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In 1993, video game superstar Sonic the Hedgehog scored himself a comic book series by Archie Comics. But after 24 years, a whopping 290 issues, a Soft Reboot, and constant screwings from lawyers, the series officially ended on July 19, 2017 when SEGA formally ended its relationship with Archie Comics. Two days later, however, on July 21, IDW Publishing announced that it was far from being all over, as they had successfully obtained the license to publish a new series of Sonic the Hedgehog comics.

The comic is a clean slate Continuity Reboot, and some Archie Sonic alumni have returned to work on the comic, including writer Ian Flynn, who was with the Archie series from its 160th issue until its cancellation. The storylines are divided into "seasons" roughly a year long.

In a Forces-like continuity separate from the games, a month has passed since Dr. Eggman tried to raze the world with the power of the Phantom Ruby. But after that battle, the doctor just disappeared, leaving his Badnik army to roam the land, being more of a nuisance than anything else. Sonic is still cleaning up the mess his nemesis did to world, but then the 'bots suddenly start to perform coordinated attacks against the populace, with no signs of Eggman's involvement. He will have to team up with both old and new friends to unravel this mystery and put an stop to this threat!

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It kicked off on April 4, 2018, with the first 4 issues having weekly installments in April and then monthly updates come May 2018. During Wondercon 2019, the staff revealed the first spin-off mini-series of the series, Tangle and Whisper, which started in the summer of the same year. This is the third time a non-Sega character got their own mini-series within a Sonic comic (Sally had her own mini back in the 90s and Scourge received his own story arc in Sonic Universe).

In April 2020, another mini-series was announced, Bad Guys, which will focus on the villains of this comic. Ian will head up this series while Evan Stanley will take over writing duties for the main comic during so, with the two alternating beyond the mini-series run.

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     Main Series 
  • Adapted Out: All of the characters Ian Flynn created for Archie Sonic will not be returning, due to wanting a clean slate.
    • Zig-Zagged in relation to the events of Forces; despite taking part directly after Forces, only some details of the game seem to have made the jump. For example, Wispons, the general concept of the Avatar, and possibly the Phantom Ruby (through reference to the Phantom Replicas) are mentioned, but Classic Sonic and Infinite are currently not accounted for.
  • Adventure-Friendly World: With locales from the various Sonic games available, it wouldn't be amiss to say that you'd be seeing places such as Green Hill Zone, Station Square, and Soleanna show up.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Tangle was added in order to have a girl who could easily go on cool adventures.
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: Eggman's Egg Fleet, the Flying Seafood Special-stylized armada from Heroes makes a come back, again commandeered by Neo Metal Sonic.
  • Alternate Continuity: The series is confirmed to be set in a separate continuity from the previous Sonic comics and other Sonic media, including the games (though game events still could have happened, albeit in a different way).
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us:
    • Angel Island gets taken over by the Egg Fleet by the end of Issue #8. The next several issues are dedicated to liberating it.
    • In Issue #22, Restoration HQ is overrun with Zombots after an infected monkey slips in with the refugees and transforms, triggering an outbreak that quickly spreads.
  • Ambiguous Situation: By the end of Issue #8, it's still unclear whether Eggman is really suffering from amnesia, or faking it. It's finally confirmed to be true in Issue #11, when Tinker is horrified at the prospect of regaining Eggman's memories.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Issue #5 reveals that Eggman is suffering from amnesia, having become the kindhearted Mr. Tinker. Then in Issue #11, Dr. Starline abducts him and performs a procedure to restore his memories, which kicks in during the following issue.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The second year of the comic kicks off the Plague arc wherein Dr. Eggman unleashes a metal virus that turns organic creatures into Zombots. After dousing Rough and Tumble, Sonic is infected and tries to run the disease off to mixed results. When the outbreak hits the first named character to succumb is Charmy who tried to help a quarantined woman.
  • Animesque: No doubt. From the exaggerated facial expressions, to the consistently fluid drawings, to the heavy amount of overall detail, to the sometimes VERY cute-sy look of the characters, to even the dynamic use of speed-lines in some of the fight scenes, to say that quite a lot of the art for the issues are manga-inspired would be an understatement. Some issues are like this even more than others, since it depends on the artist.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Sonic takes to calling people infected with Eggman's robo-virus "zombots" due to being rendered mindless by it. Eggman himself likes the name, and starts using it.
  • Arc Villain: Each Arc has its own storyline.
    • Opening Arc: Metal Sonic
    • Zombots Arc: Dr Eggman after he invents and unleashes the Zombots Virus. He however starts to lose control of it and in issue #26; Zavok takes over as the Arc Villain for the rest of the Arc.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: In Issue #6, Shadow heatedly asks Sonic why he'd be willing to give the seemingly amnesiac Eggman a second chance. Sonic counters by bringing up all the things Shadow did before his own Heel–Face Turn.
  • Artwork Bump: While the art in the issues are consistently good, well-detailed, and expressive, there are some issues that are even more detailed and expressive than the others, or on an entirely different level altogether. Example? Just compare the fight scenes in Issue #1 to the fight scenes in Issue #7.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Sonic and Tangle at one point during Issue #4.
  • Bad Future: Silver's reasoning for returning in issue #8. He joined the Resistance during Forces because the Eggman Empire took over. However, when he came back, everything was dead.
