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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Syntax Speedway 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 CrownSlayer’s Shadow in Archie Sonic Main Discussion   
    95% of SA2's story was about Sonic and his friends going on an adventure to stop that overweight scientist. The game begins with Sonic jumping out of a helicopter and complaining that his arrest didn't come with any food or movies and then he proceeds to skateboard down the streets of San Francisco. 
    SA2 didn't make anyone forget that stuff or say that being serious was the only way to go. It blended the adventure and built up to the more serious stuff properly. In my opinion, there hasn't been a story like SA2 since SA2 came out. 06 was melodramatic ALL the time and Shadow's game was over the top in how serious it was.
    I'm actually really tired of people looking at SA2 and thinking its nothing but the Shadow backstory. We only see bits and pieces of it in the dark story and then one cutscence is dedicated to explaining it in the last story. Its an overblown criticism.
    All it did was tell a story that people liked and SEGA failed to properly recreate. 
    Besides, we've had nothing but light-hearted stories for 10 years. It doesn't matter if people want a more serious Sonic because they're being mostly ignored. I guess Forces tried but... not really.
    (BTW, this is just my opinion. You're free to think different of course.)
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I'm DOING art of that half red-eyed, half normal Charmy.
    Fuck yeah. Thats metal as hell.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Haven't been on for a while. Things are a bit crazy on my end. I'm getting my room completely re-done and had to spend all day cleaning it out and what not. Also, I currently don't have a bed but one is coming by Sunday. So there's that. I finally have time to review this annual though, at almost 4 in the morning. 
    It's another really good one too.
    Big's Big Adventure
    Written by Ian Flynn, Art by Jonathan Gray, Colors by Reggie Graham
     
    Darkest Hour
    Story and Art by Evan Stanley
     
    Reflections
    Story by Caleb Goellner, Pencils by Aaron Hammerstrom, Inks/Colors by Reggie Graham
     
    Eggman's Day Off
    Story by Sarah Graley, Pencils by Lamar Wells, Inks by Bracardi Curry and GiGi Dutreix, Colors by Bracardi Curry
     
    Flock Together
    Story by Sam King
    Art by Jamal Peppers
    Colors by Priscilla Tramontan
     
    The Catalyst
    Story by Gigi Dutreix
    Art by Abigail Bulmer
    So that's it. I'm glad we finally got it and I'm already anticipating the next one. Though, I guess, I'm not in that much of a rush to be a year older for it.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from TransPirate in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I'm DOING art of that half red-eyed, half normal Charmy.
    Fuck yeah. Thats metal as hell.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Sonictrainer in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I'm DOING art of that half red-eyed, half normal Charmy.
    Fuck yeah. Thats metal as hell.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Haven't been on for a while. Things are a bit crazy on my end. I'm getting my room completely re-done and had to spend all day cleaning it out and what not. Also, I currently don't have a bed but one is coming by Sunday. So there's that. I finally have time to review this annual though, at almost 4 in the morning. 
    It's another really good one too.
    Big's Big Adventure
    Written by Ian Flynn, Art by Jonathan Gray, Colors by Reggie Graham
     
    Darkest Hour
    Story and Art by Evan Stanley
     
    Reflections
    Story by Caleb Goellner, Pencils by Aaron Hammerstrom, Inks/Colors by Reggie Graham
     
    Eggman's Day Off
    Story by Sarah Graley, Pencils by Lamar Wells, Inks by Bracardi Curry and GiGi Dutreix, Colors by Bracardi Curry
     
    Flock Together
    Story by Sam King
    Art by Jamal Peppers
    Colors by Priscilla Tramontan
     
    The Catalyst
    Story by Gigi Dutreix
    Art by Abigail Bulmer
    So that's it. I'm glad we finally got it and I'm already anticipating the next one. Though, I guess, I'm not in that much of a rush to be a year older for it.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from PC the Hedgehog in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I'm DOING art of that half red-eyed, half normal Charmy.
    Fuck yeah. Thats metal as hell.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Kuzu in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I'm DOING art of that half red-eyed, half normal Charmy.
    Fuck yeah. Thats metal as hell.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Marco9966 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I'm DOING art of that half red-eyed, half normal Charmy.
    Fuck yeah. Thats metal as hell.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Sonictrainer in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Haven't been on for a while. Things are a bit crazy on my end. I'm getting my room completely re-done and had to spend all day cleaning it out and what not. Also, I currently don't have a bed but one is coming by Sunday. So there's that. I finally have time to review this annual though, at almost 4 in the morning. 
    It's another really good one too.
    Big's Big Adventure
    Written by Ian Flynn, Art by Jonathan Gray, Colors by Reggie Graham
     
