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This thread is for the IDW Sonic comics. So if that's all you want to talk about then you can do so here (you can still talk about IDW in the general thread). Let's start with Fang the Hunter #3. Why that? Because it just came out and I don't feel like posting the previous issues! But don't worry, here's links to the first two.

Fang the Hunter #1
https://desuarchive.org/co/thread/141741723
Fang the Hunter #2
https://desuarchive.org/co/thread/142469903
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>>179
It's better than the last two issues. I suppose.
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>>181
Fang and his gang get in more trouble than our blue hedgehog friend.
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>>182
Eggman wants answers!
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Anonymous
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>>182
Someone mentioned it in the co thread but god why is bean is way too condescending to real unlikable for me
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>>183
Fang seems really fixated on this thing he barely knows about. Also, this guy that told him must be very trustworthy.
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>>185
Bond villain moment.
>>184
He is pretty different from even the earlier IDW issues with him.
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>>186
Honestly I think Bark can take 'em. They're just basic badniks that Sonic bops all the time.
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>>187
This is like the third time this has happened with the Heavies.
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Anonymous
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>>186
>>187
Eggman being a cunt is based.
>>186
>He is pretty different from even the earlier IDW issues with him.
Yeah some may scream it's more like his original self! but he's just not that likeable in this series
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>>188
It's a deal!
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>>190
It's Sonic and Tails!
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>>191
For two pages!
>>189
>Yeah some may scream it's more like his original self! but he's just not that likeable in this series
Such a shame.
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>>192
Damn, Fang is smert!
No.194
Anonymous
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>>192
Get it? Because he's the tech guy!
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>>193
Pretty bold to be heading straight at a battleship like that.
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>>195
I mean, they have to know you're there. You didn't exactly try to be stealthy.
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>>196
I will say the egg robos pull that sailor outfit off!
>>194
Poggers!
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>>197
I did not care for this boss battle in Sonic Mania.
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Anonymous
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>>197
I really like Thomas's pencils. Underrated and probably one of my faves. Also I like how all these 2d game panels are basically homages to triple trouble special doing it
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>>198
Even begrudging villainous allies can work together!
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>>200
And so it was the Warp Topaz! Will Starline's corpse also appear?
>>199
It is pretty good and cartoony.
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>>201
Not my king!
No.203
Anonymous
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>>201
You know, obviously classicshit has been the past and even tho it's now it, theres still that separation so no way they would actually show starline but i could be surprised
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>>202
Okay it's not a chaos emerald but the fact it's something else makes it better. Since when is a chaos emerald so good? You need the other six to complete the set!
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>>204
Fang should've known that was going to be his response.
>>203
Killing off Starline was such a waste. At least let him stick around so Evan can use him.
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>>205
Have fun!
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>>206
And that's it!
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Anonymous
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>>206
Being honest I never cared for the HBH much desu
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Anonymous
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>>207
Thanks conductor
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Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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>>208
They've been pretty one note. Work for Eggman, betray Eggman, get beaten, and taken back in by Eggman.
>>209
No problem.
No.212
Anonymous
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>>211
Kinda like the D6 but classic
No.213
Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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>>212
One of these days, someone will take Iizuka up on his offer and make zeti OCs to expand upon the race. And then get hit with a bunch of mandates and they'll have to be kept one dimensional like the Deadly Six and that person will have learned a valuable lesson.
No.214
Anonymous
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>>213
Ha. I think they'll get some "deep" lore one day, but it won't necessary make people like the all too much. Speaking of them, they havent appeared in IDW in literal years at this point. Wow, and they were a big part for a while.
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Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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>>214
I don't know. Sega themselves haven't done anything with them. I guess a Lost World remake with DLC is likely.
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>>215
Imagine if they did this for the lost world remake/remaster. lmao.
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>>181
>It's better than the last two issues. I suppose.
The only reason I'm giving it a shot is that Bark's on the cover
>>182
Hey, it's best boy Crabmeat!
>>184
Yeah, it's bad enough Flynn would write him all zany like Woody Woodpecker, but this is way worse
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thirstposter ## VIP
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>>188
>This is like the third time this has happened with the Heavies.
Maybe naming one of them "King" wasn't the best idea
>>193
>Damn, Fang is smert!
Nice to see someone other than Tails working this sort of thing out
>>195
Poor Bark ;_;
>>198
>I did not care for this boss battle in Sonic Mania.
The Ninja was even worse when you're playing as Knuckles ;_;
>>199
The expressions are great too
>>201
>Will Starline's corpse also appear?
I'm still mad!
>>208
They're fine as a one-off thing for Mania, but not very interesting outside of that
>>218
Ha! I'd still play it
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Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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>>218
>silver goes back in time to make sure lost world never happens
>>251
>The only reason I'm giving it a shot is that Bark's on the cover
The wishy washy good/bad boy.
>>252
>I'm still mad!
Such a waste.
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thirstposter ## VIP
>>259
>silver goes back in time to make sure lost world never happens
Hey, the 3ds version was actually pretty fun!
>The wishy washy good/bad boy.
Interestingly, the Hooligans/Bark and Bean being mercenaries is something Flynn came up with. Bean and Bark are actually Sonic's friends in Sonic the Fighters, to the point where he entrusted each of them with guarding a chaos emerald. Fang stole his emerald from another of Sonic's friends, likely Mighty, Ray, or Vector
>Such a waste.
I'm convinced someone at IDW will bring him back
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Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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I can't wait until IDW dies and I can do an IDW Ride and we can really shill the board.
No.322
Anonymous
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>>320
Not that I want it to die, but I kinda of see your view although when that maybe might be a long while from now
No.325
Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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>>322
I won't lie, I would prefer IDW to be scrapped. It's a failed series and anything short of a major shakeup isn't going to save it and I doubt they'd go looking for a replacement for Evan and Ian. Also, they seemed to have let go some people to save costs. The ship is slowly sinking.

