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The evil genius Dr. Eggman has been foiled—but the work of Sonic the Hedgehog isn't over yet! In the aftermath of the latest epic battle, rogue robots continue to attack small villages around the world. In order to succeed, Sonic will need the help of his friends Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, along with some new and surprising allies. This new collection from acclaimed writer The evil genius Dr. Eggman has been foiled—but the work of Sonic the Hedgehog isn't over yet! In the aftermath of the latest epic battle, rogue robots continue to attack small villages around the world. In order to succeed, Sonic will need the help of his friends Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, along with some new and surprising allies. This new collection from acclaimed writer Ian Flynn features the blue blur like you've never seen him before. Gotta go fast!


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The evil genius Dr. Eggman has been foiled—but the work of Sonic the Hedgehog isn't over yet! In the aftermath of the latest epic battle, rogue robots continue to attack small villages around the world. In order to succeed, Sonic will need the help of his friends Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, along with some new and surprising allies. This new collection from acclaimed writer The evil genius Dr. Eggman has been foiled—but the work of Sonic the Hedgehog isn't over yet! In the aftermath of the latest epic battle, rogue robots continue to attack small villages around the world. In order to succeed, Sonic will need the help of his friends Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, along with some new and surprising allies. This new collection from acclaimed writer Ian Flynn features the blue blur like you've never seen him before. Gotta go fast!

30 review for Sonic the Hedgehog, Vol. 1: Fallout

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tiag⊗

    I'm definitely not in the demographic target for these books, but as a huge fan of the early games, and seeing how neat the art was, I had to pick it up and give it a try, wasn't disappointed, good fun light read with plenty of characters and small arcs through each volume, give it a shot. I'm definitely not in the demographic target for these books, but as a huge fan of the early games, and seeing how neat the art was, I had to pick it up and give it a try, wasn't disappointed, good fun light read with plenty of characters and small arcs through each volume, give it a shot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [This review covers the first year of Sonic The Hedgehog - volumes 1-3] IDW's Sonic ongoing launches right off the back of the end of Sonic Forces; Eggman has been defeated, and the world is slowly being put to rights again by the Restoration. But of course, all is not as it appears as a new foe makes themselves known who looks mysteriously like Eggman himself. It's been a long time since I've read Sonic's comic adventures. I used to read the UK Sonic The Comic for a while when I was younger, but [This review covers the first year of Sonic The Hedgehog - volumes 1-3] IDW's Sonic ongoing launches right off the back of the end of Sonic Forces; Eggman has been defeated, and the world is slowly being put to rights again by the Restoration. But of course, all is not as it appears as a new foe makes themselves known who looks mysteriously like Eggman himself. It's been a long time since I've read Sonic's comic adventures. I used to read the UK Sonic The Comic for a while when I was younger, but this is my first foray into the US stuff, and it's...really good? It manages to straddle the line of being an all-ages book without pandering to younger readers, and it deals with some pretty heavy ideas at times. The second volume especially has some pretty dark moral quandries for Sonic and friends to navigate, but that's all balanced out nicely by Sonic's carefree attitude and the sheer fun of seeing him beat the crap out of bad guys. All your favourite characters show up here eventually too; it feels a bit like an old Marvel comic where each issue has a new guest star, but they all bring something new to the story and feel relevant rather than just forced - the Chaotix help Sonic investigate Eggman, while Silver and Blaze have input from the future/alternate dimensions to add, for example, while Sonic and Shadow fighting each other never gets old. It all culminates in a big throwdown featuring everyone versus the true villain of the story with the fate of Angel Island and the Master Emerald in the balance, and I just love typing sentences like that. The new additions to Sonic lore are great too - Tangle and Whisper fit nicely into the group without feeling derivative of any other hero, while Rough & Tumble and Doctor Starline flesh out the villain camp quite nicely. Starline especially is one to watch, I think. The art goes through a few changes, but I'm pretty sure most of these artist are familiar with Sonic's world, as is writer Ian Flynn who I believe follows Sonic across from his previous rights owners, Archie Comics. The art is always bright and colourful, but the subtle differences between artists gives each issue its own unique feeling without being too tonally dissonant. I'm glad I dove into Sonic's world once again; there's something comforting about this series, and yet it doesn't shy away from building and building as it goes. Now all I need is to get City Escape out of my head and we'll be good.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Colona Public Library

