I can't believe how AMAZING and so AWESOME you drew Tikal!! I mean, she looks INCREDIBLE!! I am absolutely in LOVE with her pose, it looks very cute, like she's looking at someone she likes! As for the colouring and shading, BRILLIANT!! The colours you got for her are PERFECT, every colour matches, and the shading is too AMAZING, like there really is a shadow there, it's just INCREDIBLE!! Well done, you have done a SPECTACULAR JOB!!
You have a point. Awesome as Shadow was, he should have stayed dead too, so if they keep Tikal that way, I'm okay with it. I don't think she has a physical body anymore. Seems like she and Chaos went to heaven, or whatever. Or got sealed back inside the Master Emerald. It wasn't very clear.
No one ever said she's dead, she just disappeared :/ I mean, it's much more probable that she's dead than that she's not buuuuuut my imagination can find hundred of ways she could appear again (even as a spirit or whatever). hahaha
And in my opinion she's better than many other characters from Sonic's universe (Big for example) and Sega still likes to use them even if there's no point in that :S