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|title = ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #287
 
|title = ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #287
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*12 October 2016 {{C|release date}}
 
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|specialthanks = To [[Sandra Jo]] and [[Mai Kiyotaki]] at [[SEGA|SEGA Licensing]]
 
|specialthanks = To [[Sandra Jo]] and [[Mai Kiyotaki]] at [[SEGA|SEGA Licensing]]
 
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'''''Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 287''''' is the two hundred eighty seventh issue in the ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog (comic series)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comic series published by [[Archie Comics]].
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'''''Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 287''''' is the two hundred eighty seventh issue in the ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comic series)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comic series published by [[Archie Comics]].
   
 
==Official solicitation==
 
==Official solicitation==
 
:''SONIC BATTLES at the CENTER of the PLANET in “Panic in the Sky” Part Four: This is it—the cataclysmic clash and ferocious finale to the Shattered World Saga! Super Sonic leads Chip into battle against the dreaded Dark Gaia with the Freedom Fighters at ground zero! With the fate of the world at stake, who will actually be able to make it home? Featuring the fourth of four EPIC connecting covers by mega-talent Dan Schoening and a “Super” variant by full-time editor, first-time cover artist Vincent Lovallo!''
 
:''SONIC BATTLES at the CENTER of the PLANET in “Panic in the Sky” Part Four: This is it—the cataclysmic clash and ferocious finale to the Shattered World Saga! Super Sonic leads Chip into battle against the dreaded Dark Gaia with the Freedom Fighters at ground zero! With the fate of the world at stake, who will actually be able to make it home? Featuring the fourth of four EPIC connecting covers by mega-talent Dan Schoening and a “Super” variant by full-time editor, first-time cover artist Vincent Lovallo!''
   
==Summary==
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==Featured stories==
===Panic In The Sky Part Four: Finale - As Was Foretold===
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===Panic in the Sky Part Four: Finale - As Was Foretold===
 
* '''Writer: '''[[Ian Flynn]]
 
* '''Writer: '''[[Ian Flynn]]
 
* '''Pencils: '''[[Tracy Yardley]]
 
* '''Pencils: '''[[Tracy Yardley]]
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* '''Publisher & Co-CEO: '''[[Jon Goldwater]]
 
* '''Publisher & Co-CEO: '''[[Jon Goldwater]]
 
* '''Special thanks to: '''[[Sandra Jo]] and [[Mai Kiyotaki]] at [[SEGA |SEGA Licensing]]
 
* '''Special thanks to: '''[[Sandra Jo]] and [[Mai Kiyotaki]] at [[SEGA |SEGA Licensing]]
[[Super Sonic (Archie)|Super Sonic]] and [[Chip (Archie)|Chip]], the latter who is using the [[Gaia Colossus (Archie)|Gaia Colossus]], rush off to face [[Dark Gaia (Archie)#Perfect Dark Gaia|Perfect Dark Gaia]]. Perfect Dark Gaia begins to activate a shield with its serpents but Super Sonic manages to destroy all of them while Chip holds open the shield and enters. Perfect Dark Gaia then fires an energy beam at Super Sonic which the latter survives, though he is surprised that he felt the effects of the attack.
 
