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    Silvereyes got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in Yuji has apparently left Square Enix   
    I wish him well. The video game industry can really chew and spit people out. Hopefully he can be able to move onto another company and be able to do work he genuinely loves.
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from Piko in Yuji has apparently left Square Enix   
    I wish him well. The video game industry can really chew and spit people out. Hopefully he can be able to move onto another company and be able to do work he genuinely loves.
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from Azure Blue Tori in Yuji has apparently left Square Enix   
    I wish him well. The video game industry can really chew and spit people out. Hopefully he can be able to move onto another company and be able to do work he genuinely loves.
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from KingMario05 in Yuji has apparently left Square Enix   
    I wish him well. The video game industry can really chew and spit people out. Hopefully he can be able to move onto another company and be able to do work he genuinely loves.
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from Zoomzeta in Yuji has apparently left Square Enix   
    I wish him well. The video game industry can really chew and spit people out. Hopefully he can be able to move onto another company and be able to do work he genuinely loves.
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from Winston in Yuji has apparently left Square Enix   
    I wish him well. The video game industry can really chew and spit people out. Hopefully he can be able to move onto another company and be able to do work he genuinely loves.
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    Silvereyes reacted to herbhen in Sonic Origins Collection - 2021/2022   
    I can only imagine that they have Whitehead working on this and I genuenly believe that they will allow him to add features such as this. I was actually thinking what would be cool is like a Sonic Origins Endless mode, where they insert cutscenes linking all the levels together and alter the ending like they did for Sonic 2 mobile, that basically ties the continuity together of all the games more efficently and just puts all the games together (I know theres sprite differences etc, but it would be a cool idea) Again something like this and further additional features for these games,  IF the collection was just these games would frankly for me be more preferable than adding other games such as Chaotix, in my opinion. But yer like some other people here, I point blank refuse to believe this is simply just a straight port for these games. Considering the long wait there just has to be some big surprises for the fans along the way, otherwise I can't see why this would be announced so far before it's release window! 
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    Silvereyes reacted to TheOcelot in Sonic Origins Collection - 2021/2022   
    You mean this tweet:
    Translation:
     
     
    If it was only a collection of 1, 2, CD & 3K it seems strange it's not releasing until 2022. I don't think it would take that long to finish-especially if they're using the StealthTax Remasters for 1, 2 & CD. So I do think more games will be included.
    This tweet definitely implies Spinball, 3D Blast, Mean Bean Machine and maybe even Chaotix could be included. Hopefully SEGA will put some real effort into making this a special collection.
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    Silvereyes reacted to Drunk Michael Myers in Sonic Origins Collection - 2021/2022   
    I don't have it on hand right now but the japaneese SEGA twitter commented on Sonic Origins as "being a large collection of sonic games from the mega drive era including 1,2,3, K, CD".
    Feels like there will be at least a couple of more games in there. Maybe they will elaborate further after Sonic Colors have been released. Market one game at a time.
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from Wraith in Sonic Colors: Ultimate - Announcement Trailer   
    I must admit, I have mixed feelings on this. I'm a Sonic fan but I never owned a Wii or a Wii U, so this is a game I've never been able to play. I hear Sonic Colours is a good game. But I also hear it is quite short. And it doesn't help that as one of the four boost titles, the other three titles are all pretty cheap to buy, Generations goes on sale on Steam for like £1.50 quite often. So £35 for the remaster, it does feel a bit pricey. I know it takes money and time to remaster a game, but the extra stuff just feels rather tacky. I mean, unless I'm mistaken, the "Metal Sonic mode" basically sounds like a time trial mode, and the rest sounds like fluff.
    I think I will wait on this til a bit of a price drop. To me, I feel like I'd be far more interested in a compilation re-release than anything. Like say, pair Colours with a re-release of Secret Rings and Black Knight, basically a Wii re-release trilogy. I'd be willing to pay full price for something on that scale than a single game really.
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    Silvereyes reacted to Ryannumber1gamer in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    I mean, it's not really a big deal, I was simply giving my opinion on the matter. I don't think it's really wrong to explain and examine his plan, even if his intentions were terrible, but my personal opinion is there is no plan to examine, because Knuckles can't reasonably fix anything that's being presented to him. At best, he can do what Locke is already doing, which is keeping the Master Emerald safe, and trying to make sure the echidnas don't get caught in the crossfire of the civil war + the dingo attacks.
    What would really be stood to gain from Knuckles and the Chaotix returning to Angel Island? They'd only be there kicking away endless numbers of Frost and Flame legion goons, as well as Dingos because they're all far too well-equipped due to Eggman and their retrospective leaders. All Locke is really doing is stating issues to Knuckles, and claiming that somehow him coming back will fix things, when Knuckles shoots it down and says that his efforts are better spent making a meaningful effort to stop Eggman on Mobius. 
    That's sort of my problem I guess, Locke isn't providing a plan, he's just making an excuse to try guilt Knuckles into coming back by saying how bad of a state Angel Island is currently in, but he also doesn't have anything that actually explains how Knuckles' presence would fix things there. Locke didn't bother thinking about how to fix things because he doesn't actually give a shit about them, they're all excuses to him. He might as well be providing a news update to Knuckles more than anything.
    Ultimately, yes - it's not a big deal because it just comes down to Locke being a fucking scumbag either way which is nothing new for him, it ultimately comes down to a disagreement on if he really had anything to examine before he revealed what he really wanted or not, I suppose.
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    Silvereyes reacted to Dr. Detective Mike in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Cool.
    I was mostly arguing about which action to take was more practical and explaining why I found Knuckles' side to be, ultimately, the better idea though. Also, considering that Locke may have had a fair point isn't me saying I think the story was trying to literally be about that. That was just what I wanted to talk about. It also didn't have anything to do with Locke's reasoning for doing it. I'm aware that Ian knows of Locke's true nature and I definitely never defended anything regarding his motivations. 
    I guess I could have gone into what I felt Locke's motivations were a bit more but I didn't really need to. I talked a lot of shit about his motivations in there so it shouldn't be necessary.
    Suffice to say, my reaction to the story was more about discussing the proposed actions that should be taken and not about whether or not Locke had good intentions. With all the mean shit I said in there, it should be obvious I don't think he's got good intentions, right?
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    Silvereyes reacted to Ryannumber1gamer in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    I'm gonna go more in-depth about my thoughts on the Darkest Storm, as it happens to be one of the first back stories I read too without much of the context (Before really collecting the comics with Worlds Collide, I was only really familiar with Order from Chaos onwards, which meant Darkest Storm was out of left field from me when I started picking up Saga Series).
    That said - about Call of Duty - I feel the need to point out that - No - Locke was not in the right with his argument. Initially, it looks like he's making a fair point, but it's window dressing. The part which actually pisses Knuckles off is when Locke lets slip why he really wants Knuckles to return to Angel Island - the Brotherhood. 
    That's all Locke cares about. He used everything else as an excuse to try manipulate Knuckles into coming back, which is how I saw it. Ian has gone on before about how terrible of a person Locke is, and how despicable he is, and that's personally how I read this story, with Ian calling out Locke's manipulative tendencies and mind-games, and having Knuckles finally catch wise to it. 
    Notice how things play out. He claims he wants Knuckles back to protect the Master Emerald and the echidnas, which are seeing worse and worse things happen. Alright, fair enough. Then he lets slip that actually, he wants the Brotherhood back, and that's really why he wants Knuckles back. When Knuckles asks if he's going to extend the same search effort to others, Locke is immediately selfish, and almost blackmailing Knuckles. There's a reason he didn't just reply "Yes", he's gaslighting Knuckles.
    He's implying that if Knuckles doesn't come back and help him, then he won't bother his ass finding Charmy's parents or his people. It's a response to the fact Knuckles refused to send the Chaotix, when Knuckles won't fall in line, he instead threatens the things the Chaotix want instead, because he knows Knuckles cares for them.
    Then he lets the facade slip altogether when Knuckles still refuses, when he begins threatening the safety of Knuckles' mother, and the other echidnas. That is the point Locke's true intentions finally come out. He doesn't give a shit about the master emerald, or his people, he just wants the society of old echidna asshole grandpas back so they can return to the absurd level of power they held over the Echidnas before Eggman's invasion. He doesn't care about his duties, his people, the island's safety, nothing. Just the Brotherhood, which is perfectly accurate to Ken's Locke.
    He's a selfish, manipulative, gaslighting asshat, and that IMO is what the story was angling for. Not to make this be the point where when Locke has a fair point, Knuckles defies him, but instead it's the point where Locke pushes his luck with his gaslighting and manipulation, and Knuckles finally catches wise to it and gets livid when he discovers Locke's true nature, and it's not just here either. Locke straight up hands Fini control of the Master Emerald as well without a fight, all in his selfish search for the Brotherhood. Locke doesn't care about Knuckles, the echidnas, the dingoes, or anything here, it's all just one gigantic lie he's made up to bullshit Knuckles into falling in line once more, and Knuckles isn't having it. That's how I've always read it at least.
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    Silvereyes reacted to Dr. Detective Mike in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #164: The Darkest Storm, Part 3: Downburst

