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Knuckles the Echidna
Publication Details
Issue 

17

Date Published 

August 1998

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

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

Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 17 was the seventeenth issue of the spin-off Knuckles the Echidna comic series.

Summary

Story One

Deep Cover: Part One of Two - "The Guardian Who Failed!!!"

A strange echidna is walking through a forest on the surface of Mobius when he notices the Floating Island nearby. He glides up to the island but is nearly run over by Thunder the Streaking Pasha and Julie-Su. The echidna is horrified to see a member of the Dark Legion before him. Enraged and seeking revenge, he attacks Julie-Su, eventually managing to pin her down. He begins to strangle her, promising to make her pay for what the Legion has done to him and his people. Julie tells him to go ahead and kill her, but he finds that he can't bring himself to do it.

Meanwhile, Archimedes finds Knuckles meditating on top of a large skyscraper in Echidnaopolis. Archimedes tries to talk about the time they've been apart, but Knuckles tells him to hold his thoughts while he glides off the skyscraper with his eyes closed. He manages to guide himself through the city and lands with ease, able to "see" his flight path using the Guiding Star Gem that Yanar gave him. In Haven, Sabre and Locke are monitoring Knuckles when Sojourner and Tobor appear. Locke tells them that Knuckles is on the verge of unlocking the gem's secrets when Julie-Su appears with the strange echidna. Suddenly, the power cuts off in the facility and Sojourner and Tobor rush to the medical labs to check the power on Hawking's life support machine. Sojourner inquires about their other patient, but Tobor isn't so fond of dealing with outsiders. They head back through the facility to regroup with Locke and Sabre. 

At a restaurant, Knuckles and Julie-Su speak with the strange echidna, who introduces himself as the Guardian Tobor. Knuckles demands proof, so Tobor pulls down his tunic to reveal the collar ring mark that all Guardians bear on his chest. Having grabbed Knuckles' attention, Tobor tells him about his past. At a family gathering, Hawking handed his title of Guardian to Tobor so he could leave Echidnaopolis and return to the the Floating Island. Tobor was confused, having thought that the Floating Island was destroyed by the dingoes (KtE #6). Hawking explained that the island could be restored with enough effort and, until he could do so, Tobor would be in charge of the city. He gave Tobor his hat and said his goodbyes to Sonja-Ra, Voni-Ca, baby Spectre and Semper Fidelis.

Soon after Tobor took up the mantle of Guardian, the Dark Legion breached Echidnaopolis' pocket zone and attacked. Tobor fought against the Legion's Grandmaster, Moritori Rex. When it looked as though he might lose, Mortori activated the device that allowed his troops to transport themselves between zones. To the people of Echidnaopolis and the Legionnaires, it appeared as though the two fighters were vaporized. In actuality they were teleported to the Floating Island and the ruins around them caved in. Tobor woke up not long after, trapped under the rubble, and saw his father mistake Moritori for Tobor. After a day of struggling, Tobor managed to free himself from the rubble. However, he felt like a failure and wandered Mobius aimlessly until he found the Floating Island again. 

Tobor cries, realizing that he never cared about vengeance and only wanted his family back. Knuckles comforts his ancestor, telling him that they both have plenty of questions and he'd gladly consider him family. Later, at the Echidna Security Team HQ, Knuckles is escorted to a prison cell by Constable Remington. Finding himself face to face with Kragok, Knuckles demands to be left alone with his distant cousin so they can sort things out.

Quotes

  • Julie-Su: "I didn't do anything to you!"
  • Tobor: "Lying wench! Your kind can never be trusted! Not after what you did to us! Not after what you did to me! I'm going to make you pay!!!"
  • Julie-Su: "Then--shut up--and--just--do--it--!"

Key Events

  • Tobor returns to the Floating Island.
  • Haven's power goes out, preventing the Brotherhood from noticing the real Tobor on the Floating Island.
  • Knuckles confronts Kragok in his cell at EST HQ.

Background Information

  • This issue's cover is the first part of a two-part image.
  • This is the only two part story arc in the Knuckles the Echidna series.


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