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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from SBR2 in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    I mean, I don't agree that its at odds with the franchise's tone. Who decides what its tone is and why should I care? Its got more than one tone depending on the story its trying to tell and the subject matter of murder and tragedy is fine on its own so long as it has a point.
    The problem with this is more how unnecessary the in depth look at the violence is. Death is fine but why does there got to be a large, uncomfortable KRAAAK sound effect, blacked out bodies, and talk of sending corpses back to people's homes? 
    For me, it just depends on where the line for tact and proper handling of the subject matter is. Even just seeing the corpse can be fine. They've shown plenty in tons of kids films. But even when they show it in something like the Lion King, they didn't show Mufasa actually getting trampled nor did they add in large KRAAK sound effects to simulate bones breaking and his fucking skull snapping in half. They trusted the audience to get the picture without that added twinge of emotional manipulation.
    Now a game like Shadow the Hedgehog didn't trust its audience that way but that game was bathed in "Guns are cool! Lets show off all the guns and the people getting shot. Now you get to actually SEE the girl getting shot instead of it tactfully being mentioned. Even the menu options make gunshot sounds when you click on stuff."
    I say that as someone who also enjoyed how morbid Shadow's game got too. Its a guilty pleasure, that one.
     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Mr Silvia in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #72: I, Robotnik

    Not to be confused with "I, Robot", the 1939 short story by Eando Binder, the 1950 novel of science fiction short stories, or the 2004 movie starring Will Smith. It’s a very clever reference, I’m sure. Also, Robotnik’s back probably. 
    Pretty solid actually. I enjoyed that. The Robotnik history lesson is something I could see being boring for a kid back in the day and possibly disappointing if you were only getting a comic a month but to me, the Robotnik stuff is one of the more interesting aspects behind it. It was nice having all that laid out before me.
    The second story was… strange. I’ll admit, I’m not too jazzed about where that’s going and the whole thing with the gun  hits a bit weird but hey… maybe it won’t be THAT bad going forward.
    Nothing much to complain about here. It was fine. Time to cross dimensions a bit now. 
     
    Sonic X - Issue #4: Boisterous Bot Battle!

    Standard dynamic action cover with stand action poses. It’s fine. I should be more impressed because of how much better these look then a lot of the old Archie ones I’ve seen but the stock art look these continue to have still bothers me a bit. I’ll get better as time goes on though.
    Issue 3 was a lot better than this one, I have to say. This sequence of events was far less of an interesting clusterfuck. It seemed like it might have gone that way a bit when The President took Tails away but it was only a minor distraction, all things considered. Chris magically being the only one to regain control over his robot was dumb. The art still doesn’t look very good and the plainness of the way this was resolved could only have been helped by some actual well handled action scenes. Without that, it’s not that entertaining a read.

    It’s a shame because the build up was done rather well, for the most part. I guess we’re finally moving on now though.
     
    Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #73: The Truth is Out There...

    Uh… I guess… the characters are well drawn in this cover but what the fuck am I looking at? Seriously what a terrible use of a fade in. I had to look this thing over several times before I pulled together what I thought was happening. The Freedom Fighters are going in for a hand huddle, sure, but then there’s that face superimposed over it. It obscures what’s happening so much that it looked more like Bunnie was dying on the floor and Sonic was resting a hand on her chest. Then I saw Robotnik’s fist and thought that was his hand flopping to the ground because he was dying… but then I realized that, no, he’s just slamming his fist in anger because he was staring at them being a team through the monitor. It’s not very good. 
    Even when it was a bigger size, it was disorienting for me. I just don’t like it when comics do fade in images over another image. It disturbs my eyes.
    Okay. I totally didn’t expect to get shaken by how harsh and hardcore it got at the end there. Don’t fuck with Kodos I guess. I’m still sort of mulling over whether or not what Penders did there was necessary but I guess it doesn’t matter. It's weird because a part of me feels I should be a bit harder on him for how violent this backstory of cute animal and human characters getting shot and brutally murdered is but admittedly, a part of me kind of respects the idea behind doing it even if it may or may not be happening because Penders just wants to be taken seriously. I guess it really depends on how you view the intention behind it as well as the execution. 
     Uh, still, the issue as a whole was just a ton of exposition. Not much to really talk about. We’re still getting to the parts where things are unfolding and explanations for what the supposed next conflict is. It does feel like it's been quite a while since we’ve had our next huge thing that's happened so I’m hoping it ramps up now.
    Until then, remember kids, stay the fuck out of the library. It’s no place for children.
     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Someguy in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #72: I, Robotnik

    Not to be confused with "I, Robot", the 1939 short story by Eando Binder, the 1950 novel of science fiction short stories, or the 2004 movie starring Will Smith. It’s a very clever reference, I’m sure. Also, Robotnik’s back probably. 
    Pretty solid actually. I enjoyed that. The Robotnik history lesson is something I could see being boring for a kid back in the day and possibly disappointing if you were only getting a comic a month but to me, the Robotnik stuff is one of the more interesting aspects behind it. It was nice having all that laid out before me.
    The second story was… strange. I’ll admit, I’m not too jazzed about where that’s going and the whole thing with the gun  hits a bit weird but hey… maybe it won’t be THAT bad going forward.
    Nothing much to complain about here. It was fine. Time to cross dimensions a bit now. 
     
    Sonic X - Issue #4: Boisterous Bot Battle!

    Standard dynamic action cover with stand action poses. It’s fine. I should be more impressed because of how much better these look then a lot of the old Archie ones I’ve seen but the stock art look these continue to have still bothers me a bit. I’ll get better as time goes on though.
    Issue 3 was a lot better than this one, I have to say. This sequence of events was far less of an interesting clusterfuck. It seemed like it might have gone that way a bit when The President took Tails away but it was only a minor distraction, all things considered. Chris magically being the only one to regain control over his robot was dumb. The art still doesn’t look very good and the plainness of the way this was resolved could only have been helped by some actual well handled action scenes. Without that, it’s not that entertaining a read.

    It’s a shame because the build up was done rather well, for the most part. I guess we’re finally moving on now though.
     
    Archie Sonic the Hedgehog - Issue #73: The Truth is Out There...

