The second issue of the Sonic Forces Prequel Comic is here, and you can read it for free below! This issue features Knuckles and the much-maligned Silver The Hedgehog getting into a fight with Sonic Adventure's Chaos creature. Perhaps more notably, this issue confirms a fan theory that Sonic Forces is actually a sequel to recent retro throwback Sonic Mania!
The comic's below, and you can see Knuckles relaxing on his home on Angel Island before getting interrupted by Silver The Hedgehog, making his first appearance in a Sonic game since the much-hated Sonic The Hedgehog 2006, instantly making this his best appearance ever. Something seems to be wrong with time, and they get into a fight with the Chaos creature from Sonic Adventure. But it's the final panel of the comic that should be of interest most to Sonic fans.
After the release of Sonic Mania, a major fan theory put about that Sonic Forces was going to be a sequel to that game's story. If you were too busy enjoying the game to notice the subtle story, Mania featured Eggman and his robotic crew discovering a strange time-altering gem called the Phantom Ruby, that they use to get powerful, change time, and send Sonic and pals to re-creations of classic Sonic levels.
Fans noticed that trailers for Sonic Forces showed that main villain Infinite's power had the same time-warping sound effect as the Phantom Ruby's in Mania. Eggman in Forces says that Classic Sonic is from "another dimension", and the True Ending of Sonic Mania shows Sonic and the Ruby being sucked into a portal. The comic's final panel shows Eggman with the same Phantom Ruby, so it seems the fan theory is totally correct and Forces is indeed a sequel to Mania. How about that?
You can read or download the first issue right here, which featured the origins of the customizable Avatar character who will playable in Forces, alongside Team Chaotix and, happily, Charmy Bee getting his ass burnt off.
The comics are written by long-time Sonic comic writer Ian Flynn, who's been chief writer on the Archie Sonic The Hedgehog comics since issue 160 all the way to 290, and will continue as the comics move to IDW. There are two more parts to go before Sonic Forces releases on November 7, and we'll hopefully grab them both for you. Thanks to SEGA and the Sonic Twitter feed for making it available!