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STH148
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

148

Date Published 

April 2005

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Writer
Pencils
Inks
Letters
Colors
Editor
  • Mike Pellerito
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
Special Thanks

to Robert Leffler and Dyna Lopez at SEGA Licensing

First Appearances
  

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 148 was the one hundred and forty-eighth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Story One

The Good, The Bad, & The Unknown - Part Three: "Genesis"

Dylan approaches Princess Sally, informing her that they've lost contact with the Freedom Fighters. Taken aback, she requests that Dylan bring Jules Hedgehog to Castle Acorn immediately. At the underground facility, Tommy Turtle tells Tails to man the control room while he goes to help Rotor, Bunnie, and Fiona. Meanwhile, Sonic finds himself lying on the train tracks of an underground railroad, narrowly avoiding an oncoming train. He decides to hitch a ride on the train, Shadow, Metal Sonic, and Isaac only noticing him just as he rides away.

Shadow and Metal ponder why Sonic would ride a vehicle when he could run faster. Isaac suggests riding in another traincar to catch him, but Shadow decides to pursue Sonic on foot. Isaac notes that Metal would also reach his destination faster on his own, but he explains that he prioritizes gathering information for Dr. Robotnik over catching Sonic. As they board the car, Isaac notes that Robotnik is an anagram of Kintobor.

Tommy finally finds the other Freedom Fighters and, putting on a nearby rubber glove and picking up a nearby pole, destroys the circuit box for the nearby computers. With their friends freed, Tails turns his attention back to monitoring Isaac and Metal Sonic, broadcasting their conversation to the rest of the Freedom Fighters. Isaac begins to narrate his own history, explaining that the team that created him was led by Ivan Kintobor, who appropriated Xorda technology for the project and wound up antagonizing them. Subsequently, Kintobor had Isaac place him in stasis so as enable him to survive the Xorda Gene Bombs. He was then assigned the task of monitoring the changes that befell the planet as a result of the cataclysm. The resulting volcanic eruptions caused the first of the Days of Fury.

While Isaac tells his story, Shadow attacks Sonic, only for Sonic to slam on the train's brakes and fling him off the vehicle. Issac then describes the evolution of the Mobians, and how Professor Kintobor - who occasionally left his stasis cell - told him to record historical events as well. As the Freedom Fighters continue to listen in, Isaac explains that the Chaos Emeralds were a product of the Days of Fury and reveals that he witnessed Mammoth Mogul's initial rise to power, the advancement of the Echidna civilization, and even the coronation of the Kingdom of Acorn's first monarch. Metal and Isaac reunite with Shadow, ready to resume their scuffle with Sonic. However, the confrontation is interrupted when a massive missile emerges from a silo behind Sonic.

Story Two

"Playing Around"

Rosie, Rory, Snaggle and Sasha arrive at Knothole's theater to watch a show being put on by the Freedom Fighters and Chaotix. Rosie is surprised to find Sally sitting in the audience, meaning that she won't be playing herself in the show.

Sonic and Tails appear on stage to begin the show, explaining that the story is about and adventure where Princess Sally was nearly Roboticized. Sonic is suddenly pulled backstage by Knuckles, who is upset that he has to play the role of Princess Sally. The play begins with Bunnie, playing the role of Geoffrey St. John, informing "Sally" that Dr. Robotnik is attacking Castle Acorn. "Sally" tries to use NICOLE, played by Archimedes, to contact Uncle Chuck. Big the Cat, playing the role of Robotnik with Tails as Snively, barges in and ties up "Geoffrey" and "Sally".

Uncle Chuck, clad in various metal parts to simulate his Robian appearance, approaches Sonic and "Tails" (played by Rotor) and informs them of "Sally's" capture. As the two depart, Rotor's flying harness is revealed to be operated by Jules, Mighty, and Espio, all of them struggling to hold the Walrus aloft. The heroes and villains, with Vector joining the cast as a SWATbot, engage in battle. Amy holds up boards with sound effects printed on them to simulate the action. "Sally" is then freed and Sonic leans Knuckles back romantically. Knuckles, not willing to go any farther, threatens to clobber Sonic if he even thinks about kissing him.

Story Three

"Destiny's Child"

Tails sits by a pond, skipping stones, thinking aloud how unfair it is that everyone else has been reunited with their parents. As he wonders if getting his parents back isn't more important than defeating Dr. Eggman, a voice calls out to him. A vision of Athair's head appears over the pond and greets Tails, explaining that he currently inhabits a Zone beyond Tails' comprehension. Tails asks if Athair could explain anything about his designation as the Chosen One, reminiscing on their first meeting and how there would be a Great Harmony with the gathering of the Chaos Emeralds. He thinks about how Mammoth Mogul mentioned he would be a great champion and is frustrated that so many other people seem to understand his responsibilities better than he does.

Athair then revealed that Tails' uncle, Merlin Prower, knows all about his destiny. Tails is slightly flabbergasted, not knowing his uncle even existed until now. Athair then reveals that he met with Merlin personally during Tails' struggle with Chaos Knuckles, only for Mammoth Mogul to swap Tails with a doppelganger. Tails angrily asks if Athair can tell him what any of his means. Athair's visage then disappears. Tails is initially frustrated, but Athair's voice then counsels him to be patient, revealing that he will soon carry out his duties as the Chosen One.

Quotes

  • Rory: "How come Robotnik has never found this place?"
  • Sasha: "Because then we wouldn't have a story, silly!"

Key Events

  • Isaac reveals much of Mobius' early history, though the validity of his claims is uncertain.
  • Tommy saves the Freedom Fighters from the booby trap.
  • Sonic's battle with Shadow, Metal Sonic, and Isaac continues, only for a missile to emerge from a recess in the bunker.
  • The Knothole Freedom Fighters and Chaotix put on a play for Knothole's children with dubious casting decisions.
  • Athair approaches Tails, informs him of the existence of Merlin Prower, and warns him that the time for his destiny as the Chosen One to be fulfilled is nearly at hand.

Background Information

  • This issue introduces several details to the history of Mobius, including very specific years and dates for certain events. Previous events and elements, such as the Days of Fury and the Xorda Attack, are explained to have been related to each other and retcons the Xorda attack as having happened over 10,000 years ago. StH #165 later revealed that Isaac's data was primarily corrupted or erroneous. Ian Flynn explained that he did this to make Isaac's history of the Chaos Emeralds less absolute. However, Flynn stated Isaac's timeline was more accurate than the Xorda's.
  • This issue is the first of several released in 2005 and 2006 to omit the Sonic-Grams section. The feature would be completely removed from the comic starting with StH #161 before returning as a monthly column in StH #185.

Cameos & References

  • This issue's cover is styled after the art style of the videogame Sonic Battle.

Errors

  • In one panel of The Good, The Bad, & The Unknown - Part Three, Sonic's arm is colored blue.
  • Isaac explains that he recorded the beginnings of Mobian society despite being surprised to find a non-human able to speak in the previous issue. This error may be explained by Isaac's memory being corrupted, as revealed in StH #165.


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