Sorry, meant to say that the mini-series is probably where they'll be getting most of their panel-time for a while.
I mainly say this because the upcoming issues are confirmed to feature Shadow, Omega, Emerl & Cream with neither of the two slated to appear. With the mini-series beginning around that same time, it seems like that's where IDW is gonna give those two their focus
Yeah, that last story was pretty weird. It was great seeing Jon Gray do interior Sonic art again, but the whole thing just felt like filler to me, although seeing a Dot Warner lookalike as a Sonic Worldian is pretty humorous
Also, the Rouge story is probably the best one out of the Annual. Her showing a more good-natured side & protecting those villagers was really nice to see, especially for a character that doesn't get much spotlight like Rouge.