Even Sonic the Hedgehog is starting over with a clean(er) slate. After 200-plus issues of Sonic's Archie Comics series, Sega's famous mascot is shedding nearly 20 years of continuity, and "going back to a simpler premise".
Sonic: Genesis will go where many comic book series have gone before, possibly killing off a major character and resetting a complex and bloated universe in an effort to welcome new readers. Sonic the Hedgehog comic book writer Ian Flynn tells Newsarama the change will have "serious ramifications".
"The Sonic comics were created back when there was a stark division between the Western and Eastern marketing campaigns, only for them to be unified in 1999, which created drastic shifts in the property's tone and art direction," Flynn says. "The Sonic books have weathered all these changes and incorporated a little bit of everything, but despite the best efforts of all the creatives over the years, not everything has perfectly meshed." Genesis is set to change that.
2011 marks the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, for which Sega has interesting plans in comic book and video game form.