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    View CommentsArchie Comic’s Metroid Comic That Never Was

    June 2nd, 2017 by

    Archie Sonic artist Steven Butler recently shared his commissioned artwork for an American Metroid comic once considered by Archie Comics. The project was floated about six years ago, but ultimately Archie went with a Mega Man adaptation instead.

    Butler’s detailed sketches show both Zero Suit Samus and various takes of her in her Power Suit. He even included highly-detailed version of the boss Ridley.
    Nintendo‘s Metroid video game series inspired a two-part manga in 1986 and later a two volume manga in 2004 that Tokyopop released in English. Nintendo‘s Captain N Comics, based on the Saturday morning cartoon of the same name, featured Samus and the antagonist Mother Brain. Samus has also appeared in Benimaru Itoh’s Super Metroid Comics and Dreamwave’s Metroid Prime Comics, both published in Nintendo Power, and in the Samus and Joey manga.

    View CommentsArchie Sonic Email Sent After All, States They’re “Working On The Situation”

    May 2nd, 2017 by

    We finally have official word from Archie. Unfortunately, it didn’t really give any new info other than we now know that all Sonic comic titles have been delayed. We were not told why this is the case and whether the comics would continue.

    The reason no issues have been received is because there has been a delay on all Sonic titles. We are currently working on the situation and do apologize for this. Once we receive information we will notify all customers.

    View CommentsSonic #291 Listed As Cancelled, Email Going To Subscribers About Sonic Comics Later In April

    April 20th, 2017 by


    Looks like Archie’s finally getting ready to talk. We have learned that PreviewsWorld has now listed as “Cancelled” by Archie.

    However, the bigger news comes from the link given, which acknowledges information from a call with an Archie representative named Lisa. She seemed “very knowledgable about the Sonic situation” according to the forum moderator who relayed the news. According to what they learned, Archie is planning to email all subscribers by the end of April (yes, April was specifically said) that will let them know what is going on with both Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic Universe. She also said that, if the comics get cancelled, Archie will offer store credit or a refund for the subscription. What is rather interesting is that she acknowledged directly that Sonic readers “wouldn’t probably be interested in Archie”.

    There was also some not-as-recent news that came from Ian Flynn via a tweet. He mentioned that multitasking Jughead and Sonic The Hedgehog isn’t a problem for him. He builds his case with the acknowledgement that he used to write 4 books at once.

    View CommentsComic Previews for March + April 2017

    January 23rd, 2017 by

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    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #293
    Sonic and Honey are on the set of the latest, greatest(?) super hero show—Sonic Man Heroes! But when Dr. Eggman crashes the scene, ranting and raving about creative differences, things get very interesting! Featuring cover art by comics extraordinaire Tracy Yardley and a “Arcade” variant by Sonic comics legend Patrick Spaziante!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
    Cover: Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms
    Variant Cover: Patrick Spaziante
    On Sale Date: 3/22
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    SONIC UNIVERSE #96
    BUNNIE gets ready for a NEW VENTURE in “Freedom Fighters” Part Two: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—and in this case, evil too! Bunnie is summoned to Blaze’s world in a desperate attempt to repel the invasion of a new, sinister force! Featuring cover art by jammin’ Jamal Peppers and a “Freedom Fighters Forever” variant by the excellent Evan Stanley!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
    Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
    Variant Cover: Evan Stanley
    On Sale Date: 3/8
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    SONIC MEGADRIVE: OVERDRIVE #1
    SONIC kicks things into “OVERDRIVE”!: The Classic Sonic sensation comes to its startling finale! Dr. Eggman has managed to gather up all seven of the Ancient Gears which will super-charge his latest creation—the Mega Drive! Now Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose are in a race against time to gather the Chaos Emeralds and stop Dr. Eggman before the vicious device launches! Featuring cover art by rising star Tyson Hesse!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Tyson Hesse, Matt Herms & Jack Morelli
    Cover: Tyson Hesse
    On Sale Date: 3/1
    48-page, full color comic
    $4.99 U.S.

