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  1. Ferno

    is this how you iPhone users wake up

    is this how you iPhone users wake up
    6 points
  2. Dr. Detective Mike

    Archie Sonic Main Discussion

    Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #201: Change in Management On the Bumblekast, Ian Flynn spoke about how the Iron Dominion Arc was the “joke idea” amongst a collection of “actual” ideas that he presented to the editor. The idea was that if he threw in one really bad, weird, outlandish idea that no one in their right mind would ever approve, it would give a boost to the other ideas he thought would be better. Unfortunately, the editor liked the really strange and weird one he threw in there and it flabbergasted him a bit. However, he does think he managed to make something unique out of it. I would have to concur, at least as far as memory serves. The Iron Dominion Arc is the first huge arc I actually got to follow in the Archie Comics. As such, it’s got a special place in my heart regardless of what I’ll end up saying about it upon revisit. I also have a lot of memories about the internet’s reactions to this arc because this was around the time where I decided to start looking for people who were actually reading the comics. I told the story of that one hilarious weirdo that talked about how they ripped their comic in half when Sonic went to go out for something to eat with Amy and Sally went with Ken. The methodology put towards slowly trying to mend Sonic and Sally’s relationship after that slap was admirable, in my opinion, but a lot of people who gave a shit about that relationship had lost any semblance of patience they had left. Either that, or more plausibly, they seriously believed that Ian was going to keep Sally and Ken together, which I couldn’t imagine contemplating as a plausible conclusion to come to as far as MY OWN perception of his writing. There’s so much to think about and talk about with this little section of the comic’s history so let’s just get into it. For a beginning issue to this arc, it does a lot to establish what’s going on in a really, really fast way. Probably too fast if I’m honest but considering how long this arc ends up being, it’s probably ultimately for the best. I’ll say that the stuff about the Brides and the Clans was really hard to take in back in the day. I remember enjoying this arc for the most part because the main gist of what was happening still managed to bleed it’s way through, though, the abject confusion on how it was the Iron Dominion worked in tandem with these clans made it so that I had very little to actually contribute with regards to discussion about that. So instead, I mostly focused on the character development happening. Most of it I really liked. Some of it I didn’t. I remember really not being fond of any of the stuff that was done with Espio later, for example, but those are opinions for a later day. Right now, I like the idea of his betrayal just not where it leads. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #202: Dangerous Territory Ah! Such a pretty cover! What a way of showing off what’s about to go down. If you’ve gotta draw characters on a cover, running at the reader, you’d better make it look good. The oppressive golden sheen on our heroes here and the use of purple really sells the royal aspect of it all. That issue was excellent. The entire thing was awesome from start to finish. What a way to sell you on this awesome new threat. The build up was so well done too. You start with the Dark Egg Legion and then you just move in with the bigger and bigger threats and surprises. Eventually, each hit the heroes landed ended up being immediately followed by them getting a barrage of hits landing on them until it was clear they weren’t going to win. The little Regina story at the end was also thankfully very simple and succinct, ending on a very nice little quiet image to counter-balance all the high octane action that had been present throughout. Fantastic. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #203: Heavy is the Head, Part One: Surprise Visit Alright! We’re finally here! We’re finally getting knee-deep into what I like to call the “Era of the Covers Fucking Lying to You” and all it’s spoils. Truthfully, the covers have always been a symbolic depiction of what you can or can’t expect to see once you open the book. At least that’s true for the ones that aren’t just a picture of Sonic and nothing else. However, we’re about to get a couple of covers that aren’t really symbolic of anything but instead take what happens in the issue and twists it to mean something technically different. They all have to do with betrayal too. Like, you look at this cover and what do you see? Bunnie Rabbot, angrily holding down Sonic and readying her arm cannon to blast his face off. The lie is in the expression of course. You’d be forgiven for seeing the original solicits for this issue and engaging in a conversation about what it was that made Bunnie also turn on everyone like Espio. What clan did SHE belong to? Uncle Beauregard’s House of Flapjacks? Nope. When you read the issue, it’s something else. It’s a good way of getting the readers to pick up your book but I’ve always found it unfortunate that the covers of this time felt the need to depict something that they KNEW damn well was a more tantalizing and interesting idea to hook them into reading something that just made them go “Oh” in comparison as a result. Not saying that I think Bunnie actually doing this would have been a good idea but it’s definitely a more interesting hook. What’s funny is that the next cover does something similar but the idea that the book goes with is actually cooler than what’s shown on that cover. I don’t know why they felt the need to make it seem different for that one but we’ll get there when we get there. This was another great issue. The tension is ramping up as we see how the threat of the Iron Dominion is most definitely no joke. Even with their impenetrable mountain of OX not present for this, Regina and Snively manage to make the Freedom Fighters look like buffoons with it literally just being the two of them. Reading this over now, I must say I truly didn’t give how much build up they were getting enough credit. It feels blindingly obvious now but this definitely has not been smooth sailing for our heroes… and that’s GREAT! Please, more of this! It’ll feel all the better once the heroes win, which, I’m delighted to say, I remember feeling really positive about back in the day. I can’t wait to read that conclusion again.
    4 points
  3. Sonictrainer

