Sonic The Comic #42

Release Jan 6, 1995
Writer Nigel Kitching
Lineart Mike Hadley

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"Icecap Attack – Part Two"
Writer: Nigel Kitching
Artist: Mike Hadley

Sonic and Knuckles become trapped as they investigate Robotnik`s base within the Icecap Zone, but Knuckles tunnels them both out of trouble and the Doctor is sent packing. Sonic frees a number of Emerald Hill folk taken prisoner in the chaos, destroys Robotnik`s warp technology and heads home – just in time for some suitably festive snow.

But it looks as though Sonic and Knuckles may have recognised each other`s usefulness for once.

"The Carnival Night Conspiracy – Part Four"
Writer: Nigel Kitching
Artist: Richard Elson

Reduced to a desk job, Knuckles is itching to make a proper job of destroying the Launch Base Zone. But when he tries to leave, the Marxios reveal their true colous in the form of a souped-up battle armour which pounds the echidna until he`s left lying in rubble!

"Hero Of Mobius"
Writer: Nigel Kitching
Artist: Carl Flint

It`s evening in the caravan of Bob Beaky`s Travelling Circus. Sonic is so busy recounting his badnik smashing exploits that all he can do is point out that Tails wasn't there, and was probably off hiding somewhere (when in fact, he was off doing his own thing in the Nameless Zone).

A despondent young fox slips out of the caravan for some fresh air, and considers why he is always treated so unfairly, until Johnny appears and asks whether or not he would like to join the group on a raid. He accepts without hesitation, but when Johnny goes to fetch the others, a familiar portal appears… It`s the Enchanter Kings, summoning their Champion back to the Nameless Zone!

Interestingly, this storyline was never followed up.

“A Day In The Life Of Doctor Robotnik”
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Mike Hadley

As its title suggests, this story follows an allegedly typical day in the life of Mobius` great dictator – from incinerating unsatisfactory badniks to chastising Grimer, and from his plans for robotosizing Sonic to a surprising choice in bedtime reading.

Every series needs some comic relief occasionally, but perhaps this shouldn`t have occupied the main series` slot. After the intensity of the previous plotlines, the comic artwork and pacing just seem disjointing somehow. It seems strange to see Robotnik as a serious threat one moment, and a fan of teenage romance fiction the next.

Cover: Carl Flint