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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 3 is the third issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

Official solicitation

The Bomb Bugs Me

Sonic comes to inform Sally and Boomer that Robotnik has access to "The Bomb"... To trick Robotnik, they project a picket line on a wall outside his office as Boomer disguises himself as Robotnik to trick Crabmeat into giving "The Bomb" to the freedom fighters, but this plan backfires when Robotnik shows up dressed in a Boomer suit! Think that's crazy? Just wait till you find out what "The Bomb" is!

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Sonic reads a sign above him that says "No Smoking" while he is charging up his speed and creating smoke.

The Bomb Bugs Me!

Synopsis

Part 1

Sally and Boomer are watching Sonic run back to Knothole on a monitor, but he arrives before the monitor shows he's back. Sonic explains to them why he ran back so fast. While running through Robotropolis and messing with some SWATbot, he overheard Dr. Robotnik bragging about having "the bomb", which will "kill every last one of them". The trio assumes it's a nuclear bomb and image what Mobius would be like after the doctor uses it. Sonic then comes up with an idea.

A short while later at Robotnik HQ, a SWATbot shows Robotnik the Freedom Fighters are protesting in Robotropolis. Robotnik calls a squadron of SWATbots to ambush them. As they run at them, they run right into a wall, destroying the SWATbots and leaving Robotnick in a daze. The panel show Sally using a projector on the wall playing a movie of them protesting. Sally, Rotor, and Sonic then go into Robotnik HQ.

Part 2

Boomer gets dressed up as Robotnik to get "the bomb". As Sonic and Sally wait in another room, Rotor goes into HQ and tells Crabmeat to get him "the bomb". Later, Crabmeat requests his presence in another room. Sonic and Sally hear fighting coming from the next room, but what looks like Boomer comes out with "the bomb" and says they should go back to Knothole. Suddenly, Robotnik comes in, claiming he is the real Boomer by taking off a mask. Boomer takes off a mask revealing he's Robotnik. This is followed by tons of rubber masks flying through the air. Sonic finally gets tired of the arguing and pulls all of the costumes off at once using his speed. They get the real Boomer, dizzy and confused, and take "the bomb" back to Knothole, where they discover it is a bug-repellent device dubbed as "The Bomb". Dr. Robotnik and Crabmeat are seen back at Robotropolis by his pantry, still remaining full of bugs, as he scowls and says "I HATE THAT HEDGEHOG!".

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Continuity

  • Robotnik recalls Crabmeat failing to defeat Sonic, from the miniseries.

Trivia

  • Rotor was still being referred to as "Boomer" at the time of this issue's publishing.
  • Robotnik, of all people, had to point out Rotor's obesity, an unintentional comparison to the skinnier Rotor from Sonic the Hedgehog #0. He seems to be aware of the hypocrisy, as he immediately takes back this comment ("How can someone be so fat? ... Never mind.")
  • Among the locations on Boomer's surveillance system, most of the West Side Island zones from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Emerald Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, ect.) are listed.
  • Rotor does an impression of James Cagney, an american actor known for his energetic performances.

Tails' Fairy Tales!

Synopsis

Sonic, who is resting on a tree, is approached by Tails. He tells Sonic he read the story The Tortoise and the Hare, which Sonic thinks is an "old fossil". Tails tries to convince him that it's a good book, but Sonic won't believe him, thinking that a turtle could never beat a fast animal like a rabbit. Suddenly, a turtle passes by quickly on a rocket-powered skateboard. Sonic changes his mind, a bit.

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Double Speak!

Synopsis

Sonic is on the phone, arguing to the person on the other side of the line. He then zooms off to another phone, retorting. He runs back to the phone and argues again. He runs to the other phone; running so fast that he can argue with himself through the phones.

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Paper Trail!

