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IDW Sonic Comic: Reveal, Pre-Release, & General News


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5 hours ago, WarTraveller said:

you know, do something about it.

Why do you think we founded this very site? Let’s be honest - SoJ does not know what we want as fans the same way Disney is with Star Wars. They want to appeal to arbitrary demographics, not their actual commited consumers. This is an elementary mistake someone with a basic C-grade degree in business would never make (why do you think so many companies reward people with things like loyalty cards?) We as fans must embrace our ability to create what we want for ourselves as a way of exercising consumer sovereignty over the product. They want to abandon the FF and the material that got us invested in Sonic in the first place - we abandon them, starve them out and play hardball right back at them. We have each other. Glitcher’s new Archie continuation for example I think will frankly satiate Archie fans like Alex and Mike. Support people like him and you support people like yourself, you support the fans that love Sonic just like you, not some corporate suit that has never played a Sonic game in his life. 

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I kinda like the design to be honest now that it has settled in. I do agree with the notion that there's a ton of character depth but not characteristic depth in the franchise. Alas with everything from Archie with the possible exception of the Freedom Fighters no longer going to be used they need to shore up the characters... even though they could just use the ones they had prior.

 

My main issue is how they introduced her. The first few days before the reveal it looked strikingly similar to Sally, which seems to have been their intention. Bold marketing strategy that got people talking but when you have a fan favorite in limbo and the silhouette looks identical to said character, ethically it might have not been the right move.

Course if Sally gets revealed in the next few days/weeks then it's a moot point

 

Also, notice how there's no cover for Issue #3 yet....

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4 minutes ago, Mike Arcade said:

Why not both ;)

He just wants you to continue AoM’s RP. XP

Sadly we had some major flakage on that one (some people more than others). Mike will be going to invite only from now on...

EoT has over probably 11,000 pages of content and worldbuilding. We are basically crafting a whole novel for Episode One.

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1 minute ago, TheRedStranger said:

He just wants you to continue AoM’s RP. XP

Sadly we had some major flakage on that one. Mike will be going to invite only from now on...

Yeah I'm gonna have to, for the sake of all remaining, nearly endless patient players out there thank you. :)

Back on topic here's an IGN article regarding kind of a thought process on Tangle's creation which is..quite worry some to say the least.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/01/24/sonic-the-hedgehogs-newest-ally-is-tangle-the-ring-tailed-lemur

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“Before she even had a name, we knew we wanted her to be like a lot of other great Sonic characters and have a special ability tied to one of her features. Think Tails or Knuckles,” IDW associate editor David Mariotte told IGN in an email interview. “So, we were brainstorming animals who could do cool stuff and a ring-tailed lemur who could use her tail alternately like a whip or like a fist was too cool to pass up! Throw in her scrappiness, she likes to ‘tangle’ with bad guys, and you have an awesome character!””

Tangle the Copy-and-Paste-Because-Sonic-Two-Did-It. Then add a pun...what any humorist will tell you is the “lowest form of humor.”

 Yeesh...I can understand that with Knuckles (which I always thought was just a nickname Sonic slung out storywise). He probably has a hard to pronounce Nahuatl name like Tikal or Patchumac. Given how Sonic likes the nickname “Tails” for *Miles Prower* (NOT: “Tails the Fox”) it makes sense this is probably also a nickname. Tangled makes sense only really in the context of it being like Tails, but this “brainstorm” and it’s pattern of logic does not seem to be reaching that far mentally...it’s more like a brain-drizzle... Seems IDW’s character writers seem to pick a verb and then base their whole character around that verb first and foremost. xD

I wonder if they will retitle Shadow to Skatey Head-Punter The Hedgehog

Or maybe Amy will be called Ms. Stalks-a-Lot. 

Oh! Or they can call Rotor, Sally, and Bunnie Mr Really, Ms Actually, and Ms Very, all having the last name - Characterized.

 

 

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47 minutes ago, Mike Arcade said:

Yeah I'm gonna have to, for the sake of all remaining, nearly endless patient players out there thank you. :)

Back on topic here's an IGN article regarding kind of a thought process on Tangle's creation which is..quite worry some to say the least.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/01/24/sonic-the-hedgehogs-newest-ally-is-tangle-the-ring-tailed-lemur

I personally would rather read about some of you FSoMers characters - @WarTraveller I hope to see more from your AoM character actually. 

I can’t say much about AoM Sonic and how we are writing him - but Mike’s design approach...man...he’s quite the (flawed) gem.

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On 1/24/2018 at 10:42 PM, TheRedStranger said:

Glitcher’s new Archie continuation for example I think will frankly satiate Archie fans like Alex and Mike.

I like that continuation, though I don't know if I'd really call myself a fan regarding any of Archie's runs on Sonic. There are things I like about them and a LOT of it that I don't, especially what was intended with certain writers. Even though I do know almost anything regarding Archie Sonic, does that make me a fan? I dunno really.

https://www.sonicstadium.org/2018/01/comic-preview-covers-and-solicitations-for-idw-sonic-1-3-and-4-revealed/

Also we got news regarding issue 3 (a week ago but I was slow on news lately) but no picture of the cover, all we know is that the villains of that issue are named Rough and Tumble. Yes really, so easy to say that they'll be Mobian...or should I say Animal Villains. XP

I really hope that not all of IDW Mobians and Characters have just name puns and gimmicks as they're defining traits and only that.

