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Knuckles16
Knuckles the Echidna
Publication Details
Issue 

16

Date Published 

July 1998

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Writer
Pencils
Inks
Letters
Colors
Editor
  • Justin Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances
Characters
Groups
  

Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 16 was the sixteenth issue of the spin-off Knuckles the Echidna comic series.

Summary

Story One

"Reunions"

After a prayer session at the Aurorium, Lara-Le heads home and finds Knuckles waiting for her. Wynmacher hands her a drink and suggests she spend time bonding with Knuckles while he cooks dinner. Knuckles explains to Lara-Le that he returned home by creating a strange energy tunnel and asks her if she understands how he did it. She tells Knuckles that Locke must have done something while he was still an egg, as he hatched in a third of the time that most echidnas do. Within a few months it was clear that Knuckles was extremely intelligent. Locke began training Knuckles at the age of three and, frustrated that she had no say in her child's upbringing, Lara-Le spoke with her mother-in-law, Jenna-Lu. Jenna suggests that Lara should try to mold Knuckles in ways that Locke doesn't, since training Knuckles to be a Guardian is more important than Lara's feelings. Lara tried to follow her advice, but realized she was unable.

At Haven, Tobor is greeted by Sabre as the members of the Brotherhood of Guardians gather for discussion. Tobor tells them that the Dragon Kingdom has been peaceful, except for Sonic and Tails' recent visit (StH #60). Thunderhawk agrees, angrily recounting Sonic's recent adventure in Downunda (StH #61). Sojourner begins to bring up his own hedgehog troubles when Sabre interrupts him. The group essentially agrees that dealing with the criminals of the world has become more complicated since Dr. Robotnik was disintegrated and turn their council of Fire Ants for advice. Semper Fidelis suggests that, since the Brotherhood works on a global scale, they're faced with either ignoring the overwhelming problems of Mobius and letting the echidna race fall from relevance or deal with their problems more effectively and improve the lives of people across the planet.

Knuckles has dinner with Lara-Le and Wynmacher, who inform him that they're getting married. Knuckles is overcome with emotion and runs out of the building. Outside, the Chaotix try to stop him from running away, but Julie-Su tells them to back down and heads out to confront him herself. Back at Haven, Sabre tells the other Guardians that Athair pushed Knuckles into tapping into powers he does not yet understand. Most of them don't see the problem, but Spectre feels that the situation is very serious. He begins arguing with Locke, telling him that he shouldn't have tampered with the natural order, but the other Guardians calm them down. The group decides that they should take Knuckles' development more seriously from now on.

Knuckles is sitting on the docks of Echidnaopolis when Julie-Su arrives, asking if he'd like some company. Knuckles complains, but Julie leans over and gives him a kiss, hoping to cheer him up. They sit on the docks, looking out over the water, chatting under the full moon.

Quotes

  • Knuckles: "What did you go and do that for? I'm not even sure I like you!"
  • Julie-Su: "I was simply returning you the favor!"
  • Knuckles: "Favor?"
  • Julie-Su: "Yeah, like when you tried to cheer me up!"
  • Knuckles: "Yeah? Well, okay! Just this once!"
  • Julie-Su: "If that's what you want!"
  • Knuckles: "Julie-Su?"
  • Julie-Su: "Yes?"
  • Knuckles: "Don't ever do that again!"
  • Julie-Su: "Wouldn't even consider it!"

Key Events

Background Information

  • This is the first single-issue Knuckles story, as well as the first issue to not have a triptych cover.
  • This issue's cover is completely uncredited. Judging by the art style, it was most likely drawn by Ken Penders.

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