IDW Publishing has announced the acquisition of the Sonic the Hedgehog license for comic books from SEGA. The San Diego-based publisher plans to launch a new title in 2018, with creators being hired now.
“We’ve been speaking with beloved Sonic fan-favorite creators and new creators alike, and are excited to be able to spread specifics about our plans for the comic in the near future,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer.
Archie Comics abruptly cancelled all Sonic titles in January 2017 after publishing the franchise in comic books for 25 years. It is unknown if IDW will continue the numbering of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog title, which is the longest-running game-based comic book ever - the publisher has done so for licensed titles from other publishers in the past.
“We are ecstatic about this partnership with IDW,” said Ivo Gerscovich, Chief Brand Officer for Sonic the Hedgehog. “We know they’ll serve as a good home for the new adventures of Sonic, his friends, and foes.”