SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #15 / Writer: Ian Flynn / Art: Jack Lawrence / Colors: Matt Herms / Shawn Lee / Publisher: IDW / Release Date: 3/20/19
Sonic the Hedgehog #15 is all about paying close attention to the lessons life teaches us. Amy Rose gives our favorite hedgehog, Sonic, a history lesson about the loss of life while at Echo Mine. Elsewhere, Dr. Eggman is unimpressed with skunk brothers, Rough and Tumble, threatening a hostile takeover as punishment for recent weapon failures.
Unfortunately for Sonic, Rough, and Tumble by comic’s end, they’ll regret not listening carefully to the brains of their prospective operations.
The writing in Sonic #15 perfectly captured the importance of paying attention to the lesson’s history teaches. Writer, Ian Flynn, does a fantastic job of hammering this point home without being to obvious while moving throughout the plot. This particularly impressive when you consider the characters he’s dealing with and the fact that they all retain the voice of our beloved characters. All too often you writers stuffing dialogue and concepts in character’s mouth that seems completely unnatural. This doesn’t happen here.
Also, it’s important to note that although our beloved hero is a speedster the pacing of the artistic design and dialogue are a tad slow, which is perfect for this comic book.
The issue ends with a cliffhanger, Sonic is infected with the Metal virus, but can Amy Rose help?
Major shout out to Sega for allowing Sonic the Hedgehog come back to us in comic form. The dialogue and art are just like the 90s tv show and original video game. This is a great entry level comic for new comic readers of all ages. The pacing of the story is perfect, but the dialogue can get a bit redundant. Capturing Sonic’s run and Amy Rose’s hammer smash was spot on too. At some points, you feel like you can truly hear this comic. I give this comic 4.5, Ian Flynn was able to successfully capture the nostalgia and tell a brand-new story without alienating the audience. This attests to really having an understanding of Sonic and being a master of his craft.
Verdict: 4.5 out of 5
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