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STH159
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

159

Date Published 

February 2006

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 159 was the one hundred and fifty-ninth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Story One

"System Reboot"

Sonic and Shadow the Hedgehog begin fighting after Shadow blames Sonic for Hope's injuries. Sonic tries to explain that he's not involved with the Metal Sonic Troopers, but Shadow thinks the resemblance is too uncanny to be a coincidence. Rosie halts the fight, admonishing them for their selfish fighting when Hope needs medical attention. Sonic grabs Hope and rushes to Castle Acorn with Shadow trailing none too far behind. Elsewhere, Charles berates himself for creating the Metal Sonic Troopers, which have gone from being potential defenders to attackers. Rotor comforts him in his misery by reminding him that inventions don't cause problems, the people who misuse them do.

In New Megaopolis, Dr. Eggman is fascinated by the destructive potential of the Troopers as they devastate Knothole and is struck by the irony that he must now rely on Sonic to save the day. Back in Knothole, Sonic and Shadow are rushing Hope to the castle while the Chaotix battle the Troopers. Overcome with emotion as he remembers his failure to save Maria, Shadow reaches out for Hope and creates a portal ahead of them. Knuckles is stunned, recognizing it as Chaos Control. Sonic, Hope, and Shadow arrive at Castle Acorn five minutes in the past, where the Freedom Fighters and Elias Acorn are keeping a lookout over the Troopers. Shadow places Hope in Dr. Quack's care while Sonic confronts Elias about the Metal Sonic Trooper project. They argue briefly before Elias decides to put their differences aside while Sonic deals with the Troopers.

Sonic confronts the Troopers, who accuse him of threatening the kingdom. Sonic points out that the Troopers are destroying the Kingdom of Acorn as they speak, but the Troopers refuse to believe their programming has been compromised. Realizing that facing the Troopers one-on-one won't work, Sonic creates a tornado by spinning around at super speed. It manages to catch a number of the Troopers, but they escape and attack him again. Shadow arrives and leaps to an overwhelmed Sonic's aid. As soon as Shadow raises his hand, the Metal Sonic Troopers are deactivated. Knuckles tells Shadow that he must have instinctively used Chaos Control to stop the robots. Shadow tells him that Chaos Control requires a Chaos Emerald, but Knuckles suggests Shadow drew power directly from the Chaos Force. Sonic, the Chaotix, and Shadow then part ways, and Sonic is welcomed back at the palace and presented a medal of honor and the rank of Gentleman-at-Arms. Jules and Bernie look on proudly, while Sonic proposes they throw a victory party. Elsewhere, Shadow thinks about Sonic's friendly farewell to him while Uncle Chuck observes him leaving Knothole on a security monitor saying they all have their secrets.

Story Two

"The Despicable Dr. Robotnik: "Insidious"

A.D.A.M. greets Dr. Eggman as he enters his control room, though Eggman is less than pleasant, furious over Snively's betrayal. He finds himself frustrated that he's unable to exact revenge when A.D.A.M. proposes that he may not be entirely correct about that. A.D.A.M. reminds the doctor of the Nanite City Incident and alerts him to the fact that the Freedom Fighters took several nanite samples for study. Eggman is furious that his technology has been compromised until A.D.A.M. reveals that he is still in contact with the captured nanites, including those fused to Tommy Turtle.

The nanites transmit a live feed of Tommy's surroundings, revealing a room where Jules and Charles Hedgehog are preparing new security measures for the Freedom Fighters. They instruct Tommy to give the computer a hand print and retinal scan. A.D.A.M. takes advantage of this by triggering a growth spurt in the nanites in Tommy's hand, allowing them to infiltrate the security console. Jules and Bunnie Rabbot are next in line and are infected with nanites. Eggman briefly worries that they might be depleting their nanite supply, but A.D.A.M. assures him that the console is providing the nanites enough sustenance to multiply. Eggman is disappointed to learn that the nanites can't bond with Sonic, as they're only able to attach to machines and material like Tommy's shell. They are, however, able to infect NICOLE. Eggman relishes his secret victory, able to spy on the Freedom Fighters whenever he pleases.

Quotes

  • Sonic: "Ready to call it a day?"
  • Shadow: "I haven't even started, hedgehog!"

Key Events

  • Hope is taken to the castle to receive medical treatment.
  • Shadow learns from Knuckles that he possesses the ability to draw directly on the Chaos Force.
  • The Metal Sonic Troopers are defeated.
  • A.D.A.M. places nanites in Bunnie, Jules Hedgehog, Tommy Turtle and NICOLE.
  • Shadow departs from Knothole.

Background Information

  • This issue marks the end of Ken Penders' tenure as a writer for Sonic the Hedgehog, the second longest of any writer in the series' history.
  • This is Ron Lim's last issue as penciller.

Cameos & References

  • Titan Metal Sonic, as he appeared in Knuckles Chaotix, makes a cameo on the cover as a windup toy.


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