Rockin' the 'Bot
- While out running with, Sonic spies a frog in trouble! For rescuing it, the frog gives Sonic three magic stones: a green one for super strength, a yellow one for leaping great distances, and a red one for elasticity! Since Sonic doesn't believe the frog, he gives the stones to Tails. But when Doc Robotnik, in his new Beetlebot, attacks the Freedom Fighters while they're out testing an all-terrain vehicle! Can Sonic figure out the secret of the stone in time?
What's the Big Idea?
- Rotor's working away on a top-secret project, and the Freedom Fighters have a chance to reminisce about all of Rotor's failed experiments. Will this new project get a hot or cold reception?
- Dr. Robotnik has created the Magnabot in hopes of capturing one of the most powerful Freedom Fighters, Bunnie Rabbot. Can Sonic's meddling help save the day?
Cover Corner Box
Sonic yells at Robotnik to get off of his cover.
Rockin' the 'Bot!
- Writer: Angelo DeCesare
- Pencils: Dave Manak
- Inks: Harvey Mercadoocasio
- Colors: Barry Grossman
- Letters: Dan Nakrosis
- Editor: Scott Fulop
- Managing editor: Victor Gorelick
- Editor-in-Chief: Richard Goldwater
Sonic is running through a storm when he sees a frog trapped under a fallen tree. Using his super speed, he saves the frog before a mudslide goes over him. The frog turns out to be magical and thanks Sonic with three magical stones. Each of the stones has a different ability: one provides super strength (green), one enables great leaping distance (yellow), and one grants elasticity (red). The frog warns that the stones will only last a short time, and leaps off after thanking him again for his rescue. Sonic, not believing the powers of the stones, decides to give the rocks to Tails as good luck charms.
A few days later, the Freedom Fighters ride into the Mobian Badlands in Rotor's land rover. Tails is confident the stones will protect them from Dr. Robotnik, but is unaware that they have been spotted by the doctor and Snively. Robotnik decides to amuse himself by attacking the group using his new Beetle 'Bot. The Freedom Fighters are sent flying as the rover is destroyed. Trapped in a pit with the Beetle 'Bot about to crush them, Sonic determines that he has no option but to try the stones' powers.
Forgetting which stone grants which powers, Sonic pulls the red stone, thinking it will grant him super strength to catch and throw back a boulder hurled by the Beetle 'Bot. He guesses wrong and is flattened, to the horror of the others. To their astonishment, Sonic survives, having employed the elasticity stone by mistake. Furious, Robotnik pilots the Beetle 'Bot in for another attack, and Sonic uses the yellow stone in hopes of gaining super strength to stop it. Once again he guesses wrong, and ends up leaping out of the pit as the Freedom Fighters are captured by Robotnik.
As the Beetle 'Bot prepares to take off, Sonic devises a plan. Grabbing a tree trunk and creating a slab of rock with his Spin-Dash, he fashions giant fly swatter and wields it with the green stone's super strength powers. He smashes the Beetle 'Bot and catches it before crashing on the ground. As he frees the Freedom Fighters, Sally asks where Sonic got his new powers, and he realizes that the frog had told him the truth after all. Latter, Sonic starts talking to a large group of frogs, hoping to receive more magical stones. His friends just look on, confused.
What's the Big Idea?
Rotor is working in his workshop, and all the Freedom Fighters are at a loss as to what he could be developing. They review some of Rotor's less-than-spectacular inventions, including an explosive milkshake, mixing jelly and bread in a peanut jar, and a "frammistat". Just as they run out of ideas on what he could be coming up with now, Rotor emerges and presents his...thermos.
- Writer: Angelo DeCesare
- Pencils: Art Mawhinney
- Inks: Jon D'Agostino
Robotnik, watching one of his monitors, spots Bunnie holding a broken tree branch so that Tails can use the swing attached to it. Robotnik gleefully anticipates using the Rabbot's cyborg nature to his advantage. Later, the Freedom Fighters are having an outdoor barbecue when metal objects start flying through the air. Bunnie is caught up in the effect, and Sonic rushes after her only to discover the cause: Robotnik's new Magnabot, which uses a giant electro-magnet. Robotnik, intending to capture Bunnie and use her as bait for the other Freedom Fighters, doesn't notice Sonic.
Sonic spots Bunnie holding onto a tree to avoid being pulled in by the magnet. Struck by a flying can, Sonic gets an idea, and grabs a trashcan lid before rushing out of the magnetic field area. He then taunts Robotnik, holding up the lid and daring the doctor to use the magnet on him. Robotnik has Snively redirect the Magnabot so it can draw in the lid, and power it up so they can be sure to capture him. However, he realizes too late that Sonic has tricked them into aiming the magnet towards Robotropolis. The Magnabot is then buried under a pile of objects attracted from the city, allowing Sonic and Bunnie to make their escape. Rotor later coats Bunnie's limbs with a solution to prevent her from being captured again.
- This issue cover is one of the six in the main Sonic comic series to not feature Sonic in the art, the others being StH: #146, #157, #190, #210, and #240. (Due to SEGA, Sonic was on the covers in some form, be it an icon, corner box or an alternate form.)
- The Swatbot/personnel shuttle used in SatAM makes its first appearance in the Archie comic, being some of the objects attracted from Robotropolis by the Magnabot.
- A "frammistat" is an invented word that sounds as if it is something that is futuristic and very technical.