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13 minutes ago, Polkadi said:

Is that so?

It's OBVIOUSLY Spyro. It isn't anyone else, no siree, it is most certainly Spyro of all people. No one but the original Spyro from the PS1 era.

 

that'll work

*sigh* if only that’ll work, then we’ll have a Spyro trilogy, but that’s a topic for another thread.

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Interesting slew of opinions on this so far. I'm going to admit to having more positive feelings about this though and be on the opposite end of the spectrum here.

The reason the lead up to Forces actually ended up being more exciting to me than actual Forces was because I felt that the premise behind it was the most interesting concept you could tackle with a Sonic game. I know it's been done in different flavors in other material related to Sonic but the idea of it happening in the games was an adventure I wanted to live out the fantasy of. When the game came out, however, it wasn't interested in doing that at all. It had the set-up and it had the characters but the execution actually saw not a lot of it being taken advantage of at all. I saw someone say the story was dragged out but it really wasn't. It threw us in there, expected us to get the jist of everything, didn't bother with anything to help make it feel like a world, didn't bother with anything that would help make it feel like a war, didn't bother with anything that would help make it feel like the characters had something the contribute, and anything cool they could have shown us was relegated to text boxes or implications that happened in the background.

Honestly, if this had turned out to have been an ACTUAL Forces adaptation (which this isn't) than I would have been cool with that too. The idea that I might have gotten a story that focused on all of that with the game characters I loved at the helm would have only served to heighten my excitement, because I know in my heart of hearts that it wouldn't at all be comparable to the game. The story for the game was written on a used napkin.

So hearing that there's actually going to be an aftermath to it makes me happy. I would have loved to have seen it within the games proper but the fact of the matter is, I feel like I have to rely on these comics to get stuff like that out of the series nowadays because I know the people in charge of the games don't care. The next Sonic game isn't going to give a shit about touching upon the aftermath of Forces. It's going to begin with some weird ramble about intergalactic space piss and trail off into an unsatisfying "narrative" of Sonic and Multiple-Personality-Tails talking about what they should be doing and most likely we'll have to run in a straight line to do it.  Similarly, I'm going into these comics feeling as though I might know relatively well how this might end up because Ian Flynn is here. Hell, the fact that it's not being made by Sonic Team already assures me that it has more promise than the games do.

All I want and all I've ever wanted was an adaptation of the games' world and not necessarily the games themselves. I love the ideas, concepts, characters, and locations the games have created and I love the idea of taking what's already been set-up and branching off from there to actually do something with it. I don't have a problem with wherever they decide to start with it. After-Forces, Before-Forces, or whatever. So long as it's not jumbled around in a confusing manner like it was before than I'm fine. The start of a new adventure with the aftermath of the old one does insinuate something new for me. There's always going to be elements of an older adventure left in the wake of something new you're creating within an existing series that's lasted as long as Sonic's has. I don't have any reason to be upset that elements from Forces are sticking around. That doesn't translate towards it being a Forces Adaptation. It's using what the games gave it as a stepping point for something grander than what they're doing with it and I'm still excited for it.

I really just want to read a Sonic comic. 

None of the "silence" has bothered me. At all. I know when the issues are coming. I'm happy waiting for them to get here when they get here. I don't need a ton of info. I didn't even really need all this revealed right this second to be perfectly honest. All it does (especially after Forces) is feed into a sometimes unhelpful hype expectancy that often does more to set you up for disappointment over something that should have had a more rational expectation attached to it. 

It's a Sonic comic set in the world of the games written by a man who knows how to, at the very least, tell an actual story. That's all I want and Sonic Team can't even give me that. What do I have to be disappointed about? 

Sally Acorn? I mean, I don't particularly like her or the role she's had in the comics but whatever. Even if she ends up dealing the biggest blow she possibly could for me by taking center stage as main heroine again I'll deal. Whatever. 

I'll complain about it when it starts to bother me but so long as the book is good and is about Modern Sonic's adventures in the game world I have nothing to latch onto as far as explicit hatred. 

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*A few hours later*

5 hours ago, Mister X said:

Oh wow it IS a Forces sequel comic. Though I'm curious to see how the writing will be handled. ABT coming back was likely, but what about Skelly?

Also, the variant cover shines again! The coloring is really good.

38 minutes ago, Ernest-Panda said:

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Yeah, this'll be the greatest troll ever if it turns out not to be Sally.

Why  am I getting the feeling it's either gonna be Sally that's redesigned or it's an Avatar character that almost looks like her?

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So some parts I'm wondering (I didn't notice the eyelash until drawing the arrow):

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1) Tiny tail between the R's, Chipmunk? Or a long tail, curling from right to left?

2) If Sonic's holding her gloves, what is that sticking out? Obviously not fingers, but not glove "wrist" either. 

3) Guessing her body's facing left, that's chest fur on the neck?  What kind of outfit is she wearing????

 

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Looking closer, it's looking more and more like Sally, the spike above the hand looks exactly like her tail, and on top of that, there's a part right next to the left of her head that looks exactly like the collar of Sally's jacket.

But there's something strange to me. And it seems to prove Sally either got redesigned or reverted back to her previous design if it is her. She has the cheek tuffs again, which both Bunnie and Sally had removed in their 252 design.

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6 minutes ago, Ryannumber1gamer said:

Looking closer, it's looking more and more like Sally, the spike above the hand looks exactly like her tail, and on top of that, there's a part right next to the left of her head that looks exactly like the collar of Sally's jacket.

That spike's too high up to be tail, unless she's making a weird pose

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The writing has been on the wall that the FF are gone since last July and today's solicitation sealed it. I think we need to temper our expectations.

For all we know, the character might be a deer. The shape of the ear and it looks like there might be an antler next to it?

There's no reason to believe it's a returning character. Don't get your hopes up.

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9 minutes ago, Shaddy the Zaphod said:

Considering we've already seen Tails on the other covers and he's fucking Tails, I am 100% sure I'm wrong. It's just a joke.

I know lol

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1 hour ago, SpongicX said:

 

I like how Amy is going to try and get Sonic to rejoin the resistance. That’s one thing that really bugged me about the ending to Forces.

 

Does it say that in the solicit?

1 hour ago, Sega DogTagz said:

How was it out of place exactly?

Sonic has always played that card. He's the Grand Marshall of the Super Power of Teamwork parade, but as soon as everything calms down he is the first one to hit the road. Then when the next crisis hits, its all "long time no see" and teamwork again. Chronicles is really the only game that ever addressed this.

 

Pretty much.

1 hour ago, Sega DogTagz said:

 

Oh you mean like in SA1 where Sonic used everyone positive emotions to transform into Super Sonic and save the day. Then while everyone was basking in the afterglow, Sonic ditched the entire cast to go after Eggman on his own.

 

...Ew...?

1 hour ago, SpongicX said:

 

However, Sonic Forces ends with the characters realizing there’s more to do, and they decide for once that they should stick together. It’s very dickish for Sonic to leave when his friends decide they need each other. Even Shadow, Rouge, and Omega are sticking around it seems! You know something is off when Shadow is fine with working with others, yet Sonic isn’t.

That's probably a reflection of the Team Dark and even the GUN agent stuff, really.

1 hour ago, Ernest-Panda said:

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Yeah, this'll be the greatest troll ever if it turns out not to be Sally.

Yeah-heh-heh-heh, seriously! :joy:

EDIT:Holy shit, they misspelled tommorrow! Somebody call Mr. Penders!

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1 hour ago, Zaysho said:

The writing has been on the wall that the FF are gone since last July and today's solicitation sealed it. I think we need to temper our expectations.

For all we know, the character might be a deer. The shape of the ear and it looks like there might be an antler next to it?

There's no reason to believe it's a returning character. Don't get your hopes up.

I actually don't want it to be Sally but... I can't really think of anything else that would warrant a silhouette that looked enough like her to the point where it came to mind instantly for me.

I'm wondering if it is her, whether or not they'll treat her as the Avatar character that bonded with Sonic in Forces. It sounds weird and gooey and cheesy but I couldn't help thinking it.

If it was just a generic avatar character I can't imagine why they'd feel the need to keep it secret, even if they did have some grand role to play.

This reminds me of the speculation leading up to Forces and how they kept the mysterious new character a secret and than it got revealed it was an Avatar character creation thing.

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21 minutes ago, Josh said:

I still believe that's a new character and not Sally, and I think it'd be better if you guys got your expectations in check for tomorrow.


We'll see, I guess.

Meh, nothing about having expectations, trust me, even with the supposed resemblance, I hold skeptism. For me, it's literally just either "oh hey cool, the FF do have a chance to be in" or "meh, not surprised at all".

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If it's Sally, wonder if they'll make her hair color separate again. I was always bothered by that.

The OC's on the cover all have a more SonicTeam-like design on that part, with their hair being more attached/part of their head.

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