Well…this is it. This is as far as I go, I guess.
Sorry the last few sections are so rushed. I just needed to get this done.
Chapter Ten: Twilight of the Eggman Empire (Issues 176-200)
Last time, on As Mobius Turns…
Robotnik has won. Knothole is destroyed, Sonic is defeated, and the Mobians are now inside his Egg Grapes.
And now, our feature presentation…
When Sonic regains consciousness, Knothole has already been reduced to a pile of ashes. Almost immediately, he runs into the handful of survivors…which includes just about every Freedom Fighter (plus Amy). Um…wouldn’t those be the first people Robotnik would aim for? I mean, they ARE the ones that have been ruining your every scheme all these years. Anyway, Tails suddenly has a bad attitude, blaming Sonic for everything that happened. AND THINGS ONLY GET WORSE THE NEXT FEW ISSUES, let me tell you.
Fortunately, NICOLE also escaped capture (hey, remember her?), and quickly formulates an escape plan. The heroes rip a page out of the Dawn of the Dead remake, build an armored car, and drive it right into Megaopolis. Meanwhile, Robotnik is gloating over his captives, convinced that leaving his greatest enemy still alive and free is a foolproof strategy. Oh, and then he starts to suck the life out of Charmy…just as the heroes come charging into the Egg Grape chamber.
Seeing that the hedgehog is decidedly NOT dead and NOT spiritually crushed, Robotnik and Snively both beat it out of there. Meanwhile, Tails hooks NICOLE into Robotnik’s network, freeing all the captives and modifying Robotnik’s armor. Sure enough, the doctor comes charging after everyone, once again wearing his ridiculous powered suit. Before long, Sonic has led everyone into a dead end, and Robotnik finishes beaming everyone back into the Grapes…
And then Snively calls in, saying that NOBODY was sent back to the Grapes. NICOLE’S modifications changed the teleportation coordinates. All in all, it wasn’t a terrible plan…except, how the hell does that work? Is Robotnik’s entire suit controlled by a single console in the middle of his fucking capital? And furthermore, if Snively knew what was happening, couldn’t he have simply fixed the error from there? Seriously, this whole thing was incredibly contrived.
So, our heroes have escaped capture yet again. But if Knothole is a big, burned-down scar now, where will they go? As luck would have it, they all get sent to the Nanite City. With ADAM destroyed, NICOLE was able to take over the city’s nanites and forced them to build a recreation of the long-destroyed Mobotropolis. She also took the time to construct an extra-secure prison, a city-wide forcefield, and enough generators that she can keep her lynx form indefinitely. Cool.
But of course, Robotnik’s not gonna take this lying down! He dispatches his entire Egg Fleet to destroy the city, recapture the Mobians, and kill Sonic once and for all. Meanwhile, Mogul and the other villainous Mobians try to stage a coup…only to be immediately teleported into the new prison. NICOLE is forced to transfer more power to the city’s shield, causing her form to temporarily break apart. At the same time, the Fleet is bombing the everloving hell out of the city…or at least trying to, since the shield turns out to be impenetrable. Snively (who’s commanding the fleet) only stops briefly when Hope flies in, verbally blasting him for betraying her trust and saying how she’ll make the Kintobor name mean something again. Instead of shooting her and killing off a potential problem, Snively simply breaks into tears.
And so the issue continues. Or, to be more correct, drags. There’s no conflict anymore; the city’s practically invulnerable. Even when Robotnik’s powered armor shows up, he can’t breach the walls. So, in the place of tension, we have a bunch of characters contemplating their navels. Bunnie and Antoine crack jokes about each other. Charmy is still alive, but has some brain damage. Sally finally decides to cut her hair. Sonic and Rotor talk about pointless things. The ONLY conversation that actually means anything involves Amadeus planning to bring down the Acorn dynasty and introduce democracy. (For my rant on why this is a stupid idea, just scroll down.)
As previously mentioned, Robotnik finally shows up, screaming and bellowing that Sonic stole HIS city, and demanding another fight. Sonic obliges his request, and waits for the doctor to once again state how perfect and invulnerable his armor is. And then Sonic reveals his secret weapon: EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER TO HAVE EVER FOUGHT IN OR WITH THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS BUM RUSHES ROBOTNIK. The suit’s crippling weakness was that it was designed to fend off Sonic; Robotnik didn’t consider anyone else to be enough of a threat. And of course, the scenes that follow are so epic, so unbelievably awesome, that they totally make up for just how stupidly contrived the whole twist was.
