Sonic the Hedgehog #18
Ian Flynn (w) • Diana Skelly (a) •
Jonathan Gray (c)
infection spreads! Sonic’s already lost one friend to the spread of the virus
and doesn’t want to see anyone else corrupted. When Cream the Rabbit’s town
becomes the latest epicenter, Sonic races to help—but chaos has already
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019
Ian Flynn, James Kochalka, Evan Stanley & Gigi Dutrieux, Cavan
Scott, and Caleb Goellner (w) • Jonathan Gray, Jack Lawrence, Jennifer
Hernandez, Diana Skelly, and Evan Stanley (a) • Yuji Uekawa of Sonic Team (c)
In Sonic’s world, adventure awaits around every corner, but even
the world’s fastest hedgehog can’t be at the center of all of it! Join Sonic
and some of his coolest friends in adventures that show just how wonderful
Sonic’s world really is.
In the lead story, the odd couple of Tangle the Lemur and Whisper
the Wolf team-up to save a friend in need! Then Sonic and Tails take the
Tornado for a spin, but is Sonic going too fast? Plus, Silver and Blaze slow
down for a minute to go gardening, the Sonic Fan Club has their first official
meeting, and Rouge the Bat hunts for treasure!
FC • 48 pages • $7.99
Uncle Scrooge: Treasure Above the Clouds
Giorgio Fontana, Carlo Gentina,
Evert Geradts, Carl Fallberg, Carl Barks, and Jerry Siegel (w) • Marco
Mazzarello, Carlo Gentina, Carmen Perez, Marco Rota, Daan Jippes, Romano
Scarpa, and Sandro Del Conte (a) • Jonathan Gray and Andrea Freccero (c)
In “Treasure Above the Clouds,” Scrooge battles playboy plutocrat John D. Rockerduck for ownership of an awesome Incan treasure! Then, it’s Valentine’s Day in Duckburg, and Scrooge faces a firestorm from two dastardly dates—Klondike goldminer Glittering Goldie and brassy business-gal Brigitta MacBridge! And in “Money is the Root of Upheaval!,” a duck tale by Jerry Siegel, Scrooge McDuck travels through time to find riches in ancient Egypt—only to wind up stranded in a dystopian future! Collects IDW’s Uncle Scrooge issues #35-37.
TPB • FC • $12.99 • 96 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-424-4
IDW Publishing and SEGA of America, Inc. are proud to announce Sonic The Hedgehog Annual 2019, an oversized comic book extravaganza that showcases Sonic’s spectacular supporting cast!
Arriving in March 2019, the 48-page annual features the odd couple of Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf in the lead story, teaming up to save a friend in need. Additional stories see Sonic and Tails taking the Tornado out for a spin, Silver and Blaze planting a garden, the Sonic Fan Club holding their first official meeting and Rouge the Bat hunting for treasure!
To commemorate their first year of Sonicpublications, IDW welcomes three comic book creators to work on Sonic for the very first time: James Kochalka, Cavan Scott, and Jack Lawrence. Returning Sonic talents Ian Flynn, Evan Stanley, Caleb Goellner, Jonathan Gray, Jennifer Hernandez, and Diana Skelly, plus newcomer Gigi Dutrieux, round out the creative team.
Sonic The Hedgehog Annual 2019 will be available with three variant cover artists: Jennifer Hernandez, Nathalie Fourdraine, and – as a special treat for fans of the Sonic games – Yuji Uekawa of Sonic Team, celebrated as the visionary behind the look of “modern” Sonic The Hedgehog!