    This book is super nostalgic to me. I read the Archie Sonic comic series for a VERY long time until I was old enough to have to pay for it myself, then unfortunately had to be cut from my budget. AND I was one of those Deviantart kids that followed chibi-jen-hen So, I was on the floor when I saw her original characters in the background of this book! This was a blast from the past and it was a trip for me. Anyway, This book was actually really fun, great pacing, solid understanding of the charac This book is super nostalgic to me. I read the Archie Sonic comic series for a VERY long time until I was old enough to have to pay for it myself, then unfortunately had to be cut from my budget. AND I was one of those Deviantart kids that followed chibi-jen-hen So, I was on the floor when I saw her original characters in the background of this book! This was a blast from the past and it was a trip for me. Anyway, This book was actually really fun, great pacing, solid understanding of the characters, and the art work in each issue was amazing! All the characters felt dynamic and art-style flowed really well. I'm wondering if they will include any ARCHIE lore or other characters from that comic series? They mention the resistance and I really hope they include the ARCHIE characters from those issues. I think this series is really promising and has a lot of potential in future issues! ~Ashley p.s. I also have had several hedgehogs! I got my first hedgehog, Hannah, in 2nd grade!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Des Fox

    Light reading with some great art. No surprise, there's not some incredible story happening here, but the characters and action look great, and Tangle is a welcome addition to Sonic's box of sidekicks. This was a nice, nostalgic change of pace. Light reading with some great art. No surprise, there's not some incredible story happening here, but the characters and action look great, and Tangle is a welcome addition to Sonic's box of sidekicks. This was a nice, nostalgic change of pace.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    I haven’t read or intook anything Sonic related in a while so when I came to this I was probably part of the target audience: people who knew about the franchise but not super deep into it / Casual comics fans. The artwork is stellar and some of the newer characters introduced I think would be a cool tie in and make me wanna play the games again. Looking forward to finishing this run and seeing where it goes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric Farr

    The adventures contained in this collection are light, fluffy, and fast--appropriate for a story about a hedgehog speedster and his associated animal friends. These short episodes basically set up the general premise of the world and establish many of the supporting characters. It's really more about the latter than the former, though, as Sonic hops from ally to ally in each new issue. Those characters who have been named are mostly familiar faces from the games, like Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, t The adventures contained in this collection are light, fluffy, and fast--appropriate for a story about a hedgehog speedster and his associated animal friends. These short episodes basically set up the general premise of the world and establish many of the supporting characters. It's really more about the latter than the former, though, as Sonic hops from ally to ally in each new issue. Those characters who have been named are mostly familiar faces from the games, like Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, though it does appear that there are a few new characters (keeping in mind that I didn't read the lengthy Archie Comics run so can't say if any characters first appeared in that continuity). These are all characters with clear history together, and most interestingly, they seem like older, wiser depictions of fan favorites. They are all matured by and burdened with responsibility. They're all a little less brash. They've all become leaders in their own right, rather than just followers of Sonic. The state of the world seems perhaps more complicated than hinted at so far. What we know is that Sonic's been in operation for a while (apparently years), and that he recently defeated Eggman yet again, whose armies seem to be coalescing around a new and hidden villain. There are also references to the events of recent games like Sonic Colors and Sonic Forces. I don't know if we'll ever get a much more detailed timeline of events, though. Sonic's history is complicated by appearances in a variety of titles, and even sticking to the games, it would probably be rather difficult to make everything gel together nicely. This soft-reboot approach, acknowledging a lengthy history for the characters without requiring a rigidly canonical timeline, is probably the best option. Reading this collection was fun, which is all I'd ask from a video game tie-in for a colossal and, at this point, aged property like Sonic the Hedgehog.