   
Meanwhile, [[Miles "Tails" Prower (Archie)|Tails]], [[Sally Acorn|Sally]], [[Antoine D'Coolette|Antoine]] and [[Bunnie D'Coolette|Bunnie]] are in a safe distance away from the battle and the latter notes the [[Death Egg (Archie)|Death Egg]] had stopped moving most likely due to having no fuel left. They find the [[Sky Patrol]] afloat on the ocean and land on the dome as the entrance to the hangar has been submerged. They meet up with [[Rotor the Walrus|Rotor]] who is relaxing and assures the [[New Freedom Fighters|team]] that [[Nicole the Holo-Lynx|Nicole]] is alright while the Sky Patrol is not. Tails tries to convince Rotor to go out and help, but Rotor tells him that it is now a battle of the gods and they should let Sonic and Chip finish the job without any interruptions. Sally agrees to this, noting that they have done enough and they all then cheer on their friends.
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====Synopsis====
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[[Super Sonic (Archie)|Super Sonic]] and [[Chip (Archie)|Chip]], the latter who is using the [[Gaia Colossus (Archie)|Gaia Colossus]], rush off to face [[Perfect Dark Gaia (Archie)|Perfect Dark Gaia]]. Perfect Dark Gaia begins to activate a shield with its serpents but Super Sonic manages to destroy all of them while Chip holds open the shield and enters. Perfect Dark Gaia then fires an energy beam at Super Sonic which the latter survives, though he is surprised that he felt the effects of the attack.
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Meanwhile, [[Miles "Tails" Prower (Archie)|Tails]], [[Sally Acorn|Sally]], [[Antoine D'Coolette|Antoine]] and [[Bunnie D'Coolette|Bunnie]], onboard the [[Tornado 2 (Archie)|Tornado 2]], are in a safe distance away from the battle and the latter notes the [[Death Egg (Archie)|Death Egg]] had stopped moving most likely due to having no fuel left. They find the [[Sky Patrol]] afloat on the ocean and land on the dome as the entrance to the hangar has been submerged. They meet up with [[Rotor the Walrus|Rotor]] who is relaxing and assures the [[Freedom Fighters (Kingdom of Acorn)|team]] that [[Nicole the Holo-Lynx|Nicole]] is alright while the Sky Patrol is not. Tails tries to convince Rotor to go out and help, but Rotor tells him that it was now a battle of the gods and they should let Sonic and Chip finish the job without any interruptions. Sally agrees to this, noting that they have done enough and they all then cheer on their friends.
   
 
Super Sonic is seen hitting four of Perfect Dark Gaia's eyes (only effective on three) and Chip delivers a deadly uppercut to his foe with the Gaia Colossus, to which Sonic teases he stole as a move from [[Knuckles the Echidna (Archie)|Knuckles]]. Super Sonic then keeps Perfect Dark Gaia distracted from behind while Chip hits the monster a few more times. Perfect Dark Gaia then takes ahold of the Gaia Colossus and prepares to fire its energy beam once again, point-blank. At the same angle, Super Sonic discovers it would also kill his teammates on the Sky Patrol. The hedgehog hits each of Perfect Dark Gaia's hands to release its grip on Chip and knocks the direction of its blast off-course. Chip manages to deflect this.
 
Super Sonic is seen hitting four of Perfect Dark Gaia's eyes (only effective on three) and Chip delivers a deadly uppercut to his foe with the Gaia Colossus, to which Sonic teases he stole as a move from [[Knuckles the Echidna (Archie)|Knuckles]]. Super Sonic then keeps Perfect Dark Gaia distracted from behind while Chip hits the monster a few more times. Perfect Dark Gaia then takes ahold of the Gaia Colossus and prepares to fire its energy beam once again, point-blank. At the same angle, Super Sonic discovers it would also kill his teammates on the Sky Patrol. The hedgehog hits each of Perfect Dark Gaia's hands to release its grip on Chip and knocks the direction of its blast off-course. Chip manages to deflect this.
   
[[Doctor Eggman (Archie)|Dr. Eggman]] bitterly overlooks the battle in his [[Egg Mobile (Archie)|Egg Mobile]], upset that both his plans and his [[Eggman Land|amusement park]] were ruined. He realizes to himself that the raw power of the [[Sonic's World|world]] was much more potent than he initially imagined, believing it could work as well as the [[Dark Gaia Energy]]. Eggman then tries to formulate a plan to siphon the energy of the world somewhere remote so that Sonic could foil his plans again, but decides to leave the rest of the plotting for another day and quickly flies to his Death Egg to get out of range from both Dark Gaia and the Freedom Fighters.
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[[Doctor Eggman (Archie)|Dr. Eggman]] bitterly overlooks the battle in his [[Egg Mobile (Archie)|Egg Mobile]], upset that both his plans and his [[Eggman Land|refinery/amusement park]] were ruined. He realizes to himself that the raw power of the [[Sonic's World|world]] was much more potent than he initially imagined, believing it could work as well as the [[Dark Gaia energy]]. Eggman then tries to formulate a plan to siphon the energy of the world somewhere remote so that Sonic could not foil his plans again, but decides to leave the rest of the plotting for another day and quickly flies to his [[Death Egg (Archie)|Death Egg]] to get out of range from both [[Dark Gaia (Archie)|Dark Gaia]] and the Freedom Fighters.
   
