[[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/gallery/83636#/d13l3kj Ghosts of the Future]] is a fan comic that is set 200 years after the deaths of [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] and his friends. Silver the Hedgehog is just an ordinary kid living in San Francisco and working at a fast food joint, until he starts having strange dreams. Then he meets the immortal Shadow, who is being guided by the ghost of Sonic, and learns that he must now retrieve the Chaos Emeralds. Along the way, he will have to help Sonic's ghost confront his horrible memories, help Shadow overcome his guilt, and help himself deal with his feelings for his best friend and coworker, Blaze...
The comics can all be found [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/gallery/ here]] and [[http://www.mgcomics.com/GOTF/ here]].
!!This fan comic provides examples of:
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler: Nicole.]]
* ArtEvolution: The first few pages are quite different in quality from the recent ones. Compare [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-2-page-02-67960409 this early page]] with its [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-2-page-2-Remake-99511102 remake]].
** Evolved so much so that the artist was [[AscendedFanboy hired by Archie]] to work on [[ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog their Sonic comic]].
* BaldOfEvil: Eggman in issue 1.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Nicole.]]
* ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou: Even more than the actual game during the Sonic and the Secret Rings arc.
* CallBack: Many references are made to Sonic's previous adventures in the game series, especially ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheSecretRings''. Intentional, as [[WordOfGod Evan Stanley]] said it's her favorite game.
* TheCameo: Several characters from The Middle Ground, the webcomic site that hosts ''Ghosts'', appear as background characters.
* TheChosenOne: Silver
* TheComicallySerious: Shadow, mostly.
* CuteLittleFangs: Many of the main characters are shown with these from time to time.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than the official franchise, anyhow.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Silver's sister Venice is always seen barefoot. In the comic, she's only ever seen in her home [[spoiler:or, later, a hospital bed]], where it's not atypical, but [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-Venice-concept-90461047 her concept art]] and [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-profile-Vennie-112811928 her profile]] note that she "likes to go barefoot" and that "[she] spends a lot of time outside, barefoot", respectively. In addition, [[spoiler:Nicole]] also goes barefoot, as per the character's original design, while Tikal and [[spoiler:Scourge]] lose the shoes from their original designs.
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: The intro, and a [[RecurringDreams recurring dream]] for Silver in chapter 1.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Nicole. Yes, the [[ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Comics]] character is a villain in this series.]]
* FamilyBusiness: A character that looks similar to Big the Cat runs a Chinese restaurant and Blaze the Cat (who is his daughter in the comic) works there, with Silver being the only unrelated employee on their staff. Sliver claims icecream is his as well.
* FogFeet: Sonic gets this occasionally, while the Djinn during the Secret Rings arc do this very, very often.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Played with; Sonic and Silver are seen in their standard designs a couple of times, but almost everyone else in any other circumstance is fully clothed, with the exception of Shadow, who never wears a shirt (even when he's wearing a jacket). Sonic is also shown with increasing amounts of jewelry, [[WordOfGod which correlates with how many Chaos Emeralds he has found]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Eggman in issue 1, after the mind-control device he had on Shadow was destroyed.
* IThinkYouBrokeHim: Silver's reaction after Amy's Secret Rings look-a-like shows up and Sonic faints.
* KilledOffForReal: This comic ''starts'' with at least Amy, Knuckles, and Tails being brutally murdered back in the past. In fact, one entire chapter is devoted to Sonic trying to come to terms with the guilt and sadness he still feels over Tails' death.
** And of course, [[spoiler:Eggman himself,]] via an epic neck-snap from Shadow.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler: Would you believe a ghost werehog? Ok, it's not really a werehog, more like a "corrupted-manifestation-of-gaia-induced fluffy state", but whatever.]]
* OddCouple: Shadow and Sonic's ghost.
* PsychicPowers: Silver gains these after he first runs into Sonic.
* [[spoiler:RefusalOfTheCall: Silver, as of issue 8.]]
** [[spoiler:TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: The unfortunate result of said refusal. Poor Vennie...]]
* RunningGag: Silver never seems to be allowed proper pants when attempting to retrieve a Chaos Emerald.
** [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-2-page-12-70506571 Sonic 2006 outfit]]
** [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-4-page-09-76528962 A skirt/kilt]]
** [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-7-page-17-162117944 Dinosaur-print boxer shorts]]
* SeriousBusiness: [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-7-page-24-181191333 Ice cream.]]
-->'''Shadow:''' [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-7-page-21-172984645 More flavors. Better toppings.]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome Perhaps even... HOT FUDGE.]]
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Narrowly avoided with Vennie, though she's effectively crippled until Silver can obtain the next Emerald.]]
* TroubledFetalPosition: After he's made to kill several of the heroes at the start of the comic, the Chaotix find Shadow like this. He's still in it, [[MadnessMantra muttering to himself]] when Rouge and Omega come to collect him.
* UnexpectedCharacter: [[spoiler:GIANT ZOMBIE SCOURGE!]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: For some reason, Shadow doesn't wear shirts. Perhaps it's to contrast how Sonic "doesn't like pants".
* WeirdnessMagnet: Unfortunately for Silver, his life was turned pear-shaped the moment he met Sonic and Shadow for the first time.