That's the Spirit
- Exposure to an antimatter explosion renders Sonic invisible; Sally and the others [Tails being the exception] believe he is now dead.
Cover Corner Box
Princess Sally is crying and blowing her nose as she says "He was so young - Only 20 Issues Old! Waaaah!"
That's the Spirit!
- Writer: Angelo DeCesare
- Pencils: Dave Manak
- Inks: Harvey Mercadoocasio
- Letters: Bill Yoshida
- Colors: Barry Grossman
- Editor: Scott Fulop
- Managing Editor: Victor Gorelick
- Editor-in-Chief: Richard Goldwater
Sonic and Sally are infiltrating Robotropolis to seek and destroy Dr. Robotnik's Anti-Matter Machine. Swinging over a group of SWATbot undetected, Sonic jokes about the situation, saying they have time to chat, making Sally nervous. She says with the Anti-Matter machine, Robotnik can make himself and his robots invisible and unstoppable. While running through a corridor, Nicole beeps. The two stop as Sally takes Nicole out, notifying Sally that it is detecting anti-matter emissions. They arrive at a room with a large machine, which they belive is the Anti-Mater machine. Sally is suspicious there are no one guarding it. Sonic goes into the room to destroy the machine, despite Sally's objections that it could be a trap.
The doors to the room close as soon as Sonic goes in. Sally tries kicking the door, to no effect, while Sonic realizes that Sally was right. A monitor turns on, showing Robotnik as SWATbots arrive. He tells Sonic although he was unable to get his Anti-Matter machine working, he started a rumor about the machine to lure and catch him. As the SWATbots prepare to make the jump for Sonic, he decides to take out Rotor's bomb and do a quick Spin Dash through the door to escape the explosion. He throws the explosive toward the machine, but trips over a wire, causing him to drop just as the explosive goes off.
Hours later, in the Great Forest, an injured and visibly shaken Sally crawls to the other Knothole Freedom Fighters. She tells them about the explosion, and how she barely got out, as Bunnie Rabbot goes over to help her. She then tells the group that Sonic was caught in the explosion, sacrificing himself for the good of the Freedom Fighters. As the group mourn, Tails is still optimistic, thinking he must be alive as he is the greatest, but Antoine tries to explain to him that he is truly gone.
Back in Robotropolis, the room with the Anti-Matter machine is completely destroyed. Despite all the odds, from the middle of the debris, Sonic stands up, alive and well, joking about the situation, but lacking any color. Still joking about his triumph, a steel door falls right over him, but does not affect him. He jumps aside, confused, only to realize that he cannot see himself and that the steel door went right through him. Concerned, he decides to head back to Knothole.
Sonic arrives back at Knothole, only to see the Knothole Freedom Fighters standing around something under a large tarp. Sally is delivering a eulogy with the others mourning. As she finishes the eulogy, Bunnie raises the tarp, revealing a crudely-made Sonic statue. Sally complains about Rotor's craftsmanship, but Rotor explains Tails is the best artist on the team and he refused the make the statue since he still thinks Sonic is alive. Sonic tries to get the attention of everybody, but nobody can seem to hear him as they continue to argue. Sonic goes up to grab Sally, but his arm goes right through her. He starts crying, realizing he is a ghost and that he cannot communicate with them.
Realizing he cannot be with the others, he heads out into the Great Forest to live alone. Sonic thinks about the situation and tries to find any positives. Despite his efforts, he thinks being a ghost is uncool and kicks a rock in anger. Oddly, the kick is a success, as it flies in the air and gives Sonic great pain in his foot. While hopping around in pain, a frog nearby hears him and jumps into a pond. Sonic looks over, realizing that he felt pain and that the frog heard him. He concludes the explosion of the Anti-Matter machine must have made him invisible, un-solid, and mute, but the effects are slowly wearing away. To test his theory, he hops on a moose, and it works, as it freaks out and runs away. Sonic hops off, realizing he is solid and can be heard, but still not seen.
With this good news, Sonic heads back to Knothole. As he arrives, he finds a note pinned on a tree trunk from Tails, who still believes Sonic is alive. The note states that the Freedom Fighters have gone to Robotropolis to avenge his death.
With Sonic dead, Robotnik begins to celebrate, hopping around his lair with joy. With Sonic out of the way, he can begin his full invasion of Mobius without hesitation. Snively, however, breaks his parade, stating they still have the rest of the Freedom Fighters to contend with. Robotnik grabs Snively in anger at such a statement, but Snively quickly corrects himself, saying they think they can defeat him, but they cannot. He points at Robotnik's monitor to show that the Freedom Fighters were, indeed, on their way. He orders Snively to get his Buzzard Bot ready, anticipating victory.
