Sonic the Hedgehog 061 (Archie)

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Sonic the Hedgehog #061
"Sonic the Hedgehog"
Writer: Mike Gallagher (1), Karl Bollers (2) Ken Penders (3)
Pencils: Harvey Mercadoocasio, Steven Butler, Art Mawhinney, Frank Gaglirado, J. Freddie Gabrie, Victor Gorelick
Cover artist: Patrick Spaziante, Harvey Mercadoocasio
Release Date RRP Code Rating
1998-05-20[1] $1.75 ?
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Sonic the Hedgehog #61 is the sixty-first issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series by Archie Comics.

This comic features three stories, a 12 page main story, called "Outback Gut Check", a four page second story, titled "Total Turbulence", and a six page tertiary story, called "Tales of The Freedom Fighters - On His Majesty's Secret Service".

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Outback Gut Check

Downunda Freedom Fighters Guru Emu and Wombat Stu are suspended in a cage above. Below them stands Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, as well as Downunda Freedom Fighters Walt the Wallaby and Barby Koala. They are surrounded by a horde of platypus enemies. At Sonic's command, they strike back, and the foes are defeated. Sonic goes into a spin and promptly cuts the captured Emu and Stu loose.

After a short celebration, Walt tells the story of how they got into this mess: After Bunnie Rabbot and Antoine D'Coolette escaped the prison camp in Downunda during the Ultimate Annihilator crisis, the remaining animals in Downunda began to rebuild their lives. They cleaned up the prison site, and all seemed to be going well. But one day, for no apparent reason, their friend Duck "Bill" Platypus took off and went renegade. Not long after, Duck came back, but now leading a guerrilla band of platypus raiders. They ruined the reconstruction efforts, and work stopped. Some time later, they received a message from Bill, who seemingly wanted to negotiate and end to the hostilities. Emu and Stu agreed to meet him, but it was just a ploy and the two were ambushed, captured and caged.

A couple days later, Sonic and Tails arrived in their bi-plane unexpectedly. The two were under orders from the Mobotropolis Council to check in on the Downunda crew, and found that they needed help. With a little searching, they found Emu and Stu. Now they're going to press forward and find out what's the deal with their former teammate.

They ride a raft down the river. Sonic and Walt are at odds with just who the leader is supposed to be, while Barby seems to be a bit enamored with Tails. Out of the bushes pops a few platypus marauders and alligators, which the team dispatches without much effort. With a super Sonic spin propelling them forward, they arrive at Bill's hideout.

They sneak up on Bill, seemingly talking to himself and looking exhausted. He passes out. They search for whomever the cause of Bill's woes is, and find it: It's Crocbot... Damaged and battle scarred but not destroyed. He curses out the Freedom Fighters, saying he planted a hypnotic control device on Bill. He commanded Bill to first plug him into a power source, then go out and assemble an army. That army would then assemble new Combots, and soon after Crocbot would be born again to take revenge, a bigger threat than ever. But, he warns, it doesn't matter anyway, for when the Bunyip arriv-

Sonic unplugs the robot before it could finish the warning. Sonic has orders from the King to confiscate any hostile robots, and the Downunda Freedom Fighters defer to the King. So Sonic and Tails take off on their next adventure, Crocbot strapped to their bi-plane. All seems well. For now.

Total Turbulence

Sonic and Tails are over the ocean, hot on the trail of Ixis Naugus. The trail scatters here, in the middle of a nasty storm. The storm is in fact Naugus himself, taking the form of a stormcloud to conceal himself. Sonic and Tails do not realize this, thus Naugus takes this as an opportunity to slap their plane out of the sky. He strikes, and their plane goes into a nosedive. Sonic scrambles at the controls to recover and pull up. He does, flies upward and straight into Naugus' face, unaware that he just landed a heavy blow upon the sorcerer. Sonic and Tails clear the storm, and continue on to their next adventure...

Tales of The Freedom Fighters - On His Majesty's Secret Service

Young Geoffrey St. John and aging subordinate Agent Fleming barely evade the explosion caused by a death trap leftover by Dr. Robotnik. This close call causes Agent Fleming to question his ability to continue serving of the Secret Service. Dejected and believing himself to be too old to continue, the aging agent retires, to Geoffrey's sadness.

This retirement prompts King Maxamillian Acorn to order Geoffrey to gather some new recruits for the service, preferably some fresh young blood. Geoffrey obeys. But the first thing he does is set course for Angel Island, where he tracks down a chameleon, former agent Valdez. Valdez drafted, they fly over Downunda, seeing Wombat Stu below. Geoffrey asks Stu if he'd like to join, and Stu, bored after the defeat of Crocbot, obliges. Back in Mobotropolis, St. John finds Hershey the Cat. Princess Sally has tasked her with the humdrum job of coordinating the various work details on rebuilding the city. Geoffrey hands her a disc, and tells her to show up at the armory in the morning. Hershey's concerned about disobeying the Princess, but Geoffrey tells her that he'll square things with the Princess on her behalf.

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  • The story "Total Turbulence" marked the debut of penciller Steven Butler.



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