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IDW Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 31 is the thirty-first issue in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by IDW Publishing.

Official solicitation

It's all led to this... the thrilling two-part epilogue to the Metal Virus Saga. The world has changed. Heroes and villains plan for the future as reconstruction begins. But one hero remains missing...[2]

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Recovery, Part 1

Synopsis

In Blaze's world, the princess is having tea with a seemingly amnesiac Sonic in the Imperial Palace. She explains to him that the Sonic she knew was a hero, a paragon. He was as swift and free as the wind and had no master. According to Blaze, there was no challenge too great, no threat too dire that he could not face without a swagger and a smile. Sonic simply says that the individual sounded impressive and he would like to meet him one day. Slightly annoyed, Blaze asks Sonic who he thought he was. He replies that he did not have an idea, though he did meet a young girl who dubbed him "Mr. Needlemouse" and took a liking to that. Warming the teapot with her powers, Blaze asks if "Mr. Needlemouse" recalled anything. He answers, saying that there was nothing concrete and his memories seemed warped; he dreams of sea and sky, of golden fire and a sense of falling, and nothing more. Blaze continues to ponder who did this to Sonic and asks herself what was happening on his world right now.

Amy thanks Jewel and prepares to show her the ropes of the Restoration.

Back on Sonic's world, Amy finds herself unable to deal with a large amount of paperwork in an even more worn down Restoration HQ. She says that she is no leader and she helped administrate the Resistance because everyone needed to pitch in. She only became leader of the Restoration because no one else was there and work had to be done. The young hedgehog thinks for herself, wishing that she could go back to the days of when it was just her and Sonic racing around from one adventure to the next. Solemnly recalling Sonic's disappearance, Amy says that he gave everything to save everyone from the Metal Virus and since he never gave up, she should not either. Just as the hedgehog wishes that she had some help, Jewel enters the room looking for her. The two introduce each other and Jewel tells Amy why she came by; she had heard from Tangle how Amy was not enjoying the rigors of her work, even before the plague. The beetle explains how she likes to catalogue and organize and notes how excited she feels by looking around the room and bringing it to order. With this, Jewel offers to take over administration of the Restoration and give Amy a break. Amy is taken aback with the kindness and simply says to Jewel "Thank you." Jewel is slightly startled by this ad notes that she did not think that Amy was so strained. Calling Jewel a life-saver, Amy decides to bring her up to speed on the current Restoration affairs before stepping down, with the primary goals being to organize supplies for rebuilding and find people displaced by their time as Zombots.

In Echo Mine, Rough and Tumble are still stuck down in a refuse pit in the Echo Mine, noting how hungry and desperate to leave they are. Rough is startled by a tail that drops down, thinking it is a spider. It is revealed that Tangle and Tails came by to help the skunk brothers. The lemur asks the two to grab onto her tail so that she can quickly pull them out. Relieved, Rough grabs onto Tangle's tail while Tumble sadly looks at the tail, stating that it was not fair. After Rough and Tumble are helped out of the hole, Rough asks why they were helping them. Tangle explains that Sonic cured the world of the Metal Virus, the liquid that Dr. Eggman tricked Rough and Tumble into using, and gave the world a second chance; she and Tails were making sure that everyone was getting one. The skunk brothers simply burst out laughing and run away to once again run wild. When Tangle asks if this meant that it was back to jail for them by the end of the day, Tails jokes that it would happen if they could find their way out of the mines. Moving on, Tangle asks how Tails was doing and he replies that he is fine. The lemur clarifies that she was being serious, with Tails understanding this but is still fine. He says that he is sure they will see Sonic again as he has beaten the odds before and he believes in him as he has never let him down. Until then, he would be counting on them to keep the peace. Tangle states that she sees why Sonic is always hanging out with Tails and calls him "aces". She then mentions that she is having a party in Spiral Hill Village and everyone is invited.

Silver's future is restored.

