The massive event featuring every character from the Sonic the Hedgehog universe continues in issue #30. Sonic is still missing after sucking all of the metal virus into the Topaz Stone, which leaves all of Sonic’s friends and the planet Mobius unprotected from the blue blur hedgehog.
This comic’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness: Ian Flynn has pulled in every character from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise to tell the story of the metal zombie virus. While it was cool to see so many familiar faces zombified into robots, that’s still way too many characters. In addition to this, every villain is also here, cramping up even more pages of the comic book. It’s too many characters with too many perspectives. Character development gets completely lost and in turn the reader is delivered too many off-beat one-liners that lack depth or personality.
There is an interesting plot beat here where Zavok and the Deadly Six recognize that Sonic is missing, so they want to utilize the moment to destroy the planet because… They were embarrassed they couldn’t do it the first time? Honestly, that story is bland and overdone. I don’t know why the Deadly Six are even here at this point; however, the interesting perspective is that all of these characters are ready to fight to defend their communities from the Deadly Six while Sonic is missing. It’s clear that these characters, many of whom we have played as in a game, are strong enough to defend themselves without Sonic. It’s a moment where these characters and the readers finally recognize that Sonic isn’t the only hero on the planet.
Unfortunately, this concept gets muddled in the swamp of characters that are thrown into the story. I wouldn’t even recognize what was happening based on some of the dialogue, but Priscilla Tramontano and Heather Breckel bring their art game and tell the missing components of the story through illustration.
This series needs to slow down. Sonic may be the fastest thing alive, but the comic does not need to be this way. I want to spend some time with these dozens of characters that have been dropped into the story, and how they manage to live without Sonic.