B. SONIC COMICS DESCRIPTIONS
Now, direct from the Great White North, Brad Clark summarizes the
original four-part Sonic miniseries:
"Don't Cry For Me, Mobius"
Story: Michael Gallagher, Art: Scott Shaw!
Sonic is chased by Dr. Robotnik. After the chase, which
Robotnik loses, Sonic returns to Knothole where most of the main
characters are introduced for the first time. (Note: Rotor is
referred to as "Boomer.") Antoine then announces that there is a
leak in Knothole (Knothole is located underground in this issue)
that is caused by Robotnik. Sonic defeats Robotnik with a power
"The Royal Family of Mobius"
Takes place before Robotnik was in power and has Sonic and
Uncle Chuck running a chilidog take-out stand. Robotnik destroys
the stand and captures Muttski and Uncle Chuck. Sonic meets
Sally (with yellow hair and red fur) who introduces him to the
rest of the freedom fighters in Knothole.
"Run, Sally, Run"
Sally [this time with pink fur and black hair] goes to see
Robotnik about the return of her father. Robotnik captures Sally
and almost throws her into the "Robo-machine." Sonic rescues
Sally only to discover that Sally had wanted to get caught in
order to gather information on the roboticizer, using some
special boots designed by Boomer/Rotor.
"A Crowning Achievement"
Sally decides to wear the "Crown of the Acorn Kings" which
belonged to her father, but the crown is missing. They discover
a robotic freedom fighter who tells them that Robotnik has stolen
the crown and has scattered its jewels (the four Chaos Emeralds)
throughout the land. Sonic retrieves the emeralds and
Boomer/Rotor repairs the crown.
Gallagher & Shaw!
Sonic and Robotnik recall when they were kids. Uncle Chuck
invents the power rings. Sonic and Robotnik have an argument,
and it escalates until Robotnik is constructing mechanical
monsters out of Uncle Chuck's appliances. Sonic then wakes up --
it was all just a daydream -- and resumes being chased by
"Why Ask Spy"
Sonic is made to look like a robot to trick Robotnik and to
destroy one of his factories. In the process, Sonic discovers
Uncle Chuck and Muttski who have both been roboticized. Sonic
destroys the factory.
And a tip of the ol' freedom fighters' fedora to JOHN W. JOHNSTON
for supplying summaries for issues 1-15 plus 17:
#1 [Aug 1993]
"Meet Me At The Corner of Hedgehog and Vine!"
Story: M. Gallagher; art: D. Manak
One of Robotnik's SWATbots develops a mechanical plant
called "Krudzu" and modifies a Burrobot to plant its seeds in the
Great Forest. Antoine, depressed because Sally only pays
attention to Sonic, decides to get her a bouquet of flowers. He
gets caught by the Krudzu, Sonic saves him, and they discover
that the Krudzu is not waterproof.
"You Bet My Life!"
Gallagher & Manak
Boomer/Rotor discovers that Robotnik is making a big
presentation in the Casino Night Zone. Sonic crashes the party,
only to be subdued by Robotnik's newest baddie: Orbinaut. He is
put in a giant pinball machine and sent through a very rough
ride. When he escapes from the pinball machine, Sonic blows up
the casino and puts Robotnik into orbit. [Notes: Apparently the
casino was rebuilt for "The Man From H.E.D.G.E.H.O.G." (#16); the
pinball (Spinball?) plot was used to better effect later on in
the "Game Guy" episode of the TV series; Rotor was still being
called "Boomer" at this time. DJD]
#2 [Sep 1993]
Robotnik sends his newest badnik, Coconuts, after Sonic and
Tails. When they send Coconuts' parts back COD, Robotnik sends
two more badniks, Scratch and Grounder, after Sonic. [No, this
has no relation to the Game Gear game. It does, however, set up
the characters from the syndicated TV series. DJD]
"Vertigo A Go Go!"
Sonic is out collecting rings when he warps into an
extremely warped zone where he meets two friends, Al and Cal.
"All The Mail's About Tails"
Sonic and Tails read letters from fans who express their
opinions about how Tails got his two tails. One theory was: one
of Tails' ancestors was owned by Charles Dickens (A Tails of Two
Cities). Another theory was that Tails was a mutant (and
couldn't get a job with the X-Men). Another theory says he was a
loss leader at a carnival freak show. Another theory says he was
one of Dr. Frankenstein's creations. Another theory says that
Tails has Antoine's tail (and hair). And another theory involved
something dealing with evolution.
#3 [Oct 1993]
"The Bomb Bugs Me"
Sonic informs Sally and Boomer/Rotor that Robotnik has "the
bomb." To trick Robotnik, they project a picket line on a wall
outside his office. Boomer/Rotor disguises himself as Robotnik
to trick Crabmeat into giving "the bomb" to the freedom fighters,
but this plan backfires when Robotnik shows up dressed in a
Sonic and Boomer/Rotor travel to the Southern Section of
Mobius (Sonic pulling Boomer who wears inline skates). They come
across two SWATbots who have thrown a captured rabbit into a
portable roboticizer. They are delayed in rescuing her because
they are "tied up." They finally shut down the roboticizer and
take it and the half rabbit-half robot with them. When she
recovers, she gives her name as Bunnie Rabbot and demonstrates
her abilities. Meanwhile the forest above Knothole is being
trashed by a giant burrobot. When Sonic gets zapped, Bunnie
picks up the burrobot and throws it 50 meters. Sonic then traps
the burrobot by burying it. [This represents the first attempt
to explain the origins of Bunnie. Since then, both fanfic and
professional efforts -- Teitelbaum's second book: Robotnik's
Revenge -- have covered the same ground. The situation is
complicated by the fact that Bunnie appears as one of the
children in Blast to the Past, and so wouldn't be a stranger to
the Knothole Gang. In fact, BttP, part 2 featured a tease of
Bunnie about to be roboticized as a child. Note also that
Knothole is still an underground base at this time. DJD]
#4 [Nov 1993]
"The Lizard of Odd!"
Due to a roboticizer mishap caused by Buzzbomber, Robotnik
turns a small salamander into his most powerful badnik [No, it's
not Newt Gingrich! DJD]: Universalamander. When Sonic tries to
attack him, Universalamander eats Sonic. Sonic escapes by making
"Lizard Lips" belch. To defeat him, Sonic transforms into Super
Sonic, gets an important component from the confiscated
roboticizer [see above, "Rabbit Deployment"], and cuts
Universalamander down to size.
"Tails' Little Tale"
While Sonic rests after defeating Universalamander, Tails
embarks on his first solo adventure. Unaware of Tails, Robotnik
is in the middle of a company picnic. [You're right, it DOES
sound lame! DJD] Tails get plucked by Buzzbomber and Orbinaut,
but defeats both of them. Tails gets overconfident and is
captured by two SWATbots making shadow-puppets. When they try to
roboticize him, Sonic saves Tails.
#5 [Dec 1993]
"Olympic Trials and Errors"
Story: Angelo Decasare [debut]; Art: Manak
Robotnik challenges the freedom fighters to compete in
Olympic games. If they win even one event, Robotnik "promises"
to restore Mobius; if they lose, they'll be turned into robots.