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    SONIC & MEGAMAN: WORLDS UNITE Volume 3 TPB
    Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man team up with heroes from across the SEGA and Capcom universes to battle the monstrous Sigma and stop his relentless assault across multiple universes! Featuring the worlds of STREET FIGHTER, GOLDEN AXE, MONSTER HUNTER, NIGHTS INTO DREAMS and many more! It’s the dream team mash-up of iconic gaming heroes and villains you always hoped for in this frantic, bombastic finale!
    Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker
    Art: Tyson Hesse, Jamal Peppers, Diana Skelly, Jim Amash, Terry Austin, Matt Herms, Elaina Unger, Jack Morelli, Rachel Deering and more
    Cover: T. Rex and Matt Herms
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    $14.99/$16.99CAN
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    Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/8

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    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Vol 5: CHAMPIONS
    It’s a Sonic battle in a championship of fighters! Shady media mogul Breezie has gotten her hands on a Chaos Emerald Sonic needs to save the world. The only way he can get it is to fight in her televised battle royale against friends and foes alike! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG VOL. 5: CHAMPIONS collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #268-271.
    Script: Ian Flynn.
    Art: Diana Skelly, Ryan Jampole, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata & John Workman
    Cover: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin & Ben Hunzeker
    978-1-68255-892-4
    $12.99/$14.99CAN
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    120 pp, Full Color
    Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/5

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    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #294
    “Memories”: Sonic reminisces with his buddies Mighty and Ray, but Sonic and Mighty disagree on how they met. Can their friendship survive their egos’ revisions? Then in “Baking Bad,” Bunnie and Antoine put their competitive cooking skills to the test! Featuring cover art by Tyson Hesse and a “Kooky Kitchen variant” by Jennifer Hernandez!
    Script: Ian Flynn and Aleah Baker
    Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
    Sonic the Hedgehog #294 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
    Sonic the Hedgehog #294 CVR B Variant: Jennifer Hernandez, Gary Martin & Matt Herms
    Ship Date: 4/12
    On Sale Date: 4/26
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    SONIC UNIVERSE #97
    “Freedom Fighters” Part Three: Amy Rose and Cream join Sally Acorn as they seek the components needed to repair Nicole’s systems, but during their quest an old adversary reemerges! Featuring cover art by Jamal Peppers and a “Sonic and the Freedom Fighters variant” by Tyson Hesse!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
    Sonic Universe #97 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
    Sonic Universe #97 CVR B Variant: Tyson Hesse
    Ship Date: 3/29
    On Sale Date: 4/12
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

    View CommentsSonic Subcriptions Disappear From Archie Web Store

    January 16th, 2017 by

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    Death knell or simple mistake?

    The Sonic comic has had a rough time in the last few years, most of it laid at the feet of people like Ken Penders and Scott Fulop, who have seemingly been on a crusade to sink the book for their own personal gains. From last-second edits to increasingly more concrete reboots to shed legally-troubled cast members, if you’ve been a fan of this book, you’ve been putting up with a fair amount of confusion as multiple storylines have been forcibly wiped away without clear resolutions in order to side step increasingly frustrating legal issues.

    Those days may finally be coming to an end, and possibly not on the best terms. Bleeding Cool reports that the option to subscribe to Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic has disappeared from their online storefront. If that doesn’t send a chill down the spines of comic fans, the next part will: in addition to no longer being able to subscribe to Archie’s Sonic book, Archie has replaced this year’s Free Comic Book Day issue of Sonic the Hedgehog with a Riverdale book meant to cross-promote the upcoming Archie television series of the same name. It will be the first time in 9 years that Sonic will miss Free Comic Book Day.

    Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the longest-running licensed comic books in the history of this industry, second only to Conan the Barbarian. However, even Conan’s initial 23-year run eventually ended at issue #275, wherein the book changed publishers (to Marvel Comics and eventually to Dark Horse) and various other Conan the Barbarian books continue to be published to this very day. Sonic the Hedgehog, on the other hand, is the longest single-publisher run a licensed character has ever had, with issue #291 releasing in January 2017, marking a 24 year legacy spanning almost a dozen mini-series and six spin-off books. Due to inroads Archie Comics made in selling their all-ages Sonic books in supermarkets and convenience stores, at one point Sonic the Hedgehog was allegedly one of the best-selling comics in the entire comic book industry.

