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Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details


Date Published 

March 2004

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist
Assistant Editor
  • Mike Pellerito
  • Justin Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
Special Thanks

to Robert Leffler and Takuma Hatori at SEGA Licensing

First Appearances
Only Appearance

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 134 was the one hundred and thirty-fourth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, it was publicshed in March 2004 and featured 2 stories and a gag strip.


Story One[]

"Home" - Epilogue: "Say You Will"

At Castle Acorn's royal infirmary, Sonic receives a checkup from Doctor Quack, who asks about the implant in his ear. Quack tells Sonic that the device has bonded with his nervous system, but it doesn't seem to be a threat and removing it would probably be far more dangerous than letting it stay. He gives Sonic a sling for his arm and some herbal salve to help him treat the burn Mecha's lasers gave him. Sonic is overwhelmed by all that's changed and asks Quack about what happened to him since they last saw each other. Assuming Sonic meant his eyepatch, Quack explains that he stepped on a land mine while on the front lines.

As Sonic exits the infirmary, Sally and his family greet him warmly. Queen Alicia enters, explaining that King Max is debriefing everyone who helped thwart Operation: Triple Threat and everyone else is preparing for Sonic's homecoming celebration. Sonic and Sally share a kiss before going their separate ways for the rest of the day. The Hedgehog family steps outside the castle and begin to chat when they are surrounded by the paparazzi. They eventually make their way home, and Sonic drifts to sleep.

Sonic is woken up by Muttski, who welcomes him home. Sonic panics, running downstairs to ask his parents how their dog is able to talk when he realizes that his translator implant is the cause of Muttski's "speech". He tells his family that, while in space, he met the Bem scientist who deroboticized the Robians of Mobius: Ceneca-9009. (STH: 123) Sonic explains that when he busted her out of prison, (STH: 129) she told him that his father, Jules, remained roboticized because the deroboticization process would have restored the fatal wounds he had been subject to before roboticization, killing him.

Sonic finds Tails at King Fredrick airbase and asks what he's been up to. They make some small talk when Tails starts to ask about Sonic's time in space. Sonic reveals to Tails that his parents are alive on Argentium. He hands over the package from Tails' parents, which contains a holo-message of Amadeus and Rosemary telling Tails that they will always love him.

Sonic arrives at Green Hill Park, where Mina and her band, the Knothole Knuts, are performing. After Mina's band wraps up their show, King Max announces that he and Queen Alicia will be touring the planet and Sally will serve as acting ruler in the interim. Sonic happily greets Mina, who talks about her time spent singing to rally the troops and introduces her boyfriend, Ash. Alicia asks Max if it's actually okay to leave Sally to rule, seeing how hysterical she became when Sonic was hurt just hours ago. Max responds by telling his wife that he trusts Sally.

Sally is about to talk to Sonic about something when a large group of their friends interrupt, wanting to mingle. While hanging out with his friends, Sonic asks Knuckles why the Chaotix are in Knothole. Knuckles tells him that Eggman captured Angel Island and they've been stuck guarding Knothole ever since. While Knuckles tries to articulate his feelings, Sonic notices Tails doting over Fiona. He worries that Tails might end up falling for her and end up heartbroken, like when he fell for her robot double, when Rotor appears with his new invention that shoots custom fireworks. He fires it off, creating an image of Sonic and Sally embracing high in the sky. Sonic congratulates Geoffrey St. John and Hershey on their marriage and, reflecting on how beautiful love is, asks Bunnie what happened between her and Antoine. Bunnie just supposes the war must have changed him and they didn't feel the same about each other anymore. At the same time, King Max elects Antoine to join them on their tour as the commander of their elite guard.


Sally marks the end of a relationship with a movement of her hand.

After posing for a picture, Sally asks Sonic to share the responsibility of ruling the kingdom with her while her parents are away. Sonic is confused, and Sally reminds Sonic that he's her consort. Sonic argues that he needs to fight Eggman, but Sally argues back that there are plenty of soldiers already and pleads for him to stop risking his life. Sonic refuses, and in the heat of the moment Sally slaps Sonic. Sonic and Sally angrily shout at each other over their differences. Sally asks if defeating Eggman is more important to Sonic than her, but Sonic doesn't answer. Bawling, Sally tells Sonic that Eggman can have him and runs away.

