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IDW and Sonic The Hedgehog Celebrate Classic Friends (and Foes) in Upcoming Tails’ 30th Anniversary Special and Scrapnik Island

Following the monumental box office success of Paramount Pictures’ Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and leading up to SEGA’s highly anticipated action-adventure Sonic game, Sonic FrontiersIDW Publishing has revealed two upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog comic book projects for 2022 featuring the Blue Blur and his band of buds!

Just in time for Halloween, the spooky four-issue miniseries Scrapnik Island, written by Daniel Barnes and illustrated by Jack Lawrence with colors by Nathalie Fourdraine, will release in October 2022. Alongside formidable new foes, Sonic and Tails run afoul of old adversaries—including long-lost fan favorites like Mecha Knuckles—as they battle to survive isolation on an island of robots programmed to destroy them.

As a follow-up to IDW’s popular Sonic 30th Anniversary SpecialSonic The Hedgehog: Tails’ 30th Anniversary Special will release in November 2022, featuring a new 30-page (for 30 years!) story by series regular Ian Flynn, with art by Aaron Hammerstrom and colors by Reggie Graham inspired by the classic games.

Sonic The Hedgehog: Scrapnik Island #1 will be available in stores in October 2022 with three cover variants, including Cover A by series colorist Nathalie Fourdraine, Cover B by Min Ho Kim, and a retailer incentive edition by Diana Skelley.

Sonic The Hedgehog: Tails’ 30th Anniversary Special will be available in stores in November 2022 with three cover variants, including Cover A by series artist Aaron Hammerstrom, Cover B by Thomas Rothlisberger, and a retailer incentive edition by series regular Tracy Yardley.

Preview: Transformers Vol. 5 Horrors Near and Far

Transformers Vol. 5 Horrors Near and Far

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova, Bethany McGuire-Smith, Jack Lawrence (CA) Cryssy Cheung
In Shops: Jun 08, 2022
SRP: $49.99

The war grows desperate for Optimus Prime’s Autobots. With Energon and morale running low, they seize on a dangerous plan to boost Jumpstream’s teleportation abilities. Meanwhile, Bumblebee enters a criminal alliance and Megatron learns that his former mentor holds an artifact that could be the key to the Decepticons’ victory. The fall of the tether that anchored Cybertron’s moon was a critical step on the road to war, and the ancient Titan Vigilem caused it. Now the only other active Titan, Lodestar, and her cityspeaker, Lightbright, must hunt him down! And when Starscream follows rumors of a disembodied spark in the desert, what he finds will horrify and rattle him to his core!

Transformers Vol. 5 Horrors Near and Far

Preview: Transformers: War’s End #4 (of 4)

Transformers: War’s End #4 (of 4)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Jack Lawrence
In Shops: May 25, 2022
SRP: $5.99

End of the line! Exarchon makes his final push to claim all Cybertron as his own. Can a ragtag group of Autobots and Decepticons working in parallel defeat one of Cybertron’s all-time greatest threats? And what happens if they fail and Exarchon gets his hands on the sparks he needs to be unbeatable? An extra-long final issue leading to next month’s Transformers Special 2022!

Transformers: War's End #4 (of 4)

Preview: Transformers: War’s End #4 (of 4)

Transformers: War’s End #4 (of 4)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Jack Lawrence
In Shops: May 25, 2022
SRP: $5.99

End of the line! Exarchon makes his final push to claim all Cybertron as his own. Can a ragtag group of Autobots and Decepticons working in parallel defeat one of Cybertron’s all-time greatest threats? And what happens if they fail and Exarchon gets his hands on the sparks he needs to be unbeatable? An extra-long final issue leading to next month’s Transformers Special 2022!

Transformers: War's End #4 (of 4)

Preview: Transformers: War’s End #3 (of 4)

Transformers: War’s End #3 (of 4)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Sebastian Piriz
In Shops: Apr 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The origin of Exarchon revealed! Find out the secret history behind one of Cybertron’s greatest threats, the Threefold Spark. As Exarchon looks for a third body to make himself complete once more, he also receives backup that could prove devastating to all who oppose him.