https://boards.4chan.org/co/thread/143042599
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Anonymous
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>>325
Always sounds bad from those reports which I can see what people mean by that
> I would prefer IDW to be scrapped. It's a failed series and anything short of a major shakeup
Yeah I read the comic as it's own thing instead of just disliking because it's not another but never felt too attached to anything. Always kinda did feel they blew their load early with metal virus as that seems like a later in life type of arc for a comic than so early. but That Eggperial City arc really turned me off from it.

I guess that possible shake up you're refering could possibly be that new phantom rider guy but he's gonna be tied to just a racing type rival me thinks so not THAT big of a deal.
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Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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>>326
I'm past the point of giving IDW the benefit of the doubt. It's been disappointment after disappointment. At least with a new writer I won't know what to expect. That's why Scrapnik Island was so refreshing.
No.328
Anonymous
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>>327
Yeah, if you're just not liking the comic, it's okay to not really wanting to engage with it, althought I appreciate you still doing the storytime here
No.333
Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
>>328
I'm more indifferent to it. Whenever a new issue comes out, I don't immediately read it. I'll get around to it.
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Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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It's such a shame that Lanolin did not turn out to be the Sally expy for IDW. I would've written her the same way and given her and Sonic the most intense friendly tension that even if there wasn't anything romantic in the comic, the fandom would ship them to hell and back. It'd be the most eyebrow raising friendship. Every time you see Sonic, he's with her and you wonder what they were doing before. And of course there'd be banter and swapping smug looks.
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>>484
I kinda see what you mean but I'm kinda glad she wasn't and just her own thing despite everything than just being another character. Plus that sort of dynamic with a girl is too powerful for them to ever have again desu
No.490
Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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>>486
Maybe I'm biased and would love to stick it to Sega in a way they wouldn't notice or be able to object to.
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Anonymous
>>490
They're like a hawk on looking at the comics, but not to the problems of their games. heh
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https://twitter.com/AdamBryceThomas/status/1782685051723080138
From ABT therefore Lanolin's canonical mother that will never be shown in the comic. Maybe. Not sure if IDW OCs are allowed to have family members. Though I know that background-ish characters have had family members like that park ranger bear and his son that Tangle and Belle rescued. Remember Belle? They should bring her back. In Pog form!
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Anonymous
>>1105
Her moms cute!
No.1392
Anonymous
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>>325
>It's a failed series
It's almost impressive how rapidly IDW went down the shitter.
>9 issues in Shadow jobs like a fucking moron
>20 issues wasted on the Zombot arc
>introduce Tangle and Whisper, fans like them, immediately turn them into whiny one-note crying lesbians
>introduce Belle, who's whiny and one-note from the start
>introduce Surge and Kit, fans get genuinely hyped, proceed to have them fuck up and job as hard as Shadow did
>introduce Lanolin, fan-favorite background character, turn her into an obstructive bitch