Before the competition, a SWATbot switches Sonic's sneakers with
energy-draining shoes. When Sonic drops on the track, the other
freedom fighters (except for Tails) take his place. While Tails
is looking for materials to make a Sonic sculpture, he finds
Sonic's real sneakers and returns them to him. [The synopsis
ends here; presumably, Sonic wins, Robotnik renegs, and it's back
to usiness as usual. The linkage between Tails and sculpture was
repeated in "That's The Spirit" (#20). DJD]
"Chomp on This, Chump!"
While Sonic and Tails help Sally deal with a batch of extra-
thick pancake batter, Boomer/Rotor decides to buy a mail-order
ant farm. What Boomer/Rotor doesn't know is that the farm he
receives came from Robotnik. Instead of ants, Boomer/Rotor
receives a Termite-nator, a termite which eats wood and paper and
which grows as it eats. Remembering Sally's pancake batter
recipe, Sonic whips up a batch and fills a hollow log with it.
Boomer/Rotor returns the ant farm to sender. [What is it with
Rotor and ant farms? He also had one in "Ivo Robotnik, Freedom
Fighter" (#23). DJD]
#6 [Jan 1994]
"The Spin Doctor"
When the freedom fighters attack Robotnik's factory, they
find that Robotnik has relocated to deep within Mount Mobius, an
active volcano. Sonic enters the Veg-O-Matic Fortress where he
is attacked by Rexxon and Scorpius. After defeating them, he
runs into two allies, Hip and Hop, who warn him about the
Ferrons. After Sonic trashes the Ferrons, he comes across a cell
full of animals awaiting roboticization. Just as Sonic believes
he is on Robotnik's trail, he is shot out of the volcano, only to
be rescued by Tails.
"Sonic's Christmas Carol"
[The cast enacts You-Know-What by You-Know-Who -- if you
DON'T, better take a refresher course in English Lit.
Significant in that they finally get the issue of Rotor's name
straightened out. DJD]
#7 [Feb 1994]
"Uncle Chuck's Treasure"
When Rotor accidentally sends Tails through the roof
(literally), they find an old treasure map belonging to Uncle
Chuck. They believe the "treasure" may be an invention that will
help them defeat Robotnik. According to the map, the treasure
was buried in Mobius National Park; unfortunately, the park had
since been destroyed by being turned into a toxic waste dump.
When the freedom fighters find the spot, Robotnik attacks. Sonic
fights back using the toxic wastes, but Robotnik snatches the
treasure from them as soon as they dig it up. Robotnik discovers
that the "treasure" is really Sonic's bronzed baby booties (try
saying THAT 3 times fast ;-) ).
"Sorceress in Distress"
Sally dresses as a sorceress for the annual Fright Night
party, but needs a staff to complete the outfit. She finds one
in the Forest and (due to a string of coincidences) believes it
to be real. Robotnik sees the "sorceress" and, unaware that it's
Sally, drags her back to Robotropolis; object: matrimony! Sonic
follows them. Robotnik wants to see a demonstration of the
sorceress's "magic" and Sally obliges, with a little help from
#8 [Mar 1994]
"Bot's All, Folks!"
When Crabmeat is caught reading Sonic the Hedgehog comics,
Robotnik is inspired to build super-powered robots to attack
Sonic. Sonic meets, and defeats, "Botman," "Wolvurkel" (a
factory second sent by mistake), "Spawnmower," "Magbot--Freedom
Fighter Fighter," "Captain Marbot" and "Mighty 'Bot." [Furries
might have a hard time slogging through this story! "Wolvurkel"
is apparently an amusing *homage* to Jaleel White, the voice of
Sonic in both the SatAM and daily syndie series. DJD]
"A Little Music Goes A Long Way"
Sonic finds an old guitar, and the rest of the freedom
fighters decide to form a band. Robotnik hears the music and
decides to put a stop to it with a shrink ray. While the Freedom
Fighters rummage through the Mobius Music Hall, Robotnik and
Snively shrink them. Robotnik uses a Pest Buster vacuum to suck
up the shrunken Sonic, but before they can put him inside a
mobile roboticizer the shrink ray wears off and the freedom
fighters return to normal size. Before Robotnik's reinforcements
can arrive, the freedom fighters use music to chase him out of
#9 [Apr 1994]
After a thorough analysis of Sonic's profile, Robotnik
builds his ultimate eil robot, "Pseudo-Sonic." Meanwhile, Sonic
is out picking flowers for Sally. Unfortunately, he comes in
contact with some poison sumac and blows up like a balloon. The
Pseudo-Sonic discovers Knothole and is about to reveal its
location. Tails, dragging his tails on the ground, builds up a
static electricity charge and shorts out Pseudo-Sonic. Sonic
tries to get back to Knothole but is apprehended by Robotnik.
Bunnie slam-dunks Robotnik and helps cure Sonic's rash.
"What's the Point?"
While looking for a birthday present for Sally, Sonic comes
upon a Mobian needl bird with a broken wing. Sonic wants to give
it as a present, but Sally reminds him of other animals the
freedom fighters have brought back. Meanwhile the needle bird,
dubbed Thorny, has eaten Sally's birthday cake. Sally goes off
to replace the cake while Sonic goes to return Thorny to the
Great Forest. Sally is caught by a mechanical tree; Sonic almost
suffers the same fate, but is rescued by Thorny. Sonic then
rescues Sally while Thorny goes after Robotnik (who, needless to
say, was behind the mechanical trees).
#10 [May 1994]
"Revenge of the Nerbs!"
While attempting to steal power from Robotropolis, the
freedom fighters are caught in a force field. Before the
"Robotropolis Good Neighbor Society" can apprehend them, the
freedom fighters escape thropugh a hole in the ground dug for
them by a Nerb, part of an underground-dewlling race. The king
of the Nerbs maintains that contact with surface-dwellers is bad
news, but their air vents and water supply are being threatened
by construction activity aboveground. On their way to the
surface, they move from a Nerb tunnel to a Mobian sewer pipe.
They come up to find Robotnik doing some excavating to build an
underground installation; they also find three Nerb prisoners.
Sonic frees the Nerbs and directs Tails to escort them back
underground; Sonic then opens a line to the Mobius River,
flooding Robotnik's construction site. The freedom fighters are
proclaimed Honorary Nerbs.
"'Twan With The Wind"
Story: Angelo Decesare/Art: Art Mawhinney [debut]
The freedom fighters use Antoine's hot air balloon to scout
out a suitable location for their picnic. Two Buzzbombers attack
the balloon. Robotnik learns of the picnic and decides to crash
it. While everyone else is having fun at the picnic, Antoine
mopes about his balloon. But when Robotnik attacks, it's up to
Antoine to patch up the balloon and come to the rescue.
