My kids are growing up with a love of super heroes. Now that they’re getting to the age where they can read, I’m trying to put anything in front of them that they might enjoy. Of course, that includes comics, so I’m rolling out this regular feature now where I read some fun all-ages and kids comics with my children, Oliver (7) and Parker (5) and we can review them together. The first title we dug into was Sonic the Hedgehog: Volume 1 – Fallout from IDW Publishing.
I’m a casual Sonic fan, having played a few of the games here and there, although never completing them. I have fond memories of the animated series as I watched it a lot as a kid. That all goes to say that I came into this with a rudimentary knowledge of the character and this world. It’s clear that some history with these anthropomorphic animal heroes adds to the reading experience, but if you came in cold, you will be fine.
Writer Ian Flynn seamlessly introduces us to Sonic and this world after the defeat of the evil Dr. Eggman. Again, we don’t need to have seen all of these previous attacks. Much of this is implied and briefly mentioned. The key now is what do these disparate villages do now that the vile tyrant has been taken out? It’s an interesting perspective that has some deep implications.
There’s a different artist for every chapter of this volume of Sonic the Hedgehog with Tracy Yardley, Adam Bryce Thomas, Jennifer Hernandez, and Evan Stanley contributing work in that order. Normally this would disrupt the flow, but the styles are very complementary to each other. They all excel with the cartoony and fast-paced action that Sonic is known for.
The robot enemies Sonic and his friends take on are menacing, but not terrifying. If you were to encounter them in a video game, they might give you pause as you try to figure out how to tackle them. Unlike the games, you can’t just beat them by jumping on their heads. We see a wide array of attacks as Sonic changes it up based on who’s with him at the time.
The colors from Matt Herms, Adam Bryce Thomas, and Heather Breckel, match up to that fun kid-friendly atmosphere. There’s a vibrant palette at work. This makes the brief glimpses at the man pulling the strings in the shadows all the more ominous as they’re full of darkness.
Parker’s favorite part of the comic was that Sonic went fast and he fought the robot bad guys. He also liked that Tails can fly. Sonic and Tails were his favorite characters. Knuckles climbing up a wall was also a highlight.
Since Oliver is a little older, he wrote his review out. Check that out below:
Do you like cool comic books? Do you like evil robots? Then Sonic the Hedgehog might be for you! Sonic can run really fast. He has loyal friends like Tails. They help him fight robots! The book is as fun as the game. I give it 10/10 stars.
Sonic the Hedgehog: Volume 1 – Fallout from IDW Publishing is written by Ian Flynn, illustrated by Tracy Yardley, Adam Bryce Thomas, Jennifer Hernandez, and Evan Stanley, inked by Jim Amash and Bob Smith, colored by Matt Herms, Adam Bryce Thomas, and Heather Breckel, and lettered by Corey Breen. It is currently available at your local comic shop, bookstore, and Amazon and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.