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STH131
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

131

Date Published 

December 2003

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

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

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 131 was the one hundred and thirty-first issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Story One

"Home" - Part 2 of 4: "The Gathering"

Sonic races to Old Megaopolis, Power Ring in hand, with Tails in the Tornado at his side. Minutes ago at Castle Acorn, Sally suggested that taking a Power Ring would allow him to reach the city before Dr. Eggman could launch his nuclear warheads at Knothole and Station Square. King Acorn explained that he would send one group to rendezvous with Sonic and another to stop Eggman's minions from destroying Robotropolis' force field.

High above Knothole, Bunnie, Antoine, Espio, Fiona, Geoffrey, and Hershey fly the Freedom Fighter Special Mk 2 into the upper atmosphere. Rotor explains via video call that the ship will allow them to use the gravitational pull of Mobius to arrive at Old Megaopolis in just half an hour. Meanwhile, just outside of Robotropolis at Fort Acorn, General D'Coolette spots Eggman's SWATbots on the horizon and prepares his soldiers for battle. Knuckles, Julie-Su, Amy, Vector, and Mighty arrive to help the general defend Robotropolis.

Back at Castle Acorn, Sir Charles reports that the citizens of Knothole have been moved to fallout shelters. The king then orders that Sonic's family join his own in the royal bunker, but Sally, Queen Alicia, Bernie, Jules, and Charles refuse to leave without him. King Max asks Station Square's President if he's begun his own evacuation. The President explains that, for fear of a mass panic, Station Square's citizens haven't been told about the nuclear threat. Putting their differences aside, the king explains how he plans to counter Operation: Triple Threat while the President promises that his own government will aid them.

Commander Hugo Brass of G.U.N. speaks with the President in his office, insisting that he reconsider leaving the situation to the Mobians. The President refuses to reconsider taking direct action until Eggman's missiles are en route. He asks Brass if G.U.N.'s commando unit is mobile, revealing that he's sent Rouge the Bat to aid the troops.

At Old Megaopolis harbor, Dr. Eggman asks A.D.A.M. to begin the countdown when Sonic and Tails arrive on the Tornado, ready to fight.

Story Two

Mobius: 25 Years Later: Prologue

We join the story as Merlin Prower narrates that since time, many have sought to know the future. Using his powers, Merlin shows a past reflections of Sonic and Sally, with Sally argueing that he wasn't born to be king, and wants adventure. Merlin then reveals the future "as worlds collide of secrets long held now revealed at long last".

In a social studies class, Mr. Perriwinkle explains the history of Angel Island to the Echidna students. He also explains how Echidnaopolis advance and the Island's gateway city of Portal is the centre of commerce and travel with Mobius below. After giving that Echidnaopolis evolved into the central chair of government for echidnas and the oldest democract on Mobius, Lara-Su is bored. Riki-Le in front of her asks "if they are a democracy, how come on the world map says Republic of Angel Island?" The teacher then addresses this question to the students. Jaker thinks it's because "Echidnas don't believe in a monarchy, like most backward cultures on Mobius." The teacher then asks Lara-Su about it, in which she says "the citizens elect the representatives to make laws and decisions" and gets it right. Rutan behind her asks who elected the Guardian. The teacher answers back they are of "special status", in which Rutan makes fun of Lara-Su that they'll have to bow to 'Miss Sunshine' soon. Lara-Su in anger slams her book in his face. All the other Echidna students laughing, the teacher tells her off that "young ladies shouldn't conduct themselves like that, especially ones of the Guardian."

Meanwhile, Rotor (Emissary) gets a lift from Harry and meets up with Espio. Rotor requests that on behalf of the King and Queen, they would like to meet with the Guardian and his family. Espio then reports back to Knuckles that Sonic, Sally and their children Sonia and Manik would be coming. Espio pointing out that Sonia and Manik were more excited seeing Lara-Su again. Knuckles knowing that Manik has a crush on Lara-Su declines Espio thinking they should do royal matchmaking. Espio thinks instead then that he should tell Juanita who would love to dance with a prince. Knuckles improves a bit that she's closer to his age but doesn't think Juanita should date. Espio also reports that Rotor and Cobar will be working together on some project. Knuckles then takes off from the Master Emerald altar for Lara-Su's Unveiling ceremony tonight.

Meanwhile, Rutan arrives home when he walks in on Lien-Da and Dimitri discussing the Unveiling. Rutan shocked to see Dimitri; Lien-Da notices Rutan's bruise from Lara-Su. Both Lien-Da and Rutan get into an argument, until Rutan leaves. Lien-Da left thinking that her and Kragok never behaved like that, but Dimitri disagrees with her.

At Knuckles' house, Julie-Su greets Knuckles and asks that she talks with Lara-Su, who doesn't want to go to her Unveiling ceremony. Both Knuckles and Lara-Su begin argueing through the door, until Julie-Su calms him down. Knuckles then attempts to reason with her that every female Echidna goes through the Unveiling, but Lara-Su cries more that she wants to be the Guardian. Knuckles tries to reason that it'll be dangerous, but Lara-Su thinks she deserves too because he has much younger. Knuckles begins to lose his temper and thinks she deserves a spanking. Julie-Su gets Knuckles to reason with her again. Knuckles tries to explain that there is no longer a need for the Guardian, including him. Knuckles explains the importance of the Unveiling, then Lara-Su comes out, and promises she'll go as long as Knuckles is his first dance.

Quotes

  • Sonic: "Atomic weapons. Robotic invasion. Does that Robotnik know how to kill a homecoming or what?"


  • Sonic: "You were born and raised to be a queen, Sally! But me? I thrive on action, fast moves, and adventure! Listening to everyone rag and making decisions just isn't my bag!"


  • Espio: "Sonia and Manik were especially excited at seeing Lara-Su again. Is that a problem?"
  • Knuckles: "Julie-Su mentioned something about a boy having a crush on Lara-Su!"
  • Espio: "You plan on doing some royal matchmaking?"
  • Knuckles: "Hardly!"

Key Events

  • Sonic and Tails are dispatched to to stop the missile launch at Old Megaopolis.
  • Knuckles, Julie-Su, Amy, Vector, Mighty, General D'Coolette and his troops are dispatched to stop the SWATbot assault on Robotropolis.
  • Bunnie, Antoine, Espio, Fiona, Geoffrey St. John, and Hershey are dispatched as a back-up team for Sonic and Tails.
  • In the future, Rotor arranges a royal dinner between Sonic and Knuckles' families.
  • Knuckles convinces Lara-Su to attend her unveiling.

Background Information

StH 131 Early Cover

Early cover art

  • This is Mike Pellerito's first issue as assistant editor.
  • The Unveiling is shown to be a female echidna's coming-of-age ceremony, which is somewhat similar to the spanish tradition of a quinceanera.
  • The cover art for this issue was changed significantly from the preview featured in StH #130.
  • This issue features the debut of Mobius: 25 Years Later.

Cameos & References

  • This issue's cover is based on the cover of Giant-Sized X-Men #1.

Errors

  • In one panel, Fiona is mistakenly colored as Sally while riding in the Freedom Fighter Special.
  • Commander Brass's skin was miscolored as a far lighter shade than usual.

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