    Uh… I guess… the characters are well drawn in this cover but what the fuck am I looking at? Seriously what a terrible use of a fade in. I had to look this thing over several times before I pulled together what I thought was happening. The Freedom Fighters are going in for a hand huddle, sure, but then there’s that face superimposed over it. It obscures what’s happening so much that it looked more like Bunnie was dying on the floor and Sonic was resting a hand on her chest. Then I saw Robotnik’s fist and thought that was his hand flopping to the ground because he was dying… but then I realized that, no, he’s just slamming his fist in anger because he was staring at them being a team through the monitor. It’s not very good. 
    Even when it was a bigger size, it was disorienting for me. I just don’t like it when comics do fade in images over another image. It disturbs my eyes.
    Okay. I totally didn’t expect to get shaken by how harsh and hardcore it got at the end there. Don’t fuck with Kodos I guess. I’m still sort of mulling over whether or not what Penders did there was necessary but I guess it doesn’t matter. It's weird because a part of me feels I should be a bit harder on him for how violent this backstory of cute animal and human characters getting shot and brutally murdered is but admittedly, a part of me kind of respects the idea behind doing it even if it may or may not be happening because Penders just wants to be taken seriously. I guess it really depends on how you view the intention behind it as well as the execution. 
     Uh, still, the issue as a whole was just a ton of exposition. Not much to really talk about. We’re still getting to the parts where things are unfolding and explanations for what the supposed next conflict is. It does feel like it's been quite a while since we’ve had our next huge thing that's happened so I’m hoping it ramps up now.
    Until then, remember kids, stay the fuck out of the library. It’s no place for children.
     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Mr Silvia in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Sonic X - Issue #3: Field Trip of Doom!

    The cover seems pretty simple at first but looking it over, it’s actually pretty good. If they took inspiration from Sonic X concept art positions it’s harder to tell here. The way the characters are positioned can make more sense when they look like they’re just there in spirit. 
    Very good! Much better than the last two issues. It was a bit touch and go at first, mostly due to the art and the samey premise at the start, but I was delighted by how chaotic everything got. Nothing excites me more than having a bunch of characters being naturally split apart to take care of different things within the same conflict. It’s so much more interesting then having them all huddled together fighting robots in the same room.
    On top of that though, the conflict at the end here is a really great one. I can only imagine how much more effective this would be had it been Tails in there instead. Can you imagine the fallout of a scene where Sonic destroys that robot and sees Tails’ damaged body in the rubble? Obviously, I don’t want him to blow a hole in him, or Chris for that matter, but damn wouldn’t that just screw with Sonic’s mind? It’s almost weird how I can’t recall this being tried in any other Sonic story I’ve read yet. It seems so deceptively simple but also really cool. I dig it.
     
    Sonic Super Special - Issue #9: Zoneward Bound

    It’s the return of the Sonic Kids. I’m not really that excited about it, to be honest. Not saying it’ll be bad but still. All of these stories are credited as written by Mike Gallagher so that might be interesting at least.
    Yeah, I don’t even remember what the other Sonic Super Specials were like right now and I don’t care. This was the best one. 
    How dare this book make me cry and think it can get away with it not being proclaimed as the best one. How dare!
    All the stories were more or less solid in this book. The first one was the weakest due to being the longest and yet the one with the least relevance. It was also the most confused. The other two did well to establish and expand upon relationships though. The Sally and Knuckles relationship was both written and handled well, which landed it as something of notable interest.
    However, the final story takes the cake here. I’m almost flabbergasted by how effective that final couple of pages was. If anything, it makes Sonic’s behavior in House of Cards a bit more bothersome to me but it also strengthens the resolve Tails has to keep his parents safe. 
    Fuck man. It took forever but they finally got me. Not even any of the later issues I’ve read got me to shred tears. 
     
    Sonic Super Special - Issue #15: Naugus Games

    This is a climactic looking cover if there ever was one. I almost don’t want to get into this one after the note the last one ended up. I’m still thinking about it. Hopefully, this one will be good too… oh wait. It’s not Gallagher this time? Who is it? Bollers? No…?
    … Ah shit, it’s Ken Penders isn’t it. Fuck.
    Worthless. 
    Absolutely worthless and insulting. 
    I highly doubt there will ever be an issue of this comic that’ll be as extreme in it’s laziness as this one was. What a tremendous waste of paper and money. What a gross fucking rip-off. Whoever gave the okay to this should be ashamed of themselves. I won’t bother heaping the notion of shame on Penders here because we know he has none. 
    This right here shows nothing but complete contempt for the readers time and an exploitation of their ability to give you money. Fuck right off with this garbage. 
     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from VisionaryofSUPER in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Sonic X - Issue #3: Field Trip of Doom!

    The cover seems pretty simple at first but looking it over, it’s actually pretty good. If they took inspiration from Sonic X concept art positions it’s harder to tell here. The way the characters are positioned can make more sense when they look like they’re just there in spirit. 
    Very good! Much better than the last two issues. It was a bit touch and go at first, mostly due to the art and the samey premise at the start, but I was delighted by how chaotic everything got. Nothing excites me more than having a bunch of characters being naturally split apart to take care of different things within the same conflict. It’s so much more interesting then having them all huddled together fighting robots in the same room.
    On top of that though, the conflict at the end here is a really great one. I can only imagine how much more effective this would be had it been Tails in there instead. Can you imagine the fallout of a scene where Sonic destroys that robot and sees Tails’ damaged body in the rubble? Obviously, I don’t want him to blow a hole in him, or Chris for that matter, but damn wouldn’t that just screw with Sonic’s mind? It’s almost weird how I can’t recall this being tried in any other Sonic story I’ve read yet. It seems so deceptively simple but also really cool. I dig it.
     
    Sonic Super Special - Issue #9: Zoneward Bound

    It’s the return of the Sonic Kids. I’m not really that excited about it, to be honest. Not saying it’ll be bad but still. All of these stories are credited as written by Mike Gallagher so that might be interesting at least.
    Yeah, I don’t even remember what the other Sonic Super Specials were like right now and I don’t care. This was the best one. 
    How dare this book make me cry and think it can get away with it not being proclaimed as the best one. How dare!
    All the stories were more or less solid in this book. The first one was the weakest due to being the longest and yet the one with the least relevance. It was also the most confused. The other two did well to establish and expand upon relationships though. The Sally and Knuckles relationship was both written and handled well, which landed it as something of notable interest.
    However, the final story takes the cake here. I’m almost flabbergasted by how effective that final couple of pages was. If anything, it makes Sonic’s behavior in House of Cards a bit more bothersome to me but it also strengthens the resolve Tails has to keep his parents safe. 
    Fuck man. It took forever but they finally got me. Not even any of the later issues I’ve read got me to shred tears. 
     
    Sonic Super Special - Issue #15: Naugus Games

    This is a climactic looking cover if there ever was one. I almost don’t want to get into this one after the note the last one ended up. I’m still thinking about it. Hopefully, this one will be good too… oh wait. It’s not Gallagher this time? Who is it? Bollers? No…?
    … Ah shit, it’s Ken Penders isn’t it. Fuck.
    Worthless. 
    Absolutely worthless and insulting. 
    I highly doubt there will ever be an issue of this comic that’ll be as extreme in it’s laziness as this one was. What a tremendous waste of paper and money. What a gross fucking rip-off. Whoever gave the okay to this should be ashamed of themselves. I won’t bother heaping the notion of shame on Penders here because we know he has none. 
    This right here shows nothing but complete contempt for the readers time and an exploitation of their ability to give you money. Fuck right off with this garbage. 
     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Sonictrainer in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Sonic X - Issue #3: Field Trip of Doom!

