Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 88 was the eighty-eighth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "Family Matters" - Chapter One
The Freedom Fighter Special lands in the Great Forest just in time for the Freedom Fighters to watch King Maximillian Acorn lead the soldiers of the Kingdom of Knothole on a mission to attack Dr. Eggman's fortress in Robotropolis. Sonic and Sally ask what happened and the king explains that Prince Elias sneaked his way into Robotropolis to find a cure for Queen Alicia's illness. He managed to pass the cure to Mina Mongoose before he was captured by Eggman's Shadowbots.
Only now learning that her mother's condition was worsening, Sally yells at her father and leaves in a huff. Sonic tries to calm her down, but Geoffrey St. John pulls him aside, asking him to help the Secret Service rescue Elias. In Robotropolis, Elias sits in his cell quietly. He asks Sir Charles if he would consider letting him go, but the brainwashed Robian only wishes to Roboticize the prince for his master.
In Knothole, King Max tells Antoine that he can not remain in active duty due to his broken leg. Antoine is flustered, but Bunnie consoles him by sitting out the mission as well. Sonic greets his parents briefly before heading out on the mission with Tails and Geoffrey. Before they can leave, Amy tells them that Sally wants to see them. As doctors prepare to operate on Queen Alicia, Sally asks Sonic to protect her father and charges Geoffrey with protecting her brother. Sonic hesitates, wanting to comfort her, but heads into battle.
- "Family Matters" - Chapter Two
The kingdom's troops infiltrate Robotropolis. Tails uses Bomb to blow open Eggman's headquarters and the king, Geoffrey and Sonic rush inside. A horde of Shadowbots appear to intercept them, nearly hitting the king with a laser. Sonic suggests that the king stand back while the Secret Service handles the robots. Meanwhile, Sir Charles gives the order for Elias to be taken to the Roboticizer. Sonic keeps trying to convince the king that he shouldn't be fighting the robots directly when Charles sends them a holographic message, showing them that Elias is about to be Roboticized.
Back in Knothole, Antoine and Bunnie ask Sally if they can take a leave of absence to confront the High Sheriff in Mercia. Amy overhears this and asks if she can go as well, having been born in Mercia and knowing that her cousin, Rob o' the Hedge, lives there. Sally allows them to head off on their journey, sobbing as they leave.
Sonic, the king and the Secret Service make their way to the Roboticization Chamber, managing to save Elias. As the king prepares to fight Sir Charles and Muttski with the Sword of Acorns, his foes appear to come back to their senses. A Shadowbot activates a revolving door, locking Charles and Muttski out of the group's reach. While Sonic is distracted with trying to breach this door, the robot then punches the king in the back of the head. Furious, Sonic lashes out, beating the Shadowbot to pieces. Crestfallen after losing his uncle once again and failing to protect the king, Sonic heads to Knothole and asks Doctor Quack for help.
- "Picking Up The Pieces"
After having been unconscious for several hours, Knuckles wakes up on a piece of debris floating in the ocean. Not sure what's happening and unable to see any sign of the Floating Island nearby, Knuckles shouts in a fit of anger. The ghost of Athair appears before Knuckles and instructs him to head for Albion and find Rob o' the Hedge. Athair disappears and Knuckles uses his Guiding Star Gem to head for Mercia in search of Rob.
In Deerwood Forest, Rob is spending time with his family -- Mari-An and Jon -- when he senses something and heads out to investigate. Seeing a figure that appears to be the High Sheriff of Snottingham, Rob pins Antoine to a tree with one of his arrows. Before he can attack Bunnie and Antoine, Amy gives her older cousin a hug. Rob is taken aback, thinking that she is an admirer. Amy explains who she, but Rob tells her that his cousin's a mere lass. Amy then explains that she made a wish on the Ring of Acorns caused her to be older than she should be, surprising Rob, who finally reconginzes his cousin. He doesn't understand and thinks that Antoine bewitched his little cousin.
Before the situation can escalate any further, Knuckles appears and calms everyone down, explaining that they're all allies. Noticing that both he and Antoine are searching for their fathers, Knuckles tells the group that their answers likely lie in Albion and invites the rest of the group to join him on his journey.
The editor is enjoying his picnic when Archimedes appears, pitching his own three issue miniseries. The editor wonders why he can't have normal ants at his picnics. Written by Mike Gallagher, Pencils by Dave Manak, Inks by Jim Amash.
- King Acorn: "Going somewhere, Charles?"
- Uncle Chuck: "My name is not -- Huh? Sire? Where am I? What happened?"
- Muttski: "Rowf?"
- Sonic: "RAAAGH!"
- Geoffrey: "Sonic! Stop! The Shadow-Bot's destroyed! -- We must get the king medical attention!"
- Sonic: "They were back...they were back...they were back."
- Amy: "Rob! It's been such a long time!"
- Rob: "Really, m'lady! I'm already spoken for!"
- Amy: "Rob -it's me- Amy Rose! Your cousin Hello!
- Sonic and the Freedom Fighters return to Knothole.
- While the Freedom Fighters were away, Elias had infiltrated Robotropolis to steal a cure for Queen Alicia's illness.
- Elias delivers the cure to Mina Mongoose before he is captured by the Shadowbots.
- King Acorn storms Robotropolis with Sonic, Tails and the Secret Service.
- Uncle Chuck and Muttski appear to have their minds restored by the Sword of Acorns.
- Prince Elias is rescued from Robotropolis, but King Max is injured in battle.
- Antoine, Bunnie and Amy Rose head to Mercia to find Antoine's Robian father.
- Knuckles heads to Albion with Rob, Amy, Antoine and Bunnie.
- "Family Matters" shares its name with a two-part story in StH#215 and #216. Similarly, the next issue's lead story also shares its name with a two-part story arc following this.
Cameos & References
- "Family Matters" is a reference to the eponymous American sitcom starring Jaleel White, Sonic's voice actor in three American Sonic cartoons in the 1990s.
- "Picking Up the Pieces" is completely uncredited. It most likely shares its creative team with the preceding story, "Best of Times, Worst of Times" from Archie Sonic Super Special Issue 14, and its continuation, "A Matter of Self Interest" from Sonic the Hedgehog #89.
This issue has been reprinted in the following places:
- Sonic Archives Vol. 24
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