  • Bash Brothers: Sonic and Tails, as demonstrated right off the bat in the first issue.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Sonic and Amy have a touch of this as Amy, revealed to be one of the higher-ups of The Resistance, tries to get him back in the fold in Issue #2. Sonic even turns it on her, offering to take her on his solo travels, knowing she won’t leave her role no matter how she feels about him.
    Amy: Don’t make me slap you.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Eggman is the primary antagonist of the setting and Sonic's nemesis, as expected. However, he suffers from amnesia after the events of Sonic Forces, leaving Metal Sonic as the Big Bad for the first year of the comic. Come Issue 12, Eggman's regained his memories and mantle as the main villain.
  • Big Badass Rig: Shadow drives one in Issue #19 for the uninfected citizens of Sunset City to use to escape from the Zombots.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In Issue #4, Blaze shows up just in time to save Sonic and Tangle from being overwhelmed by badniks.
    • In Issue #20, just as Sonic and Omega are about to be overwhelmed by the Zombots in Sunset City, Silver and Tails show up to rescue and evacuate them.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Rough and Tumble fit this mold, with Rough being shorter and less muscular than his brother, Tumble.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: In Issue #6, Sonic tries to stop Shadow from killing an amnesiac Eggman reasoning that he's not a threat in his current state and should be left alone until he is. Shadow counters that just because one loses their memory doesn't make them any less dangerous, speaking from his own experiences. The two being who they are, naturally they can't come to a peaceful solution and opt for a violent one.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Cream's current state as of issue #24, having lost not only her two Chao, Cheese and Chocola, but her mother, Vanilla, to the Metal Virus. To say that her smile and optimism is gone is an understatement, as she greeted Mr. Sonic rather coldly.
    • Whisper also suffers this at the end of the same issue, after learning that Tangle is holding the line against the zombot hoard as the team escapes her town, because she has just been infected as well.
  • The Bus Came Back: Issue #7 brings back Metal Sonic, back in his "Neo" form from Heroes, as the arc's Big Bad.
    • The Babylon Rogues (Jet the Hawk, Wave the Swallow, and Storm the Albatross) come back after being completely absent in Archie Sonic's Post-Reboot.
  • Call-Back: A new antagonistic force was based on something from one of the older games. It's Metal Sonic, back in his Neo form from Sonic Heroes.
  • Call to Agriculture: The Annual shows that after the Egg Fleet's defeat in the comic's first year, Silver took to gardening as he was interested in how the planet could sustain life in a way his time couldn't. Blaze decides to help as well and though she admits to only knowing some of the basics, she manages to restore the soil and they grow a garden together.
  • Canon Foreigner: Tangle the Lemur, Whisper the Wolf, Jewel the Beetle and new villains Rough and Tumble and Dr. Starline are new characters not from the games introduced in the comic.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: As per usual, Sonic and co. don't let being in a battle interfere with their banter.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Despite originally being billed as a Lighter and Softer Continuity Reboot that kept the same writing staff from the Darker and Edgier Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog but set out to have a tone closer to the SEGA video games, the Zombot storyline is arguably even darker than the darkest of that comic's storylines - as it's basically a slightly less gory Zombie Apocalypse storyline played completely straight. The reason for this, the writers eventually admitted, is that the storyline was plotted out as a possible highly dramatic endpoint for the Archie comics and the staff kept the story and moved some characters around to extricate Sally, Antoinne, Bunny, Rotor, and Snively for the storyline so they'd be replaced with both game centric characters and new cast members like Whisper and Tangle. This resulted in a high degree of Mood Whiplash as the storyline that was plotted to FINISH decades of continuity for another comic ended up being only the new comics second arc.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Issue #5 has Sonic mentioning and recapping past actions of Eggman while mulling over how to deal with his supposedly amnesiac state. This includes Eggman attacking Sonic in the Egg Viper, blowing up parts of the moon as a show of the Ark's power, fighting Sonic with the Time Eater and splitting the planet apart in trying to awaken Dark Gaia.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Continuity Reboot: This will not follow any storylines established in the Archie series, or any other adaptation. Also, none of Ian Flynn's characters will return, not even being reimagined for the new continuity, in the interest of a new clean slate.
  • Covers Always Lie: Several characters that were featured on Retail Incentive covers hadn't yet debuted in the series. Cream the Rabbit, E-123 Omega, and G-Merl were all on covers for the first year's arc and they wouldn't appear until year two.
  • Crush Blush: Amy briefly swoons at Sonic's loner attitude toward the end of Issue #2, but quickly snaps herself out of it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Neo Metal Sonic lays one down to Sonic and Knuckles once he's powered up by the Master Emerald. It's only thanks to Shadow's intervention that he doesn't beat them both outright.
  • Darkest Hour: Issue 24 is outright said to be such, with the Metal Virus reaching critical levels, almost all of the heroes, including Tangle, becoming infected, and Starline calling in the Zeti to control the Zombots.
  • Day of the Jackboot: After Angel Island is conquered by the Egg Fleet, it's quickly converted into a fortress, with a statue of Eggman being built atop the Master Emerald's chamber.
  • Debut Queue: The first four issues feature Sonic teaming with Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Blaze respectively. The third issue also features the debut of the Canon Foreigner villains Rough and Tumble, with Tangle the Ring-tailed Lemur following in Issue #4, the Chaotix in Issue #5, and Shadow and Rouge in Issue #6. Issue #7 features the return of Neo Metal Sonic, and the 8th issue has both the return of Silver and the debut of another new character, Whisper the Wolf.
  • Decapitated Army: Eggman's disappearance after the events of Sonic Forces left his Badnik army aimless and attacking locals randomly. However, by the time events of issue 1, they've had become much more organized. This leads Tails and Sonic to determine that something is controlling the army. Later issues confirm it's not bad ol' Doc (who probably suffers from amnesia) that's back, but Neo Metal Sonic, who commands Eggman's forces until his creator returns.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • In Issue 18: Sonic comes across two villagers who opt to burn down the forest around Cream's village to prevent the Metal Virus from spreading. Sonic furiously calls them out on this, pointing out that though it'll stop them from getting infected and prevent the virus from spreading, they'll just get consumed by the forest fire instead; the villagers in question can only stammer in response, having failed to consider that.
      Sonic: Cream gets to hang out with me because she's got some sense!
    • Orbot reveals to Dr. Starline that this is one of the main reasons Eggman always loses: he has big ideas and big executions but often rushes things without thinking long-term and devolves into his hatred of Sonic, which costs him every time. No better is this displayed than in the Metal Virus arc. While Starline wanted to conduct more tests to realize the extent of its capabilities, Eggman decides to use it the moment it appears to work, reasoning that he can fix any bugs later as they crop up. This leads to the Zombots slowly getting out of control, to the point they begin to disregard Eggman's vocal commands.
    • Dr. Starline himself falls into this when he gets sick of Eggman's shortsightedness regarding the Metal Virus and elects to take matters into his own hands. Starline's solution is to bring in the Deadly Six to control the Zombots, using the Cacophonous Conch to keep them under his control. However, Starline didn't account for the glaring weakness that the conch only worked as long as his lungs lasted, effectively making it useless once he needs to catch his breath, and he didn't have a backup plan in the event he lost it; the minute he lets his guard down, the Deadly Six snatch the conch right out of his hands and hijack the Zombots for their own purposes, which of course just makes the situation even worse.
    • In Issue 26: Apparently no one thought that sending Gemerl (a robot) up against a Zeti (who can control machines) was a bad idea. Likewise Cream's insistence on coming and jumping into the portal against his wishes ended up putting her in danger as she didn't have much of a plan other than trying to shame Zeena into giving up.
  • Disability Immunity: Because he was already infected by the Metal Virus, with his speed keeping it in check, Sonic is the only one who can fight zombots directly without spreading the contagion. Contact with them causes his own infection to jumpstart, though, so he can't fight for long periods of time.
  • Discard and Draw: The Metal Virus does this to Rough and Tumble. In addition to losing their free will, they lose their speed, spin attack, and durability. However they gain a Healing Factor to compensate for their fragile forms and they become virus carriers.
  • The Dog Bites Back: A village ended up being taken over by Rough and Tumble, stealing away their Wisps and Wispons. Sonic reminds the Wisps of the good they've done helping him, in turn getting them to turn against the bullies.
  • Enemy Mine: In Issue 25, After the Zeti manage to get around Starline's plan to control them, Eggman, Metal Sonic and he are forced to go to where the Restoration remnants are (in this case, Angel Island) and team with the protagonists to stop them. ...Well, at least Eggman and Metal Sonic do; Starline, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with any of them and sets to try to solve the problem himself, but Eggman has Metal swipe his Warp Topaz and push Starline into a portal. Likewise, Amy calls in the Babylon Rogues to come help as well since with all the Zombots around, they wouldn't have anyone to steal from if the world is conquered.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the Annual, the Babylon Rogues rob a museum full of Gems, and Storm accidentally grabs the curator, mistaking her shiny shell armor for a diamond. Upon finding her, Wave demands they return her as they're thieves, not kidnappers. Storm tosses her out of their ship and accidentally damages her wing, sending her falling, which makes Jet and Wave angrier because they didn't want her getting hurt.
  • Evil Overlooker: The cover for Issue #10 features Neo Metal Sonic looking down at Sonic and friends.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Sonic and the leader of Windmill Village want the amnesiac Eggman to remain free, believing he could do more good as Mr. Tinker than he would in a cell. When Eggman regains his memories he creates the Metal Virus to turn the world into his slaves, with Windmill Village being turned into ground zero for the virus' launch.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: All of the Diamond Cutters, except for Whisper, were murdered by Mimic. This is a children's comic.
  • Fastball Special:
    • At one point in Issue #2, Sonic had Amy hit him with her hammer, firing him off like a croquet ball.
    • During the climax of the fight in Issue 4, Tangle uses her tail as a slingshot to launch Sonic and Blaze into the carrier dropping Badniks onto Tangle's hometown.
    • Sonic with Sliver does an highly effective crowd-control version of this.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: After putting down Neo Metal Sonic, Knuckles decides to disband the Resistance so he can get back to guarding the Master Emerald. Amy doesn't take that lightly.
  • Foreshadowing: In Issue #12, Orbot brings up Eggman having a very bad track record with keeping a handle on the various evil forces he's harnessed over the years. True to form, his very next scheme - the Zombots - escapes his control remarkably fast.
  • From Bad to Worse: Pretty much everything in the Metal Virus story arc.
    • Issue #15: The nightmare kicks off with Sonic getting infected during a fight with Rough and Tumble who unwittingly become Eggman's test subjects for the virus.
    • Issue #17: Charmy is swarmed in trying to save a citizen and Vector and Espio are forced to leave him behind.
