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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 129 is the one hundred twenty-ninth issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

Official solicitation

Tossed in Space, Part 6: Space Gamble

Move over, Nascar pros - Sonic is putting the pedal to the metal by entering a racing competition! Not the best thing to do with a damaged ship, but he can always use the prize money to fix it. Winning won't be that easy of course-he's only up against fastest beings of the universe! Will Sonic be able to cross the finish line first?

Tossed in Space, Part 7: Welcome To The Wheelworld

The new world Sonic finds himself in offers the best opportunity for to get back home to his family and friends. Too bad he's landed there right in the middle of the trial of the Bem scientist last seen in #118. Why is this trial so important and what does it have to do with Mobius? This must must-read tale features several surprises, including of Tails' parents!

Featured stories

Tossed in Space Part Six - Space Gamble

In a bubble city on a mostly uninhabited planet, aliens from across the galaxy prepare to watch the "Galactic Space Race". Just outside the city, Sonic the Hedgehog has signed up for the competition. As the race begins, Sonic thinks to himself that he will need to win this race to afford the repairs his spaceship needs and how he gambled the ship itself as his entrance fee. Sonic flies across the sand with his fellow racers: Scarabb, Greebo, Nordon, Kir-Ta and Brre-Die. Scarabb pushes Greebo into a wall while Sonic runs into third place, but gets stuck behind Kir-Ta. He uses his "softball special" to leap over her and makes it to Scarabb.

Scarabb tries to knock Sonic away with his claws, but Sonic easily dodges. As they approach the finish line, Scarabb gets a sudden boost in speed and takes first place. Sonic tries to take his loss gracefully, politely telling Scarabb where he can find the ship, when the announcer appears, revealing that Scarabb used a small rocket booster to cheat his way to victory. With Scarabb disqualified, Sonic becomes the winner by default.

Tossed in Space Part Seven - Welcome to Wheelworld

Sonic arrives at Argentium, confident that he will find a way home there. A Bem contacts Sonic in his ship, asking why he has decided to visit the planet. The Bem tell him only visitors who wish to watch the trial of Ceneca-9009 are allowed on the planet. Sonic, knowing the key to getting home is on Argentium, pretends he is here to see the trial. Sonic is amazed at the planet's structure and the life that has gathered to watch the trial. He eventually finds the courthouse where the trial is being held.

In the courtroom, Ceneca-10050 accuses Ceneca-9009 of criminal disobedience. 9009 pleads not guilty. 10050 explains eight thousand Argentium years ago, 9009 had asked the High Council for permission to develop technology that would change a world of robotic people, Biotex, into organic creatures. When this Roboticization/Deroboticization device was used, however, it destroyed the entire race. It turned Biotex's people had naturally developed metal shells to defend them from their hazardous environment, and deroboticization was outlawed by the Bem after the incident.

Long after these events, 9009's ship found Mobius while doing geological surveys and an orb spy discovered Dr. Robotnik develop his own version of the Roboticizer. Sonic, watching the spy footage play back in the courtroom, sees Amadeus Prower being roboticized by Robotnik. Sonic is distraught, realizing Tails' father had been roboticized all along. 10050 continues, explaining Shock Troopers rounded up the Mobians, and Rosemary Prower was personally escorted to Dr. Robotnik and her robotic husband Amadeus. At that moment, 9009 transported Amadeus and Rosemary to their ship and deroboticized Amadeus. Taking Amadeus and Rosemary with her to Argentium as witnesses, Ceneca-9009 pleaded for the High Council to aid the people of Mobius. Her request was denied and she was imprisoned for using an outlawed invention.

Outraged, Sonic jumps up and objects to 9009's treatment by her people. 9009 is stunned to see Sonic, and Amadeus and Rosemary call to Sonic from elsewhere in the crowd, recognizing him as Jules and Bernadette Hedgehog's son. Sonic rushes over the Prowers and asks them why they never returned home. One of the Bem conducting the trial tells him all travel to Mobius has been forbidden since 9009's incarceration. The council says the Prower family has lived on Argentium ever since, but Sonic furiously retorts that they've been held prisoner. The Bem request Sonic remain silent or be banished from the proceedings, and continue with Ceneca-9009's trial. After her imprisonment was over, she begged the council to deroboticize the Mobians. The council tasked her to prove organic Mobians were superior to those who were roboticized. Taking four test subjects (Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails, Dr. Eggman, and Snively), 9009 carried out her orders to swap their current states of being and forced them to do battle. A roboticized Sonic and Tails won. Sonic points out he can still beat Egggman in his organic form and 9009 agrees. Ignoring them, the tribunal goes on to say the council ordered 9009 roboticize all Mobians. Instead, she did the opposite. Sonic pleads for the Bem to listen to his testimony, that Mobians aren't meant to be robots, but they ignore him and sentence 9009 to be executed. 9009 shows no regrets.

After spending some time telling Amadeus and Rosemary about the situation on Mobius and how their son became a Freedom Fighter, Sonic plans to bust out Ceneca-9009 when he stumbles upon a group of aliens disassembling his spaceship. The alien explains that traveling between Argentium and Mobius has been off limits since the Xorda declared war on the planet, and the ship has to be impounded as a security measure. With Sonic and the Prowers stranded, Ceneca-10050 approaches the group. 10050 explains she feels 9009's actions on Mobius repented for her previous mistakes on Biotex. She tells Sonic that they can escape through their artificial wormhole to anywhere in the known universe. Sonic questions whether they can trust 10050, to which she reminds him they don't have an alternative.

Sonic runs to the prison Ceneca-9009 is being held and busts her out. When he returns to the group, Sonic discovers the ship Ceneca-10050 managed to provide can only hold one person. Sonic demands her to find a bigger one, but sirens start to go off. 9009 says the jailers found his empty cell. Sonic tells 9009 to go into the ship, as she has the most to lose. The ship races off into the wormhole with Bem fighters following. The ship goes into the wormhole with the Bem unable to follow since Mobius is off limits.

The powers and Ceneca-10050 watch the ship escape and it's revealed Ceneca-9009 is still on the planet. Her plan was to make the authorities think she is on Mobius and won't bother to search for her on Argentium. The only problem is she must spend the rest of her days in hiding. Rosemary wishes she was on the ship, but tells Amadeus she could never be separated from him. Amadeus tells her he feels the same way. He calms her and explains as long as Sonic gives Tails their package, their son will know that they love him.

Sonic exits the wormhole and thinks the ship is about to fall apart in any second. He passes by a moon with a hole in it, and soon sees his home planet Mobius.

Quotes

Sonic: Yeah, baby! Now I can repair my ship! Besides. This proves I'm the fastest anything in the universe. I won't let it get to my head -- MUCH!
Ceneca-9009: What in -- ?!
Sonic: Come with me if you don't want to be killed.

Trivia

  • This is the last issue Karl Bollers wrote under name "Benny Lee".
  • The first story is based on the iconic pod-race scene from the movie Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
  • The moon is shown to be damaged at the end of this issue, recalling the events of Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Sonic's line when rescuing Ceneca-9009 is a spoof on the famous line "Come with me if you want to live" from the Terminator franchise.
  • The term "Roboticizer" is misspelled "Robotizer" throughout the issue.

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