Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 250 is the two-hundred fiftieth issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics. It is the ninth part of the Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide crossover event.
- Celebrate 250 issues of the longest-running video game based comic series, Sonic the Hedgehog, with "When Worlds Collide" Part Nine of Twelve! The final act of the crossover mega-event starts here as Sonic and Mega Man stand united against the Wily Egg—and backing them up are all their heroic friends. Standing against them are the Robot Masters—all of them! Let the battle begin! At a whopping 48 pages, this double-sized issue features a special, digitally remastered re-presentation of the first Sonic the Hedgehog issue! Also featuring a stunning new wrap-around cover by Patrick 'SPAZ' Spaziante. Plus, choose your favorite hero with the 'Team Sonic' and 'Team Mega Man' CHIBI variant covers! Continued in this month's Mega Man #27!
When Worlds Collide Part Nine: All-Out War!
- Writer: Ian Flynn
- Pencils: Ben Bates
- Inks: Gary Martin
- Colors: Matt Herms
- Letters: John Workman
- Assistant Editor: Vincent Lovallo
- Editor/Executive Director of Editorial: Paul Kaminski
- Editor-in-chief: Victor Gorelick
- President: Mike Pellerito
- Special Thanks to: Anthony Gaccione and Cindy Chau and to the Character Business and Licensing Department of SEGA Corporation
- Special Thanks to: Brian Oliveira at Capcom Media and Consumer Products and to 栄実
In the depths of the Skull Egg Zone, Mega Man, his brother Proto Man and their robo-dog Rush along with Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends–Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Shadow, Omega, Silver, Blaze, Vector, Espio, and Charmy–stand on their guard, as they face the Robot Master Army, lead by the final Roboticized Master, Rouge Woman, prepare to take down the heroes below the Wily Egg. Sonic leads the heroes, as he tells them to push through to the teleporter pad leading inside the Wily Egg. Vector reminds Sonic that neither he, Proto Man, nor the rest of the Chaotix could break the code to get inside, but Proto Man tells the crocodile that it is their only shot inside the flying fortress. Shadow is overwhelmed by an attack from Napalm Man, but Omega takes care of the Robot Master for Shadow by unloading his arsenal on the walking tank. Both of the Team Dark members realize Rouge has been roboticized, as Omega points out it was a good idea to leave his post to guard the gate back to their world, but he tells him that he can discuss it with her once she is safe. Sonic rushes back, thanking Shadow for leaving earlier to get Omega after he "teleported off in a huff" (to which he replies that he "did NOT"). Shadow then tells Sonic to concentrate on fighting and Sonic agrees, as he takes down Mega Water S. Sonic heads off to back up to Mega Man asks how many Robot Masters Mega Man has faced, and the Blue Bomber replies that he is faced maybe hundreds, but he is glad that his brothers from the original line of Robot Masters are not battling the heroes, as it is going to be hard enough destroying all those bots again. Sonic then tells Mega Man that some of these Robot Masters already faced them earlier, such as the Genesis Unit, Sonic gets the idea that Dr. Wily and Dr. Eggman are time-cloning the robots. A worried Mega Man then wants to get to the Wily Egg as soon as possible, as they have left Dr. Light for too long. Sonic then tells Mega Man not to worry though; they will save him after destroying these robots.
Meanwhile, inside the Wily Egg, Dr. Light is cornered by a Motobug and a Met in his cell while Dr. Wily and Dr. Eggman are betting Zenny and Rings, respectively, to which robot will win upon taking down Dr. Light the fastest. However, the two robots bump into each other and begin to fight each other, forgetting about Dr. Light. Dr. Light then walks to the evil scientists, and begins to tell them about their plans. Dr. Light tells Wily that controlling too much power such as changing the timeline is dangerous and out of control for even Eggman or Wily. Eggman wonders how he has found out about their master plan, but Dr. Wily then tells Dr. Light that he is just too jealous of their visions and power, and that Dr. Wily and Eggman have created an entire new dimension. Wily goes on to how he and Eggman have total control on this plan, but Dr. Light plainly tells Wily "Ra Moon," which makes Wily shocked. Wily then asks Dr. Light what he is talking about, and the good doctor then tells Eggman and Wily that they have rewrote the past, changed the near-future, so they should have a clear idea what he is talking about. Dr. Light then comments Wily's lack of control on Ra Moon, Gamma, King, the Stardroids, Roboenza, and even Bass, and that if it was not for Mega Man, the world would have been destroyed. Dr. Light then berates Eggman, saying that with instances like Chaos, the ARK, Emerl, and even the Time Eater, there would not be a world to conquer if it was not for Sonic. Dr. Light finally tells Wily and Eggman that it is not too late to change their ways. Wily, furious, leaves the room, while Eggman while making a rather devious face in Dr. Light's direction and leaves Dr. Light to talk to the destroyed Motobug and Met.
