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Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

237

Date Published 

May 2012

Production Staff
Cover Artist
  • Tracy Yardley
Cover Colorist
  • Terry Austin
Writer
  • Ian Flynn
Pencils
  • Steven Butler (first story)
  • Tracy Yardley (second story)
Inks
  • Terry Austin
Letters
  • John Workman
Colors
  • Matt Herms
Editor
  • Paul Kaminski
Editor in Chief
  • Victor Gorelick
Publisher

Archie Comics

First Appearances
  

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 237 is the two hundred and thirty seventh issue in the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Official Solicitation

Team Fighters links up with Grand Chief Lupe as they track down the Death Egg. As they deal with the ferocious Felidae Warriors and Dark Egg Legion, a mysterious figure tracks them. Meanwhile, in “Heart to Heart,” Nicole and Mina finally confront each other!

Story One

"Loyalty"

Having arrived in Soumerca with the Death Egg Mark 2, Dr. Eggman, now targeting both the Mysterious Cat Country and the Wolf Pack Nation, is outraged to discover from Drago and Razorklaw that their base is behind schedule. Drago and Razorklaw claim that, due to the alliance between the wolves and the Felidae, they are two much for the DEL to handle, but Eggman furiously refuses to believe it with their weaponry and cybernetic enhancements. At that moment, however, Orbot and Cubot end the transmission in the middle of Eggman's rant to preserve their dwindling oxygen and supplies. Recalling that the Wolf Pack and Felidae are only at peace because of Sonic and Sally's efforts, Eggman questions Mecha Sally on how she would ruin the peace between the two. Mecha Sally states that the truce between the Felidae and the Wolf Pack is maintained by their leaders, and if they remove the leaders, the two tribes will turn on each other. While Eggman goes to refuel and restock the Death Egg, Mecha Sally successfully captures Lupe and Queen Hathor.

Later, Sonic, Tails, Amy, and T-Pup enter the Wolf Pack Nation to warn them of Eggman's coming and recruit Lupe to their cause. However, they come across Leeta, Lyco, and Lupe's children eavesdropping at a nearby window. The children explain Lupe's disappearance, and Lobo believes the Felidae are behind it and they are currently planning to go to war. Both Sonic and Tails are skeptical that the Felidae are behind it, and Leeta and Lyco admit that they don't believe it either, stating that the Felidae are not subtle and they would know if they were behind the kidnapping.

Amy and Tails quickly deduce that Eggman is responsible and reveal Sally's roboticization; both Leeta and Lyco are aghast that roboticization works again. Knowing that Lobo is too worried and grief-stricken to listen to reason and that the other pack chieftains are eager for any excuse to attack the Felidae, Team Fighters decides to go save Lupe themselves before the meeting between the chieftains is over. Leeta and Lyco agree to lead them to the Temple of Shazamazon, where Eggman's minions are hiding.

On their way, they witness Hathor (minus her queen robes) being pursued by a group of Dark Egg Legion soldiers led by Razorklaw. Just as they have her cornered, Sonic and co. spring into action and fight them off. When Hathor states that she is not the queen, but merely an emissary, Sonic, remembering that the Felidae queen is only the queen when she wears the robes, steps in and presents himself as an ambassador.

Hathor explains that she and Lupe had been captured by Eggman's robots; knowing that their respective tribes would most likely blame the other for their disappearances, Lupe nobly decided to help Hathor escape through an air vent to get help, while she remained behind to face possible roboticization. Hathor, however, was forced to leave her robes behind to do so.

At that moment, however, the group is confronted by a group of Felidae warriors, who are skeptical of Hathor's story. However, when Hathor reminds them that the wolves and Freedom Fighters are their allies and that she bears the queen's will, the Felidae agree to help, but it will be up to the wolves to listen.

Meanwhile, back at the Shazamazon Temple, Eggman remarks to a restrained Lupe that, even if his roboticizer functioned, she would likely retain the Bem immunity to roboticization. Undaunted, Eggman decides to legionize Lupe instead...

Story Two

"Heart to Heart"

Mina enters Freedom HQ, asking NICOLE to speak with her. Mina begs NICOLE to come back to the city, but NICOLE, speaking through text on a monitor, states that Mina got exactly what she wanted and that NICOLE is now where she can no longer hurt anyone and vice versa. Upset, Mina insists that she never wanted things to turn out this way at all; she only wanted to inspire people and never intended for fear to take over the city, let alone turn the public against NICOLE. However, NICOLE still refuses to return to New Mobotropolis, believing that she has failed her friends. However, Mina reminds her that Rotor and Sonic, despite their own recent failings, are continuing to fight, and she wants nothing more than to set things right.

NICOLE materializes in the lab in her Mobian form, and forgives Mina for her mistakes, vowing to move forward, while Mina quickly starts making plans for a new concert to change the public's minds and get NICOLE back into the city.

At that moment, Harvey Who, who had heard everything, enters, saying that he is glad to hear NICOLE say that. After apologizing for eavesdropping, he explains that he needs NICOLE's assistance for "a certain project of his."

Off Panel

Bunnie is walking through a forest with her bag missing her friends, but saying that she's excited to start a new adventure with her own subplot. She reaches a signpost, where Thrash, Mighty and Ray are saying in unison that "it gets old". Nearby, a sign points towards the bottom of a nearby tree, announcing "Merlin was here!"

Quotes

Eggman: Hmph. This region would have already fallen to me if the original plan had worked. But the two warring nations found peace thanks to Sonic and... The princess. Oh-ho-ho! Tell me, my dear minion. How would you go about ruining the peace your fleshy self worked so hard to create?

Key Events

  • Lupe and Hathor are kidnapped and imprisoned by Mecha Sally.
  • Eggman threatens to legionize Lupe.
  • Nicole and Mina renew their friendship.

Background Information

  • In this Issue Lupe's Eyes are blue (as they were in the SatAM Cartoon Series) instead of green.
  • Amy wears a feather that looks similar to her Warrior Feather upgrade in Sonic Adventure.
  • The original solicit for this issue said that there would be a mysterious figure tracking down Sonic, Tails and Amy. Ian had confirmed that the mystery figure was removed because they had to have two pages for the second story, thus cutting the main story down to 20 pages of the issue according to some posts he made in the preview discussions for the issue. (1 , 2) A few days after the issue was released, the mysterious figure never appeared in the issue he then said that the mysterious figure was Leeta and Lyco according to another post he made. (3) However, over a year later after what he said about the mysterious figure, he confirmed that the mysterious figure was actually Hershey St. John, and that Hershey was replaced by Leeta and Lyco during development. (4) Hershey might have been replaced most likely because of the fact she is a character owned by former main writer Ken Penders and because of the legal issues going on.

Reprint History

International Versions

  • In Germany, this issue was printed in Panini Sonic the Hedgehog #6

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