So I finally got Sonic #257 in the mail, and it did NOT make a good first impression.
I told myself that this was a relaunch, a shakedown cruise, and as such I should expect missteps and fumbles until they find their new voice. Fair enough.
They also seem to have wandered into the familiar and the cozy in selecting a story line by loosely adapting the narrative of "Sonic Unleashed," though I fear that the fuzzy little chocoholic Chip won't be much of a factor in this story, since it's been weighted down from the get-go with Eggman (*yawn*) kidnapping Uncle Chuck and Prof. Pickle, the latter being saddled with the horrendous first name "Dillon." But I can handle that.
What I can NOT stand is a panel where Sonic, while working to rescue some Station Squares, overexerts himself and begins (only begins) to transform into WereSonic!
OK, so maybe Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series has screwed up the whole werewolf idea by portraying them as shirtless hunks who turn into wolves the size of ponies. But what Archie has done is take the original conceit of Sonic being zapped by Eggman to go werehog when the moon is full and replace it with ANOTHER COMIC BOOK CHARACTER'S MOJO! And the cause of this was Sonic's accidental exposure to Uncle Chuck's little Mr. Wizard science experiment gone wrong. Sound familiar? I mean, if Ian can't get this under control I fully expect someone in the comic to speak of Sonic, saying:
"... until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him."
They should just change Sonic's name to Bruce Banner and get it over with.