Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 126 was the one hundred and twenty-sixth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "Tossed in Space" Part One: Red Chaos
Sonic the Hedgehog is fast asleep on the surface of an unknown planet. As he sleeps, an alien race known as the Blodex bring him aboard their ship. The creatures try to communicate, but Sonic, startled by the situation and unable to understand them, runs away. He finds a hiding place and wonders why he didn't die after destroying the Quantum Dial when the vessel starts to quake. With the Blodex occupied trying to defend themselves from the swarm of hostile aliens known as the Bzzzz, Sonic escapes their ship and heads out to discover where he is. He immediately has a change of heart, heading back and easily defeating the invading Bzzzz. The Blodex access Sonic's thoughts and communicate with him mentally, thanking him for his help and escorting him to their city.
The Blodex take him to their leaders, who tell Sonic that their planet is called Thoraxia and they've never heard of Sonic's home, Mobius, due to their lack of space travel technology. One of the leaders explains that their mortal enemies, the Bzzzz, think no other species has the right to fly -- or live. They mention that a D'Novulan trading vessel arriving the next day will be his best chance at finding a way home and that, until then, Sonic will be treated as their guest.
A Blodex named Deeble gives Sonic a tour of the city, guiding him to the statue of the ancient hero Aypex. Sonic is surprised to find that the statue is holding Red Chaos Emeralds. Deeble explains that the emeralds were said to have fallen from the sky and gave Aypex the power to defeat the Bzzzz and asks Sonic to become their new hero. Sonic thinks to himself that he can't accept, resolving to find a way back home.
Later, Sonic is getting ready to go to sleep when the Bzzzz Queen and her minions launch an all out assault on the Blodex. Realizing he can't deal with the whole horde on his own, Sonic runs for the statue of Aypex and tries to absorb the power of the emeralds to transform into Super Sonic. Moments later, Super Sonic destroys all the Bzzzz with his chaos powers. Sonic stares in disbelief as he watches Super Sonic, separate from himself, land on the Bzzzz Queen's carcass.
- "Tossed in Space" Part Two: Hog and Superhog
Super Sonic goes on a rampage, destroying everything in sight, while Sonic saves the Blodex from the debris. Having had a hunch that things would go bad, Sonic wonders what he'll do about the menace he's unleashed as Super Sonic flies away from the city.
Sonic confronts Super Sonic and asks why he's destroying things if he's a "good guy". Super Sonic laughs, claiming he doesn't believe in good or evil, only power. Wanting to cause terror worldwide, Super Sonic takes aim at the planet's moons and prepares to blow them apart. Sonic rams Super Sonic, making him miss his shot. Super Sonic takes his fury out on Sonic, pummeling him into submission. As he prepares to strike a final blow, the power of the red emeralds runs out and Super Sonic evaporates.
- "Better Read Than Dead"
In the world of Off Panel, the editor celebrates getting his first proper comic that's not just a small gag strip on the Sonic-Grams page. Sonic reminds him that they had a full page Off Panel in StH #72 when his word balloon starts to fade near the bottom. As the editor wonders what's going on Sonic's inking is removed and he ends up as a pencil sketch version of himself. As the editor stumbles, nearly falling off the incomplete panel borders, the villain causing the comic's problems reveals itself: "Deadline". Sonic, now a blue scribble, urges the editor to stop the Deadline from ruining the book, but the Deadline transforms the comic into a plot synopsis for a panel with his "horror glass" to show them he means business.
Sonic, restored to his normal self, tries to attack, but Deadline rubs him out...with an eraser. Deadline asks the editor if he'd like to know why he's trying to take over Off Panel, and the editor obliges in the interest of time. Deadline explains that he's been sending in scripts and art for the comic for years and he's sick of being ignored by the Archie Comics staff. The editor responds by explaining that poorly constructed work that's not mailed properly is never considered by any self-respecting company. Deadline starts ranting about his great ideas, like Mammoth Mogul joining a flea circus, Knuckles learning that his father is Elvis Presley, or Dr. Robotnik dancing over the ashes of Knothole. The editor retorts that these ideas are terrible and gets an idea.
Realizing that a deluge of creative talent producing mass quantities of content is the best way to stave off upcoming deadlines and counter poor management skills, the editor name drops every person to ever be on the Archie Sonic creative staff to defeat Deadline. With the deadline in check, the editor and Sonic head back to the Sonic-Grams page.
- Sonic: "Yo - Stupid Sonic! What's your beef? You're supposed to be one of the good guys!"
- Super Sonic: "Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Good? Good?! Fool. There is no good. There is no evil. There is only power."
- Sonic awakens on the planet Thoraxia and begins his journey back to Mobius.
- Super Sonic temporarily separates from Sonic using the power of six Red Chaos Emeralds of Thoraxia.
- This issue introduced the idea of Chaos Emeralds existing outside of Mobius, as well as a possible link between the green Mobius emeralds and the red Thoraxia emeralds.
Cameos & References
- On the cover, Super Sonic appears to be wearing his SOAP Shoes from Sonic Adventure 2.
- Fleetway's Sonic the Comic series had featured a series of stories about an evil Super Sonic separate from Sonic himself prior to this issue's printing. This story's premise is likely a nod to the Fleetway continuity.
- The Red Chaos Emeralds of Thoraxia are very similar to two types of Kryptonite found in the Superman franchise: Red Kryptonite, which causes its victim to temporarily develop a personality that is the opposite of their usual self, and Black Kryptonite, which causes its victim to temporarily split into two different people.
- The second, red set of Chaos Emeralds may be a nod to the two sets of Dragon Balls in the Dragon Ball franchise, with one set per planet between Earth and Namek.
- Due to its setting in the Off Panel universe, "Better Read Than Dead" is considered non-canon.
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