QUOTE (Sonic Warrior TJ @ Mar 19 2011, 12:04 PM)
Those Genesis covers look pretty sweet, but I'm not very fond of the shading style on the second one. Using black for shadows like that works when you've got a comic book hero with a lot of detail and muscle, like an X-Men character, but it doesn't suit the simple, colorful Sonic characters very well. Now, I'm not blind, it's there on the first cover, but it's not as extreme and looks like it was placed more skillfully/strategically. The second one just makes me think they said "well, it's not as totally radical as it could be, let's fill in all this open space with black." Maybe they're compensating for the darker background, but the shading just feels too forced.
I've always had problems with the inconsistency of the art Archie's Sonic comics (that's not to say it's bad), but that's probably just petty nitpicking. I know, different artists, different styles, but seriously, I've seen (and held) model sheets for other Archie series (like...Archie, for example), and I always wondered why they seemed to stop enforcing those methods upon their Sonic artists around the Dreamcast adaption, unless something big was happening (like these 20th anniversary Genesis issues). It's been a while since I read it month to month though, and thinking about it, more recent issues have appeared more consistent (though that's just judging based on online previews).
Ever since about issue 160 the style has been much more consistent. Granted there are a few differences here and there, but over all we aren't seeing any of the crap from the issue 100 era. The Sonic Universe comics are very consistent, seeing as how they're all drawn by the same person.
The Sonic X comics were very consistent even though the artist changed from issue to issue. They were probably told to enforce the shows style as much as possible.