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  1. Then don't accuse me of being bias when I provide actual reasons for why I feel a certain way.
  2. I can't say I appreciate this response just ignoring what I was saying in favor of repeating yourself and making the addendum of accusing me of being bias. My reasons for not liking what he said were explained and even then I didn't come down on him hard for it. I gave him props for supporting Knuckles despite that. Why are you ignoring that? If you seriously believe him being a soldier has anything to do with it then you're reading into something I didn't say as far as this issue is concerned and deliberately ignoring my actual reasoning for my difference in opinion. This isn't a very understanding way to share that difference in opinion either. Thowing in a bunch of smiling faces on top of unfair accusations of me being bias and ignoring my explanation concerning the DEL rather than properly responding to it just so you can double down on what you already said is very dismissive. You don't have to agree with me but these responses sound more like you're just crumbling up what I'm actually saying and tossing them in the garbage.
  3. No one said that Sonic should have told Knuckles to keep basking in self-pity. I don't think rolling his eyes at the fact that he still feels bad is the right way to handle it either though. Also, its not like I didn't acknowledge the other side of the arguement that Sonic and Knuckles had as something understandable. I even said that Vector's speech to get Knuckles back on track was a good one. I don't find it aggregious that my position tends to look at the more sympathetic and tragic angle of what's happening. I feel like I'd do a disservice to the story and the feelings the characters were conveying if I completely dismissed the context for why they went with Eggman and just called them all idiots. I understand that most people tend to not want to sympathize with villains or view how desperation and certain decision making can end up making their lives a certain way as tragic but I'm just not that kind of person. It does bother me and I relate with Knuckles' position here. I don't really think this felt like a matter where the individuals would sufficiently be able to just live with it based on what was shown within the pages and the fact that they teamed up with the villain, which IS the wrong thing to do, just makes it sadder. I'm not sorry I feel this way.
  4. All this stuff about Miles is really interesting. There's a couple of different ways an opposite Tails could be handled but the idea that he's taken his insecurities to a level of doing whatever he can to look and sound as adult and as smart as possible is really cute and a little sad. It's one of the reasons why I tend to find myself sympathizing more when a person or a group of people can change but for whatever reason choose not to. In the case of the Dark Legion, when you're so disgusted and uncomfortable with living in your own skin I'd feel horrible expecting them to live with it. The fact that they chose to side with Eggman and therefore need to be fought against just makes it more sad. When you see someone on the ground, crying because they're stuck in a body they don't want to be in, I can't help but feel any of those other alternatives would have led to something worse and more self-destructive. Like a drug withdrawl. Or straight up suicide. Their whole thing is just depressing to me now.
  5. Sonic X- Issue #37: Switcheroo! Everything’s been reversed. Or at least I’m guessing that’s what the plot is going to be considering this cover and the title. This is another excellent cover though. It’s probably another one of my favorites honestly. These Sonic X covers really know how to do intense detail correctly. My word. If only the early Archie books had that knowledge. That was a nice, compact amount of fun. Body swap stories are always good for a decent laugh and this certainly won’t be the last time Sonic and Eggman switch places in Sonic media. The faces that Eggman was pulling off in Sonic’s body were literally meme worthy. With this, however, we’ve reached another threshold for me. My first issue of Sonic X was Issue #25, as I stated before, but I didn’t decide to regularly collect them until Issue #39. Well, I got lucky and found Issue #38 on the shelves of a different shop and got that one too. Imagine my surprise that my decision to do that would come at the tail end of these books. These last three issues are among the first four issues of this book I’ve ever read of the Sonic X Archie books as a result. The other issues I own, I managed to find at old comic shops around my hometown. I have Issue #37 sitting right in front of me as we speak. There are several gaps in the issues that I own but that’s fine. I don’t need them all. That’s especially true now that I’m about to complete this part of the retrospective. I suspect it’ll be a while before I re-read them again. It’s Sonic so I totally will one day though. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #189: A Bold New Moebius, Part One: Unwelcome Guests This is the first half of a connecting cover. We’re on our way towards a new arc and the Freedom Fighters are taking charge together, once again. Honestly, it feels like it’s been a while since they have, as a full unit. We also discover here that Sonic can fly. Or, at the very least, he can hover for however long it takes for him to pose in mid-air. Sally looks really funny, charging in like that with her fists clenched like she’s a berserker or something. This issue was far more exciting than I expected it to be going in. My memory is really fuzzy on the lead up to Hedgehog Havoc so re-reading this was a case of hazing memories flooding back to me with almost each page turned. Almost. There was some stuff, while reading it, that still felt completely new to me because my initial reading of these events was so much less meticulous. Yeah, these comics continue to surprise me. They’re genuinely really good now and I’d say I was being spoiled but after suffering through so much bullshit to get here I feel like I, and this comic, deserve to be saturated with this much good shit. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #190: Bold New Moebius, Part Two: Duality The second half shows the evil versions of our heroes. Scourge can fly for the sake of dramatic posing as well. His teeth being sharper is also something that’s becoming easier to notice too. Can you imagine him filing them down like that? Ugh. Biting his tongue has to be the absolute worst…! I love the way this image comes together. My rampant OCD compels me to freak out about how the covers are hard to put together. If they’re off-center, even a little, I feel something in me die inside. It sucks but it’s not so bad when you squint a bit. I also like how the dark, storm clouds are literally rolling in along with the villains. It’s great. I’m a huge fan of rain during dramatic events in shows and movies. I love the rain in general. That was a really nice continuation of what happened in the last issue. I feel both these issues are really well done and this one in particular had an ending that really got me excited to reread how these scattered events will end up coming to a head. It feels really surreal being so close to the point where I started following the books month to month but damn, we’re really close. Nostalgia is a double-edged sword. It feels good on one end and on the other it just makes you sad. Oh well. I’ll be fine, so long as there’s always more Sonic comics in some way, shape, or form.
  6. Alright everyone, here it is. Because I'm insane, I've compiled a full list of each song everyone has picked since this started and posted it in the spoiler box below. Not every game will be there, of course. I picked all the most popular ones. Plus, I didn’t include remixes since those are kind of impossible to keep track of. I’m only counting the original versions of the songs. Each one has interesting tidbits about them that I’d like to share. It's kind of shocking what songs have never been chosen before, especially when it comes to Sonic Adventure. This has been going on for 6 years so 6 times is the highest number of times a song can be chosen in this list. The “Never Been Chosen” section for each game isn’t going to include jingles like the drowning music or when Sonic gets a speed up. No one’s ever picked one of those before. Also, not every game has been present for every year this has existed so that’s important to keep in mind too. I underestimated how long this would take me to do. Here are also some small things I noticed on the side. This year is the first year Green Hill Zone has been chosen. None of the “Good Future” and “Past” songs for BOTH Sonic CD tracks have ever been picked. The number of beloved songs from Sonic Adventure that have never been picked still shocks me. Sonic Unleashed is the only game where people picked any of the event music. It happened more than once too. Some songs, like Fist Bump, have remixes played every year but not the original version. The most picked song and the only song that has been picked every single year is Aquarium Park: Act 1. Not even Sonic R, with it’s 8 songs, has ever had the honor of having a song picked every year.
  7. The New Space Jam was really fun. Wasn't expecting it to be but I actually think it's better than the first one. 

