Friday, February 26, 2016

Archie Celebrates 25 Years of Sonic the Hedgehog


It's been 25 years since Sega traded on the slogan "Genesis does what Nintendon't." A lot of that brashness was bred by Sega's answer to Mario in Sonic the Hedgehog, who just so happens to be celebrating his 25th birthday in 2016. To help out with the celebration, Archie Comics is going back to the good old days with a commemorative one-shot celebrating Sonic's life in Sonic: Mega Drive.

"Not only is Archie Comics celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is also commemorating a milestone anniversary. With 25 years under the Blue Blur’s belt, we wanted to start the celebrations with something truly special," said Editor Vincent Lovallo. "The goal was to produce a story that hardcore fans would love, but also feel fresh and new for anyone looking to read a Sonic comic for the first time. The result is SONIC: MEGA DRIVE #1."

Sonic: Mega Drive reunites the creative team behind 2015's Worlds Unite crossover event, as long-time writer Ian Flynn joins artist Tyson Hesse, letterer Jack Morelli and colorist Matt Herms for an action packed story for fans of all ages. Join Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose on a brand new adventure—set after the fall of the Death Egg! The nefarious Dr. Eggman is trying to build a new engine of destruction: the MEGADRIVE, and it’s up to Sonic and his whole crew to stop the mad doctor and save the day!

"With more surprises on the way for Sonic's 25th Anniversary, fans are not going to want to miss this epic “Classic Sonic” story." teased Lovallo.

Sonic: Mega Drive hits stores July 6. Full press release below.
Archie Comics Celebrates 25 Years of Sonic the Hedgehog with SONIC: MEGA DRIVE!

Archie Comics speeds back to the early days of Sonic the Hedgehog with this commemorative one-shot issue celebrating 25 year's of SEGA's blue blur! Follow Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose on a brand new adventure taking on the villainous Dr. Eggman and his new nefarious tool of destruction -- the MEGADRIVE.

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Not only is Archie Comics celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is also commemorating a milestone anniversary. With 25 years under the Blue Blur’s belt, we wanted to start the celebrations with something truly special," said Editor Vincent Lovallo.

"The goal was to produce a story that hardcore fans would love, but also feel fresh and new for anyone looking to read a Sonic comic for the first time. The result is SONIC: MEGA DRIVE #1."

SONIC: MEGA DRIVE reunites the creative team behind 2015's blockbuster WORLDS UNITE crossover event, as long-time SONIC writer Ian Flynn joins artist Tyson Hesse (Bravest Warriors, Diesel), letterer Jack Morelli and colorist Matt Herms for an action packed story for fans of all ages.

"With more surprises on the way for Sonic's 25th Anniversary, fans are not going to want to miss this epic “Classic Sonic” story." teased Lovallo.

SONIC: MEGA DRIVE goes on sale July 6, available exclusively in comic book shops and on the Archie Comics App!
SONIC: MEGA DRIVE #1
Sonic spins into a brand new, Classic-styled, SUPER SPECIAL one-shot “Mega Drive”! Join Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose on a brand new adventure—set after the fall of the Death Egg! The nefarious Dr. Eggman is trying to build a new engine of destruction: the MEGADRIVE, and it’s up to Sonic and his whole crew to stop the mad doctor and save the day! Join Sonic and his friends in this special commemorative issue celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Blue Blur!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Sonic: Mega Drive #1 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
Ship Date: 6/22
On Sale Date: 7/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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