This issue takes place between Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 26Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 27

Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble is the third issue of the 48-page Sonic Special comic series published by Archie Comics.

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Tttriple Tttrouble!!!

Part One

Dr. Robotnik is boasting to Crabmeat about the Chaos Emerald he has acquired and how he plans to use its power to pollute the planet in mere days. Crabmeat informs his master that he accidentally set the power inducer draining the emerald incorrectly, causing a massive explosion which splits the emerald in half and flings both pieces to opposite sides of Mobius. Robotnik calls for a bounty hunter on his cellphone to retrieve the two emerald shards. Meanwhile, Tails finds Sonic in the Knothole kitchen and tells him that Rotor needs to talk to them about something he found. Sonic says he thought Rotor was working on a submarine, but Tails says what they found is way more important. The three of them observe a massive energy source coming their way and realize it must be a Chaos Emerald.

They get a video feed of the emerald just as it crashes in the Great Forest. Suddenly, they see a strange series of images floating in a void. It turns out that the emerald's magic is allowing them to see the creation of a new Zone. Before Rotor can decide what they can do about it, Sonic impatiently runs off to retrieve the emerald shard. A shadowy figure watches him speed by, vowing to chase after him, even if it means going to another world.

On the Floating IslandKnuckles is sunbathing. The warm sunlight suddenly turns green, startling him. He soon realizes that it was just a "green meteor" flying past the sun and watches it fall into the Dragon Spine Mountain Range, landing on the face of Mt. Osohai, the hardest mountain to climb on Angel Island. Knuckles decides to glide over to the mountain and investigate the "meteor". He soon realizes it's actually a Chaos Emerald and that it's burrowing its way into the mountain. A rockslide knocks Knuckles unconscious as he falls off the mountain.

Part Two - Zone Sweet Zone!

Sonic speeds into the entrance of the Zone entrance, named "Triple Trouble", created by the emerald shard while the shadowy figure follows him in a sky cycle programmed to mimic Sonic's moves. Sonic runs through several zones and finds the emerald half at the end. He realizes it's not complete and realizes that its broken state was probably the cause of the weird zones he just traveled through. As he grabs it, he's shot by a neural disruptor, knocking him out. It turns out that the shadowy figure following him was the bounty hunter, Nack the Weasel.

Part Three - Echidnapped!

Nack contacts Robotnik, having tied the dazed Sonic to a rock. Robotnik asks Nack to bring Sonic with him when he retrieves the other half of the emerald, and Nack agrees under the condition that he gets double the pay. Meanwhile, Knuckles wakes up in a cave, surrounded by the Ancient Walkers. Knuckles is terrified at first, but the Walkers use cave paintings to explain the situation to Knuckles. Knuckles interprets from their drawings that the halved emerald is burrowing into the Floating Island to rejoin with the emerald keeping the island aloft in the Chaos Chamber, but that a fusion of one and a half emeralds would cause a massive explosion that would destroy the island.

Determined to stop this, Knuckles demands that the Walkers send him back. He wakes up on the island just as Nack arrives. He jumps out of the bushes and decks Nack, causing the sky cycle to fall into the lake with Sonic still on board. Sonic wakes up just in time to spindash out of his ropes and back up to the surface.

Part Four - Blue Blur vs. Rough and Red!

Sonic jumps out of the river and attacks Knuckles. They start to scuffle until they hear Robotnik's voice coming from Nack's wristwatch. They notice the Robotnik hologram trying to contact Nack, so Sonic and Knuckles pick him up and use him as a puppet. Robotnik reveals that Nack has the other half of the Chaos Emerald before hanging up.

Sonic and Knuckles grab Nack's half of the emerald and hurry to the Chaos Chamber. They find the other emerald shard advancing though the wall. The duo put the broken emerald halves together, causing an explosion of green fire. They are teleported back to the surface of the Floating Island, unsure of where the newly reformed emerald went. They tie Nack up, and Sonic flies home on Nack's hovercraft. Sonic and Knuckles part on uncertain terms, suspecting the other of snatching the emerald. Meanwhile, somewhere far away, the emerald returns to the Ancient Walkers.


Elsewhere, in an unknown area, the three Ancient Walkers draw a circle in sand in the ground. They look upwards, as the Chaos Emerald from before appears in mid-air, dropping right into the center of the drawn circle, as the narrator announcing an age-old prophecy has been fulfilled.

Submersible Rehearsal

  • Writer: Mike Gallagher
  • Pencils: Art Mawhinney
  • Inks: Rich Koslowski
  • Colors: Barry Grossman
  • Letters: Mindy Eisman
  • Editor: Scott Fulop
  • Managing editor: Victor Gorelick
  • Editor-in-chief: Richard Goldwater
  • Special thanks to: Jennifer Hunn at SEGA

Tails is excited about the submarine Rotor built for him, the Sea Fox. Tails wants to use it, but Rotor tells him that it will not run without oil, and Princess Sally ordered Rotor not to fuel the sub. He tells Tails to have fun playing pretend and leaves. Tails furiously complains about how his friends treat him when he notices a seagull, drenched in oil, clinging to his submarine. The seagull explains that Robotnik has created another underwater roboticizer and has a new robot guarding it.

Tails gets an idea and scrubs the oil off of the gull and into his submarine. Tails pilots the Sea Fox deep underwater and investigates the new roboticizer. He finds Octobot, an octopus badnik, turning helpless fish into robots. Tails rams the Sea Fox into Octobot and launches a torpedo at the roboticizer. The explosion throws them up to the water's surface and Octobot swears revenge. Tails returns to shore and plans to tell his friends all about his exciting adventure. He offers the seagull to accompany him, but he has a date and doesn't want to keep his "gull" friend waiting.

First Contact

  • Writer & Pencils: Ken Penders
  • Inks: Jon D'Agostino
  • Colors: Barry Grossman
  • Letters: Mindy Eisman
  • Editor: Scott Fulop
  • Managing editor: Victor Gorelick
  • Editor-in-chief: Richard Goldwater
  • Special thanks to: Jennifer Hunn at SEGA

Knuckles is saving Vector from a falling into a lava pit, telling him to pay more attention to where he's going. Vector pays him no mind and walks off, while Knuckles smells something strange nearby. He finds a rock with the word "Archimedes" engraved upon it. Knuckles realizes that the smoke coming from the engraving was the source of the strange smell and that the engraving must have been made very recently. Wondering who "Archimedes" is, he asks Catweazle if he's seen anything unusual, but the bird can't think of anything.

Knuckles thinks the trail is going cold when he's attacked by a fire spitting robot. Knuckles recognizes it as one of Robotnik's badniks and assumes that Robotnik is Archimedes and is just trying to trick him again. He defeats the fire robot and is caught off-guard by an axe wielding robot. He defeats it, but falls through a hole in the ground into the Chaos Chamber. A mysterious voice tells Knuckles that it is Archimedes and that it's trying to teach him a lesson. Archimedes tasks Knuckles with finding him, tells Knuckles to think about his problems more, and says nothing else. Later that night, Vector asks Knuckles what he's doing. Knuckles says his head hurts from thinking too much and figures he has to work hard to find Archimedes.

Key Events

  • Sonic, Knuckles and Nack the Weasel, debuting in the employ of Robotnik, struggle over the pieces of a broken Chaos Emerald.
  • Knuckles has his first encounter with the Ancient Walkers.
  • Tails receives the Sea Fox and takes it out on a maiden voyage, encountering Octobot for the first time.
  • Knuckles encounters Archimedes for the first time, though his future mentor remains unseen.



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