Transformers: War's End #3 (of 4)

Preview: Transformers: War’s End #2 (of 4)

Transformers: War’s End #2 (of 4)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Angel Hernandez, Chris Panda
In Shops: Mar 30, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Trapped at the bottom of the Sonic Canyons, a group of Autobot scientists come face-to-face with Cybertron’s greatest threat, Exarchon, and his lost armory. Can the peaceful Autobots hold out until help arrives-and with the Crystal City under siege, can the Autobots spare any help to begin with?

Transformers: War's End #2 (of 4)

Review: Transformers: War’s End #1

Transformers: War's End #1

IDW’s run with the Transformers is winding down ending at some point later this year. Who knows how things will wrap up or where the current series will go in that time. Transformers: War’s End #1 feels like it kicks off the plan to bring the current run to a close. Exarchon is back, threatening to ramp up the current war even further. His third faction looks to shake up both Decepticon and Autobot and their current war.

Written by Brian Ruckley, the series feels not so much a stand-alone read but a spin-off to the current storyline. It’s an interesting concept and story with a direction that feels a bit obvious in some ways. But, it adds a layer to the ongoing tale Ruckley has been spinning. And that’s both good and bad.

If you’ve been reading the ongoing Transformers comic series or know the lore, you’ll be able to dive into Transformers: War’s End #1 fairly easily. If you haven’t been keeping up with the ongoing comic, like me, or your eyes glaze over from the words “Three-fold Spark”, this is a tough one to get into. It’s a comic I could appreciate in its broad concepts and where things were going but the specifics and details is what lost me. There’s a lot thrown in for ongoing readers, which is totally fine. It just makes it more difficult for new readers to pick up and read this debut. It’s doable but maybe not as enjoyable if you have all of the details.

The art by Jack Lawrence is good. With ink by Matt Froese, color by John-Paul Bove and Priscilla Tramontano, and lettering by Jake M. Wood, the comic looks like the consistent style IDW has put out for some time. The action is entertaining, the characters expressive, the designs nailed down. It’s standard style with a bit more of the cartoony look the latest volume has delivered.

Transformers: War’s End #1 is good. It has me wanting to check out the second issue but also had me a little lost as to the various factions and who Exarchon is. The threat is hinted at but the case is never really made that this is a major deal that could destroy everyone. The issue really missed that throwing readers into the story instead of building up things so we have a villain to really fear.

Story: Brian Ruckley Art: Jack Lawrence
Ink: Matt Froese Color: John-Paul Bove, Priscilla Tramontano Letterer: Jake M. Wood
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Transformers: War’s End #1 (of 4)

Transformers: War’s End #1 (of 4)

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Angel Hernandez
In Shops: Feb 16, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The Three-fold Spark has returned and nowhere on Cybertron is safe! Exarchon, who single-handedly started Cybertron’s last war, walks among the living again. Reunited with his former generals, Shockwave and Skywarp, he seeks once more to conquer Cybertron! But there may be hope… if Cyclonus can convince Megatron to work with the Autobots! The can’t miss companion to the Transformers ongoing!

Transformers: War's End #1 (of 4)

Preview: My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron

My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron

(W) James Asmus, Sam Maggs, Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence, Casey Coller, Priscilla Tramontano, Tony Fleecs (CA) Bethany McGuire-Smith
In Shops: Jan 19, 2022
SRP: $15.99

More ponies, more bots, and more magical mayhem as two worlds collide in the return of this hit crossover event!
While using a modified Spacebridge to bring magic to Cybertron, the Decepticons end up unleashing a more powerful evil from Equestria than they ever could’ve imagined-looks like the only way out of this one is to team up!
New partnerships will have to be created-the Seekers and the Wonderbolts, Applejack and Wildwheel, Soundwave and Octavia-in order to recapture the magic of their first meeting and save the day! All of this and more in the second My Little Pony/Transformers crossover!

My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron

Preview: Transformers: Wreckers—Tread & Circuits #4 (of 4)

Transformers: Wreckers—Tread & Circuits #4 (of 4)

(W) David Mariotte (A/CA) Jack Lawrence
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The Speedia 500 is over, so now Velocitron’s attention turns to the swearing in of the new Senate-led by the race’s winner! This is the Wreckers’ last chance to put an end to Mayhem’s rampage! But will they wreck and rule or be wrecked themselves?!

Transformers: Wreckers—Tread & Circuits #4 (of 4)
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