Everything the series had going for it, it fucked up.
No.1407
Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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>>1392
>be ian and evan
>get to work on sonic again under a new publisher
>have to start over, can't use any archie characters, more restrictions than before
>do big zombot story that was originally meant for archie
>covid and delays and 15 issues make it a slog for readers
>stop giving a fuck and have other sonic non-comic projects
>years later and just going through the motions
>always wondering when idw will go under so keep the stories short and simple
As always, it feels like writer burnout at this point and any attempt at ambition seems to not be worth it for the writers. I think about Barnes and Scrapnik Island was fine. But he does seem like the kind of person that doesn't mind the strict Sega restrictions. He might be better suited for writing a truly game version of Sonic.
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Anonymous
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>>1407
>always wondering when idw will go under so keep the stories short and simple
They're not even doing this. Surge and Kit needed a dozen issues for their introductory arc.

But I agree that they're likely just going through the motions. After all Ian's been through -- legal shenanigans with Penders, reboots, fandom drama, mandates, etc. -- who can blame him for not giving a shit?

>Barnes and Scrapnik Island was fine
Scrapnik Island is a great story. If Barnes was writing for the rest of IDW, and doing it as well as he did Scrapnik Island, we wouldn't be having this conversation. But he seemed to actually have enthusiasm and want to portray the characters well.
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Anonymous
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I thought scrapnik was overrated shit and the moment I got to Mecha saying the meme line is when I disliked it forever, and don't want barnes on the books ever again. I really don't get the glazing over memberberry rehash the mini series.
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>>1483
>They're not even doing this. Surge and Kit needed a dozen issues for their introductory arc.
Imposter Syndrome was Ian's last big story before stepping away and working for Sega more directly. He got his big milestone issue and to kill off his villain OC. But in the last year or two things have definitely slowed down and shortened.
>>1484
The callbacks to previous stuff didn't hit me hard like it did with the others. It was just a simple story with a new (old) location and some new and old characters.
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Anonymous
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>>1485
I dunno, It's just one of those things I just can't like due to how it is personally.
>imposter syndrome
You know, I kind of think that whole thing was a mess. Like surge changing motivations on whim and getting her ass kicked constantly. Yeah she's a bad guy but whoof. way to make her look bad. And kit... honestly I forget what he does and his purpose than just being her simp. You think they'd do more but no, just simp mode. Imposter duo are kinda mid to me in idw despite the supposed hype.
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Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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>>1486
Maybe Ian had bigger plans but when he got the call, he changed it up and had his stuff wrapped up instead.
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Anonymous
>>1487
Probably.
No.1490
Anonymous
>>1484
>>1486
For me I just liked the pacing and sense of stakes on Scrapnik Island way better than anything else in IDW. It's four issues, doesn't have a pointless page of Whisper crying, and Mecha actually seems like a threat to Sonic unlike Surge or Clutch or any of the shitty IDW-original villains. Sure, Sonic's foot is injured, but Mecha puts up a decent fight despite being pretty chewed up as well, which is more than you can say for Surge.

