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Team Dark[1] are a group that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. It is a team consisting of Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat and E-123 Omega.



Following Dr. Eggman's disappearance after the Eggman War, Shadow was determined to hunt down Eggman and prevent him from launching a counter-attack at any cost. He was aided in his search by Rouge. Rouge quickly found the doctor's location, but anonymously passed that information to the Chaotix Detective Agency in order for them to verify it was Eggman and to bring in Sonic the Hedgehog to help bring Shadow to reason.[2]

The Fate of Dr. Eggman

Approximately a month after the Eggman War, Shadow and Rogue found a seemingly amnesiac Dr. Eggman dealing and becoming friendly with Sonic and the Chaotix. After Eggman mentioned Eggman Land however, Team Dark revealed themselves, with Shadow declaring that he would destroy Eggman.[3]

While Shadow was led away from Eggman by Sonic, Rouge was confronted by the Chaotix, who accused her of bringing Shadow here. In her defense, Rouge revealed that she had been managing everything to ensure everyone's well-being. In the meantime, Sonic convinced Shadow to give Eggman a chance to explain himself, seeing as his amnesia had made the doctor a good man. By the time Shadow returned, Rouge stood ready to defend Dr. Eggman as well. However, she let Shadow pass after he revealed that he had talked the matter over with Sonic. As such, instead of eliminating Eggman, Shadow had Eggman show him Eggman Land, which turned out to be an amusement park for children that Eggman had made. Convinced that Eggman was now a good man who deserved to be forgiven and live in peace, Team Dark took their leave.[2]

Battle For Angel Island


Shadow and Rouge talk about the mission, from Sonic the Hedgehog #9.

Shadow and Rouge were later called in to aid the Rsistance at a meeting in Resistance HQ. There, the Resistance's members revealed that Neo Metal Sonic had taken over Angel Island and turned it into a flying fortress. To make matters worse, Neo had also secured the Master Emerald for himself on the island. With their goal being to liberate Angel Island, Amy Rose came up with a strategy after some internal discussions: team three (Sonic and Knuckles) would confront Neo and secure the Master Emerald while team one (Blaze) and team two (Shadow, Rouge and everyone else) focused on breaking the Egg Fleet's control over the island. On the way to Angel Island however, the heroes' battleship came under fire from the Egg Fleet. Fortunately, everyone got off the ship before it crashed. While team two began their mission, Blaze became Burning Blaze and began her attack on the Egg Fleet. Meanwhile, team three confronted Neo Metal Sonic inside his fortress on the island.[4][5]

Unsatisfied with his part in the plan, Shadow split off from team two, leaving Rouge to make up for his absence and start taking direct orders from Amy and handle the guns of the ship they were attacking.[4][5] Whilst Rouge aided in the take-over of one of Eggman's ships and saved the life of Amy, Shadow eventually met up with team three and went into a direct confrontation with Super Neo Metal Sonic, knocking him out of his Super State and seemingly besting him. This proved to be in error, though, as Neo Metal Sonic copied Shadow's bio-data and used it to complete his transformation into Master Overlord.[5] After a brief scuffle, Master Overlord grabbed Shadow, Sonic and Knuckles and flew off with them so they could see him destroy their allies, who had sought refuge onboard an Egg Fleet battleship. When Master Overlord approached the battleship however, Shadow escaped his grasp alongside Sonic and Knuckles, and began destroying his wings to drive the giant robot back towards the now-freefalling Angel Island, all while Knuckles tried to retrieve the Master Emerald from Master Overlord. Rouge soon after also joined the fray. During the battle, Team Dark got shaken off Master Overlord, but were rescued by Silver with his psychokinesis. Knuckles subsequently got the Master Emerald away from Master Overlord and brought it back to Angel Island, returning the island to the sky while Master Overlord powered down to normal. With the battle over, Team Dark's members were brought down to Angel Island where they parted ways again.[6]

Crisis City


Team Dark and the city's defense force guide the uninfected citizens to safety, from Sonic the Hedgehog #19.

When Dr. Eggman (who had regained his memories and gone back to his old ways) headed towards Sunset City in his Faceship to create a Zombot outbreak in the city, all three members of Team Dark began heading there to intercept Eggman.[7] Despite that, Sunset City was soon overrun by a Zombot outbreak. Eventually, Shadow left on his own to find a transport to take the survivors away in. Later, when Sonic came and tried to clear out some Zombots keeping some civilians trapped, Omega showed up and beat Sonic to it. As Omega then proclaimed that he would eliminate the Zombots, Sonic tried to convince him not to do it. Although Omega ignored Sonic, his attacks appeared unable to really damage the Zombots. Rouge then appeared and told Sonic to bring the survivors to the Grand Gold Flicky Hotel. There, Rouge coordinated the city's officers until Sonic arrived. When Rouge noticed the Metal Virus gunk on Sonic, Sonic revealed that he had been infected, but was able to keep his infection in check by running, and that Eggman was losing control over the Zombots. The conversation was cut short however, as Sonic had to hurry out to keep the Zombots at bay. Meanwhile, Omega was having trouble keeping the Zombots, who were coming from multiple directions, from advancing. It was then that Shadow arrived with a truck for the survivors. Afterward, Shadow was quick to blame Sonic for this crisis; if he had not kept him from destroying Eggman in Windmill Village, none of this would be happening. After a brief argument, Sonic left to burn his infection off, leaving Team Dark to evacuate the civilians. Shadow then had Omega safeguard the truck while Rouge oversaw the evacuation. In the meantime, Shadow engaged the Zombots, intending to eliminate them. However, despite believing he was immune to the Metal Virus, Shadow soon got infected from touching the Zombots. With Shadow unwilling to retreat, Rouge tried getting Omega to cover Shadow. Unfortunately, Omega was needed to keep the Zombots away from the truck, and Shadow was soon overwhelmed. As Shadow got turned into a Zombot, Rouge asked Sonic to handle Shadow when he returned.[8]

Sonic proceeded to fight Shadow as Rouge continued to guide the uninfected civilians into the truck. Once she finished, she drove the truck away from the hotel. Omega remained behind to fight more Zombots in order to obtain a personal victory. Sonic soon saw Shadow trying to run after the truck and managed to stop him. Sonic and Omega kept up the pressure on the Zombot army, with Sonic suggesting a retreat. Omega refused as he still had Eggman robots to destroy and believed Sonic should run away himself due to his infection spreading. Omega soon had his chest ripped open by Shadow and his arms torn off by two other Zombots. Before Sonic could fully succumb to the Metal Virus, Tails and Silver arrived on the scene, with the latter using his psychokinesis to keep the Zombots off of Sonic and Omega. Sonic used the cleared path to begin burning off his infection while Tails carried Omega's head to safety. After Silver released the Zombots, he was nearly grabbed by Shadow but he managed to dodge the attack. At the Restoration HQ, Sonic confirmed to Rouge that Shadow was lost to the virus which angered her. Sonic was later told by Tails that he will give Omega a substitute body later when he had the time.[9]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #9, Roll Call
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #6, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 2"
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman, Part 1"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 1"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 2"
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 3"
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog #18, "Victims"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog #19, "Crisis City, Part 1"
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog #20, "Crisis City, Part 2"

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