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Archie Sonic Universe Issue 71 is the seventy-first issue of the Archie Sonic Universe comic series.
ALL-NEW STORY ARC! "Spark of Life” Part One: Nicole detects a distress signal from the Digital World—but how can that be if nobody is supposed to know about the Digital World?! Sally, Tails and Big must travel to Isolated Island to answer the call for help! Who is Dr. Ellidy? And in what way does he link the lives of Sally and Nicole? Featuring a stunning new cover by Tracy Yardley and “Web Lynx” Variant cover art by rising Sonic star Rafa Knight!
- Spark of Life -Part One-
Sally, Big, Rotor, T-Pup, and Tails are defending the Sky Patrol from an attack by Dark Gaia's Minions, and Nicole reports that only a few minutes remain until sunrise. However, Tails is swarmed by several of the creatures, and Sally dives off the ship in order to attack them and save her friend. He then catches her before she can fall, and the remainder of the creatures disappear with the rising of the sun. The tired Freedom Fighters then reenter the ship, where Cream prepares refreshments for them. Nicole then chastises Sally for her reckless behavior, only to be surprised as she senses a communication from a Dr. Ellidy, which she quickly departs to investigate. Having determined that Nicole has left for the Digital World, Sally takes Big and Tails in the Tornado to investigate Dr. Ellidy's home, while Cream questions where Nicole has gone. As Rotor explains, Nicole traverses the Digital World and finds Ellidy being menaced by strange creatures. Using her powers, she dispatches the creatures, much to the astonishment of Ellidy.
Meanwhile, on the Tornado, Sally discusses the subject of Dr. Ellidy with Tails and Big, the former noting the doctor's reputation as an inventor and the latter questioning whether Ellidy is Nicole's "father," to which Sally applies in the affirmative. She notes that he also created her Ring-Blades, and flashes back to when the retiring Ellidy first presented her with Nicole. A young Sally surprised Ellidy by asking what "her" (Nicole's computer form) name was, and the doctor struggled to answer her. King Acorn then suggested the name of a past queen, which Sally embraced wholeheartedly. Back in the Digital World of the present, Ellidy reveals to Nicole that he traveled to the Digital World to investigate a strange disturbance, but was prevented from leaving by a firewall. He then questions whether Nicole's Lynx form was assigned to her by Sally, and is informed that she took it of her own accord. Nicole then breaches the barrier keeping Ellidy from returning home, and the pair head back to the real world.
The Tornado and Freedom Fighters land on Isolated Island, where they are stunned to find friendly Badniks on patrol. Led to Ellidy's home, they arrive just in time to witness the doctor's return to his body. Ellidy is given another surprise as Nicole returns to her computer body and then projects her hologram, and is then attended to by the Freedom Fighters. After a brief discussion with Sally in which he discusses repurposing the Badniks on the Island, he retires to bed, to Nicole's surprise. Nicole discusses the matter with Sally, and informs her of her fear that some power was consciously trying to prevent Ellidy's return, and that it may have followed her trail and the doctor's back to the island. Meanwhile, back in the Digital World, Nicole is observed by a shadowy figure, who is intrigued by her ability to manifest a holographic form.
- It's revealed that in the Post-SGW World, rather than being created by Rotor from an alternate future timeline, NICOLE was created by an elderly lynx named Dr. Ellidy, who was also responsible for giving Sally her energy blades.
- Dr. Ellidy, having been stranded in the Digital World, is rescued by Nicole.
- Sally, Tails, and Big head to Isolated Island and help care for the weary Dr. Ellidy.
- The group is silently observed by a mysterious figure in the Digital World.
Cameos & References
- Dr. Ellidy's home is located on Isolated Island, the tutorial level of Knuckles Chaotix for the 32X. Sally mentions that he started studying Rings after moving to the island, a reference to the game's link-ring system, and his staff of reprogrammed Badniks were said to have been found abandoned after a failed operation by Dr. Eggman.
- The small diamond-shaped symbol floating over Dr. Ellidy's avatar form in the digital world is a reference to the Plumbob, an icon used to identify selected characters in The Sims series.
- King Acorn claims that the name NICOLE was taken from a "long-past queen;" some fans have speculated that she was named for Sally's mother.