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  • Anti-Climax Boss: Neo Metal Sonic's new final form, Master Overlord. After proving to be a formidable foe in his base and Super forms, Neo Metal Sonic transforms into something that's supposed to be even stronger than the latter. Come the final battle in Issue #11, he barely shows his newly-attained power, only inconveniences the heroes at worst and is taken out in 14 pages. What makes this even worse is that he holds the Master Emerald, the jewel that surpasses the power of the Chaos Emeralds.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Blaze was announced to appear within the fourth issue of the comics, after having been absent in Forces, which the comic takes place after.
    • The comic's senior editor, Joe Hughes, has stated that while the Freedom Fighters (and other characters from the SatAM cartoon) likely won't be making any appearances in the comic's immediate future, the idea of them returning in some capacity at some point has definitely not been ruled out.
    • Issue 7 is one for Sonic Heroes in that The Unfought Neo Metal Sonic and Sonic actually have an awesome one-on-one fight.
    • Issue 18 seems a clear effort to give Cream the Rabbit much needed focus after being one of few noteworthy characters left out of Sonic Forces, having her spot in her established team taken by the Chao in Team Sonic Racing in a particularly egregious manner, and overall being one of the most Out of Focus characters in the franchise as of late. Both Vanilla and Sonic bringing up Cream's heroic feats, as well as Sonic twice mentioning Cream having great potential, might also be an attempt to refute the common perception of Cream being a weak and useless character. Ian Flynn had also received criticism from vocal fans during the Archie Comics series for under-utilizing Cream after her introduction, particularly in the Reboot, which could make Issue 18 three levels of a saving throw!
  • Awesome Art: HOO BOY. Where do we begin? Let’s just start by saying that Tracy Yardley, Jennifer Hernandez, Evan Stanley, and Matt Herms, other fan favorites return to do the art for these comics. And the results are absolutely SPECTACULAR. Just about every issue and cover is packed to the brim with vibrant colors, highly expressive and well-designed characters, beautifully detailed backgrounds, and just a huge attention to detail in general. Even the detractors of the comic admit it is gorgeous to look at.
    • Tyson Hesse returned from the Archie Comics to do some promotional art and character designs, and his work is about as spectacular as you’d expect.
    • Adam Bryce Thomas returns for Issue 2 to do the sketches, inks, and colors all by himself. The result is nothing short of gorgeous, with sprawling landscapes, a beautifully warm color palette, and some very expressive art and action sequences.
    • All the time Evan Stanley has spent sharpening her skills with her continued work on Ghosts of the Future really shows on her absolutely gorgeous covers (She's done covers for issues #4, #8 #12, and #16 so far)
    • Nathalie Fourdraine's retail incentive covers are highly expressive and boldly colorful paintings. See for yourself.
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  • Broken Base: The main conflict in the Sonic fanbase ever since the series inception has been how the series holds up against to the old Archie Comics series. While some fans find that the characters and the world being Truer to the Text of the games represents a welcome and refreshing clean slate after the at times very unwieldy and complicated backstory the Archie series had, other still fans misses said backstory exactly because the quirky weirdness of it gave the Archie comics a more distinct and memorable personality from other versions of the Sonic franchise, and they wish that the IDW comics could include at least some of that weirdness.
  • Character Rerailment: One of the most praised aspects of the comic is how it undos a lot of the flanderization and derailment present in the games and arguably, the Archie comics. Also arguably, some of the characters are just out-right improved from the games’ portrayals in general.
    • Tails being able to fight alongside Sonic and be proactive again is a welcomed change, and a step up from his unfavorable portrayals since Sonic Unleashed.
    • Likewise, Knuckles returns to his duties as the Master Emerald guardian, and heavy focus is placed on that role in the first arc, as opposed to the games that heavily toned down his guardian duites (and shows like Sonic Boom, which removed that aspect entirely).
    • Also Sonic, who returns to the more careful trickster that prefers to work alone to keep his friends safe; compare this to the games incarnation, who not only snarks it up like no tomorrow, but allows his impulsiveness to screw him and the others over a few times.
    • Amy, whose portrayals have teetered between flat at best and stalkerish at worst, has a more well-rounded depiction that combines her sweerthearted and Sonic-loving side from the earlier games with the more competent and subdued portrayals from later titles.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • One of the background characters in Issue 2 is a sheep called Lanolin, named by her artist, Adam Bryce Thomas. note  She's getting a following due to her unique design and because she's adorable.
    • Tangle the Lemur's also gained popularity for her design and spunky attitude. The fact that she can kick all kinds of ass and still have her Adorkable moments also helps.
