Sonic finally takes a deep dive into the world of a fan-favorite hero

Contains an overview of Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2022!

An official preview of this year’s upcoming events sonic the hedgehog annual shows fan favorite hero Blaze the cat exploring its own dimension beyond Blue Blur’s homeworld in a way readers have never seen before.

For understandable reasons, the vast majority of the ongoing IDW series takes place in the world of Sonic – a plane of existence Blaze has visited a few times over the course of the 50+ issue comic. But readers only got a few glimpses of Blaze’s own dimension, all of which took place after Sonic was literally thrust into his world at the end of his battle against the Metal Virus and the Deadly Six. But every instance of his brief stay took place in the Imperial Palace of the Sol de Blaze Empire. Sonic – who had lost his memory and thought his name was Mr. Needlemouse – may have taken a few laps around Blaze Island, but readers couldn’t follow him. They just heard about it.

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But now IDW is showing fans a lot more in the official preview of Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2022is the first of three “Guardians” stories by Ian Flynn, Adam Bryce Thomas and Joana Lafuente. In the pages, Blaze chases a runaway pirate ship, which she eventually boards before asking where the leader of the Robot Pirates is hiding. The robotic pirate she targets, however, tells her that everyone else in the fleet is gone, informing the princess that she has won.

Seeing Blaze the Cat on a body of water beyond the confines of his palace already shows readers more of Blaze’s world than IDW’s main comic series has revealed thus far. Additionally, readers have never been introduced to any of Blaze’s enemies before. However, it’s possible that these two pages represent nearly the full extent of the annual issue’s foray into the world of Blaze. Based on Blaze’s shocked reaction when she learns the Robot Pirates are no more, it’s possible the news revolves around her grappling with the prospect of having eliminated all threats to her Sol Emeralds, these Robot Pirates being the last of them. Hopefully that’s not the case and the purpose of the short story is to show Blaze the protection of Emeralds against many enemies, so that readers can better understand his world.


That said, Blaze’s dimension is clearly much larger than just being a collection of bad guys to fight and vast expanses of land and water to explore. Readers are no doubt curious about the Sol Emeralds in his world, as they seem to possess even more power than Sonic’s Chaos Emeralds. Earlier in the series, the will of the Sol Emeralds asked Blaze to prevent a terrible event from happening in Sonic’s world, which led to the cat’s involvement in the battle against Metal Sonic. It would therefore be interesting if readers had the chance to discover the many other abilities of Blaze Emeralds in this special annual issue.


Either way, the prospect of exploring Blaze the catThe world and the dimension of is exciting. The incredible panoramas of his world and his palace in sonic the hedgehog #30-32 were breathtaking, so readers are sure to discover many more beautifully rendered views in this upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2022.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2022 is available from IDW Publishing on August 17.

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