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#97

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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 97 is the ninety-seventh issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

Official solicitation

My Secret Identity

Geoffrey manages to piece together half of Uncle Chuck's message from the damaged Shadow-Bot, and he and his secret service team embark on a mission to Robotropolis to retrieve it. Meanwhile, an incognito Sonic begins his quest for Arachnis and Tails, but is sidetracked by Geoffrey's mission. The intrigue thickens when both the secret service and Sonic are captured by Overlanders, and Sonic does his best to maintain his anonymity in the midst of his cellmates. Can Sonic aid in their escape without blowing his cover? Plus, surprising unexpected revelations about Robotnik and Tails. And what's with all the missing Overlanders?

To the Brink

Another Knuckles back-up story, this time guest-starring Sonic's buddy Tails.

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My Secret Identity

Synopsis

Sonic the Hedgehog, determined to retrieve the Sword of Acorns, creates a black "ninja" costume in order to search for the sword without drawing the Royal Secret Service's attention.

At Castle Acorn, Nate Morgan is busy trying to restore the message from Uncle Chuck held in the memory of a broken Shadowbot. The message comes out garbled, telling them that Dr. Eggman has the Sword of Acorns. While Nate is unsure, Geoffrey proposes they immediately head out to take the sword back. Sally suggests to her brother Elias that they send Sonic to retrieve it, but Geoffrey furiously objects. Elias decides to just send Geoffrey and his Royal Secret Service team on the mission.

Sonic is sneaking out of Knothole Village, planning to track down Uma Arachnis, when he hears Geoffrey and his team nearby. Overhearing them discuss their mission to retrieve the sword from Eggman, Sonic decides he will need to abandon his hunt in order to protect the Royal Secret Service members. In Robotropolis, Colin Kintobor and his assistant, Professor Cheddermund, give Dr. Eggman and Snively a record of their galactic trip. They ask Colin to leave the "eggheads" to talk amongst themselves as Eggman pulls out a device menacingly as he approaches Cheddermund.

As Geoffrey and his team attempt to infiltrate Robotropolis, they are quickly spotted by the city's security systems. Sonic takes out the camera, but it is too late and Geoffrey's team is cornered by Shadowbots. Sonic leaps down to help fight, but Geoffrey surrenders to the robots. Sonic, Geoffrey, and the Royal Secret Service team are taken in handcuffs to prison. Geoffrey asks Sonic who he is, and Sonic calls himself "The Sneak," a Freedom Fighter from Sand Blast City visiting Robotropolis on a reconnaissance mission.

Each of them is taken in for interrogation, one by one. While Heavy and Bomb are being interrogated, Sonic tries to talk the group into escaping with him. Geoffrey refuses to leave his friends behind. Before the group is forced to make a decision, Heavy and Bomb return, blowing open an exit. As they escape, Eggman and Snively gloat to themselves about how they reprogrammed Heavy and Bomb to obey their commands. Sonic, certain that Eggman wanted them to escape, heads back to Knothole and stashes his disguise in an log. Before he can head back home however, someone sneaks up behind him and places him under arrest.

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Continuity

  • Sonic's secret identity of "The Sneak" in this issue would later be referenced by Espio in Sonic Universe #16, "Journey to the East Part Four: A World Under Constant Vigil".

Trivia

  • Although uncredited, the first few panels of this story were drawn by Patrick Spaziante.[citation needed]
  • Sonic's line of "You da man now, hog!" is a reference to the notable line "You da man now dog!" from the film Finding Forrester.
  • In the reflection of Professor Cheddermund's glasses, the word "Ages" is seen, which is Sega spelled backwards.
    • This is also most likely a reference to the former Sega slogan "To be this good takes AGES, to be this good takes SEGA".
  • Wombat Stu disappears and reappears at random points of the story when the full Royal Secret Service group is intended to be on-panel.

To the Brink

  • Writer & Inks: Ken Penders
  • Pencils: Ron Lim
  • Colors: Frank Gagliardo
  • Letters: Vickie Williams
  • Editor: J. F. Gabrie

Synopsis

Turbo Tails has angered Chaos Knuckles by standing between him and Merlin Prower. They tussle back and forth, trading blows, while Tails tries to reason with Knuckles. He refuses to listen and beats Tails into submission. Suddenly, Knuckles hears the voice of Julie-Su calling for him and teleports away.

Merlin, concerned that Tails did not even attempt to defend himself, rushes to his nephew's side. Athair is certain that Turbo Tails should have been powerful enough to overcome Chaos Knuckles and decides to probe Tails' mind for answers. He finds that the "Tails" lying before them is actually not the real Tails, but rather a magical doppelganger. Merlin insists they must find the real Tails, but Athair cautions that there may not be a real Tails at all. He instead proposes they simply return the fake Tails to his regular life while they search for answers.

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  • Sonic Fan Art
  • Sonic-Grams
  • Sonic Checklist

Quotes

Athair: As astounding as it may be, that is not your nephew you hold in your arms -- but rather his doppelganger!
Merlin: His WHAAAT?!!!

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