Mobius Encyclopaedia
The subject of this article appeared before the Super Genesis Wave.
Previous Issue ←—→ Next Issue
Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details


Date Published 

July 2000

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist
  • J.F. Gabrie
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
First Appearances
Only Appearance

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 86 was the eighty-sixth issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.


Story One[]

"Heart of the Hedgehog Part One: Evil's Return"

Sonic and Tails are on a recon mission, which Sonic turns into a training run for Tails. After a near-crash landing, Tails feels as though he's not able to be as skilled as Sonic. Sonic reassures him that he'll eventually succeed, and the two break for lunch. Tails flies off to gather firewood for their campfire, but fails to return after an hour has passed. Fearing that he may have discouraged him, Sonic heads out to search for Tails, only to be ambushed by a familiar-looking robot: Metal Sonic.

Metal reveals that he has managed to rebuild himself from his past defeats and is ready to resume his task of destroying Sonic (although he has plans for Knuckles afterwards). Sonic is quickly overpowered and incapacitated by Metal Sonic's new-and-improved design, and the hedgehog realizes that Metal still has a shard of a Power Gem on him (which he had originally used during the Chaotix special), which also explains his new personality. Metal gloatingly tells Sonic that he has captured Tails and has taken him to Mt. Mobius, which is set to erupt very soon, and challenges Sonic to rescue his friend.

As expected, Sonic accepts the challenge and runs all the way through the forest. His pace, however, is eventually interrupted when Metal Sonic suddenly pops out and sucker-punches Sonic in the face. With Sonic unconscious, Metal Sonic dashes back to Tails and demoralizes him with the news, though the fox remains defiant.

Story Two[]

"Against the Haunted Past" - Part One

During the Great War, King Acorn is consulting with Warlord Julian Kintobor about the progress of his experiments in cybernetics, which Julian claims will aid in healing the injuries that the King's soldiers have sustained. However, Julian's real motives for his cybernetics are far more sinister: to create an army of cybernetically-enhanced soldiers, obedient to his every whim.

Seeking test subject, but fearing suspicion should he use Mobians within the kingdom, Julian turns his attention towards Leung West, a neutral village outside of the Kingdom of Acorn. There, Ken Khan is being chastised by his father, Lau Khan, for his temper, which he had only recently demonstrated to a group of village youths. Sadly, Julian's arrival separates Ken from his family and friends, never to be seen again.

Some time later, Julian's test subjects are all dead, their bodies unable to adapt to the cybernetics that the warlord placed into them. Ken, however, is the only exception, and Julian scoffs at how his plans for a cybernetic army only resulted in a single "chimp with a stick". Regardless, he unleashes the newly-born "Monkey Khan" on a small group of invading Overlanders and takes glee in watching his creation demolish them. As the dust settles, however, Ken turns on Julian out of revenge, and Julian is forced to shut him down. Faced with the realization that he can't control this technology, Julian gives up on cybernetics and has Ken sealed away.

In the present day, Ken wakes up in Kar Leung, strapped to a lab table, surrounded by lethal lab equipment, and with a roboticized General Hunn standing over him. To his horror, a view-screen reveals his captor... the modern-day Dr. Eggman.

Bonus Features[]

Coloring Page[]

"Pro Art: Color & Enjoy"

Pinup art of Sonic with his various robotic doppelgangers. Presented in black-and-white as a coloring page. Art by Patrick Spaziante.

Gag Strips[]

Off Panel

The editor asks Sonic to sign an issue of the comic for Rosario Pena, the digital color artist for things like comic covers and the Off Panel comics. Having signed autographs all day, Sonic refuses, asking what Pena could possibly do to him. Sonic becomes a series of pieces of abstract art, cells, and body parts, and decides to sign the issue for Pena. Written by Mike Gallagher, pencils by Dave Manak, inks by Jim Amash.


  • Metal Sonic: "Have a good trip Sonic. Don't forget to die!"

Key Events[]

  • Metal Sonic is revealed to still be alive, and has developed a personality since his exposure to the Power Gem in the Knuckles' Chaotix Special.
  • Monkey Khan's origins are revealed.

Background Information[]

Reprint History[]

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:

External links[]