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STH136
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

136

Date Published 

May 2004

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
Special Thanks

to Robert Leffler and Takuma Hatori at SEGA Licensing

First Appearances
Characters
  

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 136 was the one hundred and thirty-sixth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Story One

"The Infiltrator"

In Knothole Village, Bernie,Tails, and Jules go about their morning business when Tommy Turtle greets them, asking where Sonic is. Just then, Sonic arrives, worn out from a mission that went through the whole night. He eats his breakfast and then heads to his room to sleep, not paying attention to his parents. Jules is offended by his son's rude behavior, but understands that he's just tired and irritable. Meanwhile, A.D.A.M. informs Dr. Eggman that their Infiltrator is in position to attack.

Back at Sonic's house, Bernie notices that she left a plate of food for Jules, forgetting that robots can't eat. Jules attempts to cheer her up, assuring her that Uncle Chuck will eventually find a way to return him to normal. Meanwhile, Tommy skulks into Sonic's room. While Sonic is sleeping, "Tommy" activates a drill from his hand and prepares to strike. Jules enters the room and runs towards the Tommy robot, attempting to wrestle it away from Sonic. Sonic wakes up and, still dazed from waking up, sees Tommy's robot double pierce his father with its drill. As the robot throws Jules to the ground, Sonic furiously spins his way through the imposter, destroying it.

Sonic takes Jules' body to Uncle Chuck, insistent that his dad can't "die" because he's a robot. Chuck explains that, while he can fix Jules' robot body, he can't bring him back his "spark". As Chuck begins to pronounce the time of death, Sonic has a sudden realization and heads to the Lake of Rings. Sonic speeds by, picking up the Power Ring that just happened to emerge at the time, and makes it back to Chuck's study. Chuck tries to explain that it's too late to help Jules, but Sonic refuses to give up on his father and wishes for the ring to heal him.

The next morning, Sonic and Uncle Chuck talk about their experience. While Charles searches the remains of the Tommy Infiltrator's body, he discovers a manufacturing chip with data on the robot's designation, model, and where it was manufactured. Sonic realizes that Tommy may be held at the location the Infiltrator was created and vows to rescue him.

Story Two

Mobius: 25 Years Later - "Girl Talk"

The story open with Julie-Su and Abby in the kitchen and Sally on a monitor saying there is an issue. Abby and Julie-Su agree because of King Sonic's and Knuckles' differing tastes in food. Abby also claims that the children will be much trouble as well, including Lara-Su's pickiness. Sally states that Manik despises many foods as well. Julie-Su states that it is harder to plan a simple group affair than to battle Eggman, as Sonic and Knuckles hate social functions. Sally contemplates that Sonic should be used to it by now, considering that he has been king for 17 years, but she also claims that Sonic never wanted to be king in the first place. Julie-Su thinks it is the same situation about Knuckles being a guardian. Sally asks if Lara-Su can take Knuckles' job at her age, which she is and bothers Knuckles about it all the time. Sally claims that Manik is just the opposite as he doesn't want to be a prince, and Sonia only likes to dress up as a princess, but not be one as well.

While they are talking, Sally notices she has a call waiting on the monitor, turning out to be Lien-Da. Since Julie-Su hasn't spoken to Lien-Da in so long, she was wondering if they could have a three-way call. Lien-Da says yes, claiming she represents the council before the kingdom. Julie-Su states that they were talking about dinner. Lien-Da thinks that could be fun, Sally thinks so as well but unsure on some parts, like the kids and her husband. One reason is that Manik has a crush on Lara-Su, but she is much to old for him. Lara-Su, embarrassed about that, pleads Lien-da to not tell her cousin Rutan about it. Lien-Da complies while Julie-Su asks why Lara-Su is out of school so early. The recent lightning storms that have been occuring shorted out the power, and without lights class could not take place. Sally's area has been feeling it as well, the lightning and strong winds, but no rain. Sally had asked Rotor about it, but he said it was not a big deal and that it would not affect Sally and Sonic's trip to Angel island. Sally asks if Lien-Da can join, but Lien-Da says she already has plans. Lien-Da hears Dimitri calling her, so she leaves. Soon after Abby says she will be serving Escargot Souffle with Clam Pie. To Sally and Julie-Su that sounds wonderful, but Lara-Su says that it is disgusting

Story Three

"Patience"

Knuckles stands on a cliff at the top an island just off the coast of Downunda, staring up at Angel Island as it passes by. He thinks about how Dr. Eggman took control of the island a year ago and how he desperately wants to fight for its freedom, but remembers that King Acorn asked for him to be patient and wait for a better opportunity to strike. He knows the king is right, but feels that, as the island's Guardian, he has to act when it's within his power to do so.

Knuckles regrets disobeying the kings orders, but realizes that this is his only opportunity to reach the island now that he's lost his ability to fly along with his connection to the Chaos Force. He jumps from the cliff, digs his claws into the bedrock of a larger mountain, and begins to climb to its summit. Knuckles plans out his strategy, deciding to wait until nightfall to sneak across the island and disable as many robots as he can. He then begins to think about his motives: he doesn't want to be a hero, or fulfill his duties as the Guardian, or even please his father and the Brotherhood of Guardians. Knuckles realizes that what he really wants is to save his mother, keep her safe, and make her proud. He runs towards the peak, wondering how much damage Eggman has done. With the island just arm's length away, Knuckles remembers the king's words of patience and judgement once more.

With great effort, Knuckles simply touches the island's bedrock and decides to trust the king's judgement, abandoning his plan to raid the island. Meanwhile, a group of SWATbots stand camouflaged at the island's edge. Eggman angrily whines that, if Knuckles had just climbed up the side of the island, they would have been able to blast him to bits. A.D.A.M. asks his father to be patient, but Eggman scoffs at the idea.

Bonus Features

Gag Strips

Off Panel

Sonic greets the editor, but finds him sitting at his desk with X'd out eyes. He's startled, thinking the editor is dead, but the editor explains that he's just been watching a lot of Sonic X. He then explains that the dead-eyes Sonic was thinking of look more like +s and smacks himself with a mallet to demonstrate. Sonic decides he needs a vacation. Written by Mike Gallagher, art by Dave Manak.

Quotes

  • Chuck: "I may be able to fix his body, Sonic, but I can't bring back the spark of life that made him a Robian."


  • Knuckles: "The king doesn't understand...I'm the Guardian of Angel Island. It's my duty -- my birthright to protect her."

Key Events

  • The "Tommy Turtle" Sonic met last issue was a robot created by Dr. Eggman.
  • The Tommy Turtle Infiltrator fatally wounds Jules.
  • Sonic destroys the Tommy robot and revives Jules with a Power Ring.
  • Sonic learns that the real Tommy Turtle is alive and being held captive by Eggman.
  • In the future, Julie-Su, Sally, and Lien-Da have a conversation.
  • Knuckles gets eager to head back to Angel Island, but he's reminded about patience from King Max.

Background Information

  • This was Justin Gabrie's last issue as editor, ending a tenure that began in StH #36.
  • Throughout The Infiltrator, Bernie is drawn not by the artist of the rest of the story, Art Mawhinney, but by Nelson Ribeiro. Ribeiro is uncredited for his contributions to the story.

Errors

  • In one panel, Tails's name is mistakenly spelled "Myles."

Reprint History

This issue's stories have been reprinted in the following places:


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