Sonic X (comics)
Sonic on the cover of the 1st issue of Sonic X published by Archie Comics
|Publication date||September 2005 – December 2008|
|Number of issues||40|
|Penciller(s)||Tim Smith III|
Sonic X was a comic book series published by Archie Comics, based on the English dub of the Japanese and American anime of the same name. Like Archie's other title, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X features SEGA's mascot video game character Sonic. It began in September 2005 and was originally meant to be a four-part series. However, due to the positive reaction to the series' announcement, it was extended to ongoing status before the first issue premiered. The comic ended in December 2008 with issue #40.
Up to issue 15 of the series, it was usually written by Joe Edkin and pencilled by Tim Smith III, but other pencillers such as Tracy Yardley, David Hutchinson and Steven Butler have been featured. Ian Flynn wrote issues 16 and 17, although Edkin returned with issue 18. The comic's editor is Mike Pellerito.
Sonic X is unique among Archie's Sonic-related series in that it does not take place in the same fictional universe as the comic book Sonic the Hedgehog, but rather as one of many parallel universes to that continuity. The comic exists in the expanded universe of the Sonic X fictional universe, existing to supplement the stories from the show.
The comic borrows elements from the series first two seasons of the show, including Eggman's fort, destroyed in season one of the anime, and characters from the Sonic Adventure storyline. The series generally does not include characters and plot elements absent from the animated series, with few exceptions (most notably the presence of classic badniks and other elements of the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game in the story "No Thanks for the Memories").
Stories from the comic were also published in the UK's official Jetix magazine for a brief period.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic is the main protagonist in the comic book and is Chris's good friend. He's the world's fastest hedgehog, and the world's fastest living thing in general. He is reckless, arrogant and sometimes silly, but good-natured overall.
- Christopher Chris Thorndyke: Chris is a good kid and the main human protagonist, and Sonic's friend ever since he saved the hedgehog from drowning in his parents' swimming pool. He introduces himself as "Christopher", but almost every character in the series (including his own father) calls him "Chris".
- Doctor Eggman: Dr. Eggman is the main antagonist in the comic book. He has an IQ of 300, and considers himself the world's greatest mind; despite this, he's unable to defeat Sonic and his friends. A new trait not seen in the animated series is that Eggman is a master of disguise, frequently donning various costumes for his schemes. Though they usually do little to conceal his identity, the characters in the comic are fooled by his disguises most of the time. He's also a terrific wrestler, with expertise in lucha libre. Eggman has a crush on Chris's maid Ella in the comic, something not addressed in the anime.
- Miles "Tails" Prower: Tails is a fox, and Sonic's best friend. He has two tails, which he uses to fly or attack, and his knowledge of mechanics is useful against Dr. Eggman's robots.
- Knuckles the Echidna: Knuckles is a red echidna who continues to guard the Master Emerald on Angel Island. He is one of Sonic's most powerful allies in his battles against Dr. Eggman.
- Amy Rose: Amy Rose is Sonic's self-proclaimed girlfriend. Although she seems obsessed with Sonic, she really loves him. She's a real danger to her enemies (and sometimes friends too) with her Piko Piko Hammer. During the series, she seems to have captured Sonic's heart as he starts to fall for her too.
- savage the Hedgehog: Shadow the Hedgehog is the Ultimate Life Form, and Sonic's main rival. Shadow is only seen in a brief glimpse in the final issue (#40), still in suspended animation, as it takes place after his death in the anime. However, his counterpart from the main Sonic comic series makes a surprise appearance in the same issue, along with his world's Metal Sonic.
- Cream the Rabbit and Cheese the Chao: Cream is a cute little rabbit who loves to play with her best friend, Cheese the Chao, and her mother, Vanilla. The pair often help out on Sonic's adventures.
- mary the Bat: Rouge is a treasure-hunter and a thief, and works for the government as a spy. She loves jewels and dreams of collecting the world's most valuable and precious jewels, including the Chaos Emeralds and the Master Emerald. She has a secret crush on knox the Echidna due to encounters she had with him while trying to steal the Master Emerald. She also works as an agent of the Station Square military force G.U.N., alongside Agent Topaz.
