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STH 265

STH 265 V1

STH 265 V3

Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

265

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 265 is the two hundredth and sixty-fifth issue of the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Summary

Official Solicitation

'Control' Part 2. The Werehog is unleashed! As the jungle collapses in flames. it's up to Mighty to bring his feral friend to heel! But can Sonic even tell ally apart from enemy anymore? Then in 'The Grand Tour', Rotor shows off all of the Sky Patrol's abilities; unfortunately, it's right as a Badnik Horde attacks! Don't miss a moment of the action, with cover art from the titanic team of Yardley, Austin and Stanley - plus an epic Sonic Adventure variant by the newest Sonic superstar Rafa Knight!

Story One

Control - Part Two

Sonic has transformed into a monstrous werehog while he and his friends are still facing Thunderbolt's attack. He stretches his arms out toward one tower, above her and her minions and into a generator that is emitting the electrical discharge, before throwing it into another tower to cease the discharge altogether. Thunderbolt is surprised from Sonic's transformation, but quickly orders her minions, more shocked than she is, to attack. The minions hesitantly follow her orders, but are quickly beaten by Sonic. The Egg Boss jumps in to face him herself, but the werehog destroys her suit with one punch, revealing a small, round rodent. Thunderbolt is furious over this "humiliation", but runs away as Sonic pursues her. Recovering from the electrical attack, Sally and Amy realize Sonic's transformation is due to the Dark Gaia enrgy, surprising them that their friend was able to endure its power for so long until now. Before they head over to stop and help him, Mighty tells them and Ray to retrieve the Chaos Emerald while he handles Sonic alone.

Further into the Rocky Jungle Zone, Sonic continues to chase Thunderbolt. The Egg Boss retaliates with an extremely powerful electrical discharge from her own cybernetic body. She gloats about her power, but notices Sonic protecting the small animal inhabitants of the jungle. She then proceeds to threaten them if Sonic does not surrender only to be grabbed by him and at his mercy. Before Sonic could finish her off, Mighty tackles him, causing him to let the boss go and retreat. While Mighty tries to calm him down, Sonic's mind is twisted due to the dark energy inside him, causing him to witness a distorted version of Mighty taunting him. Despite his best efforts, the armadillo is attacked himself and decides to fight the werehog.

Sally, Amy, and Ray, with emerald in hand, arrive to see the carnage of the jungle from the ongoing fight. Desperate for ideas, Sally remembers Sonic's courage and selflessness, the tendency of doing what he thinks is right, and tries to use that their advantage in hopes of calming him down. They intervene the fight before Sally and Amy talk to their corrupted friend. They remind him of his past deeds, including saving Sally's father and stopping Perfect Chaos. Thanks to their encouragement, Sonic's twisted mind clears. He witnesses in horror the destruction he has caused, and what he was about to do, and finally stands down. They carry him back to Mighty's mentor's house before Thunderbolt can call for reinforcements.

Meeting with Moss again, Sonic apologizes to his friends for his rampage and thanks them for keeping him in check, though Mighty iterates that he was able to control himself in the end. As he finally turns back to normal, Sally makes plans to take him and the Chaos Emerald back to the Sky Patrol, but Sonic refuses. Fearing that he would go berserk again, he plans to remain with Moss until he is able to keep his new beastly form under control.

Story Two

"The Grand Tour"

Before their adventure to find the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Temples began, Rotor shows the rest of the Freedom Fighters the features of their new mobile base, The Sky Patrol. Meanwhile, inside the Death Egg, Eggman spies on the base and, while "almost impressed", prepares to destroy it. Following the tour back at the Sky Patrol, Rotor shows them the restroom, a medical bay, and a zen garden, giving his friends mixed results. Suddenly, they hear an alarm, warning of an incoming Badnik attack. Before Sonic and the others can prepare a counter-attack, Rotor stops them, saying that he has got it covered.

They see Eggman commanding a Badnik Horde Commander, a giant metal Rotor nicknamed the "War Walrus". However, before it even begins to attack, Rotor retaliates with a large variety of weapons installed into the Sky Patrol, making quick work of the giant robot. While Rotor continues his tour, Eggman shrugs off this defeat, stating that he was merely "gauging the base's defenses". He further states that he will need to more "subtle" approach in attacking the Sky Patrol while holding up a familiar Tails-shaped doll.

Off Panel

Thunderbolt contacts Dr. Eggman and begs for a new battle suit following the one she lost in the main story. Hearing that Eggman will find one for her, she showers her leader with compliments, before learning, in her dejection, that the only suit availiable is a Chao Walker.

Quotes

Key Events

  • As the Werehog, Sonic frees his friends and forces Thunderbolt into retreat.
  • It is revealed that Thunderbolt is a small, yellow/green colored chinchilla, and a chinchilla with the ability to manipulate electricity as a matter of fact.
  • Sonic and Mighty get into a fight due to Sonic's Werehog-vision misinterpreting what Mighty is saying.
  • The Freedom Fighters obtains the grey Chaos Emerald.
  • Sonic stays behind with Moss in hopes of better controlling his Werehog form.
  • Robotnik deploys his newest Badnik Horde Commander to attack the Sky Patrol; upon its defeat, he begins planning another attack using a Tails Doll.

Background Information

  • The "Adventure Variant" cover is named as such because it references the original Dreamcast boxart to the game Sonic Adventure: the Werehog appears in the same pose as Sonic does on the games cover (the original art itself can even be seen as the covers hud art above the Archie Action Series logo), and the "SONIC THE HEDGEHOG" title has even been styled after the logo of the game.
  • According to a footnote in the sidestory, "The Grand Tour", the story itself takes place before the "Waves of Change" arc.
  • The "convention exclusive" variant cover was distributed at New York Comic Con 2014.
    • The stone angel on the convention cover appears to be based on the ones that appear in the Wacky Workbench Zone (Past) in Sonic CD.
    • The angry plush toy of Blaze the Cat bares a certain resemblance to the Internet celebrity, Grumpy Cat.
  • The Chao Walker Thunderbolt is made to operate in the Off-Panel is from Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, where a neutral Chao pilots the same mech in the 2-player verses mode.

Reprint History

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:

Continuity

"The Grand Tour" is stated to have taken place at some point before "Waves of Change" (StH: #260-#263).

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