Story Two[]

Mobius: 25 Years Later - "In Transit"

While on a flight off Angel Island and considering his research with Cobar, Rotor remembers his discussion with Knuckles. Knuckles finds Rutan and Salma overhearing them and running away. Knuckles ends their meeting and heads back to meet the Brotherhood of Guardians at Haven II. Knuckles greets Sabre and is then noticed by Sojourner. Sojourner is asked by Knuckles about the spy satellite, which Sojourner is confused because he has his own. Knuckles answers that he promised Julie-Su not to spy on family. Spectre asks if its that "treacherous wench" Lien-Da, but Knuckles says its about Rutan. On the monitor, Lien-Da confronts Rutan and Salma and asks where they've been. Rutan tries to explain that they spent the night with friends after Lara-Su's Unveiling. Knuckles thinks that Lara-Su is covering for them. Lien-Da forgives both of them and takes Salma home. Rotor hacked into the system watches with Cobar to see if Lien-Da had found anything out about the time/space continuum collapsing. Fortunately she doesn't and Rotor and Cobar plan what to do next.


Issue #134 caused massive outrage among fans due to the argument between Sally and Sonic,[citation needed] despite the stress Sally had gone through after a year of believing Sonic was dead. The moment where Sally lashes out at Sonic, slapping him for his selfish wishes to avoid settling down, has become colloquially referred to as "The Slap."

Fans also criticized how this comic made years of build-up for Sonic and Sally’s relationship to be rendered pointless.[citation needed] Writer Karl Bollers was accused of ending the relationship between Sonic and Sally because he didn’t like it[citation needed].  As a result from all of this, Sally Acorn’s reputation went downhill when fans begin hating on her,[citation needed] even as far as to make a hatedom dedicated to her[citation needed].

Bonus Features[]

Gag Strips[]

Off Panel

Sonic shows the editor a cool new magic ring he found. An old man clad in white snatches the ring, mumbling about dwarves and elves. Sonic wonders if that was who he thinks it was, but the editor tells him there's "precius" little they can do about it. Written by Mike Gallagher, art by Dave Manak.


  • Sonic: "Muttski! Hey there, boy! Long time no see!"
  • Muttski: "Hello, Sonic-friend. Muttski is happy to have you home again!"
  • Sonic: "M-M-Muttski..? D-Did you just t-talk?"
  • Muttski: "Muttski always could!"

  • Mina: "Meet Ash--he's my manager!"
  • Ash: "And her boyfriend."

  • Sally: "I don't want you to do it anymore. Stay with me. Please, my love...say you will."
  • Sonic: "Sorry, Sal. I...can't."
  • Sally: "I should've known you'd be selfish!"

Key Events[]

  • Sonic attends a homecoming celebration and learns from his friends and family what happened in the past year.
  • Sonic understands Muttski's speech thanks to the universal translator he got in space.
  • Sonic reunites with Mina and is introduced to her new boyfriend.
  • Sonic and Sally break up.

Background Information[]

  • Vector and Espio are redesigned to resemble their game counterparts in Sonic Heroes.
  • When an X-ray of Sonic's skull is shown, to the side is a list of notes: "Cyclops Eye", "Billion Ring", "Super Speed", and "Super Sonic?"

Cameos & References[]

  • The cover is an homage to the cover of Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man #50, an issue where Peter Parker temporarily gives up on being spider-man.
  • This issue features many cameo appearances by characters from outside the comic's continuity:
    • An x-ray of NiGHTS is seen in Dr. Quack's room and the words "Billy Hatcher" appear on the opposite wall. In Sonic's bedroom, other Sega characters are shown, including NiGHTS and the Chu-chus.
    • Characters from the UK's Sonic the Comic (Tekno the Canary, Ebony the Cat, her partner Pajaymas, and Metamorphia) make cameos in this issue at Mina Mongoose's concert. Shortfuse the Cybernik appears in a cameo when Sonic is explaining the Bem's de-roboticizing, and characters resembling Johnny Lightfoot, Porker Lewis, and Bob Beaky can also be seen.
    • The Tails Doll appears in this issue, next to Big.
    • Characters resembling Sonia and Manic from Sonic Underground can be seen sitting next to Espio and behind Rotor, respectively.
    • Tiara Boobowski from the cancelled Sonic X-treme makes a cameo standing next to Amy Rose when Sonic and Sally break up.
  • Mina's concert is at "Green Hill Park".


Reprint History[]

This issue's stories have been reprinted in the following places:

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