  7. 4 out of 5

    MechaComicReviews

    The new Sonic the Hedgehog series at IDW is strange for both its publishing history and its creative teams. I was a fan of the Archie series (which nearly made it to 300 issues) since I was a kid, and it was bittersweet to see it go and then join a new publisher. Understandably, IDW needed to streamline A LOT: get rid of a ton of characters and make very little new ones. To some extent this succeeds, and to others it’s okay. The weird thing is that they brought the Archie writer, Ian Flynn, back The new Sonic the Hedgehog series at IDW is strange for both its publishing history and its creative teams. I was a fan of the Archie series (which nearly made it to 300 issues) since I was a kid, and it was bittersweet to see it go and then join a new publisher. Understandably, IDW needed to streamline A LOT: get rid of a ton of characters and make very little new ones. To some extent this succeeds, and to others it’s okay. The weird thing is that they brought the Archie writer, Ian Flynn, back to continue writing Sonic. Additionally, they brought back some more of the Archie team for different issues like Tracy Yardley and Jim Amash. So, it’s hard to think of this series as separate from Archie when they’re using a lot of the same creative people. This story takes place after a major battle between Sonic and his arch foe, Eggman, who vanished after the fight. We get to see series favorites, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Blaze, and newcomer Tangle the Lemur. What I appreciate about the story is that Flynn drops us right into it. There aren’t too many flashbacks or cross cuts to other characters. He is playing the storytelling long game while also not explaining or origin story-ing Sonic’s universe because, after nearly 30 years, fans just know it. The characters are fun and enjoyable, even if Sonic’s a sarcastic jerk half the time. The issues switch between old and new talent for the artwork. Despite the artist rotation, there wasn’t too many artists that stood out for wrong reasons. They each had their own style that works with the series nicely. There’s always a lot of energy with Sonic in both his video games and comics, and most of the artists were able to capture it. Still, aside from furry humanoid creatures, there’s not too much to diversify the comic stands with. The series is fun, and I’m interested in where it goes next, but I’m not exactly eager for the next issue on a month-to-month basis.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alaa Readsss

    Decided to give this comic a try after I realised there is a huge fandom for Sonic, and you know what, I see the appeal! The artstyle is cute; I love the thick lineart. It reminds me of 2000s cartoons. Usually when I start reading a series from a franchise with previous series I tend to be confused by who is who and what is happening, but this was not the case here. I literally know nothing about Sonic, and I have only seen the recent movie, yet I was able to understand what is going on. This is Decided to give this comic a try after I realised there is a huge fandom for Sonic, and you know what, I see the appeal! The artstyle is cute; I love the thick lineart. It reminds me of 2000s cartoons. Usually when I start reading a series from a franchise with previous series I tend to be confused by who is who and what is happening, but this was not the case here. I literally know nothing about Sonic, and I have only seen the recent movie, yet I was able to understand what is going on. This is a problem I usually face when I try to read a comic from Marvel or DC; More often than not, I end up being lost 50% of the time. Plot wise, I have to say that things are just beginning and I am intrigued where it is going. Multiple character were introduced such as Blaze and Tangle and I hope to see more of them. Their character design is *chef's kiss* beautiful. The action scenes are fun as well; they are so dynamic. The only thing that bothered me or left me uncomfortable was Amy Rose's character. I don't know how she usually is or how she is usually written, but I did not enjoy her in this volume at all. She was inconsistent, and sometime her expressions did not match what she is saying. It made me uncomfortable. I rushed through the issue with Amy Rose. In conclusion, this was fun. Good times. I would recommend it for children and young teens, and if you are an adult I would still recommend it. You might feel nostalgic or feel the excitement you felt while playing the sonic game or watching the cartoons as a kid.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael Mills

    5 out of 5 for artwork. 2 out of 5 for plot. I say plot, there isn't really much of it. There's a hook that in a tighter series would've been an opening sequence – a first issue at most. Beyond that, each issue is taken up reintroducing an old friend and then having them and Sonic beat up some badniks. I'm not one of the Sonic hardcore; this was my first time reading Sonic comics since the old UK mag back in the day, and maybe that means I was spoilt, but... there's so little to this. (view spoiler)[ 5 out of 5 for artwork. 2 out of 5 for plot. I say plot, there isn't really much of it. There's a hook that in a tighter series would've been an opening sequence – a first issue at most. Beyond that, each issue is taken up reintroducing an old friend and then having them and Sonic beat up some badniks. I'm not one of the Sonic hardcore; this was my first time reading Sonic comics since the old UK mag back in the day, and maybe that means I was spoilt, but... there's so little to this. (view spoiler)[And the cliffhanger revelation is that the big bad guy is... the one person we obviously thought it might be? Hmmm. (hide spoiler)] Also, being something of a classicist, I'm still not on board with "Eggman" and will die on this Emerald Hill. Still, like I say, lovely artwork.

