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I do miss Tails living in his own head

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Good times

I have to say, it's very un-Flynn to be so revered when world building. Why mayor in issue #6 had no name or his town? "Because he's unimportant character and unimportant village" explains Flynn.

Okay, why Eggman couldn't land in important place with important characters like he did at start of Archie Reboot?

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On 11/16/2018 at 10:05 PM, Earnest-Panda said:

...I don't get it.

On 11/17/2018 at 6:11 AM, Zulon Eredas said:

Oh..., Please let it be Dr. Qwark.

Was that the one with the duck feet or the one in the Fishy Void?

2 hours ago, Marco9966 said:

Currently the characters have no home, but a great place to establish would be Emerald Town from Sonic Battle! I'd like it if we have established locations, like Archie.

Knuckles, Cream,  the Chaotix, and I think Amy are the only characters I recall having an established place to rest.

Who else is there? 

1 hour ago, MetalSkulkBane said:

I do miss Tails living in his own head

Sonic_battle_emerald_town.png

Good times

Wow, what an egomaniac..

1 hour ago, MetalSkulkBane said:

 

I have to say, it's very un-Flynn to be so revered when world building. Why mayor in issue #6 had no name or his town? "Because he's unimportant character and unimportant village" explains Flynn.

Okay, why Eggman couldn't land in important place with important characters like he did at start of Archie Reboot?

Hell, even if the place and characters aren't that important, it'd be nice to have actual throwaway names for the sake of easy reference. 

And that still doesn't explain Tnagle.

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Maybe I'm alone here but I don't care. I like Sonic not being tied to one place (Could have sworn hat was a major complaint about the Archie book too but whatever). He's a drifter essentially a Hobo who stops to help people when they're in need.

We don't need to learn the tragic backstory of how that sheep girl is losing her farm or whatever.

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I really didn't care for the excessive focus on DEEPEST LORE worldbuilding shit in the Archie reboot, but I feel like IDW is going to the opposite extreme and not having any worldbuilding at all. Now I'd be fine with minimal worldbuilding if the comic had actual, like, character stories or something, but so far it's just been nothing but fanservice, exposition dumps, and undynamic action sequences, so eh.

That said, I agree Sonic shouldn't be tied to one place. Everyone else, sure, but Sonic himself is meant to be a wandering adventurer.

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2 hours ago, MetalSkulkBane said:

I have to say, it's very un-Flynn to be so revered when world building. Why mayor in issue #6 had no name or his town? "Because he's unimportant character and unimportant village" explains Flynn.

Okay, why Eggman couldn't land in important place with important characters like he did at start of Archie Reboot?

Because the story isn't about the town. That it's just some irrelevant little podunk town is the point, even; it's why Eggman stayed missing for so long, nobody would think to look for him there, and since he was no threat the villagers would have no reason to tell anyone about him. If he landed in some big city or in the same town as some important named character that'd make for an entirely different story. Not necessarily a worse one, but not necessarily a better one, either.

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1 hour ago, Marco9966 said:

The town where Mr Tinker is held appeared in 3 issues, but we don't even know its name nor its mayor's name.

This just seems so unimportant to me. We're probably never going to see it again now that Mr. Tinker's been abducted and I really don't see why we need to know the Mayor's name.

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46 minutes ago, Diogenes said:

Because the story isn't about the town. That it's just some irrelevant little podunk town is the point, even; it's why Eggman stayed missing for so long, nobody would think to look for him there, and since he was no threat the villagers would have no reason to tell anyone about him. If he landed in some big city or in the same town as some important named character that'd make for an entirely different story. Not necessarily a worse one, but not necessarily a better one, either.

Add on the fact that Ian flat out admitted he's playing it faster and looser this time and chilling with the worldbuilding. I personally like it better this way. There's been some growing pains but I like the renewed sense of focus. Not everything needs to be a fanservice nod or some sense of significance to keep my attention. 

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Even if I'm warming up to the way he handle worldbuilding now, I think that some kind of better balance would be possible, with a bit more references to the world (with references to the bunch of islands that might or might not constitute the Animal World, or with bigger references to cities when they'll be on earth, maybe some more references place to "anchor" things…), while not being to the point of naming every city and continent (even if I personally liked that, I understand that it might not be to everybody's taste).

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9 hours ago, SBR2 said:

Maybe I'm alone here but I don't care. I like Sonic not being tied to one place (Could have sworn hat was a major complaint about the Archie book too but whatever). 

In the preboot, anyway.

9 hours ago, SBR2 said:

 

We don't need to learn the tragic backstory of how that sheep girl is losing her farm or whatever.

If the story isn't about her, yeah, but that's obviously something of an extreme..

