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Countdown to Chaos by BenBates Countdown to Chaos by BenBates
Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog issues 253-256

This turned out to be way more work than I had anticipated. I pitched the idea of the four connecting covers and did a quick thumb showing the character placements and issue breaks, but for story purposes (if I recall correctly) characters needed switching around. I was busy working on the last issues of the 'Worlds Collide' crossover and I mistakenly thought "Ah, thats ok. I'll draw one cover at a time and make changes as I go."

Massive mistake. I now know for an image like this, it is in my interest to first make sure any changed elements are plotted out perfectly in the thumb, and then to draw the entire image at one time. I would complete one cover, and then weeks later draw the next one down the line. Forgetting whatever I had done and trying to match up special effects. Terrible working process. To make matters worse, my computer died near the end...

Because of the time frame and the multiple computers it spread out on, I don't have all the correct images in one place. This is pieced together with slightly out of sync jpegs so you can find some areas that are screwed up. I'm pretty sure I went through and fixed everything at some point to look perfect, or near perfect, if I find those files I reupload but in the meantime this one's probably 90%.

What a blast though! All those :iconryanjampole: designs were so much fun to draw. I think he knocked it out of the park.

Oh yeah, did you guys notice Cheese? Out of all these heroes, he's actually the one who is about to take Eggman down.
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:iconsuperaustin15:
superaustin15 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
AWESOME i have these Comics I Love The Sonic Comics its my fave Comic Series  
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:iconblackwind06:
Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
it was a cool cover for four comics too bad the comic themselves are no fun anymore 
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BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Professional
Yeah, I'm with ya. I really enjoyed the first 25 issues or so, back when it was a laugh and didn't take itself so seriously, but its all been downhill ever since.
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:iconblackwind06:
Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
yeah and even the sonic universe is starting to get boring
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:iconpkstarstorm1up:
pkstarstorm1up Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
I'm just angry about the "reboot".
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:iconblackwind06:
Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah same here the storyline and artwork is so cheesy 
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:iconpkstarstorm1up:
pkstarstorm1up Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
I'm angry because they think they can just erase people from existence and expect the fans and remaining characters to go on like everything's alright without them.  That's scumbagish.
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Scarface271 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 31, 2014
Well to be fair, that happened because of a Lawsuit. The characters who are gone can never be referenced again because of legal bullcrap that happened with Ken Penders.
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pkstarstorm1up Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
That doesn't matter to me.  I understand they can't bring those characters back because of that stupid lawsuit but there are other ways they could go about it without wiping them from existence and then expecting the remaining characters who DO remember (and the readers for that matter) to just be like oh well it's alright that their souls pretty much don't exist now.  It's fine for us to go on with our lives without caring that such an injustice happened.  They could have easily just written that said characters were off in another country helping to recruit more people for their cause and then just left them doing that indefinitely.  At least then they'd still exist...
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You got that right 
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sonicboom44 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing and the comics are fun to read too.
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MeowsScourgeARTZ152 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   General Artist
Eggman: Evil Hug?!
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:iconaidanckelly:
aidanckelly Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It looks like Cheese is the one shooting the lasers. :D
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soundestguitar Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
So awesome!
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:iconwildknight215:
WildKnight215 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
My God...that Blue Furred douche is everywhere.
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:iconheartinathepony:
HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!
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Catchintherift Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student Filmographer
Amazing work Ben as always. Absolutely love this set of comic covers. It is really cool to see it as one panel. 
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Dark-Coco Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
This is so amazing! :D I can see you put in a lot of time to work on this, and it looks wonderful! Great job!
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:icontechnorganicsoul:
TechnorganicSoul Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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Zeo-Fawx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
One of the best multi covers I've seen. And unlike some of my friends, I'm ok with the new designs. I especially like how Sally kept the energy blades. And love Nicole's new style. I look to the reboot with hope. Thank you for your amazing designs.
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JupiterTheHedgehog22 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sooooooo cooolll! insta-fav! :iconiloveitplz:
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:iconcresentsky:
cresentsky Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Very awesome. :D
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:icondeiviz23:
deiviz23 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student General Artist
HOLLY FREAKING S****!!! O.o 