It also lends a bit of credibility to IDW Sonic's forgiving nature since he's actually able to convince Mecha Sonic to change.
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>>179
Due to popular demand, I will now storytime the epic conclusion to IDW's instant classic, Fang the Hunter #4!
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>>1502
Get ready for excitement!
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>>1505
Our favorite villains are in a pickle!
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>>1506
Time to avoid the random bullshit go!
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Anonymous
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>>1502
>>1505
IM SO EXCITED!!!!!!
(sarcasm)
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>>1507
Bark's making a stand!
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>>1509
Yoink and yeet!
>>1508
POGGERS!
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>>1510
The King steps up!
No.1512
Anonymous
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>>1510
I hate that guys boss in mania
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>>1511
Two for one!
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>>1513
YEEEAAOOOOWWW
>>1512
I think I stopped caring and just tanked hits to get it done with.
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>>1514
Who are these guys?
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>>1515
Slide and ride.
No.1517
Anonymous
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>>1515
Their inclusion in this comic feels like padding
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>>1516
Should keep the ice katana. Folded a thousand times in subzero temperature.
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>>1518
The biggest boom.
>>1517
I feel that way about Fang and the Hooligans in this comic.
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>>1519
HE'S ON FIRE
BOOMSHAKALAKA
No.1521
Anonymous
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>>1520
Again, I like Thomas' art but it kinda looks crowded in this for some reason.
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>>1520
I know King is the boss but Bark shouldn't be this beat up without dealing any damage back.
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>>1522
Let's all have a good laugh.
>>1521
It's fine but nothing that stands out to me.
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>>1523
Sonic needs a Red Bull to regain that lost energy.
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>>1524
I think every Sonic game needs a final chase out of an exploding base where you have a limited amount of time to escape.
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>>1525
Whomp whomp
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Anonymous
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>>1525
>I think every Sonic game needs a final chase out of an exploding base where you have a limited amount of time to escape.
Metroid: Zero Mission Music - Escapeyoutube thumb

Sonic escaping an exploding planet metroid style when?
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>>1526
>get a powerful gem that lets you warp anywhere you want
>don't think it was worth getting
Oh, I see how it is. If it exploded then Bean would love it.
No.1529
Anonymous
>>1526
>whew! we filled our contractual obligation to show up in a product!
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>>1528
And Eggman will keep the Heavies around so they can betray him a... uh... fourth time!
>>1527
I always liked the Halo CE sequence.
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>>1530
That's right kids! If you want to see what happens next then get the next Sega game, Sonic Superstars! A new classic that's worth buying the most expensive version of to get all the bells and whistles!
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>>1531
Or you can just get them for free off of twitter because the artists have no problem posting their work on there.
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>>1532
WORDS
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>>1533
AND SHIT
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>>1534
COVER
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>>1535
AND ANOTHER
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Anonymous
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>>1534
The fan art is honestly cute
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>>1536
>>1537
But where's the questionable fanart?
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>>1538
And that's it! I'll end on a somewhat positive note and say it wasn't that bad. Just not something I would have any interest in.
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>>1539
Thanks conductor but god... I can't believe they stopped the comic for this SHIT
>asshole mooks
>mid mystery
>sonic and tails appearances were pointless
>more of the one note, classic deadly six
>all to shill sonic super mid stars

I'm so fucking tired of classic shit.
No.1541
Unofficial Conductor ## VIP
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>>1540
You either die an Archie-era Ian or live long enough to become Kaminski.
No.1542
Anonymous
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From Mega Drive back in Archie to now, the entire classic comic fad will die before a single one is made about Tails throwing bombs at birds.
No wonder they're so boring.
No.1543
Anonymous
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>>1541
Oof
>>1542
It'll probably have Flickies needing to save Tails' ass again.
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Anonymous
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>>1543
>flickies
This is the saddest part.
A possible comic would be guaranteed to not be able to live up to the story of the game that was just a Game Gear title from the early 90s.
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Anonymous
>>1547
Tbh those were shovelware type stories. Not the best or anything
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Anonymous
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>>1538
Funny seeing an eggman that is drawn from Archie comics in there. though that might be just a coincidence.
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Anonymous
>>1572
Tracy drew that and its from issue 6
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Anonymous
>>1542
It would be too cool for this world

>>1543
> Flickies needing to save Tails' ass again.
>Tails had no problem going solo but he struggles more a second time even though the entire thing was just a retread of the game's plot.
Why.
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Since it's the IDW thread, here's some art by Natalie Haines, who has done some of the covers. Technically this makes pic related canon to IDW, even if it's Boom!
https://www.tumblr.com/lightningstar1389/749386491847950336
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>>1638
So why am I posting this? Because I wanted to try and say something positive about IDW for once and talk about my favorite IDW cover, pic related. It's a traditionally painted acrylic on canvas done in a mock renaissance style and directly references my favorite painting
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>>1639
That painting is The Fallen Angel, and was painted in 1847 by French artist Alexandre Cabanel. It's based on Milton's poem Paradise Lost and the Book of Revelation, specifically its account of the War in Heaven. Here we see Lucifer cast out from Heaven, covering his face in shame and shedding a single tear.