    • Starline likewise has been accepted well by the fans, likely because of being a rather competent assistant to Eggman but still developing his own style and seeming to set up to be one of the more legitimate OC threats of the new universe.
  • Evil Is Cool: Neo Metal Sonic has a cool design and uses his biodata copying to full advantage, unlike in Heroes where he didn't fight in his base form at all. Not only that, he can go Super, and later goes Master Overlord using the Master Emerald's powers.
  • Fan Preferred Pairing: Silver/Whisper has become popular since issue #8.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Many fans of Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog migrated to that series due in no small part to the series having many of the same creative staff. There's some Fandom Rivalry, but it's small, and most fans accepted that it wasn't this series' fault Archie Sonic got canned.
    • Since this series has the same publisher as many other well-known licensed comics, fans of other IDW series such as The Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic have welcomed Sonic’s debut from the start, and this went a step further when the comic was well-received afterwards. More than a few fans have been clamoring for some sort of crossover between Sonic and any of these other properties. Especially since IDW is a pretty big fan of crossovers and has done quite a few of them.
  • Growing the Beard: While the first 15 issues or so were criticized for being formulaic, easy to predict, and without real stakes, the Zombot arc added high stakes, a genuinely creepy threat, and Sonic showing regret over past actions, which satisfied fans who wanted the comic to be more developed and thoughtful.
  • Heartwarming Moments: In the annual, Rouge pretends to be cursed to prevent Rough and Tumble from looting an abandoned old Eggman base that a family had moved into. The family is so grateful they let Rouge take some of the treasure she came looking for to begin with in thanks.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • This isn't the first time IDW got a license that Archie used to work on; Archie had published Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, while IDW had the Ninja Turtles comic license since 2011.
    • During the Worlds Collide crossover, one of the things that caused a falling out between Wily and Eggman was because Eggman tried to kill Dr. Light due to seeing him as a threat to their plans which Wily was utterly pissed about because he wanted to break Light's spirit rather than kill him. In Issue 14 of this series, Eggman gives a very similar rant to Starline about not wanting to directly kill Sonic because he wants to break Sonic's spirit.
  • Les Yay: With their interactions in Issue #4, the pairing of Tangle and Blaze (or Blazangle) became really popular.
    • Tangle and Whisper's friendship, and the fact they have their own miniseries, has made the pairing of them popular.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Mimic already crossed it by killing the Diamond Cutters, thus traumatizing Whisper. It doesn't help he was on their side at first.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Like in Sonic Forces, the comic having Sonic's world be separate from the human world seen in the Adventure games has raised a few eyebrows. However, Ian Flynn explained out in a Q&A that, even though it's never been brought up in-game, the "Two Worlds" canon has been part of Sonic's official lore since Sonic Adventure. He also pointed that this is why Sonic X also separated Sonic's world and the human world.
    • The explication as for why some of the Wisps are still present in Sonic's world was first officially stated in the story mode of Sonic Runners (which admittedly wasn't taken as canon at the time, being a mobile game and all, and was ultimately delisted from mobile stores after a few years).
    • Metal Sonic stated that after the events of Sonic Heroes, Dr. Eggman repaired Metal Sonic and removed the rebelliousness from his coding, this was first stated in the official Japanese website SONIC CHANNEL, explaining that after Heroes, Metal Sonic was 'punished' by Eggman by having his AI chip reprogrammed to return him back to the status of loyal and obedient robotnote .
    • The second story arc involves Sonic being affected by a technology-based virus which is slowly turning him into metal. Roboticization was a frequent concept used in the cartoons and Archie comics, the main difference being it happened immediately.
  • Moe: Due to just about every character having their fair share of Adorkable moments, along with the way they are occasionally drawn, there are more than a few instances were EVERYONE can be seen as this. Comic-exclusive characters such as Tangle, Whisper, and Jewel tend to get these reactions the most from fans.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Pretty much what more than a few fans think of the earlier issues of the comic. While it is almost unanimously agreed that the artwork is gorgeous, a significant amount of the characterization is well done, and the new characters have lots of potential, some weren’t particularly fond of how the comic was set up, and thought the more streamlined stories of the issues were formulaic, predictable, and lacked any genuine stakes, as well as having similar, if not worse levels of executive meddling from SEGA, just like the Rebooted Archie Comics. However, this isn’t universal, as a lot of fans who loved those issues forgave the flaws since the comic just started, and would rather the comic take it’s time to build-up to higher stakes since rushed storylines are one of the pacing problems that plagued the reboot of the Archie comics.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Some of the more diehard fans of the original Archie series dislike this series, as the Freedom Fighters aren't in it and the tone is closer to the games. Many of those fans were hoping at the least this comic would be a re-imagining of the old comic, but once it was clear it was a full on new universe with none of the old (or even new) Archie universe comic stylings. Those hopes were completely squashed.
