IDW Publishing New Sonic the Hedgehog Comic Series, Launches April 2018

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Sega previously confirmed they’re handing over the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series to IDW Comics, as they ended the publishing deal with Archie Comics. Now, they’ve announced the release window for the new series.

The new comic series will launch in April of next year – news confirmed at this year’s New York Comic-Con. IDW also confirmed there will be a new issue of the comic every week for the first month of its release.

Ian Flynn, the original writer for the Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog publication, is returning to write this new series. Tyson Hesse, the guy behind the opening animation of Sonic Mania, isn’t returning for the interior art duties but he did provide the above promo image.

The latest game in the series, Sonic Forces, launches on November 7th in North America and Europe across PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. The precursor to Sonic ForcesSonic Mania, is available now for PC, Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In case you missed it, you can find my review for that game here (I absolutely love and recommend the game!).

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  • Uncle Ocelot

    Finally, the comics shall be freed from the phantom of Ken Penders.

  • NukeA6

    IDW just saved from oblivion. And I’m glad to know that the comic won’t suck thanks to Ian still being on board.

  • chaoguy

    Shame Tyson isn’t doing all the art, but hope whoever they do hire is up to snuff.
    The archie comics had a wild ride (rose in popularity, a golden era, a nose-dive, then it picked up again before being canned), and with Ian at the helm (who is quite popular with his work IIRC) he should be experienced enough to do good things.

  • deadmancrawling

    I was never that into the comics because the continuity was all over the place, just like pretty much all long running comics. A fresh start is just the thing I needed.

    Still miffed about Mega Drive tho’

  • Sigurd Chalphy

    IDW was sinking into oblivion because they were following the SJW nonsense such as introducing “trans-transformers” and spouting stupid crap on twitter. Getting the sonic license isn’t a guarantee they’ll survive with a 91% decrease in readership.

  • OldPalpy

    Making a comic like Mega Drive should have been their top priority, they sold very well and generated lots of positive buzz. Hopefully it’s still in the cards.

  • NukeA6

    True, they’ll at least be on life support with Sonic being the only reason they’re still around.

  • OldPalpy

    I expect Ian will go wild with it too, he was a fan of shipping BS and tired to ship Sally and Nicole (the computer from Satam, Ian gave her a original the character furry body) and IIRC rambled on Twitter about it being for diversity.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    IDW has the comics rights to everyones childhood these days. If it wasn’t for Disney buying up Lucasfilm and/or Marvel, they probably would’ve ended up with Star Wars too.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “trans-transformers”
    ….This isn’t just a parody of the name?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg0D1PpgCXs

  • OldPalpy

    How the fuck have I not seen this idea? I can’t imagine the salt this generated from the IDW writers.

  • Bigfatdane

    But not from the phantom of Ian Flynn, the guy who made it his top priority to make his OTP official and just couldn’t stop himself from writing Sonic as a jerkass.

  • Bigfatdane

    Actually Mega Drive did badly from what I heard since Archie didn’t do a lot of advertisement for them nor sold them through stores.

  • Bigfatdane

    So they decided to hand the writing department of the comic over to the guy who wrote a version Sonic that trash talked his friends behind their, couldn’t function without being a gurls arm candy and who took delight in the suffering of an enemy?

    The guy who thinks Sonic thinks of Tails in this way?
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Dx8KXHYsB9U/VtpWB5D1l0I/AAAAAAAAFl0/L_UCpQdYjeo/s16000-Ic42/RCO015_w.jpg

    The same guy who blamed everything not liked in the comic on SEGA and mandates, mandates that funnily enough could always be broken when it involved his Mary Sue character, the one who just couldn’t help himself from writing characters he didn’t like as horribly as possible and then bragged about it in an editorial note. The very guy who decided to create a LGBTQ+ sub plot without checking with SEGA/Archie if it was okay to do so just because his wife wanted it.

    Everyone says his writing picked up post reboot, yet post reboot he wasn’t headwriter and SEGA had taken to monitoring everything in the comic to ensure it stayed within guideline, so make of that what you will.

    And let’s no forget Ian Flynn’s run saw the comic book readers number reduced from a grand 20000 to around 5500 at the time of cancellation over a ten year period, so clearly the majority of the readers had some issues with the “best” Sonic writer to date.

    Smart choice IDW, really smart choice.

    If anyone missed it, I really hated Ian Flynns writing in the end, so I’ll be passing on this comic.

  • Elias Baas

    IDW was sinking into oblivion because they were following the SJW nonsense such as introducing “trans-transformers” and spouting stupid crap on twitter. Getting the sonic license isn’t a guarantee they’ll survive with a 91% decrease in readership.