In the future, Silver has returned and is flying toward a city. He thinks that a lot can change in a couple hundred years and wonders if everything has been restored. Looking over the bright city with flourishing life, Silver smiles and thanks Sonic and the others for their help in making a good future. In Dr. Eggman's lab, Eggman outfits Omega with a new body. He asks the robot how it felt to be corporeal again, to which he replies that it felt good and destroying him would enhance it by 90%. Eggman laughs at this and says that he locked down his body so that there would be no mayhem for him, upsetting Omega. Eggman continues, saying that he will be used for a special project and welcomes the angry robot back into the Eggman Empire. In his office, Eggman meets Orbot and Cubot and asks them for a report. Orbot tells Eggman that the Zombots did a number on his bases, especially after the Deadly Six took over. When Eggman asks where the Zeti were anyway, Orbot explains that Zavok was defeated and imprisoned while the other Zeti were still at large and appeared to be laying low. Eggman disregards them and plots to move ahead with his next project. Orbot and Cubot wonder why the doctor planned to do so and not instead take a vacation. Eggman says that he has to act quickly before Sonic inevitably returns to give him headaches and he now had to factor in the Deadly Six. Since he lost the Cacophonic Conch when Rouge crashed the Faceship, he is quite defenseless against them. There was also Starline to consider. Orbot asks what happened to him, only for the doctor to reply that he did not know. After he was thrown through the Warp Portal, Eggman did not think to look where he was retreating to, meaning he could be anywhere.

Elsewhere, in Starline's repository, several Egg Pawns move boxes around. Starline himself is marking off the Eggman Empire insignias on them with asterisks. He monologues, saying that Eggman is truly the genius he thought he was but he is inept in his execution, and Sonic is the powerhouse he was expected to be, yet reckless. He finds so much wasted potential in the both of them but believes he has the clarity of vision and can improve upon them. He states that he is still loyal to Eggman despite his cruelty. He claims he will conquer the world and surpass Eggman so that he may learn by example. According to Starline, when he seats Eggman on the throne of victory, he will acknowledge that he was right; he would have to listen to Starline and they will work together as equals.

The Chaotix are swamped with work.

In Seaside City, at the Chaotix Detective Agency, the Chaotix have become extremely very busy and disorganized with several missing persons cases, almost making Vector wish they went back to the days when they were not so busy. Cream, Vanilla, Cheese, Chocola and Gemerl enter the building to visit the trio and gift them tasty treats to keep them going. Vanilla tells Vector that even at the height of the plague, they were all so selfless. Vector becomes slightly bashful hearing these compliments and tells Vanilla that it was all a part of being a good detective. Soon, Vector is brought back to reality when he hears more phone calls and tells Vanilla that they had no time to eat or sleep or even ironically do their jobs. Vanilla believes that this would not do and asks Gemerl to help. The robot quickly sifts through paperwork, scanning the data and creating a database of all missing persons. Vanilla then asks Cheese and Chocola to put away the files. She tells Vector that she and Cream will handle the calls and update them as Gemerl processes information. With this, the Chaotix realize that they can do their thing and head out to do their thing and find the missing people.

In Forest Hill, Rouge finds Shadow by himself and tells him that he can be a pain to track down. She tells him that things have seemed to settle down. All the bad guys are in hiding and were not causing trouble. However, there was no sign of Sonic and Omega. Shadow says nothing, prompting an annoyed Rouge to ask if he was even listening. When he says that he was, Rouge asks what was wrong with him as he was brooding more than usual. Thinking to himself, Shadow says that he believed that Sonic telling him to run was cowardice, not a warning. His mistake took him out of the fight and was in disbelief at himself, the Ultimate Lifeform, miscalculating like that. Rouge says that if he could not talk about it, she would leave it be. Shadow turns to her and says that he owes Sonic, but now he was gone and that was all to it. Rouge smirks and touches Shadow's shoulder. She begins flying away and tells Shadow of the party that was going to be hosted at Spiral Hill Village tonight that everyone was invited to. He passes on it, which Rouge figures that he would but thought she would try.

Eggman prepares to attack his foes with a new mech suit.

In Spiral Hill Village, everyone is partying away, having a good time. Jet complains about the sculpture of Sonic they made, asking where his sculpture was. He nearly got infected to save everyone and wondered where his recognition was. Wave and Storm pay little attention to Jet, only enjoying themselves to dinner and a show; Storm adds that they should save the world more often. Whisper stands on guard watching the trio since they had attacked the town before. Tangle explains that she they should give them this one as they helped save the world and she would rather not have another fight in her home town so soon. The wolf understands, prompting Tangle to tell her that they should get food for the Wisps. Suddenly, the group is alerted to a large crash in the town, revealed to be Eggman in a large mech suit preparing to destroy them.

