In Hedging Your Bets, Chris Sims attempt to get up to speed on Sonic the Hedgehog, the longest running uninterrupted American monthly comic on the stands, in the hopes of making it all the way to the finish line.
This week, we get started at Sonic #221, and folks... I have questions.
I may not know much about Sonic The Hedgehog, but there's one interesting little piece of trivia about the comics that I am absolutely fascinated by. Despite the fact that DC has recently returned Action Comics and Detective Comics to their original numbering, placing them somewhere in the mid-900s, the core Sonic the Hedgehog comic stands at 285 issues and counting as the longest-running monthly American comic book that has not been rebooted,renumbered, or otherwise restarted. It's been on the stands every month since 1993!
Throw in all the spin-off titles, and that means that there's a lot of Sonic content out there. So much so, in fact, that with Sonic Universe hitting #89 next week, there's enough Sonic content out there that the reprint-focused Sonic Super Digest is on its 17th issue. So why not celebrate the continued reign of a blue hedgehog who runs fast with a preview of both titles?
The current Sonic The Hedgehog title by Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker and a host of amazing artists --- plus John Workman on letters! --- is one of the most fun all-ages titles on the stands right now and Archie has provided us with an exclusive preview of the third volume, "Waves of Change," which sees Sonic and the gang travelling the world looking for the mysterious Gaia Temples.
It's been a long time coming, but the temporary end of Archie's Mega Man comic is almost here. Over the last five years, we've been there through thick and thin with the Blue Bomber, and it's going to be strange not to have him around on a regular basis after Mega Man #55 hits. That said, the creative team is going all with this finale, introducing a host of new worlds for the first time in comic book form.
While Mega Man won't be gone forever (Archie Comics is promising this is just a temporary reprieve), there's no telling just when he'll return either. It's fitting then that this issue is dubbed "Everlasting Peace," as the original game's opening cheered the blue champion on to "fight for everlasting peace!" It seems that after 54 issues of tackling Dr. Wily's most nefarious plans, Rock has finally accomplished that goal.
While Sonic the Hedgehog has been working to keep his world from falling apart, somewhere in time, Silver the Hedgehog has been trying to put his back together. The time-traveling hero has been flittering through all kinds of timelines during "The Silver Age" storyline that's been running in Sonic Universe these past few months, but he might soon find some answers to help him on his quest.
What could possibly happen next for Silver? You can find out in this advanced look at next week's issue. Courtesy of Archie Comics, we've got an exclusive preview of the next chapter of "The Silver Age" taking place in Sonic Universe #81, including a special "To the Future" variant cover from Adam Bryce Thomas.
If you were a child in the '90s whose primary source of news was a subscription to Nintendo Power, then there were few things more thrilling than the saga of Break Man. When he first showed up in Mega Man III as an occasional obstacle and a mysterious plot device at the end, and was eventually revealed to be Mega Man's brother, it was probably the single greatest bit of drama in the series since the invention of running left-to-right and jumping.
And not surprisingly, it's something that Archie's Mega Man comics have done a pretty fantastic job handling over the past four years. Now, as the series winds down, Break Man (aka Proto Man, aka Blues) is taking the spotlight for "Red Shift," a prologue story for the events of Mega Man IV, with a whole lot of questions about the nature of his existence. You know, for the kids! Check out an exclusive preview!
The days of Sonic the Hedgehog being confined to his own, Sega-centric universe are long over --- he's met Mega Man in comics and done Olympic events with Mario in games --- but the speedy blue guy has quite possibly never been to a world as expansive as the one he's going to experience in August's Sonic the Hedgehog #275 from Archie.
Not only is Mega Man involved in part eleven of the huge "Worlds Unite" event, but lots of other Capcom and Sega worlds will be part of the story, too. Street Fighter, Billy Hatcher, NiGHTS into Dreams and Monster Hunter are among the other franchises in the mix. Check out our exclusive reveal of covers by artists Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante, Edwin Haung, Lamar Wells, Tracy Yardley, and Rafa Knight!
If you are of a certain age, you may recall the feeling of being really excited for Mega Man 3, while also being very, very confused about the game's plot. Not the thing with the eight killer robots and their weapons that you needed to get, we were all used to that by that point, but definitely the thing about how Dr. Wily had "reformed" and everyone was just totally cool with him building a gigantic "peacekeeping" robot with lasers and ninja stars. I mean, if you try to destroy the world twice and somehow still regain the trust of the people, that must have been a heck of a trial to prove your innocence.
And now, we get to see exactly how that goes down. In Mega Man #36, Ian Flynn, POWREE, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms finally reveal the story of how Dr. Wily was cleared of all charges, including two counts of Attempted Murder Of Literally Everyone. Check out a preview below!
Here at ComicsAlliance, we're big fans of Archie'sMega Man series, but ever since the series started, we've been wondering when -- not if, but when -- they were going to get around to introducing Mega Man's far future counterpart, Mega Man X. It's been hinted at in the series, both in the main storyline and in backup stories, but now, we know for sure that the two video game heroes of different eras are going to meet.
In this summer's Mega Man #37, the two robot-fightin' robots are going to team up in "Dawn of X," a four-part crossover where 8-bit and 16-bit collide, courtesy of Ian Flynn, Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms. Check out some early art from the story below!
We've spent a pretty hefty amount of time thinking about the upcoming crossover between Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog andMega Man comics, but there's one sinister possibility that we never considered: the dire, unstoppable evil of a bicycle built for two...
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