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  1. Hello everyone!  You can call me SonicWindAttack, and as my first post here I wanted to share a huge project that I've been a part of for a while.  That project is Archie Sonic Online, a fan-driven continuation of the old universe of the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comics, aka the Pre-Super Genesis Wave timeline.  Since I remember this website used to share the Archie Sonic comics online for free, I thought this might be a good place to spread the word about it.  We're a non-profit group dedicated to continuing the story of Archie Sonic before the 2013 reboot, by making an independent comic series not associated with Archie Comics, SEGA, Sonic Team, or any of the used element's creators.  Our current plan is to wrap up the storylines involving Mecha Sally and King Naugus, then continue with our own original story ideas from that point onward.  We currently have 4 separate comics in production:
    1. Mobius Legends, a collection of non-canon test stories in order to train the writers and artists for the real deal.
    2. Sonic the Hedgehog Online, our continuation of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" comic series, starting from issue 248 onward.  We'll be picking up from the end of #247, minus the Genesis Wave, and continue the story from there.
    3. Sonic Universe Online, our continuation of the "Sonic Universe" comic series, starting from issue 50 onward (the original Sonic Universe #50 involving Shard and Metal Sonic will be retconned for our version of the story).  We will start off with a conclusion to the "Sonic Underground" series as was the original intention for the official comic, then start a new arc starring Bunnie D'Coolette and work from there.
    4. Knuckles: Endangered Species, a rewrite of the original "Endangered Species" arc in the official Sonic comics.  Due to legal issues, the original arc was forced to be heavily edited, much to the dismay of many fans.  So we are going to be making our own version, replacing issues 244-246 of the official comic (#243 will not be rewritten as it was not heavily affected by the aforementioned legal issues) for our project.  We plan to include all of the characters that were forced to be written out of the original arc, and deliver a much more satisfying conclusion to the story.  This may or may not lead to more Knuckles miniseries in the future, nothing is set in stone yet.
    In order to accomplish these daunting tasks, we have assembled a team of talented writers and artists to work on these stories.  They will be made like an official comic, with our scripts first being written and edited, then penciled, inked, colored and lettered.  This is obviously a time-consuming process, but it is our hope that it will be worth the wait.  As one of the writers for the project, I can safely say we have some very cool stuff planned, and am looking forward to showing it off to the public.  It should be stressed that this project is not being made out of spite for the reboot of the official comic, we just want to be able to continue a story that we feel wasn't given a proper conclusion.  We currently have two issues of Mobius Legends finished, with a third one soon on the way, and we're also fairly close to finishing StHO #248.  You can check out everything we have over at our website, http://archiesoniconline.com/.  I'll wrap this up with a sneak peek of the cover for 248:
    Thanks for listening, and happy reading!
  2. While I'm not the biggest fan of the reboot, I do like the concept of the new world that was made. Don't get me wrong, I miss the old Archie characters, but sometimes more is less. With that said, what are some things that you would have liked to see if the comic still continued.  Right off the bat I feel having the comic go to 1 story per issue instead of 2 would have drawn me back in, as having 2 stories felt distracting and like too much was going on.
    Story wise I would like to see Tails and Sonar (the green fox) interact with each other. Shipping aside I feel the two would just have good "work together" chemistry, and I'd like to see her be a part of Tails sky force team.
  3. I feel confident to write this thought and opinion without much problems.
    Mainly, I can't help but feel concerned over the future of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series.

    This is a legitimate feeling. as lately, I have noted that the Revamped Archie Sonic series
    has mainly been focused on adaptions of Sonic games (quite literally opening with 'Sonic Unleashed')

    this is understandable. as after "The Incident" that led to the New 52/Flashpoint reboot in the first place.
    Archie had to play things safe, and focus on official Sega properties given the loss of 90% of their original content.


    My main concern is AFTER then run out of existing material to adapt to..what's going to happen next??

    I know they are trying their hardest to salvage the comic series.
    but, is the series really dying off? Is it only a matter of time before they'll HAVE to end the comic?


    I dunno. I'm just thinking out loud, and expressing my worries over the comic's future.
  4. I hate to tell you guys this but Sega Of America isn't so pleased with the idea of the freedom fighters in the comics. What SOA wants is the comics to be more like the games because their tired of people wondering where the FF are and wanting to see Sonic and Sally together. 
    With all these lawsuits, Archie really isn't able to defend or fight this, and while Ian Flynn did save them the 1st time around, SOA will be getting their way. As for how I know this, this comes from conversations from my friend who's talked to people at Sega. This is also why I believe Ian has shot himself in the foot by defending them, as Sega may not want to make him write a game now because they think he'll want the FF in it.


  5.  
    Somewhere, people are writing a fanfic about Blaze
    running away with Shadow on a cross-country trip on his motorcycle..
     
    Okay, even though I don't "ship" this pairing,  I can understand why so many people do.
    both Shadow and Blaze have similar personalities.
    both are strict, and take important matters VERY seriously.
    I don't think I have EVER seen any of them crack a smile that wasn't "malicious", or "mocking"
    they are quite powerful (one is a pyrokinetic, the other is supercharged with Chaos Energy.)
    and, both have gotten into a fight with Sonic when they first met him.

    So, they have ALOT in common.

    I may not "fully" support It. but, I support It's supporters.

    Sorry, Sonaze/Silvaze and Shadria/Shadouge fans..you have competition.
  6. Post on Evil Nicole? in Comics

    By teamrandom21 , posted
    now before anyone says it no I'm not talking about an Iron nicole, I'm talking about Nicole going bad or doing something that would be deemed bad in a story arch that would get her in hot water. What would you guys think if we had something like that in the comics?
  7. maybe this is just me liking tails as one of my favorite characters, but am i the only one here who wants tails to get a sonic universe story or some sort of spotlight, sort of like in sonic the comic where he had his own adventures without sonic or others.
    IDK, I know this is archie we are talking about, but I don't see anything wrong with sonic's sidekick going off on his own.

  8.  
    [Somewhere I Belong]
     