    The cover seems pretty simple at first but looking it over, it’s actually pretty good. If they took inspiration from Sonic X concept art positions it’s harder to tell here. The way the characters are positioned can make more sense when they look like they’re just there in spirit. 
    Very good! Much better than the last two issues. It was a bit touch and go at first, mostly due to the art and the samey premise at the start, but I was delighted by how chaotic everything got. Nothing excites me more than having a bunch of characters being naturally split apart to take care of different things within the same conflict. It’s so much more interesting then having them all huddled together fighting robots in the same room.
    On top of that though, the conflict at the end here is a really great one. I can only imagine how much more effective this would be had it been Tails in there instead. Can you imagine the fallout of a scene where Sonic destroys that robot and sees Tails’ damaged body in the rubble? Obviously, I don’t want him to blow a hole in him, or Chris for that matter, but damn wouldn’t that just screw with Sonic’s mind? It’s almost weird how I can’t recall this being tried in any other Sonic story I’ve read yet. It seems so deceptively simple but also really cool. I dig it.
     
    Sonic Super Special - Issue #9: Zoneward Bound

    It’s the return of the Sonic Kids. I’m not really that excited about it, to be honest. Not saying it’ll be bad but still. All of these stories are credited as written by Mike Gallagher so that might be interesting at least.
    Yeah, I don’t even remember what the other Sonic Super Specials were like right now and I don’t care. This was the best one. 
    How dare this book make me cry and think it can get away with it not being proclaimed as the best one. How dare!
    All the stories were more or less solid in this book. The first one was the weakest due to being the longest and yet the one with the least relevance. It was also the most confused. The other two did well to establish and expand upon relationships though. The Sally and Knuckles relationship was both written and handled well, which landed it as something of notable interest.
    However, the final story takes the cake here. I’m almost flabbergasted by how effective that final couple of pages was. If anything, it makes Sonic’s behavior in House of Cards a bit more bothersome to me but it also strengthens the resolve Tails has to keep his parents safe. 
    Fuck man. It took forever but they finally got me. Not even any of the later issues I’ve read got me to shred tears. 
     
    Sonic Super Special - Issue #15: Naugus Games

    This is a climactic looking cover if there ever was one. I almost don’t want to get into this one after the note the last one ended up. I’m still thinking about it. Hopefully, this one will be good too… oh wait. It’s not Gallagher this time? Who is it? Bollers? No…?
    … Ah shit, it’s Ken Penders isn’t it. Fuck.
    Worthless. 
    Absolutely worthless and insulting. 
    I highly doubt there will ever be an issue of this comic that’ll be as extreme in it’s laziness as this one was. What a tremendous waste of paper and money. What a gross fucking rip-off. Whoever gave the okay to this should be ashamed of themselves. I won’t bother heaping the notion of shame on Penders here because we know he has none. 
    This right here shows nothing but complete contempt for the readers time and an exploitation of their ability to give you money. Fuck right off with this garbage. 
     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from SBR2 in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Sonic X - Issue #3: Field Trip of Doom!

    The cover seems pretty simple at first but looking it over, it’s actually pretty good. If they took inspiration from Sonic X concept art positions it’s harder to tell here. The way the characters are positioned can make more sense when they look like they’re just there in spirit. 
    Very good! Much better than the last two issues. It was a bit touch and go at first, mostly due to the art and the samey premise at the start, but I was delighted by how chaotic everything got. Nothing excites me more than having a bunch of characters being naturally split apart to take care of different things within the same conflict. It’s so much more interesting then having them all huddled together fighting robots in the same room.
    On top of that though, the conflict at the end here is a really great one. I can only imagine how much more effective this would be had it been Tails in there instead. Can you imagine the fallout of a scene where Sonic destroys that robot and sees Tails’ damaged body in the rubble? Obviously, I don’t want him to blow a hole in him, or Chris for that matter, but damn wouldn’t that just screw with Sonic’s mind? It’s almost weird how I can’t recall this being tried in any other Sonic story I’ve read yet. It seems so deceptively simple but also really cool. I dig it.
     
    Sonic Super Special - Issue #9: Zoneward Bound

    It’s the return of the Sonic Kids. I’m not really that excited about it, to be honest. Not saying it’ll be bad but still. All of these stories are credited as written by Mike Gallagher so that might be interesting at least.
    Yeah, I don’t even remember what the other Sonic Super Specials were like right now and I don’t care. This was the best one. 
    How dare this book make me cry and think it can get away with it not being proclaimed as the best one. How dare!
    All the stories were more or less solid in this book. The first one was the weakest due to being the longest and yet the one with the least relevance. It was also the most confused. The other two did well to establish and expand upon relationships though. The Sally and Knuckles relationship was both written and handled well, which landed it as something of notable interest.
    However, the final story takes the cake here. I’m almost flabbergasted by how effective that final couple of pages was. If anything, it makes Sonic’s behavior in House of Cards a bit more bothersome to me but it also strengthens the resolve Tails has to keep his parents safe. 
    Fuck man. It took forever but they finally got me. Not even any of the later issues I’ve read got me to shred tears. 
     
