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Archie Sonic Universe Issue 72 is the seventy-second issue of the Archie Sonic Universe comic series.
What monsters lurk on the mysterious isolated island?? Find out for yourself in 'Spark of Life' Part Two: Things are getting very creepy in the lab of Dr. Ellidy! His badnik defenses are going offline-which is bad news when there are Dark Gaia Monsters prowling the shores at night! Sally and Big investigate the mystery of the Red Star Rings as Tails and Nicole debug the system-where something, or someone-is waiting for Nicole! Featuring new cover art from Tracy Yardley and an interactive MATCHMAKER variant cover by rising Sonic star Jennifer Hernandez, where you can 'ship it yourself'!
- Spark of Life: Part Two
Dr. Ellidy shows Sally, Nicole, Big, and Tails his latest discovery: the mysterious Red Star Ring. After revealing that it came from Isolated Island's Lake of Rings shortly after the Shattered World Crisis began, he notes that it may possess much higher potential energy output. He also notes that the lake went dormant for a time before producing it, before being interrupted by Big mistaking a server room for a refrigerator, and goes on to say that he believes the Dark Gaia energy may have something to do with it. Sally is thrilled, as she feels it could provide a longer-lasting power source for Nicole's hologram, and Tails then expresses his disappointment that Ellidy isn't still working for King Acorn given all his innovations. Not wanting to dwell on the past, Ellidy notes that the lake has once again gone dormant, and that he's lost the video feed from the Badnik on patrol, which still registers as active on his systems. He notes that his previous journey into the Digital World using the Digitizer was to investigate this very occurrence, prompting Nicole to express her fear that someone is trying to take over Ellidy's systems. Tails then volunteers Nicole and himself to check out the systems' hardware and software, while Sally volunteers to take Big and check out the Badnik, doing so using a hovercraft provided by Ellidy.
Sally enters the hidden area from the issue only to find that it is full of crude sculptures of the Freedom Fighters. Ellidy remarks that they are his hobby, while Sally notes that they appear to be made out of garbage.
- Ellidy introduces the Red Star Ring, and the Freedom Fighters volunteer to help him check out the various problems on the island.
- More flashbacks reveal how Dr. Eddidy made Nicole, what Sally did with Nicole before Dr. Eggman's coup d'etat, and what the two did after it.
- The mysterious Phage keeps spying on Nicole.
- Sally and Big get their hands on another Red Star Ring from the nearby Lake of Rings and manage to fend off a rogue bandik.
- At night, Sally finds a mysterious passage, and Dr. Ellidy, under the influence of Dark Gaia, tells her not to snoop around.