Back in the battle, Chip tells Super Sonic that the energy beam Perfect Dark Gaia fired weakened the Gaia Colossus. This prompts the hedgehog to boost straight through the beast's central eye, ultimately defeating it. Super Sonic flies back to the Gaia Colossus, lands on its hand and reverts back into [[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)|Sonic]]. Sonic lets Chip know that there is still Dark Gaia Energy present and Chip assures him that he has done enough and it was time for him to complete his duty as the Light Gaia and restore the world. With this, Chip assembles the pieces of the world while allies and enemies from around the world watch in either relief or fear; in Eggman's case, annoyance and defeat.
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Back in the battle, Chip tells Super Sonic that the energy beam Perfect Dark Gaia fired weakened the it. This prompts the hedgehog to boost straight through the beast's central eye, ultimately defeating it. Super Sonic flies back to the Gaia Colossus, lands on its hand and reverts back to [[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)|normal]]. Sonic lets Chip know that there is still Dark Gaia Energy present and Chip assures him that he has done enough and it was time for him to complete his duty as the Light Gaia and restore the world. With this, Chip assembles the pieces of the world while allies and enemies from around the world watch in either relief or fear; in Eggman's case, annoyance and defeat.
   
Sonic, relieved that it is all over, tells Chip that they can finally celebrate. However, Chip tells Sonic that it is time for him to seal himself back into the world with Dark Gaia so that history would not repeat itself too soon. Chips also adds that he would take the [[Gaia Temples (Archie)|Gaia Temples]] with him so that they could no longer be accessed by Dr. Eggman and seals the magma crater in the ocean that Dark Gaia previously created. Despite this, Sonic gets upset ,knowing he would never see Chip again, but Chip assures him that his greatest reward was getting to travel with the former.
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[[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)|Sonic]], tired but relieved that it is all over, tells Chip that they can finally celebrate. However, Chip tells Sonic that it is time for him to seal himself back into the world with Dark Gaia so that history would not repeat itself too soon. Chips also adds that he would take the [[Gaia Temples (Archie)|Gaia Temples]] with him so that they could no longer be accessed by Dr. Eggman and would seal the magma crater in the ocean that Dark Gaia previously created. Despite this, Sonic gets upset, knowing he would never see Chip again, but Chip assures him that his greatest reward was getting to travel with the former.
   
Chip telepathically thanks Tails and Rotor for their shared wisdom, Bunnie and Antoine for showing him what he was meant to protect in the world, and Sally for easily accepting Chip for who he was like Nicole, the latter of which he requested a goodbye to. Chip then telepathically contacts [[Cream the Rabbit (Archie)|Cream]] and [[Big the Cat (Archie)|Big]] in [[Mobotropolis (Archie)|Mobotropolis]], wishing he could be closer to say farewell to them and contacts Knuckles and [[Amy Rose (Archie)|Amy]] on [[Angel Island (Archie)|Angel Island]], thanking them for inspiring him with their passion. Chip returns Sonic to the Sky Patrol and Sonic yells after him that he would miss him. Chip then tells Sonic that he would never forget him and he would always be with him, a part of the earth he tread. With this, Chip seals himself, the Gaia Colossus and Dark Gaia away underneath the crater.
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Chip telepathically thanks Tails and Rotor for their shared wisdom, Bunnie and Antoine for showing him what he was meant to protect in the world, and Sally for easily accepting Chip for who he was like Nicole, the latter of which he requested a goodbye to. Chip then telepathically contacts [[Cream the Rabbit (Archie)|Cream]] and [[Big the Cat (Archie)|Big]] in [[Mobotropolis (Archie)|Mobotropolis]], wishing he could be closer to say farewell to them and contacts Knuckles and [[Amy Rose (Archie)|Amy]] on [[Angel Island (Archie)|Angel Island]], thanking them for inspiring him with their passion. Chip returns Sonic to the Sky Patrol and Sonic yells after him that he would miss him. Chip then tells Sonic that he would never forget him and he would always be with him, a part of the earth he treads. With this, Chip seals himself, the Gaia Colossus and Dark Gaia away underneath the crater.
   
