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1 hour ago, Razule said:

Hey Buddy, long time no seeScreenshot_20180411-035642.jpg.762bb3192ee6657a83c840eb38d682b2.jpg

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Such a long time since the beginning of the war, you'd expect him to be a hardened fighter by now ;)

The best Inker and Colorist for ABT is himself. The art is so good!

Another review in: https://bigcomicpage.com/2018/04/10/review-sonic-the-hedgehog-2-idw-publishing/

 

Also what are these robots? I don't remember seeing them in previous games.

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I liked how

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Sonic refused to join the resistance, I was worried he would but it's just not like him, so everyone stayed in-character, great writing all around. And Orbot & Cubot are also working for the new guy, interesting... Next issue or issue 4 Ian should start giving us some clues as to who he is.

Still wish there was more story but I loved the characterization for Sonic and Amy. There was definitely more going on this time than in the first issue.

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I've never read any of the Archie comics, it was always something I wanted to try and get into but never got around to it, especially when there didn't seem to be an obvious jumping on point. As sad as it is that Archie's run has ended, I think the fact that it means it is a real fresh start is good for people like me for jumping onto Sonic's comic scene.

Not being familar with Archie outside of the cartoon it was initially based on, I don't think I have any real expectations going into this. So reading #1 and #2, I really like them. The art is pretty great (not a comics guy in general, so can't say my standards are exactly high), I think the simple plot is fine to help set up the status quo of IDW's run. I like how Tails and Amy are written, especially when Tails is my favourite character and Amy has always irratated me. Honestly, I think this is easily the best of Amy I've seen so far, although I hear she is good in Boom but havn't watched that show.

Easy to read and understand, I think it should be good for kids, which I think these comics should be aimed towards. I do hope it perhaps gets a little bit more meatier in terms of story when we hit issues #4 and #5, since #4 is when we get a new character and the return of a more secondary character rather than a core cast member. Hopefully when it hits monthly with #5, we'll start getting more plot and more complicated story telling, perhaps try and hit a good middle road so that a kid or an adult can read it.

No idea what Archie was like I said, really I'm only familar with the more infamous things to come out of Archie's run like Ken Penders work, or when the stories got absurdly dark and gritty, no idea what they were like towards the end. But I think the IDW run is off to a great start and I'm happy to be subscribed to it.

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Just read it, and I liked it. While it didn't do much in advancing the current plot about who the villain was, aside from showing that the shapebots are working for him and showing that he knows about Amy from the past, it was nice seeing Sonic and Amy have some meaningful moments with each other. Amy herself is arguably one of the best parts as it showcases how much she's grown since her debut and she's a lot more proactive than in Forces; it's amusing how they lampshade her being a better leader than Knuckles. Honestly, I think I like this version of her more than Boom!Amy since they didn't need to downplay her crush on Sonic to make her likable or make her into a straw SJW. While I can't totally agree with Sonic's mindset, he seems to want to do what's best for everyone. 

The art is pretty nice, especially with the action scenes. I'm growing to be a fan of ABT's artstyle.

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Yeah the art is a lot better here, nothing bad to say about Yardley but ABT is doing great.

I think that even the most cynical or not very into the comics should give the issues a chance because they are awesome, even though simple, and... obviously they are just setting up characters, world and dynamics, but it's very entertaining and full of action. I did like those new badniks by the way.

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I really like these comics a lot so far. Can't wait for the next issue!

 

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My favourite part was Sonic refusing to rejoin The Resistance despite Amy's begging. I love how they kept Sonic's free spirit aspect of his character. This gives me hope that if/when the FF's return, Sonic won't be bogged down by them anymore. He'll keep doing his own thing and won't join any groups at all.

 

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I really liked this issue. Amy and Sonic were both well written, that was really cool. It was really fun to read.

 

I really liked how Sonic is characterized, especially the small moment where the lyrics of It doesn't matters are reused ! Personally, I really liked how he declined to be part of resistance, but actually still help them by going where Amy says Knuckles is. It shows how he works, he goes his way, but help other people.

Personally, I don't really want a redesign (but I'm not drastically against) for the FF if they come back one day.First because I agree with Ernest-Panda : they already where redesigned to looks like SEGA character (they followed all the guidelines :V), and even the old design wouldn't be that problematic in IDWSonic. TBH, just using them as secondary character would be "demarcating themselves from Archie", so I'm not sure anything else would be needed, as the premise of IDW are already kinda different.

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Really happy with the increased focus on action and the characterization of everyone.  Don't know about yall but I'm absolutely loving this comic so far.

 

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Amy has matured a lot while keeping most of the stuff that makes her charming. Was really excited to see what they did with her and I'm glad it delivered.

 

There's less dialogue but what's there is really snappy too. Flynn is on fire.

 

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19 minutes ago, Marco9966 said:

I think you're right about redesigns, perhaps it's just Antoine's fur that's too different from tails IMO

I thought one of the most common complaints with Antoine’s redesign was that he looked too much like Tails?

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Came across the issue earlier. I liked it.

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Kinda forgot this was Adam Bryce Thomas for a while. I really gotta get around to rereading Eggman's Dozen.

I like how the story made use of Amy's ability to uplift and drive people, since that's an important aspect of her character that tended to fall by the wayside after 2003. Kinda like her dig at Knuckles too.