    • Issue #18: Cheese and Chocola are infected while protecting Cream and Vanilla. Despite Sonic's attempts to ground them by trapping them in glass jars, they manage to escape. Meanwhile, Eggman discovers that the Zombots are now out of his control.
    • Issue #19: Shadow gets infected due to his refusal to retreat.
    • Issue #20: After researching about the Deadly Six, Starline considers using their technology-controlling powers to control the Zombots.
    • Issue #21: Starline decides to recruit the Zeti so that they can control the Zombots but, naturally, the Zeti quickly scheme to backstab Eggman and him. Tails finally aqcuires the information needed for his cure to the Metal Virus, only to lose it during a fight against the Zombots (including Cheese and Chocola), and Amy reveals at the end Restoration HQ has been overrun with her ship the only one to get away.
    • Issue #22: The story behind Restoration HQ falling is revealed: A monkey that had gotten infected sneaks into the base and turns into a Zombot. The ensuing chaos causes Vector to lose Charmy who he had rescued, and the two Zombots proceed to infect the base. Vanilla and Vector end up infected; the former's fate further traumatizing Cream as she is rescued by Amy, while the latter sacrifices himself to hold back Zombot Charmy and the rest of the horde.
    • Issue #23: Eggman reveals he has never even considered developing a cure against the Metal Virus in case things go wrong on his end. Following his battle against Sonic, the hedgehog accidentally breaks Tails data reader made to analyze for a solution to the outbreak.
    • Issue #24: Starline finally goes through with his plan to bring over the Deadly Six in hopes of controlling the Zombots. On a more personal level, Tangle is added to the list of Sonic's allies that have been infected, much to Whisper's dismay. Everyone is becoming dejected and losing hope, including Cream, as they have lost almost every solution to the Metal Virus outbreak so far.
    • Issue #25: The Deadly Six take control of the Zombots, taking the Chaos Emeralds to boost their strength and using the Zombots to terrorize the world.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Issue #8 has Silver get away with saying "crap." Not super-strong language or anything, but still surprising to see in an all-ages book.
    • Rough later says it again when the use of their drill tanks fails in Issue #15.
  • The Good Guys Always Win: As usual, due to Sega imposed mandates, Sonic and co. always defeat Eggman or any other villain in the end, no exceptions. Even if Eggman does get the upper hand for a short period, Sonic has to immediately overcome him in a subsequent comic.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Blaze notes that using all the Sol Emeralds to enter her Super Mode is extremely risky, but decides that liberating Angel Island is worth that risk.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid:
    • Issue #9 opens with the Resistance gathering every heroic character introduced over the previous eight issues in order to liberate Angel Island.
    • Issue #25 has Amy call in the Babylon Rogues as they are the only other thieves besides Rouge that can help steal the Chaos Emeralds back from the Zeti.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: In Issue #7, after Sonic is put on the ropes, he notes that it's time to bail now that "señor Starfish-Head (AKA Neo Metal Sonic)'' entered the picture.
  • Hero-Worshipper:
    • The villagers Sonic saves in the first issue are thrilled and awestruck to be in his presence, with one saying that the attack is worth it just to be able to say he winked at them.
    • Tangle becomes this for Blaze after first seeing her in action.
      Tangle: You. Are. Awesome!
    • Silver gets excited when it appears that the Resistance’s “Guardian Angel” (Whisper the Wolf) is in the same Eggman base as them.
  • Hope Spot: In #Issue 21, Tails manages to find the cure for the Zombots and goes to upload to Restoration HQ. Only for the Zombot-ified Cheese and Chocola to destroy his Wi-Fi and a Zombot that breaks into his workshop knocks the Server Blade carrying the information out of his hand. He's forced to flee before he make another copy. Not that it matters anyway, the HQ already fell due to another outbreak from within.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Cream manages avoids this in Issue 27. When Zeena takes control of Gemerl with her Zeti powers and forces him to attack Cream, she begs him to fight it and manages to get through to him. Zeena then uses a Chaos Emerald-powered means to [physically] control him like a puppet on a string, but Cream and Gemerl eventually turn it against her.
  • Idiosyncratic Cover Art: The covers of the first four issues form a larger picture.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Espio and Shadow wanted the amnesiac Eggman to be imprisoned or killed respectively while Sonic managed to convince them to let him remain free and give him a chance to do good as Mr. Tinker. After Eggman regained his memories and released the Metal Virus, the two blamed Sonic for not allowing them to arrest or take out the doctor when they had the chance.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Where does Eggman conduct a mass test of the Metal Virus? The same village that took him in as the amnesiac Mr. Tinker.
    • Eggman specifically targets Vanilla and Cream's hometown just to hurt Sonic by way of hurting his friends.
    • In Issue #26, while Sonic is trying to burn off the infection on a treadmill, Eggman and he get to talking with Eggman claiming Sonic spread most of the infection to the grass and trees during all his running around. Sonic doesn't believe it, but Eggman neither denies or refutes that claim, stating he purposefully put the thought into his mind. Considering Sonic's current state at that point, Sonic can't doubt it either, much to his annoyance.
    • Zeena figuratively and literally does this to Cream during their fight in Issue #27. Gemerl is not happy, and punishes the Zeti near the end as a result.
      Gemerl: You. Hurt. Cream.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Zeti gleefully use the Chaos Emeralds to take control of the Zombots and use them to attack people. So it's fitting that when the heroes steal the Emeralds back from them, they're left to be infected by the Zombots that are now free of their control.