 
Sonic expresses to Sally how unfair it was for them to keep going while Chip could not. Sally and Tails comfort Sonic, telling him that he indeed saved him and the world while also allowing Chip to live his life for the first time ever. This cheers Sonic up a bit and Chip's necklace magically appears in his hand. He wears it as a bracelet and the Freedom Fighters embrace while watching the sunrise.
 
Sonic expresses to Sally how unfair it was for them to keep going while Chip could not. Sally and Tails comfort Sonic, telling him that he indeed saved him and the world while also allowing Chip to live his life for the first time ever. This cheers Sonic up a bit and Chip's necklace magically appears in his hand. He wears it as a bracelet and the Freedom Fighters embrace while watching the sunrise.
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====Appearances====
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'''Characters''':
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* [[Abraham Tower]]
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* [[Ben Muttski|Ben "Mutt" Muttski]]
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* [[Breezie the Hedgehog]]
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* [[Chaotix (Archie)|Chaotix]]
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** [[Charmy Bee (Archie)|Charmy Bee]]
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** [[Espio the Chameleon (Archie)|Espio the Chameleon]]
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** [[Vector the Crocodile (Archie)|Vector the Crocodile]]
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* [[Chip (Archie)|Chip]]
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* [[Coral the Betta]]
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* [[Crusher the Chao]]
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* [[Cubot (Archie)|Cubot]]
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* [[Doctor Eggman (Archie)|Dr. Eggman]]
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* [[Ehsan (Archie)|Ehsan]]
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* [[Freedom Fighters (Archie)|Freedom Fighters]]
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** [[Desert Raiders]]
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*** [[Trevor Burrow the Mole]]
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*** [[Sonar the Fennec]]
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*** [[Spike the Porcupine]]
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** [[Freedom Fighters (Kingdom of Acorn)|Freedom Fighters]]
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*** [[Amy Rose (Archie)|Amy Rose]]
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*** [[Antoine D'Coolette]]
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*** [[Big the Cat (Archie)|Big the Cat]]
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*** [[Bunnie D'Coolette]]
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*** [[Cheese the Chao (Archie)|Cheese the Chao]]
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*** [[Cream the Rabbit (Archie)|Cream the Rabbit]]
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*** [[Miles "Tails" Prower (Archie)|Miles "Tails" Prower]]
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*** [[Rotor the Walrus]]
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*** [[Sally Acorn]]
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*** [[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]
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**** [[Super Sonic (Archie)|Super Sonic]]
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** [[Shijin Warriors]]
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*** [[Bunker the Tortoise]]
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*** [[Cinder the Pheasant]]
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*** [[Dulcy the Dragon]]
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*** [[Jian the Tiger]]
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* [[Gaia Phoenix]]
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* [[Gregorios (Archie)|Gregorios]]
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* [[Gwek (Archie)|Gwek]]
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* [[Honey the Cat (Archie)|Honey the Cat]]
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* [[Jari-Thure (Archie)|Jari-Thure]]
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* [[Knuckles the Echidna (Archie)|Knuckles the Echidna]]
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* [[Lucia (Archie)|Lucia]]
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* [[Lupe the Wolf]]
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* [[Marketa (Archie)|Marketa]]
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* [[Nagi (Archie)|Nagi]]
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* [[Nicole the Holo-Lynx]] {{Mention}}
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* [[Otto (Archie)|Otto]]
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* [[Orbot (Archie)|Orbot]]
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* [[Pearly the Manta Ray]]
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* [[Perfect Dark Gaia (Archie)|Perfect Dark Gaia]]
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* [[Professor Dillon Pickle]]
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* [[Razor the Shark]]
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* [[Relic the Pika]]
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* [[Rudi (Archie)|Rudi]]
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* [[Sarianna (Archie)|Sarianna]]
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* [[Sir Charles the Hedgehog]]
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* [[Teanchi]]
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* [[Tikal (Archie)|Tikal]]
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* [[Zonshen (Archie)|Zonshen]]
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'''Locations''':
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* [[Sonic's World]]
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** [[Eggman Land]] {{Mention}}
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** [[Guardian Units of the Nation Headquarters]]
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** [[Mobotropolis (Archie)|Mobotropolis]]
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** [[United Federation (Archie)|United Federation]]
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*** [[Adabat (Archie)|Adabat]]
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*** [[Apotos (Archie)|Apotos]]
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*** [[Chun-Nan (Archie)|Chun-Nan]]
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*** [[Empire City (Archie)|Empire City]]
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*** [[Holoska (Archie)|Holoska]]
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*** [[Mazuri (Archie)|Mazuri]]
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*** [[Shamar (Archie)|Shamar]]
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*** [[Spagonia (Archie)|Spagonia]]
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*** [[Westopolis (Archie)|Westopolis]]
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** [[Shrine Isle]]
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** [[Northern Oceans]]
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** [[Thunder Plains Zone]]
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'''Items''':
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* [[Chao Cola]]
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* [[Gaia Colossus (Archie)|Gaia Colossus]]
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* [[Master Emerald (Archie)|Master Emerald]]
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'''Vehicles''':
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* [[Death Egg (Archie)|Death Egg]]
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* [[Egg Mobile (Archie)|Egg Mobile]]
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* [[Sky Patrol]]
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* [[Tornado (Archie)|Tornado]] {{Mention}}
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* [[Tornado 2 (Archie)|Tornado 2]]
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'''Misc.'''
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* [[Dark Gaia energy]]
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* [[Spin Dash (Archie)|Spin Dash]]
   
