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Sonic Underground To Be Finished…In Comic Form


Sonic Underground wasn’t a series anyone asked for. In 1999, the west was finally able to experience Sonic Adventure, a game that, for better or worse, redefined Sonic for a new generation. At the same time, DiC entertainment, who had developed two Sonic animated series concurrently back in 1993, decided to take advantage of the license once again and create a brand new Sonic the Hedgehog series. Instead of trying to base it on the new game, however, the company went in a completely different direction. Making Sonic a prince and giving him two siblings, the trio fought Dr. Robotnik with the power of music in each episode while looking for their long-lost mother. Yes, the show didn’t make a whole lot of sense, and though 40 episodes were produced, it was lost in the shuffle, a strange child that reflected neither what SEGA was trying to do with the character or what even DiC had done a few years prior.

That’s why it might come as a surprise to find that, after all this time, the Underground will be revisited. Announced on the gaming site Destructoid, Issue #50 of the spin-off title Sonic Universe will feature the return of the Sonic Underground universe, picking up right where the show left off. Penned by current comic scribe Ian Flynn, not much has been revealed aside from the cover art and the fact it will serve as an epilogue. Though Sonic Underground isn’t the first Sonic series that comes to mind when thinking of much-needed conclusions, I must admit that I am a bit tickled at the prospect. Will Sonic jam with his siblings for one final time? Will their mother finally be found? Will Robotnik’s final demise come from the wailing tones of a magical guitar? Whatever the answers, they’ll have to fit in a single issue, since that’s all we’re getting.

This isn’t the show’s first appearance in the pages of the Archieverse. For those who remember, the Sonic Underground universe originally appeared in Issue #10 of the short-lived Sonic Super Special series, a simple crossover that simply acknowledged a new show had begun airing without trying to incorporate its continuity in a comic that was already dealing with multiple personality disorder brought on by DiC’s other Sonic cartoons. Sadly, we’ll have to wait until March 2013 before we once again visit the world of Sonic Underground. I just hope that Ian doesn’t take this trip down memory lane too seriously, because if he does…well, that would just be missing the point.

[Source: Destructoid]

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    I had just cancelled my subscription because the story and art were going down the drain, but a single, independent issue? I’ll buy that.

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      I have no idea what you’re talking about. The art has stayed consistent for the last two to three years, and while others aren’t into it, I’m absolutely loving the story Ian and the rest started from issue 212 all the way to now.
      I will admit I never got into or cared for Sonic Underground series, and only knew of its existence through their appearance in the comic crossover That being said, I like the idea & am intrigued by what it will be about. Its much like what was done for the 90s “Dungeons & Dragons” cartoon: They took what was supposed to be the last episode that didn’t get animated into a radio play & asked some of the original voice cast to reprise their roles: the only problem with it is the conclusion is a cliffhanger, which either very good or very bad depending on who you ask.

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      Yeah, consistently ONE artist. Who can’t draw for crap. And a back-up artist that doesn’t know how to draw to save his life.
      As for Flynn: How do you manage to fit a giant Metal Sonic, a Silver Sonic, the freaking Tails Doll, a Death Egg, and a Mecha-Sally into a single issue, and still make it dull? Bring down the demographic to a third-grade level.
      I stopped reading because he wasn’t writing for people like me anymore. He was writing for grandmas that were picking up comics for their three-year old grandsons. I literally couldn’t care what happened to Sonic, and that bothered me.

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    I have to admit that I was never really thrilled with the Sonic Underground series, but I still have to admit that this is a cool idea to do nonetheless.

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    I am loving that tag.

    To be honest, I get the sense that there was real potential with concept Sonic Underground, but it lacked the budget and writing to really let it take off.

    Since Ian will be the writer, and they have the Budget of Archie, I get the sense we’ll be in for quite the grand finale!

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    Haha, love the last tag XD

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    Really wish it was getting a spin-off series instead of…a single issue?

    Actually, why is it getting a single issue instead of four?

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    ” Will Sonic jam with his siblings for one final time?…”

    “Sonic jam”? That’s funny.

    Aside from that, I’m shocked that anyone cared about Sonic Underground. Ehh, I’ll give it a shot. Although, I always lost interest in the show nearly every time I tried to watch it.

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    The art is fine….

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    So your telling me this art is crap?

    http://www.sonicstadium.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/sonic-the-hedgehog-vol-3-20111031002834683.jpg

    Sounds more like ignorance to me.

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    I’m seriously starting to think that i’m the only person in existence that actually LIKES Sonic Underground. Well, I did as a kid. Might consider re-watching it.

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