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- From Silver's perspective, this issue takes place somewhere between Sonic the Hedgehog #216 and #235
Archie Sonic Universe Issue 28 is the twenty-eighth issue of the Sonic Universe spin-off series.
The Freedom Fighters have fallen! Now the only one left to save this dark world is Silver the Hedgehog! It's psychic power versus chaos power as our hero from the future goes all-out against the terrifying Enerjak! Don't miss the cataclysmic conclusion to the Silver Saga!
- "Fractured Mirror" - Part 4: Picking Up the Pieces
Jani-Ca lugs the lifeless body of Dagger Walrus along the ground, muttering how despite rationed food supplies, he still weighs too much. She carefully lays him alongside the other fallen Freedom Fighters who had their Cores stolen from them. Looking over her allies, she apologizes to them and says that they really gave everything to their cause; she then promises that she'll restore them, as she still has the Sword of Acorns... and a very powerful ally.
Above, an angry Silver the Hedgehog confronts Enerjak, who seems enthralled by the challenge. Silver again vows to stop the demi-god; his rage fueling his power, he telekinetically hurls crumbling buildings at Enerjak, who smashes through them with ease. When Enerjak attempts to counter-attack, Silver uses his powers to grab him and hurl him straight through the face of his statue, which crumbles. Silver laughs mockingly; Enerjak is thrown into the air beyond the island and decides to retaliate, and show the superiority of his Chaos powers, by suddenly raising the entire island several meters. Silver is thrown to the pavement. Enerjak reappears before Silver the hedgehog, who is shocked and struggles to recover. The demi-god tells him that if his use of other people's Cores has angered Silver, then this next move will drive him crazy as a swarm of Prelates of Mobius's heroes start charging at Silver. The all shoot at the hedgehog with lasers, but he blocks them by picking up a piece of debris and shielding himself while muttering, "So many cores... So many heroes...". Silver becomes a bit frightend when a Prelate of Bean is about to pounce in him when Jani-Ca uses the Sword of Acorns to attack the duck.. She tells Silver that she'll fight the Prelates while he takes on Enerjak. Silver is surprised and asks if she knew who these Mobians used to be. Jani-Ca replies that the Prelates feel no pain, they can't think, feel, or live and they can't be brought back to life without her and Silver's help. Silver says he understands. He uses his psycho-kinesis to use a piece of debris to block an attack from a couple of Prelates while Jani-Ca deflects a laser blast with the Sword of Acorns. Silver throws some Prelates away as Jani-Ca cuts down a lampost which falls on a couple more.
Jani-Ca tells Silver that she'll handle the Prelates while he brings down Enerjak. Silver, who worries for her safety says if she's sure, to which she shouts "Go!". Silver flies up to the demi-god to which he asks of he struck nerve. Silver pulls Enerjak with is psycho-kinesis and drags him on the ground to see how he likes being hit with an island. He splashes Enerjak in a river, crashes him through the top of a mountian, splashes him again and throws him on the island as he states that they're even for "island-hitting". Silver tells himself that he "did it" with a rather crazed look on his face, but then thinks that he went to far and asks himself if he did really think he could do this to the traitor. Without even paying attention Enerjak comes up behind the hedgehog as he says that Enerjak was as evil as they come and that his master warned him about letting his powers go out of control. Enerjak suddenly grabs Silver to his great surprise as he states he thinks that Silver scuffed his helmet and that it was rude. Enerjak hurls the hedgehog down on the island a little ways from Jani-Ca, who looks behind her with worry. Silver tries to catch his breath as he says that it wasn't fair that Enerjak was still alive after he dragged him across the island. Enerjak calls him a "poor little traveler" as he goes on to say that Silver crossed time and space just to lose his life, and then asks him what he could expect when pitted against the ultimate power in the universe. He tells Silver that he fought well, but that it's time to end this and that Silver's world will fall to him and more afterwards. He then tells him to submit as he goes to say that Silver's powers can't compete against Chaos Energy, and that Silver isn't strong enough, cunning enough or skilled enough to stand against him. Silver struggles to fight against Enerjak's power, but suddenly remembers some things that Mammoth Mogul and Edmund told him. He then says that he was going about this the wrong way as he concentrats and says that he was trying to Enerjak at his own and match power to power while thinking like a "mega-lomaniac", but that he can't do so as nothing can match Enerjak's level of power, and that he'll let Enerjak do it for him and turn that power against him as he suddenly uses his psycho-kinesis to deflect Enerjak's power at him, causing to cry out in pain
Enerjak, now a bit angered exclaims how Silver thanks he's so clever and he triumphed over Super Sonic as he uses Thunder Arrow. Silver throws the Chaos Energy back at Enerjak while saying that he's done with super-powered being fighting with each other as he tells Enerjak to "catch". Enerjak is hit and cries out loudly in pain as Silver mocks him by telling that he "dropped it", and then asks if it's been a long time since he felt pain. Enerjak tells him not to "preach" to him and that he brought the entire world into order as he makes more Thunder Arrows. However Silver throws them back as he syas that Enerjak ruined everything for everyone, and that he's going to answer for it. Enerjak as hit again as Silver goes to say that he doesn't suppose that this has made his opponent learn the error of his ways and that it's not too late to fix the damage he's caused. Enerjak, now fully angered says that the only mistake that he's made today was not crushing Silver sooner. Jani-Ca suddenly appears in front if Silver while saying that she can sympathize, and Enerjak suddenly freezes. Silver asks about this, and the female echidna replies that he's just stunned and that she will now take back all he's stolen from Mobius. The Sword of Acorns starts to glow and both of them cover they're eyes as Jani-Ca says the Chaos chant, and she becomes envoloped in a blinding light.