    We’ve reached the end of the Darkest Storm and it’s about to get super crazy in a super fast way. I’m excited to observe just how different the book is by the end of it all.

    This connected image is also pretty good. Everything gets appropriately cluttered and hectic the further down the line we go. I also love the choice to have Sonic running along the heart monitor line and how the orange glow of whatever’s burning in the distance glistens along his body. Very nice. These covers are classic.
    The Darkest Storm is still excellent. Nowadays it’s good for different reasons. Instead of being an exciting romp that feels like a bunch of cool and important things are happening that I have zero clue as to the original context too, it’s now an exciting romp that feels like a bunch of cool and important things are happening done for the sake of shitting on what the original context for all of it was and ushering in a new clean slate for the much better and cooler state of affairs down the line. It just feels good reading this. It feels great reading this and being given assurance by the book that “No, you’re not crazy. All that weird Ken Penders shit was awful and bad and we’re correcting it for you here today”. It feels weird being so happy that the old context being awful made the story better but it’s true. This was excellent and Ian Flynn accomplished what he needed to do in a satisfying three issues. That’s truly impressive.
     
    Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #165: Leak

    It’s time for some aftermath. I remember being pretty excited to read this one when I got to it, if only because I really love Rouge the Bat and this anti-hero space she occupies. She’s easily my favorite female Sonic character because plotting out how to properly utilize her is extremely fun and always calls for something more nuanced than “Good vs. Evil” for it to feel like she’s being used correctly. This is probably supposed to be a good cop, bad cop thing but far be it from me to tell which is which. It’s funny how Sonic and Knuckles’ shoulders are literally pressing into their cheeks the way they’re standing. That’s kind of funny. 
    Sonic’s eyes on the cover though. Again with the irises.
    This issue was fantastic. I love everything about how the set-up and pay off for both stories was handled. There wasn’t a badly drawn story in the bunch and intense moments were really intense in ways that made sense and didn’t come across as mindless drama for the sake of it. The events that are unfolding are unfolding for the betterment of the book’s narrative and not for the sake of tricking children into believing something well above their years is going on when it isn’t. What a healthy relationship I and these comics are forming once again.
     
    Sonic X - Issue #30: Big Top Terror!