  • La Résistance: The Resistance from Sonic Forces is back and still active, since cleaning up after the war is no overnight matter, plus the Badnik army becoming more competent necessities their continuing operation. Amy tries to convince Sonic to join back with them in Issue #7, but he declines on the grounds that belonging to an organization is simply not his thing. That said, he does join back up with the others after learning that Neo Metal Sonic is the one in control of the Badniks.
  • Let's You and Him Fight:
    • Issue #6 is all about a fight between Sonic and Shadow concerning what to do about Mr. Tinker, the amnesiac Eggman... with was set up by Rouge - she planned that a brawl with the blue blur would clear Shadow's head enough to consider not to outright murder the Doctor.
    • Issue #18 has Gemerl and Sonic fighting for a brief period as Sonic is infected with the virus and Gemerl has been ordered to fight back any of the Zombots. Though Gemerl knows Sonic isn't fully infected he won't allow Sonic to remain in the area because he's too much of a risk while Sonic won't leave because too many people are in danger. Cream makes Gemerl apologize later.
  • Lie Back and Think of England: A rare non-sexual example: Dr. Starline tells Mr. Tinker to "lie back, relax, and think of Eggmanland" when about to painfully restore his memories of being Eggman.
  • Limited Wardrobe: As usual, the game characters are limited solely to wearing their standard attire and nothing more, and are not allowed to change them regardless of context, per Sega imposed guidlines. On a more peculiar note, male characters (sans Eggman) aren't allowed to wear pants.
  • Motive Rant: Starline gives one upon meeting Sonic and Silver in Issue #14, desiring to see if the former lives up to the hype of being Eggman's nemesis. They're unimpressed, viewing him as creepy and crazy.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Knuckles senses that something is wrong with the Master Emerald. It’s revealed that Neo Metal Sonic is using it as his throne.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes:
    • After catching up on everything that happened while he was amnesiac, Eggman decides against repeating Neo Metal Sonic's recently defeated plan, even when Starline points out it could be tweaked to succeed. Instead, he moves on to something new.
    • Starline learns this the hard way when he recycles Eggman's old scheme of controlling the Deadly Six. And just like Eggman, the six quickly overpower him and take control of his new plan.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Shadow pulling a Big Damn Heroes to save Sonic and Knuckles from Neo Metal Sonic winds up giving him the biodata required to go One-Winged Angel.
    • During the Metal Virus outbreak, Tails gives Sonic a biometric reader to track enough data for a possible cure. Unfortunately, his heated battle against Eggman, Starline, and a legion of Zombots, breaks it.
  • Nobody Can Die: Per Sega mandates, characters from the games are equipped with adamantium level plot armor by default and cannot be killed off.
  • Nightmare Face:
    • Metal Sonic gives off one in Issue #10 as he starts to transform into Master Overlord.
    • The Deadly Six at the end of Issue #24 as they emerge from Dr. Starline's Warp Topaz portal.
    • Sonic sports one in Issue #25, after the remaining heroes arrive at Angel Island. His entire body except his nose, the right half of his face, and his uppermost chest are a metallic chrome in color, giving him mismatched eyes (his left eye's turned red, while the right one is still its normal green). Knuckles even remarks that Sonic looks just like Metal Sonic.
    • Zig-Zagged with the Zombots. As menacing and dangerous as they are, the vast majority of them somewhat avert this trope. But at the end of Issue #25, there's a panoramic shot of the zombified major characters, of whom all we see is black silhouettes with lifeless red eyes and jagged red mouths. Yeesh...
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Per Sega mandates, none of the game characters in the comic can have a steady relationship, and Amy cannot like anyone but Sonic, and Sonic and Amy cannot date at all as they would lose their dynamic.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Referred to by name by Eggman when he "rewards" the village that took him in as Mr. Tinker by making them ground zero of the Metal Virus plague.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: If you look close enough at Tumble, you'll see that he has no gloves on. Aside from the animal friends (Flickies and the like), all animal-based characters in the Sonic games are depicted wearing gloves. In the same vein Tangle has finger-less gloves. note 
  • No Name Given: "Sonic's planet"/"this planet". In order to move away from the Archie continuity, the writers can no longer name the planet "Mobius" by SEGA's executive order. Cool, they can just call it Earth like it's always been in the Japanese continuity, right? Nope. To tie into the then-upcoming Sonic movie franchise where Sonic is an alien that just happens to coincidentally call himself a Hedgehog, it's been a Retcon since Sonic Forces in the games that Sonic and his friends are aliens and Eggman is from Earth. And since SEGA is dragging their heels on giving the new continuity's homeworld a name, the writers of the comics are forced to use oddly long euphamisms whenever they talk about Sonic's homeworld, such as the Zetti awkwardly referring to the world as "The planet that Sonic and Eggman fight over."
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In issue #7, "Eggman" begins raving about his plans... only for Sonic to take the wind out of his sails rather bluntly:
      Sonic: (makes "time out" gesture) Whoa-whoa-whoa! Save the rant, faker.
    • Silver's word-for-word reaction at the end of Issue #8 to learning that Angel Island has been conquered.
    • Rough also says this word-for-word in Issue #15, when the drill tank he and Tumble are driving almost falls down a mine shaft.
