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Created around the comic's second year
Ghosts of the Future is a Sonic the Hedgehog Alternate Universe Adventure/Supernatural Fiction fan comic by Evan Stanley (who actually is a writer and artist on the official Sonic comics, both Archie and IDW versions), co-written by Tom Campbell (aka Okida), and co-illustrated by Reggie Graham (another IDW Sonic artist), that is set 200 years after the deaths of Sonic and his friends.

Silver the Hedgehog is just an Ordinary High-School Student living in San Francisco and working at a run-on Chinese restaurant, 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 to prevent The End of the World as We Know It. 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 here and here.

Now has a character and recap page.

Not to be confused with the The Incredible Hulk arc of the same name, Ghosts of the Past, or the Ghost of the Christmas Yet to Come. See also The Murder Of Me, another Sonic the Hedgehog fancomic with similar dark and supernatural themes (and also created by a Promoted Fanboy).


Tropes of the Future:

  • All There in the Manual: There's a lot of setting and lore info on the artist's tumblr, like the origins of the Hybrids (the equivalent to Mobians in this setting).
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Takes place in a universe where Sonic and his friends are killed off and the Chaos Emeralds are erased from the timeline.
  • Alternate Self: Occassionally pops up.
  • Animesque: The first few issues are rendered in manga style and the humans in those issues have animesque eyes, before the Art Evolution into a more western style.
  • Anyone Can Die: Holy Hell yes. The comic starts with Tails and Knuckles dead and keeps going from there.
  • Appropriate Animal Attire: 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, which correlates with how many Chaos Emeralds he has found.
  • Art Evolution: The first few issues looked like an average teenager's shoddy attempt at manga, before issue 6 evolved nice blended shading and lighting, and issue 10 finally adapted a graphic novel quality complete with fine lineart and attractive colors and shading. Compare this early page with its remake.
    • Evolved so much so that the artist was hired by Archie to work on their Sonic comic, and later hired againbby IDW.
  • The Atoner: Shadow, though the crime he’s trying to atone for wasn’t really his fault. Metal Sonic also becomes one after being freed from the Big Bad’s control.
  • Bald of Evil: Eggman in issue 1.
  • Berserk Button: Threaten the people Sonic cares about, even slightly, and he loses it. Given how many friends he's already lost, this is pretty understandable.
    • Metal Sonic also seems to really set Sonic off, to the point that he outright tries to kill Metal when they fight at the hospital.
    • The mere sight of Badniks is another one for Sonic.
  • Big Bad: Nicole.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Antique, Tikal's counterpart on Moebius, seems as kindhearted as her main universe self, but is really a ruthless Knight Templar whose willing to doing anything to fight Scourge's "boss".
  • Blood Knight: Omega, just like his canon self. He openly admits to hoping a plan will go wrong so he can fight some mooks.
    Omega: I am detecting the approach of multiple G.U.N. units. Hopefully hostile. *Roof collapses, showing approaching robots*. Things have gone south. (Narrows eyes in glee.) Excellent.
    • Sonic of all people becomes one whenever Badniks show up. At one point Tikal has to actually force him to stop attacking after he gets a little too excited in a battle; Sonic doesn’t even realize what he’s doing until she snaps him out of it.
  • Breather Episode: After an intense string of Wham Episodes, issue 16 is a quiet, introspective story about the heroes remembering the people they've lost and reflecting on all that's happened.
  • But You Were There, and You, and You: Even more than the actual game during the Sonic and the Secret Rings arc.
  • Call-Back: Many references are made to Sonic's previous adventures in the game series, especially Sonic and the Secret Rings. Intentional, as Evan Stanley said it's her favorite game.
  • The Cameo: Several characters from The Middle Ground, the webcomic site that hosts Ghosts, appear as background characters.
    • Creator Cameo: Evan's echid-fox persona briefly appears at the Gold Ring restaurant in issue 8.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The headquarters of the New Chaotix is littered with numerous items, gadgets, and robots from past Sonic games.
  • Crossover: Issue 17 is this between Ghosts of the Future and Sonic the Continuation, a Sonic the Comic fancomic by Okida, Ghosts's co-writer.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Many of the main characters are shown with these from time to time.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than the official franchise, anyhow. The recent issues are a bit less tense, though.