#11 [Jun 1994]
"The Good, The Bad, And The Hedgehog"
Story: Mike Kanterovich & Ken Penders [debut]/Art: Manak
The freedom fighters witness Robotnik dumping toxic waste
into a river. Sonic tries taking a "short cut" via the Cosmic
Interstate to get there, but winds up on an alternate Mobius
where Robotnik is a benevolent person and Sonic is a leather-clad
punk. After a round-the-world chase, Sonic captures the
Antisonic (c.f., "When Hedgehogs Collide," #24) and the
AntiRobotnik devises a way to undo the toxic spill cause by
"Beat The Clock"
Kanterovich & Penders/Manak
Wanting to get to the top slot of Robotnik's Top Ten Badnik
List, Coconuts traps the freedom fighters.
"Food For Thought, or, You Are What You Eat"
Kanterovich & Penders/Mawhinney
After scarfing a ton of chili dogs as a midnight snack,
Sonic dreams that everyone has turned into junk food: Sonic is a
chili dog, Sally is an ice cream cone, Tails is an order of fries
(regular), and they all confront Chef Ivo Robo-Burger. The fries
get caught by Robo-Burger so chili dog goes to rescue him. But
he slips on a banana peel and right before Tails gets deep-fried,
Sonic wakes up.
#12 [Jul 1994]
"A Timely Arrival"
Robotnik builds a time machine to get rid of Sonic by
transporting him to the past. Sonic enters the trap and lands in
prehistoric Mobius. There he meets Sonugh the Boghog, and the
caveman Ivo Robughnik. Sonic also meets other prehistoric
freedom fighters, but they're all afraid of the surface because
it offers no cover [Sounds like they're still dealing with an
underground Mobius. DJD]. Sonic finishes transplanting some
hedges near the entrance when he is pulled back to his own time
by the freedom fighters, who have confiscated the time machine.
Kanterovich & Penders/Mawhinney
While avoiding Robotnik in the Mobius Mountains, Sonic comes
across an old eagle, Cyril. He tells Sonic how his flock was
roboticized and how he has lived in hiding. Sonic convinces him
to risk flying, and he discovers that his flock still exists.
Cyril returns the favor by rescuing Sonic when Robotnik attacks.
"The Lynx Is A Jinx"
While on a rescue mission, Sonic comes across a lynx named
Larry, a.k.a. Super Jinx. He proves this when the branch of a
tree that he's sitting on gives way and injures some freedom
fighters on the way down. The freedom fighters head back to
Knothole to nurse their wounds and Sonic tries to find a hiding
place for Larry. When Sonic and Larry learn that the freedom
fighters have been captured, Larry is sent out to be captured by
the SWATbots who, in turn, suffer various misfortunes.
#13 [Aug 1994]
"This Island Hedgehog"
Kanterovich & Penders/Manak
Sonic and Tails discover a floating island, but their plane
is shot down by a rocket as they approach. After landing and
enduring some hazards, they meet Knuckles the Echidna. Thinking
that they have come to steal the island's Chaos Emerald, he gives
them a ten-minute head start before giving chase. Meanwhile,
Robotnik, who planted the suggestion in Knuckles' mind, is
stealing the Emerald himself. Knuckles discovers the theft and
Sonic recovers the Emerald.
"Space In Your Face"
Robotnik plans to launch a space-based weapon, RoboStorm.
This device will not only turn living beings into robots, it will
also jam all regular television broadcasts and replace them with
infomercials. The freedom fighters learn of this and enter the
ship. Robotnik appears, however, before they can do any damage
to the systems, so they blast off with Robotnik in pursuit. They
crash-land on the moon Muckery. Using the local materials (i.e.,
mush), they get the better of Robotnik.
#14 [Sep 1994]
"Tails' Taste of Power"
Tails eats a piece of fruit he finds growing in Rotor's
greenhouse. This fruit, from the Mobian Tree of Wisdom, makes
Tails into a super-genius. Sally and Bunnie are attacked by a
giant Shredbot. Tails avoids the bot's blades in such a way that
the bot self-destructs. He goes off to face Robotnik, just as
the effects of the fruit begin to wear off. Sonic bluffs
Robotnik with a medal which Tails gave himself earlier.
"Do It Yourself Sonic"
Kanterovich & Penders/Manak
Readers are invited to fill in the word balloons and color
the panels on a page to create their own comic (apparently
involving Robotnik interrupting Sonic and Tails on a fishing
trip). Winners announced in issue #23.
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!"
Kanterovich & Penders/Mawhinney
Robotnik plans to capture Sally and Bunnie in a booby-
trapped shopping mall. After they're caught, the girls accuse
Robotnik of being a MCP; they then smash SWATbots and gift-wrap
#15 [Oct 1994]
"Rockin' The Bot!"
While out running with lightning, Sonic spies a frog in
trouble. For rescuing it, the frog gives Sonic three magic
stones: a green one for super strength, a yellow one for leaping
great distances, and a red one for elasticity. Since Sonic
doesn't believe the frog, he gives the stones to Tails.
Robotnik, in a Beetlebot, attack the freedom fighters while
they're out testing an all-terrain vehicle. Robotnik throws a
boulder at Sonic while he's holding the red stone; Sonic is
flattened but resumes his shape. Sonic tries attacking the
Beetlebot but (having forgotten which stone does what) he is
holding the yellow stone -- he beats the Mobius high-jump record
but accomplishes little else. Using the green stone, Sonic
crafts a giant flyswatter.
"What's The Big Idea?"
Kanterovich & Penders/Mawhinney
While Rotor works on a top secret project, the rest of the
gang recall previous experiments that have gone awry.
Robotnik plans to use a giant Magnabot to capture Bunnie and
use her as bait to get the other freedom fighters. During an
outdoor barbeque, Bunnie (and everything else metal) is suddenly
pulled away. Sonic hitches a ride to the Magnabot by grabbing a
metal garbage can lid. Sonic then tricks Robotnik into
increasing the power and Snively into pointing the Magnabot
toward Robotropolis. Rotor coats Bunnie's robotic parts with an
anti-magnetism compound to keep it from happening again.
#16 [Nov 1994]
[Summary by Erich Schulman]
"Sonic Under Glass"
It appears that Sonic and Sally are tying the knot, having
defeated Robotnik once and for all. In reality, Robotnik has
lured the freedom fighters to a place called Sleepy Hollow. Once
there, they were gassed, put into a sleep, and trapped inside a
virtual reality glass dome. As all their fantasies have come
true, nobody wants to escape. Uncle Chuck arrives and reveals to
Sonic that he is embracing, not Sally, but a broom. Sonic hates
to disappoint his friends, who are all so happy, but decides to
get back at Robotnik. Sonic gets Robotnik's war machines to
reverse course and attack the big guy, so Robotnik reluctantly
kills the VR software. Sonic and Sally are reunited, and Sonic
concludes that virtual reality is a nice place to visit, but....
"The Man From H.E.D.G.E.H.O.G."
Robotnik comes to the conclusion that there is a spy in his
midst, since so many of his missions have failed. Thinking that
he has found his spy in a mole, he uses the Wheel of Misfortune
to randomize his plans to destroy Mobius. On Robotnik's first
spin, he lands on "undersea bank heist." Robotnik's lackey's
find only an empty vault and the freedom fighters waiting for
them. The same thing happens after two more spins. Robotnik
finally thinks he has Sonic captured when Sonic and Sally visit
Robotnik's casino [Boy, I hope this makes more sense in the
comic! DJD], but Sonic narrowly escapes. Belatedly, Robotnik
realizes that the Wheel itself was rigged.
Sonic-Grams: Aside from now-obsolete announcements, it is
stated that Sonic is 15; that Sally is a squirrel (not
necessarily a ground squirrel); that Antoine was a donor so that
Tails would be able to fly [Yeah, right!] (c.f. "The Mail's About
Tails" (#2); that Sonic was just a little slow rescuing Bunnie
from the roboticizer ("Rabbit Deployment," #3). On a more
useful note, Archie Comics confesses that due to inadequate
modelling information, their Sally was a different color from the
SatAM version, a situation which has since been rectified.
#17 [Dec 1994]
"Gorilla Warfare, or, The Apes of Wrath"
Kanterovich & Penders/Manak
Robotnik travels to Skoal Island and finds one of his
original bots: King Gong, a ten-foot tall, 800 lb. gorilla. He
sends the big ape to Mobotropolis to attack Sonic. King Gong
breaks up a freedom fighters' picnic, but loses interest in Sonic
when he sees Sally. With Sally in his grasp, he climbs to the
top of a minimall to watch the sunset. The Sonic Spin has no
effect on King Gong, so it's on to Plan B: while Tails flies up
to rescue Sally, Sonic and Antoine hose him down with banana oil.
King Gong slips and falls on top of Robotnik.
"First Star I See Tonight: Sally's Crusade, part 1"
Kanterovich & Penders/Mawhinney
While reminiscing about life as a little girl before
Robotnik's takeover, Sally sees something fall from the sky. It
turns out to be a shiny metal orb. To be continued.
#18 [Jan 1995]:
"Wedding Bell Blues"
Kanterovich & Penders/Manak
Robotnik gets word of Sonic and Sally's impending wedding and
plans an attack.
"In the Still of the Night" (Sally's Crusade, part 2)
Kanterovich & Penders/Mawhinney
While trying to determine the nature of the mysterious orb (cf.
"First Star....", #17), Sally is called to the bedside of her old
mentor, Julayla, just before she dies. They never use the D-
word, but it's an affecting story nevertheless.
Sonicgram: includes statement that Sonic is 15, and a German
fan disses Dave Manak's artwork
Sonic: In Your Face #1 
"Sally's Crusade: The Quest"
Kanterovich & Penders/Mawhinney
The orb is revealed to be a casing surrounding Nicole. Sally,
with the others in tow, searches for what turns out to be
Julayla's last testament. The significance of this document is
spelled out in a "flashforward" at the end of the story.
Story and art: Pat Spaziante [debut]
An excuse to practice backwards lettering.
Sonicgram: Sally's age is given as "about 15." [Note, if
you're going to guess a lady's age, guess on the low side ;-) ]
"Tails' Tallest Tale"
Story and art: Scott Shaw!
Tails substitutes for Sonic, putting in an appearance at a con.
His exaggerations almost get him into trouble. The return of
#19 [Feb 1995]:
"Night of a Thousand Sonics"
In order to defeat Robotnik's latest scheme, Sonic has to call in
as many versions of himself from as many parallel universes as he
can. Artwork by Manak for the first half, Mawhinney for the
Sonicgram: The name of Sally's father is given as "King
Acorn" (but see FAQ #5). Scott Fulop hedges on when Knuckles
will make an appearance and whose side he'll be on. Again, Sally
is identified as a "ground squirrel." Hint is dropped as to a
Sonic motion picture in the works.
#20 [Mar 1995]:
"That's the Spirit"
Exposure to an antimatter explosion renders Sonic invisible;
Sally and the others [Tails being the exception] believe he is
dead. The comedic pacing and Manak's artwork mar what otherwise
might have been a very poignant story. Great line (Sonic to
Robotnik--who thinks he's dealing with a ghost): "Give Mobius
back to the freedom fighters, lose weight and get a hairpiece!"
"Deadliest of the Species"
[Prologue to the Princess Sally miniseries]
While on a sabotage mission, Sally is confronted by someone
claiming to be part of a rebel underground.
Sonicgram: Once again lists Sally's age as 15.
#21 [Apr 1995]:
"3 Phases of E.V.E"
Robotnik unleashes E.V.E. ["exceptionally versatile
evolvoid"] to capture Sonic. As Sonic manages to outsmart
E.V.E., it simply adapts to another form to compensate. Sonic
lures it to Robotnik's headquarters where, assuming a
self-conscious form, E.V.E. determines that it is being held back
by its biological inheritance from Sonic and Robotnik [i.e.,
individual cells used in E.V.E.'s creation]. E.V.E. toasts
Robotnik, but thanks to some quick thinking by Sonic--apparently,
Sally's influence is rubbing off on him ;-) -- E.V.E. spares
Sonic and travels out into space on a journey of
self-actualization. Is Robotnik really history? That's the
Sonicgram: announcement of the delay in rolling out the
Sally miniseries; another special issue (48pp) due out in May.
Princess Sally Mini-series #1 [April 1995]
Summary by Ron Bauerle
"Deadliest of the Species!" written by Mike Kanterovich &
Ken Penders, art by Art Mawhinney & Rich Koslowski.
Opens with a nice splash page summarizing the struggle so
far and describes the main characters (get this: "Antoine is
renouned for his military skills" - okayyyy...). Next it recaps
Sally's meeting Geoffrey St. John...in StH #20. Sally & Geoffrey
are attacked by SWATbots after destroying the facility and manage
to beat them off [hey, Ron, let's leave their private lives out
of this ;-) ] and exchange some banter in the process (I can't
call it friendly but it's not really sarcastic either). They
then head back to the camp where some young trainee freedom
fighters are waiting for Sally. Geoffrey mistakes them for
enemies and jumps a pig (Hamlin) but they're separated by Sally.
This establishes some bad blood between Hamlin and Geoffrey that
continues all issue. The team proceeds to its next target (an
energy substation) and after battling SWATbots and ORBbots manage
to destroy it. During the battle Geoffrey saves Hamlin's life
but Hamlin still doesn't trust him. That night, when everyone
else is asleep, Geoffrey slips away, activates a teleportal,
enters some kind of building and descends to its basement where
he speaks to a figure in a glass case: Sally!?
Also some fan art: two pics of Sally & Bunnie (both NBD),
and one of Sally as a dominatrix (!).
#22 [May 1995]
Penders/Spaziante & Harvey M.
The story opens with Sonic & Sally MCW (Married with
Children; cf. the end of "Sally's Quest" in _In Your Face #1_).