wow.... now thats is what i call war XD
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darknessthede-wolf Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student General Artist
this is so awesome *U* *U* *U* *U* wow just wow I don't have words to describe this deviation its so amazing!!!! TUT
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missael111796 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Only Sonic can be on all the covers at once.
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tweetysweet Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
jkhdnahx sdqz  WHOAAAA!
It's incredible!
I've never read one of these comics, since they don't sell them where I live (Stupid Chile, we're not cool), but surely I want to read one now!
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Marco-the-Scorpion Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

I have all those covers!!!

EPIC!!!<?xml:namespace prefix = da />Clap  Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 

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Spicy-karrotz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand favorite for all time.
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ShadowEspioFan1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist

Love it Archie rocks and i love your art benbates

 

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:iconshadowtailsderol:
ShadowtailsDerol Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Better from the book, why? Because thats the full image :P in one part.
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Starcoyote234 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely awesome, good job on this! Lol yeah, I see Cheese! That would make good showdown, wouldn't it? Cheese the Chao vs Eggman... Keep up the good work! ;)
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Secret-Keeper00001 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Great collection of all the covers for Sonic Issues #253-256 and a great picture they all make of "The Count Down to Chaos" event! DR. Egg-Man really messed things up for good this time when he interfered with Super Sonic's Chaos Control attempt to reverse the effects of Genesis Wave! Sure there did come some good, like Sally not being a killer robot anymore, Antoine not in a coma anymore, Rotor back in action without relying on a nanite battle suit for correcting his back injury from Knot Hole's destruction, Knot Hole's still standing, King Maximillian is King again, happy, friendly and healthy again, Muttski is now a walking on 2 hind legs and talking Mobian and Uncle Chuck's apprentice, they have a flying "Sky Patrol" fortress of their own to fight the Death-Egg 0.2, that creepy Tails Doll Monsters been beaten and Ixis Nagus isn't king anymore, plus Antoine, Rotor and Nicole's new looks are great! Sadly however purple filled energy generating earthquakes are ripping Mobius apart, Bunnie is back in action, that's good, but now she's a cyborg again, just when Nagus's crystal magic gave her flesh, blood, fur and bone arm and legs back, she could've worn a nanite suit like Rotor, no more Team Freedom, possibly no more Secret Freedom Fighters, that means no more Silver trying to change history and save his future, no more Shard, really liked him and he had feelings for Nicole, Elias won't become king again by beating/expose Nagus for who and what he is and what about his mother, wife and stepdaughter,the people won't apologize too and take Nicole back, no Krudzu plant to make an roboticization antibody that they could really use since the roboticizer works again, no more nanite city to give Nicole's holographic form the ability to walk around and live with the people meaning she's reduced to that little handheld form again, all of Knuckles people maybe stuck in the Twilight Cage forever now(including his family, Constable Remington, red-hot bad girl Lien-Da and her echidna Dark Egg Legion, his soul mate Julie-Su and Charmy's wife Saffron)because of seeking revenge for what echidna scientists did to his people generations ago Thrash the Tasmanian Devil, Mighty may never be reunited with his little sister Till/Matilda now, same thing with Bunnie and her uncle, happy Sally's back but I don't like her new look, no more Dark Egg Legions(like Bill Platypus, still a Downunda Freedom Fighter, Bunnie's uncle Beauregard and Mighty's little sister Tilly/Matilda who much better & nicer then the Sand Blaster Renegades, no chance of rescuing CMD. Hugo Brass and his Paladin team from the Iron Queen and her not finding out her Snively is really a infiltrator), no Monkey Khan fulfilling his prophecy, no end to the ninja "Clan Wars", no more stories about the Yagyu, Gossamer or my favorite Shinobi Clan especially taking the Raiju Clan down, no more Iron King(if he survived being blown by the Fan of Fen Xing) and what happened to Geoffrey ST. John and Hershey and who knows what else!?     
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YgvantheShaper Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Huh?