    a taxicab came to a stop near an apartment building. and, as the doors opened..Two Mobian of eighteen years stepped out. One a Squirrel/Chipmunk hybrid dressed in blue, and, a yellow furred Mongoose with long, lavender hair. as the anthros stared at the "Iron Arms" Apartment Complex, the human taxi driver spoke up. "That'll be Fifty Bucks, ladies." Sally Acord took out her wallet, and gave the man a gold credit card. DING! "Pleasure doin' business with you, Miss." said the driver, as he handed the card back and drove off. Sally and Mina stared at the apartment building one more time. "are you..s-Sure she is here?!" stuttered Mina. Sally nodded. "Positive. My contacts on G.U.N. confirm that NICOLE has been living here for quite some time." Sally turned on a Tablet Computer-like device, and reviewed some notes. "let's see, Westopolis..Iron Arms Apartments..Suite 184." Mina frowned sadly. "I knew NICOLE wanted to go someplace far after her exile..but, I didn't think she'd run THIS far away from us." Sally sighed sharply. "Nor did I, Mina. I can only hope she's been adapting okay living with the Overlanders." Sally and Mina finally approached the apartment building, and entered the main lobby. approaching the reception desk, Sally struggled to reach the high up counter and ring the service bell. DING!! In no time at all, and rather chipper human woman with blonde hair approached. "helloooo..How may I help you??" "Hi. I am Princess Sally Acorn, and this is my friend, Mina Mongoose." began Sally. Mina waved. "h-hi." "We were wondering if you could confirm whether we cam find an old friend of ours here." continued Sally. the woman smiled. "Oh, you must be referring to the Lynx Girl who lives with Mr. Flynn." "NICOLE!?" said Sally, hopefully. "yep!, that's her name! You'll find her in Room #184. But, you probably won't miss It, even if you tried." Sally looked puzzled. "I am not sure I follow-" "Trust me, your highness..YOU'LL KNOW." the Chipmunk shrugged her shoulders. "well..If you say so. Come on, Mina." the two mobians made their way down the long corridors of the building. each of their eyes trained on the numbered doors at both side. "98..99..100." "120..125..130." As they walked down the path, they heard a distance female voice. Even at their current distance, Sally recognized It all to well. "NICOLE!!" Sally began running (as did Mina) towards the source of the voice. as they grew closer, they found that It was INDEED NICOLE's voice..and, that she was singing. 'When this Began, I had nothing. to. say.  And I would get lost in the nothingness inside. of. me.  I was confused, And I let it all out to find,  that I'm Not the only person with these things in my mind.' "Is that..REALLY NICOLE!?" said Sally, as she continued to run. "WOW..she-She has a beautiful singing voice." 'But the vacancy, and the words revealed.  Is the only real thing that I have left to feel.' continued NICOLE, he tone getting more solem. 'nothing to lose. Just stuck, hollow and alone.  And the fault is my own, And the FAULT is my OWN!!' Mina felt her heart sink. tears formed as she realized the true meaning of NICOLE's song. 'I want to HEAL!, I want to FEEL!..What I see was never real!  I want to let go of this pain I have felt so long..  I want to HEAL!, I want to FEEL!..Like I'm close to something REAL.  I want to find something that I have wanted all along..' the two Mobians at last reached the door labeled "184", and stopped at It. 
    'Somewhere I BELONG.' finished Nicole, her tone low and quiet. Mina couldn't contain herself. she began to cry softly as she stared at the cold door. "mina.." "this is all my fault." said Mina. "I turned everyone against NICOLE, and drove her away." Sally placed her hand on Mina's shoulder. "you were AFRAID, Mina..You were just doing what you thought was right." "Right!? I spread Fear, hatred and distrust. I betrayed our friend by turning everyone against her!" "Well..That is why we are here: To make things right." said Sally Sally motioned towards the door, implying Mina to knock on the door. BUT, the Mongoose didn't have the nerve. exhaling, Sally began to knock on the door herself. after a few minutes, the door opened..and, a human male with greenish-black hair greeted them. (though, It didn't take long to figure out who they were..to which he promptly frowned.) "oh..It's YOU. (sigh) figured you would turn up here eventually." "You must be Flynn." said Sally, ignoring the man's coldness. "Daniel Flynn, Your Highness." said Danny, suddenly good natured. Mina walked up. "H, Dann-" "That's MISTER Flynn to YOU, "Songgoose." said Danny to Mina, his tone suddenly aggressive. Mina cringed, knowing full well know that only Sally was welcome company here. "May we see NICOLE? w-we heard her, an-" "Sure..Somehow, I think she wants to see you, too." As Sally and Mina entered the apartment, Mina cringed even more at the dirty look that Danny was giving her. Inside, Sally and Mina found the apartment to be filled to the brim with all manner of technology. a large flatscreen TV was integrated into a wall (almost resembling a portrait), and, there was also a flatscreen desktop computer, as well as a laptop some tablet computers nearby. "WOW. this is..Wow." said Sally, awestruck. "Well, you know..being Chief Technician at G.U.N. has It's perks." said Danny, proudly. Mina looked to Danny. "So, where Is NICOLE??" Danny responded with a dark scowled..which made Mina grow quiet. "Danny, where is NICOLE?" asked Sally (trying to lighten the tension.) "In her room..RESTING." Sally was confused. "Resting?!" "You'll find out." Just then, one of the television screens on the wall fizzled..and, a digital image of NICOLE's face appeared. (("DANNY. WHO WAS AT THE DOOR?!, I HEARD A-")) NICOLE then noticed Sally and Mina. (("PRINCESS SALLY!, MINA MONGOOSE!..WHAT A SURPRISE!!")) "Hello, NICOLE..(eyes wetting) It's been too long, my dear friend." said Sally, feeling emotional. Mina wanted to say something as well..but, felt too ashamed to utter a single word. "Is It Okay if we come and see you?" (("OF COURSE, SALLY. IN FACT, I HAVE A SURPRISE FOR YOU.")) "Really?! What!?" said Sally, curious. (("COME SEE FOR YOURSELF.")) with that, NICOLE's Avatar disappeared from screen. Danny crossed his arms, and sighed as he looked at the two Mobian girls. "well..Follow ME, then." as Danny walked off, Mina stood near Sally. "I don't think he likes me very much." "given that he is apparently NICOLE's friend, It makes sense he would hold a grudge against you..just like I used to." Mina looked down, sadly. "and, who can blame him?" Sally and Mina finally followed Danny into another room. Alex then opened a door..and, inside was NICOLE, laying in a large, soft bed. NICOLE looked over..and, smiled. "Sally..Mina. So good to see both again." said NICOLE, as she sat up in bed. Mina once again looked down, feeling shame and regret sweeping over her. Sally then approached the bed where NICOLE was laying. "oh, NICOLE..I missed you so much!" NICOLE smiled warmly. "I missed you too, Sally. but, as I told you on Angel Island: I needed some time to myself to figure out my place in this world.." NICOLE then frowned, looking down. "but..given that the Council of Acorn voted to Exile me from New Mobotropolis. I suppose It was for the best." both Sally and Mina frowned at this. Sally then looked at NICOLE. "NICOLE..We want you back." NICOLE looked at Sally. "what?" "The recently crowned "King Naugus" hasn't been doing a very good job  at protecting New Mobotropolis with his 'Crystal Magic.'  The council is deliberating..BUT, It seems likely they will overturn your exile, and arrange your return to us." Before NICOLE could say anything, Danny did. "The COUNCIL of Acorn..You mean the SAME council who voted to throw away the one "PERSON" who helped fight for their freedom in the old Robotnik War,  and, instrumentally saved all their ungrateful, furry hides when the Egg Fleet bombarded Knothole!?,  thus granting them back the city that Eggman all but destroyed, and selflessly PROTECTED them!" NICOLE looked at the angry Human. "Danny, PLEASE.." "NO, Nicole..I WON'T." said Danny, sternly..yet, Compassionately "You gave It your all to protect those..   (alright, I'm gonna say It) ANIMALS! and, now they have the GALL to say that they "want you back",    all because they only just NOW realized that they 'bet on the wrong horse' with Ixis Naugus." Sally swallowed a bit. "n-nothing is certain yet..b-but, It may turn out that way." Danny was in total disgust at this. "spineless fools." "DANNY." Danny looked to NICOLE..who looked at him with stern, yet pleading eyes. "please..don't." Danny looked at her..then, exhaled sharply. "fine." NICOLE "exhaled" as she faced Sally again. "As much as I would love to return back to New Mobotropolis, Sally..I am afraid I must respectfully decline such an offer." Both Sally and Mina were stunned at this. "wa-What?!, WHY!?" Mina stepped up. "Look, If It's because me, I'm really-!!" "No, I just have.."Greater" responsibilities now." Sally looked puzzled. "what KIND, exactly? What is more important than returning to safeguard our city!?" NICOLE was silent..then, looked to Danny. "Danny..dear, could you-" "of course, hon." with that, Danny walked over to the bed. as he gripped the front end of the blanket, and gently pulled It back..Sally and Mina were shocked to see how perfectly 'round' NICOLE's waist had become. "I am presently the maternal vessel of a post-embryonic lifeform." began NICOLE. "OR, to put simply..I am Pregnant." Sally and Mina were both still speechless, their mouths gaped open. as Danny covered NICOLE back up, Sally finally found her voice. "b-but..But, HOW!? I mean..y-you are a..UHH-" "a Computer Program given semi-physical form via A.D.A.M.'s Nanites?" finished NICOLE. "I WAS, but not anymore." "what?!" Danny chose this time to speak. "When Nicole first came to G.U.N. several months ago. she was quite lost, scared and confused.  despite being as far away as she could get from Mobotropolis,   she STILL felt haunted by the "things they said about her." said Danny, who looked right at Mina as she spoke his last line. "She was afraid that with her self-replicating nanite body, she was "too powerful"  and, feared that she might lose control again, and hurt innocent people. continued Danny. "So..she requested that GUN give her a new body. one that was 'less powerful', and easier to 'destroy' if we ever had to." Mina felt terrible now. knowing full well the hand she had in this relevation. Sally looked at Danny, feeling that she (somewhat) understood what had happened. "you?" Danny nodded. "As GUN's "gadget man", I was the only logical choice." "That still doesn't explain NICOLE's apparent pregnancy." said Sally "Even if you built her a new robot body, She couldn't be-" "She could with Hope Kintobor's newest creation: "BioMech." Sally eyed the human. "Bio-What??" "Biological Mechanics." continued Danny. "AKA "BioMech", It's the theory   of constructing robots, or Mechanical Parts with organic properties." "Why would you need something like THAT!?" asked Sally. "No offense of course, I am just wondering." "If you believe It, Hope originally developped It to help E-123 "OMEGA" understand humanity better."   Danny then grumbled. "course, the higher ups didn't see much point in a Robot   that could feel Pain and Pleasure, so It was shelved in our Archives." Danny exchaled. "Anyway..after NICOLE informed us of her "rebirth" from her prior contact with the Master Emerald on Angel Island, I was inspired to use Hope's BioMech technology to give Nicole a new body that was a perfect blend of Flesh and Metal." NICOLE groaned as she re-positioned herself in bed. "I have the same attributes that I did prior as an A.I..only NOW, I have similar biology to a typical Mobian." NICOLE then rubbed her expanded belly. "including the natural biological ability..to create life." Sally looked at NICOLE..then, smiled happily. "I guess all I can say is..I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU, NICOLE!!" Sally then hugged her lifelong friend. "As am I, Sally..I am VERY excited at the prospect of being a Motherly Unit for my protoform." Sally chuckled at NICOLE's "Computer Speak", despite her regaining her lost humanity. she then parted, and asked the only other question now lingering in her mind: "Sooo..I Gotta know: Whose the father?!" NICOLE smiled warmly. "a man who I trust with all my mechanical heart and silicon soul..  a man who truly understands me." NICOLE then pointed at Danny. "Him." Sally looked at the overlander. "You!?" "Is that so surprising?, I thought you didn't mind Human/Mobian relationships." "I don't. It's just..well. th-This is all so sudden, is all." Danny shrugged. "Fine. I guess that's understandable." Sally looked to NICOLE. "If you don't mind me asking, Nicole. just..How did this happen?! I mean..You haven't been away THAT long." Nicole smiled, the spoke: "It was a.."gradual process", to say the least.  As Danny gave me my new body, he was charged by Comm. Abraham Tower to help me "adjust."  which Danny did..by showing me around Westopolis, and being something that I hadn't had in a long time: a friend." NICOLE looked to Danny. "Danny, should I-" "Go ahead, Nikki. You can tell them." said Danny, his tone low. Sally was puzzled at this, but remained silent as NICOLE continued. "As our friendship grew..my restored memories of my "past life" as Nikki began to return.  I..I remembered my father, Dr. Ellidy, and..I-I wanted to see him again." NICOLE shed a tear as she recalled the "adventure." "Following what little information that we had,  Danny secretly took me to locate my father's whereabouts in the far off mountains..  but, we encountered..resistance." "From whom??" NICOLE looked to Sally. "Regina Ferrum..the IRON QUEEN." Mina jumped upon hearing that name. as It was SHE who caused all this trouble. "And, she wasn't alone..Snively Robotnik was with her.  