Synopsis

Princess Sally is addressing everybody in Knothole Village in anger, proclaiming that the perpetrators of a certain crime must be punished and that her word is law, putting on a crown and taking out a scepter. She takes Antoine by the top of his shirt and drags him off to begin an investigation. With Sally away, Tails responds in fear in that he has never seen Sally so angry. Sonic, who is sweating, reads the newspaper, which is talking about a debacle of Sally turning blonde, proclaiming that he thought she could take the joke. Rotor, meanwhile, runs off to quickly wash the printer ink that is on his hands.

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Rabbot Deployment!

  • Writer: Michael Gallagher
  • Pencils: Dave Manak
  • Inks: Jon D'Agostino
  • Colors: Linda and Daryl America
  • Letters: Bill Yoshida
  • Editor: Daryl Edelman
  • Editor-in-Chief: Richard Goldwater

Synopsis

Part One
Bunnieroboticized

Bunnie being rescued from the roboticizer

Sonic skids into Knothole after Sally requests his presence. Boomer shows Sonic his camera picked up traces of Robotnik making deep inroads into the southern sector of Mobius. Sonic then takes Boomer with him to scope it out. After speeding through Mobius (along with Boomer on roller skates, using a rope tied to Sonic), they find a southern-accented rabbit being manhandled by two SWATbots. They take the rabbit to the "BOT on the SPOT" portable robot-maker. Sonic tries to go save the day, but is pulled back by Boomer, whose rope is still attached to him. After uniting himself, Sonic does a horizontal Sonic Spin that beheads the two SWATbots and breaks into the machine. Unfortunately, the rabbit is half-way through the Roboticization progress. Sonic shuts down the machine and the rabbit falls unconscious. Despite Boomer's reservations about Robotnik being able to use her robotic parts to trace them to Knothole, Sonic decides to take the rabbit with them for medical treatment.

Part Two

Sonic and Boomer take the now half-robotizied rabbit back to Knothole, where she regains consciousness and introduces herself as "Bunnie Rabbot", and proves herself worthy of being a Freedom Fighter by picking up Sally on her throne. She drops her down when she realizes who Sally. Bunnie apologizes and asks to be Sally's hairdresser. Sally agrees and invites her to be a freedom fighter as well. Suddenly, Antoine bursts through, panicking. He tells them of a giant Burrowbot heading towards the Great Forest in order to seek out Knothole.

Sonic and Bunnie go up the secret entrance to fight it, where Sonic is nearly crushed by the Burrowbot's treads. Bunnie pulls him down just in time, and Sonic confronts the giant Badnik. However, the Badnik uses a ray to freeze Sonic in place, and attempts to roll over him with his treads. However, the robot finds himself being flipped upside-down, courtesy of Bunnie using her super strength arm (due to incomplete robotization). Sonic thanks Bunnie and creates a trench around the paralyzed Burrobot, and jams it into the ground. In the aftermath, Bunnie is welcomed into the Freedom Fighter group.

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Trivia

  • Bunnie tells the Freedom Fighters not to call her "Bugs" which is the name of the famous Looney Tunes character, Bugs Bunny, who is also a rabbit.
  • Interestingly, Bunnie shows that she has a crush on Sonic. However, she ends up backing down in favor of letting Sally have him.
    • Bunnie also takes notice of Antoine, along with Antoine taking notice of her.
  • Sonic has blue arms in a panel on page 6
  • Bunnie's pupil size is inconsistent throughout the issue.

Other features

  • Robotnik's Rules!: A list of Ivo Robotnik's rules:
    • NO Laughing
    • NO Singing
    • NO Plants
    • NO Music
    • NO Books
    • NO Exercise
    • NO Friends
    • NO Pets
    • NO Fun
    • NO Healthy Food
    • NO Complaining About My Rules!

Trivia

  • Robotnik's Rules is signed "I.R.", which stands for Ivo Robotnik.
  • The cover date does not reflect the actual publication date of the issue.
  • Bunnie claimed in Sonic the Hedgehog #46 that years before this story occurred, Antione saved her from another SWATbot. Neither Bunnie nor Antione recognize each other in this issue.

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