- "Countdown to Chaos," Part 2. The long-awaited debut of the new Freedom Fighters continues! The mysteries deepen as Sonic and Tails find their long lost pal Antoine! But what is the state of our formerly fallen fellow freedom fighter? What has Uncle Chuck’s research uncovered about the nature of the dark power they’ve found seeping from the earth? And an unlikely return of a character you won’t expect alongside Uncle Chuck! Plus, Eggman versus G.U.N. and the prize is Eggman’s life!
Countdown to Chaos Part Two: The Soldier
- Writer: Ian Flynn
- Pencil Layouts: Tracy Yardley
- Pencil Finishes: Lamar Wells
- Inks: Terry Austin
- 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
The issue begins with Dr. Eggman and his lackeys, Orbot and Cubot, in the Egg Mobile, which the doctor is flying across the sky over Avalon. They are being pursued by G.U.N planes, which are attacking them and "putting holes in his plane". They finally crash-land and Eggman demands to see Lord Mordred Hood, who is visibly scared of Eggman's rage. He tries to explain what was happening, but Eggman waved it off and demanded an another aircraft. Hood explains that it would be nearly impossible to get away with all the G.U.N crafts patrolling the area, and Orbot states that the Egg Mobile wouldn't be much of a help either, considering it's broken state. Eggman uses the Egg Mobile anyway, stating that it "would be just enough".
In the Wood Zone, outside Knothole Village, Sonic and Tails walk through the forest, discussing the importance of finding the rest of the team to revive their memories. Nicole has a hard time talking through her constant glitching. Sonic spots Uncle Chuck, who, in this reality, is now de-roboticized and working on some sort of a contraption. Sonic rushes over, giving him a hug and tearing up at the sight of his uncle being in such a good condition. Chuck, confused at first but nonetheless happy to see Sonic, explains that there have been multiple tremors occurring in the area they are currently in, and he's been researching them to figure out what's causing them. Sonic asks to see Antoine, who walks up, now in perfect health and being followed by a newcomer. The random newcomer turns out to be Muttski, Sonic's dog, now fully anthropomorphic. Sonic and Tails decide to leave Chuck to his own devices when it came to memory restoration for the purpose of making things simpler. They return Antoine's memory back to normal, and he goes through a shock after seeing the alternate reality that he had lived through.
Meanwhile, Eggman leaves his base in his Egg Mobile, now on legs. They rush through a patrol of G.U.N units to get to the Death Egg as quick as possible. Orbot and Cubot take control of a G.U.N plane, and Eggman jumps out of his craft and hops onto the plane.
Back in the Wood Zone, Nicole has an easier time processing information, but states that she can only restore the memory of two more people. Bunnie's position and status is unknown at the moment, which makes Antoine worry slightly. A tremor strikes, creating a large gap in the ground and the device Chuck was working on begins to fall to its doom, along with Chuck and Muttski. After saving Chuck and Muttski, Sonic goes back down to nab the device, but a falling stone hits the contraption, and a purple gas leaks out of it. He goes into a coughing fit on the way up, and briefly displays signs of feral behavior once he reaches solid ground before coming to his senses. Chuck tells Sonic that he needs to see a doctor, to which he replies that he's fine. They take their leave, and Chuck once again tells Sonic to see a doctor as he and Muttski leave. Antoine tells Tails to make sure Sonic sees a doctor, and follows Chuck and Muttski. Before he does, he asks Sonic to tell Bunnie that he loves her dearly and he "won't be complete without her".
- Antoine D'Coolette (Pre-Super Genesis Wave) (flashback)
- Badnik Horde (mentioned)
- Ben Muttski (first appearance)
- Bunnie D'Coolette (Pre-Super Genesis Wave) (flashback)
- Dr. Eggman
- Egg Army
- Guardian Units of the Nation (first appearance)
- Freedom Fighters
- Sir Charles the Hedgehog (first appearance)
- Woodland Kingsmen (mentioned)
- Bow Sparrow (mentioned)
Races and species:
- Prime Zone
- Dark Gaia energy (first appearance)
- Egg Boss
- Eggman Empire
- Roboticization (mentioned)
- Spin Blade Ball Attack (first appearance)
- After escaping the patrol of G.U.N. Eggman says "And now you know why I am the best!". This is Eggman's line from Sonic Adventure 2 after getting an A Rank in the stages.
Sonic and Tails go about their business when all of a sudden, Sonic regains another memory from the old world: that he had left the iron on!
Races and species:
- This issue's regular cover is the second piece of the 4-part panoramic connecting cover art by Ben Bates.
- The cover of this issue marks the first time the redesign of Antoine D'Coolette appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comics.
- On the variant cover, Sonic is shown in Eggman's lab computer with the caption beneath him showing "Hedgehog: Priority One". This is a reference to the cover of Sonic the Hedgehog Archives Vol. #20, which has the same message on Eggman's lab computer.
Interior page artwork