  • Detail-Hogging Cover: The covers of the later issues are incredibly shaded to look realistic (an egregious example), while the comic has graphic-novel-standard coloring and shading.
  • Distant Prologue: The story opens with Sonic losing against Eggman and becoming a spirit, then skips ahead 200 years to the present day.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Venice walks around barefoot. In addition, Nicole also goes barefoot, as per the character's original design, while Tikal and Scourge lose the shoes from their original designs.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: The intro, and a recurring dream for Silver in chapter 1.
  • Eldritch Location: All the Special Zones are depicted as utterly bizarre and alien. Moebius has also become one, thanks to Scourge's Eldritch Abomination master.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: What will happen if the Chaos Emeralds aren't returned to the mortal realm. Specifically, the whole universe will basically break and stop working.
  • Even Evil Has Standards Scourge draws the line at outright hurting Vennie, though he is willing to hold her hostage to dissuade Sonic and company from attacking him.
  • Eye Colour Change: Happens sometimes. Specifically when Sonic briefly takes over Silver's body to save him and with Metal Sonic... for some reason.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The entire GUN organization has been corrupted into a tyrannical Secret Police by Nicole after she infiltrated and took control of them.
  • Friendly Local Chinatown: Silver and Blaze work at a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: There are some people you don't want to upset. Such as Sonic...
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Issue 16: "Luces en mi Sombre"note , appropriately for how the issue is centered around the Day of the Dead.
    • And this conversation within:
    Shadow: Vamos! Solo uno de nosotros puedo volar, y no soy yo.note 
    Sonic: No se...note 
    Shadow: Maldita sea, Sonic! Esta fue tu idea! note 
    Sonic: Si, pero... Sera demasiado? note 
    Shadow: Si lo es, da igual.note 
    Silver: Guys...? It's 4 in the morning and you're arguing over flowers in Spanish?
  • Hero of Another Story: The Fleetway Sonic and Omni-Viewer show up during one of the expeditions into the Special Zone, having their own adventure while our heroes search for a Chaos Emerald.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Eggman in issue 1, after the mind-control device he had on Shadow was destroyed.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Not humanity, but the same basic principle; being powered up by Sonic’s spirit has the unexpected side effect of granting Metal Sonic self-awareness and morality.
  • Humanlike Hand Anatomy/Humanlike Foot Anatomy: Taken to the next level beyond Sonic, for the fact that the Hybrids have nails
  • Hypocrite: Blaze gets extremely angry upon learning how many secrets Silver has been keeping from her, despite being a member of the New Chaotix and keeping just as many secrets from him. Silver calls her out on this and she admits that he's right. They both agree to never keep secrets from each other again.
  • I Think You Broke Him: Silver's reaction after Amy's Secret Rings look-a-like shows up and Sonic faints.
  • The Last DJ: Rouge and Omega effectively become this for GUN, after Nicole takes it over.
  • The Lost Lenore: Amy for Sonic, though he’s begun to move on from it. Rouge for Shadow. Fiona for Scourge
  • Killed Off for Real: Amy, Knuckles, and Tails are dead before the comic even starts. Eggman dies shortly after via a neck-snap from Shadow. Rouge and Omega are eventually revealed to have died on Moebius at some point. Scourge and Antique aren't explicitly shown dying, but the ending of issue 15 pretty much assures they do. Likewise A flashback reveals Fiona was killed in the past as well.
  • The Magic Goes Away: After the Chaos Emeralds were sent away from Earth, the number of Hybrids born with special abilities dropped to almost nothing (Silver Blaze and Vennie were likely because their parents ran around collecting ancient artifacts and the like), and if they aren't brought back, the universe will essentially grind to a screeching halt.
  • Mature Animal Story: Yeah, this may be about three familiar hedgehogs on an adventure, but with the stories Darker and Edgier than Sonic the Hedgehog, occasional bloodshed, and regular Tear Jerkers and Nightmare Fuel, it's written for teenagers.
  • Mercy Kill: Shadow's Arabian Nights counterpart is forced to do this to Blaze's counterpart, much to Silver's horror. Sonic tries to reassure him by pointing out the "Arabian Nights" world is basically fake, but Silver isn't entirely convinced.
  • Modern Stasis: San Francisco 200 years in the past and in Silver's timeline don't look different, besides the broken-down Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Moment Killer: In issue 14, after Blaze confesses to Silver about her powers, Silver and Blaze share a tearjerking hug and spend time together alone, until Scourge sneaks up onto them.
