After a few delays in terms of the release, issue 12 of IDW’s Sonic series is finally here! But was it worth the wait? Let’s find out.
- Sonic the Hedgehog #12
- IDW Publishing
- Story: Ian Flynn
- Art: Evan Stanley & Tracy Yardley
- Colours: Matt Herms
This time around, I got Cover A by Evan Stanley and Matt Herms. In terms of the actual art, it’s my favourite of the three available, with an excellent shot of Metal Sonic chained up. I also like that, using the team that does the interiors in this issue, it feels uniform with that, so that’s a bonus. This team obviously cares a lot about Metal Sonic too, as that same quality carries over into the main part of the issue. There’s lovely shot early on where the metal killing machine actually manages to show some trepidation when Sonic makes him an offer. He’s pretty endearing for a panel as a result. His thumbs up did make me laugh too.
Of course, Metal Sonic is the only character to appear, as the entire main cast so far get a brief moment in the sun. New villains Rough and Tumble continue to use their Team Rocket routine (complete with poses and motto), and I couldn’t be happier about that. Meanwhile, on the hero side, Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf get a little pair up moment that really helps illustrate the differences in their personalities, with their body language being polar opposites throughout.
In terms of the story, this was very different to what I expected. Honestly, with how things ended last issue, I had thought that this would follow a simple patter: Eggman regains memories, Eggman reveals he had a plan all along, big battle, good guys win. What we got instead was essentially a wrap-up for the different characters. Each of the heroes gets their personalities across, Blaze and Silver make it clear they’re sticking around for a little while (though Blaze is likely to head back to her dimension soon…boo). Meanwhile, Eggman returns to his dastardly ways and we get to see Dr. Starline give a little insight to his work. No, this isn’t another battle issue, but rather a cool-down before the next arc. I’m not opposed to it, and I did enjoy reading it, but it was a surprise.
The letters section is given over to Evan Stanley this month, and it makes for a compelling read. Evan talks about designing characters and working on the series in general, and we even get to see some concept art for a few of the IDW exclusive characters. It’s a great addition to the issue and well worth a read if you’re interested in what it’s like to work on a comic.
So, while the issue was not what I expected, it was a fun send-off for the Angel Island arc. The key points were put in place to kickstart the second season of the comics, the art is great, and the bonus content was interesting. What more could you want, really? This is another 4 out of 5