Aaand random ass anime moment towards the end.

A bit confused by the ending: the chair and the Shapebots presence seem to indicate that this is almost certainly Eggman, but the speech patterns aren't quite matching up. The fact that he comments on "how much Amy Rose has grown" is also interesting because it suggests this is indeed someone from Sonic's more Classic past.

Also about Sheepy...

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Nah, but seriously, I eventually thought something about her seemed familiar and seeing her with a somewhat significant part in the issue(Yay!) and thus up close and from different angles helped make it click: she has the same color scheme as Drawloverlala's take on Carrotia.

 

 

 

8 hours ago, VEDJ-F said:

See, I think part of the issue (uh, not the physical kind) on my end is that I'm not about to give kudos for something Ian's been doing for years in the reboot. It was refreshing when she had been treated so badly pre-reboot, but five years on (it's been five years, sheesh) it's to be expected at this point. 

Further compounding this for Amy is her game portrayal. Despite being characterised the way he's always been, I can least understand people giving kudos for Tails' appearance when contrasted with Sonic Forces the game. But Amy was portrayed fine in Sonic Forces, all these comments about her "not being portrayed as a blind fangirl" and such are kinda forgetting that Forces didn't have that issue either.

That was kinda my thought as well.

Granted, Amy didn't really do or say much of note in Forces.

8 hours ago, SpongicX said:

I really loved how Amy was portrayed. Honestly, it makes you wonder why Knuckles is the leader of the resistance, when Amy is the one with the better strategies. Even Sonic acknowledges this.

 

Gee, I wonder how issue 3 with Knuckles will end?... Hopefully these kind of endings will wear off soon, and we’ll get to see more of Tails, Amy, and Knuckles tagging along with Sonic.

 

I always assumed Tails(or before release, Silver) was the real leader but Knuckles stepped up.

Though to be fair, the leader of a group/organization isn't always the most strategic or the smartest. There's like four or five different flavors they can be and that's why second in commands, advisors, bodyguards, and whatever else they need are an option.

 

At best, I can see him throwing some shade on Sonic before also admitting he's used to operating on his own, likely at Sonic's lampshading.

6 hours ago, Marco9966 said:

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Such a long time since the beginning of the war, you'd expect him to be a hardened fighter by now ;)

The best Inker and Colorist for ABT is himself. The art is so good!

Another review in: https://bigcomicpage.com/2018/04/10/review-sonic-the-hedgehog-2-idw-publishing/

 

Also what are these robots? I don't remember seeing them in previous games.

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They're supposed to be the Egg Walkers(Purple Dodo Badniks) from Metropolitan Highway, only given more old school redesigns in the vain of Cluckers.

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ABT's art is more energetic than Yardley's, making this issue more interesting to look at. He's definitely improved quite a bit since his debut. 

Story-wise it's just okay. There's some cute interaction between Sonic and Amy, they're pretty well characterized here, and Sonic declining to join the resistance because he'd rather live freely is nice. But otherwise it's just fine. Not bad but not great either. Hoping the introduction of new characters in the next two issues might shake things up a bit. 

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3 minutes ago, DabigRG said:

 

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At best, I can see him throwing some shade on Sonic before also admitting he's used to operating on his own, likely at Sonic's lampshading.

They're supposed to be the Purple Dodo Badniks from the Phantom Metropolis Zone, only given more old school redesigns in the vain of Cluckers.

Can you post a picture of these purple badniks?

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2 hours ago, Red said:

I really like these comics a lot so far. Can't wait for the next issue!

 

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This gives me hope that if/when the FF's return, Sonic won't be bogged down by them anymore. 

 

That was essentially what the reboot was suggesting was normally the case and most of the issues after The Shattered World Crisis were starting to move into that status quo.

1 hour ago, RedFox99 said:

About Sonic declining the offer, at first I thought, "Here goes Sonic caring more about his own way of freedom than his friends", but it seems more a case of that he works better being alone.

That should've been obvious, tbh.

56 minutes ago, Marco9966 said:

I think you're right about redesigns, perhaps it's just Antoine's fur that's too different from tails IMO

 

That was essentially the case in some of the post-160 issues. Countdown to Chaos was originally gonna give him a more coyote-like nose.

4 minutes ago, Ivo the Coldsteel said:

ABT's art is more energetic than Yardley's, making this issue more interesting to look at. He's definitely improved quite a bit since his debut. 

Hmm. I think you might be onto something there.

 

3 minutes ago, Marco9966 said:

Can you post a picture of these purple badniks?

Sure.

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Could someone possibly provide some quotes from our mystery villain in Issue 2, if there are any? I haven't been able to read the issues in full yet, but I did get a look at the final page of Issue 1, trying to figure out who it might be.

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5 minutes ago, NegaMetallix said:

Could someone possibly provide some quotes from our mystery villain in Issue 2, if there are any? I haven't been able to read the issues in full yet, but I did get a look at the final page of Issue 1, trying to figure out who it might be.

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???: Another failure. I did not account for how much Amy Rose has grown. And now Sonic is deviating from my projected path. How... frustrating.

Orbot: On the bright side, boss, here's what he's charging headlong towards. (referring to Rough and Tumble)

???: Ahh, perhaps they will finish him for me...

 

 

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