 
===Off Panel "BFF Buffet" or "Special Friends"===
 
===Off Panel "BFF Buffet" or "Special Friends"===
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[[File:STH287OffPanel.jpg|thumb|220x220px|Off Panel]]
 
[[File:STH287OffPanel.jpg|thumb|220x220px|Off Panel]]
 
[[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)|Sonic]] and [[Chip (Archie)|Chip]] peacefully enjoy a meal together.
 
[[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)|Sonic]] and [[Chip (Archie)|Chip]] peacefully enjoy a meal together.
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====Appearances====
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'''Characters''':
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* [[Chip (Archie)|Chip]]
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* [[Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]
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'''Items''':
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* [[Chili dog (Archie)|Chili dog]] (x4)
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==Quotes==
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:'''Chip''': And I'll never forget you. I'll be here with you always. A part of the earth you tread.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
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[[File:PanicintheSkyCover.jpg|thumb|200px|The full image of the four connected covers.]]
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*This issue's regular cover is the final piece of the 4-part panoramic connecting cover art by [[Dan Schoening]].
 
*This issue marks the conclusion to the [[Shattered World Crisis]] which began back in [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 256|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #256]].
 
*This issue marks the conclusion to the [[Shattered World Crisis]] which began back in [[Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 256|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #256]].
 
*This is the first issue that [[Vincent Lovallo]], the editor, has created a variant cover for the series whereas normally he sketches the concepts for them.
 
*This is the first issue that [[Vincent Lovallo]], the editor, has created a variant cover for the series whereas normally he sketches the concepts for them.
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**[[Rafa Knight]] was originally going to do the variant cover, which was her final contribution to the comic series before its cancellation.
 
*This issue shares a few similarities to ''[[Sonic Unleashed]]'':
 
*This issue shares a few similarities to ''[[Sonic Unleashed]]'':
 
**Super Sonic feeling pain from Perfect Dark Gaia's attack is a reference to how [[Perfect Dark Gaia]], as one of the few bosses in the series, can actually damage [[Super Sonic]] during the final boss battle in ''Sonic Unleashed''.
 
**Super Sonic feeling pain from Perfect Dark Gaia's attack is a reference to how [[Perfect Dark Gaia]], as one of the few bosses in the series, can actually damage [[Super Sonic]] during the final boss battle in ''Sonic Unleashed''.
 
**Chip's final words as he seals himself away are the same final words he said to Sonic in the game.
 
**Chip's final words as he seals himself away are the same final words he said to Sonic in the game.
 
*There are notable parallels with this issue and ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #256:
 
*There are notable parallels with this issue and ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #256:
**Both issues are penciled by [[Tracy Yardley]].
 
