- This issue begins shortly after the events of Archie Super Sonic vs. Hyper Knuckles
To 'Bot or Not to 'Bot
- Sonic journeys with Uncle Chuck and Muttski to foil Robotnik's latest scheme: an unstoppable army of his new "Combots!" Everything is going according to plan...until Uncle Chuck and Muttski turn traitor!
To 'Bot or Not to 'Bot!
- Writer: Angelo DeCesare
- Art: Brian Thomas
- Letters: Mindy Eisman
- Colors: Barry Grossman
- Editor: Scott Fulop
- Managing editor: Victor Gorelick
- Editor-in-Chief: Richard Goldwater
In Knothole, Sonic and Rotor attempt to De-Roboticize Uncle Chuck and Muttski. They fail to make any progress and Uncle Chuck says that Robotnik is the only one who can De-Roboticize them. Meanwhile, in Robotropolis, Dr. Robotnik summons Snively to examine his top secret project. Snively is shocked to enter a room filled with a new model of robots: the Combots. Robotnik announces that he wishes to be called General Robotnik from now on, as he plans to march on the Great Forest with his new army, overwhelming the Freedom Fighters with the sheer number of robots at his disposal.
Dulcy overhears their conversation, having been eavesdropping while disguised as a gargoyle. Dulcy frantically heads back to Knothole and tries to tell the Freedom Fighters about Robotnik's plan, getting a few minor details wrong in the process. The Freedom Fighters decide that the best way to fight back is to destroy the Combots all at once. Sonic, Uncle Chuck, and Muttski volunteer to head to Robotropolis on a sabotage mission. As they head out, Chuck warns Sonic that they may be doing exactly what Robotnik wants them too.
While Chuck is entering the access codes to enter Robotropolis, he realizes that Robotnik hasn't changed the codes since he escaped. The group heads inside and locates the Combots. While Sonic runs ahead to plant the explosives meant to destroy the robots, Robotnik fires a beam at Uncle Chuck and Muttski. When Sonic returns, Uncle Chuck grabs Sonic and refuses to let go. Both Chuck and Muttski have fallen under Robotnik's control once again. Robotnik enters to gloat over his victory, and informs Sonic that he will be leading Robotnik's forces into the Great Forest.
The next day, several of the Freedom Fighters return to Sally with no news of the missing trio. However, they are soon made aware of their friends' whereabouts when Robotnik's Combot army appears in the distance with Sonic strapped to a tank at the front of the procession. They spot Uncle Chuck and Muttski marching with the Combots and realize they must have been brainwashed to follow Robotnik. With no other options, Sally orders the population of Knothole to evacuate to underground shelters nearby, only to find Robotnik waiting at the entrance with Uncle Chuck.
Sally stands against Robotnik, telling him that he may be able to stop some of them, but he'll never stop all of them. Robotnik disagrees, informing her that the Combots are programmed to hunt down every non-robotic Mobians, no matter the cost. He orders the Combots to carry out their orders, but quickly finds that they've started marching the wrong way. The Combots ignore his orders to stop and walk off a cliff into the ocean below. Refusing to give up, Robotnik orders Snively to roboticize Sonic immediately. Unfortunately, Sonic has miraculously escaped his imprisonment and is about to use the roboticizer on Robotnik.
Muttski attacks Sonic, allowing Uncle Chuck to pick up Robotnik and Snively on a hovercraft. As they escape, Sonic reveals that Uncle Chuck and Muttski were acting the whole time, having been implanted with Neuro-Overriders by Rotor to prevent them from falling under Robotnik's control again. Pretending to be loyal to Robotnik, Uncle Chuck reprogrammed the Combots and weakened Sonic's restraints to allow him to escape. Sally is happy the plan worked, but demands that they don't leave her in the dark again. The mission accomplished, Uncle Chuck decides to use Robotnik's ignorance to spy on him for the Freedom Fighters.
A Sense Of History - Part One
As Knuckles continues his search for the missing Chaotix, his thoughts turn to the lessons his father Locke gave him on the history of their people-specifically, how the Floating Island came to be, and how that tale led to the rise of the ominous Mount Fate. Originally, he recalls, the Floating Island was a part of Mobius' surface-specifically the continent of Downunda-and was the home of a thriving Echidna civilization. However, two of Knuckles' ancestors, Jordann and Kayla-La, discovered a threat to their city in the form of the White Comet, which was set to crash land in the midst of the city.
Determined to prevent this disaster, the two scientists-backed by their people-set out to excavate a number of Chaos Emeralds. After recovering twelve, they relocated them to their city and placed them in caverns beneath it, allowing the Floating Island to come into being. Despite her success, Kayla-La felt as though her people were leaving their home behind, which Knuckles equated with the island's isolation from the surface of Mobius. As he contemplates the rise of his homeland, Knuckles' thoughts inevitably turn to the menace that arose from the very power that the Echidnas used to save themselves.
The Adventures of Scott and Paul
- Art: Bill Golliher
Ellen Leonforte, a staff artist at Archie, is astounded by the sheer outpouring of fan mail from readers who want to be Scott Fulop's pen pal. Scott replies that if they send him a nice pen he'll be their pal. The Archie Art Department responds to his awful pun by lobbing pies at him.
- Combots are introduced for the first time.
- Uncle Chuck and Muttski return to Robotropolis to act as spies.
- The origin of the Floating Island is revealed.
- While mapping the sky, Jordann mentions charting the Alpha Quadrant. This references the Alpha Quadrant, a portion of the Milky Way Galaxy, in the Star Trek series.
- The flying ships in the Echidna past are Thunderbirds 1, 2 and 3 from the Thunderbirds series.
- This is the first issue of Sonic the Hedgehog to have art by Brian Thomas, although he did cover art with Patrick Spaziante in Sonic the Hedgehog #33.