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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 236 is the two hundred thirty-sixth issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

Official solicitation

"Cry Freedom!": The Freedom Fighters are no more. Dr. Eggman moves on to terrorize a Mobius unopposed. King Naugus rules through a campaign of fear. But Sonic isn't about to let all that stop him! A new era is about to begin as two new teams burst onto the scene to save the world! The future begins today in this great jumping-on-point issue!

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Cry Freedom!

Doctor Eggman's Egg-swats (who are being led by Mecha Sally) are seen terrorizing Furville. Eggman taunts them and tells them that they are property of the Eggman Empire. He says that they will either be roboticized, or, if they are protected by the immunity, they will be legionized and sent to capture their loved ones. Orbot says that he thought the immunity was taken care of by the Cosmic Reset Button. Eggman replies that it didn't, and that half of the planet is still protected from his roboticizer. Cubot says, "Yeah...but ain't the roboticizer busted?", and Orbot replies, "Indeed. And in addition to that, we're dangerously low on fuel and supplies after our recent outings." (referring to the Sonic Universe Eggman Arc.) Orbot then asks Eggman, "Why are we making this detour on our way to the Shamazon Base?" Eggman replies that he will repair the roboticizer, and that his prisoners can rot in the prison eggs until then. He also says that Furville survived his first attack, and that he "won't stand for such an insult". He says that he needs an example of his power to crush any hope, and it's on of the biggest settlements on the continent, now that the Freedom Fighters are over.

Meanwhile. Sonic is at Freedom HQ, mulling over his recent defeats and the loss of Sally, Bunnie, and Antoine. Tails and Amy enter with the news that Bunnie is gone, but Sonic already knows. Sonic reveals that the Freedom Fighters have lost, and Naugus and Eggman have won, and as he was just about say anything else, Tails and Amy begin chastising him, reminding him how he taught everyone how to fight back and saving one and each other and how he never gave up. They manage to bring Sonic's spirit back, who then realizes that not all hope is lost and with Tails and Amy by his side, they cannot lose, but it is Rotor, hiding in the shadows, who really makes it work. He announces the Council's decision to remove NIcole, his leaving of the Council, and his return to active duty.

They approach the Council, who—except for Naugus—unanimously pass their plan of two new Freedom Fighter teams. Team Freedom, which will be lead by Rotor and comprised of people selected from an audition, will protect New Mobotropolis. Team Fighters is made of Sonic, Amy, and Tails as they hunt down Eggman and the Death Egg Mark 2. Rotor demonstrates his power suit, which protects him from his back injury and lets him fight.

As Eggman's robots and Mecha Sally cause havoc in Furvile, Team Fighters appears and saves the day, their courage causing many civilians to fight for their town. Orbot continues to mention that their fuel and supplies are low and that they have to reach their base in Shazamazon. Eggman furiously retreats, leaving some robots behind to keep Sonic at bay. Sonic tells his team to beat the robots quickly and that he heard over Mecha Sally's radio where they were going.

Leader of the Band

Rotor has held auditions for the members of Team Freedom and selected the only three that applies—Big the Cat, Cream the Rabbit and Cheese the Chao. He has also brought back Heavy and Bomb, two former Chaotix members. In the crowd watching the announcement, Roise discusses with Vannila, about the young rabbit's volunteering to the new team after her previous adventure. Vanilla responds that while she prefers to keep her daughter safe, Cream can never ignore an opportunity to help. Naugus contests to the people that there is no reason for the team, that he can protect them, and Rotor brings up the Battle Bird Aramda's invasion, where he was easily defeated. Naugus mentions that Rotor's words were almost traitorous and in the crowd the Tails Doll, in Vanilla's arms, activates. It releases a energy bubble that destroys the corner of a building, causing it to start collapsing.

Rotor activates his power suit and jumps into action, giving commands to his new team. They stop the building from collapsing, saving the crowd, while Naugus reels from the three spirits within him who are confusing him with advice and orders. He tries first to blame Nicole on the building's collapse, but Rotor mentions that she is not in the city anymore, so he blames the ground after the Battle Bird Armada's attack. Naugus promises to investigate it but, secretly thinks he has a plan to solve his "problems" with the people of the city.

Off Panel

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Off Panel

Tails walks over to Cream holding the Tails Doll and wants to ask something about the doll. She says that she is keeping it safe for its owner and that the doll likes him. She adds that "isn't that nice". Tails looks at the doll, which is staring evilly at him. Tails jumps in the air in fear and says that "nice" wouldn't be the word he would use.


Amy: (slaps Sonic's feet) Cut it out! We don't have time for those kind of jokes!


  • On the first page, the word "strategy" is misspelled as "stratergy".
  • This issue marks the return of Heavy and Bomb since Sonic the Hedgehog #154.
  • Sonic is shown remembering Scourge's taunt via flashback from Sonic the Hedgehog #172, when he said that all it would take for Sonic to become evil was "one bad day".
  • The cover is sort of similar to Uncle Sam's I Want You poster.
  • This is the first issue to not feature the tag line "Way Past Cool Comic" after many issues.
  • This issue cover used a new Archie Comics Logo, It was used until Issue Sonic the Hedgehog #238.
  • In Germany, this issue was printed in Panini Sonic the Hedgehog Issue #6.


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