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Ok, Eggman must have reprogrammed Omega. 

 

And I'm guessing Sonic is the one that's unaccounted for and the epilogue is his return. 

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47 minutes ago, Armored CC14 said:

New solicits with two new connecting Tracy covers!

 

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StH #31

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Tracy Yardley

It's all led to this… the thrilling two-part epilogue to the Metal Virus Saga. The world has changed. Heroes and villains plan for the future as reconstruction begins. But one hero remains missing…
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020

StH #32

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Adam Bryce Thomas (CA) Tracy Yardley

The second half of the Metal Virus Saga epilogue. With all the chaos of the recent past still fresh in everyone's minds, Dr. Eggman launches a new assault-determined to take down his enemies once and for all.
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020

Looks like Eggy might be taking advantage of Omega's present handicap.

 

I am confused. Or astounded. Confusastounded.

1 hour ago, MetalSkulkBane said:

Ok, first basic rule: killing Black Arms, Eggman Robots, Dark Gaia Monsters or even attempting to kill Mephiles doesn't count as killing. They are monsters, even if they have mind and Sega writer pretty please ask that you don't think about this too long. Otherwise even Charmy killed in his live.

Eh, Mephiles is honestly something of an exception among that list, but I suppose I can agree otherwise.

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Cool? Let's move on.

In Sonic Heroes Omega wants to kill Eggman and we know from Shadow-Game "What If" scenarios that Omega would finish the job if given opportunity. And if he's okay with killing Eggman, he would probably have little problem with killing other 'bad guys'. I could buy he mellowed down in last few games (even if he doesn't want to admit it) but there is no evidence to think that.

 

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Rouge never killed and there was no indication in that territory (other that assumption "Well government black ops have to kill, right"? No, this is Sonic, where missile to the face means large headache. Rules are slightly different.)
With that said, she was okay with Omega killing Eggman in Heroes, but tried to stop Shadow in IDW. Problem is, in first scenario they never got to Eggman and in latter she was defending "Mr Tinker". Then again, she never tried to kill Eggman in SA2 and she  certainly had opportunities. So we can't be sure, but I say she's against killing and avoids it, but if there was no other way, she would allow it or even do it herself. After all there is biggest problem...

Honestly, Rouge is generally the using type. Not much of a killer herself, but she'd let certain parties be compromised in order to get what she's really after. I mean hell, she ultimately let Eggman blow up Prison Island and half the moon because she wanted the Emeralds for herself bin addition to biding time for a chance at getting into the ARK's computer.

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Shadow was willing to kill so many at starts. Then he had amnesia, so in that state he was willing to get his hands dirty. Once he got his memory he wanted to kill Emerl (robot, so maybe doesn't count). And in IDW he's definitely ready to kill if pushed to limits (he never tried to kill Eggman in (canonical) past, but that was BEFORE he conquered the world, almost murdered hundreds and used Shadow's clone to hurt people).  So while none of this is definitive proof, I think there is enough evidence to say Shadow is definitely willing to kill, only question is if  he DID kill someone?
And only mobian/human example that Shadow might killed is Jackal Squad (and that was under Rouge supervision). I'm with Flynn with this one: I suspect Shadow killed as that makes more sense, but Sega very deliberately used wishy-washy phrasing to keep it vague and open to interpretation, so no one can accuse them of dark edgy writing.

Shadow himself is more of a kill as necessary type, but he is definitely more prone to it than anyone besides hypothetically Omega. Dark Antihero and all that.

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With all that said, keep in mind this is Sonic, not Sin City and just because they CAN kill doesn't mean they do that often. Even if Omega got into fight with Fang and his Hooligans, I suspect he might spare their lives. Maybe.

It's still kinda amazing that we had a battle Royale with both Team Dark and Blaze present.

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1 hour ago, Armored CC14 said:

New solicits with two new connecting Tracy covers!

 

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StH #31

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Tracy Yardley

It's all led to this… the thrilling two-part epilogue to the Metal Virus Saga. The world has changed. Heroes and villains plan for the future as reconstruction begins. But one hero remains missing…
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020

StH #32

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Adam Bryce Thomas (CA) Tracy Yardley

The second half of the Metal Virus Saga epilogue. With all the chaos of the recent past still fresh in everyone's minds, Dr. Eggman launches a new assault-determined to take down his enemies once and for all.
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020

Looks like Eggy might be taking advantage of Omega's present handicap.

 

Can anyone explain why every issue seems to have a different artist? Like in this two parter, Lawrence and ABT have two very different styles. Its going to be very jarring to go from Lawrence's cartoonish style to ABTs manga style next issue.

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Those covers are badass! Also I guess they're just going the Transformers (2019) approach now of publishing 2 issues a month. I almost wonder if this is to set up for 2 Sonic books a month.

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21 minutes ago, SBR2 said:

Those covers are badass! Also I guess they're just going the Transformers (2019) approach now of publishing 2 issues a month. I almost wonder if this is to set up for 2 Sonic books a month.

Pretty sure it's supposed to be a catch up for the delays.

Anyway, I'm so surprised Sega gave the pass for that Omega twist, they give tons of freedom in some cases, and tons of restrictions in others like Shadow and even a minor character like Gemerl. What the hell, Sega.