    1. Jango


      That's a first

    2. Dr. Detective Mike

      Dr. Detective Mike

      I don't think so. The reception to this movie seems to be a 50/50 split.

      I don't want to join the discourse or anything but I had a supreme amount of fun. All the stuff I was expecting to roll my eyes at, I laughed at or enjoyed. I liked that the theme of the movie was basically, "Hey, remember FUN?"

      I remember fun. I'm not too interested in being cynical about the stuff I went in there knowing was going to be cliche or bad. Like obviously Lebron isn't a good actor. Don't give a shit. 

      That's my take though.

    3. Winston


      I liked it but it’s hard for me to say whether I enjoyed it more than the first. More things annoyed me in the second film and I thought it was a bit too long with a lot of pacing issues, but I enjoyed myself with it. It was a fun movie.

    4. Dr. Detective Mike

      Dr. Detective Mike

      It was definitely long. My bladder was crying by the end. I do feel secure in saying I thought it was better than the first. I think the Looney Tunes stuff was definitely better handled here too. I thought I was going to roll my eyes at the "remember THIS" stuff where they go to other movies but no. They told actual jokes and did actual scenes when they did all that. 

      The extreme pettiness and douchebaggery of Daffy Duck dressing himself as Superman so that he can film himself sending a train into an orphanage while claiming to also stop it is like the perfect kind of way to do a scene like that with him. I appreciated them taking advantage of stuff like that.

      It was also nice that both Bugs and Lebron were taking what was happening a lot more personal this time around because of what was stake. In the first one, Michael just kind of... got roped into it and didn't really have much at stake until he made that deal with Danny Devito. I guess the point was to re-inspire him to get back on the Lakers but a kid isn't really going to care or understand that.

      I dunno. Everything here just worked better for me. I was really into it.

      Plus, I did kind of like doing the Where's Waldo with the cameos. Seeing the Animaniacs sitting on top of Marvin the Martian's ship throughout the movie got me smiling a lot. I'll admit.

