Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 249 is the two hundred forty-ninth issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics. It is the sixth part of the Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide crossover event.
- "When Worlds Collide" Part Six of Twelve: The crossover mega-event reaches its half-way point! On the eve of Sonic the Hedgehog's landmark 250th issue, Sonic, Tails, Mega Man and Proto Man are confronted by Drs. Eggman and Wily and the eight Roboticized Masters! Why do they look so familiar to Sonic? Do our heroes even stand a chance?! Featuring stunning new cover art from Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, and a special 16-Bit pixel art variant cover!
When Worlds Collide Part Six: Friends or Foes
- Writer: Ian Flynn
- Pencils: Tracy Yardley
- Inks: Terry Austin
- Colors: Thomas Mason
- Letters: F.R. Fiegel
- Assistant Editor: Vincent Lovallo
- Editor/Executive Director of Editorial: Paul Kaminski
- Editor-in-chief: Victor Gorelick
- President: Mike Pellerito
- Special Thanks to: Anthony Gaccione, Cindy Chau and to Character Business and Licensing Dept. of SEGA Corporation
- Special Thanks to: Brian Oliveira at Capcom Media and Consumer Products and to 飛田 栄実
Sonic, Mega Man, Tails, Proto Man, and Rush are being attacked by the full compliment of Roboticized Masters: Rose Woman, Knuckles Man, Shadow Man, Silver Man, Blaze Woman, Vector Man, Charmy Man, and Espio Man. Sonic and Mega Man quickly reason that the robots are Sonic's other missing friends, with Tails noting that he must have been the first to be so transformed. Eggman and Dr. Wily rejoice in their genius, alternatively complimenting each other on their success. Disgusted by the display, Sonic is freed from Vector Man's crushing grip by Mega Man, who then confronts the doctors regarding their manipulations of reality through the Genesis Wave. The pair explain that while they succeeded in creating the Skull Egg Zone as a bridge between their worlds, they encountered a number of difficulties due to the differences between them. As such, they combined their innovations in order to create the Roboticized Masters, which have now allowed them to assemble the Chaos Emeralds, much to Tails' shock.
After a confused Mega Man is informed of the powerful nature of the Chaos Emeralds by Sonic (with Sonic explaining to Mega Man that the Chaos Emeralds were a billion times that of the most powerful energy sources in his dimension, the Energy Elements), the doctors inform them that the Roboticized Masters' new mission is to eliminate the heroes in a tournament-style event (complete with a slew of exchanged personal compliments that make Sonic want to vomit up chili dogs that he felt will not make the Skull Egg Zone any worse). Proto Man refuses to play along, breaking away from the fighting to scout the doctors' fortress so that he can draw some of the Roboticized Masters away and hopefully locate the captured Dr. Light. He asks if his brother will be okay, and Mega Man gives the affirmative, telling Blues to be careful. The lone hero heads off by using his shield as a sled. Wily, annoyed by Proto Man's refusal to comply-something he did even as Break Man-is then surprised as Eggman orders Shadow Man, Knuckles Man, Rose Woman, Silver Man, and Blaze Woman to chase after him. Wily asks if sending five of their enforcers after Proto Man is really necessary, but Eggman says that they cannot take any chances of him getting to Light and orders the remaining trio of Roboticized Masters-the Roboticized Chaotix-to eliminate Sonic and his remaining teammates. Sonic asks if Proto Man will really be okay on his own against five of those guys and Mega Man says that he is tough and clever enough to handle things if he gets in a jam. Forced to deal with the Roboticized Masters, Tails questions how he was returned to normal, and Mega Man reasons that it was a combination of his charged Mega Buster shot with Sonic's Spin Dash, as well as Mega Man's copying abilities (deducing that the data-transfer causes a cascade failure in the roboticization process). Mega Man then tries to get Sonic's attention so they can replicate the process, but the roboticized Chaotix get in the way and both are knocked off a cliff, forcing Rush and Tails to rescue them. Mega Man tells Sonic that they need to combine their attacks again, but the Sonic has a quicker solution in mind: he asks Tails to try and modify Rock's Mega Buster so he will be able to fire the Spin Dash Blast at will without needing to go through the entire process. Sonic then takes charge, riding Rush to provide interference while Tails modifies the Mega Buster. Sonic asks Tails if he can do it and the fox says that he will do what he can. While Tails works his magic on Mega Man, Sonic holds off the Chaotix trio.