Finally, Robotnik is left with only the suit’s comfy hind quarters to sit on. Sally shows up to start her own round of gloating…only for Robotnik to launch the Egg Fleet’s remaining weaponry at the waiting heroes. Of course, our beloved forces are stupid enough to just stand there and let him do it. Fortunately, they’re saved when NICOLE stretches the shield out enough to cover them. She then resumes Lynx form to tell off Robotnik herself. Completely humiliated, our antagonist literally flies off in the seat of his pants, all the while swearing revenge.
THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
Alright, it’s time for another one of those “What kind of an idiot is this fucking character?” quizzes.
You are General Amadeus Prower. You were roboticized, but aliens restored you. You were sent home to your now-eleven-year-old son, Tails, literally days before one of your people’s most important sites was utterly destroyed. The Mobians have a new home, one that you can hide in however long it takes to muster an army. What is your course of action?
A. Immediately start raising up the equipment and manpower to successfully retake your planet.
B. Attempt to reconnect with Station Square and plan a new course of action.
C. Consult with the other generals and rulers on what to do.
D. Immediately try to overthrow the government based on events you were not there to witness and therefore have no true understanding of.
Once again, our answer is D. I need to make these things tougher.
Unfortunately, the revolution attempt occurs off-panel; NICOLE simply pops in to tell Sonic, Tails and Rosemary of Amadeus’ arrest. Of course, Sonic then ruins the moment by flat-out insulting Tails’ father’s strategic prowess, sending the two foxes leaving in a huff. When NICOLE rightly calls him out on his bullshit, Sonic simply runs off to see Knuckles off.
Oh, Knuckles is leaving for Angel Island. This scene is kinda just sandwiched in there, with only a “I must see my homeland” excuse for the echidna leaving. I’m not kidding, it doesn’t pay off until the next storyline, so why is it appearing this early? So yeah, Knuckles leaves. Surely nothing horrible will come of this!
What follows is exactly why political discussions rarely work in kids comics. Elias heads to the dungeon to confront Amadeus, only to hear about the wonders of Democracy and how the monarchy is stupid and ugly and accomplished nothing. Elias then tells Sonic he would gladly step down (angst overload again), but the other King Acorn (now a senile loon) wants to see Amadeus executed. Later, Elias finally tells Amadeus that the Acorn family has actually been working for the people’s benefit, against increasingly overwhelming odds, and how everyone’s actions was to restore the monarchy.
Okay, let’s break this down bit by bit:
*Amadeus says that the Freedom Fighters and their council accomplished more in the last ten years than the Acorn family ever did. Because, you know, the monarchy has done nothing besides unite nearly every race in Mobius, proliferated a clean energy technology, fought for their lives in the Great War, fought against Robotnik, etc. And that council? They ordered Sonic dead twice on questionable evidence, tended to break into disagreement constantly, and were utterly ineffectual.
*King Acorn is a dick. A sexist dick, at that. But at the same time, he was usually at least somewhat rational. In order to cement the shaky “overthrow the government” argument, he’s derailed into a senile hanging judge, gleefully ordering the execution of anyone he thinks betrayed him.
*Again, WHY ARE YOU OVERTHROWING THE GOVERNMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF A WAR?!
But since this is aimed at American youth, the comic’s argument has to be “Democracy is the best thing ever.” Enough about that.
That night, Tails and Rosemary break into the dungeon and free Amadeus. NICOLE notifies Sonic, who runs off to stop the jailbreak. Unfortunately, he quickly becomes a massive dick yet again, justifying Tails slamming him from behind. The two friends start fighting, while Amadeus and Rosemary run off to finish the revolution. Well, Rosemary more or less forces Amadeus to do it, but you get the idea. Makes me wonder who was REALLY behind the idea. I mean, Rosemary wrote Amadeus’ speech, was very vocal about her support for her husband’s “revolution,” and now she’s more or less pressuring him into launching an open assault on the castle! What the hell?
Meanwhile, Sonic and Tails are still fighting, now out of the dungeon and wrestling in the forest. Tails calls out Sonic on every little thing he’s said and done to him since the series began, finally culminating in the real reason for everything: Sonic dating Fiona. Except, a few issues ago, Tails was completely over the traitorous skank. Yes, they destroyed actual character development so they could get the two fighting. Excuse me, I need to slam my head into a wall.