    • Issue 27: Eggman and Sonic get one when the Faceship, now under Zavok's control, appears above Angel Island.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the first issue, after defeating the Badniks that attack the town, Tails notes that, since the attack was more coordinated, this doesn't reek of Eggman since he always likes to make a showing of his attacks. The lack of fanfare's a bit spooky. It's also a hint that it's not Eggman leading the Empire at the moment, but Neo Metal Sonic.
  • Out-Gambitted: The Zeti plan on taking control of the Zombots to take revenge on Eggman and Sonic, but Starline sees this coming and is prepared to seizing control of them in turn. Unfortunately, he didn't take into account the Restraining Bolt getting stolen by the Zeti.
  • Precision F-Strike: Issue #8 sees Silver drop an "Oh, Crap!" when he and Sonic learn about the situation with Angel Island.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • After Sonic and Tails beat the Egg Hammers in Issue #1, they look back at the town they just saved and see the damage caused, with some of the townsfolk again panicked. In addition, Tails is still worried about possibly losing Sonic again.
    • In Issue #15, Sonic and Amy explore an abandoned base of Eggman's that the Resistance managed to raid and liberate prisoners from during the war. However, Amy glumly mentions they lost people as well, showcasing that the war against Eggman indeed had causalities on their side.
    • In Issue #22, we see the Resistance HQ can only hold so many uninfected since they're all in a small building and housing millions on people from cities they evacuated. And not surprisingly, miss whomever was infected. One of them manages to get into the base, hiding that the Metal Virus got on him until ultimately he succumbs. This, combined with the Zombot-ified Charmy that Vector and Espio brought in breaking free from his container, ends up infecting the base in no time.
    • In Issue # 25, Starline's attempt to use the Cacophonous Conch to control the Deadly Six fails as he didn’t know the Restraining Bolt only works when it's blown into.
  • Redemption Rejection: After defeating Metal Sonic, Sonic offers him a truce. Metal responds by slapping Sonic's hand away and fleeing.
  • The Reveal:
    • Issue #5 reveals Eggman has amnesia after his latest defeat and has taken up a much kinder identity as "Mr. Tinker".
    • Issue #7 reveals the mysterious figure controlling Eggman's army is Neo Metal Sonic as he attempts to find Eggman while taking over the world in his stead. And at the end of the issue, we find out he's conquered Angel Island.
    • Issue #11 reveals Mr. Tinker really is an amnesiac Dr. Eggman. He is kidnapped by Dr. Starline, a mad scientist that forcefully re-implants his memories.
  • Say My Name: Whisper screams Tangle's in Issue #24 after she learns she's about to lose her to the Metal Virus.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: The zombification of Tangle the Lemur, the comic's resident Plucky Comic Relief, marks Issue #24 as the rock bottom of the Metal Virus arc.
  • Shoot the Dog: When pushed into a risky Quarantine situation with the Zombots, Team Chaotix end up prioritizing healthy people over the partially infected whom they leave behind hoping that they can come back with a cure later. Charmy takes issue with it and tries to go back, only to become infected as well. In the end, Espio drags Vector onto the escape ship before he can go back and attempt a rescue.
  • Shout-Out: At the end of issue 21, among the survivors seen are a ladybug and a cat that look similar to Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In Issue #11, Master Overlord is ranting about his superiority to Sonic, only for Whisper to shoot him in the face.
    Sonic: Nice shot, Whisper. Ten points for timing.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: Issues 21-23 take place at the same time. #21 from Tails perspective after Amy called him. #22 showing what happened on Amy's end after she made the call and #23 showing what Sonic was doing as events happened in the former two issues.
  • Status Quo Is God:
    • Per mandates imposed by Sega, none of the game characters can have character development unless approved, and SEGA Characters cannot be changed in any way unless approved, so don't expect any major or long-lasting shakeups in the series.
    • Admit it, from the moment you saw Mr. Tinker, you knew that he would go back to being Eggman again before the first year wrapped up.
  • Story Arc: The comic's story pans out in multiple smaller arcs that are tied together by an overarching narrative.
    • The first arc, running from Issues #1-#12, features the Sonic characters rebuilding after the events of Forces, dealing with Eggman's army as it comes under the control of Neo Metal Sonic, and trying to figure out the mystery of where Eggman himself disappeared to.
    • The second arc, starting in Issue #13, has Eggman restored to control of his empire and unleashing the Metal Virus on the world.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Sonic and Eggman take to calling those infected by the Metal Virus "zombots".
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Shadow is convinced that being the Ultimate Lifeform will protect him from the Metal Virus. He's wrong.
  • Super Mode: Super Sonic is mentioned several times, but has yet to appear. There's also Burning Blaze, and Super Neo Metal Sonic.
  • Synchronous Episodes: Issues #21, #22, and #23 all take place at the same time.
  • Take That!: Eggman rushing production of his Metal Virus but dismissing the mutation as something to fix later is essentially a dig at gaming companies who tend to release buggy and unfinished games and having to fix it in DLC patches note .
  • Tempting Fate: #17 starts with the Chaotix being informed of the Metal Virus. While they heed the warning, Vector assures Charmy it shouldn't be coming through their door anytime soon. Not a second later, the door is kicked in and Zombots start coming into their office. The trio make their way outside only to see Eggman attacking the city with the virus.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: When Starline attempts to kill Sonic with a bombing, Eggman is furious, both because he views Sonic as his to defeat, and because he sees a mere bomb as a barbaric and unsophisticated means of victory.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Eggman's password is always a variation of "Hate That Hedgehog". In the case of the base visited by Sonic and Amy in Issue 16, it's H4T3TH4TH3DGEH0G
  • This Cannot Be!: Shadow is dumbfounded when he's infected by the Metal Virus, as he had thought that him being the Ultimate Lifeform would prevent that.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Rough and Tumble, a pair of skunk brothers, are two new villains for Sonic to face.
