CWC Comics / Premiere #1 / Drawn March 31, 05
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: Is that supposed to be your clone?
SONICHU: Unfortunately, Sonic… yes!
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: Chemical “X”?
SONICHU: No, cherry cola!
LEGAL: All Sonichu material are Copyrighted March, 2000-2005 by. Christian W. Chandler.
Interestingly, Mr. Chandler chooses to label this issue as “premiere #1” despite the fact that it follows Sonichu #0, the “hand-drawn premiere issue.” This is a typical tactic in the modern comic book industry, attempting to get the buzz of a first issue from two different issues, and I’m surprised Chris picked up on it given that he has shown little awareness of the mainstream comic book market beyond comics based on Sonic the Hedgehog .
The cover succinctly encapsulates what Sonichu #1 has to offer. Sonic the Hedgehog returns for a long-awaited crossover with Sonichu, following up on their first fateful encounter way back…um, zero issues ago. Additionally, we are already getting into the origin story for Black Sonichu, first teased in #0. There is a sense here that Chandler is hot-shotting story ideas that would mean more if saved until later. However, it is clear that he has already done all the character development he will ever do for Sonichu and Rosechu, and there is simply nowhere else to take the characters except to have them interact with all the other characters he wants to introduce. Thus, Sonichu #1-3 rapdily debut all of the figures teased in Sonichu #0, with the title character doing little more than standing back and watching.
Black Sonichu is of course a genetically-engineered clone of the original, yellow Sonichu utilized as his darker half. The concept is extremely similar to that of Shadow the Hedgehog, the bête noire of Sonic who was also grown in a laboratory, although Shadow was cloned from a different character than Sonic and not intended for evil purposes. Sonic’s question “Is that supposed to be your clone?” suggests a casual attitude about such strange developments–although he is surprised that someone has cloned Sonichu, he has been through enough in his adventures to know that far stranger things have happened.
Chemical “X” is presumably a reference to The Powerpuff Girls . The cartoon is about a scientist who attempts to literally create “perfect little girls” from sugar, spice, and everything nice ; however, his mixture is accidentally contaminated by Chemical X, causing the resulting girls to develop super-powers much as mysterious chemicals are used in the origins of classic comic book superheroes. Again, Sonic has seen it all, and innately understands that Black Sonichu must have been exposed to some x-factor; he has only to speculate which one. (His next guesses might well have been “ super soldier serum ” or “ devil fruit .”) Of course, the actual cause of Black Sonichu’s appearance is beyond even his experience.
Physiologically, Black Sonichu is virtually identical to Sonichu except for his coloration and slight differences in his powers, all of which is explained by the inclusion of cherry cola in his genetic makeup. Chandler is curiously proud of this concept as though it were humorous; he goes out of his way to make the Black Sonichu/cherry cola connection no less than five times in the series (this is the second). Clearly the inspiration for this idea stemmed from Black Sonichu’s color scheme–black like cola with cherry-red highlights–and the absurdity of a mundance chemical compound causing such drastic side effects in a clone.