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    GentlemanX got a reaction from havikinazuma in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I'd like to see the IDW series begin with the status quo of the games following Sonic Lost World or Sonic Forces (depending on the plot of Forces, it'll be the most recent game but before it comes out it's hard to judge if enough will change that it'd be better to do an in-universe tie in or if they'll be able to start directly after it) and focus on Sonic going on episodic adventures meeting people or stoping some Eggman plot either by himself or with just Tails. That would be the main status quo with guest appearances by Knuckles, Amy, Chatoix, Shadow, etc. After the first ten or so issues, certain stories would be allowed to be multi-parters though for now this wouldn't be the norm. Our first major story would be issue twenty-five, big milestone stories are one aspect of Archie Sonic I hope they bring back. This would be the first possibility to do a multi-parter beyond two issues, though it doesn't have to be. Ideally, we wouldn't start introducing original characters until after the first milestone, with new additions being more stand alone characters rather than members of teams like Archie and Fleetway tended to do. If any original characters were popular enough, then bring them on as reoccurring characters like the extended Sega cast. Larger story arcs wouldn't be started until after the second milestone issue and wouldn't last more than a year with longer periods of one offs in between (unless the ongoing narrative stories prove more popular in which case they transition toward that the way Archie and Fleetway did).
    Beyond the main comic, I'd like to see as many spin-offs as IDW was able to produce. Re-starting Sonic Universe would be my first priority, but if they weren't confident enough to do that I'd do a four to six issue Shadow mini-series. If that did well enough, try a four to six issue Tails or Knuckles mini-series. If those proved successful, I'd think re-launching Universe at that point would be logical, with other ongoings for the most popular characters if that proved to be profitable. A classic Sonic series (Megadrive is a bit of odd choice for the American market, so probably Sonic Genesis instead) would also make sense from a brand perspective. If Sonic Boom gets renewed for a third season, an ongoing of that may also be advantageous for the brand (I don't care much for Boom, but having another venue for that sub-brand should it continue makes sense). It'd also be cool to see bigger annuals depending on how much the main series took off. Finally, if I can be especially dreamy-eyed, I'd love to see a Sega All-Stars comic in the vein of Universe where every four to six issues we got stories focused on other Sega properties like Alex Kidd, Nights, Golden Axe etc. similar to Fleetway. These books would be set in a Sega multi-verse allowing for crossovers between properties. If any series got especially popular, it could be spun-off into its own ongoing series.
    As a bonus, on the subject of the Freedom Fighters: I won't hide that I've always loved the characters so it's hard for me to sympathize for people that don't care for them and want them gone. Even for say the Boom or post-reboot Archie extended cast I didn't care for, I always believe if a character is popular enough and has they're fans it's nice to include them in a work like a comic that appeals to those niche groups. That said, I do believe it'd be detrimental to keep the Archie formula with the Freedom Fighters with Sonic all the time when that doesn't reflect the status quo of the games. There are two workable solutions I can think of for this situation though. The first, that I'm not as thrilled about, is if the Freedom Fighters team continues to function separately and Sonic and friends interact with them on an occasional basis. They'd sort of function like the Chaotix, a group of characters that work together, and I don't remember where I read it but someone suggested they'd essentially be police officers in Sonic's world (also, if we're doing the two worlds thing, I'd prefer Sonic's world be named Mobius. I don't like it being nameless and it's better than Sonic's World if Earth's not an option). The second, which I'd prefer, is if each character operated independent of one another and essentially was on the same level as say Knuckles, Silver, or Big. Occasional stories would see them team up with Sonic and Tails and under those circumstances they'd be known as the Freedom Fighters, with them splitting ways after the specific adventure was concluded.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from GuyWithThePie in Why don't you take Sonic seriously?   
    I take Sonic seriously, or at least as seriously as any other kids action adventure franchise.
    I think it's true that Sonic has really had two outings that could be considered overly serious: ShTH and 06. Even then, ShTH is mostly too serious because of its implications - you still have tons of silly moments like Circus Park, the Chaotix, and Sonic's always upbeat attitude (Diabalon fight excluded). 06 is probably the most serious story in the franchise's history - Amy mistaking Silver for Sonic being the only levity I can think of. I think 06 does a better job of conveying it's story though, it's probably too serious for Sonic but it is at least consistent unlike ShTH.
    But honestly, outside of those two I don't think anything else is overly serious. SA1 and SA2 can be super goofy - they just put a greater emphasis on narrative and characterization than the Genesis games did. I think having a general sense of fun is the only prerequisite needed to keep Sonic feeling like Sonic. If you still get that, you've got Sonic down. If not, you're probably better off saving that work for something else. For the record - I'm not judging Forces so far, I don't think I've seen enough to judge how it will handle it's setup. Sonic's personality in the Infinite trailer certainly gives faith they won't be at 06 levels.
