- Sonic and Tails are forced to land in the force-field-covered desert town of Sand Blast City! There they encounter a group of Freedom Fighters that take hero worship of our blue blur to new levels! Also, see the prisoner's of the Devil's Gulag devise a way out, including Snively!
Tales Of The Freedom Fighters - On His Majesty's Secret Service - Part II
- Now that Geoffrey's got raw recruits, what are they supposed to do?
- Writer: Karl Bollers
- Pencils: Steven Butler
- Inks: Pam Eklund
- Colors: Frank Gagliardo
- Letters: Jeff Powell
- Editor: Justin Gabrie
- Managing Editor: Victor Gorelick
- Editor-in-Chief: Richard Goldwater
The story starts with Sonic and Tails flying Sonic's biplane, newly named "Winged Victory" (StH: #57). While flying over a desert, they lose control of the plane and are forced to make a crash landing. Luckily, shortly after landing, they see someone or something approaching on the horizon. They both start to worry when they see that there were tanks and military vehicles approaching, but to their surprise, various animals come out, their rabbit leader claiming that they need to hurry. Sonic is surprised to notice that they already know his name.
The story cuts to the prison on the Devil's Gulag. Here, Snively is making remarks of how he is too intelligent to not break out, while Drago Wolf, imprisoned after the Endgame saga (StH: #51), mocks his self-confidence.
Cutting back to Sonic, he learns that the rabbit's name is Jack Rabbit, and better yet, how they happened to already know his name. They explained that the news of his defeating Dr. Robotnik in the Endgame saga (StH: #50) traveled all through Mobius and inspired them, the self-proclaimed "Sand-Blasters", to take similar actions. Shortly after, the group is attacked by a wave of Robians. While Sonic makes quick work of them, Tails wonders why these Robians don't have their free will after Robotnik's defeat. He notes that these Robians don't seem to be under anyone's control, but still seem pretty mindless.
Sonic finishes off the Robians quickly, but before he enters back into the tank with Tails and Jack Rabbit, he stares with awe into the distance at the Sand-Blasters' home city.
Meanwhile, in orbit above Mobius, a space pod is flying high above. Someone inside says something about finding a target and locking on. The figure inside then presses a button, but the effects are not immediately known.
Sonic and Tails are being welcomed to Sand Blast City by Jack Rabbit. Very shortly after entering, a crowd forms around Sonic, shouting praise. Tails wonders why they are being welcomed so greatly, which soon becomes clear as Jack Rabbit takes them to what he calls the most important spot in the city...a giant statue of Sonic. Astonished at how the people idolize Sonic, he and Tails are speechless.
Back at the Devil's Gulag, Snively talks of what he will do after his escape. The other prisoners begin to ridicule him, daring him to try to escape. Snively nervously drops the file he was using on his fingernails, and shortly thereafter, all the prison doors open. Everyone in the prison escapes, including Nack the Weasel, the Fearsome Foursome, and Sleuth Dawg.
It is the next morning at Sand-Blast city, and Tails wakes up to find that their door is locked from the outside, but he flies up and out through an open ceiling. He comes to find Jack Rabbit and company covering up Sonic's plane. Confronted by Tails, Jack claims that they found out what was wrong with the plane, and that they will just have to keep it on the ground for a few weeks. Tails objects, reiterating that he and Sonic have to pursue Ixis Naugus, but Sonic then arrives and claims that they can get the wizard later. With this as his apparent plan, he asks if there's a problem, unaware of the breakout at Devil's Gulag.
Back at the Devil's Gulag, the escaped prisoners are rioting with Snively astonished.
- Dr. Ivo Robotnik (mentioned)
- Drago Wolf
- Fearsome Foursome
- Freedom Fighters
- Ixis Naugus (mentioned)
- Nack the Weasel
- Snively Robotnik
Races and species:
- Prime Zone
- Dome Force Field (first appearance)
Tales Of The Freedom Fighters: Geoffrey St. John "On His Majesty's Secret Service - Part Two"
- Writer, Inks & Colors: Ken Penders
- Pencils: Art Mawhinney
- Letters: Jeff Powell
- Editor: Justin Gabrie
Entering his quarters, Geoffrey St. John senses the presence of an intruder, whom he confidently prepares to deal with. He is then surprised as the intruder explodes, knocking him back, while another intruder emerges to speak to him. The newcomer introduces himself as the robot Heavy, who with his partner Bomb has been looking for a new place in life. He then tells Geoffrey that he believes that the commander can help them, surprising the Skunk with the knowledge that they learned about him by tapping in Robotnik's database.
Geoffrey admits that Heavy could be useful, is worried about the apparently destroyed Bomb. Heavy assures him that Bomb has simply transferred his consciousness to another body. The next day, Geoffrey greets his new team—the two robots, Valdez the Chameleon, Hershey Cat, and Wombat Stu—at the armory, where he shows off his Buffalo Three-Ninety-Seven device. Stu is impressed, mentioning that he has never seen Freedom Fighters employ such a weapon. Geoffrey reminds him that Royal Secret Service agents are not Freedom Fighters.
Geoffrey explains the group's purpose: to protect the Kingdom of Acorn from all threats, which will require training in various disciplines. He immediately launches into it, dropping Hershey into a water-filled tank occupied by a robotic shark. To her surprise, Valdez comes to her rescue with Bomb, who detonates while Heavy and Stu help their other teammates out of the water. Geoffrey then informs them that part of their training will involve working on those areas in which they are weak, and that they'll be working hard to develop such skills. He informs them that they've got a five-minute break, after which they will resume, to Valdez's displeasure.
- Dr. Ivo Robotnik (portrait)
- Royal Secret Service
Races and species:
- Buffalo Three-Ninety-Seven (only appearance)
- Sonic Fan Art
- "Pro Art to Color" pin-up: A pin-up page of Sonic, Tails, Sally, Antoine, Bunnie, and Dulcy heading into battle. Presented in black-and-white as a coloring page. Pencils by Steven Butler, inks by Pam Eklund.
- Sonic: ...That's...That's..."
- Tails: That's you.
- This is Karl Bollers' first issue as head writer of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, a position he would hold for nearly one-hundred issues.