I don't really see it like that TheGunheart. The fact that they aren't doing a total resale and are saying the events did happen and are what's lead to the new continuity actually I feel is better then a total reboot.
- First off this way there is always that chance that things can be reset and go back to using the other characters. Granted that seems like an impossibility now but things always can change, especially in the Sonic canon. I mean the only reason that this reboot was being pushed so hard was because of what happened with Penders and Sega finally using that as leverage to get the entire comics changed to be more like the games. Things could always happen in the future that alters that and allows characters and concepts to be reused back into the comics again. Especially since Ian was always good at taking old character and concepts that were long since thought extinct in the comics (reusing Fiest and Regina the Iron Queen for example) and bring them back to great effect. Things could always change. And even if that doesn't happen...
This way it does imply it actually DID happen and everyone isn't at square zero again. Unlike say the new 52 continuity. Which Ian who remember before becoming a writer was also generally a Sonic fan and a huge part of the fandom, and would know how upsetting it would be to just totally disregard the 20 years of the comics and say they didn't happen and move onto something else entirely. Thus why they aren't just starting over with another issue One (which honestly since even Marvel did it with their comics which aren't even resetting their universe wouldn't be out of the norm) and why it's being implied that it happened. Sadly I do wish it didn't happen this way and it wasn't such a reset but I'd rather it not being a 100% game changer and still leaving some pieces on the board.
Plus, you also have to remember that the main audience of the comics is still aimed at kids. Now obviously kids are fine at grasping alternate variations and new takes on concepts but do take it harder and would be more confused then anything else if it were just totally changed from square one. They need the consistency and the idea of what happened before still happened to better percieve the change. Granted they won't get the reason of why it needed to be rebooted in the first place but if you show them an alternate world being taken over from the world one, they'll get it more then just saying "oh that old one didn't matter here's the new Sonic." Especially since this is being done before any major relaunch as Boom is still aways away and the games never really rebooted their old continuity honestly. At least to any official degree anyway.
Instead of just using this new signature to celebrate a thousand more post, let me list of all the great things you can expect of me on this board for 2012:
...... The same talkbacks you saw me do last year but with new episodes.
.... What are you doing still reading this? Move to the next post already! .