BOTH intending to take their mutual revenge on me for the Iron Queen's prior defeat." "Why was Snively involved?!" said Mina, breaking her silence. "I mean..I understand he would be P*ssed at us for beating him, and Eggman again, but WHY the Iron Queen!!?" "because the sawed off little runt is IN LOVE with her, That's what! (and, somehow Regina feels the same way, too.)" said Danny, in Disgust. Both Mina and Sally cringed at this. Finding the very idea of Snively and the Iron Queen being "romantic" even more disturbing than Dr. Eggman in a speedo. "yes, well..As I was saying, The Iron Queen was hellbent on killing me." said Nicole. Sally was shocked and frightened to hear this. "h-How did you survive her Magitek Powers!?" Nicole bore an unreadable expression on her face. "My new body offered some resistance..but, not enough.  she came close to ripping me apart. One component at a time." "But, Danny stopped him..Right?" said Sally, understanding the story. NICOLE nodded "Yes. yes, he did." "How?!" said Mina, confused. "Even when she acted alone WITHOUT Eggman's "Dark Egg Legion",   It was a struggle for Sonic, and the other Freedom Fighters to even slow her down!" "Regina Ferrum made a colossal error in calculation." said NICOLE. "She believed that she was the only Technokinetic Human left alive on Mobius." Danny chose this moment to wave an energized hand..making varied electronic equipment in the room flicker and static for a brief moment. This left Sally and Mina quite stunned. "Regina and I grew up in the same town, at a time when "Techomages" were plentiful. That is how I knew her." began Danny. "When the city outlawed the practice of "Technological Manipulation",  and began executed those possessing the power, many survivors fled..including Regina, and myself.  Despite a similar upbringing, and suffering the same tragedies..we both took different paths in our lives.  whilst SHE embraced the pagan ways of the Technomage Cult, I used my power for SCIENCE, not Black Magic.  G.U.N. eventually learned of my unique talents..but, instead of executing me  like those of my old hometown did, they sought to recruit me as a "special agent."  I could hardly deny the chance to use my "Magitek" powers to do something good..unlike REGINA." "Anyway, the Iron Queen was not ready to be assaulted by a fellow Technokinetic." continued NICOLE. "Outmatched, and Overwhelmed, she and Snively were forced to abandon their attack and retreat." Sally looked at Danny. "Sure wish you were around when the Iron Dominion attacked us." "So do I." said Danny, darkly. "Maybe if I DID, Regina would've never gotten her claws into NICOLE, and maybe SHE would have never suffered the things I once did." Sally looked puzzled. "You once-" "FEAR and HATRED compelled the people of my hometown to turn on me." said Danny,   his voice sounding all too much like a certain "black hedgehog."   "As Friends and Neighbors alike turned on me, I was driven away from the only home I knew..Sound FAMILIAR?!" Both Sally and Mina had to agree: Danny's ordeal DID seem eerly similar to what NICOLE went through, recently. "With the Iron Queen driven away, I was successful in reaching my father..   (sighs sadly) just in time to be with him in his final moments." "whut?!" said Sally, stunned. NICOLE shivered as emotions swept over her like a surge. "my f-father, he..he was VERY ill. Dying from the same affliction that claimed "my life", before.  we..reconciled. I told him I remembered everything, now..and, he-   (voice breaking) he t-told me that he loved me..(sobs, choke) and, then he died." As NICOLE began to cry louder, Danny took a tissue and began to wipe her eyes. "there-there, Nikki..It's okay." NICOLE gripped her facem, tears seeping through her black furred hands. Sally and Mina grew concerned. "N-Nicole-" "I'm f-fine..(clears throat) j-just fine. I was..Emotional, is all." Sally exhaled sharply. "So..you and Danny, yo-" "We became closer after my father's death." continued NICOLE. "He soon began to open up to me, share HIS private pains..  It wasn't long until we..well, you know." Nicole showed her pregnant belly again. Sally smiled warmly at NICOLE. "I'm glad you've finally found happiness, NICOLE." NICOLE smiled back..but, then frowned. "yes..I am happy to have found love, and excited at the prospect of being a mother.  but..not everything is perfect. I wish my father was still alive..and, I do miss my old life in New Mobotropolis." "Then, come back with us! We NEED you!!" exclaimed Mina. Danny finally stepped up, and faced the Mongoose. "Nicole ISN'T. GOING. ANYWHERE!" "but-" "You heard me, SONGGOOSE. NICOLE isn't about to go back to being some "Sentinel Program."  she is a now a LIVING, THINKING Mobian Being. You may need her to cover all your asses,   but she DOESN'T need you mistreating and BETRAYING her again!!" Mina froze in fear as the Overlander towers over her..his eyes somehow bearing a striking resemblance to the Iron Queen. "Danny, STOP!" exclaimed NICOLE. "NO!, Nicole!! This HAS to be said. While I don't regret allowed Princess Sally in here,  I should NEVER have let this backstabbing, hate-mongering MONGOOSE into our home!" Mina looked down sadly. "yes..Yes, It's true. I turned everyone against NICOLE..(looks up at Danny) but, That was NEVER my intent, EVER!!" Danny looked down at Mina coldly. "Oh, no?" At that moment, Danny's eyes flashed white..and, a familiar muscical track began playing in surround sound. 'I LIE AWAKE IN MY BED..JUSt CAN'T SLEEP, FULL OF DREAD.' Mina widened her eyes in horror as she heard her own voice "no..No, stop. STOPPIT!!" 'WILL THE NIGHTMARES COME FOR ME THIIIIIIIS TIME!?  IN THE DAY, IN THE NIGHT, NEVER KNOWING, FULL OF FRIGHT!  WHY WON'T ANYONE LIIIIIIIIIIIIIISTEN!!?' "PLEASE!!" pleaded Mina. "Turn It off..(shouting) TURN THAT Poop OFF!!!" "NO!!" bellowed Danny, his eyes surging with Magitek energy. "You WILL listen to EVERY word..and, Understand what You've done." Mina fell to her knees as her horrible song continued to play. tears flowing down her cheeks as her guilt and self-loathing returned anew. 'I CAN'T ALWAYS BE JUMPING AT SHAAAAAAAAAADOWS!!  I CAN'T ALWAYS BE RUNNING AWAAAAAAAAY!!!  I WON'T BE AFRAID, I'LL SAVE MYSELF!  I WON'T BE AFRAID, I'LL SAVE MYSELF!!' "DANNY, STOP THIS! THIS IS CRUEL!!" exclaimed Sally "Anymore cruel than when Mina made Nicole CRY, and made everyone HATE her with her Siren Song!?" said Danny, bitterly. 'SHE'S EVERYWHERE!, EVERYTHING!!  BUT, HEROES AREN'T LISTENING!!  WE'RE ALL LEFT PRONE, UNPROTEEEEECTED!!  IT'S PAINFULLY OB-VI-OUS THEY WON'T ACT!!  IT'S UP TO US!!, WE WON'T LIVE IN FEAR OF THE CIIIIIIIIIITY!!!' Mina's eyes were wide open as her tears flowed freely. though an old song, she felt she was hearing It for the very first time.. and, It was torture. for, It became all too clear just what kind of "evil" had had done to her friend. "stop it..PLEASE!!, NO MORE!, I BEG OF YOU!! (screaming) NO MOOOOOOOOOORE!!!" While Danny had no intention in halting Mina's "punishment" he glanced at NICOLE..and, seeing that pained look her eyes..finally stopped. once the music finally stopped, Mina breathed heavily. she looked up at Danny..who towered over the Mongoose, staring down at her like a Mobini snake looks at a mouse before striking. Mina herself was on her hands and knees..as if she were "slave" to this Overlander. "So, what exactly WAS your intent, Mongoose!?" said Danny, demanding an answer. Mina slowly rose up to her knees, still in tears. "I..I was only trying to..s-send a message." "Well, you CERTAINLY did that: "Nicole is the Enemy." "NO!!" exclaimed Mina, rising up to her feet. "I was trying to RALLY everyone, EMPOWER them to stand up and FIGHT!" "And, they did..AGAINST NICOLE. She gave you ALL a home, and you "rewarded" her by robbing her of her OWN." Danny's words stung at Mina like a thousand wasp stings. for, though dripping with Icy Venom, they spoke the truth. "and, NOW, you say you "Need Her Back!?" continued Danny, his anger not letting up. "and, just WHAT will happen when you no longer "need her", HUH!? I suppose you will return her back   to her original "handheld computer" form, and seal her away in a lab, somewhere." "NO!, We would never-!" "I know YOU wouldn't, Sally..but, can you honestly say the same for your Council?!..or KING NAUGUS!!?" Sally wanted to protest..but, could find no compelling argument. Danny then glared at Mina again. "I will NOT let you BETRAY, and ABUSE Nicole again. She is staying HERE where she is SAFE, has a HOME..and, friends who are LOYAL." Sally looked to NICOLE. "Nicole..do you agree with Danny?" Nicole looked at Sally, then to Mina..Danny, and finally back to Sally, again. "I am sorry, Sally. As much as I miss New Mobotropolis, AND you and the Freedom Fighters..Danny speaks the truth.  You all may need me today..but, what of tomorrow? and, then there is my unborn child to consider.   If I am betrayed, and sealed away forever..what will become of my child, then?!" Sally paused, realizing the true danger now in bringing NICOLE back at such a delicate time. "The world ALREADY has mixed feelings about Human and Mobian Hybrids.." began Danny. "But, Nicole's will also be PART MACHINE, and will suffer a far worse fate   than the normal Hybrid children who have been appearing lately." Sally thought for a moment..THEN, her ears perked up as she got an idea. "What if we managed to have Nicole restored with NO STRINGS ATTACHED?!  what if we could guarantee the safety of not just Nicole..but, your child as well!?" Danny smirked as he crossed his arms. "If you managed to do THAT, I would be VERY impressed." "Then, I will. I PROMISE I will!" "You'll pardon me if I don't hold my breath. I know for a fact that Fear and Hatred   can be a powerful force..and, one not as easy to destroy as It is to create." Sally bore a stern expression. "We have to at LEAST try. You are right, Nicole gave her ALL for us when we needed her to..It's time we gave something BACK." "Darn STRAIGHT!" said Danny, in an equally stern tone. Sally then exhaled..then, walked back to NICOLE. "Nicole..just hang in there. I'll set things right." Nicole smiled. "Yes..I know you will." Sally hugged Nicole..then, turned and began to leave the room. Mina then approached Nicole, her body trembling. "n-n-Nicole..I am SO SORRY!, I-I didn't mean for..I didn't-" NICOLE just bore a sad look on her face..which only broke Mina even more. "nicole..I'm sorry. Please forgive me." NICOLE exhaled sharply. "I..f-forgive you, Mina. I'm just..not sure if I can trust you right now." Mina's heart ached at this. and, yet, deep down..she knew she deserved It. after what she did to NICOLE, she had no right to call herself "her friend." Mina quickly turned to Danny. "Isn't there ANYTHING I can do to make things right!?" "UNDO the damage that you've already done." replied Danny, in a demanding tone. "You started this with your music..so, use your music to end it once and for all." Danny then lowered down, and glared right into Mina's eyes. "and, don't you DARE return to this place until you do.  If you defy me..I will have you ARRESTED!, and I don't think an Anthro like YOU wants to spend a day in a Human prison. UNDERSTAND?!" Mina swallowed hard..then, nodded silently. "y-yes. I-I-I do." Minia finally walked away, and soon left the apartment with Sally. Once gone, Danny exhaled sharply. "I know what you are going to say..  and, I suppose you are right: I may have gone a bit too far replaying that song." "oh, Danny..I know you only wish to protect me." began Nicole, her tone calm. "but, sometimes..your OWN Fear and Anger can cloud your judgement as It did to the ones who hurt me in the first place." the human sighed sharply as he returned to his pregnant girlfriend's side. "I'm sorry, hon. I'm sorry that I reopened old wounds." Nicole smiled at Danny. "It's okay. The pain may linger, but It doesn't hurt as badly as It once did." Danny breathed out..then, spoke again. "Thank you, Nicole." "for what?" "For when you revealed to the Princess of me growing up with Regina Ferrum..and, DIDN'T reveal that she is really my sister." NICOLE paused..then, spoke softly. "Your secret is yours to tell..REX." Danny/Rex tensed his muscles upon hearing his old, former name. "I am sorry. I know how you feel about your old name." Danny glanced at Nicole..then exhaled again. "I don't hate my name..nor, do I hate my sister, either.  I just hate what she's become..and, all she's done to you." "Danny..I REALLY think you should reach out to her." "My sister is DEAD, Nikki..and, so is her brother." said Danny, darkly. NICOLE pasued..then, spoke sternly: "Danny..REX. just because someone stumbles, and loses their way..It doesn't mean they are lost FOREVER. Danny looked at NICOLE. "You said It yourself." began NICOLE. "You and Regina were born, raised and driven off from the same place.  SHE took the path vengeance, while YOU followed a different path. The path of Forgiveness, and Redemption.  she needs you, Danny..she NEEDS you to show her a better path. the RIGHT path." Danny turned away, his arms crossed as he stared off. "We all need a little help, sometimes." finished NICOLE. Danny looked at NICOLE again. "When the day comes that I can be proud to call her my sister again..  THEN, you can called me "Rex Furrum", again. but, until that day comes..I am just "Danny Flynn." NICOLE sighed..then, smiled. "well..It's a START, at least." Danny took NICOLE's hand, and gently kissed It. he then removed the blanket, and place a faintly charged hand upon the surface of her tight waist. NICOLE smiled at this. "So..what is our child's vital statistics?" "Well..It's a Boy, is developing well." began Danny. "I can sense a heartbeat, and..Brainwave Activity." "So..he not only lives, but he is thinking, too." mused NICOLE. Danny smiled as he removed his hand. "he'll be beautiful, Nikki. NICOLE smiled..then, embraced Danny tightly. Danny did the same. [The End?]