Sonic & Sally are out with the kids when, during a lightning
storm, an apparition of Robotnik appears and just as suddenly
disappears. Have your pencils and scorecards ready to try and
follow the remainder of the plot: Robotnik is actually on a
satellite talking with Robo-Robotnik from "Night of a Thousand
Sonics," (#19), only in this case only the consciousness of
Robo-Robotnik (hereinafter "R-R") remains resident. Robotnik
convinces R-R to teleport him back to Mobius, where it turns out
Snively has activated an alternative Doomesday device which would
go off if Robotnik was ever defeated. Robotnik actually
deactivates "Operation Wasteland" himself to keep from being
ruler over nothing and to have the pleasure of saying to Sonic:
"You owe me!" Robotnik and Sonic MWC are declared to be at a
stalemate. What about R-R? Who knows? Muddled story saved by
"Tails Knighttime Story,"
Decesare/Manak & John Dagostino
As Tails grumps about "get[ting] baby-sat" while Sonic has
all the fun and adventures, Sally tells him a bedtime story
wherein Sonic is Sir Runalot and Tails is his page who "borrows"
his armour one day and who, mistaken for the aforementioned
knight, ends up doing battle with Sir Knightmare of Robotannia
(guess who?) until the real Sir Runalot saves his...er...tails.
Sonicgram: the comics should get a FAQ File, since two
letters pepper them with questions (most are answered: "Keep
reading." Translation: "we're working on it!"). The cover of
Princess Sally #2 in an ad on the same page differs from one
which appears on p. 17 of the same issue(!), thus bolstering the
"creative differences" theory in Q7.
Princess Sally Miniseries #2 [May 1995]
"Deadliest of the Species": Part 2
Kanterovich & Penders/Mawhinney
(Summary by Erich Schulman): The story opens with a fight
between St. John and Hamlin, and Sally gives Hamlin a scolding.
To reach the third, undestroyed substation, the freedom fighters
use a new (!?) technology: hang gliders. Arlo's hang glider is
hit by the defenses and he is wounded in action; Penelope
volunteers to stay with him.
Once inside, Sally and St. John are attacked by an octopod,
and everyone barely manages to escape the explosions. Upon
leaving, they find that Arlo and Penelope are gone. Sally says
they will return to camp without them (to which Hamlin is
Did you have your doubts about St. John? That night, St.
John replaces Sally with a lookalike robot and delivers the real
Sally to Robotnik.
Fan mail (singular; only one letter appears): Will Sonic and
Sally marry? "Could be." Has Sally met Knuckles? She will in a
forthcoming 48-page S&K special. Does Sally have a mother, and
if so what does she look like? "Of course...her origin may yet be
told." Or [shameless plug] you can read about it in "Bloodlines"
in the fanfic section of Rotor's homepage.
#23 [Jun 1995]
"Ivo Robotnik, Freedom Fighter"
Sonic, Sally, Rotor, Tails, Robotnik and Snively are all
captured by Car-Heem, a giant alien who wants to study them. In
order to save Robotnik from "disposal," Sonic convinces Car-Heem
that they are interdependent species, a novelty to the autonomous
Car-Heem. Thanks to a diversion by Sonic, the others escape
their confinement in a craft of Robotnik's design. Although
Robotnik blows Car-Heem and Sonic out of Car-Heem's spacecraft's
airlock, Rotor retrieves them. In gratitude, Car-Heem returns
everyone to Mobius and Rotor, inspired, releases the inhabitants
of his ant farm [Heavy Message]. There's also a really bad pun
which I'm not going to reveal.
Do-It-Yourself Sonic Contest winners announced.
Antoine ventures into Robotropolis alone to retrieve Tails'
lost backpack with a power ring in it. Bunnie shadows him just
in case. Surprising last panel gives the impression that Antoine
isn't exactly clueless.
Sonicgram: Further indication that Knuckles will put in an
appearance in the next Sonic special, though no hint as to his
allegiance; look for an appearance by Knack the Weasel [c.f., the
Triple Trouble game] in the same issue.
Sally Miniseries #3 [June 1995]
"Deadliest of the Species, Part III"
Kanterovich & Penders/Mawhinney
(Summary: James Firmiss)
(Recap of parts 0, 1 and 2 omitted)
Sally, Hamlin and Dylan are fighting their way into
Robotropolis with paint guns and grenades (blinding SWATbots).
Dylan believes that attacking at half strength isn't wise, yet
they press on. Hamlin nearly falls from a collapsing catwalk but
Sally rescues him. They eventually reach their objective, break
down the doors and find...Robotnik, St. John and Sally (in the
container). Hamlin believes Geoffrey to be a traitor so he jumps
him. Sally breaks it up and says she and St. John are on the
same side. Robotnic reveals that Sally is an auto-automaton, a
perfect robot duplicate, and that there was no weakness in the
defense system. His master plan is to replace key members of the
freedom fighters--we see auto-automatons of Sonic and Tails being
built. Robotnik also plans to roboticize the Sally delivered to
him by St. John. Robotnik begins the roboticization process but
the chamber blows up because a "feedback loop" has occurred.
Something which is impossible unless...he were trying to
roboticize a robot! The real Sally was with Dylan and Hamlin.
Sally tries to 'arrest' Robotnik, but large StealthBots
emerge from the walls and capture the freedom fighters. Note:
you could see the outlines of the StealthBots 5 pages back. St.
John pushes a button on a remote control and a vehicle burrows
its way up through the floor. Out pop Penelope, Arlo and three
"moles". They help free Sally, Dylan and Hamlin (more paint
guns). Robotnik manages to activate a 30-second self-destruct
and disappears down an escape chute. Sally and the others all
head for the vehicle maintenance area and grab saucer-shaped air
cars (from Hanger 18! X-P ) and get out with no time to spare.
With everyone back at the base, Hamlin, Penelope, Arlo and Dylan
are promoted to full-fledged freedom fighters. Sally tries to
convince Geoffrey to come to Knothole but he declines in order to
rejoin the Rebel Underground. He does engage Sally in some
serious lip-locking before they part.
If you're not confused yet, here's a run-down of the plot-
twists, as Sally explains them at the end:
The FIRST Sally switch occurred right at the beginning of
Part 1 shortly after meeting St. John. St. John really was the
leader of the "Rebel Underground" and acted as a double agent in
order to gain Robotnik's trust and activate the robot double
prematurely in order to find out what its plans were. It was the
auto-automaton Sally that helped attack the 2d and 3d
substations. It was such a good copy that it could give orders,
make hard choices, and even grieve for missing comrades. But did
you notice the two clues that would have tipped you off that this
was an automated Sally:
1. "Auto" Sally wore a purple vest instead of a blue one.
2. "Auto" Sally referred to Geoffrey by his first name,
while the real Sally always called him "Mr. St. John."
The SECOND Sally switch occurred in Part II, when Robotnik
(and the reader) was supposed to think that Sally was being
replaced by a robot double.
And what about Arlo and Penelope? They were taken away by
the moles from the literal Rebel UNDERGROUND. The Rebel
Underground was also supposed to be backup in case anything
"This is definitely one of the most complicated stories Archie's
Sonic group has ever come up with. Congrats...." JF
SallyGram: Horace Hawkins (14) wishes Sally a Happy Valentine's
Day, and expresses the desire to be her boyfriend.
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
Scott Fulop (Editor) asks if there is interest in a MONTHLY Sally
comic. If so, send a postcard with the following:
Give me Princess Sally.
c/o Archie Comic Publishing
325 Fayette Avenue
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
#24 [Jul 1995]
"When Hedgehogs Collide" (in 4 parts)
Script: Mike Kanterovich & Ken Penders
Art: Dave Manak (Parts 1 and 2); Art Mawhinney & Rich
Koslowski (Parts 3 and 4)
Part 1 is taken up witnessing antisocial behavior on the
part of Sonic, Sally, Tails, Antoine and Rotor. Part 2 is the
exposition as to what's happening: Evil Sonic from "The Good, The
Bad and the Hedgehog" [Sonic #11] (hereinafter referred to as
"the Antisonic," as in "the Antichrist") is looking for some
action, so he rounds up the "gang" consisting of the Antisally,
the Antitails, the Antirotor and the Antiantoine. They take the
Cosmic Interstate to Mobius, dress like their counterparts and
begin doing some damage. So where have the Good Guys been all
this time? Sonic, Tails and Antoine had been sent by Rotor into
"negative reality" though they were unable to penetrate "the Zone
of Silence" (aka, The Void) where Sally's father is being held.
Sally's been out on a mission with the trainees (cf. the Sally
miniseries). Everyone arrives back in time to incur the wrath of
their fellow Mobians. In disguise, they come upon the gang about
to terrorize some more Mobians. The first fight turns into a
draw until Sally realizes that there's no way they can defeat
their other selves, who would be able to anticipate their
strategies. So it's "Change partners!" as play is resumed: Sonic
punches out the Antisally (this frame alone is worth the price of
admission!), Sally defeats the Antiantoine, Antoine stops the
Antirotor, Rotor defeats the Antitails, and Tails gets the better
of the Antisonic. Since the Antisonic got what he came to Mobius
for (a fight), the gang agrees to return to their homeworld
I guess the ol' doppelganger plot device worked so well in
Sonic #11 they decided to dust it off and run it past us again.
A valiant effort marred by two Plot Holes and a Serious Omission:
PH#1: If Sally could figure out that fighting themselves
would get them nowhere, wouldn't the Antisally have reached the
same conclusion? Then again they might have spent the entire
issue second-guessing each other.... ;-)
PH#2: On the homeworld of the Antisonic the SWATbots do all
the work and "kindly ol' Robotnik is a grade-A wimp!" At least,
according to an exposition by the Antisonic. This then leads us
SO: Where's Bunnie? Despite a "Sonic + Bunnie" graffiti
carved into the desk of the Antisonic [along with "Sonic +
Sally," "Sonic + Nicole"--THAT I'd like to see!--and "Sonic +
Sonic"], Bunnie's legion of fanboys will be disappointed to learn
that she doesn't put in an appearance in this comic, either as
Bunnie or as the Antibunnie. If indeed Robotnik is more
benevolent on the Antisonic's homeworld, does that mean that
Bunnie would be intact (i.e., not partially roboticized) there?
Interesting question but one that Kanterovich and Penders
conveniently sidestepped for the moment.
SonicGram: information on two upcoming "special" issues: the
48-page Sonic & Knuckles special will include a solo Knuckles
effort and a lead story involving Knuckles' floating island; and
the "Silver Anniversary" issue #25 featuring Mecha Sonic from the
CD game (artwork by Spaziante). There's a list of "Do-It-
Yourself Sonic Contest" winners who have moved and left no
forwarding address. Two fan letters to Knuckles, plus word that
Tails will have his own miniseries coming out in the fall.
Sonic & Knuckles 48 page special 
(based on summaries by James Firmiss)
"Panic in the Sky!"
Kanterovich & Penders/Mawhinney (Part 1), Manak (Part 2)
The Mobians living on the western shore of "the Great
Continent" [you'd think that Mobians would have come up with
another adjective besides "Great": viz.: the Great Forest, the
Great Swamp, the Great Unknown, etc. See also the "all-purpose"
use of the word _hrair_, or "thousands" by rabbits in Richard
Adams' _Watership Down_. But I digress....] are alarmed by the
approach of a floating island. Sally and the gang realize that
the island is on course for Knothole; Sonic explains to the group
(for the first time!?) that he and Tails were on the island a
while back and met Knuckles. Antoine flies Sonic and Tails in
the turboprop, dodging antiaircraft fire from the underside of
the island. After landing on the island, seeing giant mushrooms
and avoiding some traps, Sonic falls into one trap and again
meets Knuckles. Since this is the second time Sonic has been
caught trespassing, Knuckles is about to send him over the edge
of the island. Tails tries dropping a rock on Knuckles from
above to avoid this from happening, but it ends up that Tails has
to rescue both Sonic and Knuckles by airlifting them to safety.
It appears that Robotnik is "hijacking" the island by somehow
draining the energy from the Chaos Emerald which keeps the island
afloat. Already having established a presence on the island,
Robotnik has installed weapons on the underside and plans to use
the island as a flying fortress to attack Knothole. Knuckles
won't allow the island to be used this way; he smashes the Chaos
Emerald. With the island losing altitude, Robotnik abandons it,
expecting that it'll still smash into Knothole (though how he
suddenly knows of Knothole's location is unclear). But Knuckles
replaces the "real" Chaos Emerald just in time--I'd tell you how
he switched it with a phony one which was the one he broke, but I
don't understand it either. Knuckles turns down an invitation to
join the Knothole gang; part of his stewardship of the island now
involves disarming it since Robotnik is gone.
Penders/Art: Jon D'Agostino
Knuckles investigates an explosion on the island, suspecting
that it's Sonic. Catching just a glimpse of an intruder, he
follows him to places unfamiliar even to him(!). As the trail
leads off the edge of the island, he still thinks it's Sonic;
however, we catch a glimpse of a shadowy presence still on the
island. Must be Nack the Weasel -- check out the SonicGram in
issue #23 for a hint.
"Lord of the Floating Island"
While patroling the island on a windy day, he spots a lost
joey (baby kangaroo) names Bengy. The kid asks Knuckles to bring
back the sky; Knuckles explains that there's an eclipse in
progress and that's what's causing the winds. They avoid a pack
of (biped) dingoes as Knuckles goes into further exposition about
the island-- how it's a paradise which some parties (Sonic and
Robotnik) want to change. They eventually find Bengy's mom.
Knuckles' exit line: "This is my island! And I live to protect
and serve!" The entire story appears to exist to supply needed
exposition and to nudge Knuckles closer to the Good Guy category.
No SonicGrams, but announcements: Sonic #25 will have a
silver ink cover and feature Mecha Sonic; dated August '95. Also
slated for that month: a Sonic Triple Trouble 48-page special
featuring Nack the Weasel; it will also include a Sonic v.
Knuckles story, a Knuckles solo story, and a Tails solo story.
Another 48-page special -- Knuckles Chaotix -- is schedules for
November '95. Solo Knuckles stories will appear in Sonics #31-33
(Feb-Apr '96) and a Knuckles 3-parter will begin Jan '96.