    In 2010, former Archie Sonic writer Ken Penders filed lawsuits against Archie Comics and related parties for their use of characters he was claiming ownership of. Penders had created many characters during his decade-long run on Sonic, and utilizing an uncommon loophole with Archie’s contracts (or apparent lack thereof), began asserting ownership over these characters with the intent on publishing his own books, continuing the “stories” he began while at Archie. Penders has since announced additional plans for more than just graphic novels, including film and animation despite showing absolutely no development or progress in his grandiose claims.

    Since then, Penders has turned his quest to claim ownership of his Archie characters in to what’s beginning to look like a personal vendetta, alerting other writers of this loophole and helping them launch similar lawsuits against the publisher.

    Rumors have swirled around the future of the Sonic series in the wake of these events. Archie appears to be in a bit of financial trouble themselves, launching (and then canceling) a Kickstarter intended to raise more funds to help publish all of their books. Since prematurely ending that Kickstarter, multiple series have been canceled or gone on permanent hiatus, including the critically acclaimed Mega Man comic series.

    Further developments coming.

    View CommentsSonic Universe #94 preview + MegaDrive TPB

    January 7th, 2017 by

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    SONIC UNIVERSE #94
    W) Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker (A) Jim Amash, Adam Bryce Thomas (CA) Tracy Yardley
    The pirate plundering reaches its peak in “Case of the Pirate Princess,” Finale. The Chaotix Detective Agency’s deep cover in the pirates’ ranks may be too deep to escape! In the heart of a long-lost temple, Cpt. Shellbreaker stands poised to find an ancient power. Can the Chaotix finally rescue Princess Undina? Can they rescue themselves? Or will the Chaotix turning pirates be their saving grace? It all comes to a head in this frantic finale! Featuring cover art and an “Excitement Under the Sea” variant by Mr. Sonic comics, Tracy Yardley!
    In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
    SRP: $3.99

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    SONIC: MEGA DRIVE TRADE PAPERBACK
    Archie’s fastest selling Sonic the Hedgehog comic is due to make its way to trade paperback format in the Summer following the release of the third and final installment in the arc, Mega Drive: Overdrive. Many fans who have had difficulty in obtaining the sold-out first issue will be pleased, and probably not surprised these comics will be making their way to this format.

    Pre-orders are now open on Amazon.co.uk for English comic fans as well as Amazon.com for US fans, with July the 18th penned as the release date.

    Megadrive: Overdrive is set for a release in March.

    View CommentsSonic Comics for 2017

    December 19th, 2016 by

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    Sonic Super Special Magazine #14
    The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE is back and here to give you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before! Collecting the best in comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of the Blue Blur! This is a title no true blue Sonic fan should be without!
    Script: Various
    Art: Various
    Cover: SEGA
    On Sale Date: 2/22
    128-page, full color comic
    $9.99 U.S.

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    Sonic the Hedgehog #292
    EVERYTHING CHANGES when SONIC and friends go down their “Branching Paths”: The Shattered World Crisis is behind us, and the 25th Anniversary was well celebrated! So what’s next for Sonic and his friends? That’s up to them to decide! Sonic is racing around Westside Island on a mission—but for whom? And while Sonic’s away, each of his friends make decisions that will plot the course of their lives. Don’t miss out on the beginning of a whole new era of Sonic stories! Featuring cover art by Sonic comics veteran Tracy Yardley and a “Epic Movie Poster” variant by T. Rex!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
    Cover: Tracy Yardley & Elaina Unger
    Variant Cover: T. Rex
    On Sale Date: 2/22
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    Sonic Universe #95
    It’s SONIC’s SUPER TEAM, the “FREEDOM FIGHTERS”: They’ve been Sonic’s closest friends in the comics for years! Now it’s their time to shine! Antoine takes the stage, traveling to his homeland to find some closure to his past. But he and Sonic find a new foe in the empty halls of Castle D’Coolette, and the beginning of a mystical new adventure! Featuring cover art by jammin’ Jamal Peppers and a “Team Blast” variant by Lamar Wells!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
    Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
    Variant Cover: Lamar Wells, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
    On Sale Date: 2/8
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

    View CommentsSonic: Mega Drive – The Next Level #1 preview

    October 14th, 2016 by

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    Welcome to “The Next Level”: The sequel to the hit Sonic: Mega Drive is here! Picking up right where things left off Sonic, Tails, Amy Rose and Knuckles are on the hunt for the Ancient Gears and on the move to stop Dr. Eggman’s latest scheme! But not everything runs like clockwork when Sonic breaks away to do his own thing. And Dr. Eggman has a certain high-speed robot up his sleeve. You can’t miss out on this exciting new installment in the Sonic Mega Drive series! Featuring cover art by mega-talent Tyson Hesse!

