Sonic The Comic #76

Release Apr 26, 1996
Writer Nigel Kitching
Lineart Richard Elson

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”The Big Decision”
Writer: Nigel Kitching
Artist: Richard Elson

Porker Lewis has decided that, following his experiences at the hands of the Metallix on the Miracle Planet, he no longer wants to be part of Sonic`s group. Sonic is furious, branding him a coward, a laughing stock and a shame to the Freedom Fighters` name, but is laughing from the other side of his face when the remainder of the group is ambushed by a badnik patrol. Only Porker`s electronic genius saves them, forcing Sonic into a rare apology, and Porker leaves for a new life on the Floating Island as a hero.

Yet again, we`re reminded what a plain unlikeable character Fleetway`s Sonic actually is. Sega may not like their mascot to dent his machismo by showing anything so wussy as – shock! Horror! – emotions, but when Nigel is also so skilfully portraying Porker on the edge of an obvious nervous breakdown, is this gung-ho… let`s face it… thug any better? Yes, he ultimately sees that he was wrong, but is this really any way to represent the essence of coolness to Fleetway`s allegedly young target age group (and I say alleged because, although people my age appreciated the intensity of the storyline and do to this day – myself included), even if he learns his lesson?

“The Ghost Ship – Part Three”
Writer: Nigel Kitching
Artist: Nigel Dobbyn

Trapped on the slave ship, Knuckles and the pirates don`t stand a chance against the monster Tantaror, so it`s lucky that Plunder figures out how to activate the idol`s transportation powers, and instantly transports Knuckles and his crew to Pirate Town.

“Fox On The Run – Part Four”
Writer: Nigel Kitching
Artist: Carl Flint

Fleabyte has Tails and Tantrum tied up, but has forgotten to secure the fox`s tails. Tails takes Fleabyte for an impromptu flight, but it looks as though he may be forced to surrender when the felonious feline threatens to harm Tantrum. However, with a little coaxing from Tails, Tantrum lets out one of his trademark screams and causes a rockfall, which pins Fleabyte and allows the mouse to be delivered safely home.

For once, Tails gets not only solve a problem himself, but fly off into the sunset rather than go home to an ear-bashing. Things`re looking up…

Cover: Richard Elson