9/9/2013 : 9 AM
Let's face facts, no matter what any of the creative staff does on the Sonic comic book at Archie comics. No one is truly satisfied. And there is a number of reasons as to why.
1) You can't do a story arc, no matter how long it could be, without invoking one fanbase because you don't feature their favorite characters or the characters they feel are more established. It's a true fact. Over the past two years, you've had the Saturday morning fans be enraged because the stories were focusing more on the game characters. But on the other hand, you have the game fans enraged with the upcoming Countdown To Chaos arc and in previous issues of the past were the Saturday morning/comic cast were featured more prominently then the game cast. So no matter what this creative staff does, unless they can find a way to balance things out, it's always going to be a no-win situation.
2) Relationships, more importantly romantic relationships, always seem to be the center of controversy, because one fanbase wants Sonic to be with either Amy or Blaze, or Rouge, or even as crazy as it sounds, Elise. While the other fanbase wants Sonic to be together and stay together with Sally. And thus is the reason why when Sonic is placed into what many have dubbed and noticed as a temporary relationship (boyfriend/girlfriend) with Sally. You have the game fanbase totally ticked off at the fact that once again, Sonic/Sally are together as an item, even if it's only temporary. But on the flip side, when someone like Ian Flynn shows/teases hints of possibly Sonic/Amy or any other game girl with Sonic in the comics, you have the Saturday morning/comic fanbase totally ticked off as well as if it was the other way around. Which is why relationships for Sonic to be in, in the comic are not featured as much as they used to be.
But you see, what game core fans just don't understand or refuse to understand and overlook, is the fact that Sally is the default choice. As much as fans want Sonic to be with Amy or maybe even Blaze, they have to understand that because they appear in the games with Sonic, that it would detract from what each other's personality is about. When it comes to Amy, they want Sonic to be in a steady and official relationship with her that no matter what other media focuses on Sonic, that they have to acknowledge Sonic and Amy as the official couple. But again that detracts away from the personality that Sega had given Sonic and that is a personality of being a free spirit and not being held down by anything. Which is why when the Saturday morning cartoon and the comics pair him up with Sally, Sega never really says any thing, because they understand, especially with the help of their representatives that get acknowledged in the credits on the first page of the comics, that pairing Sonic with Sally will not detract away from his personality that they have established for him, because, a) she's not an in game character, yet. , b) even though she's part of the franchise, her relationship with Sonic, is the kind of relationship that can be turned on for as long as it needs to be and turned off for as long as it needs to be.
You take a look at Nintendo for example, you can't tell me that the people at Nintendo don't realize that the fans have acknowledged Mario/Peach and Luigi/Daisy as two individual couples, because they have. The only difference is they don't shove it in our faces. Because they know, that if they were to come out and officially acknowledge those 4 as individual boyfriend/girlfriend couples, that it would detract from what made the characters famous in the first place. Which is why they don't/haven't come out and officially acknowledged it yet. Thus is the reason why Sega has yet and probably never will come out and acknowledge Sonic and Amy or even Sonic and Blaze as official boyfriend/girlfriend couples, is because it would detract away from not only Sonic's established personality of being a free spirit, it would also detract away from the personalities that have been established with Amy and Blaze.
Which again is the reason, even if one does not want to acknowledge it, Sally is the default girlfriend/love instrest of Sonic in the Archie comic books.
3) When one creates or announces that they're going to be doing a long story arc, you have one side that supports them and you have another side that believes it's a big mistake.
When Ian did his long story arc which officially began in 225, and with a few interruptions/crossovers notwithstanding, officially ended in 252. There were some fans that felt he did the best job he could and that he was trying to give us something different and refreshing. On the flipside, you have some that believe that it was entirely a waste of time. That all he was doing was padding on and padding on and padding on, without no real conclusion insight.
And as much as Ian would like to come out and has come out to try to explain the reasoning behind what's going on and even going as far as to admit that the near 25 issue (not counting worlds collide crossover) was even too long for his taste, it seems no matter how you feel about the guy or anyone else that would attempt to do an epic story arc for a very established comic, that there will always be a division amongst the fan's.
4) Finally, we have the redesigns. As I've mentioned in my monthly opinions video for this month, it's not the first time that the Saturday morning cast has been redesigned. You take a look back in 1993 and 1994, as well as you take a look at the original Sonic miniseries comic and the first official 14 issues, and then later on down the line, starting with back stories in issues 17 and 18 as well as in the 48 page comic book special, Sonic In Your Face, as well as down the line in the mid-to late 80s issues with a certain half cybernetic Bunnie and even afterwords in issue 134, we have seen the characters go through a number of redesigns. True, some of the redesigns have been just adding new clothing or making one's hair longer, but we have seen our share of redesigns, even if they were small tweaks here and there.
But when it comes to these new redesigns, which are being introduced in the 20th anniversary year of the comic, once again we have an overall fan base divided. Because you have some that like it, and you have some that don't care for it. Me, I'm fine with it. Because honestly, I don't think it's the redesigns that a lot of fans are worried about, it's more or less what the personalities of the characters of going to be like. Basically will they still be the same? Will they be different? Or will they be tweaked in some areas? You see, that honestly is what I feel fan's who don't like the redesigns all really worried about. Because let's be honest, we all know that those that don't like the redesigns, they will get over them in time, it's more or less of what the personalities of going to be like. Now Ian has said each character will be who they are. For example, Sally will be Sally, or Antoine will be Antoine, Bunnie will be Bunnie, etc..., So for right now as much as people may not want to believe Ian Flynn, we have to take him at his word. Now true, they may, and I say this as a slight possibility, they may tweak just a bit of the personalities on the characters, so that newer fans can relate to them. But like I said, it's a slight possibility.
Overall, no matter how one looks at it, there's no satisfying the overall fan base. The only way it can be satisfied as I mentioned earlier is to find a way to balance everything out. But even then, even if it's a smooth ride from then on, you may and probably still will have a divided fan base no matter what.
And that's all I have to say about that. God bless and take care.
9/9/2013 : 9:52 AM