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1 hour ago, StaticMania said:

Honestly, a Zombie a-poc story like this doesn't really lend it self well to exploring the characters.

 

Its kind of litterally what they are for, most apoc stories are about exploring who the characters in the apoc are unless you are watching the more old school ones where the hoard is sort of representative of a premise. Which isn't the case here, they are just... metal? You could probably do an interesting narrative where the robtization is Representative of say people wanting the characters to be mute and bland to fit what they think a franchise like sonic should be. And it genuinely would be interesting, but that isn't what that is.

 

 

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Well...unfortunately this is doing a negative job at it.

The characters are all in a shelter while the readers are following Sonic, so we really only get to see what he sees at the moment.

We'll get the occasional break from his POV at times, but...at this time that's only been to characters not in a safe space.

It'll get better, or something.

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10 hours ago, DabigRG said:

 

For what it's worth, I thought your perspective was clear enough in the previous post. 

As for the mood, I think a pragmatic wax of getting that across without overly changing the scenes is to change their sequence:

  1. Immediately after the rescue and escape, Omega, Tails, and Silver chat about the circumstances in the lab and nonetheless are positive that they'll be able to fix things.
  2. Cream comes to escort Sonic to the Command Room, doing her best to keep the survivor's spirits up despite obviously being personally traumatized herself.
  3. On the way, they run into Vector and Espio, who are simultaneously bitter about the losses and yet plan to head out in hopes of finding what's left of their little buddy. 
  4. They get to the Command Center door blocked by Gemerl, who is still hostile to the threat Sonic poses but obliges to Amy's order on Cream's objection. 
  5. Sonic meets Amy and the two try to have some casual talk after several days of saving lives, but this comes to an abrupt halt when she responds to her allies in the field with increasing distress. 
  6. Sonic visibly wants to console her, but as the bleakness of the situation becomes hard to ignore, chooses leave quietly with the sadness on his face only being witnessed by the emotionless Gemerl. 
  7. Finally,  the issue ends as Starline acknowledges the negligence of Dr. Eggman and sets his sights on a file about The Zeti of the Lost Hex. 

I realize this doesn't do much to address your concern,  but barring Sonic assuring Amy he'll do something before leaving, it does have the results of the situation go from optimistic to worse. 

It doesn't completely address my concern, but I do find the changed order helps build the growing despair which would have better prepared the audience to see even Amy is down in this mess. It still would have been a shock, but the building weariness before getting to her helps establish that yes, things are bad and everyone is worn down by it.

4 hours ago, Kuzu the Boloedge said:

This is what I was getting at when I said this arc is an ensemble arc that focuses on many different characters, with obviously Sonic being at the center.

I think the problem here is making the second story arc after rushing through character introductions in the first an ensemble story was probably a bad decision. I mean, we have the good fortune of being Sonic fans so we all kind of have a vision of who these characters are. Could you imagine though, a brand new story with brand new characters going from a brief and rushed introductory arc to a characterless ensemble before giving you any history and expectations for the characters while then skipping showing their development and they just jump to different interpretations to fit the plot with barely even a handwaved explanation? I don't know about you but I would be awfully annoyed by that and unless there was a moment of genuine brilliance that made me willing to sit it out I'd drop the story like a hot potato.

What helps me stick with the IDW comics so far is my preconceived notions of who the characters are, which makes me yearn for more time exploring the characters before just doing an ensemble story. Heck, the most successful ensemble story of late had 20 or so stories before it which established the individual characters, chronicled their changes over time, highlighted how they interacted with each other, and did this all with fully fleshed out storylines before plucking down the ensemble endcap. I even still stand by the thought that the prior ensemble part before the end of the story is actually pretty weak without having the expectations and time spent with the characters in it built up. It's why I complain about the brevity of the IDW book and feel it needs to be a little bit denser. It sometime feels like sitting down for a full course meal and being served nothing but samples that just happen to flow together on your palette. It's good, but there isn't enough substance to make it satisfying.

2 hours ago, Dr. Detective Mike said:

Personally, I feel like I got a lot out of that one issue with the Chaotix. At least when it came to the actions and differences in idealism between Vector and Charmy. I was also digging the back and forth Sonic and Shadow had about their difference in approach to this.

What you can gleam from the characters and what counts as exploring them seems to vary from person to person though.

 The Chaotix issue was brilliant and easily one of my favorite issues of the IDW run. As I've said before, it really highlighted the characters and took you through an entire character arc showing how they reacted to the main plot and how it affected them. By the end of that issue it is understandable why these cheerful and kind of goofball detectives are dour and upset. You saw what they went through and how they were tested as well as eth outcome of those challenges, It was a brilliant issue and I wish it wasn't a one off really in how it highlighted the supporting cast versus the zombot threat. Funny thing is though, much as I enjoyed that issue, I remember a lot of people really didn't like and I've never really heard an explanation yet that clarified it for me so I might be in the same boat with that issue as you are with this one.

