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Publication Details


Date Published 

March 2002

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist
  • Josh and Aimee Ray
  • Justin Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 108 was the one hundred and eighth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.


Story One

"Robotnik x2 = Trouble!"

Dr. Eggman and Snively are observing Knuckles from a monitor, who has become powerful enough to alter the fabric of reality. A machine in Eggman's lab is affected by Knuckles power, causing the original Dr. Robotnik to form in front of them. Eggman and Robotnik are both confused, and Robotnik orders his "SWATbots" to arrest Eggman, but the Shadowbots don't obey his orders.

Meanwhile, in Knothole Village, Tails is playing hide and seek with the rest of the Knothole Freedom Fighters. He notices a rustling in the bushes nearby, and calls out to Sonic, telling him he's found him. Sonic runs up to tell him he's not the one hiding over there, and Dr. Robotnik crawls out of the bushes, happy to see them. Sonic asks how the doctor came back to life, remembering that the Ultimate Annihilator destroyed him long ago. Robotnik says that Eggman brought him back in order to steal his memories and he just barely escaped. Sonic doesn't feel he should care and takes Robotnik to Castle Acorn.

Robotnik pleads for protection, Queen Alicia noticing his injuries and King Max agreeing that they could help. Sonic, in complete disbelief of their trust, points out that Robotnik tried to turn them all into his robot slaves in the past and that he could be a robotic duplicate himself. Alicia agrees that they should be cautious and has Doctor Quack examine him. Quack confirms that he's the real Robotnik. Robotnik spends a week enjoying himself in Knothole, causing problems for Sonic by mistake, before telling the king that he's ready to face "himself" in Robotropolis.

The Freedom Fighters and Robotnik set off to Robotropolis in the Freedom Fighter Special. Robotnik apologizes to Sally for harming them all and asks if they could become allies in the future. Sally and the others ignore him. Once they land, Robotnik says he can take control of Robotropolis if he can access the computers. Sonic, Bunnie, and Tails easily take care of the Shadowbots guarding the city and Robotnik leads them to the control room. Inside is the machine that resurrected Robotnik, and Sonic's skeptical that it's actually a computer.

The Freedom Fighters step onto the machine, and Robotnik activates it. Eggman enters with Snively and tells them that the machine is a matter fluctuator and it's disassembling their molecules. Sally activates NICOLE, who destroys the machine. Sonic reveals that they knew that they would be betrayed and only came to destroy the fluctuator. Bunnie asks who hatched their dumb plan in the first place, and Eggman and Robotnik blame each other. They begin to fight each other while the Freedom Fighters walk away. As they start to board the Freedom Fighter Special, Sonic explains to Tails that Dr. Quack found out that Dr. Robotnik's molecules were too unstable for him to remain in existence. Dr. Robotnik disappears, and Eggman accidentally punches Snively.

Story Two

"...A Girl Named Hope!"

At Castle Acorn, Sally reads her parents a letter from one of the Overlander refugees: Dr. Robotnik's niece, Hope.

Hope says that Sonic was the first Mobian she ever saw, and that he looked terrifying at the time. She was so scared of him that she believed her Uncle Julian when he said that Mobians were evil creatures. After living in Robotropolis for some time with her step-father and grandmother, she saw a roboticized Mobian and began to think they may not be evil after all. She explains that she knew that when Sonic lead the Robians out of Robotropolis he was freeing them, not attacking anyone, and that she could never forget how Sally and Sonic saved her from the Shadowbots. She says that Knothole was a beautiful place full of kind people, and that when she was in space in cold-sleep the spaceship's computers taught her about Mobius' past. The machine taught her that Overlanders and Mobians have always hated each other, and that they left Mobius for that reason. She thanks Sally, Sonic, and the other Freedom Fighters for finding a new home for the Overlanders and making peace between them both. They letter ends with a request to stay in Knothole.

Alicia and Max grant the request, and Hope runs into the throne room and hugs Sally, thanking her for letting her stay.

Story Three

"Reunification" - Part Three

Lara-Le is shocked that Knuckles is supporting the Dark Legion, asking him to think of how his father will feel. Knuckles argues that she doesn't care about what he thinks, but she retorts that they see eye to eye on politics. Knuckles asks why she won't hear Dimitri out before judging him. Lara-Le barks back that she thinks he's a danger to her children. Knuckles is taken aback, and Lara-Le reveals that she's pregnant.

Meanwhile, in the High Council Chambers, Dimitri speaks passionately to the High Councillors about ensuring peace between all echidnas regardless of affiliation with the Dark Legion. The Mitre argues with Dimitri that Aurora did not mean for echidnas to artificially replace nature, but Dimitri argues back that as echidnas, they are smart enough to think for themselves what they want.

Elsewhere, Jani-Ca is waiting for Knuckles to leave Lara-Le's house, considering how little she knows about the past. She follows Knuckles, who soon meets up with Lien-Da, the one person her mother refused to talk about. Knuckles and Lien-Da head inside the High Council Chambers just as Dimitri finishes his speech. Knuckles defends Dimitri to the High Council, insisting that they need to trust him in order to stop their war with the Dark Legion and bring peace to Echidnaopolis. Jani-Ca attempts to sneak in, but is stopped by a guard. She uses her Chaos powers to throw him into the ceiling, knocking him out. She enters the room and sees Remington pull out his gun, thinking she's too late.

Bonus Features

Sega Data Files

#9: Dr. Robotnik I

Page featuring a summary of the original Dr. Robotnik's history up to the current issue and several factoids about him.

#10: Dr. Robotnik II

Page featuring a summary of Dr. Eggman's history up to the current issue and several factoids about him.


  • Dr. Robotnik: "...He's ten times nastier than I ever was! I barely managed to escape his *gasp* Shadow-Bots!"
  • Sonic: "Why should we care? Your badniks are both the same mold. Get it? 'Mold?'"

Key Events

  • The original Dr. Ivo Robotnik is revived.
  • Dr. Robotnik and Dr. Eggman lure the Freedom Fighters into a trap.
  • The device which brought back Dr. Robotnik is destroyed.
  • Dr. Ivo Robotnik dissipates, leaving the world of the living forever.
  • Hope Kintobor becomes a resident of Knothole.
  • It is revealed that Lara-Le is pregnant with Knuckles' sibling.

Background Information

  • This is the third time that Dr. Robotnik and Dr. Eggman have met.
  • Dr. Eggman was previously forced to delete a large amount of his memory data when he accidentally downloaded a virus into his systems. This may be why he does not initially recognize Dr. Robotnik.
  • Given Ken Penders' affection for Star Trek, the reunification of echidnas may be inspired by the storyline from Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Spock secretly spearheaded an attempt to reunify Vulcans and Romulans.

Reprint History

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