See List of characters in Sonic X for more information
- Big the Cat: Big is a peaceful cat who loves to fish, and is always after his best friend, Froggy. At first sight, Big doesn't look very smart, but in fact is very smart - he just wants to live his life in peace, without worrying about any problems. Usually, he doesn't like to fight, but when his friends are in danger, he will do so to protect them.
- Emerl: Emerl is a robot that was found in an underground laboratory. From what was seen of him in Paris when Dr. Eggman attacked at the World Fair, he recognized the doctor as his master because he resembles his grandfather, Professor Gerald Robotnik. For a short time Emerl was friends with Cream the Rabbit, but was ultimately destroyed in episode 46 of the anime.
- Vanilla the Rabbit: Vanilla is Cream's mother. With the help of Vector the Crocodile, Espio the Chameleon and Charmy Bee, she was able to find her daughter, who was teleported to Earth by accident.
- Chaotix: Vector the Crocodile, Espio the Chameleon and Charmy Bee are a group of detectives that will help anyone in any case. They helped Vanilla the Rabbit find her daughter Cream. It is rumoured that Vector actually loves Vanilla.
- Tikal the Echidna: Tikal is an Echidna who returned to the present time to help Sonic and his friends. Before going back to the past, she tells them that if they call her name, she will return.
- Chaos: Chaos is the echidna god of destruction, who comes to the present with Tikal to help Sonic fight against Dr. Eggman's Dark Chao. In one issue, Chaos is captured and enslaved by Eggman again, this time with a powerful mechanical harness to ensure obedience, but Super Sonic defeats the doctor and frees the ancient being from his control.
These characters only appear on the original anime series or in the comic book:
- Chuck Thorndyke: Chuck is Chris's grandpa. Being a scientist and an inventor, most of the times he helps Tails with a few projects. His name might be an allusion to the similar character of Uncle Chuck from Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Nelson Thorndyke: Nelson is Chris's dad and Chuck's son. Nelson is the CEO of a successful computer company.
- Mr. Tanaka: Tanaka is Nelson's servant. One of the most amazing things about him is that he knows who Sonic is from the start (It is hinted that Sonic got trapped in what, by all literary means and purposes, the real world. However, nobody happens to know who Sonic is. Mr. Tanaka most likely knew because he is shown to be Japanese, and Japan is the general home of Sega). He happens to be romantically involved with Topaz.
- Ella: Ella is the Spanish maid of Chris's house.
- Lindsey Thorndyke: Lindsey is Chris's mother and a well-known actress.
- Decoe and Bocoe: Decoe and Bocoe are Dr. Eggman's robotic henchmen, who help him with his schemes of world domination. Unlike their boss, they usually see that every plan Eggman comes up with will eventually fail, and behave like a couple of clowns when things get ugly. They are obviously modelled after Scratch and Grounder from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, though are more intelligent in the fact they know when a plan will fail.
- Bokkun: Dr. Eggman's messenger. He has the job of giving the messages that Dr. Eggman sends to Sonic and his pals, calling them for a fight or to warn them that he will try to conquer the world. Almost every time after he delivers the message, it explodes. It is believed that Bokkun is some sort of mutant Chao, since he shows a wide range of normal emotions and has a constant appetite, something the other robots don't have.
- Agent Topaz: She is a G.U.N. tag-team agent and the human partner of Rouge the Bat, not to mention also best friend. Though at first the regimental Topaz disapproves of the scheming Rouge, the two became friends fast. Even when Rouge was framed, Topaz believed in her, proving that although she may not like the ways of work of her partner, she still believes and trusts her as a friend and colleague.
- Scarlet Garcia: She is the prime news reporter of the SSTV (Station Square Television), and is always on the scene to report events to the citizens of Station Square. Thanks to her, Sonic and the rest of the gang always know when someone needs their help.
- Sam Speed: He's the leader of the S-Team, and Sonic's main rival when it comes to speed. He's also Lindsey's brother and Chris' uncle. Although sometimes too stubborn to see his own mistakes, he's one of the most powerful allies against Dr. Eggman's robots.
- El Gran Gordo: El Gran Gordo, an alter-ego of Dr. Eggman, is a wrestler and luchador who gained admiration from the people of Station Square, becoming the Wrestling World Champion more than once. Originally Eggman used this identity to gain money for his schemes, but ended up liking being the good guy for once. Although he cheated to win his matches, he was able to defeat Andes the Giant (an allusion to the wrestler André the Giant) using his own fighting skills.
