Archie Sonic X is a 40-issue series of comics published by Archie Comics, based on the eponymous spin-off anime TV series. Unlike previous Sonic titles by the company, this series takes place in a completely separate continuity from the main Archieverse (though it does exist in the Archieverse's Multiverse). The series ran from 2005 to 2008, where it ended with a three-way crossover that led into the first issue of Sonic Universe.
The series follows the plotline of the Sonic X anime series, in which Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends where transported from their homeworld to the city of Station Square on planet Earth via Chaos Control during a battle with Doctor Eggman. After arriving on Earth, the group befriend Chris Thorndyke, a human boy who hails from a wealthy family, his father Nelson Thorndyke being a CEO of a major engineering corporation, and his mother Linsay Thorndyke who is a famous actress. Sonic and his friends take refuge at Chris' mention home, where they also befriend Chris' grandfather Chuck Thorndyke, as well as the Thordykes' butler Mr. Tanaka and their maid Ella. Also being transported to Earth, Doctor Eggman often hatches new plans to take over this new planet, with Station Square usually being the first to full victim to his schemes. As such, it is up to Sonic and his friends (with the help of Chris and his family) to foil Eggmans plans on a regular basis.
Unlike its Archiverse counterpart, the series often consists of less serious and more humor-driven stories, in line with the more light-hearted tone of the anime's English dub. The first four issues featured an ongoing storyline contained within those issues alone, each issue thereafter would usually consist of one-shot single issue stories, with the occasional exception of some stories spanning over two issues. As such, excluding the given plotline which is handed down from the anime, the comic itself does not necessarily rely on an ongoing plot to tell its stories.
Each issues story takes place between particular episodes or story arcs of the anime series, with references to certain events of the anime having taken place being made within the stories. The comic's events occur at various points between episodes 27-50 of the anime.
Episodes of the Sonic X anime series shall only be referred to if said episodes are relevant to events in the comic series.
Although the series technically takes place in a separate continuity from the main Archiverse comics, the Sonic X universe is considered to be one of the many parallel universes that appear often in the Archiverse, with the release of the final issue (SX#40). A similar example to this is the appearance of a parallel world based on another Sonic Television series, Sonic Underground, which just like Sonic X, is considered to be an alternate continuity from any other work of Sonic media.
The series takes place on modern day Planet Earth, usually with the city of Station Square as the series main location, while other locations (mainly based on real world areas) have also been seen.
- First four issues (#1-#4)
- Savings and Groan (#1)
- See Sonic! Sea Battle! See Sonic Sea Battle! (#2)
- Field Trip of Doom! (#3)
- Boisteous Bot Battle! (#4)
- I Never Promised You a Chao Garden (#5-#6)
- The Space Shuttle (EggMoon Prelude) (#7-#11)
- Take This Job and Shovel It (#7)
- Wicked Sweet Shuttle Shenanigans (#8-#9)
- No Thanks For The Memories! (#10-#11)
- Attack From Area 99 (#12)
- Hare-um Scare-um (#13-#14)
- Holiday Madness (#15-#17)
- Bad Eggnog (#15)
- Valentines Frey (#16)
- March Madness! (#17)
- Rouge Goes Rogue! (#18)
- Muerta! Las Vegas! (#19)
- Speed Lines! (#20)
- Sub Sonic (#21)
- Decoe and Bocoe's Not-So-Excellent Misadventure (#22)
- The Rise of S.O.N.I.C.X. (#23-#25)
- Hedgehogging Their Bets (#23)
- Camera Hog (#24)
- The Color Sonic (#25)
- El Gran Gordo (#26-#27)
- La Layenda del Gran Gordo! The Legend of the Great Big Guy! (#26)
- Conquest is Like a Box of Chocolates (#27)
- Green-Eyed Monster (#28-#29)
- Big Top Terror! (#30)
- The Return of El Gran Gordo! (#31-#32)
- The Return of El Gran Gordo! (#31)
- Title Mismatch (#32)
- Meteor Madness (#33)
- Fool Party! (#34)
- Cracking the Eggman! (#35)
- Petastrophe (#36)
- Switcheroo (#37)
- Big Trouble in Little Station Square! (#38-#39)
- Going out with a Bang (#40 + StH#196 + SU#1)
- Hedgehog Havoc- Part 2 (StH#196)
- The End (#40)
- Living Weapons (SU#1)
Sonic X features the same cast of characters who starred in the anime Sonic X. The comic also features characters created exclusively for the series, such as Colonel Westwood and several other human characters that have not shown up in either the games or the main comic. The series is also home to certain videogame characters who, at the time of publication, had not been introduced into the main comic series, such as Cream the Rabbit and Cheese, her mother Vanilla, and the robot Emerl.
List of Writers
- Joe Edkin
- Ian Flynn
- Tracy Yardley!
List of Pencillers
- Tim Smith III
- Steven Butler
- James Fry
- Tracy Yardley!
- David Hutchinson
List of Inkers
- Andrew Pepoy
- This series is currently the second longest running Sonic comic spin-off series, overtaking Knuckles the Echidna (3rd) and behind Sonic Universe (1st).
- The comic's abrupt ending is most likely due to legal problems - unlike the video games and the American cartoons, the anime's rights is split up into various holders: Sega for the video game characters, TMS Entertainment for the original characters and the series itself and the now-defunct 4Kids Entertainment for the American rights (though this has now passed down to Saban Brands).
- Originally, the comic was planned to only be a 4-issue miniseries (which can be seen through how the first four issues where set up), but due to popular fan reaction to the series announcement, it was extended to ongoing status before the first issue was even released.