Despite numerous failures and completely unplayable games, Sonic the Hedgehog has persevered—people just can’t get enough of the little blue devil. In ways, it seems he’s more popular than ever. Most recently, he’s catching up to his 90s rival Mario—albeit 25 years later—and finally getting his own movie.
Sonic fans have stuck with the character through thick and thin, through some of the worst games imaginable with the most bizarre stories you could think of. Fans who grew up with the series and were later struck by the weird, off-the-rails storytelling of the later 3D games might assume things started to get strange there, but I assure you—it’s been there since the very beginning, starting with the backstory of the first Sonic the Hedgehog game for the Sega Genesis.
As a kid, I’d get so excited whenever my family would take me grocery shopping. No, not because of the potential snacks I’d try to sneak into the cart and definitely get caught for, but because I’d run straight to the magazine section looking for one thing: Sonic the Hedgehog comics.
I naturally always looked forward to the latest issue simply out of my love for Sonic, but there was something that Sonic comics achieved that separated it from other franchises. Comic publisher Archie Comics was able to take the success of a gaming icon and build an entirely reimagined, expansive universe around it, turning Sonic the Hedgehog into the longest running (and fastest running) comic series based off a video game character ever. Since I started reading, hundreds of more issues followed and it felt untouchable.
However, after 24 years of a prosperous Mobius, it was announced that SEGA of America concluded their publishing partnership with Archie.
This news was heartbreaking. What would happen to Sally Acorn? Rotor the Walrus? Bunnie Rabbot? And god forbid, what would we do without Antoine? Years of canon (amidst the reboots) would be lost, and I along with many others couldn’t help but feel it was an end of an era.
In typical Sonic fashion, he didn’t go down without a fight. SEGA of America announced that they would be partnering with IDW Publishing to release an all-new Sonic comic. It was comforting knowing that there were more adventures in sight, but what could we come to expect from them?