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    The new Spider-Man game looks great. (Pic by ig6cc1 on Twitter)
    3 points
  4. Jovahexeon Jax Joranvexeon

    Musicals seriously need to just nut up and provide DVD or digital copies of original

    Musicals seriously need to just nut up and provide DVD or digital copies of original broadway cast productions.
    3 points
  5. Kuzu

    God, Ian Flynn has been working on Sonic for 15 years. Just imagine the type of fans

    God, Ian Flynn has been working on Sonic for 15 years. Just imagine the type of fans he has had to interact with in that time frame. And he still makes it a point of communicating with the fanbase.
    3 points
  6. Do you think Knuckles and Shadow ever argue about Knux being Unknown from M.E or Shadow being all of me? This is my brain being really dumb and making the worst jokes.
    2 points
  7. Meta77

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    Just read 43 and 44. 43 was ok. I just really wish sonics homing/ball attack seemed to deliver more impact when fighting. Most the time it simply comes across him bouncing into people which is fine but just does not seem impactful. Seeing tangle get her butt slammed was pretty funny if not a little brutal. But otherwise it was an ok issue. I enjoyed seeing sonic and tails at the end tired with tails being the one to use his"tricks" to win. 44
    2 points
  8. Mauro Fonseca

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    making a replacement character for knuckles misses the point guarding the emerald isn't a job, it's a duty and part of his identity he could have tails devise the best safe ever to protect it, but his duty isn't "make sure master emerald is safe", it's "be there to protect master emerald, the last element you have of your culture" I get wanting to see more of knuckles but this is the sort of thing where like with shadow openly talking about his emotions, is "fixing" a problem that doesn't exist by just making the character entirely different. "man, darth vader is cool, it's so bothersome he's evil so he can't have adventures with luke. what if the emperor made a new darth vader to take his job, and darth vader's a good guy now and always around to be in adventures?"
    2 points
  9. nobukitsu88

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie - General Discussion

    On a similar note, I believe in one interview Pat Casey actually mentioned that the tie ins for the second movie would be a lot bigger (IIRC). With the first one they took what they could get, but now that the movie is a hit, there will probably be more stuff on the national level.
    2 points
  10. Vertical Snoop [D.K.]

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    vague, non-committal handwaves to deeper themes are something i think the comic in general has an issue with. it's less that they're trying to find depth that isn't there. more like they're finding that depth but they know SEGA's gonna slap them on the wrist if they dig it up, so they just kinda stand there pointing at it like "hey this status quo's pretty unhealthy huh" "haha yep"
    2 points
  11. Zaysho

