With the second major story arc of Sonic The Hedgehog from IDW Comics in full swing, one can only hope the success of previous issues continues to carry over. Luckily for all the Sonic fans out there it delivers a lot in a single issue.
In an effort to save Angel Island from Neo Metal Sonic, the resistance fighters and Sonic have to stage a daring attack.
After the first arc which helped to established the new villain of the series, it’s impressive to see how far the storyline has progressed. Neo Metal Sonic is shown to not only have taken control of Knuckles’ home of Angel Island but also managed to neutralize the Master Emerald, the source of the island’s ability to float in the air. Got to admit, Neo Metal Sonic works fast.
Writer Ian Flynn is able to showcase the ability to juggle a large cast with relative ease. Each of the characters are allowed a moment in the story to showcase they aren’t simply there to fill a space. Also, despite a lot of dialogue dedicated to helping to set up the invasion strategy there is just as much action utilized for proper balance. All in all a very enjoyable issue of Sonic The Hedgehog.
The artwork by Tracy Yardley is at its best in this issue. The two page splashes of both Angel island and the resistance fighters gathered together help to showcase the great attention to detail Yardley brings to the comic. It’s the kind of art which needs to be given an extra moment to appreciate all the fine details which went into its creation.
The color work by Matt Herms delivers some dynamite effects to the fight scenes. Of particular note is when Blaze showing off all the powers at her disposal. Thanks to the great job on the coloring, the intensity of the fire seems to radiate from the page.
The lettering by Shawn Lee continues to be a staple of this new series. Jokes and emotional moments come through perfectly thanks to his word placement. It also aids in delivering Sonic The Hedgehog’s personality in a very authentic fashion.
With a last panel cliffhanger which will definitely have fans waiting with anticipation for the next issue. The Sonic The Hedgehog series from IDW Comics continues to be a fantastic series. It’s almost safe to say a bad issue won’t come for a while. Just to be on the safe side, better just knock on some wood.