#25 [Aug 1995]
"Go Ahead...Mecha My Day" (the only story in this issue)
Story: Mike Gallagher
Art: Pat Spaziante
based on summary by James Firmiss
In a bow to the CD game, the story focuses on the freedom
fighters' discovery of the Collision Chaos Zone, a "zone portal."
Robotnik tries to lure Sonic into the zome portal by kidnapping
his #1 fan: Amy Rose, the pink hedgehog (remember her?). Based
on her dialogue on page 14, I'd describe her in Foghorn Leghorn
terms: "Nice kid, but about as sharp as a sack full of wet mice."
Tails investigates from the air and is captured instead. To
rescue both Amy and Tails, Sonic must race through the new zones
and do battle with Robotnik's Mecha-Sonic. Spaziante's artwork
of Sally in this issue is surprising, in that her shape has
gotten...well, more shapely. I don't remember her having that
much of a bustline in issue #21!
Still no SonicGrams; another repeat announcement of the
Triple Trouble and Chaotix specials, as well as the Knuckles and
Tails miniseries. Also staff artwork.
#26 [Sep 1995]
"Way, Way Past Cool"
Script: A. Decesare; Pencil: D. Manak; Ink: J. D'Agostino
Sonic, Tails, Sally, Rotor and Antoine find themselves in a
snowstorm...in the middle of summer. Of course it's a plot by
Dr. Robotnik: after lowering the temperature on Mobius, he will
use infrared heat sensors to locate the warm-blooded freedom
fighters. Sonic and the gang take shelter (such as it is) in a
cave, where they encounter a group of polar Mobians--they were
trapped down south when Robotnik took over and have lived in
hiding ever since. After initially attacking the Weather
Annihilator with a snowball-loaded catapult, the Knothole gang is
captured by Snively. The polar Mobians, however, come to their
aid and Sonic destroys the Annihilator. The polar Mobians return
north to their home, inspired to put up more of a resistance.
This story has inspired renewed argument over species
identification since one of the polar Mobians [Erma, presumably
an ermine] looks something like Sally. However, Erma doesn't
have the white winter coat associated with a true ermine, nor is
her tail long and tipped with black, nor is her body long and
slender. But, hey, we're talking design by Manak here! Wadja
Additional problems/flamebait: Where did the catapult come
from? If Sally decided not to wear a vest because of the summer
heat, how come she's still got her boots on? [Then again, I'm
convinced that furries are Not Clear On The Concept when it comes
to clothing]. And why is Sonic shown skittering across the
surface of a river in the story's opening when the character
guide to Sonic clearly states that Sonic is a non-swimmer and
would ordinarily avoid water?
Story: A. Decesare; Pencil: A. Mawhinney; Ink: R. Koslowski
The Knothole gang (the cast of the above story PLUS Bunnie!)
are in the mountains, trying to keep ahead of Robotnik--not easy,
since Sonic has a sprained ankle. Bunnie discovers an old fort,
complete with an old muzzle-loading cannon and a blacksmith's
forge. Robotnik's "bus" crashes into the fort, only to confront
Bunnie, suited up in improvised body armour. She takes out
Robotnik's SWATbots and maneuvers the bus to crash through the
fort wall and roll back down the mountain.
FINALLY an appearance by Bunnie! [One has to wonder whether
her (largely out-of-the-way) role in "Vol-Ant-eer" in Sonic #23
even counts as an appearance.] Mawhinney, though, seems to draw
her a little on the "squashed" side. After Spaziante's rendering
of Sally in Sonic #25, I wonder how *he'd* draw Bunnie.
SonicGrams: In-house humor featuring Fulop, Mendez, Pepitone
and Pauley [DJD: Leave it at the water cooler, guys!]. Hint that
the upcoming StH Triple Trouble special issue will feature Tails
in a Sea Fox submarine solo story, by way of warming up for the
Happy Fun Fox miniseries in the fall. Question about why the
SWATbots carrying out Operation Wasteland in Sonic #22 went after
Robotnik and Snively [DJD: What part of "total destruction" don't
you understand?]; a fan from Canada complains about Bunnie's
seldom appearing in the comics [DJD: Hear! Hear!]; fan letter for
Tails from Cleveland. Also cover art for #27 and the Triple
NOTES FROM THE NET: that's the heading suggested for comix-
related posts to a.f.s-h by none other than Paul Castiglia of
Archie Comics. Seems P.C. thinks that NftN would make a good
subsection of the Sonic Grams, and said so in a recent post. The
idea is that you can post to a.f.s-h, and your post (and e-mail
address if you want) will be reprinted in NftN. But ONLY if you
specify that it's for NftN. Apparently Archie Comics is still
getting a feel for whether they should go ahead with the plan, so
let's see some support for it! Hmmm, wonder if Sally's e-mail
address is princess_at_frdmftrs.org ?
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C. OTHER SOURCES
Michael Teitelbaum, _Sonic the Hedgehog_ (c)1993; _Sonic the
Hedgehog: Robotnik's Revenge_ (c)1994; _Sonic the Hedgehog:
Fortress of Fear_ (c)1994; _Sonic the Hedgehog: Friend or Foe?_
(c)1995: Mahwah, New Jersey: Troll Associates.
_Sonic the Hedgehog_ synopsis:
Note: Any resemblance between this book and the original comics
miniseries shouldn't be surprising; what IS surprising is how far
from the TV series this is. Herewith, the "Cliff's Notes"
Ch.1: At the beginning, Sonic is 7, Robotnik is 15, and both are
staying with Uncle Chuck (you get some idea of how non-canonical
this is going to get!). While Robotnik is only interested in
gadgets, Sonic is only interested in running fast. While Uncle
Chuck works on perfecting a power ring, Robotnik cannibalizes
parts from Uncle Chuck's old tractor for a robot. When Uncle
Chuck starts up the tractor, it goes out of control and heads for
Robotnik. Ch. 2: Sonic interrupts a game of one-against-nine
baseball to move the tractor which has pinned Robotnik and Uncle
Chuck. He's able to move it with the power ring and he takes
both Robotnik and Uncle Chuck to the hospital. Ch. 3: After
being released from the hospital, Uncle Chuck and Robotnik return
home. Robotnik's robot confesses to Uncle Chuck that he was put
together with the stolen tractor parts, and Robotnik is grounded.
Robotnik cobbles together another robot from Uncle Chuck's major
appliances; it grabs Uncle Chuck but Sonic defeats it by wrapping
it up in a garden hose. Robotnik leaves. Ch. 4: "Eight years
passed." Sonic, 15, has a pet dog, Muttski, and works as a
delivery hedgehog for his Uncle Chuck's chili dog stand. Sonic
tests his new sneakers (designed by Uncle Chuck) while filling a
large order, but in his absence Robotnik returns and arrests
"Uncle Chuck" and his robots trash the stand. Ch. 5: Sonic
delivers the chili dogs to an old factory, walking into a trap.
He escapes and returns to what's left of the stand. He destroys
a couple of robots who try to capture him and learns that
Robotnik is responsible. He heads off for Robotnik's factory.