    This is one of my favorite covers, if only for how Eggman is posed and dressed. He’s a showman of the highest caliber and any chance he gets to really show that off is an instant win. The sanity of the monsters that run the circus is already questionable so might as well have it held up by the most lovable evil bastard in all the known universe.
    This was fun, of course. It stands on it’s own as a clear gimmick issue. Someone had an idea and was like “What if Eggman but the circus” and they did it exactly how you’d expect them to do it. There was a lot to actually show you guys but that’s because issues like this tend to rely more on the visuals than the story they’re telling. The absurdity of what’s going on is what matters the most which is often why there's so little to really say about issues like this. That in turn, usually makes covering these stories a lot easier which I can’t complain about. 
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from Piko in Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Movie Megathread   
    It's interesting talking about future films. I mean, for one, it's worth noting that Jim Carrey has always been quite against sequels in his career. Ace Ventura 2 was really the only exception, and then eventually he did a sequel to Dumb & Dumber 20 years after the first movie (and after a terrible prequel where his character was recast.) If Carrey comes back for Sonic 3, this would be the first trilogy he has ever done. I mean, I know Carrey has passed the prime of his career, Sonic is arguably been a bit of a comeback for him, but I honestly don't think it's a certainity he'll be back for Sonic 3. I think it's probable, but y'know, I think it also depends on how happy Carrey is to keep going on. The man turned 59 this year. I think Sonic 3 is possible for him, but I really doubt he'll do Sonic 4 and beyond.
    I'd probably say the same about the rest of the live action cast like James Marsden. I think 3 films would be enough for them. Even for the director, Jeff Fowler, wouldn't be surprised if he did the trilogy and then went onto perhaps bigger things, proving that he can direct successful movies. (Also, is the Wikipedia article correct saying that he actually worked on the Shadow the Hedgehog game as a "CG Movie Production"?)
    I mean, we are in the age of the cinematic universe. Even back in the 2000's, the idea of film franchises being more than 3 films was often joke worthy, like the Rocky movies. The fourth film in a franchise seemed always doomed to fail and be bad. But now anything is possible, people can be invested in very long running franchises. Fast & Furious 9 is a legitimate blockbuster, not a punchline. Hopefully Sonic could do that. But I also think alot of the live action actors will move on.
    My guess: Sonic 2 ends with Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles as a trio. All future movies feature them as a trio and the main cast. Any future Sonic characters who will turn up in the movies will effectively be one movie only. Sonic 3 will be the last for James Marsden and Jim Carrey. Shadow will be the big guest star. Movie ends with Sonic moving back to his dimension and leaving James Marsden's family. Sonic 4 will see Sonic and co meet up with a new family, maybe for a new trilogy. Each subsequent movie has its own villian and a couple more characters brought in.
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Movie Megathread   
    It's interesting talking about future films. I mean, for one, it's worth noting that Jim Carrey has always been quite against sequels in his career. Ace Ventura 2 was really the only exception, and then eventually he did a sequel to Dumb & Dumber 20 years after the first movie (and after a terrible prequel where his character was recast.) If Carrey comes back for Sonic 3, this would be the first trilogy he has ever done. I mean, I know Carrey has passed the prime of his career, Sonic is arguably been a bit of a comeback for him, but I honestly don't think it's a certainity he'll be back for Sonic 3. I think it's probable, but y'know, I think it also depends on how happy Carrey is to keep going on. The man turned 59 this year. I think Sonic 3 is possible for him, but I really doubt he'll do Sonic 4 and beyond.
    I'd probably say the same about the rest of the live action cast like James Marsden. I think 3 films would be enough for them. Even for the director, Jeff Fowler, wouldn't be surprised if he did the trilogy and then went onto perhaps bigger things, proving that he can direct successful movies. (Also, is the Wikipedia article correct saying that he actually worked on the Shadow the Hedgehog game as a "CG Movie Production"?)
    I mean, we are in the age of the cinematic universe. Even back in the 2000's, the idea of film franchises being more than 3 films was often joke worthy, like the Rocky movies. The fourth film in a franchise seemed always doomed to fail and be bad. But now anything is possible, people can be invested in very long running franchises. Fast & Furious 9 is a legitimate blockbuster, not a punchline. Hopefully Sonic could do that. But I also think alot of the live action actors will move on.
    My guess: Sonic 2 ends with Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles as a trio. All future movies feature them as a trio and the main cast. Any future Sonic characters who will turn up in the movies will effectively be one movie only. Sonic 3 will be the last for James Marsden and Jim Carrey. Shadow will be the big guest star. Movie ends with Sonic moving back to his dimension and leaving James Marsden's family. Sonic 4 will see Sonic and co meet up with a new family, maybe for a new trilogy. Each subsequent movie has its own villian and a couple more characters brought in.
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from PeterPancake in Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Movie Megathread   
    It's interesting talking about future films. I mean, for one, it's worth noting that Jim Carrey has always been quite against sequels in his career. Ace Ventura 2 was really the only exception, and then eventually he did a sequel to Dumb & Dumber 20 years after the first movie (and after a terrible prequel where his character was recast.) If Carrey comes back for Sonic 3, this would be the first trilogy he has ever done. I mean, I know Carrey has passed the prime of his career, Sonic is arguably been a bit of a comeback for him, but I honestly don't think it's a certainity he'll be back for Sonic 3. I think it's probable, but y'know, I think it also depends on how happy Carrey is to keep going on. The man turned 59 this year. I think Sonic 3 is possible for him, but I really doubt he'll do Sonic 4 and beyond.
    I'd probably say the same about the rest of the live action cast like James Marsden. I think 3 films would be enough for them. Even for the director, Jeff Fowler, wouldn't be surprised if he did the trilogy and then went onto perhaps bigger things, proving that he can direct successful movies. (Also, is the Wikipedia article correct saying that he actually worked on the Shadow the Hedgehog game as a "CG Movie Production"?)
    I mean, we are in the age of the cinematic universe. Even back in the 2000's, the idea of film franchises being more than 3 films was often joke worthy, like the Rocky movies. The fourth film in a franchise seemed always doomed to fail and be bad. But now anything is possible, people can be invested in very long running franchises. Fast & Furious 9 is a legitimate blockbuster, not a punchline. Hopefully Sonic could do that. But I also think alot of the live action actors will move on.
    My guess: Sonic 2 ends with Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles as a trio. All future movies feature them as a trio and the main cast. Any future Sonic characters who will turn up in the movies will effectively be one movie only. Sonic 3 will be the last for James Marsden and Jim Carrey. Shadow will be the big guest star. Movie ends with Sonic moving back to his dimension and leaving James Marsden's family. Sonic 4 will see Sonic and co meet up with a new family, maybe for a new trilogy. Each subsequent movie has its own villian and a couple more characters brought in.
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from Sonictrainer in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Congrats Dr Detective Mike. You've waded through a lot of crap but hopefully, it was all worth it.
    But y'know, perhaps Penders isn't all bad? I mean, wouldn't the IDW run be so much better if Sonic was trying to mack out on Tangle, Whisper, Blaze, and Rouge behind Amy's back? Wouldn't the action scenes be so much better with unnceccesary, verbose, word salad paragraphs to accompany them? Wouldn't you want Knuckles to start brawling with Sonic after arriving on Angel Island during the Metal Virus arc, rather than working together? Wouldn't that be so much better?
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    Silvereyes got a reaction from Dr. Detective Mike in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Congrats Dr Detective Mike. You've waded through a lot of crap but hopefully, it was all worth it.
    But y'know, perhaps Penders isn't all bad? I mean, wouldn't the IDW run be so much better if Sonic was trying to mack out on Tangle, Whisper, Blaze, and Rouge behind Amy's back? Wouldn't the action scenes be so much better with unnceccesary, verbose, word salad paragraphs to accompany them? Wouldn't you want Knuckles to start brawling with Sonic after arriving on Angel Island during the Metal Virus arc, rather than working together? Wouldn't that be so much better?