Silver opens his eyes, but seems disappointed as Jani-Ca has now herself turned Enerjak while the latter has become aged. Silver asks if he did all this just for her to go super-villian, to which she replies that she didn't think this would happen. Silver asks Jani-Ca what she will do with her new powers. Jani-Ca tries and succeeds in getting a Core, which seems to be her mother's and excitedly claims that she can restore everyone. Silver asks what she will with Enerjak as he coughs. The latter tells Lara, or Jani-Ca, whichever she prefers, that she's rescued him and that madness left with the power. But he then says that she took a little too much and asks that she gives back a small amount. The new Enerjak, or Jani-Jak says that as for him he will never touch that power again as she smashes the Sword of Acorns to pieces, which upsets the former Enerjak. Jani-Jak tell Silver that now she has so much power, she can restore everyone and clean up the planet, to which Silver asks "And then?" And Jani-Jak replies that she'll return the Chaos Emeralds, rebuild and that she won't waste this chance to make things right and gives her word as Guardian. Silver gives her thumbs up and says that he'll "keep her to that" and that he knows where she lives. Jani-Jak recalls Silver saying that his world was in ruin and offers to help, but Silver says that while he thought about it, she has her own world to save and he doesn't even know how his became what it is. Jani-Jak says that it's fair enough and she won't be Enerjak for much longer, and thanks Silver. The latter says it was his pleasure as he brings out his Time Stone. Jani-Jak says that maybe she even restore her father, and Silver gives her good luck with that and her world, and Jani-Jak returns it as Silver disappears in a flash of light.
Back at Onyx Island Silver is just leaving through the Warp Ring and Edmund gives him good luck and that he wishes he could go with him. He then walks out of the alley as he tells himself to take it easy and Silver has been on adventures before. He then says that Silver is quite powerful and skilled, but then says that Silver only has some skill. Silver suddenly appears as he says that he never thought he'd be happy to see this place again. Edmund is so surprised that he falls over with wide-eyes and says something like "AAAUGugh-blpk-shhnnk!" Silver asks the echidna of he remembers him, to which Edmund replies that he does and Silver just left second ago. Silver is confused but quickly discards the tought and asks the Guardian if he's free tomorrow. Edmund says that he is, but then asks why, to which Silver answers that he wants Edmund to teach him more, and that he still has a lot to learn and that there are whole worlds counting on him.
Somewhere else Zonic and Zector riding a vehicle of some sort when Zonic's communicator starts beeping and Zector asks Zonic of it's another zone breach, to which the latter replies that it's more then just a breach and that it's coming from the Prime Zone. Zector then asks why they're transporting prisoners and if they should be investigating. Zonic replies that a certain group they just got could cause major problems, even in jail. Zonic says that they'll check out the Prime Zone after he warns the warden. A figure watches as the two Zone Cops fly over, and the figure is revealed to be Scourge as Zonic says that "Things could get ugly in there."
Silver has set a trap for the "traitor" of the Freedom Fighters. Wearing leaves on his quills, he waits for Sonic to take the food labelled "traitor chow", which is surrounded by rope. Sonic smacks his head.
- Silver: Ha! How do you like that?! I busted that statue's ugly face with your ugly face!
- Enerjak: Hmph. I was rather fond of that statue...
- Silver (to Enerjak): D-Did you just hit me with the island?!
- Enerjak (to Silver): I think you scuffed my helmet. How rude.
- Silver (to Jani-Ca): Don't tell me I did all this just for you to go Super-Villain?
- Jani-Ca: No. I didn't think this would happen.
- Silver: Go luck to that and your world.
- Jani-ca: And to you Silver.
- Zonie: Thing could get ugly in there.
- Jani-Ca uses the Sword of Acorns to take away Enerjak's power, and so in doing, Jani-Ca becomes Enerjak herself (dubbed "Jani-Jak" by Tracy Yardley). However, she becomes a good-hearted and caring version, if assuming by the softer, brighter, and more pleasing color tones of this version of the Enerjak armor.
- Silver returns to his zone.
- In the preview cover, the subtitle 'Silver the Hedgehog vs. Enerjak" is not present.
- The way Enerjak taunts Silver is similar to how Eggman taunted Sonic in StH#175.
- The zone breach in the Prime Zone is a reference to the ending of StH#225.
- This marks the first appearance of Zonic, Scourge, and the cop zone since comic 197, altough they don't get a full story until SU#29-32.
- This issue marked the final appearance of the Dark Mobius timeline in the series.
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