Sonic The Hedgehog Volume 3: Battle For Angel Island Review


It’s time to dive back into the world of Sonic, one of the ultimate video game characters of all time. The comic run has really been a lot of fun thus far and this continues the trend. We finally get to see Metal Sonic’s grand master plan and it’s a doozy. He makes for a good villain and it’ll be tough to top this arc for a while with how large scale it was. Might be time to bring Scourge in.

The comic starts off right away with the heroes meeting up and deciding what they need to do about Metal Sonic. Ultimately they decide to split into multiple teams so they can take Metal Sonic down, defeat his minions, and restore balance to the cosmos. Sonic and Knuckles will be going to fight off Metal Sonic directly while the others spread out across the globe. Do they really have what it takes to defeat the world’s ultimate robot?

The graphic novel brings 4 issues and they basically all go towards this arc with 3 to wrap this up and then one that’s an epilogue which also sets up the next arc. As you can imagine that means this is a very action packed story. Metal Sonic was always very powerful so throw in his copy abilities and the abilities of the Master Emerald and now you’ve really got a tough opponent to deal with. Metal Sonic keeps his logic the whole time too so don’t expect him to turn into a mindless monster. No, Metal Sonic is here to stay and has the abilities to dominate a fight in close or long range. He really seems to be overpowering Sonic and Knuckles with ease even before his power up.

The only one really able to give him a good fight there was Shadow and that’s in large part due to him landing a cheap shot when he first showed up. Ultimately if he and Sonic worked together I expect they would have really been able to throw him for a loop though. If I had any minor issue with the comic it’s that I would have enjoyed a longer fight. I feel like it ends just as it’s getting good and I just would have liked to have really gotten to settle in and enjoy this for a while longer. Still, we do have a lot of general action all around so it’s not the kind of thing that will really hurt the score.

In terms of power levels I am a bit skeptical on burning Blaze basically using up all of her energy while taking down the other villains. I know she had to use up a bunch of her powers in the fight but all of them? Felt like a quick way to keep her from fighting Metal Sonic but that would have been a really cool fight. In general Blaze looks great here though and I’m glad that her flame abilities are getting a lot of props. Back in the Sonic Rush days she was able to fight on par with Sonic after all. I would ultimately give him the edge in a fight of course but it would be a good battle.

Shadow is still a really big solo player here and the guy definitely has no inclination to work with the heroes at all. In fact he actively works against them most of the time which can be a bit funny but I can also see how it would annoy some. Ultimately Shadow just wants to do his own thing at all costs and he typically has the power to back it up so it all works out. If we eventually get a Sonic vs Shadow battle that would definitely be a whole lot of fun.

This arc also ends the era of the Sonic Forces group I’d say as it feels like everyone will be going their separate ways more. I am personally expecting a few more down to Earth arcs before we get to the next grand one like the Metal Sonic saga. I could be wrong of course but it makes sense as a way to scale back before we ramp things up again. With the new scientist who revived Eggman the plot could be her trying to impress him by building a bunch of robots that Sonic keeps on destroying. Finally she and Eggman create an ultimate robot even stronger than Metal Sonic and we go from there.

Meanwhile it also might not be a bad idea to do some arcs where you focus on other characters like Tails and Knuckles. I don’t think you want to leave Sonic out of the picture for very long but some quick meanwhiles could definitely work. The Sonic cast is absolutely big enough where you could really pull that off if you wanted to. If you’re feeling extra bold you could even do a mini Shadow arc since that guy is always a lot of fun to follow around.

As always the art is definitely really solid here. The character designs are on point and the action scenes are good. The pages capture Sonic’s speed well and it’s just very easy o read the stories. They are all real page turners and so this way there is no delay in you trying to figure out what is happening on screen. There’s a lot of attention to detail and the writing is on point too. It really goes back to the top of there not really being any big issues here. As another future plot point, Silver also seems to think that the real threat is still approaching so I’ll be interested to see what that is.

Metal Sonic is still around even if he’s weakened so I look forward to seeing what he does from here. I don’t think he will be able to go back to just being another minion so going forward I see him as a wild card threat. That sounds good to me because he is such an interesting character. He has his own goals, aspirations, and tactics and I think having him return with an army that forces Eggman and Sonic to team up would be brilliant.

Overall, Sonic The Hedgehog continues to deliver with a ton of great comics. The IDW series has really done a splendid job of keeping up the momentum here to really mitigate the sadness of losing the Archie verse. The characters are true to their game counterparts and the stories make sense as sequels to what happened in the games. The comics have even introduced a few new characters already who are cool. At the end of the day these are comics that I can recommend to anyone and that’s great because Sonic is a series that really should appeal to everyone. It’s just such a fun franchise. I’m confident that the series will continue to go strong from here so I’m really looking forward to the next one. After all this will be the first time we get to see Eggman really get involved in the comics and as he’s Sonic’s most well known villain it’s about time we catch up with him.

Overall 8/10

Team Sonic Racing Stats and Records

Stats time!

