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Knuckles18
Knuckles the Echidna
Publication Details
Issue 

18

Date Published 

September 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
Locations
  

Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 18 was the eighteenth issue of the spin-off Knuckles the Echidna comic series.

Summary

Story One

Deep Cover: Part Two of Two - "Debt of Honor"

Julie-Su and Tobor visit Lara-Le at her apartment. Lara serves Tobor some tea and asks him whether he valued his duties as Guardian over his role as a husband and father. Thinking it over for a moment, Tobor realizes that he never considered it. He is certain, however, that both roles forced him to make sacrifices.

Knuckles asks Constable Remington to lock him in a cell with Kragok so they can "talk" about their differences and demands that Remington and the Echidna Security Team keep clear of their confrontation. Kragok is impressed by Knuckles' bravery, but suggests he might just be a fool. In Haven, Sabre check in on Locke as he tries to fix the circuit that cut their power. Locke suggests that even their worst enemies wouldn't know to target this one specific circuit and Sabre is offended that he would accuse a member of the Brotherhood of sabotage. Locke explains that he's merely explaining a possible reason for their troubles and they resolve to fix the power outage.

Back at EST HQ, Knuckles demands information about Tobor. Kragok asks why he should bother telling him anything, but Knuckles grabs him and threatens to beat he information out of him. The begin to fight, which causes a strange reaction in Kragok's metal arm that transports both of them to the Twilight Cage. Meanwhile, Lara-Le asks Tobor how his father, Hawking, could mistake a Dark Legionnaire for his son. Tobor explains that, after several years of wandering, he needed to gain cybernetic eye implants to retain his vision. Eventually he realized that Moritori Rex most likely suffered similar injuries that allowed him to fool the family, pretending to have amnesia to keep them from suspecting anything. Despite this, Tobor still can't figure out how Moritori Rex fooled his wife, Voni-Ca

Knuckles demands answers from Kragok as they continue to fight, threatening him with his own cybernetic arm. Kragok asks Knuckles what he knows about Dimitri, prompting Knuckles to succinctly summarize Dimitri's life. Kragok is surprised by how little he knows about Dimitri's lineage and tells him that Dimitri's son, Menniker, created the Dark Legion to carry on his father's ambitions. Steppenwolf transported the cult to the Twilight Cage, where time moves four times more slowly than in the Prime Zone. The Legion managed to escape several times, but their plans were always foiled by the Guardians. Eventually, Moritori realized he was able to watch others in the Prime Zone from the Cage. According to Kragok, he used this to lure Tobor into a trap, impersonating Tobor to destroy his enemies. Knuckles demands to know where Moritori is, but Kragok distracts him and knocks him aside with a sucker punch. Kragok heads towards a nearby energy field and disappears, with Knuckles following right behind him.

Tobor senses that Knuckles is in trouble and glides out of Lara's apartment. He senses Knuckles' Chaos energy using his cybernetic vision and follows it to an energy field in the skies above Echidnaopolis. Kragok hops out of the field and Tobor attacks him. Knuckles follows soon after, ready to fight Kragok, but Tobor takes the Grandmaster and heads through the energy field as it dissipates, trapping them both in the Twilight Cage.

Knuckles glides back to the apartment, where Lara-Le is discouraging Julie-Su from trying to win Knuckles' affection. They embrace him, happy to see him safe. Lara asks about Tobor, and Knuckles explains that he's busy taking care of personal business. Back at Haven, the Guardians have managed to restore power and resume monitoring Knuckles. They're surprised to find that Julie-Su and Knuckles seem to be forming a relationship. The group's "Tobor", Moritori Rex, is shocked that Julie-Su would treat the Floating Island's Guardian this way and secretly prepares a backup plan.

Bonus Features

Pinup Pages

Espio Pinup

Full page, color illustration of Espio the Chameleon turning invisible in an alleyway. Art by Nelson Ribeiro.

Quotes

  • Moritori: Maybe you can relax, Locke, but I can't! Not when that old fool, Tobor, is nowhere in sight! As of now, I'd better be ready for every contingency -- as anything can happen next!

Key Events

Background Information

  • This issue's cover is the second part of a two-part image.
  • This is the only story arc in the Knuckles comic to be two issues long instead of three.
  • Knuckles and Kragok's transportation to the Twillight Cage is not explained. Kragok says that "opposites attract" as they disappear, implying that Knuckles in some way caused a chain reaction, but it appears that a gadget in Kragok's arm excreted energy before they were pulled into the zone.
  • Kragok calls Moritori his "father" rather than his grandfather. Later material would explain that due to his disappointment in his own father, Kragok came to see Moritori as a surrogate father figure.
  • This issue includes a pin-up of Espio, who ironically doesn't appear in the story.

Cameos & References

  • The Twilight Cage makes its first appearance in this issue and is called "The Twilight Zone". This name was a nod to the television show of the same name.
  • In the distant past, Tobor sees a "country doctor" to inspect his eyes. This duck doctor is likely an ancestor of Dr. Quack.

Errors

  • Lara-Le is miscolored pink in one panel.


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