Sonic Forces: Looming Shadow is the third issue in the Sonic Forces digital comic series.
In a desertified area, E-123 Omega has infiltrated Dr. Eggman's base and is seeking to defeat him. As he is blasting through the doctor's Badniks, Rouge the Bat contacts him to tell him he should calm down and wait for back-up from Shadow. Omega refuses to wait, believing he can get the job done easily, much to Rouge's annoyance.
Meanwhile, Orbot informs Eggman that the base was being attacked. The evil scientist discovers it is Omega that is attacking and decides to call forth Infinite to deal with him as a test of his new abilities.
As Omega presses onwards, he eventually comes across Infinite. Not knowing who he is but still deeming him hostile, Omega prepared to fight him. Slightly amused, Infinite engages, engulfing Omega in a bright red flash.
Omega struggles to contact Rouge and give her his exact coordinates. Soon, Rouge loses all communications with him completely. This prompts her to send Shadow into Eggman's base. Smiling, Shadow softly says to himself "So much for recon."
- Egg Pawn (multiple)
- Bunnie D'Coolette (cameo)
- Dr. Eggman
- Infinite (first appearance)
- Knuckles the Echidna (cameo)
- Sally Acorn (cameo)
- Team Dark
- Vector the Crocodile (cameo)
Races and species:
- This story serves as a prelude to the "Episode Shadow" DLC in Sonic Forces, which is in and of itself a prelude to the main storyline of the game.
- Dummied data indicated that Episode Shadow would have incorporated various dialogue from the comic into the game, but most of it was cut for reasons unknown.
- On the first panel of page two, a photo on a wall next to Rouge is of Knuckles next to what appears to be Sally Acorn and Bunnie D'Coolette, characters from the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- A sketch of the front cover for this issue was hidden in the PDF files for Sonic Forces: Moment of Truth.
- A more recent variant of the sketch can be found in the PDF files of Sonic Forces: Rise of Infinite.