SEGA News Bits: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #5 & #6 Discussion

On our last IDW Sonic video, we asked if you wanted more and you did! So here it is, our SEGA News Bits discussion of IDW Sonic the Hedgehog issues 5 and 6. We’ll be covering these as arcs moving forward, and on this episode we’re taking a look at “The Fate of Dr. Eggman”. How is the writing and art, and what’s the big twist? Click play to find out!

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IDW Games announces premium collector Sonic the Hedgehog jigsaw puzzles

IDW Games, a branch of IDW Publishing, will be releasing premium collector jigsaw puzzles soon. September, 2018 to be exact. Sonic the Hedgehog and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be kicking off the line, with 1000-piece puzzles targeting puzzle hobbyists and fans. The Sonic puzzle art comes from the issue 4 cover of the comic series by Tyson Hesse. The Ninja Turtles art is by co-creator Kevin Eastman, so Tyson is in good company indeed!

You can pre-order the puzzle today for $19.99!

Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #9

The latest previews have released for IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comics, and while we await issue 6 we have details on issue 9. This issue will kick off a new multi-part story entitled “The Battle for Angel Island” and will Sonic and friends taking on a treat to the Master Emerald. Unlike past issues which have been debuting characters one at a time, this issue promises everybody to team up. Interestingly, one cover features Emerl from Sonic Battle and Sonic and Knuckles riding their extreme gear from the Sonic Riders games.

The full solicit can be read after the break.

Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #8

Fresh from IDW comes an official synopsis for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog #8 as well as a look at a variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine. Following issues #5-7, which will be titled “The Fate of Dr. Eggman parts 1-3”, issue #8 will see the return of Silver the Hedgehog as well as a new character named Whisper. Not much is known of this mystery character outside of a mention that they are a “Guardian Angel”.

As with past IDW issues, expect multiple covers. Cover A is by Gigi Dutreix, cover B by Evan Stanley and another cover will be by Nathalie Fourdraine.

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Hush! You hear that? It sounds like Sonic’s racing off to another adventure and he’s not alone! But who is this “Guardian Angel” and why does everybody talk about her in a Whisper?

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We’ll update this post with new information and images as we get them.

SEGA News Bits: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #3 & #4 Discussion

As April draws to a close, so too does the first arc of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comics. On this SEGA News Bits, Barry walks George through issues 3 and 4 which feature the IDW debut of Knuckles, Blaze and new characters Rough, Tumble and Tangle. How do these issues compare to the first two? What direction is the comic series heading? Give the latest News Bits a watch to find out!

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Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #7

While IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #3 hits shops today, the preview for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #7 has just landed! While IDW does a decent job avoiding any spoilers in the description, if you’ve been reading the series you might want to avoid the latest preview. Having said that, we can tell you that the issue will have a special foil cover to celebrate half a year of IDW Sonic comics. Wow, issue #7 and we’re already celebrating milestones! I remember in the Archie days it wasn’t until issue 25 that we got a silver border and a Sonic CD adaptation.

After the break, check out the full preview!

SEGA News Bits: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #2 Discussion

Another week in April means another issue of IDW Sonic the Hedgehog! On this SEGA News Bits George grills Barry on the second issue which features the return of Amy Rose. How is her characterization? How is this issue’s artist? Who is behind all the rogue badniks? We discuss these points and more!

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IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #1 sells out

IDW and SEGA have announced that the first issue of the new Sonic the Hedgehog comics series has sold out! Joe Hughes, editor of Sonic the Hedgehog, stated “We know fans have been waiting a long time for this launch, and we couldn’t be happier with their response to the first issue. This first issue was the start of a four-week event that kicked off the beginning of a new era for Sonic comics. The new series will feature new adventures with characters new and old and I cannot wait for fans to see what’s in store.”

Second printings have already begun, with more issue #1’s expected to hit shops on May 2, 2018. You can see the cover for the second printing above. Congrats to the IDW Sonic team! Don’t forget, issue 2 released yesterday and issues 3 and 4 release in the following two weeks and then the series switches to monthly.

