IDW has announced a new Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off miniseries that will pit the blue speedster against doppelgangers, titled appropriately Sonic The Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome.
Ian Flynn, who has written Sonic since 2006 and across two publishers, will work with artist Thomas Rothlisberger on the miniseries. It’ll feature Dr. Starline, the villain introduced three years ago, and will help build toward the upcoming 50th issue of IDW’s ongoing Sonic series. It’ll also introduce two new characters: Surge and Kit.
“I’m especially excited about this story since it’s building upon the core fundamentals that led to Dr. Starline’s creation as a character,” Flynn said. “Hardcore fans will pick up on the inspirations from across Sonic‘s gaming history immediately. New fans will get to experience some wild new villains in a story that accelerates us to the monumental Sonic the Hedgehog #50. It’s a win-win for everybody!”
Here’s what to expect as Sonic faces a bit of double trouble: In Imposter Syndrome, a surge of lookalikes spells trouble for Sonic, Tails, and even the dreaded Dr. Eggman! Dr. Starline, the evil scientist eager to supplant Dr. Eggman as would-be world conqueror, is pulling every tool from his kit as he creates his fastest and smartest inventions.
“This new project is going to be an electrifying ride, full of kinetic action and tragic revelations — not to mention more Dr. Starline, which is always a positive! I can’t wait to see how Surge and Kit spark readers’ creativity, and I’m ecstatic to be part of the team crafting their story,” said Rothlisberger.
IDW will release the miniseries in alternating months with the ongoing Sonic series. Issue #1 will arrive in November, with issue #2 coming in January. According to IDW, the two series are “a half of one larger story, and reading both will enhance the overall experience.” There will also be moments where the two stories overlap.
“High octane action, amazing adventures, thrilling characterization — that’s what we do best with Sonic, and with Imposter Syndrome, we’re going to take that and turn it on its head,” said Sonic editor David Mariotte. “We’re so excited to introduce a new super-speedy character and her super-smart sidekick who may feel familiar at first but will show you just how different they are from Sonic and Tails!”