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STH167
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

167

Date Published 

October 2006

Production Staff
Cover Artist
  • Sanford Greene
Writer
  • Ian Flynn
  • Romy Chacon
Pencils
  • Tracy Yardley
  • Dave Manak
Inks
  • Jim Amash
  • Andrew Pepoy
Letters
  • John Workman
  • Vickie Williams
Colors
  • Jason Jensen
  • Josh Ray
Editor
  • Mike Pellerito
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
Publisher

Archie Comics

Special Thanks

Robert Leffler and Dyna Lopez at SEGA Licensing

First Appearances
  

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 167 was the one hundred and sixty-seventh issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Official Solicitation

The conclusion to this future epic is finally here! New monarch King Shadow takes advantage of the reset future by having chief enforcer Knuckles arrest the forgotten hero, Sonic, Tails and even Knuckles' own daughter! Can Sonic and Tails convince Knuckles of Shadow's evil or will they be lost to the dungeons? Plus: Sonic's friends throw him another party to make up for the one Dr. Robotnik crashed... and ruined! If you're wondering just how wrong Sonic's 15th anniversary celebration can go, hold on tight... because Sonic will find out in this issue over and over and over again! Features art by the original series penciler Dave Manak.

Story One

"Mobius: 25 Years Later" - Part Two: "Tempus Aeternus"

The story continues with Lien-Da celebrating Knuckles arresting Sonic, Tails, and even his own daughter, while being scolded by Dimitri who is ashamed of her.

Meanwhile, underneath the catacombs of Mobius Castle, Sonic, Tails, Lara-Su and Rotor are being kept prisoner. They jokingly discuss what's going on, when Knuckles enters and reveals that he was working for Shadow as part of a sting operation. He sets the others free, and they each got to work. Lara takes Rotor to a hospital, Tails deactivates the security system and Knuckles and Sonic head off to the throne room. Knuckles escorts Queen Sally to safety and leaves Sonic to fight Shadow.

Sonic tries his best, but the un-aged Shadow proves to be too great a foe for him and defeats Sonic easily. After knocking Sonic to the ground, Lara-Su intervenes by knocking Shadow back and the two engage in mortal combat. Lara proves to be a match for Shadow and after a hard fought battle, Lara imprisons Shadow with Chaos Control.

Knuckles enters and takes the daughter he is so proud of home, while Sonic and Sally remember the times they were in love and get back together.

Story Two

"Hedgehog Day"

Sonic awakes in his room to find that he has overslept for his special birthday celebration. He quickly gets ready, only to trip over a rock while running away from some reporters.

"The next morning", exactly the same events take place except he runs into a wagon while trying to avoid reporters.

"The next, nextest morning, Sonic wakes up and the same events take place and he realizes he's having a reoccurring dream, so he decides to stay in bed and miss the ceremony, but the reporters have other plans.

They try to get into his house by climbing on top of the roof, but crash through and fall on Sonic.

"The next, nextest, nextiest morning", Sonic actually awakes for real this time and goes to the ceremony three hours early.

Quotes

  • Knuckles: I'm not surprised a couple of lunatics like you would wind up like this. But my own daughter...
  • Lara-Su: I DID WHAT WAS RIGHT, AND YOU KNOW IT! I WON'T APOLOGIZE OR ASK FORGIVE--
  • Knuckles: ...I couldn't be prouder.


  • Sonic: Who ordered the extra-large butt whooping, heavy on the poetic justice?
  • Knuckles: You've been working on that since you were arrested, haven't you?
  • Sonic: You better believe it.


  • Shadow: You are what passes for a cavalry?
  • Lara-Su: I'm tops in my class, if that counts for anything.


  • Sonic: Way to go, Lara-Su. How long will that last?
  • Lara-Su: I'm not sure... but I don't think my great-great-great-great grandkids will have to worry.


  • Lara-Su: Only a little burn daddy. I defeated King Shadow!
  • Knuckles: Your mother is going to flip. But she will be so proud of you. You've been amazing.
  • Lara-Su: Thanks, daddy.

Key Events

  • Enforcer Knuckles frees Sonic, Tails, Lara-Su and Rotor.
  • Sonic fights King Shadow and loses.
  • Lara-Su fights King Shadow and defeats him, freezing him in time.
  • Sonic and Sally get back together.

Background information

  • When Shadow and Lara-Su are battling Lara-Su says Chaos Spear, but she doesn't throw one, Shadow does. Apparently, her dialogue and Shadow's were mixed up at the beginning of the battle.
  • Although Julie-Su (MxYL) appears on the cover, she doesn't appear in the issue.
  • Due to the popularity of Mobius: 25 Years Later, the story was continued in Sonic Universe, in a four-issue story arc called Mobius: 30 Years Later.
  • The second story and its title are both parodies of the film Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray's character, much like Sonic, keeps reliving the same events over and over again. The name itself is also based on the American holiday known as Groundhog Day.
    • The name "Hedgehog Day" was also used years before in the American advertising campaign for the game Sonic the Hedgehog 3, the release date of which fell on Groundhog Day.
  • Sonic's bed in the second story bears a striking resemblance to the Mach 5, the race car used in the anime series Speed Racer.

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