InterestsSonic the Hedgehog/Crash Bandicoot (especially the reptiles), Spyro the Dragon, Rayman the...Rayman, Super Mario (sorta...), Fur Fighters, Studio Ghibli, Stitch, other Disney animation, Rango, reptiles in general
Quite frankly, I'm afraid I don't think there is. I've had the issue more than a few times, and only sometimes has a cache clearance solved it. Not even Updating Chrome solves it all the time (and it's asking to update now, so maybe I'll run into this issue again sooner rather than later).
I dunno if I can even blame the sheer amount of build-up on Ian either, at least not fully. Its execution could be better, but ultimately he had to put the heroes in a situation where they had to go to the other franchises to take down Sigma, and since they were reserved for the last act the rest of the time is going to be largely build up to that. The problem that this presents is that now we know that part 10 is following the same format as part 9, and Sonic and Mega Man go super in the last issue to sort things out, the build-up will have a payoff of maybe 1.5 issues at most. For a 12-issue crossover with so many players in it, that's pretty awful. In Worlds Collide, we got 3-4 issues of payoff, with the others allowed to get plenty of service in while Sonic and Mega Man went off to see to Eggman and Wily.
Part of the problem appears to be the terms agreed on for the non-Sonic.Mega Man cast appearing. Chun-Li was shadowed out in parts 6 and 7 because Capcom (or Archie depending on how finance-driven the negotiation was) didn't want her appearing then, they'd only allowed for part 8 onwards. Same with SEGA's side, presumably. This would have at least somewhat forced to narrative to go a certain way to allow the guests to have an increased importance. Without them, the narrative could have played less rigid.
Well that's different. One page of each of the six mini-stories. Some notes; -How can Sticks be in Street Fighter and Monster Hunter simultaneously? -Huh, new move for Rotor. The drill run is something Knuckles and Rouge have as well, isn't it? -Dinorex appears to be having a domestic dispute, and yet he's still the closest to succeeding so far. -Shadow Man appears to be perpetually unamused.
I think making regular characters unobtainable after a company is finished with maintaining a game is bad form so I hope they do become purchasable down the line. Event specials like Classic Sonic and Amite Amy I can understand, but not really the others.
Silver is one of those characters who appears to be inconsistent about what type he is. He was flight in the Riders series, which makes sense because of his levitation skills, but the Rivals series was forced to make him as fast as anyone else, and he is part of the Hedgehog trio which would put weight on speed. Amy is another with some problems with her type (Speed in Heroes, Riders and here because of her keeping up with Sonic, but her hammer can make her more power in some situations), and now Blaze may have joined them (usually speed, but all-around in M&S, and there's no speed position open for her here).