Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 65 was the sixty-fifth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "The Fellowship of the Rings"
Sonic, Tails, Nate Morgan and Eddy the Yeti are shocked to find Naugus standing before them in Nate's fortress. Naugus claims that Eddy kidnapped him, but Nate calls him out on his lies and explains that he hid himself inside Eddy's flamethrower to pass by the mystic defenses of the fortress unharmed. Sonic, Tails and Eddy rush to attack Naugus, but they begin to choke as Naugus drains the oxygen out of the air around them. Thinking fast, Nate throws a Power Ring out a window. Naugus jumps after it, but finds that it was only a hologram and is unable to return to the fortress.
Nate finally greets Sonic, who introduces himself as the son of Jules Hedgehog. Sonic apologizes for having attacked Eddy and asks Nate how he knew Jules and why Naugus wants to kidnap him. Nate explains that, long ago, he was one of many Overlander geophysicists researching alternate energy sources in Megapolis. Nate's assistant, Julian Kintobor, assured him that the project was ready for testing. Not realizing his friend had sabotaged the project, Nate accidentally caused a massive explosion that shook all of Megapolis. Nate was banished from Overlander society, spared the death penalty as his accident claimed no lives.
Nate had given up on life, wandering the Badlands, until he came across Frederick Acorn. The monarch of the Kingdom of Acorn befriended Nate; with the help of Frederic's Chaos Emerald, Nate finally managed to create his clean power source: the Power Rings. With this invention the kingdom flourished with technology and the city of Mobotropolis was built in honor of this new power. Living among the Mobians, Nate settled down and became a teacher. Nate breaks from his story for a moment to point out to Sonic that Charles Hedgehog and Jules Hedgehog were two of his finest students.
Nate explains to Sonic that, after ascending to the throne, Maximillian Acorn appointed Kodos and Naugus as his advisers. Unable to convince the king to denounce the Overlander, the two decided to set their own scheme into motion. Kodos insisted that his armed forces escort Nate through the Great Forest while he conducted an environmental survey. Meanwhile, Naugus manipulated the emotions of a lost Overlander army platoon. The two groups clashed, leaving Kodos and Nate as the only survivors. Kodos and Naugus implicated Nate for having told the Overlanders where to find the kingdom. Not wanting to cause more unrest and unable to prove himself innocent, Nate exiled himself.
As Nate left the Kingdom, he stumbled through a knothole and found himself in an underground grotto that led to a beautiful stretch of wilderness. He left his Ring Forge, a device that could create Power Rings, at the bottom of a nearby lake and hoped that it would never be found. Nate eventually found himself in the Southern Tundra, where he met Eddy. He explains to Sonic that Overlanders held a tale that Mutates like Eddy were created during the Days of Fury. Seeing that the creature was half buried in an avalanche, Nate took pity on Eddy and rescued him. Together the pair built their fortress and lived in peace.
Sonic asks Nate to explain why Naugus wants to kidnap him. Nate explains that Naugus wished to have Nate banished long ago because he feared his scientific discoveries would make his magic obsolete, but now he has something that Naugus wants dearly. He then leads Sonic and Tails to a room full of Power Rings.
- "The Library"
In an abandoned area of Mobotropolis, Amy Rose shows Dulcy the Dragon a book about the life of Kirby the historian. She explains to Dulcy that the book mentions a complete set of Kirby's works that was donated to the local library. The duo heads to the dilapidated library, where they discover one of Kirby's books. Amy is ecstatic, but the creaking noise of a door opening makes them realize that they are not alone in the library. Amy and Dulcy run away, hoping to convince their friends to help them investigate the library some other time, while a shadowy figure in the library cautiously greets the visitors he thought he heard.
Pinup Pages/Activity Pages
- "Fry" Pinup
- Nate Morgan: "Did you know that the temperature here, at the bottom of the world, always remains below zero degrees Fahrenheit? I had become so numb from the pain of my past that I hardly felt it. But was I numb enough?"
- The origins of Nate Morgan, the Power Rings and the Lake of Rings are revealed.
- Nate Morgan reveals a giant cache of rings in his fortress.
- Amy Rose discovers a hidden library in the reclaimed Robotropolis.
- Nate Morgan's flashback indirectly reveals that Julian Kintobor was well over forty years old before his death: Julian was an adult and a professional scientist in Megapolis when Maximillian Acorn was a child.
Cameos & References
- The issue's title, "The Fellowship of the Rings" is a reference to the first book of the Lord of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.
- A partially obscured book, titled "[Hed]gehogs I've Kn[own]" by Yuji Naka, is seen on a bookshelf in the Mobotropolis Library.
- Another book in the library is titled "The Lost Ones", a reference to Ken Penders original comic book for Image Comics (which also appeared in the Image crossover).
- The Archives and Legacy reprintings changes it to "Sonic Legacy Book 1", most likely due to copyright reasons.
- Naugus was mistakenly referred to as "Ixis" throughout the issue.
This issue has been reprinted in the following places:
- Sonic Archives Vol. 17
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