Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 25
Story: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas
Colours: Matt Herms
“A Sudden Shift.” The world has fallen to the Metal Virus. Heroes, villains, and civilians have become Zombots. There’s only one place left to hide and the few survivors-good and bad alike-find themselves up against a new threat commanding the Zombot hordes. Who will Sonic turn to for help in his most desperate hour? Find out in this extra-length issue!
This month has an interesting set of covers. Cover A is by Tyson Hesse, who worked on the recent web shorts and the redesign of the Sonic Movie visuals. That’s the cover I got and it’s the only one not to feature the Deadly Six (though it does feature Blaze the Cat, so plus points there). The covers are all fine, though I would say that any particularly stand out from the others this month.
The comic itself though sees us get off to a great start to the new run. Having a few extra pages to play around has meant that Ian can not so much nudge as shove us off in the right direction in terms of where we’re heading.
Personally, I like the Deadly Six, and I’m happy to see them assume the role of main villains for a spell. More fun though, from my standpoint at least, was the return of the Babylon Rogues. I’ve always thought that they deserved more time in the games, so to see them returning here was awesome.
Meanwhile, we got more emotional moments in a scene with Whisper and Cream. With the chance of a clear shot at Eggman, Whisper is talked down by Cream, and both of them end up in tears. Those two are really effective at bringing the feels.
The inevitable split between Dr. Starline and Dr. Eggman speeds into play, and as you’d expect, it’s due to a difference of opinion on how to proceed. One thing that has been apparent throughout their relationship is that Starline has potential, but despite his weaknesses, Eggman does have more experience with his foes. This arc has done a good job of illustrating that.
The only thing I’d say is a potential weak point for this issue is that, while it covers a lot of ground, it is clearly designed as a setup story. It serves its purpose, putting the pieces in place for the three-part finale to the Metal Virus arc, but perhaps doesn’t feel as complete as the last few issues as a result.
This is still a lot of fun though, and I’m excited to see not only how the arc ends, but where they go next. This gets a 4 out of 5 from me.