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This pajama is kinda half-assed. Not concept, but the arrangement.

For starters shirt has half of Blaze in the corner. There are very few Sonic characters, but Egg Dragoon deserve 3 panels, two next to each other (I don't even know what is panel below Tangle). And I can swallow each leg being identical, but pattern repeats 2,5 times. Don't tell me making it slightly longer would cost much, the art already exists and two identical images use same amount of paint (wool?) as two different panels.

 

On a different topic, any ideas what will we do in next arc?

Obviously it will depend how long Zombots will go, but I think it should resolve around Blaze. Why? Knuckles

Knuckles is one of Core Cast, he can't stay away for long. But Year 1 ended with him really adamant to focus on his job. So he won't leave Island for smaller mess, nor we can endanger ME that quickly after Neo Metal. So my best bet is that Sol Emeralds will be in danger and Knux being a kindred Guardian will sense that and feel it's also his duty to help. So he goes with Sonic to Sold Dimension, while Silver or Chaotix stay to look over ME. Elegant way to bring both 'bust far away' characters back into the comic, while relieving others for a year. Also, Big the Cat can be in Sol with no explanation, because that's what he does. (And hey, dimension hopping means we might get Sticks. Maybe Lyric could be attacking Blaze's World).

That or we're going to space. Lost Hex, Wisps, now Dodon Pa. Newer games have a lot of space. Of course there is always chance of some kind of Classic Games story, but I hope it won't come to that.

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I think we will definitely explore other worlds, SOL Dimension, Space, Human world, etc. new places maybe.

I had this idea that Big, Sticks and Knuckles would show up during the Metal Virus saga as survivors in season 3, but if they want to bury Sticks and pretend she never existed, I can't do much besides being upset.

Blaze and her world are definitely next on the list.

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14 hours ago, DabigRG said:

Ignoring=Replying? :confused:

Uh, anyway, the reason for my unimpressed reaction is that you ended up...well, ignoring the true point of that post altogether.

Which wasn't really fair to him/her.

you ignored the fact I wasn't negative on Hope/Mina at all. dude this is  a forum I am going to post my opnions if someone brings up those characters , that's pretty fair dude, not like I offended the person and if someone gets upset over someone not liking the same fictional characters..that's not healthy dude. Re-check your priorities. 

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I would like to remind people that specific, detailed ideas for future stories or characters would do well to be spoilered. 

3 hours ago, Kellodrawsalot said:

you ignored the fact I wasn't negative on Hope/Mina at all. dude this is  a forum I am going to post my opnions if someone brings up those characters , that's pretty fair dude, not like I offended the person and if someone gets upset over someone not liking the same fictional characters..that's not healthy dude. Re-check your priorities. 

Okay, let me rephrase that on @lulzersbehalf: Are there any other [aspects of] previous characters that you think would be interesting or nice to see another go at? 

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18 minutes ago, DabigRG said:

I would like to remind people that specific, detailed ideas for future stories or characters would do well to be spoilered. 

Okay, let me rephrase that on @lulzersbehalf: Are there any other [aspects of] previous characters that you think would be interesting or nice to see another go at? 

Sure,

Expy for Cove and Cassie,
Thunderbolt maybe (not sure if Starline is already filling that role)
Eclipse with a bit of re-working 
and maybe the Dingoes from the Knuckles comics with a bit of fixed up where they aren't portrayed as '' ignorant and just plain evil'' and the comic implied that the echidna's were right...in taken over their land and kicking the dingoes out. (really that was Yikes)
I felt Ian almost fixed this but the subject never continued because pre-archie died. I do like the idea of Knuckles (on his own) dealing with one two or a tribe of Dingoes or any other animal characters seeking revenge for what the Echidna's have done to them and being redeemed.
Relic the Pika (a nerdy scientist gir miss her!l)
and Athair, ( my fave from the archie echdina's .. okay sega dont make him an echidna) but a wise old cracking character that can give advice or guide the characters would be nice
 

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49 minutes ago, Kellodrawsalot said:

Sure,

Expy for Cove and Cassie,
Thunderbolt maybe (not sure if Starline is already filling that role)
Eclipse with a bit of re-working 
and maybe the Dingoes from the Knuckles comics with a bit of fixed up where they aren't portrayed as '' ignorant and just plain evil'' and the comic implied that the echidna's were right...in taken over their land and kicking the dingoes out. (really that was Yikes)
I felt Ian almost fixed this but the subject never continued because pre-archie died. I do like the idea of Knuckles (on his own) dealing with one two or a tribe of Dingoes or any other animal characters seeking revenge for what the Echidna's have done to them and being redeemed.
Relic the Pika (a nerdy scientist gir miss her!l)
and Athair, ( my fave from the archie echdina's .. okay sega dont make him an echidna) but a wise old cracking character that can give advice or guide the characters would be nice
 

Good job, that is an interesting list.