  10. 4 out of 5

    StepperOfTheLongEarth

    Eh, it was OK. Still prefer the old Archie run or even the reboot was looking to be fun. On its own, its super generic if I got to be honest. Nowhere do I feel that Sonic is going anywhere or really "saving" anyone important. Who are these mobians animal people? Where do they come from? Motivation? History? Anything? I can't help but feel that the main cast has been dumbed down (although that might be the fault of Sonic Forces rather then anything else. Oh yeah, this is a follow up to Sonic Forc Eh, it was OK. Still prefer the old Archie run or even the reboot was looking to be fun. On its own, its super generic if I got to be honest. Nowhere do I feel that Sonic is going anywhere or really "saving" anyone important. Who are these mobians animal people? Where do they come from? Motivation? History? Anything? I can't help but feel that the main cast has been dumbed down (although that might be the fault of Sonic Forces rather then anything else. Oh yeah, this is a follow up to Sonic Forces btw) Why that game of all things?? Couldn't have been like colors or something? so we could at least pretend it was following after the long Unleashed adaption from Archie. *sigh* I do like the explanation for the wisp guns now, I like those guys. Wait no, there's the SEGA two world mandate bs to deal with. And the freedom fighters aren't coming back. As well as the post-boot characters (WHAT THE HELL ARCHIE!!). And lost hegie tales is going to take Ian another five years to finish because work pays for food and all (I understand but look it's been 2013 since the mandates now Ian, man. That's five going on six years and I know it's just on the back-burner and maybe (MAYBE) it might one day somehow hypothetically get picked up by IDW but I don't have any hope at all with that. Especially with SEGA's new attitude to the book.) Look, it isn't the old Sonic and it isn't new Sonic either. It's like boring Sonic from the games made into comic format. BUT I like Tangle from what I read of her and Whisper looks like fun (if IDW ever release a vol 2. This one was delayed from APRIL!) The two villain characters Rough and Tumble seem like excellent Bulk and Skull type characters for the cast to punch! (You have to have a few weenies in there to fill out the roster, that is comic book law) Apart from that though? ... The art is inconsistent (glad they could get some of the artist back though. Class act of good faith, and jobs for the artist I hope). The writing is a bit flat. I'm sorry Ian but without all the nice stories cooking up in the background and both hands tied up with mandates about what you can't do plus the characters not being allowed to really change (you know, the stuff that makes a good narrative and a compelling reason to keep reading a comic book with an interesting with an ever changing status quo) ...I don't see how he can manage a tenth of the old stuff. We will see after the first year, if we can get there. And they don't decided to reboot again.............. or lawsuit or anything like that..... Cost: now, I'm a stickler. Maybe I just don't think single issue comics should be $4 (???) but I'm going to be trade waiting on everyone of these (and saving $4 a pop if I'm doing the math right). I probably would go monthly if they did subscriptions but what can you do. Less money for them then. Last thoughts: pick it up if you are a sonic fan and maybe if you liked the old Archie runs you will find so enjoyment from this. Heck, this is a good spot to jump on to if you don't want to deal with all the old lore. It is not connected to any of the old stuff at all. So, knock yourselves out. 3/5 Stars : Salty pillar of salt. Not enough plot.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Will Brown

    I agree with some of the reviewers here that this volume is pretty run of the mill, but I will defend it. Real-life-background-info-dump: There was a Sonic comic published by Archie comics with this same creative team. However, due to Archie wanting to focus on their own brand, they cancelled the comic...without telling the people working on the book, leaving them all without a paycheck for roughly 6 months (yiiiiiikes). When the rights to the book changed hands to IDW, fans of the old comic cham I agree with some of the reviewers here that this volume is pretty run of the mill, but I will defend it. Real-life-background-info-dump: There was a Sonic comic published by Archie comics with this same creative team. However, due to Archie wanting to focus on their own brand, they cancelled the comic...without telling the people working on the book, leaving them all without a paycheck for roughly 6 months (yiiiiiikes). When the rights to the book changed hands to IDW, fans of the old comic championed for the previous creative team to come on onboard and help IDW build a new continuity from the ground up. For this volume you've got the same writer for all issues (the bumble-king himself, Mr. Ian Flynn) with interior pencils by the same art crew from the previous book (Tracy Yardley, Adam Bryce Thomas, Jennifer Hernandez, and Evan Stanley). Nothing too special about the plot. The book is more focused on establishing the setting and tone than on telling a complete story so it feels more like part of an Act 1 than a complete story. The dialogue and character dynamics are spot on though. Standout character for me is Amy Rose, who is smitten with Sonic, but Flynn doesn't let that attraction be her defining character trait. Amy goes quip for quip and blow for blow with Sonic in the second issue and it's charming to read. While we don't spend enough time with Tangle in issue 4 to really get to know her character, she has a slick design and the artist has a lot of fun utilizing her tail for various action sequences and acrobatics. Speaking of the art. As noted by others, it's inconsistent. There's a different artist and colorer each issue so it feels like you're reading a compilation of one-shots rather than a complete volume. That said the cover art is all fantastic (shoutout to newcomer, Nathalie Fourdraine, and her stellar variant covers) and the interior art is still solid with Thomas and Stanley's being the highlight of the volume for me. Their art has more volume to it and the action sequences are much more frantic and fun. So far the book hasn't reached the highs of the previous Sonic comic, but it hasn't hit the lows either. It's fine. Inconsistent, but fine. If you are a Sonic fan, I would recommend you wait and pick up the first 3 volumes all at once. Once the groundwork has been laid, this book takes advantage of its setting and gets CRAZY fun.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chance Hansen