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    iirc, Sonic kind of did do this when he got Shadow to stand down the first time, didn't he? I feel like first appearance Shadow is handled very differently from how he is for the rest of the book. He's way less in his own head and is much more expressive about what he thinks, not nearly as ego driven and more about doing something for the greater good even if the situation is too murky with the nature of Tinker. I almost feel like this book had to step back immediately and blur things just to make the whole thing look like Sonic's fault. He didn't even have a week from finding Tinker and fighting Metal Sonic before Starline, someone he (nor anyone else) couldn't have know about, came into the picture. I think it's fine to question Sonic's approach and his generally lax nature; having him doubt himself and mull over other perspectives is fine, the book tried to do that much during the last arc even if I felt it was a weak subplot, and I think his response to Zavok is perfectly in-character and suitable because Sonic's confidence doesn't stay shaken for long. I think it's just the nature of this book holding it back from feeling like meaningful exploration of his character, which the games at this point treats as a paragon that everyone relies on.
    2 points
  12. Endy

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    sonic would probably be fine with eggman being sent to jail. but like, light hearted cartoon jail. I don't trust the comic not to make the subject of jailing Eggman bizarre and overly weighty I can not decide for myself if the fact this comic has maximum security prisons with little Sonic style guys running around in riot gear is hilarious or frustrating to watch
    2 points
  13. Diogenes

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    It doesn't even necessarily need to drive them into conflict. Sometimes we have a story where Eggman reveals some grand plan and Sonic and co go stop it, sometimes we get a story where Shadow and co hunt him down and wreck his shit before it becomes a public event. It "goes" the same place the series as a whole goes, infinitely into the distance.
    2 points
  14. Diogenes

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    I think it's worth noting that they're framing Lost Hex as essentially a prison for the D6, somewhere they can't leave and thus can't go around hurting anyone. I feel like that's a pretty satisfying resolution for the issue; it gets them out of the picture without compromising on Sonic's morals, and it's a plausible enough barrier that I can buy them being stuck there until the writers decide they want them back and contrive a way out for them. On the subject of jailing villains in general, though, it's not something that sits entirely well with me. As much as you can make a practical argument for it, as Wraith said, that's just not how Sonic operates, it contradicts his morals almost as much as killing does. Having him participate in a deliberate, organized system of imprisoning people, even bad guys, just fundamentally does not feel like Sonic. And it's hard to imagine coming from most of the other heroes as well, even if they're not on quite the same extreme pro-freedom wavelength that Sonic is. I wouldn't say that it can't come up at all, necessarily, but I can only really see it existing on the periphery, a matter for the few characters who would believably resort to it, not something routinely used and accepted by the main cast. And on solving the whole "what to do with villains" question within this series, I can only think of one way to resolve it that even has a chance at feeling satisfying. If they can't prove Sonic wrong, the only thing left is to prove him right. And not simply by having him maintain the status quo, not simply by having him always stop the villain before anything too bad happens, but they need to show that his beliefs actually have a positive effect, that people can change, and that that's valueable enough to outweigh the risk of villains continuing to do evil. The problem, though, is in how to do it. First off becuse I don't see any currently existing villains switching sides any time soon, secondly because the series already had a bit of a habit of its villains turning good before this whole issue was raised. If pointing out Shadow's redemption back in issue 6 or whatever it was didn't solve the problem, then they'd need to find a way to take that worn-out trope and outdo themselves strong enough to make it work. And maybe that can be pulled off, but maybe it's more trouble than it'd be worth and it'd be better if they just dropped the whole thing and moved on.
    2 points
  15. PSI Wind

    Sonic Colours Ultimate Megathread

    I wouldn't know, haven't played it. However, it got an update prior to the consoles that fixed a few things that would hinder performance from what I heard. Also fixed the boost gauge having an empty section
    1 point
  16. BadBehavior

    https://blazehedgehog.tumblr.com/post/662234521547243520/is-it-wrong-for-me-to-be-hon

    https://blazehedgehog.tumblr.com/post/662234521547243520/is-it-wrong-for-me-to-be-honestly-a-little-shocked
    1 point
  17. MetalSkulkBane

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    I though Mimic was impersonating her, but after longer observation her palms are clear. So no. And turning her evil would be pretty weird move. Most people won't even know who she is. Those who do know and care might be disappointed she turned evil. But Lanolin has no personality so it's not much of a twist or character development. It would be Fiona Fox all over, only on much smaller scale.
    1 point
  18. Ryannumber1Scarer

    Jesus, the new chapter of the DBS manga doesn't do Vegeta many favours

    Jesus, the new chapter of the DBS manga doesn't do Vegeta many favours
    1 point
  19. Meta77