If we look at his expression, that tear isn't one of sorrow or contrition, but one of rage and resentment. There is only one thing on his mind: revenge. Some other things to note are the contrast between the soft forms of Lucifer and the angels in the sky, and the harsh dark angles of the rocks below. While depicted in the perfect Greek hero style, Lucifer is not just naked (in contrast to the angels above) but "laid bare." His plot has been uncovered and his defiance against the Creator is out in the open for all to see. You'll also note that his wings are mottling from their original blue color, like autumn leaves. He's no longer like his brethren in the sky, but is becoming something else

One of the really cool things about this painting is that people like it for a variety of reasons, from admiration of his continued defiance against impossible odds and sympathy for the situation he's found himself in, to satisfaction that the righteous justice of divine punishment has been met out against his arrogance. Personally, I just love how well the emotion has been conveyed. That, and I have a thing for redheads

The original image is over 50mb, so I had to compress it a heap. You can find it here:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f7/Alexandre_Cabanel_-_Fallen_Angel.jpg

I've been trying for days to write something about the latest IDW issue that isn't just pointless bitching, so this is the best I can do to contribute to this thread
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>>1640
Most people familiar with that painting might not know that he actually did a followup in 1848, called The Evening Angel. Gone is the anger and thoughts of revenge, and instead we see Lucifer draped in cloth with a contemplative expression, sitting comfortably and overlooking a modern (for 1848) city. Here is a being that's made peace with his past and separated himself from his Creator, but is wondering what to do next

I'm sure you can all draw parallels between these two paintings and Shadow yourselves
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i'm sorry i really don't see how the idw cover "references" the fallen angel. Shadow's just hanging there limply doing an angry expression. He's not even facing the same direction as the lucifer painting, or doing a similar pose, and the background and palette are completely different. The pose looks much more like Christ off the cross however
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>>1658
It really just references the look, and renaissance/romantic paintings in general. The artist goes into detail on her process, and explicitly mentions that painting here:
https://twitter.com/Ls1389/status/1628864057775104093
You can also see the reference being more explicit in the thumbnails, especially the crossed out pose.
>The pose looks much more like Christ off the cross however
I can't place the specific painting, but I think you're right
Really I just wanted a chance to infodump on my favorite painting
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>>1659
Saying something positive about IDW? You're going too fucking far pal
late reply but better than never
I kid I kid. Very nice analysis posts about that art. Also, lightningstar is such a great artist and always awesome to see their sonic work. Amazing coloring for their pieces.
Sorry for the negative attitude towards the comic if it bothered you. Personally didn't find it that good due to my above reasons, but I did at least have positive sayings towards the artist.
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>>1839
>Saying something positive about IDW? You're going too fucking far pal
I figure the occasional nice word balances out all my Flynn bashing posts! Yeah, I'm hoping we'll see some fancomics from ligntningstar at some point. Hopefully an adaption of Paradise Lost but with Sonic characters!
>spoiler
Not at all! I'm not a fan either, especially considering the only interesting characters are non-Eggman villains. At least they're allowed to have some actual fun, whereas the heroes are all either moping or doing fire safety PSAs
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Your monthly reminder that IDW is still going. Despite the constant delays and company losing money every quarter.
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https://x.com/thomas_rsvd/status/1794402060483346565
>Here's the clean version of my cover for @IDWPublishing's Sonic the Hedgehog #72.
>First time coloring a cover, so I went with a limited palette to keep things "simple". Those limitations bring their own challenges- but I'm glad people seem to like the end result. 🙂