Sonic the Hedgehog #4: Capsule Review


Title: Sonic the Hedgehog #4

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Writer: Ian Flynn

Artist: Evan Stanley

Colorist: Matt Herms

Letterer: Corey Breen

Cover: Tyson Hesse

Review: ★★★☆☆


Remember that first time we got to read a new Sonic the Hedgehog series? At this point it feels like it’s Groundhog Day with that experience. Every new character that gets introduced has the same story and the same plot. Don’t get me wrong, I love the wit in the writing, and the art style remains wonderful and true to the series. That only gets me so far. I long for change as Bill Murray did in that movie I’m heavily referencing. If I read it like a manga, will I get to experience February 3rd?

Apart from what’s the same, which is most of it, what is different is what is good about this issue. We get introduced to two new characters featured on the cover and teased in the last issue. Blaze and Tangle the Lemur. Sonic, of course, knows Blaze from his adventure in Sonic and the Secret Rings. Another game the comic makes canon to the story. Tangle is just meeting Sonic for the first time. She has a neat ability to stretch her tail and make it into a Slingshot.

You won’t miss much story with this one. They beat up some Badniks and save the nameless new town. They accomplish it in a neat way with new abilities, but you know, it’s still track one on that record. Let’s not hit repeat next time. We are greeted with another familiar face at the climax. This one not so friendly and we find out the main villain might not be who we think.

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