Back at the battlefield, Mega Man and Proto Man are cornered while facing Knight Man and Yamato Man, as Mega Man comments that it was easier to take them down one at a time. Luckily, Sonic uses a Homing Attack on Knight Man to help Mega Man and Proto Man. Shadow and Top Man are racing while Sonic single-handling takes down Hard Man, Spark Man, and Bright Man, which helps Shadow take down Top Man. Shadow yells at Sonic that he does not need Sonic's help, but Sonic replies that he knew that and that he just likes to steal his fun before leaving Shadow and Clown Man to fight. Blaze then is surrounded by Heat Man, Pharaoh Man, Magma Man, Flame Man, Solar Man, and Burner Man, but she harnesses their flames into a giant tornado that she engulfs them all in. Meanwhile, Silver holds down all of the telekinetic/time-traveling Robot Mastersat easily with his psychic powers, but is quickly ambushed and immobilized by Flash Man's Time Stopper, who envies Silver for his huge quills full of hair. Espio and Shadow Man then begin a shinobi showdown while Vector fights against Snake Man, as the crocodile tells Snake Man that he is a disgrace to reptiles everywhere, leaving Charmy to face Hornet Man. Meanwhile, Knuckles easily takes care of Concrete Man and Stone Man (Stone Man noting that Knuckles hits like Guts Man), while Shadow, distracted by saving Rouge Woman, tells the mechanized Rouge that she should not have come after him when he is taken off guard by Shade Man, who says that she is among classier company now. Amy then faces vater-based Robot Masters in the form of Splash Woman, Aqua Man, and Pump Man and is about to be drowned when she is rescued by Tails, who is facing his own problem against Tornado Man, Gyro Man, and Wind Man.
Meanwhile, Sonic is left to face Quick Man, Charge Man, Slash Man, Metal Man, Turbo Man, and Nitro Man. Quick Man comments how Sonic is a better opponent to face than Mega Man, but Sonic uses his speed and Spin Dash to make short work of the speed-orientated Robot Masters and tells Quick Man that even though Mega Man does not have his speed, none of the superfast rust buckets have his skill. Mega Man then uses the Piko Hammer against Blade Man and Sword Man, but he quickly changes into the Fire Tornado Master Weapon to take down Blizzard Man, Commando Man, and Jewel Man. Mega Man then uses the Sonic Shot on Rouge Woman while Sonic drags her down, and it turns Rouge back to normal while Mega Man collects the Black Wave Special Weapon, making his weapon collection an even ten. Sonic then takes down Bubble Man, Needle Man, Ring Man (which makes Sonic look at the Rings he collected from the Robot Master), Tomahawk Man, Search Man, Junk Man, Wave Man, Ground Man, Jewel Man, Strike Man (in which Sonic stared at the Robot Master with a confused look), Buster Rod G, Drill Man, and finally kicked Quick Man, as Sonic replied that although Quick Man is quick, he is not "fast" like himself.
Back at the Wily Egg, Dr. Wily oversees the battle and cheers to the excitement of the battle as if it was a football game. Eggman, however, just stands in silence. Bass asks him if he is not enjoying the show, to which he replies that while he loves to watch robot-on-hedgehog violence, he is currently piecing together a little puzzle in his noggin. Orbot (along with Cubot unsuccessfully trying to make Treble heel) then tells Dr. Eggman that there is a weak transmission coming from the lower part of the fortress. Wily asks what happened, but Eggman tells Wily that he and Metal Sonic will take care of the problem and they head off, Eggman drawing a particularly sinister grin. Back outside, Shadow goes to Sonic and Mega Man, and tells the two that Proto Man has a plan. Proto Man says that they need to change tactics because any Robot Master that they take down can be instantly time-cloned and sent right back to them. Shadow agrees and says that they need to strike at the doctors now. Proto Man says that with the battle covering them, Sonic and Mega Man can head to the teleporter, but Mega Man worries about leaving everyone to fight the army by themselves. Shadow insists that they can take care of themselves and Sonic agrees, saying that the longer they drag out this fight, the more time the doctors have to accomplish their master plan. The two blue heroes then call Tails and Rush to guide them to the Wily Egg. Tails asks Sonic if the others will be okay while fighting the massive horde of Robot Masters, but Sonic assures Tails that they will be fine, noting that the more Robot Masters there are on the battlefield, the fewer there are onboard the Wily Egg to stop them from thwarting the doctors' scheme. Proto Man and Amy then wish their respective hero good luck and continue fighting the Robot Masters.