PS4 Trophies 20/52
1341 R Points
64/142 Story Stars Collected
Total Distance Driven 551KM
Wisps Transferred 289
Favorite Character Sonic
Team Ultimates Activated 75
Stunts Performed 326
Skimboosts Given 43
Slingshot Boosts Performed 116
Total Rings Collected 4688
Total Races Finished 60

Pharohman vs Shadow



Suggested by Sonic Pharohman really made a name for himself when he took down Megaman back in NT Warrior. He may lack in speed but he does have a lot of power to make up for it. Also, in the anime he would then go on to become Bass which is quite the super form. That said, the anime has less feats there and in terms of stats I would trust Shadow’s speed a whole lot more. Pharohman is strong but just not strong enough this time. Shadow wins.

Dr Doom vs Shadow



Suggested by Destroyer Shadow is known as the Ultimate Life Form. A being of such immense abilities that nobody can ever hope to defeat him. Dr Doom had the Power Cosmic and the Odin Force which he can use to try and get past Shadow’s defenses, but that doesn’t help get around the speed angle and that’s really where Shadow will shine. He’ll be able to speed blitz his way to victory. Shadow wins.

Sigma vs Shadow



Suggested by Destroyer Shadow has returned once more and he’s up against another crazy Megaman fighter. Sigma has a ton of super forms so I think this would be a fight that could go either way but ultimately he won’t be stopping Shadow. Shadow’s speed should still be enough to consistently stay one step ahead. Shadow wins.

Shadow vs Kid Bass




Suggested by Destroyer Kid Bass is a pretty tough robot but he’s not quite ready to handle Shadow yet. I think it’ll be a pretty close fight all things considered but Shadow’s speed should give him the edge. His Super Shadow form also ensures that his durability is a bit higher than what Kid Bass can dish out. Shadow wins.

Shadow vs Maria



It’s Sonic’s 30th Anniversary so I figured it was time for a Sonic themed match today. Maria was always a pretty emotional character in the Sonic lore but unfortunately she never got a whole lot of combat abilities. Hopefully one day she will return as a cyborg to try and wipe out humanity. It would make for a pretty intense story and reunion between her and Shadow. Right now he would be able to claim victory pretty quickly though. Shadow wins.

Madara vs Shadow




Suggested by Destroyer Madara is one of the strongest Shinobi alive. There are very few who can keep up with him or hope to match the guy blow for blow. Shadow has the speed to keep things interesting, but at the same time I don’t really see him being able to do a whole lot to Madara. Dodging his various sharingan abilities will be difficult and in combat speed Madara may even exceed Shadow. Madara wins.

Team Sonic Racing Overdrive Review


It’s time to take a look at the 2 part segment Sega released. It’s roughly 10 minutes or a little shorter than that, but it’s a nice way to cross promote the game. I was lightly tempted to get the game day 1, but there are just so many good games coming out right now that it’s tough to know which ones to take the plunge on. Regardless, I do look forward to playing it some day. I imagine it will be quite solid just as this special is.

The plot is pretty straightforward. The various heroes and villains have entered a race where the winner will receive a large gold trophy. Team Sonic, Chaotix, Rose, and Dark are all entering the race. Only one team can win though and it quickly becomes clear that Shadow and Sonic are the front runners here. That being said, there are a lot of racers on the track and so anything can happen. Be sure to stay glued to the seat so you don’t miss a second of the action.

The animation is very smooth and this style is definitely good at energetic scenes like this one. In general it’s a nostalgic style and one that’s very “clean” You will always know what’s happening and the designs are simplistic and so they are able to go through a lot of movements very quickly. It’s always been one of the big strengths of this animation style and Overdrive puts it to good use. A whole show like this would be quite fun for sure. Although the characters don’t talk here you can still get a lot of their personalities instantly because of how well animated they are.

As always Shadow is definitely a stand out character here. He actually does really well while at the same time knowing when it’s best to finally put his abilities into motion. The other characters also have to deal with a lot of interference on the track. It puts all of their skills on the line. There’s certainly nothing negative about this special and so it’s pretty much ideal. Between this and the Sonic Mania shorts, it’ll be fun to see if Sega decides to keep them up. I remember at the big Sonic event they did say that it takes forever to animate these scenes but maybe if they bring more animators on board they would be able to make a whole show like this. I’ll certainly be ready if they do.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend checking this special out. Even if you aren’t planning on getting the game it’s fun to see the cast just hanging out and getting all competitive. It’s also a lot of fun for fans who grew up in the Adventure era as there are a bunch of references and remixed tunes from the old game. You’ll likely remember all of them even if you don’t know the exact names. It’s the little things like that which really help take Overdrive to the next level. Also, it’s super short so it’s not like it’ll take all that much time out of your day to check it out right?

Overall 7/10

Broly vs Shadow




Suggested by Destroyer Broly is way too fast and strong for Shadow to handle. Shadow has his Super Shadow form and has always made for an intense rival to Sonic, but Broly has taken on multiple Super Saiyans in the past. He has speed as well as power to back him up. It makes him a better all around fighter in the end. While Shadow can dodge the planets that will blow up in the process, he will eventually be tagged and taken down for the count. Broly wins.