Written by Ian Flynn
Art by Tracy Yardley
Published by Archie Comics
Release Date: August 6, 2014

Knuckles and the Chaotix are in a tight spot as their chance to snag a Chaos Emerald is slowly slipping away in Sonic Universe #66.

Before I dash into the story, I have to acknowledge what Archie is doing so well with their Sonic line: all-ages adventure is not an easy thing to do, and they are doing it very well. Ian Flynn is writing adventure stories that are accessible to young readers while not being too cheesy to be read by older readers, subtly adding in humour and nods to the video games that will turn on the nostalgia feelings for any gamers from back in the day that are returning to the world of Sonic.

Flynn paces this issue very well, with events unfolding in a straightforward manner, but all at the right time. There are seeds planted for future arcs to keep people hooked, and this arc finishes up on a high note. Flynn has great command of these characters, with the Chaotix bringing some fun energy to the story and Knuckles’ gruff demeanor grounding it. These are dynamic characters and Flynn writes them well, fleshing out the world of Sonic The Hedgehog nicely and building a solid sister title for the primary Sonic book.

Tracy Yardley takes the energy in Ian Flynn’s words and cranks the dial up to 11. These characters leap off of the page and Yardley does a great job of capturing their personalities in the visuals alone. This is extremely accessible artwork that is easy to follow for all-ages, but dynamic enough to never be boring. Crafting good all-ages pages is a skill many do not possess, but Yardley is definitely up to the task. The colour work by Matt Herms injects a ton of energy into this comic, and complements the lively artwork well.

Sonic Universe #66 rounds up the arc well and gives Flynn some room to move in the next storyline that should be entertaining. This is a well crafted all-ages adventure featuring some lively characters, and it is definitely worth checking out.

The Verdict: 8.0/10



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