Mobius Encyclopaedia
The subject of this article appeared before the Super Genesis Wave.
Previous Issue ←—→ Next Issue
Knuckles the Echidna
Publication Details


Date Published 

January 1999

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist
  • Justin Freddy Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances
Only Appearance

Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 22 was the twenty-second issue of the spin-off Knuckles the Echidna comic series.


Frontis Poem[]

Robotropolis, 3228:

"During Dr. Robotnik's takeover through roboticization, the SWATbots came for the foxes, and I did not speak up because I was not a fox. Then they came for the rabbits, and I did not speak up because I was not a rabbit. Then they came for the squirrels, and I did not speak up because I was not a squirrel. Then they came for the hedgehogs, and I did not speak up because I was an echidna. Then they came for me, and by that time nobody was left to speak up."


Story One[]

Dark Alliance: Part One of Three - "You Say You Want A Revolution…"

High Councilor Pravda is woken from his slumber late one night by a racket outside. Thinking that dingoes are vandalizing his property, Pravda walks outside and is beaten by Dark Legionnaires. A mysterious woman smugly notes how many gadgets a supposed technophobe has while the legionnaires trash his home. She then orders the troops to take Pravda with them to their command center.

In Haven, Knuckles questions the honesty of the Brotherhood. Sabre apologizes for keeping him ignorant for so long, but claims to have had Knuckles' best interests at heart. Knuckles is tired of being deceived and demands to know where his father is. Locke, meanwhile, is escorting Lara-Le, Wynmacher, Remington and Julie-Su back to Echidnaopolis. Julie feels like she recognizes him and he reveals that he's Knuckles' father. She begins to ask about Knuckles, but Remington rushes her off the ship and explains that he's been informed Knuckles is safe.

The mysterious woman and her goons drag Pravda through their base. He pleads for his safety, offering to make them a deal. Dimitri, now more machine than echidna after having his Chaos powers drained, promises to exact revenge upon him for his ancestor's crimes. While escorting Lara-Le and Wynmacher to their apartment, Remington is blocked by a group of protesting dingoes. Remington demands that they step aside and allow traffic through the streets when explosives are chucked into the crowd and a riot breaks out.

Remington contacts the Brotherhood in Haven, asking the Guardians to help stop the riot, and Archimedes teleports Knuckles back to Echidnaopolis. Meanwhile, Locke heads into the Chaos Chamber to look for Knuckles, hoping to reconcile with him but unsure of what to say. Knuckles and Archimedes are dealing with the echidna and dingo rioters when General Von Stryker appears, upset with the behavior of his fellow dingoes. Knuckles disapproves of his people's behavior as well and suggests they try to calm everyone down together. Stryker warns that if the echidnas don't keep their promises, he'll make sure that they regret it.

At the Dark Legion base, High Councilor Pravda is given a lobotomy. Dimitri watches from above, wishing that Pravda's ancestor, Menthor, could have been there instead. He thinks back to how the former High Magistrate shot down the plan he and Edmund had devised to return the Floating Island to Mobius in order to maintain his political power. Dimitri muses that he had been consumed by his power as Enerjak, but now that his clarity of mind is restored he will have his vengeance.

Knuckles reunites with the Chaotix and wonders why the dingoes are protesting. Julie-Su explains that the High Council hasn't sped up the construction of new lodgings for the dingoes. The upcoming election would decide if anything changes and Pravda, the High Councillor, has gone missing. She then tells the group that Remington wants to see them. Meanwhile, the mysterious woman—a Legion Kommissar—has her troops terrorize the population and attack anyone against the Legion. Dimitri plans to strike fear into the people's hearts and offer them a savior. A mind-controlled Pradva appears alongside two other echidnas, singing Dimitri's praises.

Bonus Features[]

Pinup Pages/Activity Pages[]

Chaotix Pinup

Full page illustration of Mighty, Vector, Charmy, Espio, Archimedes, and Knuckles striking dramatic poses. Presented in black-and-white as a coloring page. Art by Harvey Mercadoocasio.

Gag Strips[]

Off Panel

Knuckles refuses to give in to the editor's demands. He's shown that he has to: it's in his contract. Knuckles sullenly advertises new "Ancient Walker" brand sneakers. Written by Michael Gallagher, Art by Dave Manak.


  • Knuckles: "How do you know?"
  • Julie-Su: "Let's just say a little birdie told me."
  • Vector: "In case you haven't figured it out, Knux -- she's got friends in low places!"
  • Julie-Su: "I'll be sure to tell the constable that when I see him!"

  • Dimitri: "Let's hear it for the people's choice -- that paragon of virtue -- a staunch supporter of the Technology Now Candidate -- Pravda!"

Key Events[]

  • High Councilor Pravda is kidnapped, lobotomized, and brainwashed.
  • Dimitri is revealed to be alive and plotting to take over Echidnaopolis.

Background Information[]

  • This issue's cover is the first part of a three-part image.
  • This issue, coinciding with the Sonic comic's new tagline of "The World's Most Way Past Cool Comic!" starting with StH #67, introduces the new tagline of the Knuckles series: "Enter The Exotic and Exciting World Of…" This tagline was replaced with "Sonic the Hedgehog Presents:" after KtE #28.

Cameos and References[]

  • Along with a frontispiece, this issue's credits page is accompanied by a short poem. Though attributed to an anonymous author from Robotropolis in the year 3228, it is actually a modified version of Martin Niemöller's famous "First they came …". Several years after this issue's publication, the adapted poem came under heavy criticism online for what some considered to be insensitivity to real world events.

External links[]