Okay, I’m back. Anyway, Sonic finally apologizes, taking the blame for everything. (Well, he WAS being a bit of a douche, but still.) Tails accepts, and the two run off to stop the one-fox rebellion. Meanwhile, Elias and Amadeus have already resorted to one of the most unexciting, pathetically paced duels in the history of comics. It beats the fuck out of the “democracy is awesome lol” moments earlier, but STILL, we’ve have far more interesting fights by this point. Why is this one so…pathetic?
The whole thing ends when Sally finally shows up, shuts down their dick waving competition (just…forget I ever said that), and mediates a compromise. Over TEA, no less. Anyway, they agree to set up a ruling council, with six elected members and Elias as the seventh. The rebellion stops…just as Sonic and Tails come running in.
And our story arc ends with free elections for the first time in Mobian history. King Acorn decides to start shunning Elias, but we don’t care, because he’s a fucking bastard. Rosemary, Uncle Chuck, Rotor, and the reserve Freedom Fighters (I’ll cover one of them a bit later) are chosen as the first council members. And thus, our story ends…with Dmitri’s head floating down, telling everyone that Enerjak is back.
GASP You mean the evil echidna that can control chaos energy and nearly destroyed the world many times over has returned? WOW! It’s a good thing none of our ECHIDNA characters that can CONTROL CHAOS ENERGY have travelled to a place WITH A LOT OF IT and turned into THEIR WORST ENEMY. That would be bad. And bland. And incredibly slowly-paced. And about as annoying as this joke.
THE ORIGIN OF DOCTOR FINITIVUS
First, though, we have a whole lot of flashbacks. We’re talking about, like, Ken Penders level here. They do a good job of explaining just who the hell Finitivus is, but here’s the thing. They ran as backup stories for every issue in the arc except for the finale. This means fewer pages for the more interesting main plot. At least they didn’t subtract pages from the AWESOME final battle, because I’d probably have to kill some people otherwise.
Finitivus was once an Echidna scientist in Albion. While working on an experiment, something went wrong, and he disappeared. When he came back, his fur was completely white, and he was very, very pissed at existence in general. He immediately wiped out Albion, killing every man, woman and child inside. He then attacked the Brotherhood of Guardians, sucking all of its members save Locke into a portal and sealing them inside. Finally, he hunted down and killed Moritori, seriously damaging the Dark Legion’s leadership in the process.
From there, he joined the Dark Legion, in hopes of getting the Master Emerald. For what end? Why, to destroy the world, of course! And of course, he needs someone to accomplish this…
KNUCKLES IS ENERJAK
Sure, you can knock me for spoilers, but…they didn’t even bother hiding this. It was fucking obvious from PAGE ONE that our favorite Echidna had turned evil. They didn’t even bother to hide that he was brainwashed by Dr. Finitivus, or that Scourge, Fiona and the Destructix are working for him. They don’t even hide that this is a tie-in to 25YL. It’s not a terrible arc; actually, it’s pretty damn good. But this isn’t exactly “Captain Atom is Monarch.”
As we learn later (in flashback, from Archimedes), after arriving on Angel Island, Knuckles was immediately captured by Dr. Finitivus. In his absence, the Dark Legion had descended into civil war, between Lien-Da and Constable Remington. Yes, Remington’s “dark secret” was that he is a descendant of Dmitri. Go fig. Anydangway, between the Dingo oppression and the civil war, 90% of the Echidna race is dead, and that number will only go up unless Knuckles does something. Of course, being the idiot he is, he rushes right to the Master Emerald to power up. Unfortunately, Finitivus had already corrupted the emerald, causing Knuckles to turn into Enerjak instead.
Enerjak’s first task is dealing with the Dingoes. He heads right into their capital, murders their leader, and teleports the remainder into Angel Island’s desert to die. He then attacks the Dark Legion, restoring Remington’s sanity in the process. Unfortunately for the Legion, the new Enerjak doesn’t like technology, and promptly RIPS IT OUT OF THEIR BODIES. Remington and his followers are teleported to Albion…which Finitivus has already destroyed. With this little bit of random desolation done, Enerjak sets his eyes on New Mobotropolis.
