Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 143 was the one hundred and forty-third issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "The Original Freedom Fighters" - Part Two
Sonic's narrative to Hope continues as they watch a Power Ring emerge from the Power Ring Grotto, and the two stay to watch the grotto while the keeper takes it to Rotor. After complaining briefly about the duty and receiving Hope's promise that she would stay and watch it, Sonic launches into an account of the Original Freedom Fighters' final mission. Having garnered intelligence regarding Maximillian Acorn's banishment to another zone, the group infiltrated Robotnik's headquarters to find a portal they could use to free him. Unfortunately, upon reaching their target room, they were betrayed by one of their own: Private Trey Scales, who opened a door to admit Robotnik and a force of SWATbots.
After learning from Trey that he betrayed the group in exchange for Robotnik's promises of power, the group is informed that he has done some work on the room they are standing in. Wanting to test it on the Freedom Fighters-all of them-he throws Trey into the midst of his former comrades before sealing them all in. The group were then subjected to Roboticization, and then exiled to the Void, an event that the Knothole Freedom Fighters did not learn of until years later, when Uncle Chuck-who witnessed their exile-reported it to them. Prior to that point, the fate of the Original Freedom Fighters was unknown, and the people of Knothole were forced to content themselves with a memorial service for their lost heroes.
Fortunately, some of Knothole's youngest citizens soon recovered from the loss to take up their heroes' cause and name. His story finished, Sonic is surprised as Hope takes off to begin working on her report for history, leaving him to watch the grotto alone. Later, Hope read her report to an appreciate class, including her teacher Mrs. Stripe, wife of the lost Tig Stripe.
- Mobius: 25 Years Later: Father's Day
In the future, Lara-Su comes down to breakfast to find her mother and Sally sitting together, with her father conspicuously absent. Elsewhere, Knuckles makes his way through a forested area, contemplating what brought him to his destination instead of accompanying Sonic immediately to the shuttle-port. His thoughts are then carried back to when he took his mentor Archimedes to Downunda, where the Fire Ant was relocating so as to take up residence in the ancestral homeland of his people. Knuckles remarked that he couldn't understand the move, given Archi's life having been spent on Angel Island, which Archi countered with the desires of numerous Echidnas to relocate to Albion. Their conversation carries on to Knuckles' decision that the Guardian line should end with him, which the Fire Ant warns Knuckles might produce serious repercussions. After bidding Archi a fond farewell, Knuckles returned to the island, only to learn that his father Locke was in critical condition. Arriving at the hospital, he was informed by Dr. Shockra that Locke's condition was a mystery, and that their only hope for real answers would be an exploratory surgery that might even aggravate the matter. Though worried, Knuckles agreed, and was informed afterwards that Locke was suffering from a carcinogenic pancreas, which the medical personnel could do nothing to treat. Diagnosing Locke as having nine months to live at most, Dr. Shockra also inferred that Locke's condition must have been caused by exposure to an unknown toxic substance. Knuckles and Lara were then admitted to Locke's room, where the dying Guardian took the opportunity to apologize to his ex-wife and son for all that he had put them through, and told them that he had realized that he had let his station blind him to what mattered most. Some time later, Locke died peacefully in his sleep, leaving Knuckles and Lara to mourn his passing. Knuckles' recollection comes full circle as he finds himself standing at Locke's grave site, noting flowers left by his mother. Ironically, Knuckles comes to the realization that in preventing Lara-Su from becoming a Guardian, he took her choices away from her just as his father did to him. With that in mind, Knuckles decides to let Lara-Su choose for herself, wishing that Locke could be there with him. Unbeknownst to him, both Locke and Aurora stand nearby, watching him with smiles.
- Private Scales leaves the Original Freedom Fighters.
- Col. Stripe and the others from the Old Freedom Fighters are Roboticized and sent to the void.
- Sonic and friends start the Knothole Freedom Fighters formed today.
- Locke dies from terminal cancer in the MxYL unaltered future.
- Knuckles decides to let Lara-Su become a Guardian.
- This issue's Sonic Grams contains the first official announcement of the Sonic X comic series.