Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 153 was the one hundred and fifty-third issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "Songoose" Part 1 of 2
Nack the Weasel is tasked by Dr. Eggman to sneak into Knothole and carry out an assassination in exchange for fifty gems. In Knothole, the Chaotix and Freedom Fighters are engaged in a training exercise under the watch of Sally and General D'Coolette. Sally hopes the exercise will help the teams cooperate with each other, but the general points out that Sonic will probably never "grow up" as a person. Sally notes that there's still hope for him, as Antoine got his act together over the last year. The general grimly notes that Antoine has become the cold sort of man that would never be suited to court the princess. King Max and Queen Alicia give them a call, asking about D'Coolette's health. Apparently Dr. Quack has diagnosed both the general and the king's recent health problems as the aftereffects of some type of poison they ingested long ago, possibly during war times. General D'Coolette suddenly passes out, bringing the training session to an abrupt halt.
Later, the Freedom Fighters chat on a stroll through Knothole Village. The group is somewhat disturbed that Antoine apparently showed no reaction to his father's condition. Sonic notices a large billboard for Mina Mongoose's upcoming concert and muses on how fast their friend has become a pop sensation. Tails nervously begins to ask Fiona if she'll be his date at the concert. Sonic, worried that he'll be crushed if she refuses, interrupts him and proposes that they all go together. The group splits up, and Sonic tells Fiona that Tails really respects her. Fiona, thinking that he was responsible for Anti-Sonic's attempts to woo all the girls in Knothole, is reminded of how Sonic left her behind when fleeing one of Dr. Robotnik's bases with Mighty and Ray (KtE #28). She explains that she blamed Sonic for years, but started to believe that he was really selfless when he sacrificed himself during the Xorda attack. In light of recent events, however, she's decided that despite his good intentions he can be pretty selfish.
Later, the group meets Mina backstage, wishing her luck with her show. Her boyfriend, Ash, interrupts the reunion by rushing her onstage while Sonic wonders why Ash seems angry at him. In the middle of the performance, a disguised Nack pulls out a laser weapon and takes aim at her, only to be jostled by another member of the audience and accidentally set a nearby tree on fire. Sonic rushes to Mina's side to make sure she's okay, and spots Nack making his escape. Bunnie knocks the blazing tree into a nearby lake while Sonic cuts Nack off and knocks him out with a single punch.
Nack wakes up in a jail cell with Sonic and Sally standing outside, questioning his motives. Nack refuses to talk, not wanting to ruin his credibility with future employers. Sally points out that his old friends - Jeff, Karl, and Konor - are in a nearby cell, ready to reunite with their traitorous boss. Afraid of getting beaten up, Nack reveals that he was hired by Eggman. He explains that the madman developed an obsessive hatred for Mina's music and will go to any lengths to stop her from singing again. Sally assigns the Freedom Fighters as Mina's new security detail for the remainder of the concert. Ash is upset by the idea of Sonic watching over her, but eventually relents. Meanwhile, in New Megaopolis, Eggman unveils his next agents in the attempt to assassinate Mina: new models of Heavy and Bomb.
- "Fairy Tale" Or "The Adventures of Pirate Sally"
Rosie Woodchuck brings medicine to her three sick charges - Snaggle, Rory, and Sasha - who ask her to tell them a story. Thinking for a moment, she tells the children about the heroic Pirate Sally. While sailing with her first mate, B-Bot, the two spot a fox falling from the sky. Rescuing him, the two learn that he is the Elfen Fox, who had one of his magical twin tails stolen by the Rogue Assassin. The three set out to recover it from the evil Wizard Kintobor, master of the Rogue Assassin. They get lost on the way to his castle, but encounter Ant the Foole, who offers to lead the way. He takes them down the wrong path, and they are pursued by the villainous Naugus Rider. Fortunately, they are then saved by the Blue Knight, who offers his services as they make their way to the castle.
Sally then confronts the drawbridge Guardian, Mog the Troll, and is able to defeat him in a game of chicken by sidestepping his charge. The companions then confront Kintobor, who plans to use the Fox's tail to become even more powerful than he already is, a point emphasized by his Bald Parrot. The group easily defeats him, however, and the Fox reclaims his tail while Sally and the Blue Knight live happily ever after. Unfortunately for Rosie, her story meets with some criticism: Snaggle wants to know what happened to Kintobor, Rory doesn't understand the character's motivations, and Sasha questions how the Knight and Sally could have fallen in love so quickly. They then set about trying to improve the story, to Rosie's amusement.
- Nack the Weasel: "So let me get this straight, you're willing to pay me fifty rare gem stones, if I can weasel my way into the Kingdom of Acorn, where I'm wanted on over ten counts of criminal behavior including assault, kidnapping, and grand larceny, to assassinate a very, very important public figure?"
- Dr. Eggman: "Bingo!!"
- Rosie: "Everybody's a critic!"
- Nack the Weasel is hired by Robotnik to assassinate Mina Mongoose, but is foiled in his attempt and escape by the Freedom Fighters.
- General Armand D'Coolette falls ill, while King Acorn is revealed to be in poor health on his world tour.
- Mina Mongoose puts on a concert in Knothole, which the Freedom Fighters attend.
- First appearance of the new models of Heavy and Bomb, who haven't been seen since STH #102
Cameos & References
- Dr. Eggman's extreme hatred of Mina's music is a sort of call back to "A Little Sonic Goes a Long Way" from StH #8, where Dr. Robotnik detests any and all forms of music. This also happens in Sonic Underground.
- Ixis Naugus' alter ego, the Naugus Rider, is a parody of the Black Riders in the Lord of the Rings series.
- The characters in Rosie's story are all based on the Freedom Fighters and recurring villains and thieves.
- "Fairy Tale" Or "The Adventures of Pirate Sally" was reprinted in Sonic Super Special #5
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