 
**Both issues, along with its story arc ("Countdown to Chaos" and "Panic in the Sky"), are a part of a four-part connecting cover.
 
**Both issues, along with its story arc ("Countdown to Chaos" and "Panic in the Sky"), are a part of a four-part connecting cover.
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***Both issues, which served as finales to their respective story arcs, were penciled by [[Tracy Yardley]].
 
**Both ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #256 and #287 mark the beginning and end of the Shattered World Crisis, respectively.
 
**Both ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #256 and #287 mark the beginning and end of the Shattered World Crisis, respectively.
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*On the story's final page, the moon can be seen half-destroyed in the background, as per the events of ''[[Sonic Adventure 2]]''.
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*This issue’s Off Panel is notable for being the only one with no dialogue.
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*This was the last issue of the main ''Sonic'' comic series by Archie Comics in which the ''Sonic'' characters appeared in their modern designs.
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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===Cover artwork===
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{{Gallery start}}
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<gallery>
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StH284-287ConnectingCovers.jpg|Main cover, connecting sketch, by [[Vincent Lovallo]]
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StH287Thumbnail.png|Variant cover sketch, by Vincent Lovallo
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StH287Rafa.png|Original variant cover, by [[Rafa Knight]]
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StH287variant.png|Variant cover, raw
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</gallery>
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{{Gallery end}}
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===Preview pages===
 
===Preview pages===
 
{{Gallery start}}
 
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</gallery>
 
</gallery>
 
{{Gallery end}}
 
{{Gallery end}}
{{Comics}}
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==External links==
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*{{ME link|Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 287}}
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[[Category:Sonic the Hedgehog issues]]
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[[Category:Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) issues]]
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[[Category:2016 issues]]

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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 287 is the two hundred eighty seventh issue in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

Official solicitationEdit

SONIC BATTLES at the CENTER of the PLANET in “Panic in the Sky” Part Four: This is it—the cataclysmic clash and ferocious finale to the Shattered World Saga! Super Sonic leads Chip into battle against the dreaded Dark Gaia with the Freedom Fighters at ground zero! With the fate of the world at stake, who will actually be able to make it home? Featuring the fourth of four EPIC connecting covers by mega-talent Dan Schoening and a “Super” variant by full-time editor, first-time cover artist Vincent Lovallo!

Featured storiesEdit

Panic in the Sky Part Four: Finale - As Was ForetoldEdit

SynopsisEdit

Super Sonic and Chip, the latter who is using the Gaia Colossus, rush off to face Perfect Dark Gaia. Perfect Dark Gaia begins to activate a shield with its serpents but Super Sonic manages to destroy all of them while Chip holds open the shield and enters. Perfect Dark Gaia then fires an energy beam at Super Sonic which the latter survives, though he is surprised that he felt the effects of the attack.

Meanwhile, Tails, Sally, Antoine and Bunnie, onboard the Tornado 2, are in a safe distance away from the battle and the latter notes the Death Egg had stopped moving most likely due to having no fuel left. They find the Sky Patrol afloat on the ocean and land on the dome as the entrance to the hangar has been submerged. They meet up with Rotor who is relaxing and assures the team that Nicole is alright while the Sky Patrol is not. Tails tries to convince Rotor to go out and help, but Rotor tells him that it was now a battle of the gods and they should let Sonic and Chip finish the job without any interruptions. Sally agrees to this, noting that they have done enough and they all then cheer on their friends.

Super Sonic is seen hitting four of Perfect Dark Gaia's eyes (only effective on three) and Chip delivers a deadly uppercut to his foe with the Gaia Colossus, to which Sonic teases he stole as a move from Knuckles. Super Sonic then keeps Perfect Dark Gaia distracted from behind while Chip hits the monster a few more times. Perfect Dark Gaia then takes ahold of the Gaia Colossus and prepares to fire its energy beam once again, point-blank. At the same angle, Super Sonic discovers it would also kill his teammates on the Sky Patrol. The hedgehog hits each of Perfect Dark Gaia's hands to release its grip on Chip and knocks the direction of its blast off-course. Chip manages to deflect this.

