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Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details


Date Published 
  • March 23, 2018
  • April 4, 2018
    (official street date)
  • May 2, 2018
    (second printing)
  • May 16, 2018
    (third printing)
Publishing Company 

IDW Publishing

Production Staff
Cover Artist
  • Tyson Hesse
    • (Cover A)
    • (Second Printing)
    • (Third Printing)
    • (Retailer Exclusive - Diamond Retailer Summit)
    • (Retailer Exclusive - Dynamic Forces - High Grade Collector’s Cover)
    • (Box Set - Virgin Variant)
  • Tracey Yardley!
    • (Cover B)
    • (Convention Exclusive - WonderCon)
    • (Convention Exclusive - Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2))
  • Nathalie Fourdraine
    (Retail Incentive Cover A)
  • Rafa Knight
    (Retail Incentive Cover B)
  • Kieran Gates
    • (Retail Incentive Cover C)
    • (Retailer Exclusive - GameStop -
      "Crash Course")
  • Edwin Huang
    (Convention Exclusive - Tidewater Comic Con -
    "Superstar Variant")
  • Devin Kraft
    (Retailer Exclusive -
    More Fun Comics and Games -
    "More Fun Games")
  • Jonathan Gray
    (Retailer Exclusive -
  • ???
    (Box Set Variant)

Ian Flynn


Tracy Yardley!

First Appearances
Moves and Techniques

IDW Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 1 is the first issue of IDW Publishing's Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series.


Official Solicitation

SONIC'S RACING INTO A NEW ADVENTURE! After defeating the evil Dr. Eggman's latest plot, Sonic is racing around the world to shut down the robotic Badnik forces that are still attacking villages. But it's a big job for one hedgehog-even Sonic! Fortunately, he'll have some help from his best friend: Tails![1]

Story One

"Fallout" Part One

Sonic the Hedgehog had been battling Dr. Eggman for a long time with past known battles including Dr. Eggman piloting his Egg Viper, Egg Emperor, Egg Dragoon, and Death Egg Robot. After Sonic managed to defeat Eggman in their last battle; however, the doctor disappeared. Unfortunately, his robot forces remained, and so Sonic traveled the world to help stop the various robot uprisings.

Sonic came across a town that was under attack from various Badniks. He came across civilians in need, one of which attempted to fend off the attacking Badniks to save a group of civilians, but was easily knocked down by an Egg Pawn despite wielding a Wispon. Sonic appeared just in time to save the brave young man and comment that he knew someone who put a Wispon to good use, which was a nod to one of the Resistance members during Eggman's previous attack. Sonic then ran by the town's militia and told them of the man he just saved and that he needed their aid. Sonic then came across some civilians trying to escape from some Moto Bugs, and he defeated them with ease.

Sonic then started to have a little bit of trouble against some Egg Hammers, but Tails appeared and saved him just in time. The two teamed up and took down all of the robots with a mix of attacks, which included the Spin Dash and Rolling Combo. After Sonic and Tails started overcoming the horde of robots, the robots attempted to escape the town, so while Sonic took care of the remaining Egg Hammer, Tails closed one of the town's gates just in time to prevent the robots from leaving, which caused them to crash into the gate and get destroyed.

Afterwards, Tails noted that the attack seemed coordinated, which was unlike previous Badnik attacks from other areas. When Sonic suggested it might be Dr. Eggman, Tails did not believe so, as Eggman was known for making sure they knew he had returned before attacking. Sonic decided to continue doing what he had been doing, but Tails expressed his worry over the thought of Sonic losing again, to which the blue hedgehog promised to be more careful. He also suggested that Tails follow him just like old times. Initially, Tails wanted to, but then he decided it was more important to help the town that they had just saved rebuild and recover. Sonic commented on Tails' decision by calling him a class act and stating that they would bash robots again some other time, to which Tails agreed.

Unbeknownst to the two of them, a Flapper watched Sonic travel away from the town, which had someone watching the visual feedback and planning their next moves. The unknown mastermind planned to lead Sonic towards Amy Rose.

Key Events

  • Dr. Eggman is revealed to have gone missing after his and Sonic’s last encounter in Sonic Forces, but his robots are still active.
  • Sonic and Tails work together to defend a local village from a group of Badniks.
  • Tails deduces that someone is using Eggman's robots for their own purposes.
  • While Tails stays behind to help the local villagers fix their town, Sonic runs off to face more Badnik groups.
  • At one of Eggman's bases, a mysterious figure plans to deploy another Badnik horde on another neighboring town, in hopes of crushing both Sonic and Amy Rose.


  • Sonic: (after retreating into into a manhole) ““Hedgehog.” Noun. A burrowing animal.”

Variant Cover Gallery

Retail Incentive Covers

Retailer Exclusive Covers

Convention Exclusive Covers

Other Variant Covers

Background Information

Sonic 1-4 Cover A

The full image of the four connected Cover A covers.

  • The actual story is unnamed in the issue itself. The title comes from the graphic novel volume in which it’s reprinted.
  • Cover A is the first in a series of four connecting covers by artist Tyson Hesse.
  • The issue was first released (with an exclusive variant cover) via Wondercon 2018 on March 23, twelve days before the official release.
  • Concept art for Rafa Knight's variant cover was done by Aaron Hammerstrom.[2]
    • Rafa was not paid for making the cover, even after requesting that Aaron be credited as well.

The version of Cover B that was incorrectly labeled as Cover A.

  • Upon first being revealed online, despite officially being Cover B, Tracy Yardley's cover was mistakenly labeled as Cover A in the top left corner of the cover. This was later corrected upon release.
  • On the Tidewater Comic Con cover, Sonic’s pose bears a striking resemblance to his pose on the main cover of Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog #272. Both covers were drawn by Edwin Huang.
  • The Retailer Exclusive variant from More Fun and Games was first revealed to be known simply as More Fun Games. It is currently unknown if this shortened name is the name of the variant cover itself, an error, or a shortening of the name of the store.
  • The Retailer Exclusive variant from GameStop is not sold on its own, but instead included with versions of the Sonic The Hedgehog: Crash Course Board Game sold at GameStop.
  • The Retailer Exclusive variant from Spencer’s was given out on Free Comic Book Day with purchases of a special t-shirt featuring issue 2’s Cover B artwork.
  • This is the second American Sonic comic publication to sell out upon its release, prompting a second printing. The first such publication to do so was Archie Comics’ Sonic: Mega Drive one-shot special.
    • Additionally, it is the first American Sonic comic to sell out twice, prompting a third printing.
  • This issue currently has the most alternate covers, with 17 covers overall.

Cameos & References

  • The first page shows flashbacks to four different occassions in which Sonic battled a noteable Eggman mech from various games. This includes the Egg Viper (Sonic Adventure), the Egg Emperor (Sonic Heroes), the Egg Dragoon (Sonic Unleashed) and the Death Egg Robot (Sonic Forces).
  • Tails displays a genuine fear that Sonic might get caught off guard or become seriously hurt. This may be a nod how Sonic was long assumed to have been killed near the beginning of Sonic Forces, a belief that Tails found the hardest to deal with.

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