    With the Archie comics gone this is a pretty good alternative. Simple but good. Cover I think this is a good cover to introduce people to the new comic line. Playful, non-menacing. There only a Coconuts shoved up in the cover almost out of sight with the title. Kind of a nice nod to the subtle unnerving undertone of doom the story has. It's a lot more video game orientated with it's Green Hill Zone style cover. Interior Story Being a reboot and a continuation of Sonic Forces story it does what it ne With the Archie comics gone this is a pretty good alternative. Simple but good. Cover I think this is a good cover to introduce people to the new comic line. Playful, non-menacing. There only a Coconuts shoved up in the cover almost out of sight with the title. Kind of a nice nod to the subtle unnerving undertone of doom the story has. It's a lot more video game orientated with it's Green Hill Zone style cover. Interior Story Being a reboot and a continuation of Sonic Forces story it does what it needs to do. It's an introduction to some of the main characters. As a collection this story fits a book a lot more than individual comics. Even what they are building up seems to be just sitting on the sideline to the introductions. It's all video game characters with a couple new characters, Tangle, Rough, and Tumble and they fit in well. The personalities are done really well and they fit the characters. (The only thing I'd question is Amy's leadership roll. It's o.k. But I've never really see her as the commander before. But even the book acknowledges how awkward it seems.) A couple nice little nods to other pervious video game boss battles. Since it's tied into Sonic Forces I can't help but wonder if, it's going to play around the theme of every game released from here on out. Illustrations The artwork is unsurprisingly beautiful. And fits the size of the book well. The backgrounds are nice. A couple of times I was a little confused with the actions fight scenes went. After Thoughts Fallout is a really fitting title to not only to start off after the video game but the parting of the Archie series. I don't think Sally, Nichole, or any of the other freedom fighter are returning anytime soon, unfortunately. In fact they haven't even acknowledged whether this is Mobius yet.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bartosz Gawlik

    The Sonic comic has been rebooted once again, this time under IDW. How is the introduction to this new universe? Let's find out. Written by fan favorite Ian Flynn, Sonic The Hedgehog: Fallout contains the first 4 issues of the new comic book series about the blue blur and is pretty much a prolouge to the actual story. That doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable, especially if you're a fan. Seemingly after Sonic Forces, Doctor Eggman vanishes and his army of robots is scattered all over the world. What a The Sonic comic has been rebooted once again, this time under IDW. How is the introduction to this new universe? Let's find out. Written by fan favorite Ian Flynn, Sonic The Hedgehog: Fallout contains the first 4 issues of the new comic book series about the blue blur and is pretty much a prolouge to the actual story. That doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable, especially if you're a fan. Seemingly after Sonic Forces, Doctor Eggman vanishes and his army of robots is scattered all over the world. What at first are random attacks, soon become bigger, more organised assults, leading to Sonic and his friends beliving that someone is controlling the evil doctor's army. This book doesn't contain much story but shines in the characterisation aspect. Every character feels like they should and the new allies and villans are fun as well. The dialouge is strong and references the games a lot. My favorite being the interactions between Sonic and Amy in issue #2. The artwork is pretty good as well. All of the 4 artists did a good job with presenting the story through the visuals, my favorite being Adam Bryce Thomas. Only Jennifer Hernandez's illustartions stick out. They're good, just... standard, I guess, and the actions scenes drawn by her are kinda stiff. Overall, this book is pretty good, not fantastic but I am now very excited to see what's next.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Oli Patrick