Having observed the battle thus far, Wily suggests that he and Eggman return to the Wily Egg, and explains to a confused Eggman that they need to be at their base until Proto Man has been taken care of. He then mentions that Proto Man has a history of foiling him at the last minute, reminding Eggman of an old lackey of his. Sonic, engaging Charmy Man, tries to get into his usual banter mode, only to be grazed by first Charmy Man's stinger attack and then Espio Man's kunai. Mega Man laments that he is not helping, while Tails continues working on modifying the Mega Buster, prompting Mega Man to remark on his genius. As Sonic is increasingly overpowered, Mega Man begins to panic and urges Tails to hurry up, though the fox insists that he is doing the best he can. Vector Man then gets ahold of Sonic, but Tails finishes the modification just in time, allowing Mega Man to fire the Spin Dash Blast. The attack restores Vector to his organic form. Next to Vector's frazzled form is a green energy orb which Sonic tosses to Mega Man, hoping he knows how to use it. He does, which results in him gaining Vector Man's weapon, Acoustic Blaster, which he then uses to temporarily disable Charmy Man, guessing that the sound attack must be the robian Bee's weakness, which surprises Tails, as he thought they would not have any weaknesses at all. Mega Man replies that "It's a long story, but Wily does it out of habit by now. Believe me, it comes in handy." Restoring Charmy to normal, he takes possession of another orb and gains the Rapid Stinger power, while a groggy Vector is brought up to speed by Sonic.
Noting that Espio Man is missing, Mega Man is informed that Espio is capable of disappearing. With that knowledge, Mega Man asks Rush to sniff him out, but is caught by surprise when he finds out that he is right behind Mega Man and ready to strike. However, Sonic is able to take Espio Man by surprise in time so Mega Man can fire the Spin Dash Blast and restore Espio. Sonic asks if Espio had fun, prompting the ninja to remark on the embarrassment of the whole situation. Mega Man helps him to his feet and apologizes to a fatigued Espio if he was too rough, but the chameleon says to think nothing of it and that he owes him a debt of honor. He hands over his purple weapon orb and Mega Man gains the Chroma Camo ability. Mega Man is ecstatic over all his new abilities, especially given their potential usefulness in rescuing the other robians. Sonic comments about Mega Man's extreme selflessness when handed an arsenal to help the other Roboticized Masters being a bit corny, only for Tails to accuse him of being jealous because Mega Man does not have an ego to match his. In gratitude for their rescue, Vector offers Mega Man a free case from the Chaotix Detective Agency as thanks for saving them. The heroes decide to hire them to find Proto Man and help him find a way onto the Wily Egg while they track down the rest of the Roboticized Masters to keep them off their backs.. The groups agree and go their separate ways. Meanwhile, aboard the Wily Egg, Eggman frets over the fact that they have not only lost track of Proto Man, but Sonic and crew are not any worse for wear and the Chaotix are back to normal. Wily reassures him that even though some things have not gone as planned, they still have the ability to Time-Clone any of his old Robot Masters thanks to the special properties of the Skull Egg Zone.