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    lol it would expand the villains a bit more and her looks several time in the comics do not make it seem like she is just super happy or that shes playing off but becoming tired of holding up the facade. I just wish there was a way to find that picture. i knew i should have snipped it.
    1 point
  20. CertifiedNobody

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    Didn't know that! Sooooo... Lanolin in Sonic Forces Speed Battles when?
    1 point
  21. AWild No.1 washed up gamer

    Sonic unleashed but with nothing but night stages. And the werehog battle music is re

    Sonic unleashed but with nothing but night stages. And the werehog battle music is replaced with music from seatbelts: Would you play it?
    1 point
  22. Jovahexeon Jax Joranvexeon

    I'll admit, I do still miss the cool custom silhouettes that were used as the generic

    I'll admit, I do still miss the cool custom silhouettes that were used as the generic avatar for each theme.
    1 point
  23. Kuzu

    I agree with NintendoLife, Sonic Heroes is indeed toilet.

    I agree with NintendoLife, Sonic Heroes is indeed toilet.
    1 point
  24. Solister

    I know this sounds weird, and I might regret writing this later, but I do seem to be

    I know this sounds weird, and I might regret writing this later, but I do seem to be enjoying week days more than weekends. It's weird, but I think lately, it seems my family is putting me to work more/do boring things on weekends just because "I'm free", and this makes me appreciate more my free afternoon post classes. I think it also interesting seeing society working/moving forward, rather 2 days without anything new happening. I think it's also when my day actually turn out to be productive with routine where a step leads to another. It also when I socialize the most, maybe as an introvert, I'm finally starting to miss talking with someone who appreciate me. Last but not least, I recognize and know that weekends are important not only because you have free time, but for your mental health. I know it's important, as boring as these days are becoming for me, to society actually rest and without it, the world would go into a breakdown. This also can likely be a quarantine crazy, I'm pretty sure when I need to take out my butt from the PC to go to college, I'll probably regret even thinking of writing this.
    1 point
  25. Tornado

    Thoughts on RWBY?

    RWBY fucking sucks and has fucking sucked fairly consistently since Monty died despite some times where it looked like things would turn around; with Chibi being the only real thing that has found anything to do with its characters that the show had built up to the point where Chibi debuted. The pacing has been terrible, most of the plots that would actually drive the story are frequently sucked out of entire episodes or even entire mini arcs of a Volume to focus on meaningless pap and fake character growth (probably because there doesn't seem to be any long-term planning between Volumes for the overall plot), and the writers that work on it now have understanding of storytelling concepts in the theoretical "I saw this thing on TV Tropes in some other show so let's try that" way rather than any actual understanding of how to write natural character-driven stories or events. For example: It legitimately got better in Volume 6 and Volume 7 both in writing and animation and design work and definitely in world building, but honestly Volume 8 was so extremely try hard and rote and "characters do things but it doesn't matter because no one accomplishes anything and their attempt to do anything was ruined way back in episode 1" that it's on an extreme backspin towards the dark times of Volume 4 when they were making shit up by the episode and spent the entire volume spinning their wheels. Very extremely rarely does it seem like any characters have any real agency; and even rarer still does it seem like they have any influence on the plot. It's just people backstabbing each other and ping-ponging off of each other and not talking to each other and lying to each other and doing basically nothing to advance the because the plot happens independently of all of them; like if you watched the back half of Evangelion and completely misunderstood why things went to shit there. And the choreography is definitely worse than it ever was in 8; despite a brief respite in 6 and 7 where things were improving again. It's also fairly hard to detach the show from the soulless faceless cynical media company that Rooster Teeth became following the AT&T buyout, where anything that causes controversy is removed with extreme prejudice and the show seemingly just exists to create new content to put on whatever the newest streaming platform of the year that Rooster Teeth signed a deal with; nor can you really separate it from how the writing staff of RWBY like to put out stupid takes on Twitter about things that aren't RWBY and pick fights when people mock them for it. And while it is absolutely unfortunate (and reductive, and unhelpful, and frequently deliberately insulting) that the go-to criticism of the show is so frequently to beat the current creative staff over the head with Monty, RWBY occupies that same sort of space where Pokemon does vis-à-vis Iwata: The show is so bad and so deficient in ways that were specifically praised under Monty's influence, and has been for so long, that making hypotheticals about how it would be if the important guiding hand from the early days was still around can be so easily used as a lazy tool to attack the creative team when you don't want to put the problems with what they are creating into real words.
    1 point
  26. Dune 2021 is very fine so far; i have a soft spot for the David Lynch version, but this one is legitimately solid, helped by the special effects and the score that allow building the ideal atmosphere. We'll have to see if the second part will be able to keep it up.
    1 point
  27. PC the Hedgehog