    This graphic novel is a collection of Issues #1, #2, #3, and #4 of the IDW Sonic The Hedgehog Series. These four issues were originally released in April 2018, a week apart from each other. Therefore, a different artist drew for each of the issues, although this makes little difference as the quality is generally of a high standard. That said, I did find some of the facial expressions in #4 weird and unserious. Meanwhile, popular artist, Tyson Hesse (who has worked on Sonic Mania and the Sonic M This graphic novel is a collection of Issues #1, #2, #3, and #4 of the IDW Sonic The Hedgehog Series. These four issues were originally released in April 2018, a week apart from each other. Therefore, a different artist drew for each of the issues, although this makes little difference as the quality is generally of a high standard. That said, I did find some of the facial expressions in #4 weird and unserious. Meanwhile, popular artist, Tyson Hesse (who has worked on Sonic Mania and the Sonic Mania Adventures shorts), created each of the covers. Superb-looking, by the way. The stories themselves use the events of Sonic Forces as a loose starting point, and although each of the four issues follow a similar narrative pattern, I found that they all built upon each other nicely and contained some interesting differences with various supporting characters helping out Sonic and bringing out the best of the story. #3 was my favourite of the four, featuring the best usage of character, humour, and action. Overall, I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone who likes action and adventure stories, animals, or are a fan or are interested in the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. 4/5 — Oli Patrick

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colton

    Fairly good so far, but these comics are mostly table-setting at this point. No more "freedom fighters," now we have "the resistance." There are only five original characters making their appearance so far: Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, and surprisingly Blaze. And Eggman too, because duh. It seems this comic is going to adhere way more closely to the games, which could go either way. Sadly, I'm willing to bet that Sally and the others are gone for good. No Knothole or Mobius or Kingdom or Echidna Fairly good so far, but these comics are mostly table-setting at this point. No more "freedom fighters," now we have "the resistance." There are only five original characters making their appearance so far: Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, and surprisingly Blaze. And Eggman too, because duh. It seems this comic is going to adhere way more closely to the games, which could go either way. Sadly, I'm willing to bet that Sally and the others are gone for good. No Knothole or Mobius or Kingdom or Echidna family or Naugus or Ancient Walkers. I wonder if they'll bring back Sonic's parents and Uncle Chuck? The Chaotix will hopefully show up soon, but what about Nack the Weasel? Some people complained that there were too many unnecessary characters in the old Sonic universe, but I appreciated the wide-ranging world-building that went on for over two decades. I hope at least some of these great characters make an appearance with the new characters that they'll sprinkle in. The great thing is that they've got some of the old guard back with Ian Flynn and at least one other artist. What they need to do is show up to Pat Spaziante's doorstep with a wheelbarrow of money and convince him to come back into the Sonic fold. As it is, this is a promising start, and I can't wait to see what's next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matisse

    You know, I was apprehensive of IDW getting the Sonic comics' license. The Archie series wasn't my thing, but it was keeping the spirit of the saturday-morning 90's cartoon (the serious one) alive, and it had its following. I was afraid IDW was just cash-grabbin' when it went the reboot route. Then it got people like Tyson Hesse and Abigail Starling to do the artwork. That meant it would LOOK wonderful, but how would it read? What surprised me was how this story functions: it's an epilogue to the You know, I was apprehensive of IDW getting the Sonic comics' license. The Archie series wasn't my thing, but it was keeping the spirit of the saturday-morning 90's cartoon (the serious one) alive, and it had its following. I was afraid IDW was just cash-grabbin' when it went the reboot route. Then it got people like Tyson Hesse and Abigail Starling to do the artwork. That meant it would LOOK wonderful, but how would it read? What surprised me was how this story functions: it's an epilogue to the recent Sonic Forces game. That 'playable epilogue' conceit allows for episodic early issues, which in turn re-introduce the main characters under this new title. There are quite a few extended fights, but not only is the choreography fantastic in that way where it's clear IDW "gets" Sonic, but the dialogue and pacing are quite top-notch as well. It's funny; the games show Sonic's heroic side, but these early issues call back to his lone drifter persona of the Genesis games. You end up with a well-rounded interpretation of the blue dude with 'tude. This is the Sonic comic I would have wanted as a middle-schooler. It's anime-esque, but in the games' continuity, and with smart writing. I'm in!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Derek Kerr

