The IDW Sonic the Hedgehog universe, also known as the "Sonic Comic Universe", is the fictional universe which is comprised of the comic books published by IDW Publishing surrounding the character Sonic the Hedgehog.
The main IDW Sonic the Hedgehog universe covers the continuity seen in the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
The IDW Sonic the Hedgehog universe canon does not include any storylines, characters or settings from any of the Sonic the Hedgehog video games, TV series, movies, or other media (including Sonic the Hedgehog comic books by other publishers) unless they also appear in the comics, and will not feature articles pertaining to the other Sonic the Hedgehog media.
What is Considered Canon on this Site
Official canon for this site works on a two-tier system:
- Tier 1 — 100% official canon
- Anything that actually appears in the main comics. (Things can be retconned in future issues, making events or information from previous issues no longer canon)
- Tier 2 — Quasi-Canon, or canon until proven otherwise
- Data files and profiles printed in Sonic the Hedgehog and various reprint titles (as long as it does not contradict already established canon from tier 1)
- Things stated by the writers/editors in the letters pages (as long as it does not contradict already established canon from tier 1)
- Things said by current/former writers of the series on message boards (as long as it does not contradict already established canon from tier 1)
- Elements of people, places, items, locations etc. provided in the Sega Sonic games (as long as it does not contradict already established canon from tier 1)
- This final point only applies to elements from the games which actually appear in the comics.
- In the event that two tier 2 sources contradict one another, published works take priority. For example, data files from the comics trump statements made by the writers.
Main IDW Sonic the Hedgehog Universe Canon
The IDW Sonic the Hedgehog universe canon is currently made up of one continuity, which first began from the comic's conception in 2017. It is comprised of the following comics:
- Sonic the Hedgehog #1-present (Tier 1)
Sonic the Hedgehog Video Game Universe
These comics were published by IDW but are not considered canon to its main universe. Instead, they are considered canon to the Sonic the Hedgehog Video Game Universe.