    As for other media, I can sorta see the argument for SatAM, Archie, and Fleetway being too serious - but I can't say I'd agree they are. SatAM is literally a Saturday morning cartoon where the main character has multiple catchphrases. Robotnik is a lot grittier than Eggman but I think that's negligible as a clear reinterpretation. Archie has had moments of seriousness, but I think never sacrifices the fun of Sonic's SatAM and Sega counterparts. Never for very long at any rate. Fleetway Sonic meanwhile is very similar to SatAM in that Robotnik is a lot more serious than Eggman and stories can have overly serious elements to them - but the main heroes never lose their sense of fun keeping in line with the rest of the franchise. I do think Fleetway has a lot less goofy elements compared to SatAM and Archie though - but it still has plenty.
    So again, yes I treat Sonic seriously but only to the point where it doesn't lose it's sense of fun. And I think most Sonic products across the board are fun.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from BlueSky in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Personally, I want them to go the Archie route and only adapt games when an adaption is required by Sega. Ian adapted games a lot during his tenure while writing for Sonic and Mega Man, and it's just not that interesting to read; his adaption of Tails Adventure probably being his best for establishing new characters and integrating original cast to make it more interesting.
    I want something NEW from the IDW comic. I don't want the post-reboot to just continue like it was. I don't want to see the games stories yet again. I want actual original stories in a new direction. It can be set in the games universe, I'm fine with and expect that. But have it be something I haven't seen before multiple times. That's happening enough in this franchise.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from RedFox99 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Personally, I want them to go the Archie route and only adapt games when an adaption is required by Sega. Ian adapted games a lot during his tenure while writing for Sonic and Mega Man, and it's just not that interesting to read; his adaption of Tails Adventure probably being his best for establishing new characters and integrating original cast to make it more interesting.
    I want something NEW from the IDW comic. I don't want the post-reboot to just continue like it was. I don't want to see the games stories yet again. I want actual original stories in a new direction. It can be set in the games universe, I'm fine with and expect that. But have it be something I haven't seen before multiple times. That's happening enough in this franchise.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from Korke in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Personally, I want them to go the Archie route and only adapt games when an adaption is required by Sega. Ian adapted games a lot during his tenure while writing for Sonic and Mega Man, and it's just not that interesting to read; his adaption of Tails Adventure probably being his best for establishing new characters and integrating original cast to make it more interesting.
    I want something NEW from the IDW comic. I don't want the post-reboot to just continue like it was. I don't want to see the games stories yet again. I want actual original stories in a new direction. It can be set in the games universe, I'm fine with and expect that. But have it be something I haven't seen before multiple times. That's happening enough in this franchise.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from DonWaffleleven in Why don't you take Sonic seriously?   
    I take Sonic seriously, or at least as seriously as any other kids action adventure franchise.
    I think it's true that Sonic has really had two outings that could be considered overly serious: ShTH and 06. Even then, ShTH is mostly too serious because of its implications - you still have tons of silly moments like Circus Park, the Chaotix, and Sonic's always upbeat attitude (Diabalon fight excluded). 06 is probably the most serious story in the franchise's history - Amy mistaking Silver for Sonic being the only levity I can think of. I think 06 does a better job of conveying it's story though, it's probably too serious for Sonic but it is at least consistent unlike ShTH.
    But honestly, outside of those two I don't think anything else is overly serious. SA1 and SA2 can be super goofy - they just put a greater emphasis on narrative and characterization than the Genesis games did. I think having a general sense of fun is the only prerequisite needed to keep Sonic feeling like Sonic. If you still get that, you've got Sonic down. If not, you're probably better off saving that work for something else. For the record - I'm not judging Forces so far, I don't think I've seen enough to judge how it will handle it's setup. Sonic's personality in the Infinite trailer certainly gives faith they won't be at 06 levels.
    As for other media, I can sorta see the argument for SatAM, Archie, and Fleetway being too serious - but I can't say I'd agree they are. SatAM is literally a Saturday morning cartoon where the main character has multiple catchphrases. Robotnik is a lot grittier than Eggman but I think that's negligible as a clear reinterpretation. Archie has had moments of seriousness, but I think never sacrifices the fun of Sonic's SatAM and Sega counterparts. Never for very long at any rate. Fleetway Sonic meanwhile is very similar to SatAM in that Robotnik is a lot more serious than Eggman and stories can have overly serious elements to them - but the main heroes never lose their sense of fun keeping in line with the rest of the franchise. I do think Fleetway has a lot less goofy elements compared to SatAM and Archie though - but it still has plenty.
    So again, yes I treat Sonic seriously but only to the point where it doesn't lose it's sense of fun. And I think most Sonic products across the board are fun.
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    GentlemanX reacted to A_W in Sonic Mania SPOILERS/Impressions Thread   
    The Sonic 2 Master System/Game Gear version is summoned by Metal Sonic as a phase of a boss fight. Metal powers a machine that produces an infinite number of these little Silver Sonics, but there's only one out at a time. To advance, you have to clash against its spin jump with your own and send it flying into Metal several times. It pops and release an animal just like a Badnik when it hits Metal or you hit it when it's vulnerable.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from A_W in Sonic Mania SPOILERS/Impressions Thread   
    As someone who doesn't plan to play this (not a big fan of the Genesis era games, though I have a soft spot for Sonic 2 and CD out of nostalgia) I am curious to see if artwork is unlockable - I'd love to get clean art for the remaining HBH as well as the rest of the names to go with Heavy Gunner. Besides the obvious soundtrack (need to hear more Tee Lopes), I'd also like to see clean rips of sprites since it's awesome that Bean and Bark have official Sega sprites now (those wouldn't happen to be in Debug Mode would they?). Same for any new badniks.
