Sonic the Hedgehog #5 Review

Posted May 31, 2018 by Cameron McFarland in Comic Books

Written by: Ian Flynn

Art by: Tracy Yardley

Published by: IDW Publishing

Sonic the Hedgehog has been off to a slow start, but I’m excited to say that issue #5 finally gives me hope that the blue blur may just be warming up. The recurring flaw I’ve taken note of in the series so far is a bland, aimless story that has been teasing a surprise payoff that we’ve yet to see realize. Issue #4 ended with an implication that Doctor Robotnik is once again up to his tricks, and in a genuinely surprising twist it appears there is a bit more than meets the eye.

Sonic meets up with the members of Chaotix to see if they’ve been able to sniff out the source of a resurging robot menace only to discover that the team has found Robotnik himself, but they have reason to believe he isn’t the one behind the attacks. Sonic holds onto his reservations, and for the first time in the series we see Sonic have to stop and really struggle with something.

It becomes a moral quandary to hold onto the past or look to the future, and I do admit this book is aimed at children so for an older reader it might not seem that big of a deal, but I am genuinely impressed that what was a boring read suddenly got me turning pages with a bit of eagerness to learn what Sonic would decide.

The artwork leaves something to be desired as some panels feel just a tad empty, but the poses and colors are getting a little more interesting and the more varied cast we see in each issue is noteworthy. I find the action a little dull as the robots are described as threatening but never seem to demonstrate their strength as main characters effortlessly tear through them. To be fair, that is how the games are played, but it is a lot more fun to press A to jump than to read that someone else pressed A.

Ultimately, this book takes a big step in the right direction, but there is a long road still to cover before I can recommend this series to any longtime fans.

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,