  8. Well, like I said, I like the idea of Mogul just trying to humiliate Sonic but if that was the point, I feel like the story could have been constructed a bit better to emphasize it. Instead of it just being this thing where Sonic fights all these named goons again and beats them again and we end on that admittedly satisfying scene where Mogul tells them to get the fuck out and that he's billing Elias for the repairs. I don't know how much mileage you can get out of just showing Sonic fighting those guys again and again at this point. I think more emphasis should have just been put on making Sonic publically look like an ass in that casino by Mogul. That would have been fun. Everything he does that he thinks is justified just looks like the act of a bully to everyone around and it ends with Mogul being like, "What a bitter ruffian this young blue one is, am I right folks?" That would have been perfect. I don't mind a bit of time wasting so long as it's fun.
  9. As promised, I did go back to all the previous years and catalogued the picked songs. I didn't do this for literally every game but I did for pretty much all the big ones. I'm actually shocked by some of the songs that have never been picked before. The ones that show up every year aren't surprising (some even repeat within the same year due to remixes) and it certainly says something about the ones people always want to make sure get represented in some way every single time. I'll post the interesting tidbits a bit later. Perhaps when the song selection ends so I can have a complete list for this year, since what I jotted down includes 2021.
  10. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #186: Mogul Rising, Part Two: Devil's Due Now this cover is more my speed. I love the puppets on strings motif going on here and it’s nice seeing Sonic literally in the palm of Mogul’s hand. I really like how Mogul is moving up in the world again with this after the embarrassment from #173 and a few other times before that are strangely harder to remember. I guess you could say what happened back there was a necessary evil to get him to this point though. Contained within the pages of this book is one of the best, if not, my personal favorite villain plans of all time. It’s the kind of thing I’m so happy exists within a Sonic the Hedgehog book too. It feels great that I could potentially brag about it to people and use it as an excuse to tell others that there’s some good things associated with Sonic storytelling, actually. Mogul is a great villain and one I’ve always had a heavy interest in. He always felt like a legend but I never knew that this moment was the one where he felt the most like one. There were always tidbits and scenes involving his character that I loved. I’ll always remember how fucking pumped I was when I saw him steal Enerjak’s power way back when. Still, the back and forth he was having with the heroes was far less impressive. It was missing a spark and he finally got that here, ironically, when he was ready to finally settle down. Dial M for Mammoth Mogul. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #187: Mister Popular I’ve never really been a fan of this cover. Something about it always seemed off to me. Not every cover needs symmetry in order to work, obviously. Some of the neatest ones out there have made it work deliberately going against it. However, the placement of Sonic and those words with that Cartoon Network host addendum in brackets underneath it just throws me off for some reason. This certainly is a lot of characters to draw but this horde still doesn’t feel all that impressive regardless. One day they will but that day isn’t today if I recall correctly. Yeah, I feel like my opinion on this issue hasn’t really changed since the last time I read it. It’s there. There doesn’t, currently, feel like much of a need for this story to be happening aside from, I guess, giving these side goons something to do but, honestly, I’d rather we just hurry up on developing them a bit. There’s a few tidbits here and there that are fun but on the whole it’s a little hard feeling much about watching Sonic fight these guys again. Granted, their fights hardly ever have a proper conclusion and he did lose this time but that doesn’t change the fact that we’ve seen this already and what this issue did with it, aside from the Bean and Bark turn, wasn’t anything special. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #188: Beating the House Now this is what I call a cover. Because of the way it’s set up, it ends up telling a little story of it’s own in a single image. Sonic’s been smacked into a wall, leaving a cartoonish, Sonic shaped indent within it, and now he’s stomping back into the fray, ready to continue the fight. It gives off the feeling that he’s being taken to task but is more than willing and capable to keep going. Having it be at a diagonal angle like this works well too. This is one of those two-issue story arcs that could have been easily cut and nothing of any real value, aside from the AoSth nostalgia feels, would have been lost. Mogul owning a casino is great and all but I feel like that’s something that could have been introduced as an aside before a much grander tale anyway. Sorry to say that my opinion on this story remains the same nowadays. Back then, I failed to see the point and I’ve once again failed to discover said point reading it here. It just felt like another excuse to humiliate everyone in your Rogue’s gallery for no real reason. Mogul’s motivation for doing this was delightfully petty and I don’t mind the resolution but it does little to justify itself despite that. It feels like it exists because we needed something cute and soft before we barged head first into another game changing arc. Skip this if you want but, then again, if you’ve read 188 issues of this book why would you?
