YMMV / Ghosts of the Future

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Sonic the real Sonic or just a copy of the real Sonic's memories liked Nicole suggests? There's plenty of evidence for both answers.
  • Awesome Moments: Scourge and Antique going super to take on the massive Eldritch Abomination that wrecked Moebius.
  • Broken Base: The retcon of Rouge passing away naturally of old age to being horrifically murdered by an evil alternate version of Tikal. Some see it as a good idea that hammers home how the "old" Sonic world is well and truly dead, while others see it as just another tragedy in a nonstop train of tragedies that only makes the Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy even more blatant. What makes this especially contentious is that Rouge's original death by natural causes was actually previously acknowledged in-story, making the retcon even more blatant.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Nothing has gone right for any of the good guys since day one; the comic even starts with the main heroes of the Sonic franchise dying. The sheer lengths the story goes to in order to make everyone as miserable as possible and the villains ridiculously overpowered is absurd.
    • Oh, Silver succeeded in finding the first Emerald? Now his victory is rendered moot by being Forced to Watch an alternate version of his best friend being brutally murdered after being told, in loving detail, how letting her live would subject her to a horrific Fate Worse than Death. Then, his original version of his best friend bitterly, cruelly rejects him because she feels alienated by his constant secrecy about his adventures.
    • The Scourge arc of the comic got hit with this bad. Everything keeps getting progressively worse, and all of it in the span of a few comics that detail the same battle sequence. Silver's mother is revealed to be a badass Werehog! But then, Metal Sonic instantly one shots her with a cut to the shoulder that in any other story wouldn't be nearly as fatal as this appears to be. Blaze gains a Super Mode to battle Scourge with! She promptly gets hit by The Worf Effect. Vennie's alive after being brutally mauled! And the group managed to stop the brainwashed Shadow when Sonic possessed his body! Only now, Vennie's permanently crippled, meaning her lifelong dream to be an actress is irrevocably shattered. Then, when Vennie gets her body healed, Scourge, who we last saw being blown apart by Sonic, randomly comes back with no explanation to tear Vennie's soul back out and take her hostage, literally one comic after she got her body back.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Metal Sonic risking himself to save Sicily from falling off a cliff.
    • Blaze and Silver reconciling after all the arguments they've had.
    Blaze: Hey. No more secrets?
    (she takes his hand)
    Silver: No more secrets.
    • The entirety of issue 16, with the heroes celebrating Dios Los Muertos and looking back on their lives and honoring the people they've lost.
  • Ho Yay: Some panels end up looking like this for Sonic and Shadow. Lampshaded by the author.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Scourge is still a total Jerkass, but given everything that's happened to him (being manipulated into a Deal with the Devil that destroyed Moebius and killed everyone he cared about, then got bound in eternal service to the same being responsible for it) its hard to not pity him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The story pretty much starts with Eggman leaping across the Horizon with glee by mind controlling Shadow into killing most of the heroes. Nicole crosses it when she makes Metal Sonic attack Vennie, followed shortly by using Sonic's spirit as a makeshift power source.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Nicole making Metal Sonic cripple Vennie.
    • What's happened to Moebius. It's an empty, devastated Eldritch Location where everybody has been Taken for Granite by Scourge's "Boss". And it wants to do the same thing to the Prime Zone.
    • The way Scourge's spirit decays whenever he's gets weaker. The first time he appears, he's basically a zombie.
  • Unexpected Character: GIANT ZOMBIE SCOURGE!
  • The Woobie: Sonic, Silver, and Shadow. In the author's words, "It's a pretty well-established trend in this comic that I show my feelings of admiration through doing horrible, horrible things to the characters I like".
    • Both of Silver's sisters. Vennie is crippled, possibly for life, by a Nicole-controlled Metal Sonic and held hostage by Scourge, while Sicily is left guilt stricken by being indirectly responsible for Vennie's injuries and ostracized when she takes pity on Metal Sonic.