Flynn Talks Tangle & Whisper and the Summer of Sonic

In April 2018, IDW launched a new take on Sonic the Hedgehog that's been incredibly well-received by fans old and new! This summer, IDW is expanding the Sonic line with the first in-continuity mini-series, Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper (MAY190595), an Annual, a new collection, and even more exciting stories in the ongoing series! To find out more about IDW's “Summer of Sonic” IDW talked to long-time Sonic scribe Ian Flynn about his plans for the Blue Blur!

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IDW: Hi Ian, really excited to be talking about the Summer of Sonic with you! For those who aren’t familiar with your work, tell us a little about your time with Sonic and IDW?

Ian Flynn: I’ve been working with Sonic in some shape or form for twelve years. I’ve mostly done comics, some of which have appeared in the games or official social media as bonus content. I also wrote two episodes for the Sonic Boom TV series. I’ve had the pleasure of writing the IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, as well as some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles titles, and some stuff I can’t talk about yet!

IDW: One of the characteristics of your Sonic run that always stands out to me is the number of characters you manage to squeeze into every story and every arc. The third collection, The Battle of Angel Island, is out this July and features a baker’s dozen of good guys and a whole lot of bad guys. How do you balance everyone’s time in the book?

Ian Flynn: It can be tricky sometimes. The characters that are the most important to the story need to have the most page time, of course. Then it becomes a balancing act of who hasn’t done a lot lately; who would be the most interesting for this scene; and who would make this scene hilarious/awesome/both?

IDW: Speaking of characters, I hear there’s some plans for some new-to-IDW characters this summer. Can you tell us who’ll be showing up for the first time and what it’s like bringing these characters from the games into the comics?

Ian Flynn: Cream the Rabbit, E-123 Omega and Gemerl will all be appearing during Season 2! They’ll be joined by Cream’s personal supporting cast: her mother Vanilla, and their Chaos, Cheese and Chocola.
Some of these characters have been in high demand since Season 1, and others will be a treat for the hardcore fans like me. Since this is a fresh comic book take on them, we’ve gotten new insights into them thanks to our friends at SEGA, so it’s especially exciting. It’s like meeting new friends all over again.

IDW: Besides the characters being introduced from the games, you’ve really made a splash with writing new characters into the series—Dr. Starline, Rough & Tumble, Jewel the Beetle, and
of course Tangle and Whisper who are headlining their own mini-series. Where did the idea come from to team-up these two new characters?

Ian Flynn: The fans have been amazing in showing their love for Tangle and Whisper. They wanted more of them both, so of course we had to oblige. They’re very different people, so playing them off each other is a delight.

IDW: Any big surprises in store for the Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle& Whisper mini-series?

Ian Flynn: Fans have been super curious about why Whisper is so stand-offish, and the tease in Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019 will only stoke the fires of their imaginations. I won’t spoil it, but you will be getting answers in the mini-series!

IDW: Finally, starting at the beginning of this year, you kicked off season 2 of the comic, the Metal Virus Saga in Sonic the Hedgehog #13 (NOV180622). Can you tell us about where the “Crisis City”storyline falls within that and what we can expect from the rest of the arc?

Ian Flynn: The Metal Virus Saga is all about things getting out of control and how Sonic deals with it—or fails to do so. “Crisis City” is a two-part story where Sonic’s usual tactic for the Metal Virus plague will be put to the ultimate test. (It’s also an Easter egg callback to a stage from two Sonic the Hedgehog games, for you devoted fans). I won’t call it the tipping point, because we have a big shake-up planned for Sonic the Hedgehog #25—but I’ll say no more. #KnowingSmile

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