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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 30 was the thirtieth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "The Return of Uncle Chuck" - Part One
Sonic is enjoying a happy dream of his Uncle Chuck feeding him chili dogs. His dream is interrupted by Sally Acorn, who tells him he's eating his sneakers. Sonic tells her how he misses his Robian uncle, who fell victim to Dr. Robotnik's roboticization, and how he's frustrated that they still haven't rescued him. In Robotropolis, Chuck is about to be the test subject for the Transdimensional Transporter device. Robotnik's nephew, Snively, asks why they're testing it with their most efficient unit. Robotnik simply threatens to roboticize Snively if it doesn't work. After some griping, Snively assists in setting up the test, only to be shoved aside by an impatient Robotnik.
The machine backfires and sends Robotnik to the Void. He demands that Snively bring him back, but Snively refuses, having had enough of Robotnik's bullying and failed attempts at defeating the Knothole Freedom Fighters. Snively announces that he intends to take them on himself and leave Robotnik trapped in the Void forever. As Robotnik rages in his prison and Snively departs, Uncle Chuck "wakes up" with his memories as a flesh-and-blood hedgehog returned.
- "The Return of Uncle Chuck" - Part Two
Sonic is moping at his uncle's ruined chilli dog stand on the edge of Robotropolis, trying to figure out a way to rescue him, when Uncle Chuck appears. Chuck reveals that he's regained his free will and has urgent news for Sonic. Returning to Knothole, Chuck cooks up his famous chili dogs for the Freedom Fighters and informs them of Snively's takeover and Robotnik's imprisonment. Sonic doesn't see Snively as much of a threat, but Sally has NICOLE calculate what Snively could do with the transporter. NICOLE determines that the most likely outcome is the complete destruction of the planet Mobius.
Chuck quickly comes up with a plan, realizing that his status as a robot makes him the perfect spy to infiltrate Robotropolis. Back in the city, Snively has donned a version of his uncle's uniform. Upon learning of Snively's plans to use a mobile version of the transporter to send large portions of Mobius, and the Freedom Fighters, to the Void, Robotnik tries to warn him that Mobius could be destroyed by his actions. Snively pays him no mind as Chuck arrives. Snively hands him the blueprints for his transporter aircraft and orders him to begin construction. Chuck determines that he needs to contact the Freedom Fighters. Sonic arrives soon after, and heads in to take out Snively's plane while Chuck goes off on a mission of his own. Unfortunately, Sonic is caught off guard and is sucked into the Void.
- "The Return of Uncle Chuck" - Part Three
Snively gloats over his victory and mocks Sonic using a monitor that allows transmissions to and from the Void. Snively starts sucking up the Great Forest and Sonic warns him that he'll destroy the planet. Snively reasons that the Freedom Fighters will surrender before that occurs. Suddenly, one of Robotnik's hovercrafts attacks Snively's ship. The pilot is Chuck, who communicates with an unseen ally and sets out to force Snively to land. Snively tries to get into position to use the transporter on his attackers, but is distracted by Sonic noisily eating chilli dogs in the Void. Chuck manages to disable Snively's engines, leaving him only able to hover. Snively reveals to Sonic that he plans to detonate the plane, sending everything within a 100 mile radius into the Void, while a special device he's created will teleport him back to Mobius.
Before Snively can detonate, an unexpected guest crashes through the roof of the plane: Dr. Robotnik. The doctor reveals that Chuck released him from the Void in order to gain his help against Snively and he crashed through the roof in order to stop Snively from detonating the plane. In return for the Freedom Fighters' help, Robotnik had promised not to harm them or Snively for the moment. Instead, he intends to make the rest of Snively's life miserable. He then angrily demands that Snively remove his Robotnik-style uniform, much to Sonic's amusement. Back in Knothole and freed from the Void, Sonic promises Uncle Chuck that they'll find a way to undo his roboticization someday.
- "Who Keeps Stealing my Chaos Emeralds?!"
Robotnik is infuriated by a string of thefts, in which a shadowy intruder-looking like some sort of anteater-has stolen his Chaos Emeralds. He dispatches Coconuts to one of his island bases to protect the emeralds there, to Coconuts' delight. Spotting the thief, Coconuts promises to thwart him using a book of traps lent to him by a "Coyote Friend." His first attempt is a pair of boulders held in place by ropes which are being burned through by ropes, but the thief slips through without the trip going off. Coconuts then moves between the boulders, wondering what went wrong-when the boulders come crashing together on him. Undeterred, he heads for his next trap: a rope bridge designed to snap from beneath the feet of anyone walking on it. To his dismay, the thief makes it across without difficulty, prompting him to test it personally-and go plummeting.
Determined to see the thief stopped, Coconuts heads for his last trap, which is at the site where the Emeralds are resting. Using a spring-loaded mechanism that will activate once the Emeralds are removed, Coconuts has set an explosive trap for his quarry. To his dismay once again, the thief obtains the Emerald and escapes unscathed, while an examination of the trap results in Coconuts being caught in the explosion. Back in Robotropolis, Robotnik punishes the robotic monkey's failure-not only to stop the thief but also to identify them-by feeding him into a grinding machine, leaving only his head intact. Meanwhile, in Knothole, the thief is revealed to be none other than Bunnie, who stole the emeralds to wear at the Knothole Charity Dance, which Sally, Sonic, and Tails are also seen ready to attend.
- "Knuckles' Chaotix Sneak Peak!"
Dr. Robotnik sits in his lair, musing that "Operation: Castaways" is finally ready. He checks his computers to find any potential threats to his plan on the Floating Island. The computer screens display Vector, Mighty, Charmy, Espio, Heavy, Bomb, Knuckles, and Renfield T. Rodent. He notes that he's taken them all into account for his plan and that Renfield's amusement park will be the perfect location to set his trap.
Paul Castiglia and Frank Gagliardo peak out of he doorway while a bandaged, hobbling Joe Pepitone barges into Scott Fulop's room on a crutch, demanding to be given respect. Scott hits a button on his desk and Sonic springs out of a trap door, launching Joe through the roof with an uppercut. Art by Freddy Mendez.
- Snively: "But how you got to be in charge is a mystery."
- Dr. Robotnik: "What was that?!"
- Snively: "Uh...I said you'll go down in history!"
- Snively: "Not so fast Robuttnik! For years I've done your bidding, while you've treated me like the toxic waste on your toothbrush!"
- Uncle Chuck's free will is restored.
- Coconuts attempts to thwart Bunnie's theft of Robotnik's Chaos Emeralds, but is unsuccessful.
- In "Knuckles' Chaotix Sneak Peak!", Heavy and Bomb are drawn to match their original game appearances.
Cameos & References
- In "Who Keeps Stealing my Chaos Emeralds?!", Coconuts says his "coyote friend" lent him a book traps. The "coyote" referenced is Wile E. Coyote from Looney Tunes. The plot of the second story is very similar to a typical Wile E. Coyote cartoon.
- In "Knuckles' Chaotix Sneak Peak!", Espio and Knuckles' arms are flesh colored.
All reprints of this issue omit all bonus features. The issue has been reprinted in the following places:
- Sonic Archives Vol. 8
- Sonic Legacy Book 2
- "Who Keeps Stealing my Chaos Emeralds?!" was reprinted in Sonic Super Digest #3
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