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Sonic Comic Origins/Mega Man X is the eighth Free Comic Book Day issue (the third issue for Mega Man). The issue is a flip-book debuting the first two "Sonic Comic Origins" stories, and reprints of the 2-part "The X Factor" story from the Mega Man series (Both being back up stories from #34 and 35.
Its TWO free comic books in ONE! Hot off the heels of the ultra-successful Sonic/Mega Man crossover event, “Worlds Collide”, comes a showcase issue of the hottest new storylines in both characters’ universes — exclusively for Free Comic Book Day! Sonic stars in “Blast to the Past” and the origin of his Freedom Fighters! Then, on the flipside of this issue, get ready for the “Mega Man X” crossover event with this primer story!
- Sonic Comic Origins: Sally—The Exiled Leader
In a training room on-board the Sky Patrol, Sonic pushes Sally out of the way of the attacking Scorpius robot, the hedgehog worried over Sally's brief hesitation. Sally recovers and begins to reminisce of the past and of the times she used to spend with her father, King Acorn. One night, Sally is waken by Rosie, who tells her that the King's royal advisor, Dr. Eggman, had banished King Acorn and the royal wizard, Naugus, into the Special Zone and that everyone was trying to escape. Aided by Chuck, Sally, along with Antoine and others, escaped to Knothole Village within the Wood Zone. However, Sally became tired of waiting in the shadows and wanted to make a difference and, inspired by Sonic's actions, formed a team of her own - the Knothole Freedom Fighters. Together, they worked to drive Eggman away and stop his schemes, even succeeding in rescuing the King.
However, Sally knew that there would be a time she'd have to give it up and appealed to her father to let her stay. To her surprise, he agrees, noting that her actions honored the kingdom and decides that, while he'll worry about her, her place is out there and his in the kingdom.
Sonic snaps Sally out of her daydream and, after a bit of banter, the two proceed to race on with their plan, Sally making her way to Bunnie and Antoine.
- Sonic Comic Origins: Rotor—The Exiled Inventor
As Sonic leads Scorpius away and Sally goes to meet up with Antoine and Bunnie, Tails and Rotor begin to work on a cannon to take down the robot. As they do, Rotor begins the reminisce of the past: Rotor came from a poor family and didn't have much, so they had to make do with what they had. Rotor, being a young prodigy, was fine with that, modifying things to have multiple purposes. However, Rotor's father wasn't too keen on new things. Nor was he on him. Tired of the abuse, Rotor ran away from home, heading towards the grand kingdom of Mobotropolis.
However, by the time he got there, Dr. Eggman had taken it over. Rotor was able to escape to Knothole and from there, he used his smarts to do wonderful things, being able to apply himself as a fighter and a builder, culminating in the creation of his masterpiece, the Sky Patrol. As Tails put in the finishing touches, Rotor's snapped out of his thoughts and applies the final touches to the weapon and uses it on Scorpius, taking it out. Sonic races back and congratulates the two on a job well done.
- Sally Acorn's past in the Post-Super Genesis Wave World is revealed.
- She grew up with her father until the day Dr. Eggman launched his coup d'état and just like Robotnik Prime did in the un-altered world, banished King Acorn and Naugus to the Special Zone.
- Sally was thus taken to Knothole Village in the Wood Zone for safety.
- After nearly a lifetime of fighting for freedom, a teenage Sally decides to remain on the field as a Freedom Fighter, even after saving her father.
- Rotor's past in the Post-SGW World is revealed.
- Rotor lived in an unnamed icy region with his father, who greatly disliked his son and his creative tendencies.
- Rotor left his home for Mobotropolis in hope of a better life, only to be caught up in Dr. Eggman's coup d'état.
- He took refuge in Knothole, where he became a member of the Knothole Freedom Fighters.
- This is the first FCBD issue to take place in the post-Super Genesis Wave continuity.
- This is the second FCBD issue to be a flipbook, as well as the second to share space with the Mega Man series.
- The Mega Man story is set in the Mega Man X universe. Unlike the previous issue, this story is unrelated to Sonic, and is not covered here.
- It's revealed that Rotor no longer has Sherman Walrus as a father in the post-Super Genesis Wave timeline, but instead a different walrus character (Tundra the Walrus). Ian Flynn confirmed on his blog that this is a completely new character, and not an updated Sherman.
- The design of Sally as a child is near-identical to how it was in the original timeline. The only difference is that she wore gloves.
- Bunnie is seen in the background of Sally's flashback at one point, whole but riding a wheelchair. It was stated by Ian Flynn that she should have been depicted with her cybernetic limbs here (implying that they'd only just been applied, hence the wheelchair) and the fact that she appeared fully organic was an artistic error.
This issue has been reprinted in the following places:
"The Exiled Princess" and "The Exiled Inventor" have no official continuity placement, but are regarded by this site as having occured between "The Chase: Part 2" (StH#259) and "Waves of Change: Part 1" (StH#260). The training simulator subplot seen in the story continues in "Little Lost Soldier" (SSD#8).
- Sonic/Mega Man X Free Comic Book Day 2014 at Mega Man Knowledge Base
- Sonic/Mega Man X Free Comic Book Day 2014 at Sonic News Network