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16 minutes ago, Jack at the Cinema said:

Pretty sure it's supposed to be a catch up for the delays.

Anyway, I'm so surprised Sega gave the pass for that Omega twist, they give tons of freedom in some cases, and tons of restrictions in others like Shadow and even a minor character like Gemerl. What the hell, Sega.

I mean it's not like Sega is a particularly consistent company.

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2 hours ago, Jack at the Cinema said:

Pretty sure it's supposed to be a catch up for the delays.

Anyway, I'm so surprised Sega gave the pass for that Omega twist, they give tons of freedom in some cases, and tons of restrictions in others like Shadow and even a minor character like Gemerl. What the hell, Sega.

I think it's been mentioned multiple times as a case by case basis. Sometimes it's the timing, sometimes it's the particular character in question.

Once upon a time, Omega was a character that couldn't be used at all, then helped kick off Universe by having a fight with Gamma. And Eggman Nega, Classic Sonic, and Classic Robotnik weren't allowed to appear in the comic proper, but technically could be vaguely present by surname, tweaked design, and silhouette respectively.

And that weirdness of what's allowed can run down entire comic runs. In Preboot Archie, Cream, Vanilla, & especially the Gizoids weren't allowed until after Iron Dominion because of brand recognition issues with Sonic X; post reboot, all were allowed as part of the cast with limitations to how much Cream could be involved in the action. And now with IDW, though she has yet to fight at the time of this post, Cream has been going through increasing depression and arguable cynicism for obvious reasons--this while still having key notes to follow that are apparently comparable with Knuckles and the Deadly Six, mind you.

So I think it's a combination of Omega not being that big a character in SonicTeam's guiding eyes and his being a robot still meaning they can get away with a lot more than they could with almost any other character.

Also, Gemerl was seemingly just matter of them saying he doesn't talk like Sonic/Emerl. Which is a shame since I liked that being continued and the contrast with Cream & Vanilla, but whaddyagonnado?

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2 hours ago, SBR2 said:

I mean it's not like Sega is a particularly consistent company.

Yep.

 

On note of cover:due to the pacing of these books I figure whatever eggman's plan is. It wont be around long

Also I hope flynn convinced whoever's to let him do do whatever it is he wanted to do.

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For some reason Sonic being on fire made me wonder if he ended up in the Sol Dimension briefly because of the Warp Topaz. Sounds like he briefly went missing afterward going by the solicits anyway.

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I wonder 

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if Omega is actually reprogrammed, or if this is just typical Eggman taunting. He built a massive version of Omega, littered in Eggman symbols, using Omega's weapons, and it's clearly piloted by the Eggmobile, similar to the Egg Dragoon. Wouldn't surprise me if he didn't reprogram Omega, as much as he just trapped his remains to the new body as payback for Omega's betrayal.

 

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25 minutes ago, Zaysho said:

For some reason Sonic being on fire made me wonder if he ended up in the Sol Dimension briefly because of the Warp Topaz. Sounds like he briefly went missing afterward going by the solicits anyway.

My first thought was that Blaze did something to "cure" Sonic and he returns just in time to stop Eggman's latest scheme, putting the status quo back into place. 

 

If he really drops out of the sky in an explosion of flame I wish the cover didn't spoil that, lol.

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4 minutes ago, SBR2 said:

https://mobile.twitter.com/IDW_David_M/status/1241074062165602304

David Marriott is hinting at something in July.

 

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Q: @IDW_David_M Am I seeing things, or does it look like IDW Sonic is switching to a biweekly release schedule starting with issue 29?

A: You are not seeing things! We have big plans for Sonic this summer, including biweekly releasing in May and June! Then... well, the July plan's a secret, but stay tuned for news there soon!

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1 hour ago, Wraith said:

My first thought was that Blaze did something to "cure" Sonic and he returns just in time to stop Eggman's latest scheme, putting the status quo back into place. 

 

If he really drops out of the sky in an explosion of flame I wish the cover didn't spoil that, lol.

Ok So i'm going to have to literally shoot you out of my reality into your reality and its gonna fix the virus

....What

Just stay still Blaze starts charging a kamehameha

WHAT

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2 hours ago, Sonictrainer said:
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Reasons why Sonic could be on fire

  • Flame Shield
  • Shahra's Ring
  • Red World Ring
  • Red Wisp
  • Sol Emerald
  • That's actually Super Sonic
  • Something I couldn't think of
  • Something entirely new

 

He was sent to the Dragon Ball universe and learned Kaio-Ken.

 

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What if Sonic ran really fast and that's why he's on fire? To burn out the virus maybe. Unless Zavok spouted fire on him so badly... nah. I also thought about the Burst Wisp or Darkspines Sonic... or Burning Sonic, or a shield, as it has been said.

It's possible he could get a brand new form, a la Neo Metal Sonic's forms in Battle for Angel Island, or Omega's new body here. I'm glad the comic is allowed to give them new transformations.

Btw, people are speculating how Shadow reacts to Omega being re-weaponized by Eggman and used against them: I predict Shadow will be mad, as usual in this IDW run, lol. If there's something Sega loves, it's their very aggressive Shadow.

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