  • OldPalpy
  • OldPalpy

    I’ve been waiting to see a post like this, I think he’s overhyped and bland and will get even worse under IDW before even finally starts to write him off just like they did that asshat Penders. I’d like to know more about him bragging about writing characters he didn’t like, I’m guessing he’d flip his shit if this was done to his beloved Satam characters or his Mary Sue furry Nicole.
    I like Sonic to be a bit of asshole but the characterization in that page is terrible.

  • Bigfatdane

    Check the figures buddy, Mega Drive barely crossed the 5000 issues shipped to stores, not sold, shipped to stores.

  • Bigfatdane

    If you have Soni University ossie 1 you can a small mention from him that he doesn’t like Marine the Raccoon but thinks she’s fun to write about.

    Of course to him, fun is writing her as a retard that can’t do anything right even if it contradicts the facts that was presented about her in the Sonic Rush Adventure game which he implied had also happened in the same way in the comic.

  • Jettythesunfish

    Um, why NOT allow Tyson to do the art? He has a good style.

  • AgentBJ09

    I’ve not read the Sonic comic in several years, but news like this will only ensure that continues. IDW’s trash all around lately.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    The IDW Transformers, M.A.S.K., ROM, Micronauts, GI Joe crossover last year was fucking awesome. Haven’t read anything else from them in recent years.

  • Sigurd Chalphy

    http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Female_Transformer#IDW_Generation_1_continuity They had Jihaxus introduce “pronouns” with him experimenting on Arcee to create “Gender identity”. IDW also had inserted Gay relationships into the comic series such as Onslaught and Blastoff, which is partly disturbing because they combine with 3 other Decepticons as part of a Gestalt.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “such as Onslaught and Blastoff, which is partly disturbing because they combine with 3 other Decepticons as part of a Gestalt”
    Just throwing shit at makers of gay porn.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    People need to stop upvoting shit like this.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    We can only hope that Sega cracks down when he starts to get carried away, they probably don’t want a repeat of Kenboy.

  • Loli de 42 anos vai trabalhar

    If Ian Flynn is doing the Writting were in for a Treat!

    The Hype is real my boys!

  • Loli de 42 anos vai trabalhar

    The head Writter is Ian Flynn, who had an all but stellar run when he was doing the comics for Archie.
    Seriously, this guy is the best writter to ever grace any media in the Sonic franchise, So I wouldn’t worry about any of that.

  • Loli de 42 anos vai trabalhar

    were the hell is this “he shipped Sally with Nicole” BS coming from? I’ve read all of the comics and haven’t seen anything like that! are you sure you guys aren’t just taking the Fandom’s insanity and mistaking it for the actual comics?

  • Loli de 42 anos vai trabalhar

    what the hell are you even talking about? what OTP? and he was always good in writting Sonic’s character, if you’re talking about the “House of Cards” arc, that was him cleaning up Penders mess in making Sonic date Fiona for no reason.

  • OldPalpy
  • Bigfatdane

    You didn’t read the comic did you?

  • OldPalpy

    Why? The writers have been putting stupid shit in their comics and on tweeter, didn’t you hear about the GI Joe writer’s 911 remarks? He also changed a bunch of characters gender and race to virtue signal.

  • Sigurd Chalphy

    Why did you copy my post?

  • deadmancrawling

    Ok, so maybe this guy is not as good as I thought.
    I know this is kind of extreme but I hope Sega hits them with a Paper Mario style Ban on Fun, so they can’t just flood the comic with OC characters or derail everything

  • Loli de 42 anos vai trabalhar

    of course I did. all the way through. still have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • Loli de 42 anos vai trabalhar

    ooh… I really didn’t catch that. now that you mentioned it I can kinda see it but I do think he left it ambiguous enough that it could be interpreted as just friendship.

  • OldPalpy

    Ian was writing Sonic fanfics for years before getting the job at Archie so it’s not that surprising that he’d do something like that.
    For this curious
    http://www.sonicverseteam.net/comics/archives_svt/bumbleking/
    https://www.fanfiction.net/u/179650/Ian-Potto

  • OldPalpy

    Don’t forget Conjunx Endura which was thrown into the comics to plague it with shipping bullshit to pander to Tumblr.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I mean upvoting copy pasted comments by bots.

  • Bigfatdane

    Then I can’t help you.

  • OldPalpy

    Ah my bad didn’t notice that.

  • HappyZombie

    Please, no more Mobius and all the other crap >~<

  • HappyZombie

    I thought the same about the TMNT comic as it looked good when it started, only to end into this Nick bullshit graphic perversion.