    I was a big fan of Archie’s sonic comics when I was a kid, though I fell off when I grew older, when they were soft rebooted with a new art/writing team a few years back the idea of jumping in was pretty attractive, but unfortunately the sheer volume of material made that sort of intimidating. New license holder IDW is starting fresh here, with great artwork and fun dialogue, but narratively this first volume is pretty light, we’ve got four largely self-contained stories that follow a similar st I was a big fan of Archie’s sonic comics when I was a kid, though I fell off when I grew older, when they were soft rebooted with a new art/writing team a few years back the idea of jumping in was pretty attractive, but unfortunately the sheer volume of material made that sort of intimidating. New license holder IDW is starting fresh here, with great artwork and fun dialogue, but narratively this first volume is pretty light, we’ve got four largely self-contained stories that follow a similar structure with little to really sink your teeth into and no clear direction other than the predictable return of the series villain in subsequent releases. The majority of IDWs licensed books that I have read have been fun, and I think the team working on this is equipped to put together a good action-adventure book, though, so I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    My review is definitely a little biased from nostalgia and genuine love for these characters. Reading this newest line of Sonic’s adventures reminds me of how as a kid I’d requested my dad to get the single issues of the line back then for me. It brings me a lot of joy to imagine the younger generation still loving this franchise. It’s fast paced (when isn’t it with Sonic?), funny, and beautifully drawn. I always forget how much I miss this group of characters until I see them all together again. My review is definitely a little biased from nostalgia and genuine love for these characters. Reading this newest line of Sonic’s adventures reminds me of how as a kid I’d requested my dad to get the single issues of the line back then for me. It brings me a lot of joy to imagine the younger generation still loving this franchise. It’s fast paced (when isn’t it with Sonic?), funny, and beautifully drawn. I always forget how much I miss this group of characters until I see them all together again. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy just have such fun on the page and I have fun reading it!! I’ll always have a soft spot for Amy as my favorite from when I was younger. As far as the beginning of a new series, I’m absolutely going to keep reading and hopefully catch back up with these childhood faves.

  19. 5 out of 5

    B

    I'm not sure if the author really has a story in mind. In each issue, Sonic meets a secondary member of the cast, blows up a robot, and leaves. But there's nothing especially dramatic about the blowing up the robot. The whole thing seems to take place in the wake of Sonic Forces, but not explicitly enough that I could say the goal is to sell more copies of Sonic Forces. (Basically, you'd need to have already played Sonic Forces to recognize the linkage.) If there's not an interesting overarching I'm not sure if the author really has a story in mind. In each issue, Sonic meets a secondary member of the cast, blows up a robot, and leaves. But there's nothing especially dramatic about the blowing up the robot. The whole thing seems to take place in the wake of Sonic Forces, but not explicitly enough that I could say the goal is to sell more copies of Sonic Forces. (Basically, you'd need to have already played Sonic Forces to recognize the linkage.) If there's not an interesting overarching plot then the individual combats have to be more dramatic. Or the interactions have to be more fun/funnier. It's a series of good (but not great) beats that don't go anywhere.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jen Walker

    Does a really great job reintroducing everyone to Sonic and his friends as well as bringing a few new characters into the mix. Whisper and Tangles and great additions to the cast and they fit right in. A great comic for Sonic fans new and old. And check out the fan dub by Adrenaline Dubs on Youtube, featuring a full cast and sound effects and music from the games. It's awesome. The best way to experience the comic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xom0Q... Does a really great job reintroducing everyone to Sonic and his friends as well as bringing a few new characters into the mix. Whisper and Tangles and great additions to the cast and they fit right in. A great comic for Sonic fans new and old. And check out the fan dub by Adrenaline Dubs on Youtube, featuring a full cast and sound effects and music from the games. It's awesome. The best way to experience the comic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xom0Q...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jordyn

    Awards- none i could find Grade levels- 2nd+ Summary- This is a series that follows the beloved Sonic the Hedgehog on his many adventures. Sonic and his friends tackle many different villains and challenges which they work together to solve. Review- This series is perfect for any kids who love the many Sonic the Hedgehog games, shows, and movies. The graphic novels serve as a good introductory novel for young kids. In class uses- i would use this book in a classroom library, or as an option as a b Awards- none i could find Grade levels- 2nd+ Summary- This is a series that follows the beloved Sonic the Hedgehog on his many adventures. Sonic and his friends tackle many different villains and challenges which they work together to solve. Review- This series is perfect for any kids who love the many Sonic the Hedgehog games, shows, and movies. The graphic novels serve as a good introductory novel for young kids. In class uses- i would use this book in a classroom library, or as an option as a book report

  22. 4 out of 5

    J.X.

