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Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details


Date Published 

January 2009

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Archie Comics

Special Thanks

Kristen Parcell and Cindy Chau at SEGA Licensing

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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 196 is the one hundred and ninety-sixth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.


Story One[]

"Hedgehog Havoc" - Part Two

In Freedom HQ, Sally and Alicia Acorn are continuing their argument over stranding Sonic and Amy in Moebius. Sally then tells Tails once more to get the Star Posts running. Despite Alicia's protest, he succeeds in doing so. They go through the portal and enter the throne room, only to find that Scourge the Hedgehog (now in his super form) had knocked everybody in the room out and now held an unconscious Sonic up in the air. He then proceeds to attack the Knothole Freedom Fighters and Suppression Squad, knocking them down one by one before coming to Miles, who pleads for his life. Super Scourge is then stopped by Silver the Hedgehog, who has just regained consciousness and catches him in the air using his psychokinesis, which impresses Scourge. However, much to Silver's surprise, Super Scourge breaks free from his hold, reminding the psychic hedgehog that invulnerable means nothing stops him.

Meanwhile, Sonic comes to and as he thinks of the times he's been "super" to find Super Scourge's weakness, he is suddenly grabbed on the torso by Metal Sonic who says that due to Scourge's super form, it ensures a 0% chance of success and continuing to fight him is pointless, so he moved back to fighting Sonic. While Sonic was in the middle of the battle with his metal doppelgänger, Shadow kicks him away from Sonic and then uses Chaos Control on the robot, sending them to a different zone due to Metal's special engine, which appeases Sonic.

Meanwhile, the fight with Super Scourge continues and Rosy the Rascal uses her hammer to try and "squish" Scourge, but due to his invincibility, it doesn't work and she is thrown into a wall where she falls unconscious and gets tied up by Rob O' the Hedge.

Sonic then grabs Miles, who is trying to make a run for it, and demands to know where he can get some of their Anarchy Beryl to fight Scourge with, but Miles reveals that they hid it far from the castle. Miles then suggests they lure Scourge back into Sonic's world, but Sonic refuses, knowing full well Miles has double-crossed many times, and saying most of the Chaos Emeralds are in the Special Zone, while two of them are out of reach anyway. Miles replies that they are all doomed.

Sally then comes up with a plan that she puts into action. She has Silver use his psychokinesis to hold Scourge while Bunnie and Boomer force Scourge down with their weapons. Everyone except Silver then pile on top of Scourge in the hopes of holding him down until he loses his super form, but Scourge throws them all off with an energy nova, screaming "You can't stop me!!!" from the top of his lungs.

Sonic then bombards Scourge with spin dashes, and Scourge grabs him, flies out of the palace, and throws him to the ground while a raging storm is going on. Then, right in the middle of Scourge's speech about what he'll do with both of their worlds because of his power, Sonic runs off into the nearby forest where he thinks about the times he's powered down from his super form. As he realizes he's in the Anti-Mobius world, an idea comes to him...

Scourge then appears in front of Sonic, knocking him backward with an energy blast that destroys the trees. As Sonic gets up, he taunts Scourge, saying he needed to go "super" to take him down and couldn't do it otherwise. In order to prove him wrong, Scourge powers down... and falls to the ground from weakness. Sonic then explains the differences between the Chaos Emeralds and the Anarchy Beryl, stating when he powers down from the Emeralds, he gets a small boost, while when Scourge powered down from the Anarchy Beryl, it drained him of all his strength. Scourge then attempts to get back up, telling Sonic he is nothing to him, but Sonic retorts that he is nothing more than a bully that takes the easy, nasty way out, while Sonic himself does things the right way, and that the good guys always win in the long run, finishing that there can be no one who can run further, longer, and better than himself.

The next day, Buns returns to Anti Castle Acorn where Boomer is disconnecting Dr. Kintobor's Globe Posts. Miles then offers her a position back with the Suppression Squad since it was only Scourge that didn't want her in it anymore. She refused and then walked back with the others to Dr. Kintobor's tower.

Meanwhile, Miles and Alicia wonder if Buns will come back to them, with the former believing she will since she can only play the hero for so long. Miles then tells Alicia he memorized the schematics of the Globe Posts and that the Freedom Fighters will pay, once they've settled everything on their world. Miles states that it's to put her on the throne, as Alicia sternly reminds him that she may be the figurehead but they both know who is the leader. Miles furls his brows and gives a wicked smirk.

Back at Kintobor's tower, Silver departs back to his home time saying he will be back once he has found the traitor among the Freedom Fighters who will lead to the destruction of his world. Sonic then heads inside with the others who are leaving for Freedom HQ through Kintobor's Globe Posts. After Dr. Kintobor thanks him, Sonic says to Sally that he'll be taking Scourge to jail in the No Zone and will be getting some answers of his own.


  • Scourge: (after seeing the Freedom Fighters and Suppression Squad enter through the portal) Oh, good! Fresh meat to soften my knuckles on!

  • Silver: You may be faster, stronger, and invulnerable, but I have psychokinesis!
  • Scourge: Not bad, kid. You actually brought me to a full stop.
  • Silver: Heh. Thanks, I suppose.
  • Scourge: (breaks out of Silver's hold) But "invulnerable" means nothing stops me!

  • Scourge: (after de-powering from his super form)'m...king...Conquered...this whole planet...You're...nothing...
  • Sonic: (destroys Scourge's crown and grabs him by the jacket) You're a bully, and that's it. You take the easy, nasty way out, and get the quick reward. Big whoop. (throws Scourge to the ground) I do things the right way. I help others to make something bigger and better than just mean. The good guys always win in the long run. And there isn't anybody who can run longer or better than I can.

  • Boomer: So what if he beat Scourge? I don't see why we've got to give the Globe Posts back to Dr. Kintobor...
  • Buns: (to Boomer) Aw, shuddup and disconnect it
  • Miles: You know, Buns. It was Scourge who wanted you out. With that omega armor, you could be a real asset to the Supression Squad.
  • Buns: (to Miles) Yer a creepy little cuss, y`know that?
  • Miles: Just think about it.

Key Events[]

  • The Freedom Fighters and the Suppression Squad try to defeat Super Scourge, but fail.
  • Shadow the Hedgehog uses his Chaos Control warping powers to tap into Metal Sonic's zone-warping engine and transports himself and Metal Sonic to another zone.
  • Super Scourge is finally defeated by Sonic after he figures out the negative effects of the Anarchy Beryl.
  • The Freedom Fighters head back to Mobius while Sonic goes to the No Zone to bring Scourge to jail and get answers.

Background information[]

  • This issue would turn out to mark the final on-panel appearance of Rob'O the Hedge. He was set to make his return in SU#46, but was pulled from the story at the last minute due to the lawsuit between Archie Comics and former writer Ken Penders, which would ultimately lead to Ken Penders characters being banned from the comic altogether.


Shadow and Metal Sonic's battle continues in "The End" (SX#40).

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