The first comic book series that I ever picked up actually was not Spider-Man, believe it or not. No, it was actually one of my favorite video game characters, Sonic the Hedgehog, back in 1993. My first issue was #2. When I was reading the book, the plots were pretty lighthearted, full of bad puns and plenty of good, clean humor. The last issue I bought was Sonic #25 in mid 1995. Needless to say, I haven't bought an issue of Sonic the Hedgehog in more than 10 years.
I've been watching episodes of SatAM (Saturday AM, the term used to differentiate SatAM Sonic from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Underground) Sonic the Hedgehog on YouTube over the last few days and it got me thinking about the current events taking place in the comics and what has happened since I last bought an issue. So I went on over to wiki and did some reading. A lot has happened to Sonic and friends since I've been away. Lots of changes. Good changes, though.
Sonic has had more than one love interest, though he's always gone back to his true love, Sally. There have been far more serious storylines, one even involved Sonic being framed for murder. Much of Sonic's parental background has been revealed. His parents are still alive, actually. More background on Sonic is revealed in the comics than we'll probably ever get in the game. But one thing that really shocked me was that Bunny Rabbot, one of my favorite supporting characters, actually got married... to Antoine, no less! Antoine was largely known for being a yellow bellied coward, but he's really broken out of his shell and become a couragous fighter.
There are other changes that have happened, I'm sure, but those are the ones I've found most interesting. I never expected Archie's Sonic comic to make the level of progress that it has or even make this type of progress at all. I always thought the writers of the comic would been content to keep things as they were and do the same old things again and again. The book has made the level of progress that used to be present in the pages of Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man. It looks like the writers will keep moving forward from here and I tip my hat to them for that. The 200th issue is approaching and I think it's about time I jumped back into blue streak's world.