SEGA News Bits: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #1 Discussion (No Spoilers)

It’s April 4th, and that means the official launch of Sonic the Hedgehog IDW series! On this episode of the SEGA News Bits Barry will give you his thoughts on the new direction, how it stacks up against the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog series and much more. Did you pick up the new issue of Sonic the Hedgehog IDW? If not, no worries, this discussion is spoiler free! If you want to support this type of content, you can check out our Patreon!

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IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog #1 releases today!

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Just a friendly reminder that Sonic the Hedgehog comics are making their big return today with IDW taking over from Archie with an all new rebooted comic book series. Each week in April will see a new issue, with issue #5 moving back into a regular release schedule (which will no doubt relieve the strain on the artist’s wrists).

Expect a SEGA News Bits covering issue #1 this week, and a preview of issue #2 in the next SEGA News Bits Extra which is our Patreon exclusive video series. You can check out the issue’s synopsis, as well as a cover gallery, after the break.

Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #6

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The preview for issue six of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog is here! Following up from the previous issue, six features the story “The Fate of Dr. Eggman” Part 2. The issue is to feature Eggman, Shadow, Rouge and the Chaotix. Oh and of course, Sonic. It is becoming pretty clear that each issue, at least in this early run, will introduce new and returning characters to the IDW canon. After the break, check out the full solicits and a preview of a IDW Sonic collector’s box set!

Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course board game up for pre-order

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We already talked about the Shinobi 7 created Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers board game that hit Kickstarter in February, but it seems that same game now has competition with IDW Games’ Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course featuring classic Sonic characters which is up for pre-order on Game Nerdz. The game is part of the ‘IDW’ brand, so it seems we might get a classic Sonic the Hedgehog comic to tie-in? At the very least, there should be issue #1 of IDW Sonic included according to retail listings on other sites. Also to note, this board game only costs $18.97 to pre-order and has a MSRP of $29.99!

Hit the jump to see what the game contains, how to play it and product description:

IDW teases Sonic the Hedgehog #5, the return of Dr. Eggman!

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We know that all of April will have Sonic the Hedgehog IDW comics, as they are releasing four whole issues for the month. After that its back to a monthly title with Sonic the Hedgehog #5 which is set to include the return of everyone’s favorite Sonic villain, Dr. Eggman (or Doctor Robotnik depending on your age).

“After four back-to-back weeks of Sonic goodness, fans are wondering: where is Dr. Eggman? Sonic’s greatest enemy is strangely quiet. He disappeared after his last defeat, but you can’t keep evil scientist down! So where is he? What has he been up to? Readers will get all those answers and more in Sonic the Hedgehog #5!” – Ian Flynn, writer for Sonic the Hedgehog comics

Check out the solicitations and full cover after the jump as IDW starts its ‘The Fate of Dr. Eggman‘ plot:

IDW Sonic the Hedgehog villains Rough and Tumble revealed

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IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic books are due out with one issue per week in April and then monthly after that, and in the lead up to the new series we have our first look at the villains Rough and Tumble via Kotaku. Set to debut in issue three, these skunk brothers (Rough is the little one, Tumble is the big one) are described as “independent agents” and “more bullies than masterminds” but “tough enough to maybe become someone’s henchmen down the line”, according to associate editor David Mariotte. The character creation process is also touched on in the article, noting that SEGA has final approval on new creations.

IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog #1 releases April 4th! After the break, check out some additional images of the new villains.

IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic book gets printable pre-order form

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IDW Publishing has tweeted out a printable Sonic the Hedgehog pre-order form that you can take into your local comic book shop to pre-order the upcoming series. You can check out where your local comic book shop is by clicking here. While I’m always up for everyone to support their local shops, if you happen not to live by a good comic book shop, you can always pre-order your comics at a huge discount via DCBS.

Hit the jump to get the second sheet to fill out. Who is pre-ordering it?