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    Silvereyes reacted to Ryannumber1gamer in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    You managed to get through the worst era of the comics in one piece, congrats! It's been a long, long time coming, but Penders is finally out of the picture!
    Let's celebrate with a final rounding out of thoughts on his bullshit. I've a lot to say so I'll leave my thoughts on #160 for another post, lets make this one a final outing for Ken.
    I actually didn't know that Ian had to spruce up this script before leaving, and I'm just imagining him knocking his head against a table, trying his damnest to at least imply Sonic isn't this gigantic asshat. I could see him adding things like the "You know me better than that" to try to say - "Of course Sonic wouldn't just leave an injured Hope there!", but like, there's only so much you can do when Penders has stacked the deck so far in the direction of jerkass Sonic.
    What frustrates me is - in my opinion at least - this is severely out of character for Eggman. If the Neo Metal Sonic legion was directly targeting him at the moment, I could absolutely see him panicking, or at least being nervous (Think how Eggman and Wily were ridiculously panicked in Worlds Collide when Sonic and Mega Man began turning the tide on the Roboticised Masters, and the two doctors had to literally begin denying a potential failure on the horizon, because they know how these things usually turned out).
    Eggman IMO would not be sitting here trying to bolster up the GREATEST THREAT THEY'VE YET FACED!!! - and complaining about how he had nothing to do with it, he'd be using it to bolster his own ego. He'd be talking about how - of course the Metal Sonic Squadron is out of control, those Knothole hacks attempted to steal his genius designs, his ingenuity! While Eggman is so clever, and so smart as to have protocols in place to ensure Metal Sonic remains loyal to him, those idiot inventors over at Knothole couldn't even keep a few tin-cans in line! Hell, Eggman would probably be laughing about how Knothole deserves this fate for stealing an Eggman concept (despite the pathetically lame excuse that Eggman doesn't have a claim to the concept). 
    Just...imagine if this was written by a competent writer. Like imagine Ian writing this story arc, knowing full well he was going to portray Max as the absolute scumbag he actually is later down the line. Imagine the actual potential here.
    Given that Rotor and Max were forced to make these robots by Max, you could've easily used this to show that in some ways, King Max and Eggman aren't so different, especially as warring factions. The Kingdom of Acorn is always portrayed as the morally upright group fighting against the evil Eggman, but imagine the potential if Max had forced the Knothole inventors to build this squadron of Sonics as his new secret weapon, a literal army of obedient robots, as strong, as fast, and as capable as Sonic himself, all under King Acorn's beck and call.
    Imagine the irony of the "morally upright" side being the one to betray the image of their greatest hero, betray the mourning and trust of their princess, and betray quite a few of the values they're supposed to uphold. Imagine the fallout of this under a more competent writer. Imagine Sally finding out that during a time of severe heartbreak and pain for her, her father had secretly commissioned war machines in her dead boyfriend's image to go out and wage war on whoever Max damn well pleased. Imagine Sally finding that out and saying enough was enough and cutting ties with Max once and for all.
    Imagine Eggman getting a fucking kick out of the "morally heroic Freedom Fighters" taking a page out of his book and creating loyal robotic killing machines, capable of forcing anyone into line if they disagreed with Max. Imagine Sonic realising that the king he fought so long to save and protect had officially lost his fucking mind and did something like this. 
    Like we all joke about this being the GREATEST THREAT THEY'VE YET FACED!!!! - but under a competent writer - yeah - it legit could have been. Imagine the Neo Metal Sonics being as strong, as fast, and as capable of the regular Sonic due to being designed by Charles and Rotor knowing Sonic a lot more than Eggman. Imagine a Iron NICOLE scenario where A.D.A.M discovers and takes control of them all, using them to utterly destroy Knothole, and then reveal that Max was the one who commissioned them with the intent of winning the war with them, and using them to ensure no one else would fuck with the Kingdom of Acorn, forcing a mourning Charles to do it as well. Imagine Sonic and Shadow having to fight tooth and nail together in order to put them down, but still not being able to save a large chunk of Knothole. Imagine Eggman using this to further convince Shadow that the Kingdom of Acorn is corrupt, and Shadow made the right decision to work with Eggman! There's so much that could've been done here!!
    This could've legitimately been a massive game-changing arc, a huge turning point in the war where Eggman gets a massive win on the Kingdom of Acorn without trying, simply because a power-hungry Max had decided he was going to step his game up. Imagine seeing this legitimately paid off with Sonic, Sally, and the Freedom Fighters realising that the Kingdom of Acorn isn't as different from Eggman as they were lead to believe, and becoming completely and totally disillusioned with it. Imagine that whole metal ceremony again where Elias and Max and everyone has set up this whole song and dance to "award" Sonic (apologise for screwing with his image), only instead - Sonic doesn't show up. Charles and his family could be at the ceremony, wondering where he is, but Charles has a look of total guilt, knowing he hurt his nephew by taking part in this affair.
    The final pages of the issue could be something like Sonic inside the abandoned Freedom HQ, looking around and realising that this is what he and his friends spent so long fighting for, a corrupt kingdom that's doing shady bullshit that's just as bad, if not even worse than Eggman. If you want to be more optimistic, perhaps have the other Freedom Fighters show up, realising the same thing, but also showing that despite their utter disgust with what Max did, they'll still continue to fight for what they believe is right, not what the Kingdom of Acorn believes is right.
    Like, this whole deal with the Neo Metal Sonics, and their true creators should be a really big deal, and yet it's practically all shrugged off. It's amazing how much of a waste it is. God, I hate this story arc.
    This honestly remains as one of the most infamous moments of bullshit for me with Penders. Like the most blatant attempt to turn Shadow into Knuckles 2.0 after the fact. It's time for Shadow to begin discovering his random magical mystical chaos bullshit! 
    First off, let's not ignore the fact that this is not Chaos Control, Ken. Chaos Control is an ability in which the user uses a Chaos Emerald to warp time and space in different ways, let it be via teleportation, freezing time, or ripping open portals in time/space itself. Chaos Control is just not a catch-all term for "doing whatever you damn well please". 
    This is on the level of the DBZ Big Green dub being convinced that literally every. single. attack. is a Kamehameha somehow. Kaioken? Kamehameha. Going Super Saiyan? Kamehameha! Final Flash? Kamehameha! This is only slightly better than the 4Kids X dub being convinced that Chaos Control is the name of Eggman's base in the first 10-15 episodes or so.
    Secondly, I hate the usage here. It's literally just a Deus Ex Machina button. Shadow gets to stop big threats. Why? Uh, uh, Chaos Control! Sonic is getting his ass utterly beaten by these robots and yet Shadow just magics them away. What an utterly wasteful, lame, and lazy excuse. Just like Chaos Knuckles and the rest of that bullshit. 
    God, I am so thankful Ken just fucked off after this. We dodged multiple bullets here.
    Again, just imagine if this was written by someone better. This whole ceremony could've been a sham, an attempt by Elias (Actually Max - who convinced Elias) to make a big showing of Sonic as their greatest hero in order to both try to get Sonic back on their side, and to appease the public who now know that their king isn't a particularly good person. 
    It would actually fit then. This isn't a ceremony to promote Sonic and give him this big hero's celebration, it's a sham. A senseless, pathetic attempt to save face. They do it, and invite Sonic, assuming he'd attend, but Sonic doesn't. I hate this, there's so much potential here to have Sonic finally go closer to his game counterpart by calling into question how good this "authority" is, and they just don't. The perfect set-up for this scenario and Penders plays it straight because god forbid he actually say "No, Max was wrong, completely and entirely". No, no. Sonic goes along with it because "GoOd iNtEnTiOnS!!!!!!. 
    I'm so sick of this, how many times do we have to do this song and dance? No, good intentions doesn't excuse you from being an absolute shit. Especially when your "good intentions" are very likely not good. Literally so much of Penders' absolute bullshit can be summed up with:
     