    Some peeps in the community are working on a Sonic Adventure-inspired 3D platformer,

    Some peeps in the community are working on a Sonic Adventure-inspired 3D platformer, and it looks pretty neat.
    1 point
  28. Rabbitearsblog

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie - General Discussion

    I would take what IMDB are saying with a grain of salt. They usually put out false information about a movie before it's released.
    1 point
  29. Kuzu

    What would your ideal Sonic Comic look like?

    If you look at all of Rouge's appearances throughout the entire series, she's not really all that morally ambiguous. She was a spy for the government in SA2, and unambiguously assisted Shadow in Heroes and 06. Every game she's in, she's helping the heroes in some capacity. So I don't see this idea that she's this morally ambiguous figure who plays both sides. She's got a selfish goal, but her actions are never at the expense of others. The backlash to her Archie self was because she was never a villain to begin with. When push comes to shove, she always did the right thing and didn't have to be strong armed into it. Everything is up to interpretation sure, but interpretations can be wrong.
    1 point
  30. Kuzu

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    Fans bitched and moaned about Knuckles always showing up for no reason despite the Master Emerald, so now the rule is that he's stuck there. It was somewhat easier in Archie to use him since he had an actual supporting cast to assist him and his own ongoing storyline to keep him relevant. Post-reboot were where the cracks started to show, because he only really gets involved after once again, shattering the Master Emerald. So here we are in IDW, which takes place after Forces and how people complained his role there didn't suite him, and now he's back to where he was and just being stuck on Angel Island. Same with Blaze. It was somewhat easier to manage this in Archie because there was a whole spin off that allowed focus on characters besides Sonic and Tails. Without that, balancing characters is just extremely difficult. You would have to change the format of the book to more of an ensemble piece to accommodate every cast member, but they're legally not allowed to do that since this SONIC'S series above anything else, and Tails being his bff is there by proxy.
    1 point
  31. CrownSlayer’s Shadow

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    Funny enough, that’s where I first found Archie Sonic when I was little—at a grocery store. Although now with things also going digital, that might help double as advertising. Miss your chance to buy it physically? We have it it online!
    1 point
  32. Rabbitearsblog

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie - General Discussion

    To be fair, nobody at time was certain that the first movie would be successful, so doing any kind of merchandising for the first movie might have been a disaster if the first movie bombed since they would have put in so much money into the merchandising for the first movie. Now that the first movie proved to be a massive success, there's a lot more effort to do the merchandising for the second movie. Also, IDW probably didn't do any merchandising for the first movie at the time because the Sonic comic book series was still relatively new at the time, so it probably didn't make any sense to promote the movie at the time, when the comic book series was still new.
    1 point
  33. Zulon Eredas

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    More IDW related rather then Sonic, but going forward IDW will be distributing via Random House rather then Diamond. https://www.gamesradar.com/idw-moves-comic-book-store-distribution-to-penguin-random-house/
    1 point
  34. CaptainRobo

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie - General Discussion

    This is kinda unrelated. However, this is probably have something to do with promoting the upcoming movie.:
    1 point
  35. CrownSlayer’s Shadow

    Do you think that SEGA will eventually change the mandates for the IDW Sonic comics?

