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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 291 was the intended two hundred ninety first issue in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics. It was cancelled on 19 April 2017.[1]

Official solicitation

SONIC and Tails head for ADVENTURE in “Genesis of a Hero” Part Four: Our celebration of the Blue Blur’s 25th anniversary comes to a close with a look back to the most titanic turning point of the Classic Era! Sonic and Tails have been diverted, trapped and attacked all across Angel Island by the mysterious native called “Knuckles!” Now, deep in the heart of the island, they confront Dr. Eggman’s latest minion in an all-out brawl! Featuring cover art by Sonic comics veteran Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante plus a “Sonic VS. Knuckles” variant by long-time Sonic comic colorist, Matt Herms!


  • Like the "Genesis" story arc in Sonic the Hedgehog #226-#229, this issue's arc was going to celebrate Sonic's anniversary.
    • Also like the "Genesis" story arc, it used the term "Genesis" as part of its title, in reference to the Sega Genesis console, which the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game appeared on.
  • The sidebar on the main cover resembles the border used on the North American box artwork of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles.
  • This is the first cover Matt Herms has drawn for the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
    • Additionally, this was going to be the first penciling work by Matt Herms for the Archie Comic series in seven years.[2]
  • After the series was officially confirmed to be cancelled, Tracy Yardley released all twenty of the issue's fully inked pages online and subsequently auctioned them off, alongside the few pencilled pages from the following issue.


Cover artwork


Early covers

Interior artwork



  1. Sega on Twitter. Twitter (19 July 2017). Retrieved on 20 July 2017.
  2. Matt Herms (22 November 2016). Sonic the Hedgehog 291 Variant. DeviantART. Retrieved on 22 December 2016.

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