Dr. Eggman has disappeared after his latest defeat at the hands of Sonic the Hedgehog. Since then, his robots have been wandering the lands and attacking towns at random. One such attack is in progress when we join Sonic. However, some new robots are in the mix, and it will take a helping hand from Tails the Fox to save the day.
The Sonic comic returns through IDW with this premiere issue, and it’s fun. Much of the comic is Sonic and Tails teaming up to take apart robots in increasingly creative manners. They’re saving woodland creature townsfolk from the robots, so there are stakes.
The biggest weakness is the Hedgehog himself. He is an insufferable character. I feared that going into the comic, and that fear was justified. He’s smug, annoying, and radical in that 1990’s sense. Tails is slightly less bad, but he comes off as a wet blanket and doesn’t have any more depth to him than Sonic. It’s worsened by the townsfolk swooning over the Blue Blur, and there’s no hint of irony in how cringe-inducing the behavior of our heroic hedgehog really is.
That said, the action is fun and visually creative. Tracy Yardley does some excellent work here in bringing the fighting style of Sonic to life while mixing things up a bit in creative takedowns of the robots. Plus, Sonic’s coordination with Tails looks great too, even if it does raise the question of how physics work in this world and/or what brand of tinfoil Eggman makes his robots from.
Jim Amash and Bob Smith give excellent inking work, giving a neat and clean look to the world of the comic. Color artist Matt Herms doesn’t skimp on the bright and contrasting colors, adding some extra visual appeal to the book.
Sonic the Hedgehog #1 is a fun and visually creative resurrection of the Sega mascot’s comic series. He may be annoying, but there’s no doubt that Ian Flynn’s scripting and Tracy Yardley’s artwork culminated in a great-looking comic with a lot of passion behind it. I can recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and cartoonish fast-moving book, or, of course, fans of the franchise itself.
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