Ian Flynn teases future plans for the Sonic comics

Every year, Ian Flynn gives to Sonic fans a little Christmas present: Vague details on what's going to happen with the North American Sonic comic book over the next year.

It’s that time of year again, folks. That festive time of year where I give you all tantalizing hints of what’s in store for the upcoming year, and you all delight me by going insane trying to figure things out. Fa-la-la-la-la-bwah-ha-ha-HA!

!!! REMEMBER !!!
All of these plans are not set in stone. Nothing is for certain until it’s actually published. Things may change as of this post.

MEGA MAN
The new kid on the block! I still can’t say anything about the series, except to say it’s about Mega Man and Spaz is at least doing cover art. Maybe more.

SONIC UNIVERSE
We’ve got three arcs lined up for the year, as per usual. The first one, as you all know by now, will be starring Silver to coincide with the book’s silver anniversary. This arc was inspired by editor Paul Kaminski’s desire to see Silver fight one of the coolest villains of the series. I found a nice little patch of continuity to explore in the process. The results will be glorious.

After that, we’re going to do an arc focusing on a character we haven’t seen in a while. We’ll also be delving into the backstories of some supporting cast members I’ve wanted to get to for a long time.

And then, as revealed by the man himself, Tracy Yardley will be returning to writing duties! I don’t want to steal any of his thunder, so I’m staying mum on this. Suffice to say, he showed me the story outline and I giggled like a fan boy. You guys are in for a major treat.

GRAPHIC NOVELS
Sonic Select vol. 3 and Sonic Archives vol. 14 are on the way. Keep your eyes on the blogs for a special contest announcement about the latter.

You’ll also want to check out Sonic Archives for a tease about the upcoming new graphic novel series. And that’s plural.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
Oh man, where to begin….

Okay, so, obviously we’re coming up on the big #225 anniversary issue. Which happens about the same time as SU#25. Which also syncs up with the franchise’s 20th anniversary. An alignment of the Sonic stars cannot go by without something big happening. That will be “Genesis.”

And even that is going to be a drop in the bucket compared to what we’ve got planned.

When I first came to the book, my agenda was measured in issues and arcs. Trim the fat here, organize characters there, get everything in order. Then I upgraded to sagas – “Enerjak: Reborn,” “Eggman Empire,” “Iron Dominion.” What we’ve got coming up, started by STH#219, is bigger than that. What’s coming isn’t an “arc” or “saga” so much as it is an “epic.” Events set into motion now will literally be playing out for years to come.

I’m especially excited for what’s coming because, up to this point, it’s mostly been about building and organizing. There will still be some of that, but from here on out, nothing is sacred. It’s time to shake things up – hard. And it’s not going to tie itself up in a neat little bow any time soon. You guys are at the start of a far reaching adventure. I can’t wait for you all to see it!

Happy Holidays,
Ian

says Archie's Ian Flynn.

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