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My only real issue with them not doing anything with the towns and characters is purely shadow related. I wanted them to like... address shadow had been running around, or at least his clones so to speak , genocide shit. And I was interested in the potential fall out from that, a man against the world type situation, but his statement in 06 to the test. However it doesn't seem like i'm getting that and whisper one of the few named character might be the vessel for that soley , while I find that a bit less interesting than the idea I had. With that character existing and if they do go there, I guess that would satisfy that? I mean eggman almost took over the world, it already seems like this book is running away from its forces influences as fast as it can into other influences. So i've given up on that.

So outside of that one scenario naming the towns or side characters didn't matter to me, while I would like them to do that establish more important places in future. Story hub cities and sort of map out a world, its year one and its a monthly and all you really need to know is " animals fight bad person in animal land " right now

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If I'm honest, the reluctance to name minor characters feels like a mandate to me.  As if a character who gets a name suddenly counts as a "new character" on the level of Tangle or Whisper and comes in for special scrutiny by a more watchful SEGA, but if they aren't named then they're just an extra and there's freer rein in writing them.

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Just now, DabigRG said:

What are some side stories/adventures that you'd like to see certain characters go on?

Sonic Universe side book, with solo adventures with Silver, The Chaotix, Shadow, Tangle...

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I'd like to see Amy do a world trip of her own just checking in on all of the Resistance bases and leaders after the whole Master Overlord bit and maybe see a bit of Shadow and Rouge dealing with the aftermath of them just jumping in to help without any regard to whether G.U.N wanted them involved or not. Roughly, some state of the world stories that are a bit more cohesive than how Sonic sees the world.

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3 hours ago, DabigRG said:

What are some side stories/adventures that you'd like to see certain characters go on?

Tails having a character arc to redeem himself from the shit show that was Forces.

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4 hours ago, DabigRG said:

What are some side stories/adventures that you'd like to see certain characters go on?

I'd love to see Tails go on like a Science Adventure with Prof. Pickle or something. Maybe a heist story with Rouge could be fun.

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Literally anything with the Chaotix, (that's just a given with me).

Whatever is going on with Whisper to pay-off.

I'll second a heist story/spy-craft or some such with Rouge . Giving her anything to do apart from filling out the resistance ranks is a good idea.

She's kind of Shadow's sensible Jiminy Cricket right now.

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I'd actually love to see something with Infinite. Maybe clean up the remnants of Jackal squad who cant be doing too well with their leader ditching them after a nasty beatdown. It would be a good introduction into how some of the disenfranchised  populous scrapped by during the months Eggy was in charge.

I'd also like to see a return of the Jackal man himself, perhaps with a prototype phantom ruby to his name so he can be something of a minor villain / enforcer under Eggman. It could make for a good script to see how he holds up all that Ego minus the overwhelming power of the Phantom Ruby.

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7 hours ago, DabigRG said:

What are some side stories/adventures that you'd like to see certain characters go on?

Does Infinite still alive

Is Gun exist

If Gun be a thing, whats up with them.

What's up with the world. How they reforming, show me more of this new animal world

What's shadow doing in animal world, how are people reacting to shadow considering his image was used to instill terror upon its people for half a year.

Kinda wanna know what cream is up to?

Blazes world, what's up with that

Chaotix doing detective stuff

Bonus, things I know they wont answer but dear go I want them to try.

Why the shit did shadow and rouge leave omega's corpse out in the open for months

Where did shadow go during forces

If rouge knew why didn't she say anything.

Also, if chaos is like...around like in the prequel comic... what is chaos doing? Why couldn't he body neo metal sonic?

 

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Issue 14 solicitation:

" (W) Ian Flynn (A) Tracy Yardley (CA) Lamar Wells
A helpful tip leads Sonic and Silver to an abandoned Eggman base suddenly teeming with activity. As the two investigate the action, an old foe returns and a new foe comes face-to-face with Sonic for the first time... "

https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/DEC180703

I hope it's not a copy of issue 8.

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29 minutes ago, Marco9966 said:

Issue 14 solicitation:

" (W) Ian Flynn (A) Tracy Yardley (CA) Lamar Wells
A helpful tip leads Sonic and Silver to an abandoned Eggman base suddenly teeming with activity. As the two investigate the action, an old foe returns and a new foe comes face-to-face with Sonic for the first time... "

https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/DEC180703

I hope it's not a copy of issue 8.

Ooh, sounds interesting.

Though I think the context of "comes face-to-face with Sonic for the first time"  is probably an important clue.

27 minutes ago, Sonic Fan J said:

A "new foe" huh? I know we need them but I kind of thought Ian said no new characters in year two. Oh well, I won't complain unless they're boring.

If the Mr. Tinker cutaway is any indication, this new foe may be revealed in one of the last two issues of Year One.

 

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