    Story by: Ian Flynn
    Art by: Matt Herms and Tyson Hesse
    Letters by: Jack Morelli
    Cover by: Matt Herms and Tyson Hesse
    Publisher: Archie Comics
    Price: 3.99(USD)
    Release: 2016-11-02

    View CommentsSonic Comics For December

    September 28th, 2016 by

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    SONIC BOOM VOL. 2: BOOM SHAKA-LAKA (TR)

    BOOM SHAKA-LAKA! Brace yourself for the SONIC BOOM! The hit multimedia Sonic experience comes to you in the action-packed, laugh-a-minute comic book series! Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks find themselves caught up in more zany adventures! Dr. Eggman has a problem – how can the evil doctor betray the trust of the villagers when they don’t trust him to begin with? The mad mechanic pulls out all the stops to woo the wary would-be victims, but he gets more than he counted for when Sonic and his pals decide to become his staff! Then it’s off to the races as Dr. Eggman goads Sonic into competing in a go-kart race! Sonic puts the pedal to the metal in this thrilling volume of Sonic Boom™! SONIC BOOM™ Vol. 2: BOOM SHAKA-LAKA collects SONIC BOOM™ #5-7 and #11 plus bonus features!
    Script: Ian Flynn, Bill Freiberger, Sam Sandak Freiberger
    Art: Steven Butler, Jennifer Hernandez, Ryan Jampole, Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant, Matt Herms & Jack Morelli
    Cover: Tracy Yardley, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms
    $12.99/$14.99CAN
    6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
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    104 pp, Full Color
    Direct Market On-Sale Date: 12/14

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    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #290
    The Super Sonic Warrior returns in “Genesis of a Hero” Part Three: The 25th anniversary celebration continues with another blast to the past! Which is also to the future, and the past, and back again! When Sonic goes to see the annual return of Little Planet, he’s surprised to find it chained to a mountain! Join us for the exciting adventures of Sonic CD! Featuring cover art by the legendary Patrick Spaziante plus a “Cosmic Eternity” variant by Mr. Sonic comics himself, Tracy Yardley!
    Script: Ian Flynn
    Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata & John Workman
    Cover: Patrick Spaziante
    Variant Cover: Tracy Yardley
    On Sale Date: 12/28
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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    SONIC UNIVERSE #93
    The quirky trio of detectives return in “The Case of the Pirate Princess” Part Three: Say it ain’t so – have the Chaotix gone full pirate?! Tensions run high as loyalties are tested and pasts are explored. And as the crew reaches their destination, will it be treasure they find – or something more sinister? Featuring cover art by Sonic comics extraordinaire Tracy Yardley and a “One for All” variant by super-talent Jennifer Hernandez!
    Script: Ian Flynn and Aleah Baker
    Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms & Jack Morelli
    Cover: Tracy Yardley & Ben Hunzeker
    Variant Cover: Jennifer Hernandez, Gary Martin & Aleah Baker
    On Sale Date: 12/14
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

    View CommentsSonic The Hedgehog #286 preview

    September 14th, 2016 by

    Archie has scaled back a lot of its Sonic comic previews due to the company’s focus on the upcoming Riverdale TV show, but every once and a while one still comes in, like this one.

    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #286
    “Panic in the Sky,” Part Three. The finale to the “Shattered World Saga” is reaching a fever pitch! Sonic battles Dr. Eggman in a desperate bid to rescue Chip! The Freedom Fighters invade Eggman’s refinery against impossible odds! Rotor flies the Sky Patrol into a no-win battle with the Death Egg! And it only gets more nuts from there! Featuring the third of four connecting covers by comics pro Dan Schoening plus an “Egg Dragoon” variant by Mr. Sonic comics, Tracy Yardley.

    (W) Ian Flynn (A) Terry Austin, Diana Skelly (CA) Dan Schoening
    In Shops: Sep 14, 2016
    SRP: $3.99
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