Some thought this day would never come, but it has–the first-ever release of a regular-sized trade paperback graphic novel from the Archie series of Sonic the Hedgehog comic books! Surprisingly, it contains not issues from the main Sonic book, but its modern off-shoot, Sonic Universe. The Sonic Universe series just began in 2009 and tells stories featuring different characters (other than Sonic) in each story arc, a radical departure from the Sonic-centric comics we’ve been accustomed to since the Knuckles series was cancelled a decade ago! Volume 1 is “The Shadow Saga” and contains the first four issues of the series, starring fan-favorite Shadow the Hedgehog and the creation of Team Dark.
If you haven’t kept up on the Sonic the Hedgehog comic books, I totally understand if you are scratching your head over this. Here’s an explanation of what’s going on: Back in 1992, Archie Comics kicked off the Sonic the Hedgehog comics with issue #0. The series was a mix of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and the Saturday morning Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons, with loose game adaptations occurring every so often. Seemingly, the events of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 occurred prior to the comic’s beginning, though it wasn’t explicitly stated. Starting with issue #252, Archie Comics rebooted the series by giving many longtime characters new designs and histories, dropping many other longtime characters (mostly the ones created by Ken Penders) and making the events of the previous 251 issues more in line with the games.