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Sonic the Hedgehog
#160

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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 160 is the one hundred sixtieth issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

Official solicitation

"Birthday Bash": It's Sonic's birthday, and he's just been presented with the newly-refurbished, original Freedom Fighter's base, first shown way back in Sonic #1! It doesn't take long for the festivities to become fearsome, as Bark and Bean crash the party on Robotnik's orders! Meanwhile, Rogue and Evil Sonic both have their eyes on pilfering the Master Emerald. It's a birthday "celebration" the Blue Blur will never forget! Featuring a birthday blastin' cover by party favorin' fan-fave, Spaz!

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Birthday Bash! Part One: Giving and Receiving

Synopsis

It's Sonic's birthday, so Sally, Elias, Tails, Antoine, Bunnie, Amy, Rotor and Fiona Fox have thrown him a party in the newly decorated Freedom Fighter HQ. Fiona asked Sonic how old he would be, but Sonic just wants them to call him a teen now until forever. Bean and Bark invade the headquarters having been hired by Dr. Eggman to ruin Sonic's birthday. Bean and Bark also want revenge for what Sonic did to them, but Sonic knows that his evil twin had done stuff under his name.

Meanwhile Rouge the Bat is at the Master Emerald altar, ready to steal the gem, and Evil Sonic is with her. They are discovered by Locke.

Fiona uses her past experiences with Bean and Bark and throws shiny keys out of the window, and as expected, Bean follows them. With Bark surrounded by the Freedom Fighters, he surrenders. The Freedom Fighters began to wonder about where Bean went, before the duck is conveniently brought in by Shadow the Hedgehog.

Evil Sonic was knocked away by Locke, who then attempted to take down Rouge. Evil Sonic makes his way to the Master Emerald and charges himself up. Locke, enraged, uses his knuckles and leaves two scars on Evil Sonic's chest.

Shadow explains that he has returned to thank Sonic for defeating the Metal Sonic Troopers and that they are only friends for today, until he goes back to Dr. Eggman. Bean reports back to Eggman that the plan didn't work, so Eggman sends Croctobot to attack Sonic.

Rouge and Locke look upon the new green-furred, light blue-eyed Evil Sonic, claiming that he isn't Evil Sonic but a real "Scourge" all the same.

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Trivia

  • This story marks the debut of writer Ian Flynn, who would go on to write hundreds of Archie Sonic stories and later write for the IDW Sonic series.
    • This is also the first story in the main-series comic penciled by Tracy Yardley. Flynn and Yardley would work on many issues of Archie Sonic together.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog refers to Bark as "quite the fighter," a reference to Bark's (and Bean) first appearance in Sonic the Fighters.
  • Bean calls Sonic "Mr. Needlemouse", a reference to a mistranslation of Sonic's name in his early conception.
  • Bean's line, "Frankly, Cobalt, I don't give a darn," is a reworking of the famous last line from the 1939 film, Gone with the Wind.

Sonic Rush Part One of Two

Synopsis

Blaze the Cat walks toward Knothole Village to search for "The Blue One" that has haunted her dreams. Her dreams told her the Sol Emeralds will be in danger and the Blue One is the key to keeping them safe. As she is looking at the village, a group of SWATbots appear behind her. After being unable to determine if she is friend or foe, they shoot a stun bolt at her. Blaze scenes this and leaps over the laser. After fighting off a couple SWATbots, she is knocked out and carried away.

Later, in Knothole, Rotor find Sonic and takes him to his lab to show a video of the whole incident. Sonic hurries off to find the trail of the SWATbots. It leads to one of Robotnik's research bases, where two doctor robots are analyzing Blaze. They don't understand her readings and believe she is not from this world. They agree to interrogate her and recruit her for Robotnik. Just as Sonic defeats the SWATbots outside the building, Blaze awakens; furious they took off her mantle. She lets out a firebomb in her rage, stunning Sonic, who was outside of the room. Blaze leaves the room and looks upon the Blue One.

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Off Panel

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Off Panel

In the Off-Panel universe, when Sonic orders "160 blockbuster issues" (referring to this being the 160th installment in the series), he is instead delivered 160 boxes of tissues.

In another scene, Sonic dashes forward and backwards outside an Archie office in disgust, threatening Mike Pellerito that he will tell the other editors about his treatment. As Sonic continues running, brushing aside all the snow in his path, is revealed that Mike ordered Sonic to do so, so that Archie would not have to buy a new snow blower.

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Off Panel

In the Off-Panel universe, Sonic approaches Mike Pellerito to discuss an upcoming plot. However, Mike walks into a door, which Sonic follows through into a maze which the reader is encouraged to help Sonic escape. While Sonic is displeased, Mike states: "The old puzzle trick works every time!"

In another scene, Sonic comes to Mike with an idea for a new comic, but learns that he is working on a different book. Sonic gets angry and possessive of his editor before realizing that he is working on Sonic X.

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  • On his now-defunct forum site, former writer Ken Penders released plans for storylines he had intended for the issues following his departure, which includes a story arc by the name of "All My Tomorrows..." which would have spanned both this issue and the following issue. This planned arc would have revolved around King Sonic returning to the past following the events of issue 144, only to find it altered greatly with no way for him to change it. In response, Sonic returns to the future only to find it changed, and the timeline still in danger. This prompts Rotor to send Nicole to the past as a last resort.[1]

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References

  1. Penders, Ken (9 February 2010). In Answer To Numerous Requests. Ken Penders Fourms. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016.

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