    Sonic Super Special - Issue #15: Naugus Games

    This is a climactic looking cover if there ever was one. I almost don’t want to get into this one after the note the last one ended up. I’m still thinking about it. Hopefully, this one will be good too… oh wait. It’s not Gallagher this time? Who is it? Bollers? No…?
    … Ah shit, it’s Ken Penders isn’t it. Fuck.
    Worthless. 
    Absolutely worthless and insulting. 
    I highly doubt there will ever be an issue of this comic that’ll be as extreme in it’s laziness as this one was. What a tremendous waste of paper and money. What a gross fucking rip-off. Whoever gave the okay to this should be ashamed of themselves. I won’t bother heaping the notion of shame on Penders here because we know he has none. 
    This right here shows nothing but complete contempt for the readers time and an exploitation of their ability to give you money. Fuck right off with this garbage. 
     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I really don't believe they grew tired of it. There's been a bit of a push to end the arc quicker and I guess that's what they're doing. I for one thought that the pacing up until this exact issue was totally my speed. The fights in the issue before were both great because they both had room to breathe. I really wish this one could have done the same with Zor and Zazz and then have the next one do Zik and the Zavok transformation. Then the finale.
    Just would have taken one more issue... but I get it. 
    Again, Ian's always had this issue with the sped-up finale. He had it rear its head in the last arc as well. It's also been a problem in almost all the Sonic Universe arcs he's done. 
    Great writer but this one little thing of his he's never been able to fully overcome. 
    It's funny because Zeena and Zomom are my least favorite of the Zeti and yet they had the best fights. I really like Zor and Master Zik. Zazz and Zavok to a lesser extent too honestly. 
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I just read issue 28 and while I did enjoy it quite a bit, the inescapable fear of the ending being rushed did indeed come to pass, though not anywhere near as badly as I feared so far. We'll see how that pans out in issue 29.
    However, as far as this issue goes, the choreography and what happens to resolve the fights aren't necessarily the problem, more so how quickly it got there. I don't agree that pushing one of the fights into the previous issue would have helped much as it would have very much risked taking away from what I felt were the two really well-done fights with Zomom and Zeena. The conceit of Amy and Tails using their brains to fend off Zomom's overwhelming force was, of course, the poetic way to go for them and the entire Zeena fight had an actual story to tell all its own that'll make it the most effective of these anime match-ups.
    I stated that I wished they'd at least have one more issue to stretch these fights out a bit more and that still holds true. That way, this issue could have done what the last issue did and just focused on Zazz and Zor while Master Zik and the lead up with Rouge to the Zavok transformation could have happened afterward. It's clear this is happening in part because it's time to wrap up according to the internet which I'm not in total agreement with. 
    I for one still hold onto the opinion that everything before this was paced perfectly and to my absolute benefit and liking. I have zero complaints about the pacing of the arc up until this exact point because now's when things are speeding up. Speeding up isn't what I wanted to do.  I'm definitely not the guy who thinks "things before were too slow and now it's too fast". I'm the guy going, "it was perfect before and now it's too fast". So that's a bummer.
    I do love Zor and how creepy he is. What happened to end him made sense, but as I say, I do wish it could have been drawn out a bit more. Same with Zazz and Espio. The Jojo-esque beating he gave Zazz was glorious but the highlight was obviously Espio saying that his other Chaotix family members were with him in spirit. Spirits unite.
    Then the Rogues stole the show with their epic beating of Master Zik. Despite really wishing that one had gone on longer, seeing Storm uppercut the entirety of Zik's body with his fist was still amazing.
    Zavok's transformation was a great sequence. I'm officially dubbing this form Lava Rock Zavok™ of my own free will. Issue 29 will be the final battle and Issue 30 will be the epilogue so I'm gearing up for that. Hopefully I'm ready to say goodbye to the threat of the Zombots. You'd think I would be after so long but I've got mixed feelings about moving on from them. We totally SHOULD, don't get me wrong. Honestly, like I said, I'd really only add ONE more issue. It's a big ol' grand way to finish off by having Zavok just scoop them up and toss them onto the island like that though. I hope he tries to grab the island out of the sky like the kaiju he is now.
    So that's my take. I greatly prefer the atmospheric, soak-it-all-in, watch the world gradually burn approach and here it did the speed-up thing that I tend to not like when it comes to Ian's finales. Still, I'd very much like to thank him for all he's done. Regardless of the fast pacing, I still saw myself wishing this were something I could experience in the games. It hit me so hard seeing Zavok do what he did at the end. Imagine him grabbing the island, tilting it, and having a sequence where you have to run up Angel Island at a tilted angle while Zavok's mouth is spitting lava blasts at you.
    I drew a little picture to celebrate the existence of Zombot Charmy. Thank you Ian for turning my favorite bee boy son into a scary zombie monster. 

     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Silvereyes in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    To be completely fair, I guess, The Babylon Rogues' fight with Master Zik had four pages dedicated to it at the end of Issue 26 rather than the single page every other fight got. Still, it feels rushed when the win just hits you so suddenly like it did. The Zeena fight had more of an arc to it. 
    I really wish my boy Zor could have gotten just a bit more. 
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from thumbs13 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I mean, Ian's said this before already. It was talked about at length back then too and I saw fit to just ignore it. It directly contradicts what Sonic Team has shown us and until they decide to show otherwise, it'll be something I continue to ignore.
    Its just like how they say there's no money despite that contradicting the entire existance and motivation of the Chaotix.
    Vector makes mention of money in TSR, which is only a year old. He makes mention of payment within the IDW book which had to be approved by the people in charge at SEGA. 
    Actual dollar signs appear in Vector and Charmy's eyes in the very first cutscene I ever saw of them.
    They say this stuff but they never enforce it or provide evidence within their material to support it so there's really no harm in ignoring it until they do.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from RadicalLaRuby in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I just read issue 28 and while I did enjoy it quite a bit, the inescapable fear of the ending being rushed did indeed come to pass, though not anywhere near as badly as I feared so far. We'll see how that pans out in issue 29.
    However, as far as this issue goes, the choreography and what happens to resolve the fights aren't necessarily the problem, more so how quickly it got there. I don't agree that pushing one of the fights into the previous issue would have helped much as it would have very much risked taking away from what I felt were the two really well-done fights with Zomom and Zeena. The conceit of Amy and Tails using their brains to fend off Zomom's overwhelming force was, of course, the poetic way to go for them and the entire Zeena fight had an actual story to tell all its own that'll make it the most effective of these anime match-ups.
    I stated that I wished they'd at least have one more issue to stretch these fights out a bit more and that still holds true. That way, this issue could have done what the last issue did and just focused on Zazz and Zor while Master Zik and the lead up with Rouge to the Zavok transformation could have happened afterward. It's clear this is happening in part because it's time to wrap up according to the internet which I'm not in total agreement with. 
    I for one still hold onto the opinion that everything before this was paced perfectly and to my absolute benefit and liking. I have zero complaints about the pacing of the arc up until this exact point because now's when things are speeding up. Speeding up isn't what I wanted to do.  I'm definitely not the guy who thinks "things before were too slow and now it's too fast". I'm the guy going, "it was perfect before and now it's too fast". So that's a bummer.
    I do love Zor and how creepy he is. What happened to end him made sense, but as I say, I do wish it could have been drawn out a bit more. Same with Zazz and Espio. The Jojo-esque beating he gave Zazz was glorious but the highlight was obviously Espio saying that his other Chaotix family members were with him in spirit. Spirits unite.
    Then the Rogues stole the show with their epic beating of Master Zik. Despite really wishing that one had gone on longer, seeing Storm uppercut the entirety of Zik's body with his fist was still amazing.
    Zavok's transformation was a great sequence. I'm officially dubbing this form Lava Rock Zavok™ of my own free will. Issue 29 will be the final battle and Issue 30 will be the epilogue so I'm gearing up for that. Hopefully I'm ready to say goodbye to the threat of the Zombots. You'd think I would be after so long but I've got mixed feelings about moving on from them. We totally SHOULD, don't get me wrong. Honestly, like I said, I'd really only add ONE more issue. It's a big ol' grand way to finish off by having Zavok just scoop them up and toss them onto the island like that though. I hope he tries to grab the island out of the sky like the kaiju he is now.
    So that's my take. I greatly prefer the atmospheric, soak-it-all-in, watch the world gradually burn approach and here it did the speed-up thing that I tend to not like when it comes to Ian's finales. Still, I'd very much like to thank him for all he's done. Regardless of the fast pacing, I still saw myself wishing this were something I could experience in the games. It hit me so hard seeing Zavok do what he did at the end. Imagine him grabbing the island, tilting it, and having a sequence where you have to run up Angel Island at a tilted angle while Zavok's mouth is spitting lava blasts at you.
    I drew a little picture to celebrate the existence of Zombot Charmy. Thank you Ian for turning my favorite bee boy son into a scary zombie monster. 

