in this thread i'm going to livetoot as i read every issue of archie comic's sonic the hedgehog (probably, anyway... until i lose interest)

sonic comics #1, description of graphic violence 

i got exactly one page into issue #1 before I had to stop and post...

dr. robotnik is literally hanging sonic the hedgehog by the neck, its very fucked up 🤷

sonic comics #1 

okay, so the hanging sonic was just a pinata

the first story in this comic was kinda dumb, but also kinda weirdly relevant, because the problem that robotnick made was solved by a thunder storm?????? feel kind of weird about that considering the same thing happened to me just last night

the second story takes place in the casino night zone...

sonic comics #1 

the second story was also silly cartoony nonsense, robotnik actually managed to capture sonic but instead of robotisizing him, he put him into a giant pinball machine...

there was one good joke, when sonic said "who write's your dialogue? Al Literation?"

also sonic blew casino night zone up with explosives...

the last three pages are single page comics, one of which has an actual chili dog recipe, this might be the first time that sonic is seen with a chili dog, huh

sonic comics #2 

its always bothered me that scratch is a chicken, and coconuts is a monkey, but grounder is aaaaa.... drilling machine??? like not a mole, or something, just a machine with drills

sonic comics #2 

holy shit, Verti Cal and Horizont Al... I havn't thought about these dudes in a minute...

also, Sally just said "Okay boomer" hahahahahahah

sonic mini-series #0 

well half way through issue 2 of the main series i looked up a reading order list and found out that I totally forgot that there was a mini-series that ran before issue 1 came out

so issue 0 might be where they mention chili dogs for the first time! there's a whole story about how robotnik took over mobius by ordering 200 chili dogs, also sonic's uncle owns a dog, that's kinda fucked up

think about it

sonic mini-series #2 

i've just been having fun reading these actually, i don't really have much to say, mini-series issue one flew past

in issue 2 though i've realized that the mobian's who have been turned into robots just kinda look like normal mobians, they must not have finalized the designs of them this early

also they introduced the "freedom emeralds" in this issue as basically the crown jewels of mobius, i wonder if those will ever come back 🤔

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sonic mini-series #3 

"Be nice to Robotnik! He comes from a broken home!" - Uncle Chuck

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sonic comics #3 

i'm back at it now that i've got free time again, i didn't think there would be anything to say about issue 3 of the main line when i opened it, but the second story in this one is the one where they introduce Bunnie Rabbot, its got the same energy as all of these early issues, but i'm glad to see her get an honest intro instead of just being dumped into a scene like she was always there

sonic comics #4 

this issue is where you can see the roots starting to fall into place, its still goofy cartoon humor, but they begin to build on the references from previous issues more and acknowledge their own continuity

mainly in the way that Sonic uses a part from the roboticiszer they stole from the Bunnie story to defeat the latest threat

any time now i'm just going to open up the next issue and realize that they are committing to a full on story-line

sonic comics #6 

i read issue 5 earlier and it had nothing worth reporting on, then had a nap and now i'm back to report on issue six, which is again just more silly bullshit, but it referances sonic spinball in the first story

the second story though... is a sonic version of a christmas carol

but! its also got two firsts in it: its the first time they officially call Rotor by his new name (instead of Boomer), and it seems like its the first appearance of Snivley in the comic

sonic comics #8 

whelp, Bunnie just made a joke about how she's a "sax symbol"

also this is the first issue where all of the freedom fighters are just incidentally together without any of them NEEDing to be there, and they actually pull their weight in the narrative instead of just letting sonic fix everything

i feel like every issue of this book in the early days actually shows a lot of development on the meta-level

sonic comics #9 & 10 

these issues both introduce throwaway characters, Betty Butterfly, and "the Nerbs"

i always like finding details like this when reading through the backlog of something, I can't help crossing my fingers and hoping that some writer way down the line rereads these old books and tries to incorporate them back into the story

also issue 10 was the first time that they didn't have to include any single-page comics for filler, though that could be because they needed more ad space

sonic comics #12 

getting around the first story's goofy time travel bullshit, the second and third stories in this issue introduces Cyril the Eagle, and Larry Lynx (the super jinx), two characters that i'm positive come back in future episodes

at the end, the way that sonic proves that larry is no longer unlucky is by having him win 50 games of chess in a row, a game that is famously not based on luck even a little bit... 🤷

sonic comics #13 

ooooh, this is awesome, Knuckles is finally on the scene, and you can really tell how much sonic 3 influenced the stuff in this issue

also this might be the first time that i've read the word roboticize in the comics, i can't recall reading it before now

sonic comics #14 

i think i've read this issue a hundred times, its probably one of the first issues i ever had; i still have a battered, ripped up copy of it sitting on my bookshelf

some very classic shit in here, i've looked at these panels so many times they are burned into my brain

also the filler pages in this issue are a three-page comic that they wanted people to write in the dialogue and sound effects themselves and then send them in for a contest, imagining doing that gives me anxiety

sonic comics #16 

this is maybe the first issue that has really bucked me (in a good way) the first story is about the freedom fighters getting stuck in a virtual world made by robotnik, and then sonic literally hacking his way out; it tricks you into thinking that they have beaten robotnik and that sonic and sally are getting married, my jaw dropped until they revealed the truth

the second story is (finally!) starting to show off nameless background extra freedom fighters

sonic comics #16 

oh fuck i hope Harvey Who comes back in a later issue

sonic comics #17 

holy shit, i didn't even notice that they finally shifted sally's design to the one that i know! no more bubble-gum pink and black hair, back to classic brown and brown

looks like the change happened in ish 16

sonic comics #17 

oooh, story two is an allusion to the princess sally mini-series, that's coming up pretty damn quick on my schedule

sonic comics #18 

uhm, fucking excuse you? sonic and sally are actually getting married????

sonic comics #18 

ohh, ok

it was a play they were putting on that centers around a wedding... i guess i don't get it

also another princess sally story in pt 2, and this one has Rosie! sally's nanny! the only actual adult in knothole village! hahaha

sonic comics #18 

yoooooooooo... shit is finally getting GOOD...

also, i get to read my first super special in this line

interlude: ken penders' wikipedia page 

this shit reads like he wrote it almost entirely on his own...

like i'd put good money down that there was a point where he added a ton of detail to this, and some other editor waltzed in an collapsed it down, it just has that look

sonic special: Sonic In Your Face! 

this one is almost 40 pages long, and also its awesome so far

they are going through a dungeon to try and find some kind of birthright left for sally by her teacher, and nicole is finally in the comic! i totally forgot that nicole was a magic computer from space...

sonic special: Sonic In Your Face! 

holy shit... okay, that's a trip

nicole is from a future where the freedom fighters have won

sonic special: Sonic In Your Face! 

okay, so story 2 was only three pages long and it was some silly bullshit where i had to read half of the text backwards

and the last story is a cute one about tails saving a sonic fan convention from robotnik

this was a pretty good special edition in my opinion

just two more main-line issues and then i'm on the sally mini-series

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