Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 90 was the ninetieth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "Sword of Omens" - Chapter One
While on his way through the Great Forest with the Sword of Acorns in hand, Sonic realizes he is being watched. He demands that his stalker reveal themselves, but is surprised to find a girl that he recognizes from Knothole. Mina Mongoose reintroduces herself to Sonic and explains that she's heading out to confront Dr. Eggman, wanting revenge for the roboticization of her friends and family. Sonic questions her plan of action and Mina gets a bit defensive, but their conversation is interrupted by an attacking squad of Com-Bots.
Dr. Eggman watches Sonic fight the Com-Bots from his headquarters in Robotropolis while, in Knothole, Sally and Elias rejoice over King and Queen Acorn's recovery. Their rejoicing is cut short when they realize that the king is unable to move his legs. Dr. Quack apologizes to the royal family, having been unable to do anything about the king's new-found paralysis.
Back in the forest, one Com-Bot grabs Mina while another uses a magnetic field to steal the Sword of Acorns. Faced with a difficult choice, Sonic saves Mina by destroying the kidnapper Com-Bot with a single kick; Mina is amazed. Suddenly, a group of camouflaged Com-Bots sneak up on Sonic and beat him until he falls unconscious.
- "Sword of Omens" - Chapter Two
Mina picks up her fallen hero, struggling to carry him. As she thinks aloud that they need to leave fast, her legs accelerate at supersonic speed. Although confused about her new power, Mina determines that she needs to focus on saving Sonic. In Knothole, King Acorn appoints Elias as the acting head of state due to his paralysis and Geoffrey St. John reports the theft of the Sword of Acorns to the royal family.
Meanwhile, in Robotropolis, Dr. Eggman celebrates his successful capture of the Sword of Acorns and prepares to watch the Com-Bots hunt Sonic down. Suddenly, his computer alerts him to two unidentified objects far above Mobius that are on a collision course with Robotropolis. Panicked, Eggman orders his Com-Bots to return to Robotropolis immediately.
Sonic soon wakes up inside a log that Mina stowed him inside to hide him from the Com-Bots. She mournfully explains that the Com-Bots took the Sword of Acorns, but Sonic tries to pep her up and suggests they should try to take it back. Eggman rushes to his observation deck above Robotropolis to watch the unidentified objects crash and make sure his Com-Bots return with the sword.
Arriving in the Forbidden Zone at the edge of Robotropolis, Sonic instructs Mina to hide in the nearby foliage while he grabs the sword. He rushes towards the Com-Bots carrying the sword, who activate their stealth camouflage. Sonic focuses on their footprints and tackles the Com-Bot with the sword. The top half of the Com-Bot is cut in half and Dr. Eggman walks towards Sonic, explaining that he activated an energy field surrounding Robotropolis. Eggman picks up the sword and strolls away, chuckling to himself while the two unidentified objects hurtle towards Sonic.
- "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"
Gala-Na and an emergency response team arrive at the facility holding the High Sheriff. Inside the wreckage of the building, the Sheriff lies unconscious and Yanar is dazed. Gala-Na soon finds Knuckles, but is shocked by what she sees. Meanwhile, Antoine, Bunnie Amy and Robert O'Hedge try to make their way to the same place. With the elevator system busted, Rob shoots a line out of a nearby window for the group to slide down. He then stops the gang from rushing ahead, cautioning that they need to be discrete. Rob points out a set of fire fighter gear lying in a nearby vehicle and the group dons the garments to look less conspicuous as they head inside.
As the group heads through the thick smoke, they find Knuckles, glowing green with energy. Gala-Na is astonished, mentioning aloud that he looks like Dimitri after his exposure to the Chaos Syphon, as seen in Steppenwolf's video files. Knuckles refuses to believe this, but Gala-Na tells him that he has become the embodiment of Chaos Energy. Antoine tries to calm his friend, suggesting that it may have been passed down through his family, when the High Sheriff regains consciousness. Antoine rushes to his father's side, but the brainwashed Robian swats his son away.
Knuckles uses his new powers to trap the High Sheriff in a Chaos shield. Gala-Na calls for security, but Bunnie and Antoine argue that they need time to reason with the Sheriff. Gala-Na insists there's no other way, but Knuckles tells them that the Sheriff can't do any harm while he's in the shield and asks Antoine to come up with a plan of action.
Antoine thinks back to the pit stop his group made in the Northern Tundra on the way to Mercia. While there, they met with an old friend who gave them an Electronic Neutralizer. The device would allow them to render a Robian unconscious and return him home safely. Gala-Na rhetorically asks if they could ensure that the people of Albion wouldn't regret letting go of one of Eggman's Lieutenants and orders everyone to stand aside while the security team dismantles the Sheriff.
Knuckles lets out a furious shout, teleporting Amy and Rob back to Deerwood Forest and Bunnie, Antoine and the High Sheriff back to their ship. Knuckles is no longer anywhere to be found within the facility and Gala-Na fears that they may have to take action against the powerful young Echidna.
- Sonic: "And what would your plan of attack be after that?"
- Mina: "I'd ask him why he took away everyone I ever loved and turned them into soulless robots! It doesn't make any sense! What? Why are you giving me that 'what a wimp' look? Not everyone can just grab a weapon and -- Say, isn't that the Sword of Acorns? That belongs to the king, you --"
- Sonic: "NOOO!!!"
- Antoine: "Sacre bleu! You can nevair get a lift when you need one!"
- Bunnie: "We can take the stairs, Sugah-twan!"
- Sonic and Mina are ambushed by Com-Bots.
- The King discovers he is paralyzed from the waist down.
- The Com-Bots steal the Sword of Acorns.
- Elias is appointed Head of State.
- Mina gains super speed and saves Sonic's life.
- Eggman activates a force field dome around Robotropolis, protecting the city from incoming meteors.
- Knuckles transforms into Chaos Knuckles.
- Amy and Rob O'Hedge return to Deerwood Forest.
- Antoine, Bunnie and the High Sheriff return to Knothole.
Cameos & References
- The story "Sword of Omens" is named in reference to the sword wielded by Lion-o in the Thundercats franchise.
- On the third page of "Sword of Omens", text intended for the third, fourth and fifth panels is accidentally placed in the second, third and fourth panels, respectively.
- On the final page of "Sword of Omens", Sonic's arms are colored blue.
This issue has been reprinted in the following places:
- Sonic Archives Vol. 24
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