    Promising start to a new series. I followed the Archie-published saga for quite some time and loved it, even if I fell away from it toward the end. Thanks to a messy legal battle, the publishing rights were handed off to IDW, but a few key team members who worked on the old comic came over to this one - and it's nice to see some familiar art, feel some familiarity in the dialogue as well. A couple of the new original characters were fun, and I hope to see them again if-and-when I pick up the sec Promising start to a new series. I followed the Archie-published saga for quite some time and loved it, even if I fell away from it toward the end. Thanks to a messy legal battle, the publishing rights were handed off to IDW, but a few key team members who worked on the old comic came over to this one - and it's nice to see some familiar art, feel some familiarity in the dialogue as well. A couple of the new original characters were fun, and I hope to see them again if-and-when I pick up the second book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joe Douglas

    It's so great that IDW picked up the Sonic licence after all the drama at Archie. Even better, they kept most of that creative team, most importantly writer Ian Flynn. Flynn is able to give more depth, personality and gravitas to these characters that you would ever imagine possible. Sure, it's an all ages book so some may feel it doesn't go as deep as it could, but man is it fun, fast and full of heart! Huge recommendation for any fan of Sonic and/or adventure comics. It's so great that IDW picked up the Sonic licence after all the drama at Archie. Even better, they kept most of that creative team, most importantly writer Ian Flynn. Flynn is able to give more depth, personality and gravitas to these characters that you would ever imagine possible. Sure, it's an all ages book so some may feel it doesn't go as deep as it could, but man is it fun, fast and full of heart! Huge recommendation for any fan of Sonic and/or adventure comics.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Harley

    This is good, but not great. I'm hooked and will be reading more, but I hope it will get better. Lots of fan-service in this volume, which is to be expected with a reboot. The artwork, however, is really nice. The story-line takes a bit more time instead of things happening suddenly, which I appreciate. And events happen a bit more clearly than the old series. This is good, but not great. I'm hooked and will be reading more, but I hope it will get better. Lots of fan-service in this volume, which is to be expected with a reboot. The artwork, however, is really nice. The story-line takes a bit more time instead of things happening suddenly, which I appreciate. And events happen a bit more clearly than the old series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Reyes

    Ian Flynn better direct the next games This has some of the best story telling in the franchise. All the characters feel like they have purpose and the new character Tangle deserves to be in a game. All I can say is read it. It comes with kindle unlimited so what are you really risking. Only complaint is this first volume felt really short to me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    I am not a Sonic fan by any means but I'm actually looking forward to the next issue?! I know they're reintroducing characters that they have the rights to, but the "who's that hedghog" every issue is getting stale. I do like where the story is going though, despite that. I am not a Sonic fan by any means but I'm actually looking forward to the next issue?! I know they're reintroducing characters that they have the rights to, but the "who's that hedghog" every issue is getting stale. I do like where the story is going though, despite that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aj Webb

    Turns out my impulse buy actually left me happy. This new start for a sonic story gives me hope and makes my monkey brain happy. I'm interested to see where it goes and I look forward to the future of these comics. I wasn't really interested in the comics before but here I am now. Turns out my impulse buy actually left me happy. This new start for a sonic story gives me hope and makes my monkey brain happy. I'm interested to see where it goes and I look forward to the future of these comics. I wasn't really interested in the comics before but here I am now.

  28. 5 out of 5

    johnnie

    Fantastic Wanted to get into reading Sonic comics and was told this was a great place to start and boy am I glad I read this! The dialogue is so much fun, the art is fantastic and I had a smile on my face the whole time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Five issues of nothing but setup with an all too obvious villain reveal. It would be easy to write all that off as its being intended for kids. My 7 year old who loves Sonic read the book and didn't ask for the next volume. That should say enough. (I like Flynn's writing. This was disappointing.) Five issues of nothing but setup with an all too obvious villain reveal. It would be easy to write all that off as its being intended for kids. My 7 year old who loves Sonic read the book and didn't ask for the next volume. That should say enough. (I like Flynn's writing. This was disappointing.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sol

    the positivity in this is so CUTE and it made me happy... ALSO THE ART IS SO FREAKING CUTE...

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