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Sonic the Hedgehog
Publication Details


Date Published 

August 2000

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

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

Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 87 was the eighty-seventh issue of the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.


Story One[]

"Heart of the Hedgehog Part Two: Lava Story"

Sonic is just recovering from Metal Sonic v2.5's ambush and quickly resumes his climb up Mt. Mobius to rescue Tails. A net trap, however, snares Sonic, and Metal Sonic cackles at his misfortune. Now officially angry, Sonic struggles with his climb as Metal continues to trip him up and taunt him relentlessly. However, Sonic begins to wonder if Metal's personality is starting to override his original programming, similar to what happened with Sonic when he was Roboticized.

Sonic eventually reaches the summit and rescues Tails, just as Metal appears to finish them both off. After a frontal attack quickly fails, Sonic tries to appeal to Metal's personality by claiming that there's more to being alive than programming. Metal Sonic refuses to listen to reason, and Sonic orders Tails to get to safety while he prepares to fight, but the fox refuses and insists that they'll fight together.

Suddenly, the volcano begins to erupt, and Sonic and Tails are trapped by lava and debris falling all around them. With no way out, it seems to be the end for them both until Metal blasts them free. The robot admits that Sonic is right, that he can be more than his programming dictates. In his last act of free will, Metal Sonic holds back the erupting lava and allows Sonic and Tails to escape, just before he is consumed completely.

As the heroes recover from the events, they wonder why Metal Sonic changed his mind. Sonic thinks that it wasn't what they said that changed his mind, but instead what they did. Tails' loyalty and friendship made Metal believe Sonic's words. Sonic and Tails decide to head home.

Story Two[]

"Against the Haunted Past" - Part Two

Ken Khan finds himself trapped in his own home by Dr. Eggman, who has only recently relearned of his "long-forgotten prodigal son" since his release from stasis by Sally Acorn. Feeling that Ken could still be of use to him, Eggman orders his roboticized General Hunn to install a trio of microtransmitters to Ken's brain, overriding his free will completely.

However, Hunn only gets as far as the first transmitter when Ken smashes out of his binds, his Power Ring headband giving him the added strength to do so. Despite the timely arrival of a group of long-outdated SWATbots, Ken quickly smashes up the lab and runs for the atomic core of the retrofitted temple. The SWATbots follow and blindly open fire upon Ken, striking the volatile equipment and causing the entire facility to explode.

Ken escapes in time, but sees a blimp flying off in the distance. Cackling over a loudspeaker, Eggman taunts Ken by revealing that he has already roboticized and taken away everybody in Kar Leung, leaving him with the spoils of victory... a burning ghost town.

Bonus Features[]

Gag Strips[]

Off Panel

The editor offers his sympathy to Knuckles, who recently lost his comic series. Knuckles tells him it's okay, because he can now pursue his passion in directing. The editor is pleased, and gives Knuckles a new job: directing the mail around the office. Written by Mike Gallagher, pencils by Dave Manak, inks by Jim Amash.


  • Sonic: "Gloat on your own time, 'botboy. I'm outta here.
  • Metal Sonic: "Hey! Don't run off when I'm trying to make a speech!"

Key Events[]

  • Metal Sonic is destroyed in the Mt. Mobius eruption.
  • Kar Leung is destroyed, and all its villagers are roboticized and taken away by Dr. Eggman.

Background Information[]

  • This is Sam Maxwell's last issue as penciller for the series.
  • Metal Sonic's death in this issue is similar to the death of Metal Sonic in the Sonic OVA, also known as "Sonic: The Movie".

Reprint History[]

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:

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