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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 145 was the one hundred and forty-fifth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "Shadows of Hope"
Hiding in the underbrush of Knothole, Shadow the Hedgehog watches over Hope Kintobor and mulls over her uncanny likeness to Maria Robotnik. Locke appears behind Shadow and asks him for assistance. Shadow chooses to ignore the old man and is tripped by a rope-string trap as he walks away. Furious, Shadow lunges at Locke, only to be caught in a blue energy field that teleports both of them out of the village. Hope, having seen their confrontation, wanders into the field as well.
As Hope enters the dilapidated hideout, she sees Locke manage to trap Shadow in a holding chamber. The chamber triggers Shadows memories of isolation: his first awakening aboard the Space Colony ARK with Gerald Robotnik, the death of Maria (STH: 98), and the Bem ship that revived him (STH: 124). Shadow demands that Locke explain himself. Locke obliges, revealing that Shadow may be the key to finding his lost family. Before he can elaborate, Hope speaks up, demanding that Locke leave Shadow alone. Surprised to see that she followed them, Locke tries to warn her that she's in a dangerous place.
Watching Locke speak forcefully to Hope stirs Shadow's memories further, causing him to have a flashback of Maria's death. Fearing Maria's safety, Shadow breaks out of the chamber and attacks Locke. They fight once more, Shadow gaining the upper hand, when Hope pleads for Shadow to stop. As she tries to explain how scared he's making her, Shadow remembers that Hope isn't Maria. Hope tries to comfort him, offering to be his friend, but Shadow refuses to accept her friendship and escapes. Locke muses that they'll always have another chance to win Shadow over and decides to take Hope back to Knothole.
- Doctor Robotnik in "Training Day"
Dr. Eggman begins a crash course for his robots on the enemies of his empire, specifically the heroes of the Kingdom of Acorn. He begins with Sonic, explaining that he possesses super speed and won't rest until their forces are permanently defeated. Next he introduces Tails, a prodigy with machinery, an accomplished pilot, and Sonic's best friend. The third person on the agenda is Knuckles, the Guardian of Angel Island and the Master Emerald, famous for his gliding and strength. He introduces their final target, Amy Rose, whose infatuation with Sonic conceals the dangerous power behind her Piko Piko Hammer. Eggman ends the lesson by demanding that all of these dangerous foes be eliminated on sight.
A peaceful day in Knothole is interrupted by a massive explosion hundreds of miles to the west of the village, sending shockwaves across the continent. Sonic, Ash Mongoose, and their friends barely notice the disruption while playing a game of darts. Tails speaks with Rotor and Tommy Turtle, wanting to discuss ancient history, but finds Rotor pouring over seismic readings. Judging from the lack of aftershock, Rotor concludes that the rumbling they felt must have been some kind of force that might pose a threat to Knothole's safety.
Tails suggests that they head out on the Tornado, but Rotor suggests that they at least bring Sonic and Bunnie along and gather supplies as a precaution. Tails objects, angry that Rotor would imply that two Freedom Fighters can't handle the situation, but Rotor counters that they're responsible for thinking operations through and they have to rely on their friends for the fighting and Sally to lead them. Tails grumpily leaves, realizing he doesn't know where Sonic is when he notices Ash storming off and Mina trying to calm him down. Having a hunch that Ash must be upset at Sonic, Tails runs to the game room where he finds Sonic asks him if he's got plans for the next few days.
Later, Sonic packs his supplies for the trip and arrives at the air strip. Sally stops by to wish Sonic farewell. As they take off in the Freedom One, Sally thinks to herself that she still loves Sonic and hopes he'll be safe. Meanwhile, in an abandoned facility, Shadow discovers a secret prototype mentioned in Professor Gerald's data files. Having found what he came for, Shadow wonders what he should do next.
The editor tells Sonic that this Off Panel is dedicated to celebrating two of the comic's most overlooked contributors: Jeff Powell and John Workman. He speaks with lavish, gaudy fonts before telling Sonic that they're responsible for the comic's lettering. Sonic isn't surprised. Written by Mike Gallagher, Pencils by Dave Manak, Colors by the Archie Art Department under the pen name "Henri Ratisse".
- Locke: "Have you any idea what it's like to lose everything?"
- Shadow: "I wouldn't know! I've never had anything!"
- Locke: "That's not surprising! From what I can tell, you're neither biological, mineral, nor vegetable!"
- Hope: "Don't hurt him! He may not have been nice to you -- but that's doesn't mean you can treat him the same way! I thought you were better than that! Right now, I'm more scared of you than I am of him!"
- Locke attempts to enlist Shadow's help in saving the Brotherhood of Guardians. Shadow refuses.
- Sonic and the other Freedom Fighters head out to investigate a mysterious explosion.
- In "Training Day", Eggman makes a brief mention of Amy's mysticism and ability to read tarot cards. Although Amy occasionally exhibits minor magical abilities with her hammer, her mystic prowess would not be addressed again until learning the Mystic Melody in StH #263.
Cameos & References
- Sonic brings his A-pod, a mock iPod.
- In one panel of "Shadows of Hope", Locke's eyes are mistakenly drawn as a single connected eye.
- In "Training Day", Amy's hammer is mistakenly named the "Pico Pico" Hammer.