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So, I stopped reading the comic well over 4 years ago, and picked up two issues over the weekend. In the last year they've changed writers, from Ken Penders (who was pretty much destroying the comic) to Ian Flynn (known as Ian Potto in certain circles).

Ian's made some interesting changes. One of which would be the addition of Bark and Bean to the cast. Bean has been especially hilarious. I quote...

"Hey Sonic? Hey. Hey Sonic? Why are you so fast? Why are you blue? Are you and the princess going to marry and have mutant hedge-squirrel babies?"

Any thoughts?

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you know,i've never read those comics *although i do know it has the answer to amy roses sudden change around sonic adventure* i did hear they're pretty bad *i would like to see them myself,but no store around me has it* so,i think it sounds good they got a new writer,it might do good for the comic

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Ahh, the good old Sonic comics... been so long it seems... too bad it's been takin a nose dive from the sound of it. What happened?

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Eh, it was taking a nosedive for a good few years. Was being the key term here.
The writer, Ken Penders (who I think was also responsible for the Archie NiGHTS comic, IIRC), got very absorbed in constructing the comic's universe into his personal view of it. A personal view which wasn't exactly... a good one. He introduced a lot of unneeded characters and bad story arcs.

The new guy, Ian, seems to be doing a good job of fixing Pender's mistakes. He's gotten rid of a lot of the elements that sullied the story.
... Like that damn Turtle that wouldn't die, for example.

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... Like that damn Turtle that wouldn't die, for example.

From what I've seen that seemed to have been a bad habit in those years. Character seemly dies, often in a tragic or heroic way, only to return later and be all "I'm fine now~".

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I started reading Sonic comics waaay back in the day (my first issue was #9). After issue #49, quality began to fluctuate (after steadily increasing). I got totally fed up with it and even though I was a loyal Sonic fan, ended my subscription after issue #100 (giving me a pretty impressive collection). They really made some terrible stories. Then, about a year and a half back, I picked up an issue from a supermarket on a whim. Much to my surprise, it was a high quality story and featured a back-up story made to appeal to older readers! It was so good I decided to try subscribing again. More good issues! And so I went and attempted to fill all the gaps in my collection and I can now proudly claim to have a FULL collection of issues (not all of Sonic-X but I'll brag anyway).

Anyway, Ken Penders and the former editor really ended up screwing up a lot of the universe (Tommy the Turtle being only one example). It's sad because Penders is also behind the amazing Knuckles series. But things are on a serious up-swing now and the series has become something good for Sonic fans once again!

It may not be one of the most intelligent or mature of comics but it certainly is fun to read again.

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I only have a couple of sonic comics, but I love to read them. My favorite series was the knuckles the echidna miniseries (particularly issues 12 - 16), and my first issue was issue 154 (forgot the title, but it was the one before 'Sonic the hedgehog... alone'). I got into the series through my comic - book club and Mike Pellerito's hilarious shameless plugs and Off - panels.

But anyways, I would have to agree that Ken Penders kinda messed up the comic. I figured out why my 9 year old brother drew in, ripped up and chewed on issue 154 - it was horribly written, and I just realized that in the comic, Sonic had a crush on Mina Mongoose, then became Fiona Fox's boyfriend, then realized that he couldn't live without Princess Sally. Too many plot changes within the space of three issues. :blink:

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This seemed to be the best place to post this. Molly (CORNSiLK SiMPATiCO) from the original boards is having a rough time and she might lose her birds, so she's selling her Archie comics on eBay all together. I thought this might be a good place to let people know about it, so that she can hopefully get a good bid.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Giant-Lot-of-40-Sonic-...1QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sonic-the-hedgehog-Pre...1QQcmdZViewItem

Just a heads up, this auction ends tonight!

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From what I've seen that seemed to have been a bad habit in those years. Character seemly dies, often in a tragic or heroic way, only to return later and be all "I'm fineTo now~".


Don't worry Tommy is a cup of ashes now.

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Thank god for that. Damn turtle and his nanoshell.

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I started reading around Issue 7#.. I have up to like.. 55#, then a few of the 100#+ issues. They started to get shitty around the 50s, so I stopped ordering them. I don't read them at all now, and I'm trying to sell them off now.

They were pretty kick-ass when I was a kid, though. I remember waiting anxiously for the mail every first week of the month.

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I always read the originals, and stopped reading them in 2000 or so. Are they more like how they use to be, now? Rather, is it good like the originals XD?