  11. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #184: Chaos Angel The covers for this arc are so good that two of them are undoubtedly in my Top 10 favorite ones as far as the Archie comics are concerned. This is a classic one and it still looks phenomenal to this day. The clash of the gods, the swirling power of the Master Emerald as it splits between the two echidnas who currently hold the most influence over Knuckle's life. Both have ended up the way they are due to the terrible nonsense their society has wrought and it led to this. In the end, both will escape from it too. One does so by separating himself from the rest and attempting to cleanse and purge everything left in his wake. The other will do so simply by realizing in the end what his true duty was and always should have been. Fuck, this is a fantastic cover and this is a fantastic story. It’s time we ended this. This story is a masterpiece. It remains one of the biggest and brightest examples of how really well crafted and expertly handled writing can take even the biggest of disasters and mold them into something akin to a miracle. The way this story took heavy advantage of all the garbage and bullshit wrought by Penders and his obsession with these echidnas and their self-destructive way of thinking while raising their children and showed what would actually happen when their nonsense finally caught up to them was something beyond cathartic. It ends on an extremely powerful moment for all involved and despite the ACTUAL “biggest threat they’ve yet faced” being dealt with, in its wake are the uprooted lives of an entire civilization of people that can never go back to the way things were before. Changes are being made and the consequences of the path the Brotherhood of fucking deadbeat losers are being dealt with finally. It can’t be overstated just how much of a miracle this story’s existence is after having to sit through all that garbage from before. At the end of the day, Enerjak truly was a godsend. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #185: Mogul Rising, Part One: Needful Things Fairly basic cover. Anything’s going to seem underwhelming after literally one of the best covers in existence but hey, there’s some neat stuff here. The cloudy visages of the goon squad in the back looks nice and more importantly, Mina has returned. She’s going to finally be drawn to look good too so that’ll be fun. Honestly, if there were any issues with the continuity concerning what Mogul said and did here then it doesn’t matter. Literally, none of it matters. Who gives a shit? Maybe he came to Mina via astral projection. I dunno. This is a neat set-up for a very interesting story and the stuff before #160 only exists at this point to feed into the storytelling for all the issues happening after it. Mogul is finally getting a chance to truly flaunt how powerful his mind is and I couldn’t be happier for it. You know, considering Ian was given the option to 86 the old continuity when he first got on the book and decided not to, it’s not much of a surprise he was able to terraform the book so quickly. This was ultimately the better way to go, for sure. Sonic X - Issue #36: Petastrophe Seeing Sonic and Eggman get hounded by a bunch of photo-realistic animals is a very unsettling thing indeed. It definitely does a good job of making me wonder what animal themed nonsense is going to transpire. Shaky start but thankfully it ended up being worth it, if only for the Pinky and the Brain reference in the end and the pet show shenanigans in the middle. I can’t stand Milan and I doubt she’ll appear again so I’m going to choose to say that my personal headcanon is that after she lost the pet show, she accidentally walked directly into traffic and was rammed straight into the sun. No one noticed. No one cared.
  12. Something I want to do for next year is maybe chose stuff that's never been picked before. Maybe I'll comb through the previous threads of these and see which ones repeat a lot and try to go for something new.
  13. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #182: Fallen Angel What a gnarly cover. It gives off the feel of cover that says confidently that we’re in the middle of an arc too. The Enerjak, Sonic, Finitevus, Shadow, and Egg Fleet decorating it just oozes chaos in a way that’d be wonderful to witness again one day. Although, if you somehow didn’t figure out who the agent Rouge is sending over, here it is on the cover. He’s overflowing with power that glows so brightly his eyes and mouth go pure white. It’s very scary. Fantastic! Even better than when I read it originally. It feels really good seeing Ian utlizie his powers as the head writer for good by purging the book of all the fucking gross nonsense that plauged it earlier. Enerjak being a by-product of the echidnas in charge making the wrong decisions all the goddamn time was such a great way to do this. Albion is gone because of its hubris and Angel Island is in ruins for similar reasons. Dr. Finitevus and Enerjak are by products of echidna society’s terrible decision