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Sonic 9 Cover RI

Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details


Date Published 

September 19, 2018[1]

Publishing Company 

IDW Publishing

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist

Ian Flynn


Tracy Yardley![1]


Tracy Yardley!


Shawn Lee [2]


Matt Herms


Joe Hughes & David Mariotte


Greg Goldstein[2]

First Appearances

IDW Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 9 is the ninth issue of IDW Publishing's Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series.


"The Battle for Angel Island," Part 1. One of the greatest threats Sonic has ever faced descends upon Angel Island, home of the mystical Master Emerald, seeking to take the Emerald's power and control the world. Can Sonic and his friends stop the attack on the island-or is it already too late?[1]

Key Events

  • The heroes begin their assault on Angel Island.
  • Blaze is seen attaining her super form, Burning Blaze, for the first time in the series.
  • Sonic and Knuckles find Neo Metal Sonic, who uses the Master Emerald’s power to become Super Neo Metal Sonic.

Background Information

Cameos & References

  • The RI cover shows Sonic & Knuckles riding Extreme Gear from the Sonic Riders series.
  • Cream the Rabbit, Cheese the Chao, E-123 Omega, and Gemerl appear on the RI cover, despite not appearing in the issue itself. In fact, none of them had yet to make an appearance in the series at this point.
  • Tracy Yardley's B cover is done in the style of a propaganda poster.
  • Before jumping from the ship, Blaze has to remind herself not to think of how high up she is, a callback to her acrophobia which she first displayed in Sonic Rush Adventure.
  • Neo Metal Sonic tells Sonic and Knuckles that “One by one, [they’ll] all become a black mark on the floor”. This line is lifted from “What I’m Made Of”, the final boss theme (against Neo’s upper-form, Metal Overlord) in Sonic Heroes.


  • In the double-page shot of the heroes at Resistance HQ, Silver’s hands, that he has folded against his hips, are backwards.

External Links

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3