  • Time Skip: As it carries on from Sonic Forces (or at least in a continuity similar to it), it's set one month after the ending of that game. The Resistance, who disbanded after the events of the war against Eggman, have regrouped due to both realizing restoration efforts are going to take much longer than expected and that some of Eggman's Badniks are still running amok and causing chaos.
  • Truer to the Text: Sonic and his friends skew much closer to their video game selves than the previous continuity. The biggest change is Sonic, whose portrayal dumps the 24+ year idea of being the team player and a slight womanizer with the Totally Radical attitude in favor of the gold-hearted loner who cares for his friends but hates the idea of being anchored down in one spot, preferring to run off to his next adventure.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: Downplayed with the Metal Virus. Eggman does spend a few issues testing its limits but Starline feels that he ended up pushing the project out too quickly with only a basic amount of data gathered on it. So of course, problems soon start occurring, with Eggman's control over the Zombots starts slipping.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In Issue #15, Eggman sends Rough and Tumble to fight Sonic, counting on them losing and exposing themselves to his robo-virus in the process.
  • Villain Team-Up: Starline recruits Rough and Tumble to help him find Eggman and restore his memories. Afterwards, they enter Eggman's service.
  • The Virus: The second major arc of the comic involves Sonic getting a technological virus that slowly turns him into metal, with the only way to stave it off being running at top speed.
  • Walking Spoiler: The cover of issue #27, scheduled for March 2020, shows another Zombot horde in the background and Tails facing two of the Deadly Six. Most notably is Amy looking sadly at a weakened Cream, who is affected by the Metal Virus, and lying in Gemerl's arms.
  • Walking the Earth: The first four issues have Sonic traveling to different towns and saving them from Badniks and villains.
  • War Is Hell: Though the main war was concluded in Sonic Forces, the first few arcs deal with wartime fallout. Infrastructure needs to be rebuilt, lives were lost, repeated bombings have made large areas infertile, and an army without its head is still dangerous.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Issue #7 We find out the "Eggman" who's been running things is really Metal Sonic in his "Neo" mode.
    • Issue #12: The real Eggman regains his memories after seeing the damaged Metal Sonic and goes right back to villainy.
    • The entire Metal Virus saga is this, but what really takes the cake is "The Last Minute" (Issues #21-#24). The heroes' effots to manage the crisis are a complete and utter failure, they experience their most bitter losses of the arc, the entire world except Angel Island has fallen to the virus, and Sonic's left ridden with guilt over the whole mess, since he spared Eggman's life and let Metal Sonic go. Plus, Eggman loses control of the Zombots for good, and Starline, previously Eggman's number-one fan, rebels against his authority and brings the Deadly Six into the picture.
      • Special mention goes to Issue #24. This issue is Despair Event Horizon personified. The remainder of Amy's team is seen evacuating Tagle's hometown, but they are all emotionally drained with each shred of hope leaving them (Restoration HQ, Tails' lab, and the data reader needed to find a cure to the Metal Virus all having been lost). Cream is completely devoid of her optimism due to losing Cheese, Chocola, and her mom. Espio blames the loss of his team on Sonic for the events that transpired due to letting Eggman run free (during his "Mr. Tinker" phase), including losing Vector and Charmy. Sonic is especially tired after endless running, and slowly losing his ability to drive back the virus affecting him, as informed by Gemerl. Whisper is distraught after learning Tangle is infected and staying behind to help them all escape. And to top it all off, the issue ends with a Wham Shot of Starline making his big move.
  • Wham Line:
    • In Issue #7, after Sonic reveals to the second Eggman that he's already met the real one.
      "Dr. Eggman": Of course you'd even ruin my feint, my loathsome copy.
    • In Issue #10, Rough and Tumble show up to capture Mr. Tinker, mentioning that "the Doc" told them he'd be a little "off". Neo Metal Sonic was unaware of Tinker's amnesia or his current location, hinting that this isn't the robot's machinations at work. Sure enough, it turns out to be the work of an all-new villain, Dr. Starline.
    • In Issue #24, Sonic delivers one to the remaining heroes when he breaks the news of Tangle's infection with the Metal Virus. The looks on their faces say it all.
      • And at the end of the same issue, when Starline tells Eggman he's got an idea of how to get the Zombots under control and Eggman tells him to stop bugging him about it. Starline's response?
      Dr. Starline: No, sir. (Opens up a portal behind him, through which the Zeti emerge) I insist.
    • In Issue #27 has quite a few, particulally Cream and Gemerl.:
      • When Cream shows Gemerl that she's been infected with the Metal Virus after their fight against Zeena.
      Cream: I got sick.
      • When Gemerl chooses to stick with Cream, after tossing the Chaos Emerald through the portal to Angel Island.
      Gemerl: I will be with you until... you are well.

  • What Would X Do?: Starline says that for much of his life, he'd ask himself "what would Eggman do?" whenever he's had a problem with something.
  • Who's on First?: When Sonic and Silver first meet Whisper the Wolf and names are exchanged.