  9. [THE FINAL BETRAYAL]

     
    in a jail cell, a female mobian fox with reddish-orange fur and brown hair dressed in a black leather two-piece catsuit with a yellow bow upon her head sat in utter silence. Fiona Fox was no stranger to a prison cell. she'd been in so many, It seemed almost natural. but, oddly enough..she had no plans, or even thoughts of escape. her face that usually bore expressions of malice, and sinister cunning was now blank. Fiona had lost the will to live. She had no desire to go on. Not after the look *HE* gave her upon her arrest. a single tear fell down her cheek..followed by a soft sob. "what have I done?" muttered Fiona, under breath. "what have I done.." Just then, the sound of a lock unlatching was heard. Fiona watched as her cell door swung open..and, in walked a pair of male mobian Lynx' dressed in black. "On your feet, prisoner." spoke one of the Lynx' "Your 'trial' is underway." Fiona grimaced as she stood up. she stood still as the Lynx guard's shackled her wrists and ankles, and led her out of her cell. It was a long, LONG walk down the cold stone corridors. Fiona maintained her a dull, lifeless expression as she passed the other cells. Finally, Fiona was led through a pair of doors..and, into a large chamber. It certainly looked like a courtroom..but, was oriental in design. the reason of which was all too clear, as sitting atop the platform was "Conquering Storm", leader of the Raiju Ninja Clan. C. Storm kept her cold eyes trained on Fiona as she was led to a podium. "Fiona Fox.." began C. Storm, her tone of voice hostile, yet calm. "You stand accused of dishonoring the Raiju Clan." C. Storm then smirked. "OR, should I say..Dishonoring my heir, "Rising Storm." C. Storm gestured over to a five year old overlander boy with reddish-brown hair, green eyes and wearing clothing similar to the Clan Leader. Fiona knew the boy all too well. "LIAR!!" shouted Fiona, suddenly. "His name is Felix, and he is MY SON!!" "SILENCE!!" snapped C. Storm, angrily "Do not shame yourself any further..or, I shall choose to skip this trial over in favor of an "Execution." Fiona glared at the Lynx..but, her anger soon ebbed upon seeing the look on Felix/R. Storm's face as *HE* looked at her. Fiona backed down, defeated. "good. Now..Let us begin." began C. Storm. "Reveal to the clan *YOUR* Story, Fiona Fox. Tell us all just who you are." Fiona looked down. sighing, she spoke up. "my story..began in the earliest days of the Robotnik War nearly a decade ago." C. Storm bore an amused smirk as she sat back in her chair. "go on." "I was one of many prisoners of Robotnik. At a camp where I was held, I shared a cell with Mighty Armadillo and Ray Squirrel of the Chaotix." "The Raiju Clan are familiar with the Chaotix." said C. Storm. "As the sole son of Constant Vigil of the Shinobi Clan is one of them." "yes..Well, we tried to escape once. But, we failed." continued Fiona. "I was taken to a private cell, while Mighty and Ray were saved by Sonic the Hedgehog." Fiona looked down "I was..l-left behind. Abandoned." C. Storm bore no sympathy for Fiona..though, Felix/R. Storm looked at Fiona with soft eyes. "When It became apparent that NOBODY was coming to save me, I decided to save myself." continued Fiona. "That became my whole ideology: Rely on no one, Trust NO ONE." "a wise policy on certain occasions." said C. Storm. "But, to live life with no real loyalty is to live a dishonorable life." Fiona scowled at Conquering Storm. "you think I give a-" "Let us get right to the point of this Trial." began C. Storm, cutting off Fiona. "Tell us how you first encountered Rising Storm." Fiona growled hatefully at the Lynx. "I was with the Suppression Squad at the time. We were doing what we usually do: Spreading Chaos, Mayhem, and just doing whatever we pleased.  Scourge, my boyfriend at the time, chose to loot an Overlander Town that Eggman had recently attacked. the town's people had already deserted, leaving RIPE for the taking." Fiona breathed out softly as she recalled her next memory. "While we scavenged the place..I found a three year old boy wandering the streets. he was alone..and, calling for his mother and father." Fiona choked up. "I knew then that like ME, he had been abandoned by his family..left to die.  So, I took him back with me to Moebius..and, for three years I raised him, protected him, LOVED him." "and, then YOU left him to die." finished C. Storm, eyeing Fiona darkly. "NO!, It wasn't like that!!" protested Fiona. "Oh, I think It is." said C. Storm. "According to Rising Storm, You and the "Green Hedgehog" were doing some errands for the "Pastey Faced Echidna."  you were attacked by the "Dog Men", resulting in the base being completely destroyed.  He saw you..he looked you RIGHT in the eyes when you and "Scourge", is it?, made your escape through the "Magic Ring"..and, left him to his fate." Fiona gritted her teeth as she looked away. "scourge, he..he MADE me leave. he said he would either escape with me..or, alone." "So, you chose to save your own skin by sacrificing an innocent child that you PRETENDED to love." said C. Storm bitterly. "I DIDN'T PRETEND!, I *DO* LOVE HIM!!!" shouted Fiona, tears in her eyes. "You aren't fooling anyone, Fox. Truth is..This whole trial is unnecessary. I already know everything about you." C. Storm stood up, and looked down at Fiona. "I know that you were a mercenary, who was once with Nic Weasel, and the Destructix.  I know you were once part of the Freedom Fighters, AND Sonic's girlfriend..until you betrayed them all for Scourge, and his Suppression Squad." Fiona looked visibly shocked. "How do you know tha-" "Trust No One", THAT is your philosophy." continued C. Storm. "but, you left out one other part of your creed: "Trust No One..and, use EVERYONE." C. Storm smirked as she took a porcelain cup, and sipped some tea. "You are a Trickster, Fiona Fox. a "Twister of Truth." You lie, manipulate, and betray as if it were second to breathing.  and, It is clear to everyone present that you never really loved "Felix", as you call him.  no. you pretended to love him so he would trust you (looks at Fiona) just as that twin-tailed fox once did." Fiona bore a stunned expression on her face. "You tricked that poor boy into adopting you as his mother..Then, you go and have your revenge over your alleged abandonment by your parents by abandoning HIM." "no. n-no, that isn't-" "Trust No One" said C. Storm. "No doubt THAT is what you were hoping to teach him, yes? that NO ONE can be trusted..not even your own mother." "NO!!, THAT'S NOT TRUE!!! THAT'S-" "BE SILENT!, The Conquering Storm speaks." snapped C. Storm. as Fiona stared, C. Storm continued to speak. "The boy you CLAIM to love is lucky to be alive. Fortunately, while Finitevus base was falling apart, he stumbled upon one of his spare Warp Rings.  the mystic talisman transported him HERE in the far east..right in Raiju Territory." C. Storm smiled as she sat back down..then, placed her hand on the silent boy in question. "Some of my clan were foolish enough to want to kill him..but, I was there to remind them of our bylaws regarding innocent children.  We showed him customary hospitality. We fed him, clothed him, gave him a place to sleep.  Normally, I would have had him sent to that fool Khan, and his so-called "Free People."  but..I saw something in the child. Something that intrigued me.  and, upon consulting with Endless Reach of the Gossamer Clan..I knew that his place was with US. with ME." "What are you talking about?!" said Fiona, confused. C. Storm smiled. "those arachnids foretold that the boy would grow to become powerful, a "Rising Storm" to be reckoned with." C. Storm grinned sinisterly. "My people value STRENGTH above all else. Rising Storm is destined to be mighty..and, who better than I to nurture such a prodigy." "BUT-!" "Enough!" snapped C. Storm, rising up suddenly. "Fiona Fox..you are UNWORTHY to call yourself his mother. he is part of the Raiju Clan, now.  and, by betraying him..you have DISHONORED Me, and the Clan." C. Storm clenched her fist tightly. "and, for your dishonor..you will be put to DEATH. By dawns light, your head shall adorned my throne room as a warning to all of what happens when they cross-" "Master, WAIT!!" C. Storm looked to R. Storm angrily. "RISING STORM!, I did not give you permission to SPEAK!!" R. Storm bowed respectfully. "Forgive me, Master. but, PLEASE hear me out." C. Storm stared at the young child..then, breathed out. "very well..SPEAK." "Master, PLEASE. don't kill her." C. Storm scoffed at this. "She has betrayed you, Dishonored us. she MUST be punished." "Then, Punish her. but, PLEASE..don't take her life." Fiona was shocked at this. shocked that even after