making from upon Angel Island all the way down to Albion. They’re answering for all the shit that they and their high horses couldn’t see coming and it feels really good. Now that Order 66 has commenced, the Jedi are going extinct and it is glorious. Plus, this issue had one of the best Eggman moments ever in it too. Bowing as he makes off with his battery by abiding by the deal he made is the best. It’s all so wonderful. Sonic X - Issue #35: Cracking the Eggman! I remember this one. Sort of. This one is going to have a lot of Eggmen in it. Ho’boy. Some of these outfits he’s been seen wearing in the comic before. Some of them, like that weird Mario 3D Land cat suit he’s got on, I’m pretty sure are new. Either way, we’re in the home stretch now. This was less of a story and more of an excuse to have Eggman running around wearing funny outfits. As excuses to make an issue of a comic, especially a goofy one like Sonic X, you could do worse. It was certainly still entertaining though. Plus, any excuse I get to see the Chaotix just show up and do stuff is something I’ll happily take, regardless of the substance. Yeah, this a really relaxing book. It’s a nice breather in-between the stuff where I have to go super in-depth all the time. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #183: Desperate Times This is a very effective cover all on it’s own too. Just seeing the grayed out Eggman and Shadow defeated in the background with Enerjak holding up the struggling Sonic makes for a nice visual. The pure white background is effective enough to sell the image too. They probably could have done something with more menacing colors but I can see why it wasn’t deemed necessary. Not only has the main story been fire but these side-stories have been excellent too. There’s little for me to rant and rave about because there’s so much pure vindication on display here. Archimedes and Finitevus are literally saying all the shit that I’ve been complaining about in my long arduous journey to reach this point and it’s a fantastic as hell feeling. This story is a motherfucking masterpiece. I’ve never seen such a professional display of using the garbage from before to your advantage to create something as mind blowing and as awesome as this. It’s so much cooler than raving about bullshit you don’t know about on twitter. Next time; the grand, epic conclusion.
  14. If the next game is open world then they really should have saved the premise of Eggman taking over the world for that. It would have been perfect. Imagine that feeling of being in a normal location like Spagonia at the start of the game and coming back later to see it all Eggman-ified. The college is run by a robot teaching students the ins and outs of Eggman Day and how to celebrate it correctly.
  15. There's some missing dialogue here. When Sonic and Shadow press their ears to the door, they hear someone shout, "DR. EGGMAN WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE... WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!" and the other scientist goes, "Well I'm sorry sir. I'm not Dr. Eggman..." Seriously though, I'm glad these stories continue to be so good. I'm also very sad that they're being used only for Sonic Channel and not something where a ton more people can see it. Like, in the games. Stuff like this being in the games would be nice. Quite nice indeed actually.
  16. I don't hate Archimedes. I did when he first showed up. He was pretty insufferable at the start with his haughtier than thou attitude but he's mellowed and humbled himself a bit since, unlike Locke. I really just delight in seeing him lament how bad he was at this shit more so because of the vindication I feel for being so frustrated with the guardian nonsense at the start. It's strange how the council used to be this thing that when I would read their dialogue, it'd go in one ear and out the other. Now that I'm actually paying attention to it, how Sonic reacts to them will probably be even more important to me, which doesn't bode well for a specific moment where "treason" gets brought up again, down the line. Didn't say it was out of character. It's perfectly in character as far as this Eggman is concerned as I talked about with the #125 situation. Setting aside the fact that I hated that he did that in Lost World (more so because it made the ending feel lazy), I did consider his actions there too when I wrote all that and decided it didn't count. He upheld his end of the bargain and shut the generator down like he said he would once the Zeti were taken care of. I fully expect him to turn on them once the job is done. On top of that, I wasn't making some judgment call about Eggman being in or out of character. He isn't even consistently written in the games. I was just talking about which traits I prefer he have as far as this situation goes. There are situations in the games where I wish he'd act more like his Archie/IDW self. I would never harp on such a minute detail and claim it was "out of character". I haven't even done that with Sonic. I talk a lot about why this version of Sonic is one I don't like but I still recognize that he's just a different version. I doubt you'll find me ever using the phrase "out of character" if you go back through my stuff. It's not a term I like to use and I've never felt confident in using it. So instead I talk about how I prefer characters be written. That way it stays purely opinionated.
