SEGA's new 'Sonic the Hedgehog' comic book series will be written by Ian Flynn.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

The American comic book writer - who is also known by his Internet pen name Ian Potto - has penned the stories based on the popular game since 2006, when they were published by Archie and he will once again be putting pen to paper for the first books to launch at its new home of IDW Publishing, which are set to launch in April 2018.

Ian said: "I've been a SEGA kid for life, and Sonic has been my career for over a decade. I'm overjoyed to keep running with the little blue hedgehog, and especially excited to be expanding my relationship with IDW at the same time. I can't wait to show you what I'm made of as we reach for the stars and explore the endless possibilities!"

Sonic editor Joe Hughes is over the moon that Ian will continue to work with them on the new material and says he was blown away by his pitches from very early on.

He commented: "Ian has a strong connection with both the character and the fans so there was no hesitation in bringing him on to launch this new Sonic series. Not only is he a great writer, but he genuinely loves these characters. His pitches have been nothing short of amazing and we are very excited to get this out to the Sonic community who have been supportive from day one."

And Michael Cisneros, Licensing Specialist at SEGA of America, says Ian had always been their first choice to write the comics.

He added: "When we partnered with IDW a couple months back, Ian was undoubtedly our first choice to take the helm and scribe the new comic series.

"His uncanny knack for capturing the spirit of Sonic is evident not only in his work, but in the hearts of our very vocal and devoted fan base.

"We couldn't be more pleased to have him setting the stage for many years of compelling storytelling."