Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 29 was the twenty-ninth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "Steel Belted Sally" - Part One
Long ago, the dragons of Mobius were roboticized by Dr. Ivo Robotnik, except for Dulcy the Dragon, daughter of Sabina Dragon. She managed to escape and join forces with the Knothole Freedom Fighters. In the present, Dulcy and Sonic are being chased by one of Robotnik's hovercrafts. Dulcy manages to evade the craft, causing it to crash into a nearby cliff and disabling the SWATbot pilot. Sonic investigates the crash site and comes across an interesting handheld device.
Back in Robotropolis, Robotnik learns that the hovercraft carrying his portable De-Roboticizer has crashed. Determined to prevent it from being seized by his enemies, Robotnik orders the craft to self-destruct. Sonic manages to escape the blast and takes the device back to Knothole. Rotor determines that the machine can de-roboticize anyone, but can only be used once before it runs out of power. Sally suggests that they use the device to restore Bunnie to a fully organic form, but Bunnie suggests letting Robotnik roboticize one of them, sabotaging his base, and then using the device to restore them to normal. Sally agrees, nominating herself to get roboticized. Days later, the Freedom Fighters approach Robotropolis, with Sonic and the others trying to talk Sally out of her plan. Sally is determined to see it through, and Rotor gives her a Neuro-Overrider to ensure she'll retain her free will through the process. Sally rushes forwards while her friends wish her good luck.
- "Steel Belted Sally" - Part Two
Sally is quickly spotted and captured by SWATbots while the Freedom Fighters watch. She is subjected to roboticization by Snively, but it turns out the Neuro-Overrider fell off of her during the process. Having identified the device, Robotnik and Snively realize what the Freedom Fighters were planning. Sally is christened Bot 3390 and is completely stripped of her free will. Later, the Freedom Fighters arrive in the sewers below Robotropolis, hoping to rendezvous with Sally. Sonic heads inside to provide a distraction while Sally sneaks up behind the Freedom Fighters. Sonic quickly makes fools of Robotnik's guards before heading back, only to find his friends held captive by Snively, Robotnik, and Sally.
- "Steel Belted Sally" - Part Three
Robotnik stomps on the Neuro-Overrider and tells the Freedom Fighters that their rebellion has been crushed. Snively demands to know the location of the De-Roboticizer, but they refuse to reveal it's location. The group is forced to march to Robotnik's base when Sonic realizes they left the De-Roboticizer with Dulcy. That night, a concerned Dulcy flies to Robotropolis to figure out what's become of her friends, only to discover all of them in Roboticizer chambers in Robotnik's command center. Dulcy is unsure how to use the De-Roboticizer and decides to break in through one of the windows. Robotnik orders Sally to roboticize the Freedom Fighters, and she almost does it despite Sonic's pleading. Just in the nick of time, Dulcy uses the De-Roboticizer on her, restring her to normal.
Robotnik rushes to the controls to activate the Roboticizer himself, only for Dulcy to melt the system with her fire breath and scares Robotnik and Snively away, allowing Sally to free the other Freedom Fighters. Back in Knothole, the heroes congratulate their dragon friend on a job well done. Sally apologizes for failing to pull off their plan and is comforted by Sonic and Dulcy.
- "Growing Pains" - Part Two
Tails is trapped in Robotnik's Roboticizer Island, yelping in fear. Robotnik gloats over his victory, using the Fiona Fox Auto Automaton to dupe Tails. The screams suddenly stop, along with the machine's engine, and Robotnik stoops over to examine the Roboticizer. The machine explodes in his face and Tails emerges, still flesh-and-blood. He explains that he used his fur to clog up the Roboticizer. Tails is about to beat up Robotnik when Auto-Fiona attacks him. Robotnik reveals that the robot is programmed to protect him to the very end. Auto-Fiona chases after Tails with a club and tries to smash him.
Tails gets snagged by a robotic palm tree, but manages to uproot it and use it like a golf club to send Robotnik flying into the water. Auto-Fiona tackles Tails from behind, sending them both into the water as well. Tails refuses to fight the robot he developed feelings for, and Robotnik takes advantage of the situation and escapes. Tails tries to reach the Sea Fox, but Auto-Fiona grabs him and attempts to drown him. Tails tries to reason with her, and thinks he's succeeded when she freezes up. However, the robot has simply rusted in place from contact with the ocean water. Tails carries her back onto the robotic island and vows to make Robotnik repair her so they can be together, watching the doctor fly off in his Robo-Pod. Tails stops to clean up some of the debris left behind by Robotnik and discovers a list of supplies being sent to one of Robotnik's Underbosses on the other side of Mobius. He initially decides to contact the Freedom Fighters, but decides to handle it alone in order to prove himself to them. As Tails sets off for parts unknown, a drop of water falls from Auto-Fiona's eye as she watches him go.
Paul Castiglia, Joe Pepitone, and Frank Gagliardo return to pester Scott Fulop. Joe asks Patrick Spaziante to help them, but Scott reminds him that he's in charge of whether or not he gets freelance assignments. Feeling the pressure of being manipulated in a freelance working environment, Patrick relents and slams the door in Joe, Paul, and Frank's faces. Art by Bill Golliher.
- SWATbot: "You are now a prisoner of the Great, Powerful, and Handsome Dr. Robotnik! (This is a recording.)"
- Snively: "Where is it?!"
- Sonic: "I traded it in for a picture of Robuttnik...never know when I'll need to blow my nose."
- Snively: "(chuckle.)...Um, I mean...Fool!"
- Dulcy: "Besides, Robotnik was the one who couldn't get the job done. That's why I FIRED him!!!"
- Dulcy joins the Freedom Fighters.
- Sally is roboticized, but then de-roboticized.
- Tails escapes Robotnik's trap, and the Fiona Fox Auto Automaton is rendered inactive by rust.
- Tails finds Robotnik's list of supplies, thereby discovering the existence of his underboss "Crocbot" in Downunda, and starts his quest leading up to the Tails 3 issue miniseries.
- The first story appears to based off of Sonic the Hedgehog episodes "Sonic and Sally" (Robotnik has switched the real Sally with a robot duplicate spy) and "Sonic's Nightmare" (Sonic continues to envision his nightmare of Sally being roboticized).
- The beginning of the issue states that all of Mobius' dragons, except for Dulcy, were Roboticized. This was later retconned.
- Sabina, Dulcy's mother, makes her first appearance in a flashback at the beginning of the issue.
- The first story of this issue occurs either before StH: #27 or after this issue's second story.
- This is the final appearance of the Auto-Automaton Fiona.
This issue has been reprinted in the following places:
- Sonic Archives Vol. 8
- Sonic Legacy Book 2
- "Steel-Belted Sally" was reprinted in Sonic Super Digest #1 and Sonic Super Special #7
- "Growing Pains" - Part Two was reprinted in Sonic Select Book 8 and Sonic: Love Stinks
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