    Ironically, some of the better stories happened in Archie without IDW’s level of strictness. Even when they got stricter come the Reboot, we still explored characterization of the cast that can no longer be explored come the move to IDW. You can definitely see that with comparisons between Archie’s Shadow and IDW Shadow—the former gets a lot less flak than the latter in discussions. Of course, we all know of the risks that could entail, and we don’t need to beat a dead horse over who took advantage of the looser restrictions that Archie once had. But if I had to pick, it would be Archie’s level of mandates, solely on the grounds that if you put it in the hands of a writer that actually understands these characters it would make way for much more enriching stories and memorable stories, which I’m more likely to get than if they were more mandate heavy. Don’t get me wrong, I loved IDW’s Metal Virus arc (which was supposed to be Archie’s, but I digress), but as intense as that was, it still has yet to top moments like Issue 175 from Archie.
    1 point
  36. Sonictrainer

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    Yet Another alternate Cover Reveal for 45
    1 point
  37. CertifiedNobody

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    As a massive Transformers fan, seeing the Matrix Of Leadership on Starline's shelf was a nice surprise. Unless he's the next Prime I'm going to just assume it was an early attempt at controlling the Warp Topaz.
    1 point
  38. nobukitsu88

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie - General Discussion

    That would not likely happen with a movie like the Sonic. It is way too anticipated and it would likely be one of the movies they'd want to bring people back to the theaters. If anything, I would imagine they would be more likely to delay the movie than give it to someone else. Certain movies are sellable if they are like sequels to legacy movies that is almost the equivalent of doing direct to video or untested franchises. But major films like Top Gun, Mission Impossible or Sonic would likely be the ones they want to save as big crowd earners.
    1 point
  39. Wraith

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    I really enjoy this issue but I've basically enjoyed every time they've given us another piece of the Belle puzzle. Really like how the Belle/Starline stuff is progressing personally.
    1 point
  40. KingMario05

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    When you've told the trolls to quit their bullshit one too many times:
    1 point
  41. CaptainRobo

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie - General Discussion

    Happy birthday to Ben and Colleen. Ben turns 40 and Colleen turns 50. Also, Colleen wish Ben happy birthday.
    1 point
  42. Jack-al

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    Overall I liked it, a lot, not the part about the Zeti but the thing in the preview was also cool As for the morality discussion, I think this is the matter: Sonic letting go of the villains and setting them free as well as hoping for Eggman to redeem itself, will not lead to anything probably, but I do believe the key here is Belle. This isn't a spoiler. Sonic let Mr. Tinker live and he created Belle, Eggman will never be redeemed but the writers got him to create something good, Belle is the hope something good can come from the mad Doctor. It's the only way they can make sense of this plot for me. I really don't mind her anyway, she has a particular story and a... curious design, but I kinda like her, she's goofy and insecure like me, so I can relate to her, but she's also fragile, sensitive and a bit weak, which I don't really like, it makes sense for her to be this way but I'm not sure how her personality can fit into a Sonic book, that is supposed to be full of action and adventure, but she definitely brings in emotion.
    1 point
  43. Really funny to me to just see random stuff I tweet reposted here lol. You missed the one where I posted an entire image collage of inspirations for Surge- the Kit one is a reply to that. Ian's already clarified this one- Kit's based on when he was a kid trying to make the Ashura glitch in multiple Sonic 3 levels and accidentally made Tails purplish-blue in Launch Base
    1 point
  44. Zaysho

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    Honestly that answer is so Sonic and I'm glad we're not dealing with more stupid "omg Sonic how dare you make a moral decision that we left up to you because we're useless idiots" half the fucking cast did last storyline. That shit got old and barely works in a book so married to its status quo that it can't be explored in any meaningful capacity anyway.
    1 point
  45. Ryannumber1Scarer

