When Sonic the Hedgehog was released in the early 90’s it was huge. The fast-paced platformer was uniquely different from all the other platform games, which aimed to mimic the success of Mario. The popularity of Sonic the Hedgehog spawned a growing cast of characters, plenty of merchandise, animated series and a successful line of comics from Archie. While there hasn’t been a truly great Sonic game in sometime, the comics have been able to please fans who are dying for more Sonic action. For those looking to get up to speed with the Sonic the Hedgehog comics you are in luck as this week sees Sonic Boom #1 race into a comic store near you.
Sonic Boom is Sega’s is much needed attempt to revamp the Sonic franchise through a new video game (out in November), an animated series that will air on Cartoon Network and a new comic book series. This accompanying comic book series, written by Ian Flyyn, will feature a fresh takes on the characters which will have the action you expect, but with a comedic element.
Personally, I quite like the comedic angle of Sonic Boom. It makes the franchise feel fresh, but at the same time not straying too far from what has come before. As you will see in the preview images below, there are plenty of chuckles to be had and we are even introduced to a new character – Sticks the Badger. Sticks seems to be a comedic relief character, which should work well with the new tone that the series is going for.
On art duty for the Sonic Boom comic is Evan Stanley, whose style is clean and animated. Based on the preview pages below it looks like she is a great match for the series’s lighter fun tone.
With this lighter tone, Sonic Boom aims to be a more casual fun read that doesn’t get bogged down in ongoing narratives and continuity. This makes this series quite accessible to Sonic the Hedgehog fans of all ages. Even if you are not familiar with the Sonic franchise you should be able to get into this series.
Take a peek at 3 pages from this issue below.