what she did, even after doing exactly what her parents did to her..her son STILL wanted mercy for her. C. Storm was also quite surprised. "Rising Storm, WHAT have I told you about showing compassion?!" said C. Storm, scolding R. Storm. "She is manipulating you. Using your feelings to save her own skin..AGAIN." the boy looked at the Lynx. "Maybe what I feel WAS just a lie..but, part of me wants to believe that SOME of It was real." R. Storm touched C. Storm's tunic. "please, mom. show her mercy..for ME?" Fiona felt hurt upon hearing her "son" address C. Storm as his "mother." C. Storm herself glared at her "son", feeling angry that he broke taboo by calling her "mother" in public. but, upon looking into his glossy green eyes..the Lynx cold heart ebbed. finally, she turned away from the boy. breathing out sharply. "very well, Rising Storm. for YOU, and nothing else." growled C. Storm darkly Conquering Storm then glared at Fiona again. "Fiona Fox..You deserve nothing but death for all you have done. BUT, I will share you mercy just. this. once." Fiona swallowed hard as she listened to what C. Storm said next. "You..shall live. Live for the rest of your life locked away the dungeon..where no one can hear your lies and deceit any longer." Fiona gasped at this. "but..But, you CAN'T!!" "Iron bars, or cold steel." growled C. Storm. "Take your pick. Either way, you won't be hurting the heir to the Raiju Clan anymore." C. Storm then snapped her fingers, prompting her guards to retrain and pick Fiona onto her feet. "Guards..Take her away to her "new home." As the Lynx Guards drug Fiona away, she fought against them and screamed. "no..No!, NO!! FELIX!! I'M SORRY, FELIX!!, I'M SO SORRY!! PLEASE..DON'T LET THEM DO THIS!!" Felix/R. Storm stayed close to C. Storm, clutching the cloth part of her tunic. "Felix, PLEASE!!" exclaimed Fiona again. the human child looked at Fiona fearfully. he then hid his face away..while C. Storm shielded him protectively. tears flowed down Fiona's stunned face. the realization of what she had done finally sinking in. "get that despicable creature out of my sight..NOW." commanded C. Storm, sternly. Fiona wept loudly as she was dragged away. once gone, Conquering Storm GLARED at Rising Storm. the boy stepped back, feeling a little scared of his Master, and Mother. "uhh.." "Go to your room, Rising Storm. and, await for me." said C. Storm, sternly. "You and I have MUCH to discuss." the boy nodded sadly and he slowly turned, and walked away. [Later] Rising Storm sat quietly on his bed, swinging his tiny feet as he waited for his mother. just then, the door opened..and, in walked Conquering Storm. the Lynx cast a glare at the young child..then, removed her hat and approached the boy. "what have I taught you." "Mom, I-" "What HAVE I always taught you!!?" exclaimed C. Storm, demanding an answer. R. Storm gripped his arm as he spoke solemnly. "to..show compassion is to show weakness." "Exactly!, and no son of mine is going to be WEAK." "But, MOM!-" "DO NOT REBUKE YOUR MOTHER, and MASTER!!" snapped C. Storm. "B-But, I don't understand. WHY is is so bad to be kind to people!?" "Because people like that *FOX* will take advantage of your Kindness. They'll manipulate you..and, then stab you in the back when you least expect it!!" C. Storm then knelt down, and gripped R. Storm's shoulder. "DAMMIT, Rising Storm!! Don't you understand that I am only trying to protect you!!?" R. Storm looked at his mother with teary eyes. "Is It protecting me when you get angry every time I hug you, and say that I love you?!" C. Storm looked at R. Storm. "You know our ways. we cannot show ANY affection in publi-" "WHY!? Why are you so ashamed of me!!?" explained R. Storm, tears in his eyes. "Why can't I call you Mom!?, and..why won't you call me "son." R. Storm turned away before C. Storm could answer him. "It may have all been a lie..but, when Ms. Fiona hugged me, kissed me, and said that she loved me. It..it felt real. and, It made me happy to be loved." R. Storm then shed a tear. "or, at least..FEEL like I was loved." C. Storm looked at the boy with soft eyes. he he started to cry, maternal instincts overruled her Raiju Nature..and, she hugged the sobbing child. "oh, my son..I *DO* love you. That is why I have done all this, so she can't hurt you anymore. but, the ways of the Raiju Clan are sacred. I cannot afford to show affection to anyone..As leader of Raiju, I must be remain strong, and WITHOUT weakness." C. Storm then touched R. Storm's chin, making him look at her. "but, what I do and say in public..is NOT how I truly feel about you.  I am not ashamed of you, I love you. You are my son..and, I know you will make me proud someday." R. Storm wept. he then embraced his adoptive mother, hugging her tightly. "I love you, mom." C. Storm smiled as she stroked his hair. "and, I love you, too." [Much Later] Fiona sat alone in her dark cell of cold, damp stone. her mind racing. she cried softly, wondering how things could have gone so wrong. She wanted to blame someone for her heartache. she wanted to blame her parents, Robotnik, Sonic, Scourge and even Conquering Storm herself! but, the more she thought..the MORE she realized that she had no one else to blame but herself. It was her choice..It was ALWAYS her choice. she shut her eyes tight as tears flowed down her cheek. *Fiona, No!, PLEASE!!* Fiona wept harder as the voice of Tails echoed in her head. *I-It's okay if you don't want to like me! I mean.."LIKE ME" Like me.  but, PLEASE don't go with Scourge! I know you're good..All you have to do is try a little harder, and.* *Oh, Tails..you're so smart, but you haven't learned one fundamental lesson in life.* Fiona's body trembled as more tears threatened to break through. *You can't count on ANYBODY.* Fiona began to wail in anguish, a deep puddle forming at her feet. "oh, tails..why didn't I listen to you?" muttered Fiona. "I should have known Scourge was too selfish to care about anything but himself." Fiona gripped her arms, rubbing them. "now I've hurt the one thing I cared about the most." Fiona cried into her hands. "I..I am a monster. C-Conquering Storm should have just killed me. I..I wish I had never been born." As Fiona continued to cry..her cell door suddenly unlatched. she looked, and saw a familiar looking female Bat walk in. "tsk-tsk-tsk..Well, well, well. Look how the might have fallen." said Rouge, with a smirk. Fiona sneered at her old rival. "and, what do YOU want?! Have you come to gloat!?, well go on, get It over with. I don't care anymore." Rouge chuckled. "Oh, I didn't come here to Gloat..I came to "bust you out." Fiona raised an eyebrow as she stared at Rouge, Puzzled. "what?" Rouge smiled as she circled around Fiona. "I heard about your trial..Seemed pretty "fixed" if you ask me. and, Pretty neat how you NARROWING avoided having that pretty little head of yours becoming a decorative centerpiece." "GET to the point." Rouge drew out a file folder with the G.U.N. symbol stamped upon It. "THIS, is my point, Fi." Rouge tossed the folder at Fiona. the fox took It, and read the cover: "Task Force X?!" "That's the official name, BUT It also goes by another one." Fiona looked at Rouge. "Which IS??" Rouge grinned. "Suicide Squad. Think of It as a Black OPS unit, comprised of convicts.  It's a simple gig, really: Complete some missions for GUN, and you'll be rewarded with Money, Freedom, and whatever else you greedy black heart desires." Fiona looked at Rouge. "You expect me to believe that Conquering Storm is just going to let you take me out of here?!" "OH, believe me, I had quite a time convincing her to let you go." said Rouge, chuckling. "BUT, when I informed her that there is a chance you WON'T survive the missions we are giving you..We made a compromise." Fiona looked at Rouge. "I'm listening." "Lead a team on some "suicide missions", and IF you succeed, you'll get your son back." "and, If I FAIL?"Rouge chuckled. "What do *YOU* think?" Fiona looked at the file..then, sighed sharply. "Even if I DO succeed..my son no longer looks at me as his mother anymore. I betrayed his trust..betrayed and hurt him." "Look, whatever problems you have with the kid, I am SURE you can resolve on your own.  But, if you WANT to have your son back, then you have two choices: Rot in here..or, work for ME." Fiona stared darkly at Rouge. after a few minutes, she finally spoke: "what KIND of mission do you have for me?" [The End?]
  10. Because of the fact that Sonic the Hedgehog as a franchise is about a "Heroic Character with Super-Speed"
    It wasn't too difficult for me to piece a connection between Sonic and DC Comic's "The Flash"
    (which is currently being made popular with the CW TV Series/Spinoff of "The Arrow")