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    Ironically, I'd argue that the whole push to throw Starline in as the 'secret final boss' of these arcs magnifies an issue Ian has ALWAYS had with his writing. He's always had pacing issues with trying to push things into four issues per arc - and these arcs are arguably even worse because he's now trying to push the actual story into THREE issues, while holding onto a fourth issue for Starline, and even Evan fell into this pitfall. These stories, despite having potential end up puttering out into the bare minimum because they can't even get a full arc to breath, mainly because they have to dedicate an issue to shoving Starline in haphazardly. So here's our big supposed Zeti arc that's supposed to be a big game-changer where the Zeti decide enough is enough and will have no mercy on Sonic, and it gets relegated to THREE issues - one of which had to be dedicated solely to the 'hunt' part of the arc, and even at that - several pages per issue ALSO has to be taken out to set up Starline for the final issue as well. So our big Zeti Hunt frankly could probably be closer to two issues and some change, with their psychological angle being literally 'they think we attack here but we attack HERE instead", and the big 'we're not playing games anymore' fight being literally 'lets destroy this world for the umpteenth time' and Sonic kicking all of their asses single-handedly until Zavok decides to stop standing around. It's honestly really frustrating. You can argue that this is set-up for Imposter Syndrome and Issue 50 all you like, and I'd still argue this is poor pacing that's ruining arcs with genuine potential to give Starline an (IMO, of course) unearned 'big threat' status by #50. I don't dislike the ideas they want to go with Starline, I think the idea of Eggman lackey who's disenchanted with him and wants to rise above his failures is good, but I honestly think the execution has been, and continues to be bad. He's not really displayed or showcased any attributes that make him better than Eggman, he doesn't make much, if any improvements to his plans and schemes, and he does a lot of silly things, and we're mostly just TOLD that he's improving, when really it feels more like luck and the Tri-Core saving his tail every time. I just thinks it's really lame that other villains have to suffer for the sake of Starline's set-up. The Zeti's big arc involves them having even more bare basic motivations than their initial intro to IDW (Wanting to enslave the Zombots and use them for a variety of personality-based goals VS just wanting to destroy the planet for the hell of it), and putting up even less of a fight for most of it than previous fights involving them, and their attempt to make the Zeti appear intelligent comes off as ridiculously stupid as well for how basic their scheme is. It just feels heavily rushed and basic.
    1 point
  46. Wraith

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog - Megathread

    There's no time in four issues for Sonic and Tails to hunt down six characters I think the only way for this arc to be interesting would have been to take advantage of the situation they created with Zavok's mindgame. Have Tangle and Whisper catch the six without the help of Tails's device, since we've never really seen them have to deal with an enemy that strong before. Sonic's beaten the six enough times that there's nothing interesting about him engaging with them again, and, wouldn't you know it, he beats them pretty soundly once he and Tails get there. Tangle and Whisper can't even take shots from behind the door without getting floored(???). Right now I'm not really sure what the point of this arc was besides throwing Tails fans a bone and solving the "problem" of the Deadly Six still being on-world. Maybe it'll make sense later.
    1 point
  47. "Two worlds" just doesn't mesh with the established series prior to that idea. Throughout the classic games, we've seen evidence of other humans besides Eggman. Human hieroglyphs and statues in various zones, Witchcart, etc. In the modern games, we've seen traditional "Sonic's world"-type levels on the same planet as humans and human activity. Sonic Rush has wacky zones you'd expect to see in a classic-era game, but also has a GUN base. Sonic Battle has Emerald Town - with its checkered ground and cliffsides (where Tails lives, no less) - right next to the human-populated Central City, which later appeared in Shadow the Hedgehog. And of course, the ancient echidna architecture all over the Mystic Ruins - including parts of it that aren't the fallen Angel Island. The worlds were always presented as one in the same until around 2010. Now, if you're fine with them just instituting a retcon and accepting the previous inconsistencies as simply no longer canon or otherwise ignorable, that's fine. But I find that to be a really unsatisfying direction for the series to go. The old games were clearly written with a single planet in mind, and this change makes a ton of stuff from those games not make any sense anymore.
    1 point
  48. JezMM

    Chamomile

    Chamomile #224
    1 point
  49. JezMM

    Chamomile

    Chamomile #222
    1 point
  50. Merging Shadow and Metal Sonic;s lore has always been the way I've seen that plog going. There's not really a good reason to do both and Shadow is the better fit for a toy vehicle like a hollywood film. There are a lot of directions they could go with it. The simplest and most likely one is making Shadow with the quill but they've already tied the US military pretty heavily to Eggman too so they can do an abridged version of his original story if they want.
    1 point


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