Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 46 was the forty-sixth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "Countdown To Armageddon" - Part One
Using video technology installed in his Robian systems, Uncle Chuck shows the Freedom Fighters the first use of the Roboticizer on his brother. He explains to the group that he can display videos of any event he records, but the video they just watched (which also reveals that Dr. Robotnik sabotaged the Roboticizer to use as a tool for war) was retrieved by the Robotropolis Spy Network. Chuck laments that his creation, meant to heal ailing Mobians, was turned against society. Sally interjects, suggesting that they leave Rotor to care for King Acorn while the rest of the group goes on a military retreat.
That night, the group gathers around a campfire in the Great Forest while Sally tries to encourage Uncle Chuck to use his recording software to spy on Dr. Robotnik. Chuck is wary, reflecting on how Robotnik pressured him into resigning from his role as the Kingdom of Acorn's Science Adviser and blaming himself for Sleuth "Doggy" Dawg betraying the group. Sally tries encourage him when the Freedom Fighters sense others watching nearby.
- "Countdown To Armageddon" - Part Two
Dulcy prepares to attack, but Sonic recognizes their stalkers as Lupe and her Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack joins the group by the fire, but Drago Wolf is concerned that Uncle Chuck may be a spy for Robotnik. Sonic tries to defend his uncle when Geoffrey St. John arrives, implicating Uncle Chuck as a spy. Geoffrey tells the group that the video Chuck received was delivered to Chuck by Sleuth Dawg. The group questions the reliability of the footage and Geoffrey accuses Uncle Chuck's spy network of being a cover for his real purpose: working as a double-agent for Robotnik. Sonic loses his cool and punches Geoffrey. Geoffrey retaliates by firing a crossbow bolt with a cord attached that binds Sonic to a nearby tree. Geoffrey takes aim with another bolt, intending to kill Sonic.
- "Countdown To Armageddon" - Part Three
Before Geoffrey can finish Sonic off, Antoine attacks, knocking him to the ground. As Geoffrey tries to regain his composure, he accuses Geoffrey of being a spy, revealing that one of King Acorn's top generals proposed the Rebel Underground long ago. The organization was never formed and the general, Antoine's father, was lost at the start of the war with Robotnik. Geoffrey denies having known him and Antoine accuses him of being an impostor. Sally breaks up the scuffle while Sonic and Bunnie explain to Tails that Antoine wasn't a soldier in the Royal Army before the war. Bunnie approaches Antoine and rewards his bravery with a kiss.
Meanwhile, Lupe chastises Drago as he returns to campfire, having left with no explanation. Lupe promises to keep an eye on him, while Geoffrey tells her that he plans to do the same with Uncle Chuck and Antoine interjects, once again calling Geoffrey a traitor. Sally demands that the group stop arguing, reminding them that they've all proven their loyalty. She asks that they put their differences aside and hope that Knuckles finds the Sword of Acorns.
- "Knuckles' Quest 4: A Goat, a Raven, and a Swan Song!"
Heeding the advice of Sir Connery, Knuckles searches the caves of the Floating Island. As he explores, he trips over a skeleton and into 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. Mathias Poe stands before a bubbling cauldron and Damocles the Elder is seated at a table nearby. Before Knuckles can launch a sneak attack, the section of wall he is hanging from gives way, dropping him to the floor.
Furious, Poe conjures magical power from his cauldron which is willed around Damocles and on to a nearby robot, which attacks Knuckles at Poe's direction. Knuckles engages the creature but finds that it is immune to his attacks. Archimedes appears, telling Knuckles that they need to stop the flow of magic to the golem, and breathes fire at Poe. Poe reels back and knocks himself out by banging his head on the table, his spell is interrupted, causing the golem to stop. Knuckles shatters it with a single punch before turning his attention to Archimedes, who reveals that he hid himself in Knuckles' backpack to provide assistance on Knuckles' quest. Archimedes explains that "Damocles" is actually a dummy that Poe was using as a magic channeling rod. While Knuckles ties up Poe, potions spilled by Poe's tumble spill on 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. He decides to simply return it to Sally.
- Archimedes: "Good thing for you I'm up on my magical lore and hitched a ride in your backpack to save your butt!"
- Knuckles: "Thanks, 'Teach', but what did you do to this dummy? He's not moving!"
- Archimedes: "If you'd stop being a dummy you'd realize 'this dummy' is a dummy!"
- 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 latter accusing Uncle Chuck of being a spy for Robotnik.
- Antoine's history as the son of a royal general are revealed.
- Knuckles retrieves the Sword of Acorns after a battle with Mathias Poe.
- Many panels in this issue feature (uncredited) art by Patrick Spaziante.
- Jules Hedgehog and Armand D'Coolette are briefly shown in flashbacks but are not introduced or mentioned by name in this issue.
- The Wolf Pack had previously appeared in the Sonic SatAM cartoon series and an editor's note refers readers to that episode rather than an existing comic story. This episode would later be adapted in StH #113.
Cameos & References
- When Knuckles stumbles across some ancient marking in Poe's cave a Sega Saturn symbol can be seen above his head.
- Bunnie claims that Antoine saved her life in the early days of the war. In the flashback depicting this event, Bunnie is shown to have not yet been roboticized. This event contradicts Bunnie's origin in StH #3, where Bunnie and Antoine do not recognize each other.
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