Dr. Eggman bitterly overlooks the battle in his Egg Mobile, upset that both his plans and his refinery/amusement park were ruined. He realizes to himself that the raw power of the world was much more potent than he initially imagined, believing it could work as well as the Dark Gaia energy. Eggman then tries to formulate a plan to siphon the energy of the world somewhere remote so that Sonic could not foil his plans again, but decides to leave the rest of the plotting for another day and quickly flies to his Death Egg to get out of range from both Dark Gaia and the Freedom Fighters.

Back in the battle, Chip tells Super Sonic that the energy beam Perfect Dark Gaia fired weakened the it. This prompts the hedgehog to boost straight through the beast's central eye, ultimately defeating it. Super Sonic flies back to the Gaia Colossus, lands on its hand and reverts back to normal. Sonic lets Chip know that there is still Dark Gaia Energy present and Chip assures him that he has done enough and it was time for him to complete his duty as the Light Gaia and restore the world. With this, Chip assembles the pieces of the world while allies and enemies from around the world watch in either relief or fear; in Eggman's case, annoyance and defeat.

Sonic, tired but relieved that it is all over, tells Chip that they can finally celebrate. However, Chip tells Sonic that it is time for him to seal himself back into the world with Dark Gaia so that history would not repeat itself too soon. Chips also adds that he would take the Gaia Temples with him so that they could no longer be accessed by Dr. Eggman and would seal the magma crater in the ocean that Dark Gaia previously created. Despite this, Sonic gets upset, knowing he would never see Chip again, but Chip assures him that his greatest reward was getting to travel with the former.

Chip telepathically thanks Tails and Rotor for their shared wisdom, Bunnie and Antoine for showing him what he was meant to protect in the world, and Sally for easily accepting Chip for who he was like Nicole, the latter of which he requested a goodbye to. Chip then telepathically contacts Cream and Big in Mobotropolis, wishing he could be closer to say farewell to them and contacts Knuckles and Amy on Angel Island, thanking them for inspiring him with their passion. Chip returns Sonic to the Sky Patrol and Sonic yells after him that he would miss him. Chip then tells Sonic that he would never forget him and he would always be with him, a part of the earth he treads. With this, Chip seals himself, the Gaia Colossus and Dark Gaia away underneath the crater.

Sonic expresses to Sally how unfair it was for them to keep going while Chip could not. Sally and Tails comfort Sonic, telling him that he indeed saved him and the world while also allowing Chip to live his life for the first time ever. This cheers Sonic up a bit and Chip's necklace magically appears in his hand. He wears it as a bracelet and the Freedom Fighters embrace while watching the sunrise.

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Sonic and Chip peacefully enjoy a meal together.

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Chip: And I'll never forget you. I'll be here with you always. A part of the earth you tread.

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The full image of the four connected covers.

  • This issue's regular cover is the final piece of the 4-part panoramic connecting cover art by Dan Schoening.
  • This issue marks the conclusion to the Shattered World Crisis which began back in Sonic the Hedgehog #256.
  • This is the first issue that Vincent Lovallo, the editor, has created a variant cover for the series whereas normally he sketches the concepts for them.
    • Rafa Knight was originally going to do the variant cover, which was her final contribution to the comic series before its cancellation.
  • This issue shares a few similarities to Sonic Unleashed:
    • Super Sonic feeling pain from Perfect Dark Gaia's attack is a reference to how Perfect Dark Gaia, as one of the few bosses in the series, can actually damage Super Sonic during the final boss battle in Sonic Unleashed.
    • Chip's final words as he seals himself away are the same final words he said to Sonic in the game.
  • There are notable parallels with this issue and Sonic the Hedgehog #256:
    • Both issues, along with its story arc ("Countdown to Chaos" and "Panic in the Sky"), are a part of a four-part connecting cover.
      • Both issues, which served as finales to their respective story arcs, were penciled by Tracy Yardley.
    • Both Sonic the Hedgehog #256 and #287 mark the beginning and end of the Shattered World Crisis, respectively.
  • On the story's final page, the moon can be seen half-destroyed in the background, as per the events of Sonic Adventure 2.
  • This issue’s Off Panel is notable for being the only one with no dialogue.
  • This was the last issue of the main Sonic comic series by Archie Comics in which the Sonic characters appeared in their modern designs.

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