- Captain Westwood: Captain Westwood is one of the main G.U.N. agents and is Rouge and Topaz's superior. His main objective is to overthrow Agent Topaz and Rouge, so he could be #1 in the agency, although most of the time he needs Sonic's help to get out of trouble. He harbors a deep jealousy against Sonic and his friends, and has been known to do some seriously illegal and dangerous things behind the backs of his superiors. His character design, demeanor, and actions are heavily influenced by Albert Wesker of Resident Evil fame.
- S.O.N.I.C.X.: A group of humans dedicated to destroying Sonic, due to how the hedgehog and his friends ruined their lives and careers in one way or another. The members are:
- The Organizer: The highest-ranking member of the S.O.N.I.C.X. team, who only appears to his fellow members via TV communication, and always staying hidden in shadow. His true identity is never revealed, though deliberately alluded to be Captain Westwood.
- Card Passer: A former G.U.N. commander who led an unauthorized attack on Eggman. He was fired from his position when the President found out.
- Hector Dragg: A former Speed Team member, originally Sam Speed's rival until Sonic arrived and shoved him to third. His determination to beat them both led Hector to be more reckless in his performance, ultimately forcing Sam to remove him from the team.
- Howard Watcher: Ex-Warden of Prison Island, fired after Sonic's escape and the island's subsequent destruction.
- Doctor Kai Narasu: A scientist who originally wrote a paper about Sonic being nothing but a robot (episode 2). However, his theories were proven false and he ultimately lost his tenure.
- Li Yan: Although he has no real issues with Sonic, he desires to get revenge on Knuckles and Hawk after they made a fool of him and stole the Red Chaos Emerald (episode 17).
- Jerome Wise: Former aide to the President, who was fired after he was discovered to be conspiring with Eggman (episode 21). He has since been reduced to a homeless laughing-stock.
The expanded (and, in Sonic's opinion, ridiculous) name is "Society for Observing and Neutralizing Inter-dimensional Creatures and Xenomorphs" and was decided on by Jerome, having spent the entire night surfing the Internet in the effort of coming up with the name. However, to Jerome's utter humiliation, this turns out to be almost exactly the same spelling as Sonic's name (and, although none of the characters could possibly know this, the name of the comic book series and the cartoon show it was based on).
The Sonic X comic series tells untold stories of the anime, which take place between certain episodes in the show. All the stories in the series' run occur between the "Chaos" saga, to sometime before episode 52.
The first seven issues take place right between the Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 adaptations, as several references are made to the events of said series. Issues 8-11 take place right before the "Eggmoon Saga" (this is also the time he meets Emerl). Issues 12-14 then span between certain episodes of the Sonic Battle Saga (Eggman and his robots are in prison for the "Eggmoon Saga", while Emerl is living at the Thorndykes' mansion), while issues 15-22 take place sometime afterwards.
In issue #23, Sonic meets the S.O.N.I.C.X. organization, and one of its members, Card Passer, mentions his unauthorized attack on Eggman, which, in the anime, took place at the same time Sonic and his friends were supposed to be returning to their world.
In issue #36, Sonic and Chris compete in a pet show convention where Sonic meets his real world version hedgehog for the first time. In #37, Sonic & Eggman temporarily switch bodies.
In the final issue (#40), Shadow and Metal Sonic appear, but are actually from the main Sonic comic series (having arrived through Chaos Control while fighting). Shadow encounters the Sonic of this world, and is slightly shocked to learn that he's presumed dead by everybody he meets (though readers get a brief glimpse of this world's Shadow in suspended animation). Metal Sonic, meanwhile, recognizes this world's Eggman for the Dr. Robotnik of its own and obeys him, despite Eggman never having seen such a robot in his life. Shadow and Metal Sonic eventually resume their fight and use Chaos Control to warp out of the world, leaving Sonic and the others to resume their normal lives. This event occurred as part of a 3-way crossover to launch the Sonic Universe comic series; the battle between Shadow and Metal Sonic began in issues 195-196 of the main comic series. The battle continued into the final Sonic X issue, and finally concluded in the premier issue of Sonic Universe.
- The original Sonic the Hedgehog comic series
- Sonic X - the original anime
- Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante
- Ian Flynn Reveals Tons of Info on Sonic Universe