    I love how Ian just got rid of the whole Gentlemen at Arms thing like...three issues later? It's just great how Penders' last big "hoorah" that would've made Sonic an official part of the Acorn Kingdom's authority was just no-sold.
    I said it once, but I'll say it again - this is just absolutely awful, on all fronts. I sincerely hate everything about it. Ignore the obvious fact that Charles is being a massive creep and pulling a Locke by spying on Shadow (sounds familiar, doesn't it?) - but let's look at this from another angle.
    Sir Charles - on the orders of Max - made a legion of robotic killing machines, using his supposedly dead nephew's image. The same man who expressed deep guilt and sorrow for his role in creating the Roboticiser and enabling Eggman's takeover. The man who was one of the few good parental figures in the series, who always cared for Sonic, and the Freedom Fighters, and here he is, having been ordered to shit on his dead nephew's image. 
    Does Charles show remorse for this betrayal? Guilt? Nope! "YoU hAvE yOuR sEcReTs, aNd wE hAvE oUrS, bEtTeR iT sHoUlD sTaY tHaT wAy!!!!!!". He acts like this is a good thing, that this horrible thing he did to his nephew, and then kept a secret from him, and said secret then biting them ALL on the ass and attacking them all was somehow a good thing! 
    It cannot be said just how much damage Penders did to Charles as a character before he finally pissed off. So much so that I think this should be imagined as non-canon because even in a single issue, it portrays Charles as a selfish prick who abused his dead nephew's standing and image to create an army of killer robots, and when it all backfired on them, he couldn't even show any remote remorse for it and acts as if it's somehow a good thing. BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN:
    I don't even have anything to say on the backup story because it's just generic set-up for shit that doesn't happen. Can essentially sum it up with "I'm sure he wouldn't pay off the set-up anyway, so bleh".
    Right, now let's get into the plans he had. I've already spoken at length about a few of them so I'll just go over ones I don't think I spoke about.
    First things first, I want to point out - Sally was actually fairly popular in the 90s. SEGA was more loose with continuities back then so they had no problem marketing the hell out of SatAM. Sally herself got a fair amount of merchandise and even a mascot outfit at a SEGA park, so yeah - it kind of makes sense why SEGA didn't want her killed off. They were still using her quite a bit back then.
    Secondly - imagine the horrid timeline where Sally was killed off and replaced with King Acorn entirely. It really goes to show how much Penders didn't care about Sally whatsoever, despite his claims to the contrary. He tried to kill her off and when it didn't work, he used her as a simple mouthpiece to either try to show her as a whiny spoilt brat who King Acorn would have to put into line, or a mouthpiece to defend King Acorn's increasingly awful actions. Bollers and editorial didn't do her many favours, but I will always take their take over what Penders gave us. 
    How would this story even play out exactly? Like, Rotor sends Nicole back in time to prevent the destruction of the world, somehow...but Nicole allows the actions that Rotor and Cobar pins on Sonic to still happen? Did Penders just forget that Nicole was around for things he tried to blame Sonic for? Did he not realise it would mean jack shit?
    Also, I disagree with this being an issue where stuff happens because...it just wouldn't. Sonic goes back to the past and can't change anything, he returns and they send Nicole back...who still does nothing to change the past. It's the exact same as literally every other M25YL story, nothing happens, no one has agency, no one does shit, and we're expected to pretend it's somehow progress.
    I never thought I'd say it - but I think even this would be too petty for Eggman. When Eggman tries to personally screw with someone's life, it's typically because he perceives someone to have wronged him in some way, even utterly tiny and miniscule. For example - back when he had Nack attempt to kill Mina because he got her songs stuck in his head and took it as a personal attack. Was it petty and pathetic? Yes. Would it totally fit for Eggman to be that petty? Absolutely.
    Here, he'd just straight up be a cartoon villain, sending his robots to screw around with Charles' date for the kicks of it essentially. I could maybe see him do it if it meant somehow messing with Sonic in the process, but idk - it feels really silly for Eggman to concentrate his efforts into commanding his most powerful robot commanders to do something as silly as ruin a date. It feels a bit contrived.
    Oh hey look, it's Ken Penders' attempts to ruin my favourite Archie Sonic character, again! Hooray! 
    Let's ignore the blatant hypocrisy at play that Penders has temper tantrums whenever someone else wanted to use his characters in their stories, but yet here he is blatantly misunderstanding Mina and Ash's characterisation (Ash wants nothing more than Mina's safety, why would he tease her about not charging head-long into danger? Mina on the other hand knows she's not good as a Freedom Fighter, but is exceptionally good at building morale and provide levity for those who can fight). 
    There's so much wrong with the bare concept of the plotline that I don't even know what else to say. I don't believe these characters would do these things. He's blatantly ignoring their development (Amy especially, given she is an official Freedom Fighter at this point). Where the fuck would Ash even have a leg to stand in this debate? He isn't a Freedom Fighter, he doesn't risk his life, he's a manager. It's not only blatantly out of character, it doesn't make sense. 
    Also, Amy too. Not only because she's already completed her arc, proven her worth, and became a official Freedom Fighter, but Amy could probably still handle Nic and Rouge easily lol. She's practically as good a fighter with her Piko Hammer as Knuckles. The idea that she still feels the need to prove herself to a fucking band manager of all people, plus would need Sonic and Sally's help in dealing with Nic the freaking Weasel is beyond ridiculous.
    Pretty much the only idea I think could've worked here, although definitely not under Penders. That said though, I'm kind of glad it didn't. Jules' robot design is really neat and unique IMO, especially when all of the Mobians were deroboticised. I really liked it when Jon Grey gave Jules that hat and scarf. Idk, there's just something neat about Sonic's dad being a robot, but still continuing on and doing his best for his son that's both unique, and fun IMO. 