Our brand new council immediately proves just how valuable they’ll be…and decides to do nothing against Enerjak. Pissed off, Sonic runs to Robotnik, who agrees to help capture Enerjak. (This is, of course, an incredibly stupid move, as everyone in the story points out.) When Enerjak finally arrives, he tries to rip out Julie-Su’s implants, only to be interrupted by Sonic’s arrival.
You can probably guess how the fight turns out. Enerjak wastes the hedgehog’s ass, and is stopped from destroying Mobius altogether only when Robotnik arrives and sucks him into his new Egg Grape. Of course, this gives Robotnik a new, unlimited power source, meaning the whole planet is royally fucked. Before they can actually, you know, chase the bad guy, however, Sonic and Julie-Su are teleported to Angel Island by Locke. After realizing just how fucking retarded he has been for the last, what, fifty or so issues, he decided to help fix the mess he started. He helped the Echidnas at Albion start to rebuild, and then brought the two to Angel Island to recover a backup Anti-Enerjak device…which will permanently kill whoever is Enerjak at the moment.
Father of the Year material, I swear.
Meanwhile, Robotnik and Snively strap in Enerjak…only to have him immediately escape. What follows is, quite possibly, the most epic moment in the entire Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. I’m not kidding, it is that awesome. Robotnik sends out his entire army and Egg Fleet to subdue and recapture Enerjak. His response? BLOW. SHIT. UP.
Not only does he defeat Robotnik’s entire military, he also nearly burns New Megaoplis to the ground, making it nearly impossible for the Eggman Empire to rebuild itself. He stops only when a combination of fatigue and events on Angel Island force him to retreat.
Meanwhile, Sonic, Julie-Su and Locke head out for the device, with Julie-Su and Locke arguing about whether or not to use it. Once there, they fight for a good while, until Sonic manages to sneak around, grab the thing…and smash it. Totally dumbstruck as to what to do next, the Destructix simply leave. Scourge, meanwhile, is still bothered by what Sonic said to him during their last fight (about trying to be a hero for once), and decides to head home to think about things. Of course, Fiona decides to follow him.
With their trump card gone, the heroes head back to the Master Emerald, where Enerjak was already recharging. Sonic runs past Enerjak and Finitivus, jumps on the Master Emerald, and starts absorbing its power himself, transforming into Super Sonic. The two super-beings, of course, immediately start fighting it out across the entire planet, while Julie-Su, Locke and Archimedes try to reverse Knuckles’ transformation. Unfortunately, the evil doctor has cursed the Master Emerald, so that if anyone tries to actually reverse things, they will have to sacrifice themselves in the process. (Why he didn’t just make it so anyone that touches the emerald dies is anyone’s guess.)
Of course, everyone points out this is mostly Locke’s damn fault. And of course, they’re right. I’m not being sarcastic here; Locke is totally to blame for most of the shit that has been going on. And so, he ends up getting on the Emerald, while Julie-Su and Archimedes hold off Finitivus. Meanwhile, Super Sonic and Enerjak keep beating the shit out of each other, until they’re right next to the Master Emerald’s temple. Just as Super Sonic is about to lose, Locke finishes his spell, is vaporized (no bodies in this comic, I guess), and Knuckles returns to normal. Oh, and he remembers everything that happened.
Finitivus barely escapes through a warp ring (after getting sucker punched, of course). Knuckles, meanwhile, has relapsed into total emo mode, and decides to stay behind as the last Echidna on Angel Island. As for the Dark Legion? Lien-Da hooks up with Robotnik, agreeing to act as his intermittent army in exchange for some mechanical upgrades. Unfortunately, after the thing with Sonic fell through, Dmitri hooked up with Robotnik first, making him once again the leader of the Dark Legion.
MAMMOTH MONGUL’S RETURN
The next arc marks the return of…Mina. Oh no, this is going to hurt.
Mina and Ash fly back into New Mobotropolis, having finished her world tour/excuse to get out of the story. (Here’s a thought, though; if Robotnik is ruling the world, why the hell is she able to get around so easy? I mean, yeah, Robotnik’s entire army was destroyed, but that was AFTER Mina left. AFTER. Couldn’t he have just…blown her out the sky, just to be a dick? Then again, he IS a closet fur- I mean, fan, so that shouldn’t be a problem, I guess.) Anyway, Ash agrees to stop being a dick…again. Hurray.
Oh, and the Chaotix also come back. Hurray.