    Scourge: Oh, don't let me stop you! By the by, you blew it kid. Shoulda gone for a kiss.
  • The Multiverse: The Special Zone permits travel between realities in the Multiverse. The characters travel to Moebius and later encounter the Fleetway version of Sonic.
  • Mythology Gag: After his Heel–Face Turn, Metal Sonic’s eyes change from red to green, mirroring a similar color change Shard the Metal went through in the Archie comics.
    • Fleetway Sonic and the Omni-Viewer use British accents and slang, alluding to the fact that they originate from a British comic.
  • Neck Snap: How Shadow kills Eggman for revenge.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If Nicole hadn't tried to use Sonic as a power source for Metal Sonic, Metal likely wouldn't have been capable of his Heel–Face Turn, let alone willing to do it.
  • No-Sell: Nicole’s mind controlling nanites can be no-selled if a spirit is already possessing the victim, as discovered when Sonic stopped her from controlling Shadow by doing just that.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Generally speaking, if Sonic isn’t acting obnoxiously upbeat, something is very wrong. Same goes for Vennie.
    • Nicole’s Affably Evil demeanor has broken exactly once; when Shadow managed to No-Sell her mind control attempt.
  • Odd Couple: Shadow and Sonic's ghost.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Sonic’s werehog form makes a brief appearance. Silver’s mom is able to turn into a werehog at will thanks to a mysterious artifact she found years ago.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: It all starts with a mind-controlled Shadow killing off Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy...
  • Power Incontinence: When she was young, Blaze had zero control of her powers and they would flare up whenever she got too emotional. Her mother died in one of the fires she inadvertently started.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Nicole briefly uses Sonic's spirit as a makeshift power source for Metal Sonic, which has the unintended effect of giving Metal Sonic a conscience.
  • The Remnant: After Sonic and his friends died, the few heroes left (Rouge, Omega, the Chaotix, and Big) formed the New Chaotix, a group of freedom fighters secretly battling Nicole and GUN. Silver's parents, Blaze, and her dad are all members of it.
  • Running Gag: Silver never seems to be allowed proper pants when attempting to retrieve a Chaos Emerald.
  • Secret Legacy: Silver's parents and Blaze's father turn out to be members of the crime-fighting New Chaotix!
  • Secret Police: GUN has become this for Nicole.
  • Serious Business: Ice cream.
  • Ship Tease: Silver with Blaze, and Sonic with Tikal.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Splash of Color: Sonic's ghost is the only colored character in the otherwise black-and-white Monochrome Past.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Narrowly avoided with Vennie, though she's effectively crippled until Silver can obtain the next Emerald so Tikal can heal her.
  • Stylistic Suck: Fleetway Sonic and the Omni-Viewer speak in a slightly stilted, exposition-heavy style similar to the one in their native comic.
  • Super Prototype: Silver to the rest of the Hybrids (the comic's Mobian equivalent), who were originally created by artificially inseminating human egg cells with sperm altered genetically and affected by Chaos energy, because the process that made Shadow wasn't practical for mass-production.
  • Symbol Swearing: This is used to cover up strong profanity, mostly coming from the mouths of Shadow and Scourge. There was one instance in which a strong curse word was let out uncensored (Scourge says in issue 15, "Yeup, that's a shitty plan"), but it was fortunately later caught and censored, though still remains uncensored on MGComics.
  • Taken for Granite: Anyone that gets touched by the Eldritch Abomination that destroyed Moebius has this happen to them. Rouge and Omega died this way at some point in the past.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Metal Sonic, after he's freed from Nicole's control.
  • Tyop on the Cover: The title of issue 10 is "Masaka Agatsu", which is supposed to be "Masakatsu Agatsu" ("true victory").note 
  • Villain Team-Up: Nicole and Scourge decide to team up to take down Sonic.
  • Villainous Friendship: Downplayed as they aren't especially close and don't spend much time together, but Scourge and Nicole get along pretty well due to having similar interests (i.e. killing Sonic).
  • Wham Line: Silver discovers a... startling secret.
    Silver's Mom: *referring to herself, her husband, and Blaze's dad* We are the New Chaotix... Secret agents dedicated to preserving the legacy of Sonic the Hedgehog... *turns into werewolf thing* ...and bringing G.U.N. down! We know you're Nicole's puppets! So BRING IT ON!!!
    Silver and Sonic: O_O


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