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Sonic the Hedgehog #200

May 16, 2009

Sonic the Hedgehog #200 (Archie Comics)
By Ian Flynn, Tracy Yardley & Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

The fact that this comic even exists is amazing to me. When this title launched 15 years ago, nobody would ever have predicted it would still be going strong 200 issues and multiple spin-off series later, but here you go. It’s already the longest-running video game comic of all time, and the second-longest running licensed comic since the Golden Age (after Marvel‘s 275-issue run of Conan the Barbarian). But enough about its longevity — is it any good? In a word… yes. This issue features what appears to be a final epic battle between Sonic and his original adversary, Dr. Robotnik. As the two foes face off, Robotnik starts to break down in a way that’s surprisingly intense for a comic for kids. What happens to Robotnik here almost makes you feel sorry for the villain — heck, even makes Sonic feel sorry for him. At the same time, Ian Flynn uses the dramatic change to shift the status quo and introduce a new series of villains (who may or may not have come from the video games, I really don’t know). It’s a good spot to re-evaluate the series, to launch something new, and to set it up for a new direction beginning in issue #201. The art is strong as well, with good linework by Tracy Yardley and Terry Austin. It’s Matt Herms‘s coloring, however, that really blows me away — it gives the book much more energy, much more of a computerized quality that feels appropriate. I’m still stunned the book has lasted this look, but even though I’m not a regular reader, I’m definitely glad it’s out there for those who are.
Rating: 8/10

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