I admit I was a little annoyed by your occasional habit, but that's just a minor thing and thus I was more concerned for the actual question/idea being acknowledged.

And yes, I would love for a number of those characters/concepts among others to get a second chance as well.

Actually,

On 9/1/2019 at 1:15 AM, lulzers said:

Say, what if IDW made expies of Geoffrey St. John, Mina Mongoose, Lien-Da, and Hope Kintobor respectively? We've already got a Dr. Finitevus expy in the form of Starline.

What are some of your favorite aspects of these characters, if you don't mind me asking?

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12 hours ago, StaticMania said:

Well...unfortunately this is doing a negative job at it.

The characters are all in a shelter while the readers are following Sonic, so we really only get to see what he sees at the moment.

We'll get the occasional break from his POV at times, but...at this time that's only been to characters not in a safe space.

It'll get better, or something.

So what you're saying is this story/comic could be stronger if we moved away from Solo Sonic(or whatever the stupid term was) some?

9 hours ago, Ellipsis-Ultima said:

Well this is interesting:

 

Wow, that is...kind of a mess.

Can I ask something: Does IDW have strong ties to an advertising/merchandising company or something?

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5 hours ago, MetalSkulkBane said:

 

On a different topic, any ideas what will we do in next arc?Obviously it will depend how long Zombots will go, but I think it should resolve around Blaze. Why? Knuckles

Spoiler

 

Knuckles is one of Core Cast, he can't stay away for long. But Year 1 ended with him really adamant to focus on his job. So he won't leave Island for smaller mess, nor we can endanger ME that quickly after Neo Metal. So my best bet is that Sol Emeralds will be in danger and Knux being a kindred Guardian will sense that and feel it's also his duty to help. So he goes with Sonic to Sold Dimension, while Silver or Chaotix stay to look over ME. Elegant way to bring both 'bust far away' characters back into the comic, while relieving others for a year. Also, Big the Cat can be in Sol with no explanation, because that's what he does. (And hey, dimension hopping means we might get Sticks.

 

 

.Oh yeah, that's teamup that we'd like and/or we haven't seen yet!

Two/Three of em, even!

5 hours ago, MetalSkulkBane said:
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Maybe Lyric could be attacking Blaze's World).

 

Unfortunately, there was some sort of embargo that may not have been lifted.

5 hours ago, MetalSkulkBane said:

 

That or we're going to space. Lost Hex, Wisps, now Dodon Pa. Newer games have a lot of space. Of course there is always chance of some kind of Classic Games story, but I hope it won't come to that.

Eh, I kinda hope not, but then the Lost Hex is pretty manageable.

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2 hours ago, DabigRG said:

So what you're saying is this story/comic could be stronger if we moved away from Solo Sonic(or whatever the stupid term was) some?

Yes, it could be much stronger.

I mean, seeing Sonic's struggle is fine and all...but you know how it's been going.

Now it's time to see how the friends are doing, but extrapolatiated.

Expand on that, use this story type to it's full advantage.

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48 minutes ago, StaticMania said:

Yes, it could be much stronger.

I mean, seeing Sonic's struggle is fine and all...but you know how it's been going.

Now it's time to see how the friends are doing, but extrapolatiated.

Expand on that, use this story type to it's full advantage.

This is why I hope we get a 2nd ongoing series like Universe. Also the main Archie series did give perspectives from other characters.

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1 hour ago, Marco9966 said:

I found these awesome artworks of what the IDW characters would look like in Sonic X, by https://y-firestar.tumblr.com

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Okay, Whisper looks legitimately awesome.

But why is Starline inexplicably tiny?

18 minutes ago, Forgetful Panda said:

The main series should have backup stories again.

That'd be a good idea as well. They can afford.

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6 hours ago, DabigRG said:

What are some of your favorite aspects of these characters, if you don't mind me asking?

For Mina, it's the fact that she's a pop star type of character and for Hope, she brings out layers of Shadow's character that we never see these days.

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Remember my Blaze Arc idea from previous post? For no good reason I planned out whole arc.