     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from knuckles20 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I just read issue 28 and while I did enjoy it quite a bit, the inescapable fear of the ending being rushed did indeed come to pass, though not anywhere near as badly as I feared so far. We'll see how that pans out in issue 29.
    However, as far as this issue goes, the choreography and what happens to resolve the fights aren't necessarily the problem, more so how quickly it got there. I don't agree that pushing one of the fights into the previous issue would have helped much as it would have very much risked taking away from what I felt were the two really well-done fights with Zomom and Zeena. The conceit of Amy and Tails using their brains to fend off Zomom's overwhelming force was, of course, the poetic way to go for them and the entire Zeena fight had an actual story to tell all its own that'll make it the most effective of these anime match-ups.
    I stated that I wished they'd at least have one more issue to stretch these fights out a bit more and that still holds true. That way, this issue could have done what the last issue did and just focused on Zazz and Zor while Master Zik and the lead up with Rouge to the Zavok transformation could have happened afterward. It's clear this is happening in part because it's time to wrap up according to the internet which I'm not in total agreement with. 
    I for one still hold onto the opinion that everything before this was paced perfectly and to my absolute benefit and liking. I have zero complaints about the pacing of the arc up until this exact point because now's when things are speeding up. Speeding up isn't what I wanted to do.  I'm definitely not the guy who thinks "things before were too slow and now it's too fast". I'm the guy going, "it was perfect before and now it's too fast". So that's a bummer.
    I do love Zor and how creepy he is. What happened to end him made sense, but as I say, I do wish it could have been drawn out a bit more. Same with Zazz and Espio. The Jojo-esque beating he gave Zazz was glorious but the highlight was obviously Espio saying that his other Chaotix family members were with him in spirit. Spirits unite.
    Then the Rogues stole the show with their epic beating of Master Zik. Despite really wishing that one had gone on longer, seeing Storm uppercut the entirety of Zik's body with his fist was still amazing.
    Zavok's transformation was a great sequence. I'm officially dubbing this form Lava Rock Zavok™ of my own free will. Issue 29 will be the final battle and Issue 30 will be the epilogue so I'm gearing up for that. Hopefully I'm ready to say goodbye to the threat of the Zombots. You'd think I would be after so long but I've got mixed feelings about moving on from them. We totally SHOULD, don't get me wrong. Honestly, like I said, I'd really only add ONE more issue. It's a big ol' grand way to finish off by having Zavok just scoop them up and toss them onto the island like that though. I hope he tries to grab the island out of the sky like the kaiju he is now.
    So that's my take. I greatly prefer the atmospheric, soak-it-all-in, watch the world gradually burn approach and here it did the speed-up thing that I tend to not like when it comes to Ian's finales. Still, I'd very much like to thank him for all he's done. Regardless of the fast pacing, I still saw myself wishing this were something I could experience in the games. It hit me so hard seeing Zavok do what he did at the end. Imagine him grabbing the island, tilting it, and having a sequence where you have to run up Angel Island at a tilted angle while Zavok's mouth is spitting lava blasts at you.
    I drew a little picture to celebrate the existence of Zombot Charmy. Thank you Ian for turning my favorite bee boy son into a scary zombie monster. 

     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Sonictrainer in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I just read issue 28 and while I did enjoy it quite a bit, the inescapable fear of the ending being rushed did indeed come to pass, though not anywhere near as badly as I feared so far. We'll see how that pans out in issue 29.
    However, as far as this issue goes, the choreography and what happens to resolve the fights aren't necessarily the problem, more so how quickly it got there. I don't agree that pushing one of the fights into the previous issue would have helped much as it would have very much risked taking away from what I felt were the two really well-done fights with Zomom and Zeena. The conceit of Amy and Tails using their brains to fend off Zomom's overwhelming force was, of course, the poetic way to go for them and the entire Zeena fight had an actual story to tell all its own that'll make it the most effective of these anime match-ups.
    I stated that I wished they'd at least have one more issue to stretch these fights out a bit more and that still holds true. That way, this issue could have done what the last issue did and just focused on Zazz and Zor while Master Zik and the lead up with Rouge to the Zavok transformation could have happened afterward. It's clear this is happening in part because it's time to wrap up according to the internet which I'm not in total agreement with. 
    I for one still hold onto the opinion that everything before this was paced perfectly and to my absolute benefit and liking. I have zero complaints about the pacing of the arc up until this exact point because now's when things are speeding up. Speeding up isn't what I wanted to do.  I'm definitely not the guy who thinks "things before were too slow and now it's too fast". I'm the guy going, "it was perfect before and now it's too fast". So that's a bummer.
    I do love Zor and how creepy he is. What happened to end him made sense, but as I say, I do wish it could have been drawn out a bit more. Same with Zazz and Espio. The Jojo-esque beating he gave Zazz was glorious but the highlight was obviously Espio saying that his other Chaotix family members were with him in spirit. Spirits unite.
    Then the Rogues stole the show with their epic beating of Master Zik. Despite really wishing that one had gone on longer, seeing Storm uppercut the entirety of Zik's body with his fist was still amazing.
    Zavok's transformation was a great sequence. I'm officially dubbing this form Lava Rock Zavok™ of my own free will. Issue 29 will be the final battle and Issue 30 will be the epilogue so I'm gearing up for that. Hopefully I'm ready to say goodbye to the threat of the Zombots. You'd think I would be after so long but I've got mixed feelings about moving on from them. We totally SHOULD, don't get me wrong. Honestly, like I said, I'd really only add ONE more issue. It's a big ol' grand way to finish off by having Zavok just scoop them up and toss them onto the island like that though. I hope he tries to grab the island out of the sky like the kaiju he is now.
    So that's my take. I greatly prefer the atmospheric, soak-it-all-in, watch the world gradually burn approach and here it did the speed-up thing that I tend to not like when it comes to Ian's finales. Still, I'd very much like to thank him for all he's done. Regardless of the fast pacing, I still saw myself wishing this were something I could experience in the games. It hit me so hard seeing Zavok do what he did at the end. Imagine him grabbing the island, tilting it, and having a sequence where you have to run up Angel Island at a tilted angle while Zavok's mouth is spitting lava blasts at you.
    I drew a little picture to celebrate the existence of Zombot Charmy. Thank you Ian for turning my favorite bee boy son into a scary zombie monster. 