  17. Sonic X - Issue #34: Fool Party! It’s a pool party and everyone’s been invited. It looks like a lot of fun. I can only imagine having so many friends and being in an environment like that. Sigh. Oh well. At least fantasy allows me to escape. Neat cover, though, it’s a pain in the ass finding a good image of it online for some reason. While not a ton happened here, the set-up and pay off for what this was is great just the way it is. You can get a lot of mileage out of treating these wacky situations with Sonic and the gang as just another typical fun adventure. It makes the epic staredown at the pool look like something that they’d totally take seriously despite it being extremely ridiculous on the outset. Eggman’s crush on Ella is a bit weird but I’m sure somebody out there finds it funny. I know Ian did. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #180: Preparations for War! Sonic and Eggman… FRIENDS? No, obviously not. You can even tell that on the cover. It isn’t just Eggman crossing his fingers that gives it away but also the look of trepidation on Sonic’s face. When it comes to Dr. Eggman he’s very much not a fan. I am though and I can’t wait to re-witness his feats of passion in this story. This is the prologue before the four part story, Enerjak: Reborn and it’s going to be a doozy of a fun time. Why? Because I get to see all of that horrible, awful shit I had to suffer through concerning those terrible echidnas come home to roost. I’ve read and re-read this story before but back then I didn’t have the earlier context. My love for this story is going to be reborn now that I finally know all the details. Well, this issue was certainly an interesting first outing for the Council of Acorn. Taking all that time to not come up with a plan only to then come up with the brilliant plan of letting Sally do her thing the way she normally does feels like a good enough example of the problems that’ll probably be still plaguing the state of this kingdom and Sonic and his pals' interactions with it going forward. I remember not liking the council back in the day too but I think I’m about to get a much clearer picture as to why as I read along. It was really great seeing Sonic having that sobering moment where he realized he was being a bit dismissive again, though, nowhere near as extreme. It does kind of stand out just how the resolution just amounted to something that the Freedom Fighters could have done on their own back when there was no king or a council. It really does go to show that despite being in need of a plan, the presence of the council wasn’t exactly what was necessary to initiate that. If the authoritative side to this piece just chilled out they could have just worked together from the get go. Meanwhile, Eggman and the rest of the villains continue to be glorious highlights for me. Now that Enerjak has arrived things are going to get even spicier. Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #181: Energjak: Reborn, Chapter 1: Rising Evil HERE IT IS FOLKS! This is the most nostalgic Sonic comic cover in existence for me. We’re finally at the legendary Issue #181, otherwise known as, my very first Sonic the Hedgehog comic. I bought this issue on a whim one day when my family was at the mall. I saw it on the rack at a bookstore and decided to purchase it because, hey, it was a Sonic comic book and despite being slightly worried I wasn’t going to understand what was going on (and I didn’t, though the ending of this issue made me REALLY wish I did) I could tell I was missing out on something wonderfully convoluted. Organized chaos is my absolute favorite thing in a story and this issue had that in spades. Not only is this issue my first Sonic comic, it’s probably my first comic book period. I wasn’t an avid collector of comics and to this day I only own Sonic comics and a few Mega Man ones before that book was cancelled. It wasn’t a smart move to finally start reading Mega Man after World’s Unite, I’ll say that. I don’t know why I didn’t decide to start collecting the issues monthly until #194. I remember being intimidated by the idea of following along with a monthly comic and freaking out over how devastated I’d be were I to get into it and miss the window for acquiring a book. I guess I got over that and probably started to think of it as a bit of a game or something. Who knows? Perhaps it was because I bought Sonic X Issue #25 too. Either way, just like with Sonic X Issue #25, it doesn’t really matter what happens in this book because the nostalgia goggles are going to insist it’s a perfect 10 regardless. It’s a good thing I know for a fact that without that the story is still really damn good. Yup. Still a legendary issue. No one can tell me otherwise. This was a fantastic introduction to the Archie comics. I wouldn’t have had my first Sonic comic be anything else. Having all of what I didn’t know back then recontextualized is an interesting feeling. A part of me kind of misses the era back when I was ignorant to what was going on seeing as how it made the past seem more majestic and almost like a folktale. Having read it, I know it wasn’t that which is honestly part of why I desire that ignorance back. However, I love and appreciate the hard work Ian put into setting things right even more now. It’s quite amazing how much mileage he’s getting and will continue to get out of how horrible Knuckles’ extended family of asshole grandpas were.
  18. That feeling when you get 4th place 5 times in a row on Forces.