Meanwhile, Mogul decides he’s been spending too much time in prison, and wants to bust out. Furthermore, he needs a Chaos Emerald to restore his powers. He first tries to threaten Sonic, but of course, the hedgehog is not exactly concerned about the depowered prehistoric Mobian. So he goes to Plan B: activate a bunch of sleeper agents he had STASHED AWAY for just such an occasion, have them fight Sonic, and then use them to blackmail the hedgehog into giving up the Emerald. Um…okay?
And who are these agents? First is Tails. (Okay, that one was pretty obvious.) Next is Mina, who apparently got her Super Speed from Mogul during Robo-Robotnik’s return. Gee, Ian, did THAT plot point need revisiting? I mean, it’s not like she, you know, USES her powers or anything? And the last is Mighty, who Mogul granted Super Strength so he could save his dad, or something. Look, none of this is going to be important later, so let’s continue!
Using what little remains of his telepathy, Mogul takes control of all three and forces them to fight Sonic and Ash. They brawl for a while, and Mogul realizes this isn’t working. So then comes Plan C: he orders all three to run off and put themselves in extreme danger, and will allow them to die unless Sonic coughs up the Emerald. The hedgehog finally gives up, breaks into Castle Acorn, steals the Chaos Emerald, escapes from NICOLE, and gives it to Mogul.
Within seconds, he’s got his precious belly button plug back. The sheer influx of power destroys the prison and damn-near wipes out NICOLE. Sonic prepares for another fight…only for Mogul to refuse. Yes, the all-powerful villain has finally realized the bumpkin before him is unbeatable. So he now plans to simply…sit around and wait for Sonic to die from something else, and then move in and take over Mobius. (Actually a pretty damn good plan, if you ask me. Makes me wonder why other immortal, cosmically-powered beings constantly try to kill their own adversaries.) He teleports away, along with all the other imprisoned villains, and…starts a casino.
No, I am not making this up. There’s a few more stories with him, but they all add up to a great ball of NOTHING, so let’s continue.
THE SUPPRESSION SQUAD
While all that was going on, Scourge and Fiona were busy on Anti-Mobius (now called Moebius). The evil Sonic has taken his alternate’s words to heart…and decided to make his entire universe more than an “evil Mobius.” To that end, he reconquers the planet, nearly kills and exiles Anti-Bunnie, and proceeds to rename and adjust the gimmicks for everyone else:
*Anti-Sally becomes Alicia. She’s actually pretty much the same, albeit more subdued and less willing to challenge her ex. Which is natural, considering he’s beaten the tar out of everyone else up to this point. Damn Villain Sues…
*Anti-Rotor becomes Boomer (his name in the early issues, and a reference to the British comics). He also gains some cybernetic implants.
*Anti-Tails becomes Miles. He changes from an annoying little brat to a cold, calculating magnificent bastard.
*Anti-Antoine becomes Patch. He’s basically the same as he was during the previous issues.
New crew in tow, Scourge and Fiona decide to head back to Mobius, just so they can screw around with Sonic some more. They start the invasion by warping into Freedom HQ, while most of the Freedom Fighters were working on projects. During the ensuing battle, Scourge and Sonic duel yet again, Scourge calls Sonic a weakling, blah blah blah, they all get their asses kicked. Finally, Sally just orders Sonic to pull everyone back, giving the newly-minted Suppression Squad control over the base.
(And while that’s going on, Knuckles and the Chaotix are fighting off the Dark Legion, having been rearmed and rebuilt by Robotnik. Unfortunately, once things go south, the Legion learns that Robotnik’s entire army is still destroyed; they are the ONLY fighting force he has left. Finally, Lien-Da orders everyone to withdraw…just as Dmitri flat-out admits that he’s using Robotnik, and is actively working to undermine him.)
What follows are a series of filler issues, none of which are terribly important. Sonic tries to get Freedom HQ back, but the council keeps saying no. Meanwhile, Robotnik takes an interest in Scourge, and builds a Metal Scourge (plus another Metal Sonic) to go fight the two. The two hedgehogs team up, defeat the robots, and then run off again. Later that night, Scourge tries to sneak into Sonic’s house for another round (and just how did he get past NICOLE?), only to get verbally destroyed by Jules.