    This one just makes me laugh for two reasons. 
    1. His ideas for Antoine and Bunnie were just awful. Imagine after all of the frustrating, bullshit drama we had to deal with between Sonic's return and Patch's reveal. We finally get them back together, and he wants to stretch the whole thing out for nearly 40 issues. Imagine the landmark issue of a Sonic the Hedgehog comic being a wedding of all things. God, imagine the awful things Penders would've done for drama too.
    I absolutely bet that he was gonna have Evil Sonic and Bunnie's relationship revealed to Antoine and we'd be shown first hand about the horrendous bullshit about Antoine needing to "forgive" Bunnie for it, despite the fact that Bunnie was manipulated into it. The very thought of Antoine having to "forgive" her for what happened to Bunnie being actual drama material disgusts me to my very core.
    2. The idea of Snively doing this is absolutely laughable. Unless I'm mistaken, the last time we even saw him was when he originally joined the Freedom Fighters, and there, he had a very devious "Does this mean you trust me?" line. So now we expect that the self-serving guy who's only ever been self-serving is suddenly so good, and so selfless that he'd allow himself to die to pull this off? Really??
    I'm just also going to save myself some time and say the following issue plan was dumb too. Sonic is broken up over Snively's death? Really? He's blaming the other Freedom Fighters because Snively died? Give me a fucking break.
    Oh yes, wonderful. Let's add someone else to the list of characters who get to pull rank on Sally and overwrite her authority. Sonic. Sonic. The guy who doesn't like coming up with plans and likes just working in the heat of the moment, he is the guy who now gets to overwrite Sally's authority.
    Yeah, here's how this should go. Sally issues a command to the Freedom Fighters in the midst of battle, Sonic attempts to overwrite her command, and yet can't actually come up with a plan of attack, and the others would laugh off the idea of taking commands from Sonic.
    That's not a knock on Sonic, but come. on. Sonic is not the tactician, he has never been the tactician, he goes in and works in the heat of the moment, and that's because he's fast enough to do that. The whole point of Sonic and Sally's dynamic is that Sonic is hasty, while Sally is a tactician. Both approaches have their merits, but the dynamic breaks when you remove Sally from the equation and suddenly decide Sonic should be some commander issuing out orders to the FF as if they were his personal battle squadron. 
    At best, if this came up - I'd imagine a quick joke between Sonic and Sally where Sonic says something like "Heh, guess this means I don't have to listen to your orders anymore!" and Sally replies with a half-joking "When have you ever listened to my orders?". Just a quick mention of it where Sonic teases that while he'd technically hold rank over her, he doesn't actually care, because he never cared for authority anyways.
    I'm so happy that Ian got rid of the Gentleman at Arms shit three issues into his run.
    So, let me get this straight. Evil Sonic is going around, doing bad things and blaming Sonic for it. And instead of Sonic just stopping him, he needs to provoke a fight? What?? Why does Evil Sonic need to initiate the fight!? When has that ever stopped Sonic?! THE DUDE IS LITERALLY IMPERSONATING YOU AGAIN!! JUST STOP HIM!! WHAT IS THIS?!
    So, yet again - our heroic Sonic decides to be just as awful as Evil Sonic. He treats women as objects, people to be manipulated in order to get what he wants, with zero regard to their feelings, thoughts, or how it might effect them. Sure, Rouge would probably not care and go along with it, but that isn't the point. 
    The point is Sonic is doing a horrible fucking thing. He would not only be manipulating Rouge to provoke someone, he'd also be cheating on Fiona while he's at it. It's funny for how much Ken likes to claim he's a feminist and how he tried to push for strong female representation, he has zero fucking issues having the heroes of the book use and manipulate them as simple objects without thoughts and feelings of their own in order to achieve their own random goals. 
    This is disgusting. Utterly disgusting on all fucking fronts. And if this issue happened, I would be done. Archie Sonic would be an absolute scumbag of a character. This isn't a thing heroic characters do, this is villainous. Downright villainous, and it's no better than what Evil Sonic did. What a absolute trash-pit of an idea.
    Oh look at that. Yet another contrived reason to get Sonic and Knuckles into a fight, who would've thought. I guess with Shadow taking temporary leave, we had to find someone else to pick up the slack with pointless random fights. Let's ignore the fact Knuckles and the Chaotix have been working with the Freedom Fighters for ages. 
    What is there even to say? You summed it up perfectly, I don't think Knuckles would care. If Station Square had actively invaded then and there and got away with the Master Emerald - then sure. But if that was the case, there is zero way a properly written Sonic would side with Station Square, he'd be helping Knuckles get it back.
    It's just contrived. Contrived garbage for the sake of making up contrived conflicts. 
    It's amazing just how many bullets we actually dodged with Penders' leaving. Like seriously, it's downright amazing. Instead of the amazing revival and reinvention of this series Ian Flynn gave us, we could've had more and more of this absolute garbage. Out of all of these ideas, the only one I say is even feasibly alright is the one involving Jules, and even then, I sure as hell wouldn't trust Penders to do it any kind of justice. All of these ideas are just terrible, absolutely terrible. Filled with all of the awful tropes Penders' was infamous for during his tenure, and even some of those tropes are brought to their absolute extreme of horrendous here. 
    But, that's all the more reason to be thankful these are scrapped plans, because Penders would never get the chance to use them. He left over SEGA not sharing the plans for Shadow the Hedgehog, and they took a chance on Ian Flynn, and that gamble paid off big-time. 
    A new era has opened up for the Archie Sonic series, a new era that is consistently good all the way up to the end. The dark age was absolutely horrendous, but now it's time for a new dawn...
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    Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #159: System Reboot

