The War is an event that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. It was a global war against the Eggman Empire, in which the Resistance battled to take back the majority of the world that had been taken over Dr. Eggman. The war was fought for six months by various heroes, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, who helped to turn the tide in battle and ultimately win the war roughly one month prior to Neo Metal Sonic’s takeover of Angel Island.
During Sonic's imprisonment
Near the beginning of the War, Dr. Eggman managed to catch Sonic the Hedgehog off-guard and imprison him in a small cell in space. With Sonic out of the game, the doctor and his Eggman Empire managed to take over the world. Seeking to continue the fight without Sonic, Sonic's allies formed a rag-tag army named the "Resistance", with Knuckles the Echidna as their commander, to push the Eggman Empire back and free the world from Eggman's tyranny.
Sometime after Sonic was captured, Tails gave the chipers for the Wisps' language to the Resistance before going "solo". As a result, the Resistance was able to ask the Wisps that settled onto the planet for help in fighting against the Eggman Empire. The Wisps happily agreed to help, and even allowed themselves to wait in Deployment Pods on the battlefield until Resistance troops could enter an area.
At some point during the war, Silver the Hedgehog traveled from his future, which had become a polluted nightmare where the Eggman Empire ruled and everyone lived in fear, to change the past. He subsequently joined the Resistance.
As the War progressed, villages all around the world would be harassed by Eggman's Badnik army. Some villages would turn their buildings into bunkers as defenses while others survived thanks to their fortifications.
During the period where Sonic remained imprisoned, multiple units in the Resistance would be aided by a mysterious person who managed to turn the tide of battle. Silver was one of the Resistance soldiers that she saved multiple times. Despite her alignment though, she never joined the Resistance's army. Because of her mysterious nature on the battlefield and saving of various soldiers, she was known among the Resistance soldiers as the "Guardian Angel".
At some point during the war, during Sonic's imprisonment, the Resistance launched one of their biggest counterattacks against Dr. Eggman's forces by attacking Eggman's base in Echo Mine. However, while the Resistance was able to liberate a lot of people from the mines that day, they lost a lot of soldiers in the process too.
After Sonic's escape
Six months after his imprisonment, Sonic was freed by his friends and joined the Resistance. During this time, the particular soldier met Sonic, who came to know them well enough to acknowledge how they put a Cube Wispon "to good use".
With the final battle for the outcome of the War approaching, Eggman began the process of upgrading Metal Sonic into Neo Metal Sonic, who was to be the doctor's greatest weapon for the inevitable confrontation. As an added bonus, Eggman gave Neo Metal Sonic his bio-data in the form of his vision, genius and ambition. In the meantime, Eggman had phantoms of Metal Sonic fight in the robot's stead. However, Metal Sonic's upgrade would not be finished until after the War ended.
Shortly before the War ended, the mercenaries Rough the Skunk and Tumble the Skunk saved Barricade Town from Eggman's forces. However, they soon after tricked the residents into letting them into their town, which they then took over for themselves. With Badniks continuing to stalk the town from the outside, the residents were trapped in their town and forced to obey Rough and Tumble.
Eventually, Sonic and his allies confronted Dr. Eggman at his Eggman Empire Fortress. At the climax of that confrontation, Sonic faced off against Dr. Eggman and his Death Egg Robot. In the end, Sonic won the War for the Resistance by defeating Dr. Eggman, and broke the Eggman Empire's control over the world.
After Dr. Eggman's defeat at the end of the War, the doctor vanished. However, efforts were made to track him down and have him stand trial for his crimes. Dr. Eggman's disappearance also meant that his now leaderless Badnik army, which was scattered throughout the world during the War, would continue wandering aimlessly and attack anything it came across, although these attacks seemed to be more accidental than aggression-based.
Despite the War having ended, the world was left in a terrible mess from it and Dr. Eggman, As such, the Resistance set out to restore the world to how it was before the War. With the unexpectedly large and directionless Badnik army getting in the way however, the Resistance began working to finish the fight more effectively by operating from a more centralized, organized position. With the war over, however, many Resistance members left the organization, including Sonic the Hedgehog. Later, after the Resistance disbanded, the clean-up efforts were taken over by the Restoration.
Eventually, Metal Sonic's upgrade into Neo Metal Sonic was finished. Learning of the outcome of the War, Neo Metal Sonic assumed leadership over the Eggman Empire in order to ensure its reign would remain unbroken. Neo Metal Sonic then began plotting to reconquer the world in Eggman's likeness using his shapeshifting abilities and find his creator so Eggman could reassume his position as ruler of the Eggman Empire without anyone being the wiser. Approximately a month after the War had ended, Neo Metal Sonic began making his move by taking control of the wayward Badnik army, which he directed into a series of attacks on different villages. This prompted Sonic to travel around and stop the Badnik attacks with the aid of old and new allies. Soon after, Neo Metal Sonic launched a takeover of Angel Island and its Master Emerald, but he was defeated by Sonic and the Resistance.
Eventually, Eggman turned up Windmill Village, having lost his memory and personality after his defeat at the end of the war, where he became a friendly handyman. After he was discovered, Sonic and various parties decided to let Eggman live out his days as the person he had become. However, due to the efforts of Dr. Starline, Eggman regained his memories and old persona, and began an even more deadly plan for conquering the world.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #2, "Fallout Part 2"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Sonic the Hedgehog #4, "Fallout Part 4"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Sonic the Hedgehog #1, "Fallout Part 1"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Sonic the Hedgehog #8, "Silent Support"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Sonic the Hedgehog #3, "Fallout Part 3"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #15, "Patient Zero"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #5, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman Part 1"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #13, "Calling Card"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #0, "Flashbacks"
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #7, "Meet the New Boss"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #9, "The Battle for Angel Island Part 1"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island Part 3"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #6, "The Fate of Dr. Eggman Part 2"