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#85

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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 85 is the eighty-fifth issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

Official solicitation

The Big Payback

Robotnik is upset by Sonic's victory over "Perfect Chaos," so he sics Silver Sonic II on the blue blur - right as the Freedom prepare to depart the Hidden City. Joining the battle, Sonic's friends find trying to beat Silver Sonic II in hand-to-hand combat is impossible - only Sonic can withstand Silver Sonic II's blows. The battle is furious, with repercussions sure to impact the future of the Freedom Fighters. What lies in store for our fearless heroes, and is there a way to defeat the juggernaut that is Silver Sonic II?

Home & Back

A Rotor solo explaining his adventures away from the Freedom Fighters.

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The Big Payback

Synopsis

Mourning the defeat of Chaos by Super Sonic and Knuckles, Dr. Eggman plans his latest revenge plot. Meanwhile, in Station Square, Mayor Bullyani holds a farewell celebration in honor of the Knothole Freedom Fighters, Big the Cat, and Nate Morgan. The celebration is suddenly soured when Silver Sonic v2.0 arrives on the scene, picking a fight with Sonic. Silver Sonic v2.0 launches missiles at him, and Sonic assumes they are homing missiles and runs away from the city square. As the missiles follow him, Sonic realizes that Silver Sonic v2.0 is only going to target him, making defending the citizens easier. He guides the missiles into a revolving door, causing them to blow up out of harm's way.

Back at the square, Tails and Big try to stop Silver Sonic, but are easily tossed aside. The rest of the Freedom Fighters prepare to fight it, but are nearly zapped by the robot's laser vision. Sonic returns to fight Silver Sonic v2.0 and they both crash into an abandoned electronics shop. Cornered by Sonic, Silver Sonic v2.0 destroys the support beams, causing the entire building to crumble on top of them. Dr. Eggman watches the fight on a monitor and celebrates as Silver Sonic v2.0 rises from the rubble.

The Freedom Fighters start to dig through the rubble, but realize that Sonic has burrowed a tunnel underground. Sonic resurfaces and grabs onto Silver Sonic v2.0 as it flies through the city. ally asks Nicole to perform a scan of Silver Sonic v2.0, discovering that its power supply is infinite. Nate Morgan begins to think that reprogramming it could be the solution to their problem. Sonic continues to hold onto the robot as they soar through the sky. Silver Sonic v2.0 tries to fire at Sonic, but ends up shooting off off its own foot, causing Sonic to fall. Tails grabs Sonic, but is knocked out by the foot after placing Sonic on top of a building. In anger, Sonic uses a Sonic Spin on Silver Sonic v2.0, which knocks its head off.

The Freedom Fighters congratulate Sonic on his victory, but Sally is worried about leaving the city defenseless. Back at his base, Dr. Eggman reveals his plan to to use Silver Sonic v2.0's tracking device to find and repair the robot and then take control of the city. The Freedom Fighters say their goodbyes to Mayor Bullyani, Big, and Froggy, and head back to Knothole Village in the Freedom Fighter Special. On their way back, the ship crashes. Nate examines the wreckage and determines their ship was sabotaged, and Sonic and Tails head out on reconnaissance. Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman arrives in Station Square and tracks down Silver Sonic v2.0. However, Silver Sonic v2.0 tells Eggman that he has been repaired and reprogrammed by Nate Morgan to protect Station Square and chases Eggman out of the city.

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Trivia

  • This story is actually titled "The Big Payback - Chapter One", but "Chapter Two" does not exist.
  • The fact that Silver Sonic v2.0 shows up after the Sonic Adventure adaptation may be a nod to an easter egg in said game, where an unnamed Sonic robot that resembles Silver Sonic v2.0 can be seen inside a large tube in the Final Egg.

Home and Back

Synopsis

Somewhere in the North Sea, Rotor's Bathysphere is beginning to sink. Rotor sends out a distress signal and ponders how he got here. Having heard from the Arctic Freedom Fighters that the Walrus Herd had regained its free will, Rotor headed to the Walrus Herd's location and spent his time bonding with his mother and his little brother, Skeeter. One morning the heard was suddenly in a trance once again.

With the heard ready to attack, Rotor fled to his bathysphere. Unfortunately, the herd attacked the bathysphere, causing it to sink. Rotor breaks out of the bathysphere just before it explodes and falls unconscious underwater. He wakes up at the Arctic Freedom Fighters base, where Guntiver, Flip, Sealia, Augustus and Erma are waiting for him to recover. Guntiver, regretfully, tells Rotor that Robotnik has returned.

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Off Panel

See also: Off Panel

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Off Panel

Sonic and J. F. Mendez-Gabrie are finishing up lunch when Sonic suddenly starts dramatically complaining about a fierce pain in his wrist. As Sonic tumbles to the floor melodramatically, J. F. Mendez-Gabrie tells him he will pay the bill. After the bill is paid, he asks Sonic how much it costs to learn from the "William Shatner School of Overacting" and Sonic takes a bow.

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  • Sonic-Grams

Quotes

Silver Sonic v2.0: "Heads-up-Sonic. The-Eggman-has-a-score-to-settle-with-you-and-I-am-just-the-hedgehog-to-do-it.
Sonic: Are you serious, dude?!
Silver Sonic v2.0: Way-past.

Trivia

  • On the cover, two healthbars are shown with Silver Sonic losing health, possibly a reference to the arcade game Sonic the Fighters.
  • This issue's cover was made into a desktop background available for download on Archie Comics' website.

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