Sonic the Hedgehog #2 Review

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Title: Sonic the Hedgehog #2

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Writer: Ian Flynn

Artist: Adam Bryce Thomas

Colorist: Matt Herms

Letterer: Corey Breen

Cover Artist: Tyson Hesse

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The newest entry in the newest Sonic the Hedgehog series by IDW has just as gorgeous artwork as the first. Every scene is very bright and colorful. It feels very much like Sonic should. In this issue, Sonic reunites with long-time Sonic staple, Amy Rose. She seems a little more mellow than the head-over-heels, love-struck Hedgehog we (and especially Sonic) know. Ian Flynn still shows that she loves Sonic, though, so it isn’t a total break from the classic character.

Since the last issue, Sonic has headed toward the next town where Amy is fighting, leaving Tails to help clean up and regroup after an intense battle with the Badniks. Amy seems entrenched in the same ordeal and this is where the issue got a little stale for my taste. It was like a good song on repeat: you really like the artist and the song, however, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Sonic and Amy deal with an army of Badniks and a Super Badnik (just like the last issue). During the battles, Amy tries to reunite the old crew by asking Sonic to rejoin the resistance. Sonic declines multiple times with his signature 90s ‘tude, which sometimes feels like plain old arrogance. After a while he agrees for a chili dog, his favorite food, although this seems a bit sarcastic. Sonic decides to leave Amy to “what she does best” and has her lead the cleanup and fortification of the town they save. Amy tells Sonic that Knuckles is in the next town and as the issue ends, Sonic runs towards his old friend.

I felt like the action sequences in this issue were excellent. As I mentioned before, the artwork was a visual pleasure, especially in these sequences. However, too many similarities could be drawn between this battle and the last. I would like to give that a pass, though because the banter between Sonic and Amy was delightfully refreshing and a little funny. The bigger problem was the plot line. It had the same shortcomings  and was lack-luster and unchanging. It seemed like I was still being introduced to too many things that had already been covered or that could have been written in a more succinct dialogue or narration. There was a lot of repetition in this one, but I still don’t get tired of cliffhangers in any book. This one ends on a cliff hanger and shows off new bad guys for us to look forward to. We don’t yet know the evil force directing things from behind the curtain and the questions that it brings to us, gives us the desire to see them answered.

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