Ch. 6: Stopping in the forest just outside the factory he
encounters "a cute little chipmunk girl": Princess Sally Acorn.
She shows Sonic a short-cut to the "Ro-Bo-Machine." Ch. 7:
Reaching the fence around the factory, Sonic sees that Uncle
Chuck has already been roboticized. Sally tries to stop him, but
Sonic goes over the fence. Ch. 8: Sonic goes into Sonic Spin and
takes out the SWATbots. With Sally's help, they get Uncle Chuck
and Muttski and head for the Great Forest. Ch. 9: Sally leads
them to "Knothole Village" which is "under the forest floor."
(cf. Sonic #0). Sonic uses a power ring to restore Uncle Chuck
and Muttski. None of the other Freedom Fighters are introduced.
_Sonic the Hedgehog: Robotnik's Revenge_ synopsis: one of the
Knothole freedom fighters is captured by Robotnik and used as
bait to lure Sonic into a trap. In this case, the victim is
Bunnie, and the story supposedly explains how she came to be
partially roboticized. This account is at odds with the
explanation in the comics (Sonic #3). In addition, both Uncle
Chuck and Muttski in this book has been successfully
deroboticized (see above), which conflicts with "Sonic
Conversion" and, in fact, the rest of the second season.
_Sonic the Hedgehog: Fortress of Fear_
PLOT SYNOPSIS: Ch. 1: Rotor is being held prisoner by Robotnik in
the old royal fortress, which is now Robotnik's headquarters. He
shares a cell with a woodchuck named Digger, who says he's from a
Freedom Fighter group on the western edge of the Great Forest.
Digger tells Rotor about the King's list of freedom fighters.
Snively takes Digger away and tells Rotor that Robotnik's looking
for the list as well. Ch. 2: Sonic & Bunnie arrive at Robotnik's
fortress to bust Rotor out of his cell. Guided by a small
transmitter in the lining of Rotor's cap, they locate the cell,
take out the bots and "haul some serious haunch" back to
Knothole. Ch. 3: Snively reports the escape of Rotor to an
unconcerned Robotnik, who is preparing to rip the fortress apart
to locate the list. Rotor tells the others about the list and
Robotnik's search for it. Sally guesses that the list in
question was one of "brave and true warriors" compiled by Sally's
father when she was a girl. A box of her father's papers turns
out to have a secret compartment which yields the following
...beside your bed safe and...
...tucked in tight...
...you cannot fall...
Ch. 4: Sonic, Sally, Bunnie, Rotor and Antoine set out the
following evening. Using a high-frequency generator, they
scramble the circuits of the SWATbots at the front gate. Antoine
suggests beginning the search with the safe in her father's
bedroom. Ch. 5: While Robotnik leads a search of the main level,
Snively detects the Freedom Fighters' entry into the fortress.
Thinking to score points with Robotnik, Snively plans to capture
them himself. The Freedom Fighters arrive at the bedroom, but
find Snively and a platoon of SWATbots. Sonic and Bunnie take
out the bots while Antoine trips up Snively before he can grab
Sally. Unfortunately, they notice that the safe door is open and
the safe is empty. Ch. 6: Thinking of the second and third lines
of the fragment, Antoine suggests that it might be Sally's old
crib--a bed from which one cannot fall. Sneaking to the nursery,
they discover that Robotnik hasn't gotten there yet. Rotor tears
the mattress apart but finds nothing. Snively arrives and locks
the Freedom Fighters in the nursery. Ch. 7: While Snively goes
off to find Robotnik, Rotor accidentally bumps into an old music
box. Sally suddenly realizes that the fragment of "clues" is
actually part of the lyrics of an old lullaby sung to the tune
the music box is playing. The lyrics make mention of a clock,
which is no longer in the room. Sally guesses that it was hidden
in one of the towers. She also remembers a secret passageway
from the nursery to the tower. Moving a book on a shelf, a panel
slides back, revealing a staircase. Ch. 8: Ascending the
staircase, they find the clock in a room filled with old
furniture and such, but also find that the clock has been torn
apart. Noticing that several pieces of SWATbot are lying about,
Sonic and Bunnie get inside the metal parts and act as if the
"bot" were escorting the others as prisoners. Robotnik's
exultation at finding the list is interrupted when the bot and
its "prisoners" arrive. Sonic grabs the list, lays out Robotnik,
and the Freedom Fighters escape.
_Sonic the Hedgehog: Friend or Foe?_
PLOT SUMMARY: [If you know the plot of the "Game Guy" episode
[second season], you pretty much know the plot of this book,
though there are several major differences.] Ch. 1: Sally has a
nightmare wherein Robotnik displaces her father. Referring to
the list that was captured in _Fortress of Fear_, and noting that
its descriptions of locations are extremely general, she plans to
begin searching in the Caverns in the Great Unknown. Ch. 2:
Rotor tests a magnetic field generator, managing to snare Bunnie.
While exploring the caverns, they use the generator to dislodge a
boulder. Spooked by a swarm of bats, Antoine becomes lost in the
cave. Ch. 3: Antoine is found by the bank of an underground
river. Using an inflatable raft, they head down the river and
are almost hurled over a waterfall. They bed down for the night
but awaken in the morning to the sound of approaching SWATbots.
Ch. 4: The SWATbots take no notice of the Knothole gang,
concentrating on an escaping figure. Sonic helps out the
escapee, who turns out to be Ari on his way to free other freedom
fighters in his group being held by Robotnik. Ch. 5: Ari
explains how his group, which originally numbered 20, has lived
on the run. Sonic is all for helping him, but Sally doesn't
trust him. When Sonic goes off alone with Ari, Rotor is able to
unscramble the bots' orders: to pretend to pursue Ari in order to
lure Sonic to a trap. Ch. 6: Sonic and Ari reach the fortress,
but not before Sonic pulls Ari out of quicksand. Once inside,
Ari lets Sonic get captured. Ch. 7: Sally, Antoine, Rotor and
Bunnie are in pursuit of Sonic and Ari. Sonic is deposited into
the large pinball game/arena, with the object of avoiding the
energy vortex. Ari realizes that his comrades have been
roboticized and he's been double-crossed. Ch. 8: The Knothole
gang arrive at the fortress and manage to save Ari. He leads
them to Sonic. In a major reversal of the TV plot, Ari manages
to pull Sonic out of the vortex, then helps him escape the game.
As the group approaches Knothole, Ari returns home on his own.
Martin Adams, _Sonic the Hedgehog and the Silicon Warriors_
(c)1993; _Sonic the Hedgehog in Castle Robotnik_ (c)1994; _Sonic
the Hedgehog in the Fourth Dimension_ (c)1993; _Sonic the
Hedgehog in Robotnik's Laboratory_ (c)1993: London: Virgin.
The following individuals have set up Sonic the Hedgehog
home pages on the World Wide Web. You can access them at:
[Note: these addresses are current as of the date of this FAQ
file edition; beyond that, I make no claims as to the accuracy of
accessing these pages. Many WEB sites do have links to other
Sonic pages so give 'em a shot]
Received on Mon Jul 24 1995 - 13:48:57 PDT