    Whisper: Whisper.
    Sonic: Cool.
    Silver: (whispering) Okay. But... why?
    Sonic: No, genius. Whisper is her name.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In Issue 14, Eggman explains to Dr. Starline why he never just hunts down Sonic and does this.
    "I could carpet bomb him any day! That's not enough - that's not the point! I have to beat him! I have to prove I'm superior!"
  • World of Snark: With the exception of the younger, more innocent characters such as Cream or Charmy, just about every major character seems to have their moments of sarcasm. A significant amount of the comic’s humor just consists of characters having some sort of wise-crack to say. Whether it be just the characters reacting to something, or the characters reacting to each other.
  • Worth It: In issue #25, Tails questions Sonic if Eggman taking Starline's Warp Topaz and having Metal Sonic chuck him away was okay with it. Seeing as Starline played a big part in bringing Eggman back, and they were stuck in the mess they were in now... yeah, he's okay with it.
  • Wrong Context Magic:
    • The question arises in issue #8 if the Master Emerald - which can control the Chaos Emeralds - can also control the Sol Emeralds from Blaze's dimension, as Neo Metal Sonic is in possession of it and Blaze using them against him might be unwise. Knuckles believes it can't, based on a hunch and his own connection to the gemstone, but the group decides the situation is too dangerous to risk it.
    • Eggman abstains from exploring the powers of Starline's Warp Topaz for this reason; after his last plan, he's had his fill of "strange new magic stones".
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: By Issue #24, Sonic is hitting the Despair Event Horizon over the Metal Virus, especially since he's started to blame himself for everything by not dealing with the amnesiac Eggman when he had the chance. Tangle counters this by telling him that this is all on Eggman and Starline; he's not responsible for anyone's actions but his own.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The second major story arc of the book involves Eggman starting one through a metal virus he created to be spread through the touch of others and become his slaves, with Sonic even calling them "Zombots" (A name which Eggman even approves of). Of course, since he rushed production of said virus, that doesn't bode well for how long he can control it. The worse part, he never cared to make a cure. Each of Sonic's allies is becoming a Zombot, and those that aren't are emotionally affected by loss, including the young Cream the Rabbit. Sonic, meanwhile is doing his best to prevent the virus from transforming him with his speed, while doing his best to fight hordes of Zombots and helping everyone without touching them.
  • Zombie Infectee: In Issue #22, a monkey infected with the Metal Virus arrives at Restoration HQ with the other refugees, not wanting to be alone when the change comes. This causes an outbreak that consumes the base.

     Tangle & Whisper 
  • A Day in the Spotlight: Focuses on the two canon foreigners of the series.
  • Arc Villain: Mimic, an octopus with shapeshifting abilities whom Whisper has a beef with.
  • Call-Back: During the "Battle of Angel Island" arc in the main comic, Whisper was clearly uncomfortable around Shadow. We find out here that that's because the Shadow Androids killed her team.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In the first issue, Tangle is hanging out with Jewel when they hear commotion outside her jewelry shop. Jewel commenting on if the Babylon Rogues had returned, referencing them attacking her shop in the Annual.
    • In the third, a Flash Back shows the Shadow Androids from Shadow the Hedgehog being kept in reserve, in the same capsules they (and the real Shadow) were contained inside back in Sonic Heroes. Said androids were responsible for the murders of the Diamond Cutters.
  • Death Faked for You: Mimic uses his own mask and Whisper's discarded Wispon to fake the murder of Whisper and try to show Eggman he killed the rest of the Diamond Cutters.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: All of the Diamond Cutters, except for Whisper, were murdered by Mimic. This is a children's comic by the way.
  • Foregone Conclusion: As Issue #21 in the main comic shows the two girls working together and the caption stating as such when Tangle mentions their previous adventure together. The two will make it out fine in this mini-series and grow closer as friends. The main question is if they end up stopping Mimic or not.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Tangle said "Oh, crap..." in Issue #2 (no pun-intended) after the bunker is destroyed by Mimic's bombs.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The last moments of Slinger, Smithy, and Claire seen by the reader are them trying their best to fend against the Shadow Androids, and then you know.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Eggman only shows up in flashbacks and contacting Mimic remotely, being otherwise not directly involved in the story.
  • Idiosyncratic Cover Art: Similar to the main comic, the four issue's covers form a larger image, except the last half is flipped upside-down.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: When Whisper gets her very chance to shoot and kill Mimic, she refuses and spares him, not wanting to live with doing what Mimic had done to her friends. Tangle also suggests Mimic could suffer A Fate Worse Than Death if he failed Eggman.
  • Midquel: Miniseries takes place between Battle of Angel Island and Infection arcs.
  • Name and Name
  • Origins Episode: Issue 3 of the mini series tells Whisper's backstory in a Flashback and how the Diamond Cutters were killed.
  • The Reveal: Mimic was part of and betrayed the Diamond Cutters.
  • Spared, but Not Forgiven: What Whisper ultimately does to Mimic for If You Kill Him You Will Just Be Like Him reasons, but doesn't forgive him for what he has done to the Diamond Cutters.
  • Super Prototype: Whisper's weapon, the Variable Wispon, is revealed as this. The Diamond Cutters all used standard single Wispons, but Smithy engineered a weapon that could incorporate all of them. Only one prototype was made before his death, after the Diamond Cutters disbanded, Whisper took it.


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