. Several other artists from the Archie Comics series have also contributed to the IDW series.
The story begins shortly after the events of Sonic Forces. Doctor Eggman has gone missing following his defeat by the Resistance, but the remnants of his robot army continue to attack small villages around the world. When the robot attacks suddenly become more coordinated, Sonic must work together with old friends like Tails, Knuckles and Amy, along with new allies like Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf, in order to protect the innocent, fight against Eggman's robots, and find out who is controlling Eggman's forces. Along the way, they also battle Rough and Tumble, a pair of skunk mercenaries who took over a village during the war; the villainous duo quickly vow revenge on Sonic and his allies.
Sonic eventually discovers that Eggman has sustained amnesia after their last battle, taking on the friendly persona of "Mr. Tinker" in the village that found him. After observing Mr. Tinker's work, Sonic decides he is truly reformed, although he ends up having to convince Shadow of the same. It is later revealed that Metal Sonic is leading the Eggman Empire in his master's absence, intending to eventually restore Eggman to his proper place. He eventually conquers Angel Island, leading the heroes to take him on. Utilizing the powers of the Master Emerald, Metal Sonic assumes a Super Mode to battle Sonic and Knuckles; when Shadow intervenes on their behalf, he copies his bio-data to transform into the stronger, monstrous Master Overlord. Through a combined effort by the Resistance and their allies, Metal Sonic is thwarted and Angel Island liberated. In the aftermath, Knuckles decides to resume his vigil over the Master Emerald.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tinker is kidnapped by Rough and Tumble at the behest of a new villain: Dr. Starline, a platypus who has become enamored by Eggman's work. With some help from Metal Sonic, Dr. Starline restores Eggman's memories, being rewarded with a position as the doctor's head assistant. Eggman then develops the Metal Virus, a contagion that turns organic material to machines under his control, and prepares to unleash it on the world from his new "Faceship" flying base. He tricks Rough and Tumble into infecting themselves during a battle with Sonic and Amy; the hedgehogs defeat the newly-coined "Zombots", but Sonic is infected in the process.
Eggman begins spreading his Metal Virus across the world beginning in the village that took him in as Mr. Tinker. Meanwhile Sonic and Tails learn that Sonic's speed can temporarily fight back the infection. In Seaside City, the Chaotix help citizens escape the virus but Charmy is infected. Following the loss of Charmy, Sonic races to Floral Forest Village to ensure that Cream and her family are safe from Eggman's forces. Cream's chao Cheese and his twin brother Chocola sacrifice themselves against Cream's will while Sonic clashes with G-merl over prioritizing the evacuation. After making amends, Sonic races off to assist Team Dark with the infection still coursing.
Arriving in Sunset City, Sonic encounters Team Dark member E-123 Omega fighting a horde of Zombots before encountering Rouge organizing a safe haven at the city's hotel. Shadow arrives in an armored truck to fed off the Zombots but is accidentally infected in the process. By the time Sonic realizes what has happened, Shadow is already turned.
|Title||Issue(s)||Start date||End date||Note|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||1-||April 2018||N/A||Began weekly publications in April 2018 and then it became monthly in May 2018. Features Sonic, Tails and friends battling the forces of Doctor Eggman.|
|Sonic: Tangle & Whisper||0-4||April 2019||October 2019||Miniseries and spinoff of the main series featuring the adventures of two original fan favorite characters from the main series, Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf. A prequel comic was released in April 2019 and the series debuted in July 2019 and will last five issues in total.|
|Title||Issue(s)||Start date||End date||Note|
|Team Sonic Racing||One-shot||December 2018||A prequel story for the 2019 Sonic game Team Sonic Racing.|
|Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019||One-shot||May 2019||An annual edition comic which contains 5 new stories.|
|Sonic the Hedgehog Halloween Comic Fest 2019||One-shot||October 2019||A Halloween Comic Fest special edition comic which contains a reprint of "Fallout Part 1".|
- Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 1-4 Box Set (June 2018) (collects issues #1-4)
- Team Sonic Racing Plus Deluxe Turbo Championship Edition one-shot (May 2019) (a reprint of the story featured in Team Sonic Racing One-Shot, which also includes bonus features)
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper (April 2020) (a reprint of Tangle & Whisper issues #0-3)
- Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 1: Fallout! (September 2018) (a reprint of #1-4 containing the arc "Fallout!")
- Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 2: The Fate of Dr. Eggman (February 2019) (a reprint of #5-8)
- Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 3: Battle For Angel Island (July 2019) (a reprint of #9-12)
- Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 4: Infection (September 2019) (a reprint of #13-16)
- Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 5: Crisis City (February 2020) (a reprint of #17-20)
Bleeding Cool gave the first issue a score of 6.5/10, praising the art and creativity of the story but criticizing Sonic's characterization: "Sonic is an insufferable character... He's smug, annoying, and radical in that 1990's sense."
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- Davison, Joshua (April 5, 2018). "Sonic the Hedgehog #1 Review: Creative Action Scenes Make Up for an Annoying Lead". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 6 April 2018.