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This issue takes place after Knuckles the Echidna #21 and before Sonic Super Special #8
STH68
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details
Issue 

68

Date Published 

December 1998

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist
Writer
Pencils
Inks
Letters
Colors
Editor
  • J.F. Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances
Characters
Locations
  

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 68 was the sixty-eighth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Story One

"Surprise!"

In Knothole Village; Sally, Antoine, Rotor, Bunnie, Amy, Uncle Chuck, Jules and Bernie are discussing Knothole's existence three hours in the future. Antoine wonders if Knothole will always remain this way, but Sally is more concerned if a certain blue hedgehog will be home for his birthday. They wonder where Sonic could be.

While the people of Mobotropolis arrange a party, Sonic, Tails and Nate Morgan arrive in the city. Nate is amazed about how much the city has changed, but asks why they are in disguises. Sonic explains that after Robotnik's rule, the sight of an Overlander could cause a panic among the Mobian citizens. Sonic assumes the citizens are planning a birthday party for him and decides that he and Tails should keep their disguises so they don't blow the surprise. In space, just above Mobius, a satellite activates and fires a beam at a group of asteroids.

In the deserted city of West Robotropolis on Big Kahuna Island; Snively sits in charge of the Fearsome Foursome, Drago, Sleuth and Nack. The group asks Snively what they're going to do with the crystalized Kodos and Uma Arachnis. The group then changes their bickering over how to take over Mobotropolis when Kodos and Arachnis spring to life and attack.

In the Great Forest, the Knothole Freedom Fighters leave through the Great Oak Slide and head back into the city. NICOLE sends a transmission to Sally from King Acorn, who tells them that they're celebrating someone's exciting return. The group runs to Mobotropolis, thinking that the king is talking about Sonic. Meanwhile, Sonic, Tails and Nate pass by Rosie and her wards as they excitedly talk about the parade. Rosie notices them and tries to grab their attention when asteroids rain down from above.

Sonic, Tails and the Freedom Fighters save the panicking citizens. In the confusion, Sally spots Sonic and calls his name. Sonic looks back and sees an asteroid headed right for her, swooping in to move her out of the way. The Freedom Fighters happily reunite with Sonic and Tails, who introduce Nate Morgan to the group. Sally asks if her father is safe, but Sonic explains that he hasn't seen the king yet. Rotor realizes the king must have meant someone else had returned and the group heads to Castle Acorn for answers.

At the castle, Sally informs her father of Sonic's victory over Naugus, but the king ignores them so he can attend to more important matters. He presents Elias Acorn to the people of Mobotropolis explains that he was secretly smuggled to the Floating Island during the Great War along with Queen Alicia. The king congratulates Geoffrey St. John for successfully finding them, but Geoffrey quickly accuses Nate of being an Overlander assassin. The king calms Geoffrey down, explaining that Nate is one of the single greatest allies of the kingdom. King Max welcomes Nate back and Sonic celebrates his birthday with his friends and family back home.

Story Two

Tales Of The Freedom Fighters: Lupe and the Wolf Pack - Part 2: "Survival Of The Fittest"

Lupe and her Wolf Pack reach the other side of the [[Great River as a storm brews above them. She explains that they will scout for a place to camp once they are pass through the abandoned city. As the group heads through the ruins of the city, they hear a noise nearby. Following the sound into a warehouse, Lupe finds an Overlander child from behind some boxes.

Lupe feels uncomfortable about abandoning the child unless they are sure there's someone who can take care of her her, but Reynard suggests the child would just lead them into some kind of trap. Another child bangs into Reynard, telling him not to hurt her sister. Lupe the child for her name. The girl who tried to attack Reynard introduces herself as Aerial and explains that her sister, Athena, is mute. Lupe asks where their parents are, and Aerial tells her that they are gone. Reynard doesn't believe them, but Lupe tells him to gather the other while she decides what to do.

Bonus Features

Pinup Pages/Activity Pages

Pro Art Pinup

Pinup page of Sonic running circles under Dr. Robotnik's legs. Presented in black-and-white as a coloring page. Art by Ramona Fradon.

Gag Strips

Off Panel

Sonic and Knuckles get into a fierce fist fight. It turns out they're auditioning for "The Jerry Stringer Show". Written by Mike Gallagher, drawn by Dave Manak.

Quotes

  • Sonic: "Man, that was way past close (And it's a good thing too--I'm a sucker for happy endings)!"

Key Events

  • Sonic and Tails return with Nate Morgan to Mobotropolis.
  • A fourth satellite activates, bringing a shower of meteors down on Mobotropolis.
  • Sonic and the Freedom Fighters spring into action and manage to protect the citizens
  • Elias is brought back to the kingdom and is introduced to Sally and the gang.
  • The Wolf Pack come across an abandoned Overlander city and find Athena and Aerial.

Background Information

  • "Surprise!" is sixteen pages long, with each page featuring a candle being lit for Sonic's birthday.

Cameos & References

  • The famous line "Space-the final frontier" from the Star Trek franchise is used when the satellite is depicted seizing the meteors and redirecting them towards the surface.

Errors

  • Bunnie's name is mistakenly spelled as Bunny.
  • Dulcy's nose ring is miscolored white.

Reprint History

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:


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