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STH130
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

130

Date Published 

November 2003

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist
Writer
Pencils
Inks
Letters
Colors
Editor
  • Justin Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances
Characters
  

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 130 was the one hundred and thirtieth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Story One

"Home" - Part 1 of 4: "The Blue Blur Returns!"

Sonic returns to Mobius, crash landing his spaceship in the Great Forest. Happy to be home, he crawls out of the wreckage and admires his surroundings. Noticing smoke billowing on the horizon, Sonic finds a village under siege by Dr. Eggman's SWATbots. Held at gunpoint by the robots, a nervous clergyman marries Geoffrey St. John and Hershey. Speaking to the couple through one of the bot's video projections, Eggman explains that the civilians will have to be "relocated" as punishment for harboring spies. Having honored their last request and intending to keep his secrets safe, Eggman orders A.D.A.M. to open fire.

Just then, Sonic dashes into action, quickly destroying the SWATbots. The crowd of civilians cheers as Hershey and Geoffrey excitedly greet him, explaining that Eggman went back on his promise to share Mobius when the Xorda were defeated and Sonic was presumed dead. The duo discovered that, with Eggman's forces and the Kingdom of Acorn at war, the doctor stockpiled a massive nuclear arsenal that he plans to unload on Knothole. Sonic decides to relay the message to the people of Knothole for them, speeding off as Hershey tries to offer him a warning.

In New Megaopolis, the capital of the Eggman Empire, Dr. Eggman asks his android, M, and his Artificial Intelligence program, A.D.A.M., to explain what just happened. A.D.A.M. presents his "father" with a snapshot of Sonic that one of the destroyed SWATbots transmitted. Eggman tries to remain calm, but ends up howling with rage. M asks who Sonic is and why there are no files about him. Eggman explains that Sonic is his arch nemesis, but deleted his data when he thought Sonic died.

Sonic arrives in Knothole and is shocked to find that, after just six weeks in space, the entire village has been transformed into a technologically advanced settlement. Sonic asks a little girl how long ago the Xorda attacked, and she tells him it's been a year. Sonic makes his way to Castle Acorn, where Knuckles and the Chaotix are pleading for King Max and Queen Alicia's permission to liberate Angel Island from Eggman's control. Both monarchs deny the request, insisting that Knuckles' presence is needed to safeguard Knothole. Max adds that they need to be cautious of whatever surprises Eggman may be planning when Sonic enters the room. The entire group is stunned, and the Chaotix greet him with enthusiasm. Knuckles and Sonic joke about hearing that they were dead when Sonic notices that the king is no longer paralyzed. He then explains to the group that Eggman is stockpiling atomic weapons. Uncle Chuck enters the room and shares a tearful embrace with his nephew. Outside, Sally is kneeling at a commemorative statue made in honor of Sonic's sacrifice. Sonic approaches her, they share a kiss, and a swarm of reporters pester them until the Royal Palace Guard escort the paparazzi away.

Back inside Castle Acorn, the Knothole Freedom Fighters arrive, Tails crashing into Sonic while Amy, Rotor, and Bunnie greet him. Jules picks his son up and hands him over to a tearful Bernadette. As the commotion dies down Antoine coldly salutes Sonic, who is caught off guard by his scar and grim demeanor. Rotor shows Sonic to Command Central, where the Technolotree allows them to speak with anyone around the globe. They begin a conversation with the President of Station Square, who explains that G.U.N. plans to destroy New Megaopolis. The queen insists that the number of civilian casualties would be unacceptable and Sonic is convinced that there has to be a better way to stop Eggman from launching his nuclear weapons. The transmission is interrupted by Dr. Eggman, who reveals Operation: Triple Threat. He intends to send his robot horde to destroy Robotropolis' force field, causing the radiation trapped inside to spread across the planet, while simultaneously launching two nukes from Old Megaopolis Harbor: one at Station Square, and one at Knothole. He eggs them all on, daring them to tackle his challenge.

Quotes

  • Knuckles: "Good to see ya, True Blue!"
  • Sonic: "Knux! Man, I heard you were dead."
  • Knuckles: "I could say the same thing, pal!"
  • Sonic: "Ya got me there!"


  • Sally: "I knew you'd come back to me, Sonic... It was only a matter of time."

Key Events

  • Sonic returns to Mobius.
  • Sonic is reunited with his friends and family.
  • Hershey and Geoffrey St. John are married.
  • Sonic reunites with Sally.
  • Eggman reveals "Operation: Triple Threat."

Background Information

  • This issue introduces new designs for Sally, Bunnie, Rotor, and Antoine.

Cameos & References

  • This issue's recap page resembles the title crawl seen in the Star Wars franchise. Likewise, Knothole resembles the tree villages of Endor from Return of the Jedi.


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