    • The news that some of the game characters were forbidden by SEGA for being used because of the now separate dimensions of classic Sonic and modern Sonic such as Mighty, Ray and the Hooligans (Nack/Fang, Bean and Bark) did not go over well. Many fans find it utterly ridiculous for SEGA to restrict themselves like that, especially since those characters (or in the Hooligans' case their designs) did appear in Mania for the first time in decadesnote . That Ian Flynn himself pointed out there was a time when he wasn't even allowed to use Cream and Omega in the Archie series and things might change in the future did little to mitigate this, though G-Mel, Cream and her family eventually appeared.
  • Unexpected Character: Fans were surprised when solicitations for issue #18 showed that Gemerl would debut as his game counterpart, G-Merl, had only appeared in one game from 2004. It was especially noticeable that he appeared before other more well known Sonic characters like E-123 Omega or Big the Cat. Though with Flynn's use of Gemerl at the tail end of his Archie run and IDW's much smaller character pool to draw from meant his appearance wasn't completely out of left field.
  • What an Idiot!: A few moments from both sides.
    • In Issue #3, Sonic and Knuckles enter Barricade Town and discover that it's been taken over by the Skunk Brothers, Rough and Tumble. They confront them and prove to be more than the match for the villainous duo. When they realize how outmatched they are, the brothers pull out Wispons. Sonic aims to avert their assault by calling out to the Wisps.
      You'd Expect: That Rough and Tumble would fire the Wispons while Sonic is talking and wide open for attack, thus making it harder for him to appeal to the Wisps.
      Instead: They just stand there and let Sonic do his whole speech.
    • At the beginning of Issue #12, Sonic and Tails have Metal Sonic held captive and come to a decision on what to do with him.
      You'd Expect: Considering Metal Sonic's inherently evil programming, the inevitability of him being livid over his recent failure and his desire to find Dr. Eggman, they would shut him down and seal him away in a stasis tube or cell where he couldn't do anything, thus removing him as a threat (even if it were just for the time being).
      Instead: Tails repairs him just enough so that he can move around, then Sonic offers him a truce (which he rejects in disgust) and lets him go free, believing that he won't be a threat anymore with Dr. Eggman now turned into the kindly Mr. Tinker.
      Results: Metal Sonic finds Mr. Tinker 2 pages later and sparks his old memories, changing him back into Dr. Eggman, who repairs Metal Sonic back to full power and instigates the Metal Virus plot.
    • In Issue #17, Charmy thinks that one of the citizens, who was only partly infected when he first saw her, and walled off by Vector, may still be able to be rescued.
      You'd Expect: Charmy could take an aerial view, as Vector did not put a ceiling on the cell, and he could confirm the citizen’s infection status before taking action.
      Instead: Charmy lands on the enclosure, within reach of the infected citizen.
      Results: While he’s able to react to the target of his rescue being fully infected, his surprise causes him to lose balance and fall into the hoard of zombots outside of the enclosure, getting himself infected.
    • In Issue #19, Team Dark is defending Sunset City from the zombot horde. Shadow's rather miffed with Sonic for not letting him kill Eggman when he had the chance.
      You'd Expect: Shadow would let Omega, who can't be infected, fight the robots and focus on rescuing people.
      Instead: He declares himself the Ultimate Lifeform, believing himself immune to infection, and starts fighting the zombot horde directly. Using melee attacks.
      Results: He is overwhelmed and becomes fully infected, becoming the most dangerous zombot and turning the situation from manageable to potentially apocalyptic.
      Even Worse: Shadow saw that he was becoming infected while using melee attacks, and decided to keep fighting anyway. This was after he saw Sonic's state and told that if he became infected he could likely run it off with his blistering speeds like Sonic was, Ultimate Lifeform or no. He may be prideful and angry with Sonic, but he's not usually an idiot.
      • According to Ian Flynn, when someone asked him about it, he explained that the original plan was for Shadow to unlock his inhibitor rings and instead use the energy output from those to combat the infection as an alternative to running, which is a significantly less stupid idea, but Sega vetoed it, as they wanted Shadow's characterization to be written in a specific way (aka overconfident asshole rival, ala Vegeta).
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The Tangle and Whisper miniseries has an Ax-Crazy murderer as the main antagonist, who betrayed and slaughtered the Diamond Cuttersnote , whom Whisper was part of, in the past and is now trying to hunt down and kill Whisper.


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