Mobius’ version of Uber is not a great service.

Sonic The Hedgehog #40

Archie Comics Publications (November, 1996)


WRITER: Mike Gallagher

PENCILER: Dave Manak

INKER: Rick Koslowski

COLORIST: Barry Grossman

LETTERER: Mindy Eisman

EDITOR: Justin Gabrie

Sonic is still in jail, accused of disobeying the council and getting himself roboticized, and only young Amy Rose seems to believe he’s innocent. He does manage a twenty-four hour reprieve to track down Nack The Weasel and clear his name. Sonic goes to every lowlife hangout in Mobius before finding him, tricking the villain, capturing him, and sending another explosive Robotnik’s way. With his name clear Sonic is back in action, while Antoine prepares his coronation as the new commander.

What they got right: They could have swept the events of “Mecha Madness” under the rug and continued on as normal but instead they make a story with a satisfying conclusion as Sonic has to prove his innocence. We get a few classic game villains as a bonus.

What they got wrong: Antoine almost seems like a parody of his Saturday morning counterpart and it’s really disappointing. It’s a result of Gallagher’s writing style, which includes more cultural references that doesn’t work in a story taking place on an alien world and jokes that take some of the drama out of the story. For example, the literal kangaroo court run by kangaroos. Also, Amy Rose (who isn’t even the version we know today) being the only one to believe Sonic when none of his friends do is kind of weak. You’d think at least Tails would be protesting with Amy given the way this comic currently operates.

What I think overall: Combining the tone of the two DIC shows really isn’t helping this comic. The good is balanced by the bad so the end result is just mediocre in execution. The story has potential but the end result sadly isn’t worth it.


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