Eggman decides to send Shadow Man to intercept the heroes, but is then asked by Wily about whether he is referring to the robian Shadow Man or Wily's Shadow Man. Both stare at each other in confusion for a bit and then get big smiles on their faces as they are hit upon the idea of sending the two of them together to attack the heroes. Eggman then suggests putting Silver Man and Blaze Woman on stand-by as well, but Wily tells him to relax and reminds them of the countless forces they have at their disposal, a flying fortress, the seven Chaos Emeralds, and that the final stage of their plan is already charging up. Eggman decides that he has a point, but they should have a "ludicrously massive and over-powered vehicle of mayhem and destruction" on stand-by just in case. Wily agrees and they head off to construct it. Eggman then admits that Wily always struck him as the more cautious of the two of them and asks about the sudden change. Wily responds that they have Mega Man's most valuable ally in their brig. That ally, of course, is Dr. Light, who is shown sitting helplessly in a Prison Egg pod next to another Prison Egg containing Snively Robotnik.
- Dr. Albert W. Wily
- Dr. Eggman
- Dr. Thomas Light
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Robot Masters
- Roboticized Masters
- Snively Robotnik
- Sonic the Hedgehog
Races and species:
- Chaos Emerald (mentioned)
- Chili dog (mentioned)
- Energy Element (mentioned)
- Mega Buster
- Prison Egg (x2)
- Roboticizer (mentioned)
- Sonic's sneakers
- Special Weapon
- Wily Egg
- During his fight with the roboticized Chaotix, Sonic makes a number of Mega Man references, almost calling Charmy Man "Blast Hornet" and Espio Man "Sting Chameleon", which are the names of two Mavericks from the Mega Man X series. He
- Sonic remarks that the name "Vector Man" makes him think of a trash collector, referencing the Vectorman video game series that was featured on the Sega Genesis. Apparently, Ian Flynn had, at one point, intended to reference "Wheel Gator" from Mega Man X2 instead of Vectorman, but the idea was scrapped.
- Eggman and Wily are shown with different coffee mugs: Eggman's reads "World's #1 Despot" in parody of various coffee mug imprints, while Wily's is shaped like his skull logo.
Marine the Raccoon is shown in the office of Gilbert D. Stern and Roslyn Krantz from the regular Mega Man comic continuity, talking about all the amazing things they have in their world that does not exist where she is from. She then asks if they're friends of Sonic or Mega Man-getting the latter's name wrong-and then talks about how much fun the crossover has been so far. Unbeknownst to her, her constant chatter is getting Stern increasingly aggravated.
- Gilbert D. Stern
- Marine the Raccoon
- Mega Man (mentioned)
- Roslyn Krantz
- Sonic the Hedgehog (mentioned)
- The Off Panel represents how Marine is not appearing in Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide, despite the fact that she is a game character. Stern and Krantz also do not appear in the series, as they are comic-exclusive characters.
- Dr. Wily: Let's leave them to their work. We need to get back to the Wily Egg.
- Dr. Eggman: What? Why not take pot-shots at them while they're busy?
- Dr. Wily: Because until Proto Man is dealt with, we need to be in position to coordinate our forces. And I've had quite enough of him ruining my plans at the last minute.
- Dr. Eggman: Ahhh, he's one of those types. Did I ever tell you about this one lackey I had...?
- Tails: Vector's main traits are being strong, loud, and, uh, owing money. What kind of weapon would he give you?
- Mega Man: We're about to find out!
- Sonic: Hey, Espio. Have fun bein' a killer robot?
- Espio: Ambushed, kidnapped, and rescued-via-pummeling. How mortifying.
- Sonic: Dude gets an arsenal handed to him, and his first thought is how he can use it to save MY friends. How...
- Tails: Noble? Endearing?
- Sonic: Corny.
- Tails: You're jealous.
- Sonic: Of what?
- Tails: He's cool, heroic, but doesn't have an ego the size of the moon.
- Sonic: Ego? EGO? I just know I'm awesome, that's all!
- This issues "game sprite variant" cover features various sprites from different games. Sonic's sprite is taken from Sonic Battle, while Tails and the Tornado are from the ending animation of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit). The sprites for Bass and Proto Man come from Mega Man & Bass.
- When the cover was first shown via solicits, it was titled as a "16-bit variant". This was likely changed because it was inaccurate, as the majority of the sprites used are from 32-bit games.