    This cover, when I first saw it out of context, both excited and confused me. I know the context now and it just makes me roll my eyes but at the time I did wonder if there were a bunch of mass produced Neo Metal Sonics in a Sonic story out there somewhere and I was missing something good. These covers are also extremely deceptive with how well drawn they are. Looking at them, you wouldn’t know that they look like ass inside. Good thing we’re one issue away where the cover art will no longer be this blatant in its deceptive advertising. That’s a cute little “Go Team” logo there.
    Anyway, the big thing to talk about here is the fact that this is the last issue that Ken Penders is going to lead for us. After this, Ian Flynn’s extremely lucky big break will have gone through thanks to the editor looking for a chance to spice things up and being willing (and crazy enough) to take chances. It paid off in ways I wouldn’t even know how grateful I would be at the time but that’s another thing to go into. Right now, we’ve got a swan ugly duckling song for Ken Penders to get to. 
    With that story over, it’s time to look into the “What could have been” concerning Ken Penders and his weird, gross, awful shit. Oh boy!
     
    Ken Penders’ Unused Story Ideas

    So, surprising no one, Ken had some things that “sadly” had to be left on the cutting room floor when someone who wasn’t insane and obsessed with Nazis came in to take his place. I’m going to cover almost all of the ones I could find due to how much they interest me personally because of how much they speak to the inner workings of this weird alien man.
    I’m also going to touch upon things that he wanted to do before he left as well, so prepare to take a trip down memory lane of stories that we’ve already covered too.
    That truly is it. I gave my thoughts on Ken Penders’ last issue as well as my thoughts on all the stupid shit he was going to do if he continued from 160 onward. Thus, I have closed the book on not only all the Archie Sonic comics I have never read before but the ones I DID previously read from #142 to #159 and never had the full context for. I can officially say that I’ve read all the stuff from before #160 now, including all the mini-series’ and the Super Specials.
    I will never do this again and I would not recommend it to anyone else either.
    I’m immensely proud of myself for having done it, sure, but when all's said and done, if I hadn’t been doing this retrospective for you all to see my thoughts there would have been almost no point to it other than recontextualizing what my thoughts and feelings on future stories were going to be. Granted, an argument can be made for the merit behind that as well. In fact, I feel excellent knowing that I’m going into the Ian run with new information regarding these characters so that I can fully understand where they came from and how much better they’re going to be.
    So, I guess it WAS worth it but it still feels weird to say considering all the intense amount of bullshit I had to put up with. 
    If it wasn’t offensive, it was boring. If it wasn’t boring, it was lazy. If it wasn’t lazy, it was busy being ugly and hard to look at on top of being really horrendously, badly written from top to bottom. Every once in a while I’d find a good story to latch onto but it was way fewer and far between then I should have been for a book that had lasted #159 issues and some change up to that point.
    It wasn’t just Ken Penders of course. Our boy, Karl Bollers was a bit of a godsend in the sense that he did offer a comfortable amount of normalcy from time to time. He definitely was not perfect. There were a lot of his stories that were garbage as well and I doubt creating a fake name to gauge whether or not his criticism was warranted garnered any meaningful results. Still, I have to thank the man for being there to keep my sanity in check regardless. I don’t know the extent to which his stories were meddled with on Ken Penders end but I can’t imagine it was a comfortable relationship seeing as how we’re all well aware of Penders and his need to be in control of everything he “creates” for a book he doesn’t own.
    Then there’s the other assorted writers like the hard to get a handle on, Romy Chacon. Or the old as dust and painfully unfunny Mike Gallagher. Gallagher still has something to contribute later but it's Gallagher so odds are it’ll be something that feels like it belongs in the funnies section of an old newspaper. I don’t know about Romy but we’ll see.
    Oh shit. This is also Ron Lim’s last book as penciler too. Thank Christ.
    Blue skies ahead from here on in, give or take a few rainy days, but we’ll get there when we get there. Right now, I’m just unbelievably happy and relieved. 
    Now and then.
    My head starts to spin.
    But I’ll never turn back.
    Again. 
     
    Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #160: Birthday Bash! Part 1: Giving and Receiving


    CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES! COME ON!
    It's been a long, rough road but I’m finally here. I moved an inch forward; felt like a year… although it was literally, actually, more than a year at this point. 
    Either way, we’ve made it. I’ve cleaned the raw, disgusting, sludge off of my body and I’m ready to dive into my original starting point involving these comics with Issue #160. Hello old friend. It’s been a long time. 
    I can’t possibly explain in words how excited I am to re-read this stuff WITH the knowledge and context of what came before fully in mind. Enough blab. Let’s do this!
    I’ve typed entirely too much about this so I’ll wrap up by saying that I’m really happy. There’s still going to be loads of things to critique and pick a part but I’m happy I get to finally read something with a standard of quality now. There are still some things left to take care of in the transitioning phase of course. There are people still on the book that will slowly be fazed out as well as concepts and ideas that are going to be given a more graceful death then they probably deserve (and some an ungraceful death that they totally deserve) but as of right now, I’m just glad to finally be here.
    The first story was a lot of fun and did it’s job as a celebration of the new area well. The second story didn’t make me want to jump in a lake like most of the second stories used to, which is good. I’m really not a fan of the way it’s drawn but I don’t recall seeing too much that looks quite like it in the future so I’m not going to harp on it too much. 
    All in all, a fun time was had by all.
     
    Sonic X - Issue #29: Green-Eyed Monster, Part 2

    This is a really funky looking cover. If you were to show this to any random Sonic fan unfamiliar with these comics they’d probably do a double and then a triple take at it before tilting their head. I really love the way that city looks. The red sky in the back with the city reflecting off the water and the blearing red line acting as the intersection looks really awesome. I hope it lives up to the hype.
    That issue was actually a ton of fun. I do think it’s a little less good than I remember it, most likely because back when I originally read these, I was going from one issue to another in quick succession. This story works way better as something you read through all the way rather than a week or a month a part. It helps sell the chaos of the situation better when your mind is on a train going from point A to B where everything’s going haywire and getting worse and worse before the big finale. The issues tend to suffer a bit on their own but together they work really well.
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    Massive thanks to everyone who's been reading, liking, and commenting on my insane journey through these old books. It's always fun, waiting with baited breath, to see what the reaction will be whenever I make a new post and this last one was probably the most words I've had to type since starting this endeavor. I'm so glad it panned out this way.
    I know right? I think for me the fact that Evil Sonic is drawn properly he could have sold himself as a proper evil version of Sonic and coupled with that jacket, the design looks a lot more endearing. A part of me really just wants to witness Evil Sonic and Evil Tails doing evil things but looking exactly like their good selves. I've made it no secret that I find the idea of "Villain Tails" to be adorable and Sonic can sell being cute at times too, despite what one of his creators may think. 
    That said, Scourge is a thing I totally would have wanted to still happen eventually. He really does work a lot better than Evil Sonic, by every metric.
    Yeah, I heard about the small "controversy" of turning Fiona evil but I wasn't able to speak on it because I didn't know the full context about how her character was before. Turns out there was barely any context at all. She had one story that introduced her. She disappeared for a thousand issues and then just randomly showed up to be in the background before she randomly got courted by Evil Sonic and then regular Sonic. Also Tails but that never mattered. 
    Being upset by the heel turn at all when she barely registered as a character before baffles me to know end. 
    No joke, this is all legitimately brilliant stuff you've written out here. God, what a wonderful set of ideas. I already admitted to this but were this all to happen, I'd have ran with it as something practically unfixable as far as the status of the Acorn Kingdom and Sonic's ties to it were concerned. It would have ended with the status quo being shaken up something fierce. 
    Again, not sure if everyone would have liked it but fuck it. It's just a fantasy I have in my head. The image of seeing the kingdom burn to the ground and stay that way just makes me really happy.
    I also appreciate the use of one of my favorite Spongebob line reads. The way the king says that line is so immensely quotable. 
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    Finally got around to reading #38 - massive improvement. In fact, my favourite issue in ages.
     
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    Enjoying the reviews as always Dr. Detective Mike. So close yet so far. The story after Songoose is pretty atrocious I reckon, the last final awful Penders story. The actual last Penders story, #157-#159 I think, isn't too awful actually, just very mediocre I'd say. A very unmemorable way for his era to end.

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    Enjoying the reviews as always Dr. Detective Mike. So close yet so far. The story after Songoose is pretty atrocious I reckon, the last final awful Penders story. The actual last Penders story, #157-#159 I think, isn't too awful actually, just very mediocre I'd say. A very unmemorable way for his era to end.

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