Sonic the Hedgehog has been doing what other video game characters struggle with. Sonic has not one, but two long running on going titles, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and SONIC UNIVERSE. In March, it'll be time to party as SONIC UNIVERSE reaches its 50th issue.
These days, reaching a 50th issue is a rare feet. Titles are often re-numbered or (sadly) canceled. Sonic has managed to stay strong and deliver the stories fans want to see.
The 50th issue won't just be a party as Metal Sonic shows up. Here's what Paul Kaminski, Archie Comics Executive Director of Editorial and editor of both SONIC titles, told us:
Sonic Universe celebrates 50 issues - and Metal Sonic is crashing the party! On the eve of the epic Sonic/Mega Man crossover, 'Forged in Fire' will star a newly-rebuilt Metal Sonic as we've never seen him before - consumed by vengeance. It's metal-brother versus metal-brother as the heroic Shard throws down with this new hatred-fueled Metal Sonic! Metal has been a cold, calculated killer since he debuted in comic book form back in Sonic the Hedgehog #25 - and that original appearance will also be re-presented as a special bonus feature in SU#50! We've also got a stunning new cover by Sonic-art legend Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante and colorist Matt Herms which will sport comic-shop-exclusive metallic effects! The 'Sonic Underground' story originally slated for this issue in on a temporary hiatus, but fear not! There will still be music to celebrate this historic issue, only this time it's HEAVY METAL!
What else can you expect in this issue? Here's the official solicit:
SONIC UNIVERSE #50
"Forged in Fire": Celebrate 50 issues of Sonic Universe and 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog comics with this double-sized anniversary spectacular! Metal Sonic has been one of Dr. Eggman's deadliest creations. But what happens when the fastest robot around has to track down... itself? It’s a clash of metallic titans as Metal Sonic is sent to take down his original model – now known as the Secret Freedom Fighter Shard! All this plus a special bonus presentation of the very first race between Sonic and Metal Sonic! Featuring a brand-new, bone-chilling cover from Sonic artist supreme Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, and special foil cover enhancements available EXCLUSIVELY for comic shops!
Script: Ian Flynn
Foil-Enhanced Cover: Patrick Spaziante, and Matt Herms
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/20
48-page, full color comic
Also, keep in mind, Worlds Collide is almost here. The anitcipated Sonic/Mega Man crossover begins in MEGA MAN #24 and will continue in SONIC UNIVERSE #51!