     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from KingScoopaKoopa in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I just read issue 28 and while I did enjoy it quite a bit, the inescapable fear of the ending being rushed did indeed come to pass, though not anywhere near as badly as I feared so far. We'll see how that pans out in issue 29.
    However, as far as this issue goes, the choreography and what happens to resolve the fights aren't necessarily the problem, more so how quickly it got there. I don't agree that pushing one of the fights into the previous issue would have helped much as it would have very much risked taking away from what I felt were the two really well-done fights with Zomom and Zeena. The conceit of Amy and Tails using their brains to fend off Zomom's overwhelming force was, of course, the poetic way to go for them and the entire Zeena fight had an actual story to tell all its own that'll make it the most effective of these anime match-ups.
    I stated that I wished they'd at least have one more issue to stretch these fights out a bit more and that still holds true. That way, this issue could have done what the last issue did and just focused on Zazz and Zor while Master Zik and the lead up with Rouge to the Zavok transformation could have happened afterward. It's clear this is happening in part because it's time to wrap up according to the internet which I'm not in total agreement with. 
    I for one still hold onto the opinion that everything before this was paced perfectly and to my absolute benefit and liking. I have zero complaints about the pacing of the arc up until this exact point because now's when things are speeding up. Speeding up isn't what I wanted to do.  I'm definitely not the guy who thinks "things before were too slow and now it's too fast". I'm the guy going, "it was perfect before and now it's too fast". So that's a bummer.
    I do love Zor and how creepy he is. What happened to end him made sense, but as I say, I do wish it could have been drawn out a bit more. Same with Zazz and Espio. The Jojo-esque beating he gave Zazz was glorious but the highlight was obviously Espio saying that his other Chaotix family members were with him in spirit. Spirits unite.
    Then the Rogues stole the show with their epic beating of Master Zik. Despite really wishing that one had gone on longer, seeing Storm uppercut the entirety of Zik's body with his fist was still amazing.
    Zavok's transformation was a great sequence. I'm officially dubbing this form Lava Rock Zavok™ of my own free will. Issue 29 will be the final battle and Issue 30 will be the epilogue so I'm gearing up for that. Hopefully I'm ready to say goodbye to the threat of the Zombots. You'd think I would be after so long but I've got mixed feelings about moving on from them. We totally SHOULD, don't get me wrong. Honestly, like I said, I'd really only add ONE more issue. It's a big ol' grand way to finish off by having Zavok just scoop them up and toss them onto the island like that though. I hope he tries to grab the island out of the sky like the kaiju he is now.
    So that's my take. I greatly prefer the atmospheric, soak-it-all-in, watch the world gradually burn approach and here it did the speed-up thing that I tend to not like when it comes to Ian's finales. Still, I'd very much like to thank him for all he's done. Regardless of the fast pacing, I still saw myself wishing this were something I could experience in the games. It hit me so hard seeing Zavok do what he did at the end. Imagine him grabbing the island, tilting it, and having a sequence where you have to run up Angel Island at a tilted angle while Zavok's mouth is spitting lava blasts at you.
    I drew a little picture to celebrate the existence of Zombot Charmy. Thank you Ian for turning my favorite bee boy son into a scary zombie monster. 

     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Razule in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I just read issue 28 and while I did enjoy it quite a bit, the inescapable fear of the ending being rushed did indeed come to pass, though not anywhere near as badly as I feared so far. We'll see how that pans out in issue 29.
    However, as far as this issue goes, the choreography and what happens to resolve the fights aren't necessarily the problem, more so how quickly it got there. I don't agree that pushing one of the fights into the previous issue would have helped much as it would have very much risked taking away from what I felt were the two really well-done fights with Zomom and Zeena. The conceit of Amy and Tails using their brains to fend off Zomom's overwhelming force was, of course, the poetic way to go for them and the entire Zeena fight had an actual story to tell all its own that'll make it the most effective of these anime match-ups.
    I stated that I wished they'd at least have one more issue to stretch these fights out a bit more and that still holds true. That way, this issue could have done what the last issue did and just focused on Zazz and Zor while Master Zik and the lead up with Rouge to the Zavok transformation could have happened afterward. It's clear this is happening in part because it's time to wrap up according to the internet which I'm not in total agreement with. 
    I for one still hold onto the opinion that everything before this was paced perfectly and to my absolute benefit and liking. I have zero complaints about the pacing of the arc up until this exact point because now's when things are speeding up. Speeding up isn't what I wanted to do.  I'm definitely not the guy who thinks "things before were too slow and now it's too fast". I'm the guy going, "it was perfect before and now it's too fast". So that's a bummer.
    I do love Zor and how creepy he is. What happened to end him made sense, but as I say, I do wish it could have been drawn out a bit more. Same with Zazz and Espio. The Jojo-esque beating he gave Zazz was glorious but the highlight was obviously Espio saying that his other Chaotix family members were with him in spirit. Spirits unite.
    Then the Rogues stole the show with their epic beating of Master Zik. Despite really wishing that one had gone on longer, seeing Storm uppercut the entirety of Zik's body with his fist was still amazing.
    Zavok's transformation was a great sequence. I'm officially dubbing this form Lava Rock Zavok™ of my own free will. Issue 29 will be the final battle and Issue 30 will be the epilogue so I'm gearing up for that. Hopefully I'm ready to say goodbye to the threat of the Zombots. You'd think I would be after so long but I've got mixed feelings about moving on from them. We totally SHOULD, don't get me wrong. Honestly, like I said, I'd really only add ONE more issue. It's a big ol' grand way to finish off by having Zavok just scoop them up and toss them onto the island like that though. I hope he tries to grab the island out of the sky like the kaiju he is now.
    So that's my take. I greatly prefer the atmospheric, soak-it-all-in, watch the world gradually burn approach and here it did the speed-up thing that I tend to not like when it comes to Ian's finales. Still, I'd very much like to thank him for all he's done. Regardless of the fast pacing, I still saw myself wishing this were something I could experience in the games. It hit me so hard seeing Zavok do what he did at the end. Imagine him grabbing the island, tilting it, and having a sequence where you have to run up Angel Island at a tilted angle while Zavok's mouth is spitting lava blasts at you.
    I drew a little picture to celebrate the existence of Zombot Charmy. Thank you Ian for turning my favorite bee boy son into a scary zombie monster. 

     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Someguy in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I just read issue 28 and while I did enjoy it quite a bit, the inescapable fear of the ending being rushed did indeed come to pass, though not anywhere near as badly as I feared so far. We'll see how that pans out in issue 29.
    However, as far as this issue goes, the choreography and what happens to resolve the fights aren't necessarily the problem, more so how quickly it got there. I don't agree that pushing one of the fights into the previous issue would have helped much as it would have very much risked taking away from what I felt were the two really well-done fights with Zomom and Zeena. The conceit of Amy and Tails using their brains to fend off Zomom's overwhelming force was, of course, the poetic way to go for them and the entire Zeena fight had an actual story to tell all its own that'll make it the most effective of these anime match-ups.
    I stated that I wished they'd at least have one more issue to stretch these fights out a bit more and that still holds true. That way, this issue could have done what the last issue did and just focused on Zazz and Zor while Master Zik and the lead up with Rouge to the Zavok transformation could have happened afterward. It's clear this is happening in part because it's time to wrap up according to the internet which I'm not in total agreement with. 
    I for one still hold onto the opinion that everything before this was paced perfectly and to my absolute benefit and liking. I have zero complaints about the pacing of the arc up until this exact point because now's when things are speeding up. Speeding up isn't what I wanted to do.  I'm definitely not the guy who thinks "things before were too slow and now it's too fast". I'm the guy going, "it was perfect before and now it's too fast". So that's a bummer.
    I do love Zor and how creepy he is. What happened to end him made sense, but as I say, I do wish it could have been drawn out a bit more. Same with Zazz and Espio. The Jojo-esque beating he gave Zazz was glorious but the highlight was obviously Espio saying that his other Chaotix family members were with him in spirit. Spirits unite.
    Then the Rogues stole the show with their epic beating of Master Zik. Despite really wishing that one had gone on longer, seeing Storm uppercut the entirety of Zik's body with his fist was still amazing.
    Zavok's transformation was a great sequence. I'm officially dubbing this form Lava Rock Zavok™ of my own free will. Issue 29 will be the final battle and Issue 30 will be the epilogue so I'm gearing up for that. Hopefully I'm ready to say goodbye to the threat of the Zombots. You'd think I would be after so long but I've got mixed feelings about moving on from them. We totally SHOULD, don't get me wrong. Honestly, like I said, I'd really only add ONE more issue. It's a big ol' grand way to finish off by having Zavok just scoop them up and toss them onto the island like that though. I hope he tries to grab the island out of the sky like the kaiju he is now.
    So that's my take. I greatly prefer the atmospheric, soak-it-all-in, watch the world gradually burn approach and here it did the speed-up thing that I tend to not like when it comes to Ian's finales. Still, I'd very much like to thank him for all he's done. Regardless of the fast pacing, I still saw myself wishing this were something I could experience in the games. It hit me so hard seeing Zavok do what he did at the end. Imagine him grabbing the island, tilting it, and having a sequence where you have to run up Angel Island at a tilted angle while Zavok's mouth is spitting lava blasts at you.
    I drew a little picture to celebrate the existence of Zombot Charmy. Thank you Ian for turning my favorite bee boy son into a scary zombie monster. 

     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from ProfGawhite678 in How would you fix Sonic's lore, gameplay, narrative, and characters?   
    Cream's goal in life isn't to protect her mother though. It's not really a duty she thrust upon herself as a character. It's a matter of the character already having a stable living condition and having that taken away from them. Most of the time, that's kind of how Cream gets brought into the fold. Her mother will get kidnapped. Or her chao's friend will get kidnapped. Or she'll get lost in a haunted castle. She's not really out to do anything. Stuff just happens to her. 
    That's fine but that could literally be any other character. She would need something all her own that's worth developing on.
    Ah, well, I have a different viewpoint on that. Characters for me, are first and foremost, tools utilized to tell a story. Different avenues of gameplay can be achieved from doing literally anything. Like power-ups or the wisps. I desire to see the characters return mostly because I value their arcs and the different narrative perspectives they have. That isn't to say your way of thinking is wrong. It's not. It's just different from mine.
    So when people say "Cream is useless" or "Cream doesn't have any sort of point of development or occupation to work off of" it generally means that currently, she's got nothing. That doesn't mean she can't be given something. You went ahead and listed a bunch of potential ideas for her character to follow that would allow her to no longer be a void of emptiness and that's good. That's the point I always make about her.
    They need to give her something. Cream is the only character that doesn't really have anything to herself. And while I don't agree with all of these ideas listed, there's at least an attempt there to expand upon who she is so that she can actually have some sort of focal point.
    But again, the point is that, right now, she's the only character I can think of that doesn't have that. As such, Cream the Rabbit, in her current form, is pretty expendable. We can talk about potential and hypothetical things they COULD do with her but the fact remains that they haven't given her anything. 
    Now, I definitely don't agree that there are way more interesting plots you could do with her over Omega and Silver. I brainstorm plot ideas for those two all the time (along with all the others aside from Cream) and that's because there's already something there to work off of. 
    For Cream, I would have to give her some sort of motivation or occupation or something before I could even think of then brainstorming ideas of what to do with her. There's a lot of steps to take with her in that regard that the others don't have to worry about because what they're all about and what they want are clearly defined already... even if they aren't explored much anymore.
     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from ProfGawhite678 in Stuff from other continuities that you wish were canon to the games   
    I can't think of too much outside of just general story ideas. Like, I'd love to actually see the Metal Virus in the games. Sounds like it'd be fun if it were a nice open, 3D game. I wonder how they'd work around not being able to fight the Zombots with physical attacks. Perhaps it wouldn't be an issue for Sonic if he were infected there too... sort of. 
    I'd like to see the Chaotix Detective Agency household from Sonic X appear in the games. I know it appeared in the Sonic Channel comics for the 25th Anniversary so maybe. 
    Animals and humans co-existing like they did in the Archie reboot would be nice. The obvious and least confusing manner of approach that also provides for the most diversity within the world sounds even more alluring the more I think about it.
    I'd also be on board for a version of Eggman's Dozen to exist within the games. I love villain groups so much. I like the idea of Eggman either commanding or working with his own group of Kingdom Hearts baddies. It gives me the chills.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Mr Silvia in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    Knuckles the Echidna - Issue #26: The First Date - Part 1 of 3: She Loves You… (and you know that can’t be bad)

    I hate it. I haven’t even read the stupid fucking book and I hate it already. Stupid goddamn title with its dumb sitcom sounding bullshit about these two characters being forced to mate or whatever. Penders is doing this specifically to hurt me, some guy he doesn’t know exists two decades after this book came out. 
    Oh my God, I hate it. I hates it so, so much. The last thing, the very last thing I want to read are these characters I grew up with having “the talk” or musing about how they feel weird around girls or any of this crap. It’s even worse when the advice given is so nakedly terrible to the point of being reprehensibly absurd. Now I gotta watch these two people who shouldn’t be together get superglued together by a godawful plot for the sake of fake romance. 
    Remember all you young echidnas out there, the soultouch is a part of nature and no animal has even been gay. Aside from all the gay ones but those ones aren’t as smart as we echidnas. We’re so smart that nature saw fit to force us to have compatible partners of the opposite sex. Because… I guess that made sense as a way to compensate for making the echidnas too smart? I dunno. I guess it’s a small step above being a Jedi where you’re not allowed to mate at all.
    I gotta move on before I start feeling all slimy and gross. The best thing about this issue was the couple page long Mighty thing tacked on at the end. 
     
