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#98

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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 98 is the ninety-eighth issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics.

Official solicitation

Sonic Adventure 2

When Station Square's chaos emerald is stolen by a super fast hedgehog, Sigma Alpha-2 goes searching for the most likely culprit...Sonic the Hedgehog.

As the Shadow Awakes

The military comes to ARK to take over Project Codename: Shadow.

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Sonic Adventure 2

Synopsis

Three months ago, Sonic and his friends defeated Silver Sonic v2.0 and reprogrammed it to chase Dr. Eggman out of Station Square. The robotic guardian chased him all the way to Prison Island, where the doctor fell into a deep crevasse, supposedly to his death. Eggman found himself in an abandoned, high tech jail cell that had previously held his maternal grandfather, Professor Gerald Robotnik. Inside, he found the professor's secret journal, revealing to him a secret weapon.

One week ago, Shadow steals a Chaos Emerald from a Station Square bank. Silver Sonic v2.0 tries to stop him, but is easily destroyed. Detective J.J. Moto is given the case, and delivers the bank's security footage to the President. The President mistakes Shadow for Sonic the Hedgehog, and hires Rouge the Bat to recover the Chaos Emerald.

Twenty-four hours ago, a team of G.U.N. operatives, the Paladin Team Sigma-Alpha 2, headed by Hugo Brass, leaves Station Square to capture Sonic the Hedgehog. In the present, the team surrounds Sonic but is easily outmatched by the supersonic hedgehog. While Sonic brags about his skills, they manage to capture him with an electric net. As Sonic is loaded on to a helicopter, he spots a loose screw. When the chopper approaches Station Square, Sonic takes out most of the crew and busts out mid-flight. Using a piece of the helicopter as a board, he slides into the city and escapes briefly only to find himself being chased by a massive G.U.N. truck.

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Trivia

  • The scene where Sonic breaks out of the GUN helicopter is a word-for-word recreation of the same scene in Sonic Adventure 2, albeit with a few extra bits of dialogue added in.
  • This the first full story penciled by Patrick Spaziante since Sonic the Hedgehog #39, "Rage Against the Machine".
  • Sonic is seen wearing his standard sneakers in this issue, while in the game he wears a pair of 2G Hi-Speed Shoes. This is most likely because an early demo version of the game, which was likely used as reference for this issue, featured Sonic in his standard footwear.

As the Shadow Awakes

Synopsis

Some time ago, aboard the Space Colony ARK, Professor Gerald Robotnik is trying to unlock the secrets of immortality. He talks half to himself, half to a creature in a tube about his life's work and how he hopes to cure his granddaughter, Maria Robotnik, of her crippling disease. The creature in the tube begins to move, shocking Gerald. A sudden power surge frightens Maria, who calls for her grandfather. She tells him that a space shuttle from Station Square is coming towards them, and Gerald orders Maria to come to him. The shuttle docks and the military agents board, attempting to retrieve "Project: Shadow". Gerald tries to stall the men while Maria and Shadow head for an escape pod. Shadow gets in, but Maria is shot in the back by their pursuers.

Gerald is taken to his cell on Prison Island and forced to make another creature like Shadow. The original Shadow's pod washes ashore, but is empty. Angry at his granddaughter's death, Gerald plots his revenge. Gerald builds a laser cannon in the ARK strong enough to destroy planets, and remembers that Shadow has a piece of his DNA in him that ensures that, should he die, Shadow will take his revenge. He also makes a chip detailing his plans and hides it in the lab. Worried Gerald might pulling the wool over their eyes, the G.U.N. Colonel pulls the plug on "Project: Shadow" and has Gerald executed. However, they never found Gerald's secret chip.

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  • Project Shadow

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  • Maria's hair was mistakenly colored brown in this story.

Off Panel

See also: Off Panel

Synopsis

Off Panel

Knuckles tells Patrick Spaziante and Harvey Mercadoocasio to not rush the artwork. This angers them and Knuckles soon finds himself drenched in India ink. A co-worker says goodbye to the echidna and tells him she knows how to get rid of the ink.

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  • Sonic-Grams
  • Sonic Checklist

Quotes

Rico: Where'd-
Trooper: -it-
Spike: -go to?
Sonic: Wouldn't it be better to ask "What happened to our guns?" instead?
Sonic: Talk about low-budget flights—no food or movies. I'm outta here! 'sides...I'd feel better running!

Trivia

  • Both stories in this issue is based off of the storyline for Sonic Adventure 2.
    • As the stories in this issue only adapt the beginning of the game, the rest of the story would later be told through flashbacks in Sonic Universe #2, "Time & Again".

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