Sonic the Hedgehog #1 Fifth Anniversary Edition is a "Way Past Cool" Quinquennial encore

IDW celebrates 5 years of Sonic the Hedgehog comics with an expanded anniversary reissue

Sonic The Hedgehog #1 Fifth Anniversary Edition cover art (Image credit: IDW Publishing / SEGA® of America, Inc)

IDW Publishing is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its first Sonic the Hedgehog comic book, what it calls “five fantastic years of friendship, adventure, and chili dogs” by publishing a new edition of … its first Sonic the Hedgehog comic book.

April’s Sonic the Hedgehog #1 Fifth Anniversary Edition is an expanded reissue/”encore presentation” of the IDW first issue, which according to the publisher has sold over one million copies.

Sonic the Hedgehog #1 Fifth Anniversary Edition will feature a new bonus short story entitled ‘Familiar Territory,’ by the issue’s original creative team of writer Ian Flynn and artist Tracy Yardley. The new edition will also include a look at how Sonic comic books get made, a cover gallery, and more.

IDW celebrates 5 years of Sonic the Hedgehog comics with an expanded anniversary reissue
(opens in new tab)

“I’m truly fortunate to be part of this project,” says Flynn. “I’ve been involved with the Sonic series for over fifteen years now, and it’s still as exciting and inspiring as it’s ever been. The Sonic fandom gets that, and their passion and creativity is part of the reason that the brand is so much fun! I look forward to enjoying Sonic, and contributing to that joy, for a long time to come.”

“Ever since I first saw Sonic the Hedgehog in my local game store back in 1991, I’ve been a fan, and being part of the Sonic fan community and having the opportunity to bring his adventures to readers the world over has been a dream come true,” adds Yardley. 

“Seeing the love and excitement that Sonic brings to gamers and readers inspires me to give it all I’ve got when bringing such a kinetic, iconic hero to the comic page. It was a great honor to create art for issue #1 five years ago, and I’m very happy to revisit that landmark by drawing the new short story for this special anniversary reissue. As long as Sonic keeps on running, I’ll keep on drawing!”

Sonic the Hedgehog #1 Fifth Anniversary Edition will be available with a series of variant covers by different artists. Cover A by artist Tyson Hesse is a foldout featuring the connecting covers from the original issues #1-4 (seen above); Cover B is by Yardley; Cover C is by Matt Herms; Cover D is by Jennifer Hernandez; and they’ll also be three retailer incentive covers (seen below) from artists Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, and Jon Gray, respectively.

Image 1 of 3

(Image credit: IDW Publishing / SEGA® of America, Inc)

(Image credit: IDW Publishing / SEGA® of America, Inc)

(Image credit: IDW Publishing / SEGA® of America, Inc)

“We’re so excited to bring the past and present together in this anniversary issue!” concludes editor David Mariotte. “Revisiting the story that started it all with so many of the amazing creators who kicked off our journey gives readers a chance to see not just where we came from, but where we’re going, too!”

Check out the best video game comics of all time.

Michael Doran

I’m not just the Newsarama founder and editor-in-chief, I’m also a reader. And that reference is just a little bit older than the beginning of my Newsarama journey. I founded what would become the comic book news site in 1996, and except for a brief sojourn at Marvel Comics as its marketing and communications manager in 2003, I’ve been writing about new comic book titles, creative changes, and occasionally offering my perspective on important industry events and developments for the 25 years since. Despite many changes to Newsarama, my passion for the medium of comic books and the characters makes the last quarter-century (it’s crazy to see that in writing) time spent doing what I love most.

TECH NEWS RELATED

Persona 3 Portable: Nozomi (Moon) social link choices & unlock guide

The Nozomi social link in Persona 3 Portable represents the Moon Acana for the male protagonist, and is one of the rare occasions when the male lead has a harder time of things than the female protagonist – as he has to make considerably more effort with Nozomi. Nozomi ...

View more: Persona 3 Portable: Nozomi (Moon) social link choices & unlock guide

“Part of the Journey Is the End;” Marvel’s Avengers Seems to be Shutting Down

Whether it be purely the lackluster quality of the game or the general distaste for live service games, Marvel’s Avengers never truly found its footing in the two years since it was released. Despite the fact that both the Marvel and Avengers labels should guarantee a happy, comic-lover audience, ...

View more: “Part of the Journey Is the End;” Marvel’s Avengers Seems to be Shutting Down

Persona 3 Portable: Akihiko (Star) social link choices guide

Exclusive to the female protagonist, the Persona 3 Portable Akhiko Sanada social link offers an opportunity for the player to get to know the main party member even better, and even offers an exclusive romance.  Like any other S-Link, there are a number of reasons to want to spend ...

View more: Persona 3 Portable: Akihiko (Star) social link choices guide

Persona 3 Portable: Mamoru (Star) social link choices guide

Exclusive to the male protagonist’s story, the Persona 3 Portable Mamoru Hayase social link is the Star Arcana S-Link players can foster a relationship with. Much like other S-Links in the game, there are two main benefits to ranking up Mamoru’s S-Link. From a gameplay perspective, you’ll be granted ...

View more: Persona 3 Portable: Mamoru (Star) social link choices guide

Persona 3 Portable: Keisuke (Fortune) social link choices guide

In the male protagonist’s playthrough, Keisuke Hiraga is the social link for the Fortune arcana in Persona 3 Portable. Spending time with Keisuke and improving your S-Link with him will offer benefits to Persona aligned with the Fortune Arcana as well. Beyond the immediate benefits of spending time with ...

View more: Persona 3 Portable: Keisuke (Fortune) social link choices guide

The Minecraft Community Answers the Age-old Question: “Can it Run Doom?”

In the world of gaming, there are many questions gamers ask like, ” What’s the refresh rate,” and, “How is it already 4 AM?” But one is held high above them all, and that is, “Can it run Doom?” This question is usually asked of the most improbable hardware ...

View more: The Minecraft Community Answers the Age-old Question: “Can it Run Doom?”

Mark Hamill Hints That His Time as the Joker Is Over

Legendary actor Mark Hamill, acclaimed for his roles as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars series and the Joker in Batman media, has recently indicated that he most likely won’t be returning to voice the Clown Prince in future Batman media. This comes courtesy of an interview with Empire ...

View more: Mark Hamill Hints That His Time as the Joker Is Over

Deadpool joins Marvel's Midnight Suns next week, adding new story missions

Chic-Fil-A’s Training Program Apparently Features a Familiar Fallout Face

Nintendo is reportedly increasing Switch production ahead of Breath of the Wild 2

Ex-Halo dev believes those who pushed for a better game ‘got laid off for it’

There are two clear winners in the PSVR 2 launch lineup

Naked Elden Ring Player Counter’s Placidusax’ Attack With Chaotic Results

Amazon Prime Video’s Invincible Season 2 Gets an Official Release Window

Upcoming Horror Reimagines Dracula as an Ancient Blood Goddess Worshipped by a Cult of Hippies

The Callisto Protocol Adds a Highly Requested Game Mode But Takes Away a Helpful Glitch

Scuf Reflex Pro review

Best PS5 games: top PlayStation 5 titles to play right now

Best Nintendo DS games: everything for the handheld you need to play

Man vs Paper Bag: BBC Shows Us How Far Entertainment Has Evolved in 50 Years

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News