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Good like the originals? As in three-page stories that build up to a crappy pun? Not really. But it is easily on par with the best of the earlier "serious" stories (like issues from the late-30s-49).
Basically the best part about the series is how everything feels RIGHT. I think the writer was a fan before he became the writer, something which cannot be said for much of the older staff. The art is consistently solid. As already stated, the current regime have been fixing up the continuity and stories from all the lame-ness and the tons of loose ends from the previous writers/editor and have been doing a great job.

I think the comic might be at overall peak quality right now (with the possible exception of some classic standout issues), actually. And I just re-read every issue not long ago!
Basically, if you have ever had an interest in the comic at all, it is worth giving it another chance.

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I just recently picked up a copy for a trip down memory lane (although I don't know how old the issue actually is) it had Knuckles being some character named... Enerjak? was it?
I put the dang thing down less than half-way through...

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I still read the comics. In my opinion, they arent good homage to the little blue guy in the later issues, but its still pretty good and entertaining. It Just turned into one big Soap Opera.

I still buy them though, I have plenty of the last 30 issues plus the Archive vols.

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I just recently picked up a copy for a trip down memory lane (although I don't know how old the issue actually is) it had Knuckles being some character named... Enerjak? was it?
I put the dang thing down less than half-way through...


Enerjak dates back to Pender's fubarred Sonic universe. Ian Flynn was working around in a rather good way. Their only issue now is that they keep doing the issues in a way that you can't just pick one up and start reading from there. SatAM didn't have that issue...

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Enerjak dates back to Pender's fubarred Sonic universe. Ian Flynn was working around in a rather good way. Their only issue now is that they keep doing the issues in a way that you can't just pick one up and start reading from there. SatAM didn't have that issue...


I know Pellerito personally.

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I started to pick up the series again when Potto took the reins. I think the best I've ever seen outta him was issue 175 when Eggman showed just how dark he can truly be. I can never forget Sonic's pissed-off determined(or demented?) retaliation of Eggman's words.

"Limit?" I got your "limit" right here!

...and he made Sally's hair short again! Yay~

Edit: Forgot to mention the delightful bitch-slap Tails got from Fiona. I love the maturity. XD

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I started to pick up the series again when Potto took the reins. I think the best I've ever seen outta him was issue 175 when Eggman showed just how dark he can truly be. I can never forget Sonic's pissed-off determined(or demented?) retaliation of Eggman's words.

"Limit?" I got your "limit" right here!

...and he made Sally's hair short again! Yay~

Edit: Forgot to mention the delightful bitch-slap Tails got from Fiona. I love the maturity. XD


I've made darker villains. I made an army of demonic monsters attack Mobius in my book that I intend on using for Archie. And don't diss them. That's just how they interpret Sonic's world. And don't you want to know how I met Mike Pellerito?? C'mon, I'm possibly the only one here who knows what he is actually like.

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I've made darker villains. I made an army of demonic monsters attack Mobius in my book that I intend on using for Archie. And don't diss them. That's just how they interpret Sonic's world. And don't you want to know how I met Mike Pellerito?? C'mon, I'm possibly the only one here who knows what he is actually like.


Maybe no one cares.

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Maybe no one cares.


Be nice.

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Be nice.


Yes mistress.

:lol:

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Yes mistress.

:lol:


MASTER, not mistress, I'm not a girl. You see, THIS is why I didn''t want to be bullied at SpiralMountain: FOR THIS VERY REASON!! Well, anyway, I know Pellerito from the New York Comic Book Convention. He was also inspired the stories I wrote for his company. Or at least HELPED inspire me.

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MASTER, not mistress, I'm not a girl. You see, THIS is why I didn''t want to be bullied at SpiralMountain: FOR THIS VERY REASON!! Well, anyway, I know Pellerito from the New York Comic Book Convention. He was also inspired the stories I wrote for his company. Or at least HELPED inspire me.


Well, sorry I'm not friggen psychic. Also, way to miss the reference.

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OK this is stopping right now. No more bickering with each other beyond this point.

Bannipper- maybe if you would fix your gender on your profile people would know you weren't a girl.

Murasaki- don't nip at the newbies. XD

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I'm a man. That is official. I don't know how anyone could've confused my gender.



It's quite easy when it's the internet.

ON TOPIC- Potto turned Enerjak into a freaky passive bug machine...? @~@

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It's quite easy when it's the internet.

ON TOPIC- Potto turned Enerjak into a freaky passive bug machine...? @~@


Nah, just some power-hungry demi-god with chaos powers that gets the crap beaten out of him by Super Sonic whom is trying to stop Dr. Finitevus (think Heath Ledger's Joker, but as a Sonic Character) from turning Mobius into an anarchy.

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I tried to read the sonic archie comics at the bookstore and I wonder how they actually stay in buisness for soo long. The comic is not the best, but I think I'd rather perfer the japanesse sonic comics over archies. I think there's a little too much drama in the archie comic.