    Beyond that, I'll echo others hopes that Amy or Metal are playable, if for no other reason than to see how their gameplay would run in future titles.
    Also, I haven't watched the streams as I prefer to watch without commentary, I saw folks talking about Mecha/Silver Sonic? Can anyone expand on that?
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from Tefutakato in The Introduction Topic   
    Hey all.
    I was a member of SSMB quite a while ago, just didn't re-sign up after the message board got wiped some time ago. Anyway, obviously a big Sonic fan of everything from the classic games, adventure titles (my favorites), and the modern stuff too. Huge into the Archie series, I've read all of Fleetway, like almost all the TV shows etc. Beyond Sonic, I'm most into animation (all forms - anime, American, European - you name it though I lean toward traditional animation more than CGI). I'm also getting into other comics, in particular I'm reading Marvel's Spider-Man books, DC's Batman books, and IDW's Disney Comics amidst other titles. I don't play games as much as I used to, but I do keep up with old Nintendo and Sega franchises (more Nintendo than Sega - growing up the only Sega titles I would get were Sonic, but I like learning more about stuff like Space Harrier or Jet Set Radio and the like nowadays).
    See you in the forums.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from BlueSky in Archie Comic Subscriptions please read.   
    I called Archie last Friday after the news broke on Thursday. I spoke to Lisa (for reference, the same Lisa I previously spoke to back in April), who confirmed that I can receive a mandatory refund for the comics Archie owes me. I was advised to email Archie which I did that same day. As of today, I have yet to receive a response from Archie.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from Tylinos in Archie Comic Subscriptions please read.   
    I called Archie last Friday after the news broke on Thursday. I spoke to Lisa (for reference, the same Lisa I previously spoke to back in April), who confirmed that I can receive a mandatory refund for the comics Archie owes me. I was advised to email Archie which I did that same day. As of today, I have yet to receive a response from Archie.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from Rey Skywalker-Ren in The Introduction Topic   
    Hey all.
    I was a member of SSMB quite a while ago, just didn't re-sign up after the message board got wiped some time ago. Anyway, obviously a big Sonic fan of everything from the classic games, adventure titles (my favorites), and the modern stuff too. Huge into the Archie series, I've read all of Fleetway, like almost all the TV shows etc. Beyond Sonic, I'm most into animation (all forms - anime, American, European - you name it though I lean toward traditional animation more than CGI). I'm also getting into other comics, in particular I'm reading Marvel's Spider-Man books, DC's Batman books, and IDW's Disney Comics amidst other titles. I don't play games as much as I used to, but I do keep up with old Nintendo and Sega franchises (more Nintendo than Sega - growing up the only Sega titles I would get were Sonic, but I like learning more about stuff like Space Harrier or Jet Set Radio and the like nowadays).
    See you in the forums.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from Heckboy in The Introduction Topic   
    Hey all.
    I was a member of SSMB quite a while ago, just didn't re-sign up after the message board got wiped some time ago. Anyway, obviously a big Sonic fan of everything from the classic games, adventure titles (my favorites), and the modern stuff too. Huge into the Archie series, I've read all of Fleetway, like almost all the TV shows etc. Beyond Sonic, I'm most into animation (all forms - anime, American, European - you name it though I lean toward traditional animation more than CGI). I'm also getting into other comics, in particular I'm reading Marvel's Spider-Man books, DC's Batman books, and IDW's Disney Comics amidst other titles. I don't play games as much as I used to, but I do keep up with old Nintendo and Sega franchises (more Nintendo than Sega - growing up the only Sega titles I would get were Sonic, but I like learning more about stuff like Space Harrier or Jet Set Radio and the like nowadays).
    See you in the forums.
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    GentlemanX got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in The Introduction Topic   
    Hey all.
    I was a member of SSMB quite a while ago, just didn't re-sign up after the message board got wiped some time ago. Anyway, obviously a big Sonic fan of everything from the classic games, adventure titles (my favorites), and the modern stuff too. Huge into the Archie series, I've read all of Fleetway, like almost all the TV shows etc. Beyond Sonic, I'm most into animation (all forms - anime, American, European - you name it though I lean toward traditional animation more than CGI). I'm also getting into other comics, in particular I'm reading Marvel's Spider-Man books, DC's Batman books, and IDW's Disney Comics amidst other titles. I don't play games as much as I used to, but I do keep up with old Nintendo and Sega franchises (more Nintendo than Sega - growing up the only Sega titles I would get were Sonic, but I like learning more about stuff like Space Harrier or Jet Set Radio and the like nowadays).
    See you in the forums.
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