| Sonic the Hedgehog
| Publisher: IDW Publishing
| Country of origin: United States
| First issue date: 2018-04-04
| Frequency: Monthly, Fortnightly
| Price: $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog is an American comic book series based on Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise and the successor of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog. It is distributed by IDW Publishing. The first issue was released on April 4, 2018, with the first four issues released each week throughout April, followed by a monthly release of subsequent issues starting in May 2018.
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The comic series was first announced on the official Sonic Twitter on July 21, 2017, just two days after Sega announced the cancellation of the Archie comic series. During the New York Comic Con 2017 event, more information regarding the new comic was revealed on promotional flyers (drawn by Tyson Hesse, known for his work on the Archie Sonic comics and Sonic Mania), where it was revealed that the comic will contain characters old and new, and feature brand new stories. Due to legal issues involving lawsuit against Ken Penders, none of the characters that were created for the Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog will be appearing. Over time, it was announced that various writers and artists from the Archie series would return to work on the new comic, including writer Ian Flynn as the lead writer, and artist Tracy Yardley.
When writing the IDW comics, Ian Flynn always wrote his stories as if they were part of the game universe in order to make approvals from Sega easier. With it taking place right after the events of Sonic Forces. Later during development of Sonic Frontiers, Flynn talked with other departments and other groups about where the IDW Sonic series could fit into everything. The decision was moving more towards make it all one cohesive brand, one universe. To facilitate that, Ian Flynn asked if he could do some name drops into Sonic Frontiers, which Sega approved. Takashi Iizuka also said they are trying to get the games, the comics and the Netflix Sonic Prime series into the same universe going forward.
Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper issues
Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys issues
Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome issues
Sonic the Hedgehog: Scrapnik Island issues
Trade paperback series
The IDW Collection
- This series is following the 2 world canon, established by Sega.
- Characters from the Classic Dimension aren't allowed, as the comic takes place in the Modern Dimension, established in Sonic Forces.
- The first game adaption was Team Sonic Racing.
- If you want to read the comic you can do so at ComicsMode.
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