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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 74 is the seventy-fourth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

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Don't Call It A Comeback!

The intrigue continues as Sonic and the Freedom Fighters return to Knothole Village to find only his parents there. Where did everyone else go? Fed up, Sonic and the Freedom Fighters take off into orbit to personally investigate the mysterious satellites. Now they’re in outer space in search of answers­ and the culprit behind their friend’s disappearance. But once they find out who the village-napper is, they might wish they’d never asked. This issue leads us into Sonic’s 75th issue extravaganza!!!

Tales Of the Great War - Part III

Julian sends Kodos to the Zone of Silence!

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Don't Call It A Comeback!

In the throne room of Castle Acorn, Sonic sadly reveals that Knothole is gone. King Max demands Sonic explain himself, and Sonic tells everyone that all of the Robians have disappeared from Knothole Village. Sally, Elias, Nate Morgan, Bunnie, Tails, Antoine and Amy all shocked. Sonic blames the satellites around Mobius for their disappearances. King Max orders Sonic to keep calm, but Sonic yells that he can't keep calm and storms out of the castle. Sally runs after him and asks him to listen to her father, but Sonic tells her that he refuses to listen to him ever again.

On the outskirts of Mobotropolis, Sonic is followed by Nate Morgan and the Freedom Fighters. Nate shows them a space shuttle he repaired and a bundle of Power Rings to power the machine. He warns them that they may not be enough to reach the satellites, so Sonic whistles, summoning Dulcy to help. Sonic tells Amy to stay behind with Nate. He begins to tell Sally to stay behind with her father, but Sally refuses. Nate stays behind with Amy as Dulcy lifts the space shuttle into the atmosphere. The Freedom Fighters, wearing spacesuits, exit the shuttle and head inside the eighth satellite. They take off their helmets after NICOLE tells them the satellite has artificial gravity and an abundance of breathable oxygen. The group is suddenly surrounded by a number of strange SWATbots, but easily destroys them.

The Freedom Fighters are then surrounded by even bigger SWATbots when Doctor Robotnik reveals himself to the group, explaining that the robots are his Shadow-Bots. Sonic, surprised that Robotnik is still alive, demands to know what happened to the Robians. Robotnik gloats by asking him if his parents taught him better manners. Sonic charges Robotnik, but is easily slapped aside. Bunnie launches a punch to Robotnik, revealing a factory where the captured Robians are under his control, working for him. Sonic, in rage, knocks himself and Robotnik off the scaffolding and into the factory. Sonic and Robotnik fight on a conveyor belt heading towards corrosive chemical spray. Sonic jumps off the belt in time, but Robotnik's cape is stuck, leaving him at mercy of the corrosive gas. Sonic, Bunnie, Sally and Antoine look on in horror as the gas melts away the doctor's disguise. Sonic realizes that their enemy wasn't Dr. Robotnik at all, trailing off before revealing his name.

Tales of the Great War Part Three: Enter Robotnik

While watching Dulcy lift the space shuttle up to the sky, Amy can't believe that Uncle Chuck has gone missing. She remembers when they were in the library the previous day.

Uncle Chuck revealed to Tails, Amy and Jeremiah that he and Jules rescued Julian Kintobor, the man who would become Dr. Robotnik, before the Great War. Despite the protests of General D'Coolette, King Max accepted Julian into their kingdom, reasoning he refused to make the same mistake he made with Nate Morgan. Kodos and Julian soon met, discussing that they should become a team and take the kingdom for themselves. Kodos revealed his private weaponry and a portal to the Zone of Silence, only to be thrown into the Zone by Julian. Julian told King Max about Kodos' disappearance, neglecting to tell him that he was responsible, and convinced Max to wage war with the Overlanders.

Off Panel

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Off Panel

J. F. Gabrie tries to convince Tails to get a redesign as everyone else has gotten one. Tails reluctantly agrees and Gabrie takes him to his creation: tail fins. He adds these to Tails' tails and called them retro, much to Tails' disagreement.


  • The birth of Steven Butler's daughter, Lily, was announced in the Sonic-Grams section of this issue.


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