  19. I think I like this version more than the original. I would have to considering hearing it made me tear up. Maybe it was just the atmosphere of the celebration getting to me but I listened to it again and it's still just as good, if not better. I'm really happy.
  20. For some reason, I guess they didn't think Sonic fans would comb through the footage and do comparison shots. How foolish. But nah. I feel like this'll be a repeat of what happened with TSR. People will say it looks dreadful and then the game comes out and it looks fine. Hopefully, this isn't a trick and the game comes out in black and white. It'll be "Sonic: The Search for Colors" then. Whatever though. If this means I can be even more positive about Sonic then I already am lately then hurray!
  21. God, you know the music's good when I tear up over the Ohtani band playing the vocal songs from Colors. I doesn't even matter what my opinion on any of the games are today. Fuck it. I love Sonic.

  22. 30. Happy 30th Birthday, Sonic! - Celebration #30DaysSonic Day 30th is June 23, 2021, the 30th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. He celebrates by blowing the frosting off his celebratory cupcake into Tails' face. Thanks for coming along with me on this journey. I didn't know I had it in me to pump out one of these every single day but I do. I made sure I got in all the characters I wanted to as well, thankfully. So to Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Shadow, Rouge, Omega, Cream, Cheese, Big, Froggy, Vector, Espio, Charmy, Silver, Blaze, Jet, Wave, Storm, Eggman, Metal Sonic, Orbot, Cubot, Eggman Nega, Chip, Tikal, Chaos, Hero Chao, Dark Chao, Zavok, Zazz, Master Zik, Zeena, Zomom, and Zor, I wish you all and the series another grand 30 more years.
  23. 30. Celebration - Happy 30th Birthday, Sonic!


    Day 30th is June 23, 2021, the 30th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. He celebrates by blowing the frosting off his celebratory cupcake into Tails' face.

    Thanks for coming along with me on this journey. I didn't know I had it in me to pump out one of these every single day but I do. I made sure I got in all the characters I wanted to as well, thankfully. 

    So to Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Shadow, Rouge, Omega, Cream, Cheese, Big, Froggy, Vector, Espio, Charmy, Silver, Blaze, Jet, Wave, Storm, Eggman, Metal Sonic, Orbot, Cubot, Eggman Nega, Chip, Tikal, Chaos, Hero Chao, Dark Chao, Zavok, Zazz, Master Zik, Zeena, Zomom, and Zor, I wish you all and the series another grand 30 more years.


    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      I guess that doubles as Sonic blowing a kiss to Tails




      ❤ OTP💖

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