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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 142 was the one hundred and forty-second issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "The Original Freedom Fighters Part 1"
At the Knothole Library, Hope Kintobor prepares for her school history report. While looking for a topic on the computer, she stumbles upon a page dedicated to the Original Freedom Fighters. She prints out the information and walks outside, pondering why she'd never heard of these Freedom Fighters before. Sonic whizzes by, accidentally knocking her papers out of her hand and then running back to return them to her. Before he can head off, Hope asks him about the Original Freedom Fighters. Feeling nostalgic, Sonic obliges, leading her to the Lake of Rings so they can talk in peace.
Sonic explains that Colonel Tig Stripe planned the escape from Mobotropolis to Knothole alongside Spot Long, Sir Peckers, Private Trey Scales, and Bull Bones when Dr. Robotnik staged his coup d'etat. Lost and confused during the invasion, a young Sonic had asked Stripes what to do. Knowing that fighting the SWATbots would be a futile effort, Stripes instructed Sonic to find Rosie, Julayla, the princess and any other children and direct them to the secret HQ of Knothole. After the residents of Mobotropolis were evacuated, Stripe and his group helped plan and build Knothole Village.
One night, Sally and Sonic overheard the group bickering over how to proceed, unable to agree on the practicality of attacking Dr. Robotnik's forces. Stripe coolly suggests that they fight Dr. Robotnik's tyranny through guerrilla tactics, sabotaging his plans and stealing his equipment. His group, christened "The Freedom Fighters," destroyed several of Robotnik's factories and saved Mobians like Sonic from danger. Sir Peckers spread word of their victories across the world, inspiring several other Freedom Fighters across Mobius. Hope asks Sonic what happened to the group. Sonic tells her that they were undermined by a traitor.
- "I Wanna be a Freedom Fighter!"
Amy Rose appears in her young form and original clothes arguing against Sally with why she wants to be a Freedom Fighter. However, she is obviously shot down with the usual responses of being a: too young, and b: inexperienced). However, she just thinks that those are just excuses for Princess Sally to keep Sonic for herself.
However, this was just a flashback Sally has given to the audience in one of her speeches, where she is addressing a formal and official entry of the Freedom Fighters to the now older looking Amy Rose with her new clothes. Amy Rose, visibly embarrassed by her past, still appreciates Sally's thanks, as well as her reasoning.
Sally still continues her speech with a motivation of why the efforts given by the Freedom Fighters still aren't enough, and how they must continue to seek more help, and hurt the evil empire with greater impact and efficiency. Finally, she awards Amy with a Medal of Honor for her help with the defense against Robotnik's offensive, as well as keep out radioactive fallout.
The two shake hands, and the crowd cheers for Amy Rose.
- Mobius: 25 Years Later - "Moment of Truth"
After getting a night's sleep and absorbing the recent events, Knuckles awakens to find that everyone else is already outside having breakfast. On his way down he is intercepted by Lara-Su, who begins pressing him once again about starting her Guardian training. Knuckles once again rebuffs her efforts, refusing to agree to her request. Meanwhile, Rotor and Cobar discuss their deteriorating situation, and Rotor proposes the radical idea of sending someone back in time. Back at Knuckles', Sonic discusses the pressure he is feeling over his station as king with Sally, citing her as the true authority over the kingdom. He and Knuckles then go to a video conference with the two scientists, where the two propose the idea of going back in time using the Tachyon Chamber, a device created by Dr. Robotnik. Despite the uncertainty involved, Sonic decides that it is their best option, and asks the two to meet him and Knuckles at the shuttle-port. He and Knuckles then briefly part ways to take care of separate business, and Knuckles overhears Lara-Su and Sonia bemoaning their fates: Sonia's doomed dreams of becoming queen, and Lara-Su's fading hopes of becoming a Guardian.
Sonic looks over the editor's monkey memorabilia. The editor claims that he doesn't let his fascination with monkeys affect his work. He then tells Sonic that he'll be kidnapped by a giant gorilla in the next issue. Sonic tells him that Peter Jackson is already working on that movie. Written by Mike Gallagher, Pencils by Dave Manak, Colors by the Archie Art Department under the pen name "Vincent Van Gopher".
- Col. Stripes: Then, from this day forth, we shall be known as the Freedom Fighters!
- Freedom Fighters (in unison): Freedom Fighters forever!
- Sally: "I present to you the newest member of the Freedom Fighters: Amy Rose."
- Amy Rose: "Freedom Fighters forever! Yeepee!!"
- Sonic tells Hope how the Original Freedom Fighters were formed.
- Amy Rose is awarded the Medal of Honor and officially joins the Knothole Freedom Fighters.
- In the Mobius: X Years Later future, Sonic agrees to an attempt to use the Tachyon Chamber to travel back in time to correct Mobius' peril.
Cameos & References
- Colonel Stripe tells Sonic to direct evacuees to "Old Man Gallagher's house". This is a reference to Michael Gallagher, the comic's first writer.
- In ""I Want to be a Freedom Fighter!", it is mistakenly claimed by Sally that Amy used Sonic's One Billionth Power Ring to increase her age, when in fact she used the Ring of Acorns to accomplish this in StH #79—#80.
- The credits for ""I Want to be a Freedom Fighter!" misspell Steven Butler as "Steven Butlr".
This issue's stories have been reprinted in the following places:
- "I Wanna be a Freedom Fighter!" was reprinted in Sonic Super Digest #1
- "The Original Freedom Fighters Part 1" was reprinted in Sonic Super Digest #3
- Mobius: 25 Years Later - "Moment of Truth" was printed in Sonic Super Special Magazine #4.
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