Sonic the Hedgehog #4

Posted April 26, 2018 by Cameron McFarland in Comic Books

Written by: Ian Flynn

Art by: Evan Stanley

Published by: IDW Publishing

In my review of issue #1 of Sonic the Hedgehog, I wrote more of my fondness of the Archie series and my own personal history with the character than I did the issue in question. Partially, this was because the framing of the current Sonic-political climate is relevant, but also because there was so little to comment on concerning issue #1. The book was bland and did little to entertain. Now, four issues in and finally wrapping up IDW’s inaugural first month event, Sonic the Hedgehog still fails to entertain.

Part of the pre-launch marketing included brief previews of one of the new characters we would see joining the cast of Sonic, namely Tangle the Lemur. Issue #4 functions as an entry point for Tangle to join the cast, but her talents or role in the group are barely established. She has a cute gimmick in the use of her prehensile tail that throttles evil robots, but she doesn’t present herself as quite the same tier of hero as Sonic, Blaze, or any of the other main characters. Instead, she quickly takes a back seat in the “story” and just sort of stands back in awe as Sonic and Blaze finish the job she started.

I give Flynn credit for not throwing in a “Mary Sue” token character for the sake of it, but this still rubs me as a waste. I want to assume that Tangle’s character will develop over time, but after 4 whole issues I find myself struggling to find a plot and I hope it doesn’t take much longer before we see that change.

There is an implication that the robots’ organized attacks reflect a growing threat to the world, and there is an implied network of heroic critters that defend their very-similar-looking villages from robots, but I don’t see much world building or depth to anything that happens on panel.

As a masochistic fool that will likely die alone after my wife leaves me for not understanding how important my Sonic  pajamas are, I will maintain my optimism that we will see improvement as time goes on. However, as an objective critic of the medium, I cannot say I’m terribly impressed.

About the Author

Cameron McFarland

Cameron loves cartoons and bad movies almost as much as bad cartoon movies. He is also the world's best spaghetti-eater, so don't bring it up around him or he won't shut up about it. Author and Artist for world-reviled World of Warcraft fancomic,