    All of Flash's villains have tested Flash's speed in some way.
    So, I think that Archie Comics ought to make new villains based upon "The Rogues"


     
    In the Pre-SGW Continuity, we already had Scourge/Anti-Sonic, who was similar enough to Professor Zoom/Reverse-Flash.

    but, I think we need more villains like that.

    I mean, what? Ice Powers/Weapons (Captain Cold), Weather Manipulation (Weather Wizard)
    an Illusionist (Mirror Master), and evil counterpart to Blaze (Heatwave) and, a crazy Trickster (duh.)
    It'd sure make for some good Sonic stories if they took a cue from the OTHER "Fastest Thing Alive" in comic books.

    Just a suggestion.
     


  11. Gold's Penance: Part I
    Planet Mobius in the year 3437 is a miserable place. with the worse example being Onyx City. the people live in constant fear of the tyrannical regime that watches and rules over them. Freedom in all It's forms in naught but a fantasy, with severe punishments dealt over the most minor of offenses. This is NOT the Mobius that heroes like Sonic the Hedgehog fought and died for. this dystopic world should NOT exist. and, It WON'T, so long as a desperate few have anything to say about it. 
    [Prof. Von Schlemmer's Laboratory] within an underground laboratory, a human man with light turquoise skin and bright orange hair was glued to a computer screen, going over hundreds of bytes of data. and, he was just *mildly* frustrated at the results he was getting. in the far side of the lab, was a male mobian hedgehog with pearl white fur who was apparently moving extremely large metal crates using telekinesis. "Is this where you want them to go, Professor?!" called Silver. "Hmm? o-oh, Yez. vight d'ere will do, mein friend." said Von Schlemmer,  who spoke in a distinctive "Eurish" accent. Silver gently laid the crates down, then approached his professor friend. "What are you working on?" the blue skinned man returned to the computer screen. "Just going over zome data. azzezzing da' zituation." Silver looked interested. "and?" Von Schlemmer exhaled softly. "I won't know v'or zure until our "ally" returnz with her report." As if on cue, the sliding door opened.. and, in walked what appeared to be an Onyx City Council Member. BUT, upon seeing the five dotted face mask, the Silver and Von Schlemmer calmed down. "Welcome back, Fraulein." began Von Schlemmer. "and, vhat newz have you to report?" the figure removed her mask and cloak..revealing herself to be a female mobian tenrec with golden fur, and a strange making upon her forehead. she bore a somber expression on her face. "their gone..their ALL gone." said Gold, her eyes staring off in absolute shock. "What!?" exclaimed Silver. "The rebels in the narrows region of the city." continued Gold, still shaken at what she saw recently. "I..I couldn't help them. I could only WATCH, when-" Gold fell to her knees and began to weep. Silver rushed over to his fellow psychic, and tried to comfort her. "I can still hear their psychic screams.." muttered Gold, holding her head as if she had a migraine. "so..much. PAIN." sobbed Gold. as Silver stroked Gold's quills affectionately, Von Schlemmer rubbed the bridge of his nose stressfully. "mein gott.." "It's over." said Gold, her voice monotoned. "those people were our Last, BEST hope for a Free and Equal world." Von Schlemmer scowled darkly. "nein. zhey were NOT our "last" hope. vey ztill have one FINAL rezort." Both Silver and Gold looked at Von Schlemmer. "what do you mean, Professor?" Von Schlemmer didn't answer. he merely walked over to an old piano. he then tapped certain keys in sequence..which made a wall open up, revealing a hidden door. "v'ollow me, mein friendz." said Von Schlemmer, as he entered the secret doorway. Silver and Gold looked at each other. Then, they finally stood up and followed the overlander scientist. the three walked down a curved staircase in silence..until they finally reached a large, metal door. "wait here." said Von Schlemmer, as he approached the giant door. an orb began to glow, and shot a beam of light that slowly began to scan Von Schlemmer's body and facial features. 
    "IDENTITY CONFIRMED." said the computer voice. "DISABLING COUNTER-MEASURES." with a low rumble, and loud hiss, the doors slowly began to open. a glance from Von Schlemmer told the mobian psychics to follow him into the chamber. inside..they nearly lost their breath upon seeing the mammoth size machine that lay inside. and, at the center was a large platform that bore Von Schlemmer's family crest upon it. "what..IS this thing?!" said Silver, awestruck. Gold's blue eyes briefly flash gold and yellow..she then gasped. "a t-time machine. (looks to Von Schlemmer) you built a TIME MACHINE?!" Von Schlemmer smiled. "juzt an old pet project that I have had since I waz a boy (stared darkly) an, It iz our abzolute final hope" Von Schlemmer wiped his hand over the hardware of his invention. "In da' event dat' vee ever failed to defeat, an' overthrow the corrupt counzil..  mein plan waz to use mein time machine to travel to zee distant past, an' STOP zee Onyx Regime from ever exzisting." Gold widened her eyes at this. "and..undo everything that the council has done." Von Schlemmer nodded. "ev'ry death..ev'ry loss. it will be az if It never happened." Silver looked at the professor. "Why didn't you use this thing from the start?!" "It wazn't ready." began Von Schlemmer. "an' bezides..zis machine takes ALOT of power to use,  AND I alzo wanted to give zee rebelion a chance to bring peace HERE, in zee present." Von Schlemmer then sighed. "but, az zee rebellion now only conzists of the THREE of us.. I have no choice but to rezort to zhis dezperate plan under de' mozt DIRE of zircumztanzez." Silver looked at Von Schlemmer. "You know how the regime first started, professor?" Von Schlemmer exhaled sharply as he rubbed his temples. "I wish I did, mein friend. but dezpite de' assiztance of our good friend, Gold, de' spezifics on when an' how our enemies came to be remainz a myztery to us." Gold looked down sadly. "I am sorry. I wish I could have done more, but the council, they-" "It's okay, Gold." said Silver. "you did your best." Gold's sorrowful expression didn't change. ("no, I didn't.") thought Gold. Silver looked at Gold again. "YES, you DID." Gold widened her eyes, blushing. ("crap. I projected my thoughts again, didn't I?") "yep." said Silver, still hearing Gold's telepathic voice in his head. ("dammit, Gold!, It's a wonder you haven't gotten us all caught yet!!") as Gold continued to mentally scold herself, Silver turned back to Von Schlemmer. "So, what HAVE you uncovered, Professor??" "Only zhat de' very best opportunity for us  lies during Planet Mobiuz golden age. Exactly 200 yearz ago." replied Von Schlemmer. "Two-Hundred Years? Wait..that's when Sonic the Hedgehog, and his Freedom Fighters were alive." said Silver. 
    "Yez. zhey were at war with Doctor Eggman, BUT at least de' planet was ztill free. (looks at Silver) an, I at least know for a fact that ze' regime DIDN'T exist during zhat time." Silver eyed his good friend. "So..we just go into the distant past, with no idea When or How the Regime first formed, and try and find SOME way to stop them?!" "Nobody zaid zhis would be eazy. mein friend.  BUT, It's zee only option we have left..other zhan lay down, an' die." Gold thought long and hard over this. "Assuming we DO succeed, and change alter history.. what will happen to us? won't WE disappear from existance?!" "Normally, Yez. but, mein machine has an unuzual zide-effect." began Von Schlemmer. "De' zame temporal energies zhat will tranzport you will ALZO infuze your bodies  with a permanent energy field zhat will shield you from any shifts in ze' timestream." Silver looked confused. "huh?" Von Schlemmer chuckled lightly. "It means, mein friend, you vill exizt outzide of time. zo, even if you were to prevent your own birth, you von't disappear, and vill remain unchanged." "meaning if we DO succeed, and change the past..  we will be the only ones who will remember to awful world." said Gold, figuring It out. "Yez." said Von Schlemmer. Gold stood in silence, her mind racing. "You said your time machine take alot of energy to use.." began Silver. "How much, exactly?" "Too much, mein friend." replied Von Schlemmer. "Vee will have to use ALL we have left." Silver exhaled sharply. "well..after today, I guess we won't need to save It for anything." "Yez, but as zoon az we zart de' machine, our enemies will detect us..  meaning vee will have a limited time to use the machine before zhis place is raided." Von Schlemmer then sighed sadly. "It alzo means ONE of uz vill have to stay behind, an' DESTROY the machine to prevent zhem from vollowing." Silver widened his eyes in shock. "w-Wait, you don't mean-" "Mein journey haz come to an end, Zilver." began Von Schlemmer, solemnly.  "From here on out..all hope lies vith You, an' Gold." Silver ran up to the scientist. "b-But, Professor! YOU CAN'T!!" Von Schlemmer looked down sadly, a tear in his eye. "I am zorry, mein friend. But zhis is bigger than any one of uz. vor de' future of Ev'ryone.. vor all zhoze vee have lost. I musy make zhis zacrifice." Gold teared up upon hearing the professor's words. Silver sighed sharply, not liking this at all. "so..I'll just have to leave you to die?" said Silver, close to tears. "If you Zucceed in your mission, Zilver..we will ALL ztill be alive in a world worth living in." "but, we won't know each other. You said It yourself, only I would remember you." Von Schlemmer knelt down, and looked into Silver's golden eyes. "yez. only YOU vill remember our forgotten friendship..  but, vee vill ztill be friends. Given time, vee will be friends again." "assuming I can figure out how to get back, that is." said Silver. "I trust you vill find a way, mein friend." Von Schlemmer rose up, and walked over to a console. "I vill begin diverting all power to the Chronal Sphere-" "WAIT!" 
    Silver and Von Schlemmer looked to Gold. "wait..we c-can't leave yet. th-There is something at my house. s-Something that I need to take with me." "Zhat is too risky, Gold. zee Regime's Civil Protection Robots may catch you-" "I CAN'T LEAVE WITHOUT IT!!" exclaimed Gold, frantic. "Gold, CALM DOWN!" said Silver, as he gripped Gold's hand,  and looked into her eyes. "Whatever It is that you're worried about, It won't matter after-" "You don't understand, Silver. I *CAN'T* leave this behind to disappear..i can't." Von Schlemmer looked at Gold. "Exactly vhat IS this thing that you can't leave behind?" Gold looked up at the professor. "my most *precious* treasure." Von Schlemmer stared at the Tenrec for a good long while.. then, finally sighed softly. "go get vhat you need, and get back here quickly. ze' zooner you both leave, ze' better." Von Schlemmer looked to Silver. "Zilver, go with Gold, an' protect her." Silver nodded, then followed Gold as she ran out of the chamber. Von Schlemmer then returned to his console, and perform some diagnostics while he waited for his good friends to return. [Somewhere in Onyx City] Silver and Gold ran through the now empty city streets, trying to make their way to Gold's house undetected. (("ATTENTION, CITIZENS OF ONYX CITY.")) began a computerized voice over various PA's. (("CITYWIDE BLACKOUT IS IN EFFECT. ANY CITIZENS CAUGHT BREAKING CURFEW WILL FACE EXTREME PUNISHMENT.")) as Gold began to rush forward, Silver stopped her, and kept them both against the wall of a building as an armored tank and some C.P.R. passed them by. as Silver watched a patrol pass, he spoke softly: "I sure hope this is all worth It." "It *IS*..trust me." said Gold, with an odd sternness in her voice. Silver took Gold's hand, and the two continued on through the cold streets. the two eventually reached what looked like a large estate of some kind. Silver paused to whistle, in awe at the house that he'd never seen before. "wow. I never pegged you for being "upper class", Gold." Gold