Sonic_269-0SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #269
Written by Ian Flynn
Art by Diana Skelly
Published by Archie Comics
Release Date: February 11, 2015

The tournament continues and the stakes are high with a Chaos Emerald up for grabs. Will Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and the crew advance to the next rounds?

Ian Flynn writes all ages comics very well, and by all ages I mean just that: adults and kids can get a kick out of Sonic The Hedgehog #269. It’s one of those comics that is just entertaining, and if you have read Sonic for years, enjoy the characters or are experiencing it for the first time, this lighthearted story is just plain entertaining. Younger readers will enjoy it on a different level, with familiar characters walloping on each other in a goofy manner, with a script that captures the fun of Super Smash Bros. in comic format. Flynn writes these characters very well, and to say that he’s comfortable with them is an understatement as he has been the voice of this crew for a very long time. Each of the characters has a very tone and their unique personalities shine through well in this script. Tails’ gullible nature and Knuckles’ bruiser tendencies steal the show, and Flynn has crafted an entertaining romp with some fun characters in this one.

Diana Skelly’s artwork is pitch perfect for this tale and her jovial representations of the characters give this comic a lot of life. Skelly’s artwork will certainly be comfortable for Sonic fans old and new and I was impressed by how expressive her characters were. Much of this comic can be understood by young readers regardless of the dialogue and that sort of artwork leads to a whole different appreciation of the medium for young readers. Skelly pencils motion well, particularly during Knuckles’ brawl and the amount of fun he is having within that altercation is palpable. These are dynamic, vibrant characters and Skelly does them justice.

Sonic The Hedgehog #269 is a fun ride. The second chapter of the Champions arc, Sonic fans young and old can find a lot to sink their teeth into and enjoy in this issue. This is all-ages comics as they should be, with big entertainment and lighthearted fun to capture the attention of any reader no matter his or her age. Quips, action and adventure await you – catch up with the fastest thing alive!

The Verdict: 8.0/10


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