Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 91 was the ninety-first issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
Rotor heads through the Forbidden Zone on his way back to Knothole when he sees two "meteorites" falling from the sky. He observes that they would have struck Robotropolis if not for the city's energy dome and decides to check the crash site. As he stumbles through the smoke he bumps into Mina Mongoose, who is looking for Sonic. Suddenly, the ground beneath them begins to shake as Sonic spins his way to the surface. Sonic starts to welcome Rotor back home when Mina angrily interjects, upset that he's acting so casually when she thought he died. He explains to her that he burrowed underground before the impact, keeping himself out of harm's way.
Inside Robotropolis, Dr. Eggman is examining the Sword of Acorns. With the threat past, he takes down the city's shields and decides to test the sword's ability to restore free will on Uncle Chuck and Muttski. With no response from Chuck, Eggman assumes the sword doesn't work and prepares to strike Chuck with it in anger. However, he decides it wouldn't be fun to attack Sonic's uncle without letting Sonic watch, throws the sword down and leaves the room in a huff.
In Knothole, Elias has been informed of the Sword of Acorn's disappearance. He asks the Secret Service if it could have been stolen by simple thieves, but Geoffrey argues that the perpetrator only took the sword. Meanwhile, Sally reflects on how her family had finally been reunited just as her father became paralyzed. Nate Morgan rushes in looking for King Max, and Dr. Quack asks him to take Sally and her mother outside while the King rests.
Back in the Forbidden Zone, Sonic fills Rotor in on Dr. Eggman and asks him to head back to Knothole with Mina while he retrieves the Sword of Acorns from Robotropolis. In Robotropolis, Uma Arachnis sneaks into Eggman's base and quickly steals the sword. Chuck waits for her to leave before telling Muttski that stopping her would have most likely given away the fact that they still have their free will. He supposes that it's better in her hands than Eggman's. Just then, Dr. Eggman angrily storms in, seeing that Sonic is alive and attacking Robotropolis. Eggman is shocked to see the sword has gone missing, but realizes it doesn't matter since it's useless to him. Instead, he decides to make Sonic fight more interesting opponents than his Shadowbots.
In Knothole, Nate, Alicia, and Sally chat. Alicia reassures her daughter, reminding her that Elias was born for the duty of kingship, but Sally isn't so sure. Meanwhile, Mina and Rotor talk as they approach the village. Rotor asks if Mina's a new Freedom Fighter, but Mina's a bit surprised and says she's just a babysitter. Rotor starts to ask why she was with Sonic when they're greeted by Elias and Geoffrey. Deep beneath the streets of Robotropolis, Arachnis delivers the Sword of Acorns to Kodos. Back in the city of Robotropolis itself, Sonic is confronted by an army of Robians. Unable to attack the brainwashed citizens, Sonic leaves the city. On his way out, however, he notices that the "meteorites" that landed outside of Robotropolis are actually spacecrafts as their doors slowly open.
- "Hired Guns"
Nack the Weasel is seducing a woman at a bar with stories of his previous bounty hunting missions when someone knocks the hat off his head with a knife. Nack angrily digs the knife out of his hat and the culprit is revealed to be his sister, Nic. The woman Nack was with assumes that Nic is Nack's wife and slaps him before storming out of the bar. Nic tells Nack that she's come to drag him in on a bounty hunting mission, but only because she can't hope to do it on her own. With a bounty of a king's ransom in cash, she reveals that their target is Knuckles the Echidna. Nack is wary, knowing that the echidnas don't like to involve outsiders in their business, but agrees to come along.
On the outskirts of Albion, Chaos Knuckles gets a bad feeling as he meditates. He wonders if his father intended for him to become like Dimitri and hopes he'll get answers when he finds the Floating Island. Meanwhile, Nic and Nack fly their way over to their instructed rendezvous point. Nic notices that they're just hovering over water when the ship starts moving on its own. Albion suddenly becomes visible as they pass through a mysterious veil, and Albion Flight Control contacts the bounty hunters, telling them that their ship has been remotely taken over to ensure a smooth landing.
Nic and Nack are escorted to speak with the Albion High Council, headed by Gala-Na. Wishing not to waste any time, Gala-Na explains that Knuckles' chaos powers have been growing out of control and he has become a danger to everyone. Nic asks if they're asking for him to be taken care of, but Gala-na insists on retrieving Knuckles alive, promising to double their pay if they do. As the bounty hunters leave, she reveals to a skeptical Councilor Mykol that Nic and Nack are just a distraction and that they'll deal with Knuckles soon enough.
- Queen Alicia: "I'm certain he's doing just fine - - he was BORN to it!"
- Sally: (Thinking) "Born to it, yes, but definitely not BRED."
- Rotor returns from the Northern Tundra only to witness the meteors smash into the shield-protected Robotropolis.
- Sonic saves himself from the meteors by spin burrowing himself underground.
- Uncle Chuck and Muttski are revealed to have their Free Will restored by their previous encounter with the Sword of Acorns. But remain acting as mindless drones to keep an eye on Robotnik.
- Uma Arachnis steals the Sword of Acorns from Dr. Eggman and gives it to Kodos.
- Rotor returns to Knothole with Mina while Sonic tries to take back the Sword of Acorns from Robotnik who no longer has it.
- Robotnik sends out the Robians to battle Sonic, who retreats knowing he can't harm his own kind.
- Sonic realizes the meteors are Space Vessels which have been journeying to Mobius since issue 77. The ships' hatches open revealing that their..
- Nic and Nack are hired to hunt down Knuckles.
Cameos & References
- Knuckles is mistakenly colored red instead of green after his transformation into Chaos Knuckles.
This issue has been reprinted in the following places:
- Sonic Archives Vol. 24
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