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Continuity

Trivia

  • The cloak that Blaze wears in this issue is based on an outfit she was drawn with for a piece of Sonic Channel artwork.
  • On page one, Blaze mentions to Sonic that the Sonic she knew was "as swift and free as the wind" and "had no master". This a reference to Sonic and the Black Knight, in which Sonic introduces himself to Sir Percival by saying "I'm Sonic! Sonic the Hedgehog! I have no master, except the wind that blows free!"
    • Coincidentally, Percival is Blaze's doppelgänger.
  • On page two, Sonic mentions how he met a young girl who dubbed him "Mr. Needlemouse", which is a reference to what Sonic was originally named in his conception.
    • Ian Flynn later revealed that the young girl who called him like that was Marine the Raccoon. There was a deleted scene where Marine encounters an amnesiac Sonic and decides to name him as "Mr. Needlemouse", both as a reference to her and to acknowledge her as a part of the universe from the comic.[5]
  • On page eight, Silver says "We made a good future." This is in reference to Sonic the Hedgehog CD. When Sonic destroys all the robot transporters in a Zone, it will showcase the text of "SONIC MADE A GOOD FUTURE IN Zone -" at the end of it.
  • On page fourteen, Vector says "I-It's all part of being a good detective, ma'am." He says this same quote in Team Chaotix's ending in Sonic Heroes.
  • Vector's nervousness around Vanilla is a reference to his Sonic X counterpart's crush on her.
  • The president of the Sonic Fan Club makes an appearance in this issue.
  • The female sheep that first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout, Part 2" appears in this issue on page nineteen participating in the party at Spiral Hill Village.

Other features

  • Story so far: "Story so far" is a summary of the current plotline for the comic.
  • Roll Call: Roll Call acts as a quick reference guide to new readers about the characters. This issue provides data files on Amy, Jewel, Tails, Tangle, Whisper, Dr. Eggman, Team Chaotix, Cream, Vanilla, Gemerl, Shadow, and Rouge.
  • Sonic Letters Squad: Sonic Letters Squad is a section where the comic staff can post fan artwork and fan letters that have been sent in to them. The other pages showcase raw artwork of each of the variant covers for the issue.
  • Canto & the Clockwork Fairies One-Shot - Free Digital Ashcan

Quotes

Blaze: The Sonic the Hedgehog I know was a hero. A paragon. He was as swift as the wind. He had no master, but fought for anyone and everyone. There was no challenge too great, no threat too dire that he wouldn't face without a swagger and a smile.
Sonic: He sounds very impressive. I'd like to meet him one day.
Rough: You dorks just gave us a free pass to run wild!
Tumble: Look out world! The baddest boys are back!
Tangle: So... back in jail by the end of the day?
Tails: If they don't get lost in the mines.
Silver: Sonic... Everyone... Thank you. We made a good future. May your time stay peaceful, too.
Dr. Eggman: Welcome back to the Eggman Empire, E-123!
Omega: Hatred processing at peak efficiency!
Cubot: Gee, Boss, why not take a vacation?
Orbot: Indeed. You worked very hard trying to doom us all.
Vector: Sorry, Vanilla, but we don't have time to eat. Or sleep. Or do our job, ironically.
Wave: Dinner and a show.
Storm: We oughta save the world more often!

Trivia

  • This issue was initially going to be released on 19 August 2020, but was soon moved to 2 September 2020 instead. It was then moved to 9 September 2020 and then later to 16 September 2020.
    • According to David Mariotte, this was because this issue and some subsequent issues have had their release dates staggered accordingly.
  • The full image of the two connected cover A covers.

    Cover A is the first piece of the 2-part panoramic connecting cover art by Tracy Yardley and Leonardo Ito.
  • In the early version of cover A, Shadow's eyelids are colored red instead of the regular black.
    • Charmy's eyelids were also miscolored. In the early version of cover A, they were peach instead of black.
  • Cover B contains a number of Easter eggs and references:
  • Cover RI features a factory that resembles the good future of Metallic Madness from Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
  • This is the first time that Sonic is not included in the Roll Call section of the issue.

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Early covers

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Preview pages

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References

  1. David Mariotte on Twitter. Twitter (1 September 2020). Retrieved on 1 September 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #31 CVR A YARDLEY. Previews World (20 March 2020). Retrieved on 20 March 2020.
  3. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #31 CVR B LAWRENCE. Previews World (20 March 2020). Retrieved on 20 March 2020.
  4. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #31 10 COPY INCV FOURDRAINE. Previews World (20 March 2020). Retrieved on 20 March 2020.
  5. BumbleKast Q&A for November 9th, 2020. YouTube (9 November 2020). Retrieved on 9 November 2020.
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