- The heroes of the SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event: AT WAR?! “Worlds Unite” Part Seven: The unified army is not so unified anymore! What has driven Mega Man, X and their robot companions to attack Sonic and the Freedom Fighters? Drs. Eggman and Wily may have the answer! Or a weapon. Could a weapon be the answer? Or is it more trademark treachery? Meanwhile, Sigma grows in power, preparing for the next phase of his master plan! And speaking of masters, this issue features cover art from master-artist Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, a Heroes Collide Throwback Variant cover from Rafa Knight and part 7 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!
Worlds Unite! Part Seven: Gears and Wills
- Writer: Ian Flynn
- Pencils: Edwin Huang
- Inks: Gary Martin
- Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
- Letters: John Workman
- Assistant Editor: Jonathan H. Gray
- Editor: Vincent Lovallo
- Editor-in-chief: Victor Gorelick
- President: Mike Pellerito
- Publisher: Jon Goldwater
- Special Thanks to: Eddie Muzuno, Stacy-Arnold Strider, Patrick Riley and to the character business and Licensing Department of Sega Corporation.
- Special Thanks to: Francis Mao, Noriko Matsunaga, Susan Suarez and Hiromi Iwasaki at Capcom media and Consumer products and to 飛田栄実.
On the Unified World, atop the Sky Patrol, Sonic and the Freedom Fighters find themselves hard-pressed by the Robot Masters and Maverick Hunters, who are still being controlled by the Deadly Six. Sonic encourages his allies to fight it, but Mega Man explains that the Zeti are overriding his controls. Axl, greatly unnerved by the experience, wonders if it is anything like becoming a Maverick, but Zero makes it clear that they are not suffering that affliction while trying not to harm Antoine. Sonic realizes that the Deadly Six have to be stopped before being frozen by Flash Man, who uses his remaining control to convey the plan to the Freedom Fighters. Big then throws Flash Man into his teammates, while Snake Man expresses his regrets to rotor, who is not quite convinced given that the Robot Master is smiling as he's attacking. Observing the action from inside, Sally resolves to go out, while ordering Cream and Roll to remain with Nicole, as she fears the former getting hurt and the latter falling subject to the same manipulation.
Leaving Nicole in charge and telling her to inform Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily that they have no more time to work on their latest weapon, she rushes outside to find Bunnie struggling to control her robotic limbs and keep from attacking her friends. Gemerl then comes after the princess, but is thwarted by Knuckles, who reports that he just got away from a fight with Break Man. Sally then orders her teammates to retreat inside. Master Zik notices the Sky Patrol is getting in position to fire its cannons at them, and Zeena starts taking said cannons out. Zazz wants to take control of the Sky Patrol and drive it into the ground, or potentially even further into the planet's core, but Zavok points out that would kill them too. And even if they could escape, they can barely stand after the fight they have been in and should not divide their focus any more than they already have.
In another world, Sticks is in an interrogation room where she mixes a recap of what's happened with a conspiracy about pasta sauce. Sticks asks her interrogator if she has any friends who would like to fight a big, bald man and save all of creation, and the grinning silhouette eagerly says she will make a few calls...
Back on the Sky Patrol, Big holds Bunnie down so that she cannot attack anyone while Sonic and Sally argue about her latest plan. X and Mega Man shoot at them while they are distracted, nailing Sally in the arm. Eggman and Wily appear with their completed laser cannon, which blasts all the robots and the Zeti, knocking them out and overheating the weapon. Sonic grabs Eggman, enraged that they have killed Mega Man, but the Doctors explain that they just disabled them, as well as destroying the Deadly Six's armor. Sally confronts the recovering Zavok and offers him the chance to surrender peacefully. Zavok refuses, but then passes out from exhaustion. Cream and Roll come out to help with first aid and repair on the heroes, while the Doctors are annoyed that they saved the day but are being completely ignored. Mega Man tries to apologize to Sonic, but he tells him it is no sweat and they shake hands. Big starts to carry the unconscious Deadly Six off to the brig and Nicole reports that despite Zeena's damage, they still have 40% offensive capability.
There is an argument on what to do next, with Sally, Mega Man, and X arguing the team needs to take some time to recover but Zero and Sonic saying they should press their attack on Lost Hex before Sigma has any more time to complete his plans. They are interrupted by a loud humming from below. Sigma gloats that the merged worlds have nearly been drained of their energies and that his evolution towards godhood begins now as he steps into the chest of a larger machine hooked up to the Unity Engine. Red lightning zaps it as he laughs evilly and the giant robotic body rises from the Lost Hex's surface, dwarfing the approaching Sky Patrol in sheer size. And with it, a whole army of Time-Cloned Mavericks.
- Badnik Horde (mentioned)
- Deadly Six
- Armored Armadillo
- Axle the Red (first appearance)
- Berkana (first appearance)
- Blast Hornet (first appearance)
- Blizzard Buffalo (first appearance)
- Boomer Kuwanger
- Bubble Crab (first appearance)
- Burn Dinorex
- Chill Penguin
- Crystal Snail (first appearance)
- Cyber Peacock (first appearance)
- Dark Necrobat (first appearance)
- Flame Mammoth (first appearance)
- Flame Stag
- Frost Walrus (first appearance)
- Gareth (first appearance)
- Geemel (first appearance)
- Gravity Antonion (first appearance)
- Gravity Beetle
- Grizzly Slash (first appearance)
- Izzy Glow (first appearance)
- Jet Stingray (first appearance)
- Launch Octopus (first appearance)
- Mac (first appearance)
- Magma Dragoon (first appearance)
- Magna Centipede (first appearance)
- Middy (first appearance)
- Morph Moth (first appearance)
- Neon Tiger (first appearance)
- New Generation Reploid (first appearance)
- Avalanche Yeti (first appearance)
- Nightmare Investigators (first appearance)
- Blaze Heatnix (first appearance)
- Blizzard Wolfang (first appearance)
- Commander Yammark (first appearance)
- Gate (first appearance)
- Ground Scaravich (first appearance)
- Infinity Mijinion (first appearance)
- Metal Shark Player (first appearance)
- Rainy Turtloid (first appearance)
- Shield Sheldon (first appearance)
- Nightmare Police (first appearance)
- Overdrive Ostrich (first appearance)
- Red Alert (first appearance)
- Slash Beast (first appearance)
- Solider Stonekong (first appearance)
- Spark Mandrill
- Spiral Pegasus (first appearance)
- Split Mushroom
- Sting Chameleon (first appearance)
- Storm Eagle (first appearance)
- Storm Owl (first appearance)
- Techno (first appearance)
- Tidal Makkoeen (first appearance)
- Toxic Seahorse (first appearance)
- Tunnel Rhino (first appearance)
- Volt Catfish (first appearance)
- Volt Kraken (first appearance)
- Web Spider (first appearance)
- Wheel Gator (first appearance)
- Wire Sponge (first appearance)
- X-Hunters (first appearance)
- Zain (first appearance)
- Unified Army
- Dr. Albert W. Wily
- Dr. Eggman
- Freedom Fighters
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Maverick Hunters
- Robot Masters
- Team Sticks
Races and species:
- Deadly Six's Armor
- Egg-Wily Uppity Robot Scrambler Cannon
- Master Engine
- Mega Buster
- Piko Piko Hammer
- Power Ring
- The robotic members of the unified heroes are still under the Deadly Six's control which began in Sonic Boom #9, "Worlds Unite! Part Six: Fire in the Sky".
- Drs. Eggman and Wily complete their Egg-Wily Uppity Robot Scrambler Cannon, which they began on in Sonic Boom #9, "Worlds Unite! Part Six: Fire in the Sky", and uses it to destroy the Deadly Six's armor and free the mechanical members of the Unified Army from the Zeti's control.
- Knuckles returns from battling Break Man in Sonic the Hedgehog: Worlds Unite Battles #1, "Knuckles vs. Break Man".
- The Deadly Six are freed from their mind-control armor after being subjugated to it since Sonic Universe #76, "Worlds Unite! Part One: Across Time and Space".
- Sticks the Badger is still in the new world which she ended up at in Sonic Boom #9, "Worlds Unite! Part Six: Fire in the Sky". There, she recruits some new allies to help combat Sigma. These allies would come to the unified heroes' aid in Mega Man #51.
- Sticks mentions her fight with Roll in Sonic the Hedgehog: Worlds Unite Battles #1, "Sticks vs Roll".
- Sigma moves to a bigger body thanks to the Master Engine and Unity Engines which were deployed in Sonic the Hedgehog #273, "Worlds Collide Part Three: Clash of the Corrupted". This form would be discarded in Sonic the Hedgehog #275, "Worlds Unite Part Eleven: Killing The Giant".
- Sigma sends his Maverick army to attack the unified heroes. This attack would end in Mega Man #51, "Worlds Unite! Part Eight: Holes in Reality".
- Sticks makes a reference to the Sonic X anime series, after saying Sonic and X's name together. She goes on to say it probably would not last past three seasons, which is how many seasons of Sonic X there were.
- Sigma-2's torso resembles Zavok's head.
- The character spread of the Maverick army in the final panel of this story is similar to that of the Robot Master Army in Sonic the Hedgehog #250.
- Spark Mandrill, Launch Octopus, Boomer Kuwanger, and Storm Eagle are sporting their original designs from Mega Man X. However, Flame Mammoth, Sting Chameleon, Chill Penguin, and Armored Armadillo sport their redesigns from the Mega Man Maverick Hunter X remake.
Mega Man attacks Zomom with his Mega Buster, while Sonic Spin Dashes Zeena, Master Zik, Zor and Zazz. Comedy Chimp throws a pie at Zavok, only for that to make him angry. Comedy Chimp says that this works better than his Wolf Sidekick.
- Comedy Chimp
- Deadly Six
- Mega Man
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Wolf Sidekick (mentioned)
Races and species:
- The subtitle of this Off Panel is a parody of the phrase "the sky's the limit."
- Axl: I-Is this what it's like to be infected by the Sigma virus? I don't want to become a Maverick!
- Zero: Keep it together, kid! We're not Mavericks! Do your best to pull your punches!
- Sticks: And then we met a bunch of robots! And folks like me! And we flew around on a big ship! And I beat up a broom! And I met Mega Man! And Sonic! And X! Huh..."Sonic X"...Nah, it'd never make it past three seasons...
- The first variant cover is a CGI remake of Sonic the Hedgehog #248's standard cover.
- Despite the appearances on the main cover, neither Roll nor Sticks actually fight at all during the chaos caused by the Deadly Six, let alone with each other
- ronc (8 July 2015). Preview the Archie Comics On Sale Today Including the All-New ARCHIE #1! – 7/8/15. Archie Comics. Archived from the original on 11 September 2015.