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Mobian as a term is banned now I guess, which contradicts the vague answer of the comic having deep lore at the end of the article. The more I hear about the IDW comic the less I'm interested in it. Also regarding having "Unlimited Story Arcs" from that what I can gather is that we'll get year long arcs, which was also a problem in the last comic as well. I mean some comics do have long story arcs or big plans for the future, but I fear that they are repeating the same mistakes which dragged Archie Sonic down. It's disappointing to say that's for sure, this coming from me who is usually positive regarding Sonic content but with what's been revealed and the thought process behind the creation of this new book I really have no confidence in it at all. I'm just sorry to be a bit of a downer in this post, I hope those who do read it will like it in some form of fashion but it'll be a pass for me. 

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Honestly, I'm not going to pass ACTUAL judgement until the first five issues actually release. I mean I COULD call them awful instantly upon arrival, bu that's not fair. I gave Forces a chance, a chance that it almost instantly squandered, but a chance nevertheless. It wouldn't be fair to not do the same here. That said...I'm not looking forward to it knowing what I know.

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My interest has gone down a bit since I've seen more info about the comic. There's some questionable decisions in terms of what Ian said he's gonna do/not gonna do, Rough and Tumble look like to be generic bully villains, and IDW being vague doesnt help.

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And so IDW Sonic Issue 1 has finally come out, the rest of the first story arc are gonna be coming out gradually this month as well so for those who are interested in the new comic there you go. I did read the first issue myself and without spoiling anything it's okay, nothing out of the ordinary really so if you want to see for right now a continuation of Forces then hey it's alright.

Although I do have a major problem with it, I mean really though this is a problem carried over from Sonic Forces actually and that's the issue of the Wispons, it's been bugging me every since they were first announced.

How is it that putting Wisps into Weapons is okay, but putting Flickies and Bunny Rabbits in Motobugs isn't?

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On 4/5/2018 at 6:01 AM, Mike Arcade said:

How is it that putting Wisps into Weapons is okay, but putting Flickies and Bunny Rabbits in Motobugs isn't?

Because they needed to put Wisps into Sonic Forces SOMEHOW...

Okay, two issues, probably still too early to tell, but regardless; how do you all feel about IDW Sonic so far? 

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11 hours ago, WarTraveller said:

Okay, two issues, probably still too early to tell, but regardless; how do you all feel about IDW Sonic so far? 

About what I expected: Okay, playing it a bit safe though.

Positives: Tails isn't a bloody coward, banter between characters is pretty good, Amy is written decently (though that was always one of Ian's few good qualities), Sonic doesnt seem like the One Man Army and needs some help.

Negatives: It really plays on you knowing who is who at the start, world feels barren, No descriptions of places or things such as the "village Militia" (say the villages name or area build off of it), it kinda comes off as "bare with us, we're going slow with this"

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You mean, WAY too safe. Personally, it kind of feels like "we WANT to make something interesting of this, but you-know-who won't let us".

Honestly, I...don't care? Like, SEGA kind of did everything I expected them to do, so why bother getting angry over it at this point?

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https://www.sonicstadium.org/2021/08/surge-the-tenrec-and-kit-the-fennec-idws-imposter-syndrome-miniseries-new-characters-revealed/

New Characters revealed. Some MAJOR Ashura/Scourge vibes with Surge. Has something to do with Starline. Did he pull a Project Shadow?

In other news, you all check out that charming FCBD 2021 Story and the 30th Anniversary Comic? Let us know!

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I picked up the 2021 Free Comic Book Day edition of IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog.

The second story was basically the whole storyline in a nutshell.

The local comic store had some leftover from FCBD, so if anybody wants a copy I might be able to get U one.

 

 

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On 8/28/2021 at 1:14 PM, Mike Arcade said:

https://www.sonicstadium.org/2021/08/surge-the-tenrec-and-kit-the-fennec-idws-imposter-syndrome-miniseries-new-characters-revealed/

New Characters revealed. Some MAJOR Ashura/Scourge vibes with Surge. Has something to do with Starline. Did he pull a Project Shadow?

In other news, you all check out that charming FCBD 2021 Story and the 30th Anniversary Comic? Let us know!

Surge may or may not be a direct response to a certain former writer attempting to license characters he may or may not legally own.

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On 8/30/2021 at 11:36 PM, Wulfsbane said:

Surge may or may not be a direct response to a certain former writer attempting to license characters he may or may not legally own.

That could very well be the case, even her name sounds similar to Scourge, who I still don't understand how you could own a literal copy of Sonic (and Robotnik), but I digress.

They look pretty cool (really like the black fur on Surge's forehead), but we'll see how this whole imposter thing works.

Speaking of the word Imposter, makes me wonder if the Mini Series' title is a marketing gimmick considering the popularity of a certain game.

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