Way Past Consoles Pt 1 (?)
or “some reasons why you should read Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog before the IDW reboot”
To me, like many, Sonic the Hedgehog was childhood special interest. However I always found myself frustrated as kid when trying to overcome puzzles while going as fast as possible. And so, I abandoned the series with the exception of Sonic X of course) until one summer two years ago. That’s when I started reading the comics and fell back in love with the franchise all over again. It was easy enough to fall into the lore (but again this is comics so things get a little more than wild) and connect with the characters.
One of the most fascinating things that I enjoyed about the comics was how they connected past and present redesigns. They actively wrote in explanations as to why Classic Sonic suddenly had Current Sonic’s appearance, how Robotnik went from a round mad engineer but idiot villain to a ruthless and slick overlord who controls the world with an iron grip. It’s all explained through an event called The Genesis Wave that basically divides the two eras of 90s/Early 2000s and late 2000s.
Another of the biggest appeals? It has to be Sonic’s allies and closest friends, The Freedom Fighters. And if Sonic is the Speed then his friends cover what he can’t.
(the art styles will change drastically given 20+ years worth of comics jsyk)