Archie Sonic Universe Issue 38 is the thirty eighth issue in the spin-off series Sonic Universe comic series.
The hunt is on! Dr. Eggman goes into all-out war with G.U.N., all in an attempt to smoke out his wayward lackey, Snively! Meanwhile, in the heart of G.U.N. headquarters, Snively seeks the next step in his master plan: a girl named Hope!
- "Scrambled" - Part 2: Family
G.U.N. forces are evacuating Central City as Eggman's forces attack. In his Egg Camel, Eggman is showing off the attack to the legionized Hugo Brass, who shows no emotion towards the affair. He calls Brass boring and begins focusing on capturing Snively. Orbot and Cubot get into their attack positions from their own machines as Mecha Sally and Metal Sonic fly out to accompany the assault.
At G.U.N. headquarters, the head of G.U.N. Abraham Tower is told that the president's escorts have arrived and that Rouge and Shadow are with him, leaving E-123 Omega to lead the charge against Eggman. Snively, however, has breached the city with a personal cloaking device. He finds Hope, who is working on a device to help Omega, when he de-cloaks. She immediately runs for the alarm but Snively is able to stop her and get her to talk with him. He tells her that he is going to the Dragon Kingdom, to save Regina and be with her, and that he wanted Hope to be part of their family, since she was his sister.. Hope asks how long he's been dating Regina and why he wanted her (Hope) to be with them, since she wasn't really his sister. Snively reveals that, while they were still in Knothole, he did a DNA test and found that they were, in fact, brother and sister, by their father. While Hope wonders why her father lied to her, Snively writes it off as one of their dad's personal choices.
In the streets, Omega is attacking Eggman. The mad doctor finally discovers where his old robot had gone away to and threatens to, as he puts it, "un-make" him. He releases the Egg Paladins, a series of legionized G.U.N. soldiers. Omega hesitates to attack and is pinned by the soldiers. He finally attacks, using his fists so as to be non-lethal. He is attacked by Mecha Sally and is surprised by his new enemy. Metal Sonic lands behind him undetected. Omega says that he should save Sally, but Eggman announces that he made sure that was impossible. Omega then decides the best option is to destroy her. Both Mecha Sally and Metal Sonic attack Omega.
Snively continues to try and convince Hope to come with him. He says that an army base is no place for her, but she shows regret that she lost her first family, fled Knothole, and is now contemplating leaving G.U.N. Snively talks about destroying the Eggman Empire, and Hope is ready to agree to join him. He then goes on a rant about conquering the world after Eggman is defeated, and giving Hope her own continent. She slaps and insults him and declares that she will help G.U.N stop both Eggman and him. She activates the device she was working on, a Flame Shield, and activates the alarm. She denies that Snively is her relative in any way and tells him to leave her life. Snively returns to his ship and flees the city. Mecha Sally and Metal Sonic destroy the G.U.N. forces sent after Snively and orders a withdrawal from the city. He checks to see that the tracker is still working and prepares to continue the chase.
Abraham Tower is alerted to the retreat and orders the soldiers to keep the civilians in their bunkers and the city to remain on high alert. Omega finds Hope crying and tries to console her as best his programming will allow.
In the first panel, Shadow, Rouge and the President are sitting in his limo. Rouge wonders why her and Shadow are both with the President instead of just one of them. The President realises this and says that he wanted them for a specific reason. In the next panel, he is announces that "I Spy" is not fun with just two people. In the last panel, Rouge looks out of the window annoyed, while the President begins the game by "Spying someone that is grumpy" while pointing at Shadow.
- Omega: "Forward, inferior robots and fleshy things! Let us thank Eggman for a chance to destroy so many of his robots! Thank them with fire!"
- Snivley reveals he and Hope are really true half-siblings.
- Snivley offers Hope the chance to go to the Dragon Kingdom and rescue Iron Queen so they can be a family again, but she refuses.
- G.U.N. is attacked by Eggman's forces, and the latter retreats later on.
- Snivley starts heading toward Dragon Kingdom while Eggman follows.
- This issue marks the final on panel appearance Hope before the reboot.
- The curtains have a similar appearance to the curtains in the intro of the video game Super Mario Brothers 3.
- The cover seems to be a parody of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- This is the first cover and issue to feature Omega without one or both of the other members of Team Dark.
- It is confirmed by colorist Matt Herms that this would be his last Sonic Universe issue as cover colorist and that colorist Steve Downer will take his place.
- This issue would finally reveal to the readers, that Hope Kintobor and Snively Robotnik indeed shared the same biological father, thus making them half-brother and half-sister.
- This is the first issue not to feature any Mobians characters with the exception of a Roboticized Princess Sally.
- This issue confirms that Central City is the captial of the United Federation.
- This issue is the first to reintroduced Paladin Team Sigma-Alpha 2 members since STH: #107, but they have been legionized by Dr. Eggman.
- The 'Egg Camel' mechs used by Eggman's forces in this issue appear to be directly inspired by the AT-AT walkers from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
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