    Knuckles the Echidna - Issue #27: The First Date - Part 2 of 3: Who Wrote the Book of Love Anyway?

    I dunno guys. I think I may have fallen into the pit of my own personal Hell as far as this particular book goes. The book has been awful before in both annoying and hilarious ways but THIS… fucking THIS I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle. Three of the worst things about this comic; the echidna shit, the romance shit and Ken Penders are being put into a blender and served on a platter with a side of rotten hot garbage and I’m fearing for my life right now. I survived Sonic Live but I don’t know if I’m gonna make it this time.
    The shit title and the cover being a collage of things I don’t want to see aren’t helping.
    Someone please check my pulse because this story might have killed me. Oh deary me, there’s one more of these left. Sweet merciful Galactus, help me. My body is having a repulsive, physical rejection of everything I’ve read in this god forsaken book. I’m really hoping that the majority of the final story is just the Mighty story. 
    Here I go though. I can’t stop because I plan on continuing but at the same time I need this shit to END!


    Knuckles the Echidna - Issue #28: The First Date - Part 3 of 3: It Could Be Love (I Should Have Known Better)

    I don’t even want to talk about this anymore. I hate this cover too. Floating heads, puffy Knuckles’ cheeks, pissed off Spawn reject who doesn't even appear in the story, and Julie-Su cuddling with another picture of Knuckles, one she’ll presumably set on fire the instant he goes to hang out with someone that isn’t her. Fuck me. Shit title yet again.

    This is a collage of what probably is the three most wasted stories in this line of Knuckles issues so far. This didn’t need to be three issues. This didn’t need to happen at all. The power of Christ compels this book to stop being so awful and nothing short of setting it on fire is going to work.
    I’m actually not being hyperbolic here when I say that this was the worst experience reading any of these comics I’ve ever had. It’s going to take some serious rancid dog shit to top this one for me because I just couldn’t handle this one. That’s why this collection of reviews was several days late compared to when I usually upload them. I needed a breather from each issue because it was actually draining me looking at it. 
    The nazi stuff was awful but it was funny awful. The Charmy stuff was uncomfortable but it was an interesting, mesmerizing kind of uncomfortable. This wasn’t funny or interesting. It was a generic lovey-dovey teenage romance story being told with a character that I don’t associate that shit with and his horrible look-alike. That last panel with super muscular Knuckles, bending over and sucking face with a clone of himself while other deformed monstrosities watch in the background is going to haunt me.
    There are times where I wonder if I start out being too harsh on an artist but as the story went on, the art just got worse and worse to the point where it’s apex was ICONIC in how bad it looked. I’d have found it funny had I not seen these images strung across the internet before.
    “If you’re going to a party-party” is probably my favorite of those images though. It does still manage to get a chuckle out of me. 
    It’s quite ironic that Mighty ended up being the light at the end of the tunnel for me here. I’m grateful. Even though not much happened in his story aside from some mildly entertaining exposition, it was well-drawn and functioned the way a semi-normal Sonic the Hedgehog comic should function for the most part. I appreciate that at least.
    I can only hope nothing tops this one in its badness but I’m sure something will happen to upset me again. Thank God, these Knuckles comics are almost done.
     
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Ryannumber1gamer in [EVENT] The Sonic Musical Spectacular 5 - Celebrating Sonic's 29th, Motobug's 5th, and SSMB's 20th anniversaries! Song Submissions Open! Submission Deadline - July 17th, Stream Air Date - July 25-26th   
    I'm at work right now so I can't link the songs on my phone but I absolutely will when I get home and update the post. For now though.
    Song 1: Sonic Lost World - The Deadly Six Theme (Violin Ver.)
    Song 2: Team Sonic Racing - Boo's House
    Song 3: Sonic Heroes - Hang Castle
    Song 4: Shadow the Hedgehog - All Hail Shadow
    Remix 1: Sonic Unleashed - Eurobeat Brony - Discord (Egg Dragoon Remix)
    I've updated the post. Thank you for waiting @Ryannumber1gamer
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Silvereyes in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    I mean, yeah, I don't see why not. That's literally what they did with the Charmy LSD story. 
    It's not like you need a ton of pages to get across that these two are going on a date and are gonna kiss at the end of it. Who cares about Vector looking for a woman to date or talk about how the echidnas are so fucking smart that they derp when it comes to love (which is a thing that still makes no sense)? Like most of this story was just dedicated to people being irrationally moody or angry, sometimes to the point of violence, over something that I thought was really dumb. Although, I still would have preferred this not be touched upon at all but even if I didn't, this wasn't the way to do it. 
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    Dr. Detective Mike reacted to Silvereyes in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    If you ask me, issues #26-#29 is what killed the Knuckles book. (Can't wait to see what you think of issue #29, it is arguably just as bad as this romantic nonsense.) Issues #30-#32 from the final story, which aren't that bad, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was too little too late. That's my own speculation, I know the Super Specials didn't last much longer as well after this so I imagine readership was declining naturally, but I also don't think the Knuckles book could of died as early as it did. I dunno, I'm happy to be proven wrong if anyone does have info on the sales of these, but you don't bore your readers for 4 issues and then hope they all stick around. Maybe things would of been better if the Mighty story was bumped up, rewritten to involve Knuckles, while the romcom was put at the back.
    It does feel like this story just sort of sums up how Penders seem out of touch with his own readership. Even the Sonic fans who love shipping and who like pairing up characters or even like the sort of soap opera fan art out there on the internet, I doubt many would want, say, the IDW comic to stop for 3 issues just to see Sonic and Amy in a romcom plot. I like romance actually, I kindof like it when there is a hint of it, I like alot of the stuff Antoine and Bunnie got up too through the Archie run as a couple, I actually wouldn't mind seeing a dash of it in the IDW run, even if I assume only the original characters can get up to it.
    But this. This just feels so out of touch. I can't imagine many boys reading this liking this. Ofcourse, it would help if it was a bit wittier, and written by someone who felt like they had a better understanding of relationships. This feels like the crowning story from all those Youtube videos of "Oh, Archie Sonic was so weird."
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    Dr. Detective Mike reacted to thumbs13 in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    ...Did they really make Sonic and Robotnik's first meeting the b-plot to knuckles' first date? That seems backwards.

    Also, for such an intelligent species, the fact that they can't figure out how romance works on their own feels off.
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