Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic Archives #1

Issues #1 – #4

Naturally the first volume marks a lot of firsts for the series: the first appearance of Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr. Robotnik, Sally Acorn, Tails, Antoine D’Coolette, Rotor, Bunnie Rabbot, and Super Sonic. This volume is references the video games Sonic 2 directly. Tails gets his very own dedicated story in this volume, which results in his own miniseries down the road.

 Sonic Archives #2

Issues #5 – #8

Volume 2 has a variety of stories to enjoy, ranging from a retelling of “A Christmas Carol” with a Sonic twist, to a comic version of the Genesis game Sonic Spinball. This is also the first time we hear of Sonic’s Uncle Chuck and Robotnik’s nephew Snively. Sally struts her stuff as the main hero of a story, and even Antoine gets some of the center stage lights.

Sonic Archives #3

Issues #9 – #12

Out of the first three volumes I feel Volume 3 is the strongest set of stories. The range of comedic and serious tales is great, and this is the first time we see a lot of series’ staples, like the Cosmic Highway and Evil Sonic. The volume also has two bonus features at the end of the book, a “Who’s who,” and an interview with series artist Pat “Spaz” Spaziante on how he draws the Sonic Archives’ covers. Overall a very solid package.

Sonic Archives #4

Issues #13 – #16

Knuckles! Volume 3 has the first appearance of Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic’s friendly nemesis as he would go on to be called. Also included is a decent retelling of the video game Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Thought not as good a collection of stories and events as the previous volume, Sonic Archives #4 still manages to be an entertaining read as it sets up a lot of events that are upcoming for the series.

Sonic Archives #5

Issues #17 – #20

The Freedom Fighters get serious about taking down Robotnik for good. Backstory, new characters, and a few hundred Sonics to keep an eye out for make Volume 5 a mix of old and new. The inclusion of Issue #19’s Night of 1,000 Sonics makes this one of my favorites because of the amount of interesting alternate Sonics there are. Not as strong as past volumes, #5 is a transition book that contains more plot elements than past installments.