Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 46 was the forty-sixth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "Countdown To Armageddon"
Using video technology installed into his mechanical form, Uncle Chuck shows the Freedom Fighters the first use of his Roboticizer, which resulted in his brother becoming a Robian. Revealing that the technology allows him to record Robotnik's activities and play back other memories as well, he reveals that he discovered that Robotnik tampered with the original Roboticizer machine, leading to its use in enslaving Mobians. Bemoaning the creation of the device and the fact that so many are still Robians, he is comforted by Sally, who informs him that she is planning a retreat. Later, in the depths of the Great Forest, Uncle Chuck continues to bemoan his own failure against Robotnik, whose secret act of sabotage led him to abandon his position as Minister of Science to run a chili dog stand. He then blamed himself for the betrayal of Sleuth "Doggy" Dawg, as well as failing to uncover the secret of the Death Egg more quickly. Sally tries to convince him of his continued worth, when the Freedom Fighters sense another presence nearby.
Dulcy is ready to unleash her fire breath on the group, only for Sonic to recognize them as the Wolf Pack, another group of Freedom Fighters. They reveal that they just escaped an engagement with Robotnik, and that he is in the process of building a new and improved line of robots. Drago Wolf then expresses his dislike of Uncle Chuck's presence in the group, though Sonic is quick to come to his uncle's defense. Another unpleasant attitude joins the discussion as Geoffrey St. John arrives, and after kissing Sally in greeting reveals that he has been observing Uncle Chuck's actions for some time. Chuck accuses him of spying, though Geoffrey is quick to counter that the source of Chuck's own spy video was none other than the treacherous Sleuth. This leads the group to question the reliability of the footage, and Geoffrey accuses Uncle Chuck of covering for Sleuth. He goes further, accusing Uncle Chuck of being a double-agent working for Robotnik. Sonic is naturally furious, and after Geoffrey dismisses him as a child once again he attacks, knocking his rival flying. Geoffrey quickly recovers, launching a crossbow bolt with a cord attached that binds Sonic to a nearby tree, where Geoffrey then levels another bolt at him, apparently ready to kill him.
Antoine then surprises his comrades by leaping to Sonic's defense, knocking Geoffrey off his feet with a single punch. He then accuses Geoffrey of being a spy, revealing that the Rebel Underground he claims to lead was originally conceived of by one of Maximillian Acorn's top generals, who was also Antoine's mentor. The underground never formed before the general apparently perished at Robotnik's hands, and Antoine is skeptical regarding Geoffrey's claims to be its leader. After Geoffrey angrily inquires who the general was, and Antoine then tackles him to the ground and reveals that it was his father and accuses Geoffrey of stealing his family's honor. Geoffrey denies having known him, while Antoine accuses him of being an impostor, only for Sally to break up the scuffle. Tails is surprised to have learned that Antoine wasn't a true soldier in the Royal Army before the war, while Sonic reveals that he donned his father's uniform as a tribute to the lost general. Bunnie continues the story of his history, in which Antoine acted with great courage and even saved her life on one occasion. Unfortunately, his dedication to Sally eventually evolved into attraction, which she never returned, and as a result of both that and his father's absence he wandered from his previous standard. Bunnie then goes after a despondent Antoine, expressing her own opinion of his bravery and kissing him fondly on the cheek.
Later, Drago returns to camp after leaving it with no explanation, and Lupe reveals that it is not the first time he has done so recently. The other Wolf Pack members are angry with him, and Lupe promises to keep an eye on him, while Geoffrey has plans to do the same with Uncle Chuck. His remark angers Antoine and Sonic once again, but Sally intervenes before any real fighting can begin, asking that they put aside their differences for the time being. She then hopes that the absent Knuckles will return from his quest with the Sword of Acorns.
- "Knuckles' Quest: A Goat, a Raven, and a Swan Song" - Part Four
Having met with Sir Connery earlier in his quest, Knuckles' quest continues into the depths of the Floating Island's underground caverns. Encountering a cloaked and lifeless skeleton, he brushes up against it only for the floor to give away beneath him, dropping him down a large shaft. Gliding to safety, he continues his search, discovering strange runes before coming upon a terrible smell that leads him to his destination. With a burning cauldron, table filled with ingredients, and burning torches, the location is completed by the presence of two figures: Mathias Poe and Damocles the Elder. Before Knuckles can surprise them, the section of wall he is hanging from gives way, dropping him to the floor again. Enraged by the intrusion, Mathias conjures magical power from his cauldron and directs it at Damocles, who seemingly directs it towards a shape covered in a large sheet. The figure throws it off and is revealed to be a golem, who then proceeds to attack Knuckles at Poe's direction. Determined not to allow the intruding magicians to establish themselves on the Floating Island, Knuckles engages the creature only to find it immune to his immense strength. A voice from his traveling pack then reveals that the golem is animated by magic, and requires a steady supply to keep going. Knuckles is immediately confused by the strange occurrence, but the matter is cleared up as his friend Archimedes appears on Poe's nose, unleashing a blast of fire at the Raven. The golem halts, and Knuckles is able to shatter it with a single punch before turning his attention to Archimedes, who reveals that he hid himself in Knuckles' backpack so as to provide assistance when needed. Knuckles then questions Damocles' motionless behavior, and discovers that he is in fact a mere duplicate, which Poe used to focus his magic. Remembering the Ancient Walkers' words, Knuckles realizes that Poe is working alone, leaving the real Damocles' whereabouts a mystery. The duo are then startled as potions spilled by Poe's tumble begin affecting the Damocles duplicate, changing it back into its true form: the Sword of Acorns. His quest complete, Knuckles attempts to use it to travel to the Hall of Limbo and find the Crown of Acorns as well, but is unable to do so, and so decides to turn it over to Sally as promised.
- Uncle Chuck is revealed to have created the Roboticizer and first used it on his brother, though not before it was sabotaged by Robotnik.
- The Freedom Fighters go on a wilderness retreat and are joined by the Wolf Pack and Geoffrey St. John, the former telling them of a new line of robots while the latter accuses Uncle Chuck of being a Robotnik spy.
- Antoine's history as the son of a royal general and reasons for his lackluster efforts as a Freedom Fighter are revealed.
- Knuckles retrieves the Sword of Acorns after a battle with Mathias Poe.
- Jules Hedgehog and Armand D'Coolette are briefly shown but are not introduced or mentioned by name in this issue.
- When Knuckles stumbles across some ancient marking in Poe's cave a Sega Saturn symbol can be seen above his head.
- Many panels feature individual characters drawn by Patrick Spaziante (uncredited).
- This marks the first appearance of the Wolf Pack. They had previously appeared in the Sonic SatAM cartoon series.