(Oh, and we also learn the history of Moebius. Scourge’s father ended up creating world peace…which caused the entire planet to stagnate and crumble. So, Anti-Sonic started the Anti-Freedom Fighters, overthrew the government, killed Anti-Jules, and created a state of worldwide anarchy. Of course, none of this is brought up again, which is actually too bad. It’s a nice little dash of gray in a comic that desperately needs something, ANYTHING to lift up the stagnating storyline.)
TOO MANY HEDGEHOGS!
Finally, the whole thing slams together in an epically confusing conclusion. As punishment for trying to retake Freedom HQ (which led to the whole Metal Scourge fiasco), Sally orders Sonic…to lead an invasion into Moebius. Sonic (and Amy, as his backup) enter Moebius…where they meet Dr. Kintobor, now thin as a rail. (Because fat people are always evil, you see.) He’s set up the Moebius equivalent of New Mobotropolis, as an ordered society for everyone sick of Scourge’s madness. He’s also taken in Anti-Bunnie (now Buns), who now has to ride in an Omega-style suit to survive. Unfortunately, they have no chance of winning, unless they get help from Rosie, Amy’s evil counterpart. Both Kintobor and Buns think it’s a bad idea, but Sonic decides to roll with it.
Meanwhile, Sally is approached by Miles. The rest of the Suppression Squad is sick of Scourge, and want their help to bring him down. Of course, they trust the villains immediately.
Once at the palace, the heroes find Rosie…who looks exactly like the old Amy Rose, before her Plot Relevant Age Up. She was always trying to smash Anti-Sonic with her hammer, but being a supersonic rodent made him impossible to hit. So, she tried to wish on the Anti-Ring of Acorns to age progress. Tragically, the Anti-Ring not only failed to grant her desire, but it also completely shattered her tenuous grasp on reality, reducing her to a foaming mad psychopath with designs on Anti-Sonic. And look, here’s a hedgehog that looks exactly like him…
The heroes manage to dodge most of Rosie’s attacks, at least long enough for Sonic to use a Star Post to warp back to Mobius. Sonic arrives in Freedom HQ, saves the invasion team, and takes on both Scourge and Fiona. He crushes Fiona in an old-fashioned “You Suck” speech, and then manages to push both Scourge and himself through the post… right before Boomer deactivates it, trapping both on Moebius. Rosie, meanwhile, has practically destroyed Buns’ armor, and is more than happy to turn her sights on her “love.”
Okay, so we have Scourge getting chased around by Rosie. Sonic is there to make sure he’s down for the count, and he can surely find a way back home. So far, so good. There’s absolutely no way they can ruin this story, right? Well, they find a way, the worst possible way imaginable.
They bring in Sonic 06.
Back in Mercia, Rob O’ The Hedge and Mari-An meet Silver the Hedgehog. He’s crossed into the past in search of Sonic, blaming him for causing a great disaster in the future. And thus, we’ve finally done it. We’ve brought the absolute worst Sonic game in existence into the comic’s continuity. I’m weeping now. But anyway, they decide to track down Sonic together. Meanwhile, Robotnik builds a new Metal Sonic, one with the ability to lock onto Sonic’s position and immediately teleport there. Turns out it works across the entire multiverse, as the robot easily warps to Moebius even without Robotnik ordering it to. Finally, Shadow gets sent into the mess by total accident, having been teleported there while trying to access the Special Zone.
Of course, this turns into a royal clusterfuck within seconds, stopped only when Silver uses his powers (telekinesis, in case you were smart enough to avoid that train wreck of a game) to freeze everyone in place. He singles out Sonic, bashes him around for a while, and stops only when he realizes Scourge is the biggest threat here. Metal Sonic also agrees, and temporarily teams up with the others.
The Hedgehog Formerly Known As Evil Sonic realizes how screwed he is, and decides to enact Plan B. He runs to the old throne room…where he stashed the Anarchy Beryls, the evil equivalents of the Chaos Emeralds. (The pun…it hurts.) He then transforms into Super Scourge, and since he’s already Chaos Energy-powered, it only makes him even more of a Villain Sue. He blows the others away, just as the Suppression Squad uses their own star posts to return. (Except Fiona. Seriously, nothing is ever mentioned of her again.) He then starts beating the shit out of his former lackeys, before Sonic finally figures something out. The beating causes Metal Sonic’s programming to fritz out, but before he can attack Sonic again, Shadow simply Chaos Controls both himself and the robot out of Moebius. (And into the last issue of the Sonic X spinoff.)