Uncle Scrooge #39
Simone Albrigi, Jonathan Gray (w) • Stefano Intini (a & c)
“The Colossal Coin of Cashdownia!” Scrooge, Donald and Daisy are off to capture the world’s hugest, heaviest gold coin—but Flintheart Glomgold wants it first! And when the treasure weighs a ton, lives may hang in the balance…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Walt Disney Showcase #4: Goofy
Augusto Macchetto, Giorgio Salati, Joe Torcivia, Jonathan Gray (w) • Massimo De Vita, Stefano Intini (a) • Andrea Freccero (c)
“A Pocket in Time!” Goofy’s daredevil cousin Arizona Goof is back—but can he crack the secret of future-man Eega Beeva’s technology? Plus: another outrageous installment of Goofy Online!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #742
Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Jonathan Gray (w) • Andrea “Casty” Castellan (a & c)
“Fire Eye of Atlantis,” Part 2 of 2! Did Earth once have a second moon? Did ancient Atlantis save Earth from a deadly interstellar collision? Will Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Eurasia Toft get out of another scrape—alive?
FC • 48 pages • $5.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #2
Story: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas
Letterer: Corey Breen
Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Cover B: Adam Bryce Thomas
Cover RI-A: Nathalie Fourdraine
Cover RI-B: Jonathan Gray, Matt Herms
Editor: Joe Hughes, David Mariotte
Sonic’s new adventure continues, and when he comes across another town in need of saving, his old pal Amy arrives just in time to join the fight! The banter is fun, and the stakes are high, but things get really serious when Amy presents Sonic with a big request: rejoin the Resistance!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
At breakneck speed, IDW Publishing is fast approaching a brand new era of Sonic the Hedgehog comics starting with a new #1 issue. Anticipation for this exciting launch runs high and, as a way to express gratitude to the fans for their patience, the series will kick off with a new issue each and every Wednesday during the month of April. Following the release of the first four issues, the ongoing series will continue on a monthly release schedule from May onward.
Longtime Sonic scribe Ian Flynn has been tapped as the series writer. His contributions to the Sonic comic mythos cannot be overstated and his return to the franchise has been met with overwhelming fan approval. Flynn will be joined by a stable of talented artists, some who will be familiar faces to readers, and others who will be making their Sonic comics debut. Among those contributing to the first four issues are Tracy Yardley (interior art on issue 1), Adam Bryce Thomas (issue 2), Jennifer Hernandez (issue 3), Evan Stanley (issue 4), Tyson Hesse (main covers), Nathalie Fourdraine (variant covers), Rafa Knight (variant cover), Jamal Peppers (variant cover), Jonathan Gray (variant cover), and Sonic Mania artist Kieran Gates (variant cover).
Each issue in April will feature Sonic teaming up with a different ally: Tails, Amy Rose, Knuckles the Echidna, plus the introduction of a brand new character, Tangle, who will make her debut in Sonic the Hedgehog #4.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #1 – April 4, 2018
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #2 – April 11, 2018
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #3 – April 18, 2018
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #4 – April 25, 2018
Uncle Scrooge #30 collects two international stories in one book, reprinting one story from 1981 and another from 2011. The book will likely pique interest in those who are jumping on the Duck Tales revival train—myself included—and if you’re just here for classic Duckburg humor then you’re in the right place.
It’s hard for me to recommend purchasing the book, however, as it’s arbitrarily reproduced stories from older books. I can’t help but compare my reading experience to Duck Tales, which may not be fair, but it’s not to be helped, either. The television reboot is original, clever, and seamlessly blends classic Donald Duck comics with the cult-hit 90s cartoon.
In comparison, Uncle Scrooge is the same joke dragged out ad nauseam, which makes the story predictable. Where the new show works hard to give each of the triplets their own personality, and Donald his own meta-twist where his speech is only understandable about 60% of the time, the older stories feel dismissible in comparison. Donald uses complete sentences, Scrooge has no accent, the boys are referred to as clones (with good reason), and Scrooge is so cheap he charges interest on bus fare.
Maybe I’m coming down hard on the book because I hold Duck Tales and Donald Duck so very dear. I don’t like to see them mistreated. But Uncle Scrooge does just that. If the book used the older comics as bookends, like the newer Archie books, I would be much more inclined to return to “Uncle Scrooge” in the future. As it stands now, I think I’ll pass.
Story: Carlo Chendi, Daan Jippes, Jonathan Gray Art: Daan Jippes, Giorgio Cavazzano
Cover Art: Giorgio Cavazzano
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review