shrugged. "My place among the city council granted me certain perks. Frankly, none of them was worth the atrocities that I let them do." Gold marched over, and kicked the iron gates open. "WHOA!, now." "After today, THIS won't be my home anymore." began Gold. "No point in being "gentle." Silver followed Gold into the estate grounds, Gold then busted the front doors down, and entered the building. inside, Silver paused to marvel at all the many expensive items that adorned the main lobby. "so..which one of these is-" "NONE of them. what I treasure most..I kept well hidden." said Gold, as she marched down the main hall. Silver followed Gold, staying close to her as she entered a parlor. she walked over to the mantle of a fireplace, grabbed a fixture..and, began to turn It in a certain way. with a low rumble, the fireplace rotated around..revealing a secret passage. as Gold entered the dimly lit, curved stairway, Silver stayed close behind. he didn't say a word, though he REALLY wanted to know what secret GOLD was hiding like Von Schlemmer did. the two soon reached the end, and found themselves in a small room of cold stone. at the center of the room was a lone orb-shaped pod sitting atop a pedastal. Gold slowly approached the pod..and, gently drew her hand over it's smooth surface. "gold..what-" "shh..just watch." Gold pressed a button on the pod. and, with a beep, the pod hissed loudly as it opened up. Silver looked inside..and, found a baby sleeping within. the infant was human, male. and, had the same light turquoise skin and bright orange hair as Von Schlemmer. (apparently, this child was of the same race as his friend.) as the baby began to awake, Gold cooed softly at him. "shhh..it's okay, baby. momma's here, now." whispered Gold, as she picked the baby up, and held him close. Silver approached Gold, puzzled at this. "Gold..I think I deserve an explanation." Gold looked at her "son', then back at Silver. "yes..I suppose I do." Gold gently stroked the baby's hair as she spoke softly. "very few people know how the rebellion against the regime began..but, I do. It began with Axel and Nova. an overlander couple who were social activists that spoke out against the city council's oppressive authority." a tear formed in Gold's eyes as she recalled the couple. "HE ran a hospital. a free clinic, and SHE was a teacher at an orphanage.  they spoke of freedom. Equality among the masses. a world where the people could choose their own destiny, and NOT have their fate's decided for them." "they sound like Freedom Fighter..like Sonic and Princess Sally were." said Silver.  
    Gold nodded. "yes..they were. and many believed in what they preached.  but, the council didn't wish to relinquish control over the citizenry.  so, they..d-denounced them as terrorists. and, by unanimous vote, had them publically executed in the town square." Silver looked at Gold. "Unanimous vote?" Gold shut her eyes tight as tears fell down her cheek. "I was a coward. I didn't want them to die..but, I was afraid of what the council might do to me if I voted in their favor.  and, so..to my eternal shame and regret. I lied, and condemned them to death as well." Gold began to cry as a memory resurfaced. her telepathy then activated, and Silver's eyes glowed gold as Gold's memory was projected into his mind. ***Flashback*** "Have you come to gloat, now?" said Axel. "because if you HAVE.." began Nova. "then you can just go to-" "I didn't want this to happen." said Gold, solemnly the jailed couple stared at the council member as she removed her mask, revealing her tear stained face to them. "I don't want you to die. You don't deserve this." Nova eyed the Tenrec. "then, WHY did you vote-" "I may be on the council, but I am no overlord..I am as much a "slave" as next citizen." explained Gold. "You don't know what they would have done to me if I went against them." the pair finally looked at their "captor" with compassion, instead of disdain. "oh, you poor, poor girl." said Nova. Gold walked closer to the energy barrier dividing her from the prisoners. "It's not too late, I can still save you." "How?" asked Axel. "I can take an EMP Grenade from the armory. use It to shut down power, and open the jail cells. You can escape!" "along with every other prisoner locked up with us." said Nova. "and, there are SOME who actually *do* deserve to be here." added Axel. "But-!" "Miss. I know you mean well, but we can't accept this." began Axel. "such an escape attempt would endanger too many lives. and, we will NOT betray our just cause just to save ourselves." "and, besides: We are Freedom Fighters, NOT Terrorists." said Nova. "we would rather die as innocents, than flee like guilty criminals." Gold was shocked and puzzled at this. "but..But, you've done no wrong. You SHOULDN'T have to die!!" "That we agree." said Axel. "but, your council believes that by executing us, they will silence our voices, and preserve the hold that they have over the citizens." "But, what they don't realize is that our unjustified deaths  will only spread the fires of freedom, not snuff it out like a dim flame." said Nova. Gold looked at the two with glossy wet eyes. "We shall face our ends with our heads held high. confident freedom WILL prevail beyond our lifetime." Gold looked away, sadly. "how can you be so brave in the face of death?! how can you be so..so FEARLESS!?" "Courage isn't about being fearless..but, standing up to danger DESPITE one's fears." said Axel. "we ARE afraid..but, not for ourselves." began Nova. "We are afraid for the people living in fear..and, we are prepared to die for them." Gold looked at Axel and Nova. "If only I had your courage..Isn't there ANYTHING I can do for you?!" Nova looked at her husband..then, smiled as she knelt down to Gold's level. "what is your name. councilwoman?" asked Nova, softly. "Gold." "well, GOLD. as you must know, our personal belongings will be auctioned off following our executions.  before that happens, we want you to go to our home, and take something of ours that MUSTN'T fall into the council's hands." "what is it?" "there is a POD, and orb shaped pod. Inside lies that which me, and my husband cherish the most.  Take It. hide It away, keep It safe. Do this for us..and, all will be forgiven." Gold stared into the woman's eyes. "what is in the pod?" Nova smiled. "It's best if you see for yourself. You will understand." Gold looked down. she exhaled sharply, then looked at them again. "o-Okay. I'll get the item TONIGHT. I promise." Nova smiled at the Tenrec. "thank you, gold. Your heart truly does live up to your name." Gold looked away, feeling even more regret and shame. ***End of Flashback*** "When I was able to get away, I snuck to their house late at night." continued Gold.  "I found the pod that they told me about, and took it back to my house..   when I opened It..I found a tiny baby inside. I weeped, understanding at last WHY they were fighting so passionately against the Regime. and, that very soon..that sweet, innocent child would be an orphan." Gold looked at the baby..and, cried as she held him closer. Silver frowned, feeling bad for his friend..AND, the baby that she held in her arms. "t-the following day..I had to observe their execution with the rest of the council." continued Gold. "It was torture. I watched as those good people were led to the gallows.  It took all my will to resist breaking out in tears as they placed those horrible ropes around their necks.  then..wh-when they gave the signal, and released the trapdoor. I shut my eyes. I couldn't bear to watch them drop.  but, I still heard their psychic screams as their lives ended." Gold clutched the baby as tears streamed down her cheeks like a waterfall. "a-Axel's neck broke, so he died instantly. his wife wasn't so lucky.  Nova strangled, fought for what felt like an hour. but, she too eventually joined her husband in death.  I was silent through the whole thing, but inside I was screaming.  Two good people died, leaving behind an innocent child..and, I just stood there, and did NOTHING!!" "gold..It wasn't your fau-" "YES, IT WAS!!" shouted Gold, hysterical. "IT *WAS* My fault!! I could have saved them, but I didn't!  I was too scared. and, BECAUSE of my cowardice, this..this sweet little boy will NEVER know his real parents!!" as Gold cried, the baby finally awoke fully and touched Gold's muzzle with his tiny hand. Gold looked into his tiny blue eyes..and, shed even more tears as he looked at her innocently. Gold then smiled weakly as she touched his tiny hand, gently squeezing it. "I tried to do the right thing, and leave him in an orphanage. somewhere where he could have a better life.  but, after the deaths of his parents, I realized that he would NEVER have a "better life" ..not so long as the regime remained in power." Gold's eyes then welled up in tears again. "and, besides..I felt that I owed his parents something. So, against my better judgement: I kept him, raised him in secret. and, in time..I grew to love him as if he were my own child." Gold then held the baby close as she gently rocked him back-and-forth. Silver finally smiled, finding this "motherly" side to Gold to be adorable. "does he have a name?" Gold shook her head. "no. I haven't brought myself to even THINK of a name for him." "Well, I guess that is understandable. we've all been busy dodging the regime." said Silver. "I'm just amazed you've managed to hide him from the council all this time!" "I have had some close calls..but, Yes: I have protected him." said Gold. Silver looked at Gold. "so, WHY didn't you tell me, or the Professor about this?" Gold stared off, a solemn look on her face. "It's *MY* burden to bear." "It shouldn't have to be, Gold." said Silver. "raising a child should NEVER have to be a "solo mission." "I know.." began Gold, sadly. "but who could I find, or even TRUST, to be this sweet child's father?!" Silver looked at the baby in Gold's arms..who then began to look right back at him. his soft, sky blue eyes just melted the Hedgehog's heart. and, he at last spoke: "I could." Gold looked at Silver with wide eyes. "wa-what?!" Silver blushed, feeling embarrassed. "i-I'm sorry I never said this before, but..I've always liked you, Gold.  I never knew my parents, and have felt alone through all my life.  but, I've always felt that you understood me. you know what It's like to be so..different." Gold smiled as she faced the hedgehog. "I won't lie. I've also felt a kinship with you, too." Silver smiled weakly, feeling a bit more comfortable now. "well..after awhile, I've came to "LIKE you, like you." I mean..you're so beautiful. and..so kindhearted." Gold smiled at Silver. "you also have a kind heart, Silver. Always thinking of others, and NEVER of yourself. I've always admired that about you." Gold then approached Silver, her eyes fluttering a bit. "so, you..really love me?" Silver blushed bright red, but smiled anyway. "given your powers, I always thought you already knew." "Surprisingly I didn't." said Gold. "I mean..I knew you felt *something*  about me, but you are a remarkably difficult man to read." Silver chuckled lightly. "well..I do, Gold. we've been alone all our lives..I think It's time we were "alone TOGETHER." Gold smiled at Silver. "you know..now that I think about. I think you WOULD make a good father. and, you ARE kinda cute..in a "dorky" sort of way." the two mobians moved closer. their eyes half lidded, they slowly moved their muzzles closer, and closer..until. CHA-CHIK!! (("HALT!!")) Gold and Silver gasped as the room suddenly filled with C.P.R., aiming their flashlight guns straight at them. (("YOU ARE ALL UNDER ARREST FOR TREASON!")) "Oh, no!!" exclaimed Gold, frightened. "oh, YES, "Councilwoman." began a male voice. Silver and Gold looked,  and saw one of the Onyx City Council members emerge from the squad of C.P.R. "As I've always said: "This is WAR. and, in War..nobody suffers more than "The Traitor."
     [End of Part I]