Inside the Wily Egg, Dr. Light has made a transmitter to contact Rouge, Mega Man, Proto Man or even Duo out of the spare parts from the Motobug and Met in his cell, but without any success. Suddenly, however, Eggman and Metal Sonic find Dr. Light contacting for help. Eggman praises Light's resourcefulness, saying that he was wondering how Rouge knew exactly where to strike to disable the Wily Egg's engines and vent their Chaos energy. He initially thought it was Rouge's own resourcefulness, but the big tell was Light somehow knowing all about their master plan. He asks Metal Sonic to bring the good doctor and he obeys, dragging him over to a huge drop shaft that Eggman opens with the press of a button that opens a drop hatch. Dr. Light tries reasoning with Eggman, telling him that he does not need to do this, but Eggman replies that he wants to all the same. Metal Sonic throws Thomas out of the drop shaft, causing him to plummet to the ground below. Eggman waves to Thomas, and remarks that the scene seems familiar. Meanwhile, Rush quickly takes notice of this and barks at Mega Man, the Blue Bomber soon realizing what is about to happen to his father. The issue ends with Mega Man calling out to his father.
- Amy Rose
- Badnik Horde
- Blaze the Cat
- Chaos (mentioned)
- Dr. Albert W. Wily
- Dr. Eggman
- Dr. Thomas Light
- Duo (mentioned)
- Emerl (mentioned)
- Gamma (mentioned)
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Ra Moon (mentioned)
- Robot Masters
- King (mentioned)
- Light Robot Masters
- Robot Master Army (first appearance)
- Concrete Man
- Galaxy Man (first appearance)
- Hornet Man (first appearance)
- Magma Man (first appearance)
- Splash Woman
- Tornado Man (first appearance)
- Wily Robot Masters
- Air Man
- Aqua Man (first appearance)
- Astro Man (first appearance)
- Blade Man (first appearance)
- Blizzard Man (first appearance)
- Bright Man (first appearance)
- Bubble Man
- Burner Man (first appearance)
- Burst Man (first appearance)
- Centaur Man (first appearance)
- Charge Man (first appearance)
- Chill Man (first appearance)
- Cloud Man (first appearance)
- Clown Man (first appearance)
- Cold Man (first appearance)
- Commando Man (first appearance)
- Crash Man
- Crystal Man (first appearance)
- Dive Man (first appearance)
- Drill Man (first appearance)
- Dust Man (first appearance)
- Dynamo Man (first appearance)
- Flame Man (first appearance)
- Flash Man
- Freeze Man
- Frost Man (first appearance)
- Gemini Man
- Genesis Unit
- Gravity Man
- Grenade Man (first appearance)
- Ground Man (first appearance)
- Gyro Man (first appearance)
- Hard Man
- Heat Man
- Jewel Man (first appearance)
- Junk Man (first appearance)
- Knight Man (first appearance)
- Magic Man (first appearance)
- Magnet Man
- Metal Man
- Napalm Man (first appearance)
- Needle Man
- Nitro Man (first appearance)
- Pharaoh Man
- Pirate Man (first appearance)
- Plant Man (first appearance)
- Plug Man (first appearance)
- Pump Man (first appearance)
- Quick Man
- Ring Man (first appearance)
- Search Man (first appearance)
- Shade Man (first appearance)
- Shadow Man
- Sheep Man
- Skull Man (first appearance)
- Slash Man (first appearance)
- Snake Man
- Solar Man (first appearance)
- Spark Man
- Spring Man (first appearance)
- Star Man (first appearance)
- Stone Man (first appearance)
- Strike Man (first appearance)
- Sword Man (first appearance)
- Tengu Man
- Toad Man (first appearance)
- Tomahawk Man
- Top Man
- Turbo Man (first appearance)
- Wave Man (first appearance)
- Wind Man (first appearance)
- Wood Man
- Yamato Man (first appearance)
- Roboticized Masters
- Rouge Woman (first appearance)
- Silver the Hedgehog
- Stardroids (mentioned)
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Team Dark
- Time Eater (mentioned)
- Treble (first appearance)
Races and species:
- Chaos Emerald (mentioned)
- Inhibitor Ring
- Mega Buster
- Piko Piko Hammer
- Power Ring (mentioned)
- Roboenza (mentioned)
- Sol Emerald (mentioned)
- Sonic's sneakers
- Space Colony ARK (mentioned)
- Special Weapon
- Wily Egg
- Zenny (mentioned)
- Chaos energy (mentioned)
- Genesis Wave (mentioned)
- Guardian (mentioned)
- Sonic Shot
- Spin Dash
- This story marks the first appearance of E-123 Omega in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series (all of his previous appearances being in Sonic Universe only).