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I like the Archie comics. Well, it's not so much that I LIKE them but that it's addicting to me. Damn cliffhangers. You just need to buy that one next issue, get that one last storyline, and for what? FOR WHAT?! YOU GET A GODDAMN CLIFFHANGER AT THE END OF THAT ONE TOO! And you gotta buy the next, and the next, and the next, until you have no room for them anymore!

It's like crack for Sonic fans!

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I like the Archie comics. Well, it's not so much that I LIKE them but that it's addicting to me. Damn cliffhangers. You just need to buy that one next issue, get that one last storyline, and for what? FOR WHAT?! YOU GET A GODDAMN CLIFFHANGER AT THE END OF THAT ONE TOO! And you gotta buy the next, and the next, and the next, until you have no room for them anymore!

It's like crack for Sonic fans!


Tell me about it! Anyway, I also hear that they may finally put Omega into the story. Either that or Silver, but that would ruin the any chance of a SOnic Next-Gen inclusion, which I think may end up happening in that comic.

EDIT: Metal Scourge is here. And he looks AWESOME! Ten bucks says he ends up turning into a good guy.

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I've read every single Archie Sonic comic ( plus All the Super Sonic Specials, regular specials, all the Knuckles comics, all the mini-series including the original Sonic series, the promo-comic that have the Sonic 1 boxart for a cover, and the Free Comic Book Day Pre-175 issue).

I haven't found a dull moment in the comic yet.

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I think the best I've ever seen outta him was issue 175 when Eggman showed just how dark he can truly be. I can never forget Sonic's pissed-off determined(or demented?) retaliation of Eggman's words.

"Limit?" I got your "limit" right here!

HECK YES.

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Those comics were something else I missed out on. The only comics I saw around my area were those Archie comics that I never read. I didn't know about the Sonic comics until years later in this decade and even then I didn't know the cartoons were made based on those comics. I only got to read the Sonic the First book (I think it was a book) on the Sonic Mega Collection. It was cheesy but I still enjoyed it. Ain't nothing wrong with a little cheese is what I say.

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Okay, who here thinks that Mammoth Mogul is a bad-*ss?

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Okay, who here thinks that Mammoth Mogul is a bad-*ss?

I think he's smart as well as bad ass. I thought it was clever hoe he ordered Sonic to be kidnapped and after he made out he had nothing to do with it since Sonic had no proof.

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i read the comic for a while- it was pretty good. then, after about 30 comics or so, i realized, "hey, it's the same damn plot we just had" and haven't bought another one since.
the same damn plot being some big, bad enemy shows up, or sonic's love life isn't quite working out, or some random attack from eggman has sonic in major trouble, but we know it won't be the end, because they'll still want their paychecks at the end of the month.
they either need originality, or they need to kill it, because hedgehogs aren't immortal.

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i read the comic for a while- it was pretty good. then, after about 30 comics or so, i realized, "hey, it's the same damn plot we just had" and haven't bought another one since.
the same damn plot being some big, bad enemy shows up, or sonic's love life isn't quite working out, or some random attack from eggman has sonic in major trouble, but we know it won't be the end, because they'll still want their paychecks at the end of the month.
they either need originality, or they need to kill it, because hedgehogs aren't immortal.


As much as you'd think that, that isn't very true. To you that may be the case, but personally, I can easily tell that the work is VERY original (though some character origins are a parody off of other villainsd from different franchises). That's pretty much the only unoriginal thing I can see. And my only complaint is that Omega isn't in the series yet.

Other than that, this series is golden. Recently, apparently, things have picked up. You probably read some of the earlier comics, which weren't as amusing as the ones shown in recent years.

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Other than that, this series is golden. Recently, apparently, things have picked up. You probably read some of the earlier comics, which weren't as amusing as the ones shown in recent years.


Uh, I've read #149-183. In fact, I kinda wanted to read some of the older stuff.
That, and I've got the Knuckles comic numbers 1-19, and I loved that.
So no, that's not my problem with it.

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OH MEH GAWD BEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!! I love Bean. Plus, I've always imagined him as a hyper lunatic.

I have mixed opinions of the Archie Sonic. I like it, but I'm more a fan of Sonic the Comic. I personally prefer more slapstic to the sturm und drang of Archie Sonic. Plus, Sonic the Comic is closer to the game's plot, which I like.

But yay, new folks. I'll have to check it out!

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I used to read the comics religiously when I was a kid. I think it got bad after issue 50 when they decided to kill off Eggman.

I still adore Patrick "Spaz"'s artwork.




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