Okay I've never read the Atchie series, and I've just gotten the means to and gotten to issue 14 but I do know some of the important bits.

Like, I though Genesis Wave rebooted the series? I though they were going to start over from a new beginning? Isn't that why The characters look almost completely different?

And yes, I agree. The batched Sally's design and hopefully with make it less..."smooth" later on.
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Secret-Keeper00001 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Also, what happened to Diesel the Biker Bear the Grandmaster of the Efrika Dark Egg Legion chapter and Akhult the Killer Whale leading the pod of Orcas that comprise the .D.E.L. in the arctic? New Egg Army Egg Bosses Axel the Water Buffalo and Tundra the Walrus are good new villains that would've made great Kommisar's(2nd in commands)! 
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Secret-Keeper00001 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Also, if Knuckles and Julie-Su don't get back together that means no Lara-Su or Jani-Ca, no Mobius: 30 yeas Later of Dark Mobius story sequels!
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Starcoyote234 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorta like "Back to the Future," eh? Now, that would be so cool... But yeah, I agree with you. I would love to see 30 Years Later: Dark Mobius sequels! :D
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WolfmanHanan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student
This is really awesome. I love the new redesigns for the characters, especially Nicole, Sal, and Bunnie. Best redesigns ever!

I'm glad that they are rebooting the comic series with the Genesis Wave, they've been losing some fans recently. I'm also happy that they make some elements from the official Sonic video games canon in this. I really hope Nicole and Tails become boyfriend and girlfriend in this reboot. Sonic and Sally being togeter are great, but it's Tails and Nicole that need to be together in this. Anyway, this is really awesome, I can't wait to see how this would go later on. :)
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LighttheChao Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aww man! I can't wait to get the Bunnie issue! I feel bad she's half robot, half Mobian, but at least she's back in action(making her happier than the Bunnie we last left off with prior to the Genesis Wave
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BlueBlur62391 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Just go with it. That jacket was old-school anyways.
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GabrielFrag Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
awesome work dude, just one tiny question though.
Whats up with Antione's wardrobe choice?
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:iconstephan-zx:
stephan-zx Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I bet if I give you a challenge to draw one of my characters you would give it a go, so would you please response 
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stephan-zx Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm a fan of your work, i love how you drew the story in part 9 to 12 of the sonic/mega man crossover  
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ZephraStar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I absolutely LOVE Sally, NICOLE, and especially Bunnie (she's one of my all-time favorites)'s re-designs!! They look amazing, and the way you draw them is outstanding. 

I really look up to you, hopefully someday I'll be able to draw Sonic characters as good as you can! Keep it up, Mr. Bates! :)
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Darkwings45 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
How do you think the series will end? More importantly, do you think Mobius will get back to the way it was before the second Genesis Wave?
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PrincessOfLior Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013

I don't know why I hate Antoine so much. ugh.

 

but great art! it should have been alittle more glorious for Tails though, I figure.

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BatboyEXE Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
honestly...I like all the redesigns except for chucks and Rotors (chuck looks a bit too young to me and I'm indifferent to Rotors.) and there's no point in complaining about the reboot until I know it's permanent or not. (here's hoping, I want to see the stories from the last universe resolved atleast)
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Where's Knuckles
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:iconinfinityalex:
InfinityAlex Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm throwing my money at the screen but nothing is happening! HALP!
Anyway, I love this, though Sally kinda looks...hm...
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:iconbenbates:
BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional
Yeah, she's different. She's been redesigned along with all the other characters!
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:iconinfinityalex:
InfinityAlex Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I personally didn't like Rote's redesign at first because he seemed too...built up for the sort of character he is, but now I'm starting to warm to it...
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