This is the way the hedgehog goes…not with a Sonic Boom but a whimper. Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic book, one of the longest-running comics featuring a licensed character in history, has met its anticlimactic end six months after an abrupt hiatus.
Both Sonic and its spinoff title Sonic Universe were stalled in January of 2017, leaving the last chapter of a three-part storyline hanging. It appears the last chapter will now never be published. Archie has said nothing regarding the split, but Sega has released a public statement:
After 24 years of memorable storytelling, SEGA of America will conclude their Sonic the Hedgehog publishing partnership program with Archie Comics. This does not mark the end of Sonic in comics, but signifies SEGA of America’s decision to take a different direction for the series that will be announced at a later date. SEGA would like to thank Sonic’s amazing fans for their loyalty and passion over all the years. SEGA looks forward to providing more information soon.
Just a few short years ago Sonic was Archie’s best-selling title and the company was looking into expanding its video game-related library. A Mega Man comic lasted fifty issues and there were efforts to coax Nintendo into allowing an Archie-published Mario or Samus Aran adventure (neither came to pass).
Today, instead of pursuing licenses, Archie has taken a more aggressive effort as of late to build up its namesake brand, relaunching the entire Archie series and publishing spinoffs aimed at adult audiences. We can only theorize the exact reason for the split between Archie and Sega, but the relaunch has been successful for the former company and with the introduction of the TV series “Riverdale,” it would seem Archie Incorporated no longer needs outside help. Sucks to be Sonic.
However, this does not mean there will never be another Sonic comic again, or even that the original can’t be continued from where it left off. Sega’s statement clearly states they’re looking into other options, so perhaps the Blue Blur will find a new home soon.