- During the battle, Mega Man points out that none of his "brothers" from the initial line of Robot Masters are present, with the obvious exception of Proto Man who is fighting alongside him. These are in fact Guts Man, Cut Man, Ice Man, Bomb Man, Fire Man, Elec Man, Oil Man, and Time Man.
- When saying how Drs. Wily and Eggman always deal with things that they cannot control, Dr. Light mentions:
- This story shows Vector using his level two Vector Breath from Sonic Heroes.
- The manner in which Metal Sonic throws Dr. Light out of the Wily Egg is strikingly similar to the way Sonic was thrown out of the Death Egg Mark 2 by Mecha Sally in Sonic the Hedgehog #231 (to the point where the panels are in the exact same order); Eggman even comments on this.
Mega Man joins Sonic at a party celebrating the issue and marvels over how Sonic's comic has reached 250 issues-not counting various spinoffs. Having only reached his 25th issue recently, Mega Man asks Sonic how he's done it, and Sonic responds "It's all thanks to the fans." Mega Man then launches into a classic comic ad, telling everyone to keep or start reading his series, while Sonic remarks that Mega Man still won't be as cool as he is even if he reaches 300 issues.
Genesis Part Four: Reset
- Note: This reprint only contains the last eight pages of the story.
- Mega Man: I was expecting SOME resistance, but this...
- Sonic: Don't get cold feet now, buddy. Remember: we made our careers out of trashing robots. This is what we live for.
- Dr. Wily: I bet...fifty Zenny.
- Dr. Eggman: Pah! I see your fifty and raise you another two hundred Rings! Come on, Motobug! Slice him to pieces!
- Dr. Wily: Sic him, Met! Don't embarrass me!
- Quick Man: I ALMOST regret this. There was no thrill in fighting that slow-poke Mega Man!
- Sonic: I hear ya! But while he doesn't have your speed...You don't have his skills.
- Amy: Be careful, Sonic. Come back to me.
- Proto Man: Good luck... brother.
- This is the Sonic the Hedgehog series' tenth mileston
- This Sonic the Hedgehog issue holds the record for most characters introduced due to the inclusion of most of the Robot Masters from the Mega Man games.
- This issues main cover is the first in the Archie Sonic series to be a wraparound cover.
- The variant covers for this issue is a third set of "Team Mega Man" and "Team Sonic" variants, featuring the characters in a chibi-style, similar to that of Mega Man Powered Up.
- This issue is a 48-page special.
- The solicit for the issue originally advertised a digitally remastered reprint of Sonic the Hedgehog #1 as being in the issue, in honor of the comics 20th anniversary. The reason this was changed is unknown.
- This is the first landmark issue since his debut to not be drawn by Tracy Yardley.
- This is the first landmark issue in which none of the Knothole Freedom Fighters or any Archie Comics-exclusive characters appear (not counting the Sonic the Hedgehog #229 reprint).
- This is the last Sonic main series issue to have a cover sporting the "Sonic Comic 20th Anniversary" logo (the logo appears only on the "Team Sonic" variant cover). Despite this, the logo would still continue to be used on the covers to Sonic Universe for several more issues.
- According to artist Ben Bates, had not only the lawsuit with Ken Penders, but also the Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide crossover itself not came into play, this would have been the issue in which Sally would have returned to normal.
- This comic included two teasers, both relating to the events after the Worlds Collide arc. The first teaser has Ra Moon entwining its tendrils over Earth, while the second shows Sonic's World during the Shattered World Crisis. Together, the teasers stated "In the aftermath of the Sonic the Hedgehog Mega Man Worlds Collide crossover... ...which world will live... ...and which world will die? When the collision ends, the all-new action begins!"