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This story begins during the events of Sonic the Hedgehog #55 and concludes in Sonic the Hedgehog #56
Knuckles the Echidna
Publication Details


Date Published 

December 1997

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 9 was the ninth issue of the spin-off Knuckles the Echidna comic series.


Story One[]

Dark Vengeance: Part Three of Three - "Twilight of the Titans"

The Dark Legion prepares to mobilize for their attack on Echidnaopolis when Enerjak appears before them. Kragok informs him that they plan to cross the Sandopolis desert at night, but Enerjak uses his powers to create a golden arch that leads directly to Echidnaopolis. Kragok asks what has become of Knuckles and Enerjak answers that Knuckles is nothing more than a memory. Julie-Su, grimacing at the news, is ordered to pilot their saucer as they fly over the golden arch, leaving Mighty, Espio and Vector tied up under the blazing sun.  

Knuckles materializes in front of Athair, who explains that Enerjak ripped him into subatomic particles and he was only saved by the intervention of the Ancient Walkers. Knuckles wonders why he was saved and Athair offers the idea that they see the bigger picture. They teleport Knuckles to Sandopolis, where he finds the Chaotix. Meanwhile in Echidnaopolis, Constable Remington prepares his strike team to face the Dark Legion, but is ordered to meet with the dingoes and General Von Stryker. He explains to them that the coming threat is so great that their armies will have to join forces or face complete destruction.

Knuckles finds a hammer, a spike, and a canteen of water near the Chaotix and uses the first two to free them from their restraints. He wonders who could be helping them out when he sees a vision of Archimedes and begins searching the nearby sand. There he finds the plastic cooler that Archimedes and Deo Volente were buried in, as well as Charmy Bee. Back in the city, the Dark Legion engage the Echidna Security Team and the dingoes. Enerjak jams the opposition's firearms and addresses the citizens, demanding that they surrender. While belaboring the point, he suddenly disappears. Confused, Kragok tries to contact the rest of the Legion and order that they retreat. Julie-Su slams on the saucer's ignition before jumping out, sending him crashing into the streets below.

High above the skies of Echidnaopolis, Enerjak finds himself in the presence of Mammoth Mogul. Mogul strikes Enerjak with the Sword of Acorns, using its power to absorb Enerjak's energy. Drained of his power, Enerjak returns to the aged form of Dimitri. Knuckles manages to catch Dimitri before he falls to the ground and the Chaotix fight the Dark Legionnaires. In Haven, Locke and Sabre watch while Dimitri is taken from Knuckles by the Dark Legion's troops. Deciding that Knuckles needs help but refusing to reveal himself, Locke contacts the Knothole Freedom Fighters while scrambling the transmission to make himself appear to be Knuckles.

The Legion flees with Dimitri in tow and Remington arrives on the scene, showing Knuckles that they have arrested Kragok and Julie-Su. Knuckles wants to talk then and there, but Remington tells him that he'll have to wait until he reaches the security team headquarters to interrogate them. As Remington leaves, the Freedom Fighters arrive. Sonic tells Knuckles that they got his message, but Knuckles doesn't know what he's talking about. Suddenly, Sonic, Tails and Knuckles are teleported away and Mammoth Mogul appears before the remaining heroes, ordering them to obey their new master.


  • Knuckles: "Aha! Look at this hunk-o-junk! Only one problem -- How come nobody ever makes these things easy to figure out?"
  • Espio: "What problem? You simply press the button over there!"
  • Knuckles: "I knew that! Just wanted to see if anyone was paying attention!"
  • Enerjak: "Citizens of Echidnaopolis, lay down your arms and surrender! I, Lord Enerjak am now in control! Deliever yourselves unto me, and I will be magnanimous in victory!"

Key Events[]

Background Information[]

  • This issue's cover is the last part of a three-part image.
  • This issue ties in with the end of the second of Sonic the Hedgehog #55, revealing that "Knuckles'" transmission actually came from his father.

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