Outside Robotropolis, the Freedom Fighters, in infiltration garb, go over their plan: to locate Robotnik and force him to surrender. However, they have no need to locate Robotnik themselves, as Antoine points at Robotnik arriving at their location. With the Freedom Fighters in sight, Robotnik orders Snively to descend and grab them for Roboticization. From behind the cockpit, the invisible Sonic arrives, grabbing the controls from a confused Robotnik. He sends the Buzzard Bot away from the Freedom Fighters, and introduces himself as the ghost of Sonic. Robotnik says he does not believe in ghosts, but when Sonic sends the vehicle into a nose dive, he gives in. He orders Robotnik to free Mobius, exercise, and to get a hairpiece. He opens up a door and orders him to leave. Robotnik pushes Snively out of the way in fear, grabs a parachute, and prepares to jump out, but not before Snively is able to as well. Just as they leave the vehicle, Sonic becomes fully visible.
From aside, the Freedom Fighters watch in confusion as Robotnik and Snively bail from the Buzzard Bot. Tails exclaims that Sonic did it, but Sally tries to convince him it couldn't have been. Right at that second, Sonic arrives. He tells the group about what happened, and says Robotnik still thinks he's a ghost. Sally ponders how to take advantage of that.
Back in Robotropolis, Snively watches on the monitor as Sonic is, indeed, alive. He runs to tell Robotnik the news, but realizes he best keep it to himself, as he is amused by seeing a mentally tormented Robotnik running on a treadmill with an Elvis-style hairpiece.
- Badnik Horde
- SWATbot (multiple)
- Dr. Ivo Robotnik
- Knothole Freedom Fighters
- Snively Robotnik
Races and species:
- Buzzard 'Bot (first appearance)
- Sally is using Nicole, which she got earlier in Sonic the Hedgehog In Your Face!, "The Quest - Princess Sally's Crusade: Conclusion".
- This is the first story in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series to feature Nicole.
Deadliest of the Species - Prologue
Infiltrating a Robotropolis energy sub-station, Sally swims to a dock with a rubber ducky head disguise. At the top of the dock, she takes off her swimming gear and proceeds on. She arrives at a tall wall and gets to the top of it with a grappling hook. She looks down and sees a SWATbot. Sally drops down and electroshocks it, immobilizing it. She continues on to a locked panel at the sub-station. Taking out Nicole, she unlocks the panel, and climbs in, arriving in a dark room. She turns on a light, and goes over to a computer panel, letting Nicole take over. She accesses the system and activates an auto-destruct system.
With 23 seconds to spare, she escapes the building while trying to keep her cover. At 15 seconds left, she hears a thump around a corner of a building, so she takes out a grenade. Turning the corner slowly, she looks on as a crossbow is being pointed at her, being held by a male skunk. She asks who he is, but he refuses to answer the question, instead asking who she is or he'll knock her out. Before Sally can explain they need to get out of there, the auto-destruct goes off, propelling the two away from the area.
They both get up, as the skunk realizes she just did what he came here for. Realizing he is an enemy of Robotnik, Sally introduces herself. The skunk recognizes Sally's name and stands up quickly, saluting, introducing himself as Geoffrey St. John, a member of the late His Majesty's Secret Service and a member of the Rebel Underground. Sally, however, has never heard of such a group, and is curious about what other secrets he has under his sleeve. Unknown to her, a SWATbot has gotten up from the explosion nearby and has her in its target-sight.
- Badnik Horde
- Knothole Freedom Fighters
- Maximillian Acorn (mentioned)
- Rebel Underground (first appearance)
- Geoffrey St. John (first appearance)
Races and species:
- This story continues in Princess Sally #1, "Deadliest of the Species - Part 1".
- The intro header to this story, which features Sally in the sight of a gun barrel, references the gun barrel introductions in the James Bond series of movies.
- Color Page: A coloring page is featured in this issue.
- The initial cover art for Princess Sally #1.
- Sonic: There must be some advantage to being a ghost! Let's see ... I don't have to fight any'bots, I don't have to eat my vegetables, I'll save money on Halloween costumes...
- Despite Tails saying that Sonic is "really gone" in the cover, he does not believe it in the story itself.