He runs out of the castle, luring Super Scourge into following. After several pages of taunting, beating and other assorted madness, Super Scourge moves in to finish Sonic…before suddenly powering down. Sonic’s reasoning? Since he actually retains some power when he powers down from HIS super form, Scourge’s version should simply drain him of all his strength. Gee, Ian, just how long did it take to pull THAT one out of your ass?
Anyway, Sonic takes Scourge to the Zone Troopers, an interstellar police force led by yet another Sonic, Zonic. Scourge breaks free for a while, wrecking some major havoc before being put down yet again. Meanwhile, another Robotnik, Eggman Nega, has been rampaging across universe after universe, leaving the Zone Troopers in a dire straight. Furthermore, when asked about removing the current Robotnik (since he doesn’t belong in Sonic’s world in the first place), Zonic simply states that Robotnik HAS to be there for the time being.
Meanwhile, Sally is arrested and taken before the council. During the round of questioning, she admits to ordering the attack on the Suppression Squad (against orders to the contrary). Before they can actually try her, however, she flat-out reminds them that, if the council has its way, the Freedom Fighters will be unable to actually make any field decisions, the Chaotix would be disallowed (since they are free agents, and outside the council’s control), and Robotnik could pretty much steamroll over them. She gets off…only for Hamlin, a former member of the Reserve Freedom Fighters and the only council member voting for her incarceration, to tell her off in a jealous huff.
As for Moebius, Buns is still giving heroism a shot, while Alicia is now the figurehead. Miles, meanwhile, is the true master of puppets these days, and is planning revenge on Mobius. (For…what, again?) But nothing’s ever been done with that plot, so we can ignore it for now.
Robotnik, meanwhile, has been…very unwell.
Following his city’s near-destruction at Enerjak’s hands, he has been on a long, slow ride into total madness. His governors refuse to answer either his or Snively’s calls. Besides the Dark Legion, he has no allies at all. His weapons are getting worse and worse. His robots are being destroyed with almost untold ease. He even starts calling Snively by his real name (Colin), something that REALLY creeps the little backstabber extraordinaire out.
Still, one day Snives gets lonely, and decides to log onto IM. While there, he meets up with another user, with whom he starts up a romantic relationship…all while plotting how they’ll bring down Robotnik.
Things finally come to a head when the council approves an actual invasion of the Eggman Empire. The Legion basically gives up without a fight (exactly as planned). Robotnik tries to destroy Sonic in his newly-minted Egg Phoenix…only to get his ass kicked without so much as a fight. That done, the heroes come roaring into New Megaopolis, while the Legion and Snively continue to retreat deeper inside. Once Sonic reaches Robotnik’s control room, however, he ends up fighting the dictator’s latest robot: a giant spider. One long, LONG fight later, Robotnik has not only been utterly defeated, but Sonic has also taken time to rub every single one of his defeats in his face, highlighting how his entire little kingdom has been continually undermined by a bunch of punk kids.
At long last, Robotnik has been vanquished! Time for celebrations, for joy, for…
So, Robotnik totally loses all semblance of mental health, rips out his own moustache, and starts swinging his arms around, snarling and foaming at the mouth all the while. He passes out shortly after Sally enters the room, reporting on how everything’s turning out so swell. (Awkward.) And just as Robotnik finally passes out in exhaustion, Snively enters the room to twist the proverbial knife.
Sally gets over the spectacle fairly swiftly; Sonic, however, continues to be haunted by it well into the next issue. Robotnik is tucked away in a nice, padded cell, while Snively and the Legion meet up with the short guy’s girlfriend: the Iron Queen from the Monkey Kahn stories.
Yes, Ian brought Monkey Kahn back. Which is why I stopped reading at this point. I’ve heard that the newer stories are okay, and Kahn’s been given some much-needed development, but quite frankly, I still want nothing to do with that character. That, and from what I’ve seen, the new villains really aren’t as interesting as Robotnik was in his prime. Still, if someone else has read those, please enlighten me.
And that’s really it. No need for a wrap-up or anything; the series is actually not too bad right now, Monkey Kahn aside.
As such, this retrospective is over. I have covered an entire comic book, from the beginning to just about its current form. We have seen a series evolve, devolve, mutate, and finally transmogrify into something that ranges from “decent” to “actually pretty damn good.” Now I just need another retrospective…