Before I start with this review, if you check the comments section for the reviews of issues 13 and 14, you’ll see a posting by Ben Hunzeker, noting that he should have an artist credit for the cover of those issues. Once the allergy-induced slump was over, I finally went to check my comics. Issue 14 has been misplaced somewhere in the mess of my collection, but issues 13 and 15 do not credit a cover artist, and neither does this issue. However, if you look at the signatures on those covers, Hunzeker’s name is there along with Tracy Yardley. In other words, it’s Archie’s screw up, not mine. 😀
Sonic Universe #16
Archie Comics (July 2010)WRITER: Ian Flynn PENCILER: Tracy Yardley INKER: Jim Amash COLORIST: Jason Jensen LETTERER: Teresa Davidson COVER: Tracy Yardley and Ben Hunzeker (credited this time) ASSISTANT EDITOR: Paul Kaminski EDITOR: Mike Pellerito EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Victor Gorelick
Our quartet are met by Espio the Chameleon, who takes them to the final bride. Secrets are revealed, and the Shinobi agree to cut ties with the Iron Queen. Also, Espio is given leave by his mom the queen to return to the Chaotix. With the final obstacle out of the way, the Freedom Fighters head home for the final battle. (Which has already been seen in the main title.)
What they got right: It’s nice to see that at least one group are in fact the good guys, and there is potential in the future featuring the chameleons. The story wraps up clean and quick, and some secrets may lead to future Universe storylines.
What they got wrong: I still say that the timing between the two Sonic titles was not handled right. Since this has become an issue with larger story arcs crossovers in other comic companies, that even a relatively smaller series like this making this error is somewhat disappointing.
Recommendation: Sometimes I think I enjoy this series better than the main one, and the hunt for Ixis Naugus is still my favorite Sonic arc, so it was nice to return to that style storyline. I recommend the “Journey to the East” arc as well.
Tomorrow’s Comic> Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers #5