Let's Talk Archie Comic's Sonic The Hedgehog Comic
I figured with 231 already out subscription wise, that I would offer my opinions on what's going on.
Now staying true to my word I have not yet opened 231 or 230, for you see I like some others are in the middle of this whole situation. We want to see how it plays out, now not to say that there isn't anyone out there that likes what's happening in the comic book right now because there is many that don't like what's happening and on the other side there are those that do.
From the summary that I read courtesy of another member of the Sonic Stadium message board I've pretty much in my opinion figured out what could be happening. For you see what is happening from what I can tell by reading this summary is the direction of the story right now is going in a direction that will put more focus on the game characters themselves. Now upon reading that some will like hearing what they have heard and read while others will not, but you see I look at it this way in the head writer's mind he probably figured that the only way he could get away with the story that he did recently with 225, Genesis, and now 230 and 231 is if leading into the 250th anniversary issue that he put more of the spotlight on an equal basis on the game characters.
Now by saying that some of you that are fans of the games will probably be rejoicing while others will probably be pissed off and either way you look at it I guess as Paul K mentioned in an interview recently, he said both sides would be satisfied. If I was Paul I wonder If I would have gone that far to say that as we see many that will be happy and many that won't be, but when you look back at other anniversary issues you may see why.
What I'm saying in my humble opinion is the 75th issue was freedom fighters only, the 100th issue was a sidetrack, the 125th issue was freedom fighters and everyone else fighting to save the planet with Sonic sacrificing himself in the eyes of the other characters to save the planet, then we have 150 which was another sidetrack, but then we get to the 175th issue and at the end of it who is standing in the wreckage that was Knothole, well none other than the game characters exception being Nicole and who saved everyone in the following issue with the exception of Nicole the game characters of course, but then we get to the 200th anniversary issue as the freedom fighters and company defeating Eggman and driving him into insanity, and then recently we get the 225th issue and it focuses on the freedom fighters and company trying to defeat the Death Egg Mark 2, so it only makes sense that leading into the 250th anniversary issue that the focus and spotlight in the eyes of the head writer fall onto the game characters, if you don't believe me read or ask Chaoscontrol14 for a summary/review of 231 and you'll see what I mean.
I know many won't like hearing this or reading it but that's the way I see it. Now the question is will it be a success or will it be a failure? One never knows and this is why fans like me who are in the middle are just go to sit back and let it play out and for myself not open any issues till the time comes where everything will be settled and made satisfactory in the eyes of all the fans as the editor in chief Paul K said in his interview earlier this year.
For those that believe that this story arc will not last another 8 to 9 issues you have to admit that may be true and it may not be true. For you see Fans thought the same for the ID Story Arc, and that lasted a year and 1 month. Plus the only way that this current story arc in the continuity of the comic could come to an end is three ways : 1. If fans overwhelmingly tell Sega the Corporation overall not Japan or America but the overall Corporation as a whole that they are dissatisfied with the current direction of the comic then that may be one way it comes to an end. 2. Another way is called sales and profits, seeing how many have stated that the Sonic comic book is Archie's bestseller , that there is no way this story arc will end or their head writer will be let go. However if profits drop and seeing how Sega and Archie both get a piece of the pie and they don't get the pieces they expect especially Sega then that may be another way the head writer and the story arc come to an end. 3. And last but not least the only other way this could all end is if not the story arc but if the head writer is let go or asked to move on to another comic book and never write for the Sonic comic book again due to the dissatisfaction of the fans. And that in those three ways, are the only ways things could change, story arcs could end and head writer's could be removed. Those would be the only ways.
Thank you for reading and have a good Monday
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