Sonic the Hedgehog Speeds Into the IDW Era with Two New Covers

Sonic the Hedgehog is set to make its IDW Publishing debut in April, the start of a new era for the enduring Sega video game mascot. CBR has the first look at two covers from IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog #2, the B cover by Adam Bryce Thomas and a retailer incentive cover by Nathalie Fourdraine, plus the first look at solicitation text for the issue.

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Sonic's IDW arrival is a notable one, as the character had a nearly 25-year-run at Archie Comics, starting at the character's Sega Genesis heyday and attracting a loyal cult following. The move from Archie to IDW was announced last July at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and this past October at New York Comic Con, Ian Flynn -- a veteran of the Archie series -- was announced as the writer of the book, bringing a sense of consistency to the character (though the comic will not follow the Archie continuity).

“I’ve been a Sega kid for life, and Sonic has been my career for over a decade," Flynn said. "I'm overjoyed to keep running with the little blue hedgehog, and especially excited to be expanding my relationship with IDW at the same time. I can’t wait to show you what I’m made of as we reach for the stars and explore the endless possibilities!"

IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog will launch with four weekly issues in April, before settling into a monthly schedule in May. Issue #2, a spotlight on Sonic and Amy Rose, is written by Flynn and illustrated by Andrew Bryce Thomas (also a Sonic veteran), and covers and solicitation text are below. Tracy Yardley will illustrate IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog #1. Retailers can qualify for the Nathalie Fourdraine variant of #2 by ordering 10 copies of the issue.

Check back with CBR tomorrow for IDW Publishing's full April 2018 solicitations.

Sonic the Hedgehog #2 retailer incentive cover by Nathalie Fourdraine.

Sonic the Hedgehog #2—Cover A: Tyson Hesse

  • Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
  • Sonic’s new adventure continues, and when he comes across another town in need of saving, his old pal Amy arrives just in time to join the fight! The banter is fun, and the stakes are high, but things get really serious when Amy presents Sonic with a big request: rejoin the Resistance!
  • *Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Expected in-store date: 4/11/18

Sonic the Hedgehog #2 cover by Adam Bryce Thomas.

Sonic the Hedgehog #2—Cover B: Adam Bryce Thomas

  • Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a & c)
  • *Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Expected in-store date: 4/11/18

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