    Darkest Hour
    Story and Art by Evan Stanley
     
    Reflections
    Story by Caleb Goellner, Pencils by Aaron Hammerstrom, Inks/Colors by Reggie Graham
     
    Eggman's Day Off
    Story by Sarah Graley, Pencils by Lamar Wells, Inks by Bracardi Curry and GiGi Dutreix, Colors by Bracardi Curry
     
    Flock Together
    Story by Sam King
    Art by Jamal Peppers
    Colors by Priscilla Tramontan
     
    The Catalyst
    Story by Gigi Dutreix
    Art by Abigail Bulmer
    So that's it. I'm glad we finally got it and I'm already anticipating the next one. Though, I guess, I'm not in that much of a rush to be a year older for it.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Marco9966 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Haven't been on for a while. Things are a bit crazy on my end. I'm getting my room completely re-done and had to spend all day cleaning it out and what not. Also, I currently don't have a bed but one is coming by Sunday. So there's that. I finally have time to review this annual though, at almost 4 in the morning. 
    It's another really good one too.
    Big's Big Adventure
    Written by Ian Flynn, Art by Jonathan Gray, Colors by Reggie Graham
     
    Darkest Hour
    Story and Art by Evan Stanley
     
    Reflections
    Story by Caleb Goellner, Pencils by Aaron Hammerstrom, Inks/Colors by Reggie Graham
     
    Eggman's Day Off
    Story by Sarah Graley, Pencils by Lamar Wells, Inks by Bracardi Curry and GiGi Dutreix, Colors by Bracardi Curry
     
    Flock Together
    Story by Sam King
    Art by Jamal Peppers
    Colors by Priscilla Tramontan
     
    The Catalyst
    Story by Gigi Dutreix
    Art by Abigail Bulmer
    So that's it. I'm glad we finally got it and I'm already anticipating the next one. Though, I guess, I'm not in that much of a rush to be a year older for it.
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from Someguy in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Haven't been on for a while. Things are a bit crazy on my end. I'm getting my room completely re-done and had to spend all day cleaning it out and what not. Also, I currently don't have a bed but one is coming by Sunday. So there's that. I finally have time to review this annual though, at almost 4 in the morning. 
    It's another really good one too.
    Big's Big Adventure
    Written by Ian Flynn, Art by Jonathan Gray, Colors by Reggie Graham
     
    Darkest Hour
    Story and Art by Evan Stanley
     
    Reflections
    Story by Caleb Goellner, Pencils by Aaron Hammerstrom, Inks/Colors by Reggie Graham
     
    Eggman's Day Off
    Story by Sarah Graley, Pencils by Lamar Wells, Inks by Bracardi Curry and GiGi Dutreix, Colors by Bracardi Curry
     
    Flock Together
    Story by Sam King
    Art by Jamal Peppers
    Colors by Priscilla Tramontan
     
    The Catalyst
    Story by Gigi Dutreix
    Art by Abigail Bulmer
    So that's it. I'm glad we finally got it and I'm already anticipating the next one. Though, I guess, I'm not in that much of a rush to be a year older for it.
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    Dr. Detective Mike reacted to tailsBOOM! in [EVENT] The Sonic Musical Spectacular 5 - Celebrating Sonic's 29th, Motobug's 5th, and SSMB's 20th anniversaries! Event ended! Check finale post for details on next year, and awards!   
    Sonic 06: His World (Theme of Sonic)
    SA2: On the Edge... for Eternal Engine
    Smash: Psycho Soldier (Overseas Version)
    Game Gear: Poloy Forest (Tails Adventure)
    Remixes: 
    Sonic Advance 3: Chaos Angel by Jonny Atma (Gametal)
    Sonic Battle: Emerald Beach by Lil Boulder
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    Dr. Detective Mike got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek 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   
    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 Monkey Destruction Switch 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 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. 
     
  21. Promotion
    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. 
     
  22. Thumbs Up
    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. 
     
  23. Thumbs Up
    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. 
  24. Thumbs Up
    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. 

     
  25. Thumbs Up
    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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