Sonic The Hedgehog #27 keeps the action high thanks to writing by Ian Flynn, pencils and inks by Evan Stanley and Adam Bryce Thomas, colors by Matt Herms and Bracardi Curry, and lettering by Shawn Lee. The quest to claim the Chaos Emeralds is on and if the good guys don’t get them, all is lost. Does the issue deliver enough action for the audience or does it run out of steam halfway through?
“All or Nothing,” Part 2. Will Tails, Amy, Gemerl, and Cream be able to get the Emeralds, or will the Restoration’s last desperate plan fall to ruin?
The battles against each of the Deadly Six to obtain the Chaos Emeralds continues and manages to deliver some great battle scenes. Amy and Tails have to fight against Zomom, who has more of a stomach than brains. Though there is a joke about how easy Zomom is to fool, the giant monster doesn’t simply hand over the Chaos Emerald to the good guys. Instead, the battle results in some property damage and some careful planning to have any hopes of achieving success.
The real draw of this issue is Cream the bunny and Germerl trying to defeat Zeena. The relationship between Cream and Germerl is tested and their struggle tugs on the heartstrings. Ian Flynn makes it clear never mess with Cream or you will face the wrath of Germerl.
The pencils and inks by Evan Stanley and Adam Bryce Thomas achieve a smooth flow which is perfect for fight scenes. The attacks on the Deadly Six come off with impact and damage. The looks of fear and anger on Cream’s face are very expressive and help to show how fighting is a new experience for her.
With the colors by Matt Herms and Bracardi Curry the magic Zeena uses is very eyecatching. Between her attempts to control Germerl and the energy tethers she uses in battle, the color adds to the weights behind the attacks. Also, two different sunset scenes achieve contrasting emotions, one of sadness and the other of impending danger with the execution of different colors.
The lettering by Shawn Lee adds a phenomenal audio quality to the issue. The effect of “Piko” as Amy uses her hammer comes off as a perfect representation of the character’s ability. The lettering also adds to the rage Gemerl experiences when Zeena puts Cream in danger.
The battles in Sonic The Hedgehog #27 are intense but the struggle the characters face in the process will be what really wins readers over. Seeing a character which has limited facial features like Germerl able to express emotions is a success thanks to the art and story working in harmony. With any luck, the series will continue to deliver at this level of quality.