  • Loli de 42 anos vai trabalhar

    Well, I can’t comment on TMNT since I never read it, but this guy is a Huge Sonic fan, all his work isn’t perfect but he’s proven time and again that he knows the characters and treats them with respect.

  • HappyZombie

    Ah… no. I can’t agree on that. Ian made so many stupid stories like “House of Cards” or the whole Mobius crap. This is why I never got a fan of the SATM series, because it was nothing like the games. In no shape or form.

    Ian had one job; to make a story about the game Sonic the Hedgehog and what did he? A story, where the reader felt that Sonic was just a guest star and love interest of every female character. And now, he will write for IDW and we all know how this will end if we look at Ghostbusters, MASK, TMNT and especially Trans-Transformers. I’m so glad that Sega does not allow him to write for their games… that would be the complete downfall for me.

  • Loli de 42 horas sem dormir

    I see a lot of people bring up House of Cards as an example of bad writting, and while I agree it’s not one of his best works, I don’t think he’s entirely to blame for it, as that was his attempt to mend Sonic and Tails friendship after Ken Penders made Sonic cuck Tails with Fiona Fox. sure, he could have done better, but I still think he managed to do a good job having the two of them making up feel natural. Also, what’s this story you’re talking about were “it felt that Sonic was just a guest star and love interest of every female character.”?

    While I didn’t mind the romance, I can see why people wouldn’t like it, and they DID get rid of all romantic elements in the story after the reboot. (which also made the world much closer to the games, if you haven’t checked that yet).

    Still, look at how he handled most of the characters: he managed to make Eggman feel like a legitimate threat and even be intimidating at points while still keeping him somewhat comedic: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/9mgd7kSjPwHqQ5LsRqInVfgb0-0xI59u4CvfFn6FRp3S18ZXmSoECo1iCwjid4XC9sAvIGJqag9a=s1600
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/5fCxSQx7zMdOI8VJGWkdCp-kENEbtdgxkNj1X6MBeUC3HqOVoQ3-amK72nWqeyxzqKThAWHdb-sM=s1600

    He’s pretty much the only one who still remembers Knuckles’s role as guardian of the Master Emerald, and doesn’t write him like a brainless idiot, Instead he respects the character and keeps him true to his original personality; a guy with a strong sense of duty but who’s hot headed and makes brash decisions:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/5fM1T6iAzXhkB0HO5GCH9vpUu-13MDw-zO7_GlonAUYxAM_9A-dpGq1dfG1r7xgv3GE8nSyi49cC=s1600
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/KmO6PrFIWOiAbX68N1twlghQuaALMiPGqrrC5ZH4n6JRmm9itczJlK_VyfZrb0oMwibuvgu1dtuf=s1600
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/qavzunoIP4YG2tsZhRaBW4JoV1selGtd9dnL5YK9dX4KfeBLO_KJqrtKgU9ANCgtVwQwCMZCAR0U=s1600

    and I like how he writes Sonic flawed, yet still likable, Sonic is cocky and he has a big ego, but in the comics it’s not obnoxious and overblown like, say, Colors or Lost World (in which he’s basically an arrogant prick who laughs at his own jokes and 3 out of every 2 words he says and annoying one-liners and puns). I don’t have it on me right now, but one good example of this is how he handled Sonic’s transformation into the Werehog, Sonic inhales the Dark Gaia Energy while saving Uncle chuck but just coughs it out and plays it off saying that it’s nothing, he then gradually shows traits of being corrupt by the energy when he’s put under dangerous circumstances (like lamost drowning, being overpowered by an Enemy, etc). he eventually gets pushed to his limit and transform.
    What I liked about that arc is that he attributes Sonic’s transformation to his lack of control: Sonic is a free spirited guy, he values freedom above anything else (Free as the Wind! as he mentions in Black Knight) and Control is something that rejects to his very core. and he has to learn to overcome that in order to overcome his state.

  • HappyZombie

    The Archie comics may be as successful as they were, but for me, it was just bad fan fic. Forcing to coupling Sonic with Sally, making Sonic and Tails fight over a girl, the Mina Mongoose fiasco… To me, and only to me, they tried to make something so badly, which had no connection to the game canon whatsoever. That is why I don’t want ANY writer of the Archie Comics time for this new comic, because I fear, that the whole Mobius-Sally-Reboot whenever you want-insanity will return. Ian and the others had their chance and, again in my view, failed badly.

  • HappyZombie

    I believe that Sega will keep a very open eye on Ian not to ruin the main canon as so many tried.

  • Loli de 42 horas sem dormir

    While I disagree with Sonic being a guest star (He was pretty vital in many arcs of the story) and personally like that other characters get the spotlight, I can see where you’re coming from. so let’s just agree to disagree.

  • HappyZombie

    Agree =)