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#1 Knuckles is chilling (maybe Sonic is visiting), when ME opens portal to Sol World and Whiskers shows up. After quick battle they retreat. Knuckles concluded that ME is informing him that their sister dimension is in trouble, so he makes few calls. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Silver and Tangle prepare to safe Blaze, while rest stays to keep eye on Eggman.
#2-3 party splits up and Sonic teams up first with Silver, then Tangle,  saving  Coconut Crew and Marine (maybe Polar Bear vikings) in different Rush Adventure locations, fighting Johnny, Rush 2 bosses and large amounts of pirates, that seem to have much sturdier tech than what Nega or Eggman usually have.
#4 Heroes get lead where 'leader of the resistance is being held and all raid the place. Tails, only one being cautious realizes it's trap set up by Nega. He manages to save Sonic, but everyone else is captured and put under mind control by familiar looking devices. Nega seems to be working for someone.

#5 Sonic is on the run. And he must travel by water of all things. Thankfully he meets Big (who's her with no explanation) and together they manage to find some way around Sonic's hydrophobia.
#6-7 Two part story about Sonic getting on the main ship, fighting Whisker (maybe squeeze Rough & Tumble, finding a new job as pirates) and releasing...Stick the Badger who was leading resistance all this time, not Blaze.
Here's the clever bit: how Blaze let her world be conquered? Was she incompetent and got herself captured? Of corse not, she just never got home. Nega build machine that disrupted Blaze dimension-hopping, trapping her in unknown world. But as a side effect opened portal to Boom, so Sticks got here as well as Lyric, who took over robot pirates, gave them upgraded tech and finally mind control headgears).
Sonic and Sticks beat Whisker and free Tails.
#8 With help of Tails, Sonic locates Blaze in Ifrit World (Rivals 2), where she fought the giant beast all this time, while resisting his mind control. Together they get out and Blaze is ready to get back her home.
#9-12 Big finale, Sonic saving his mind controlled allies (probably using knowledge gained from facing Ifrit) and Lyric who tries using Jeweled Scepter to bring Sentinels (RoL) here. And Nega plays untrustworthy-second in command. If arc needs Eggman, Nega could tip him that Sonic isn't home, for a little action for those who didn't went (although I would suggest miniseries for Shadow or Amy, rather then split final story in half).

 

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13 hours ago, MetalSkulkBane said:

Remember my Blaze Arc idea from previous post? For no good reason I planned out whole arc.

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#1 Knuckles is chilling (maybe Sonic is visiting), when ME opens portal to Sol World and Whiskers shows up. After quick battle they retreat. Knuckles concluded that ME is informing him that their sister dimension is in trouble, so he makes few calls. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Silver and Tangle prepare to safe Blaze, while rest stays to keep eye on Eggman.
#2-3 party splits up and Sonic teams up first with Silver, then Tangle,  saving  Coconut Crew and Marine (maybe Polar Bear vikings) in different Rush Adventure locations, fighting Johnny, Rush 2 bosses and large amounts of pirates, that seem to have much sturdier tech than what Nega or Eggman usually have.
#4 Heroes get lead where 'leader of the resistance is being held and all raid the place. Tails, only one being cautious realizes it's trap set up by Nega. He manages to save Sonic, but everyone else is captured and put under mind control by familiar looking devices. Nega seems to be working for someone.

#5 Sonic is on the run. And he must travel by water of all things. Thankfully he meets Big (who's her with no explanation) and together they manage to find some way around Sonic's hydrophobia.
#6-7 Two part story about Sonic getting on the main ship, fighting Whisker (maybe squeeze Rough & Tumble, finding a new job as pirates) and releasing...Stick the Badger who was leading resistance all this time, not Blaze.
Here's the clever bit: how Blaze let her world be conquered? Was she incompetent and got herself captured? Of corse not, she just never got home. Nega build machine that disrupted Blaze dimension-hopping, trapping her in unknown world. But as a side effect opened portal to Boom, so Sticks got here as well as Lyric, who took over robot pirates, gave them upgraded tech and finally mind control headgears).
Sonic and Sticks beat Whisker and free Tails.
#8 With help of Tails, Sonic locates Blaze in Ifrit World (Rivals 2), where she fought the giant beast all this time, while resisting his mind control. Together they get out and Blaze is ready to get back her home.
#9-12 Big finale, Sonic saving his mind controlled allies (probably using knowledge gained from facing Ifrit) and Lyric who tries using Jeweled Scepter to bring Sentinels (RoL) here. And Nega plays untrustworthy-second in command. If arc needs Eggman, Nega could tip him that Sonic isn't home, for a little action for those who didn't went (although I would suggest miniseries for Shadow or Amy, rather then split final story in half).

 

What a fantastic cluster of fish. 

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