    Gold's Penance: Part II
     
     
    Gold clutched the baby overlander in her arms as the Civil Protection Robots surrounded her and Silver, blasters drawn and glowing. "I always knew you would BETRAY us, Gold." began the Councilman. "all you "freaks" are alike." "FREAKS!!?" exclaimed Silver angrily, his fists burning  with bright blue energy. "I think you should look in the mirror, "Dottie" the councilman ignored Silver, and looked at Gold..THEN, at the blue skinned baby in her arms. "that child sure looks familiar." began the Councilman. "yeees..I think I *HAVE* seen those eyes somewhere before." the Councilman then chuckled evilly. "so..those terrorist that we executed were parents." Gold glared at the faceless councilman. "they were ACTIVISTS!!" shouted Gold. "and, you all murdered them for saying things you didn't like!" "They were extremists creating civil unrest." said the Councilman. "they needed to be silenced to preserve order." Gold glared at the councilman. "It didn't work. the people STILL rebelled against your oppression." "and, we hunted them all down, and silenced *THEM*, too. (darkly) despite all the information that you fed them behind our backs." Gold looked away as tears threatened to break. "But, I suppose It was wrong of us to publically execute those two.." began the Councilman. "better to just get It over with NOW, and not make It a spectacle that only encourages subversive behavior." the councilman made a gesture at the C.P.R. "Prepare to fire on the traitor..AND, the child." Gold gasped at this..but, Silver stepped between her and the robots. "You'll kill them over MY DEAD BODY!!" the Councilman chuckled malevolently. "oh, Very well. if you don't want to wait your turn, then I'll start with YOU, hedgehog." as the C.P.R. redirected their aim at Silver, the hedgehog struck first blood and, used is telekinesis to send out a wave that knocked the robots back. he yelled out as he telekinetically bashed some bots into each other, and punched and kicked some using energized blows. Gold clutched her baby close, watching fearfully as Silver fought hard against his enemies. she swallowed hard, knowing full well that the C.P.R. more than a match for Silver. Gold wanted to help him. but, as his enemies were ROBOTS, their was little she could do with her powers. Gold hated feeling useless. feeling so..Powerless. as Silver fought against the C.P.R., the Councilman began to approach Gold. "I might be willing to forgive your lapse in judgement, "Councilwoman" began the Councilman. "provided you prove your loyalty, and hand over the spawn of those terrorists." Gold's fear soon turned to anger as she glared at the councilman. "go to hell, you monster." the Councilman just smirked. "you FIRST." Gold's eyes glowed gold and yellow as she willing used her powers this time. the Councilman then gripped his head, and cried out in pain. feeling like his brain was trying to crawl out of his skull. "I've *felt* first hand the PAIN and AGONY that your so-called "order" has brought to the people that you PRETEND to care about!!" shouted Gold, angrily. "I know their pain." continued Gold, darkly. "(shouting) I KNOW THEIR PAIN!! (speaking darkly) sometimes I share that pain..with people like YOU." the Councilman growled painfully as images of violence, death and grief flashing into his mind all at once. (("ALERT! ONYX CITY COUNCIL PERSONALE IN DANGER!!")) said a C.P.R., as It fired a stun ray at Gold, knocking her away. "AAH!!" screamed Gold. Silver looked in horror at his downed friend and love. "GOLD!, NO!!" It was then that a C.P.R. struck at the distracted Silver, breaking through his psychic energy field, and knocking him down. Gold looked, and saw Silver being pinned..and, the recovered Councilman staring down at her. a gun in his hand. "you had your chance, freak." began the Councilman, aiming the gun at Gold's head. "but, you are just too dangerous to remain alive." "no." said Gold, frozen in terror. "goodbye, traitor." BLAM!! Gold flinched as she heard the ear splitting shot of the gun..then, paused upon realizing she wasn't dead. she wasn't the only one shocked at this. "WHAT TH-!?" BLAM!!, BLAM!!, BLAM!!, BLAM!! the councilman continued to fire shot, after shot, after shot at Gold..but, the laser bullets only impacted the wall behind the Tenrec. Gold remained unharmed, not feeling the shots at all. "impossible!, how are you-" "RAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!" Silver roared as he unleashed a powerful psychic wave, shorting out the C.P.R.'s circuits. the hedgehog then jetted forward, and punched the Councilman HARD in the face. cracking his facemask. he then looked at Gold..and, gasped at what he saw. "Gold!, your..I can see through you!!" "What!?" Gold looked at her hand..and, gasped upon seeing that It was transparent. "but..HOW, I-" Gold then looked at her baby on her arms..and, saw that not only was HE transparent as well, but his eyes were glowing silvery white. finally, his eyes returned to their normal light blue..and, Gold's hand became "solid" once again. "oh my gosh..SILVER!, m-my baby, he..he has POWERS!" Silver looked at the bullet ridden wall behind Gold. "they..He couldn't touch you." said Silver. the gunshots passed right through you. Almost as if you were a Ghost!" Gold clutched her son as she stood up onto her feet. she looked at him..Then, looked back at Silver. "he..He made me Intangible. (tears up) my baby protected me!" Silver looked out the corner of his eye, glaring. "we should go. they KNOW where we are, and are bound to send reinforcements once these guys don't report in." "oh!, r-right." said Gold, breaking from her shock. Silver took Gold's free hand, and led her and *their* baby out back up the staircase and out of the room. [Onyx City] As Silver and Gold left the now damaged estate, the two stopped momentarily to gasp as the number of C.P.R., tanks and hovercars in the general area. "Darn!, they're onto us!" curse Silver. "The Professor's lab is clear on the other side of town, and there's no way we can get through without being seen!" "We have to TRY, Silver." said Gold. "That time machine is our last hope!" "I know." said Silver, darkly. he looked at Gold..then, at the human infant that he had apparently "adopted" as his own. "stay close, and follow me lead." said Silver. "If they caught us, RUN. don't stop for anything, just run." Gold nodded. "alright. but, if the worst should happen to me, take my son..he's the only thing that matters." Silver gritted his teeth angrily. not liking the idea of having to leave Gold behind if he had to..but, he understood the priority, and exhaled sharply. "fine. I'll keep him safe, I promise." taking Gold in hand again, the Hedgehog led his new "family" into the city streets. ducking into an alleyway, the two mobians sprinted stealthily along the narrow way, and to the other side. peering around a corner, Silver watched the passing patrols. there were so many tanks and C.P.R., that It made Silver's head spin just thinking about getting past them. "not sure HOW we are getting past all those patrols." said Silver. Gold looked at her baby. "m-maybe we can get our baby to use his powers again. They won't be able to touch us!" "but, they can STILL see us." countered Silver. "and, I'm not about to lead them all to the Professor. he needs all the time he can GET to prepare us." Suddenly, a light shined in the direction of the two mobians. "Back away..HURRY!!" Silver and Gold ran back the way they came..only to stop halfway as another light shined in the opposite direction. "oh, no." "we're trapped!" as the lightbeams grew closer, Silver and Gold held each other. fearing this was their end. "i'm sorry, gold." whispered Silver, somberly. "i love you, silver." whispered Gold, tears in her eyes. the baby in Gold's arms shivered in fright. his eyes then began to glow silvery-white as his powered activated again. finally, a line of C.P.R. approached the two from both sides. the robots just stared right through them. (("Squad Delta, REPORT!")) said a councilman over an interCOMM. (("have you found them!?")) "NEGATIVE." replied one of the C.P.R. "WE HAVE NO VISUAL." both Silver and Gold were shocked, and confused at this. (("Then, circle back, and sweep the area again. I want those freaks FOUND, and TERMINATED!!")) "AFFIRMATIVE." as the C.P.R. troops all turned, and headed back. one spoke to the other. "I THOUGHT YOU HAD A VISUAL." "SO DID I. MY OPTIC SENSORS MUST NEED A DIAGNOSTIC." once the patrols were gone, Silver finally spoke. "okay, WHAT just happened!?" "they didn't see us." mused Gold, silently. Silver looked to Gold..and, widened his eyes in shock. "GOLD!, i..I can't see you either!" Gold looked at Silver..and, also gasped. "n-Neither can I!" Gold then gasped as realization hit her. "the baby." Silver and Gold finally became visible as the baby calmed down, his powers fading. "First they couldn't touch us, NOW they couldn't even SEE us?!" began Silver. "(lightly chuckles) I think I like this kid." Gold stroked her baby's bright orange hair affectionately. "he was scared. he was trying to hide, didn't want to get hurt..I can relate." Silver took a moment to look around. "well, if we can get him to do It again..we MIGHT have a chance at getting back to the Professor in one piece." Gold looked at Silver as if he were crazy. "but, Silver, he's only a BABY!" "I know, but right now, he's our only chance." Gold frowned as she looked down at her frightened child. "How am I suppose to get him to use his powers again?!" asked Gold. "ask him." Gold looked at Silver. "what?!" "use your powers, and talk to him. ASK him to protect us again." Gold grimaced at this. "Silver, i..I don't think I should. m-My powers, they-, wa-What if I hurt him!?" Silver touched Gold's shoulder. "gold..you can do this." Gold looked down at her son..then, exhaled sharply. bringing the human infant to her face, her eyes glowed as he attempted to use her telepathy on him. (("son?")) spoke Gold, telepathically. (("can you hear me?")) Gold heard sounds within her baby's mind that were heard to read. but, she finally heard a tiny voice that said: (("mommy?")) (("yes, son. "Mommy's" here.")) replied Gold. (("a-are they gone?, are the monsters gone?!")) (("They are, but not for long.")) began Gold. (("Son, we need your help. me, and your..d-Daddy need you to use your powers again.")) (("I c-can't. I'm t-too scared.")) (("I know you're scared. I'm scared, too. But I promise..we won't let ANYTHING bad happen to you.")) the baby shivered and shook. (("wa-what do you want me to do, mommy??")) (("make us "unseen", and "untouchable" again.")) said Gold. (("We can get you to a safe place, but we NEED you to shield and protect us.")) (("i-I don't know if I can.")) (("you CAN, baby. you CAN..just focus. I believe in you.")) Gold finally stopped using her telepathy. despite still trembling, the baby's eyes glowed silvery white again. Gold took Silver's hand as the scared infant made them both intangible, and invisible. "this feels so..tingly" said Silver. "We'd better get going. I don't know how long he can keep this up." said Gold, as she clutched her child tightly. "Right." said Silver, who began to use his telekinesis to levitate himself and Gold, and shot forward at breakneck speed. like a bullet, the trio flew through various buildings and through some passing patrols as well. thanks to Gold's child, they remained UNDETECTABLE by everyone. [Prof. Von Schlemmer's Lab] In the underground chamber, Professor Von Schlemmer was putting the finishing touches on his Time Machine. he was beginning to grow impatient as he waited for Silver and Gold to return. but, as they were the only hope he had left, he had no choice but to continue waiting. Suddenly, Silver and Gold phased into the lab. as the pair finally materialized, Von Schlemmer jumped a little. "MEIN GOTT!!..oh, Zilver. you ztarted me." as Silver lowered himself and Gold safely down to the ground, and smiled weakly. "Sorry about that, Professor." Von Schlemmer approached the pair. "Zo, exactly vhat was It that Gold need zo bad-" the scientist then noticed the blue skinned overlander baby in Gold's arms. "oh, my.." Silver ran over to Gold. he grew worried when he saw how motionless the infant was. "oh, please don't me he's-" "no." said Gold, stroking the baby. "he's asleep. using his powers drained him." Von Schlemmer looked at Gold. "i am zorry, Gold. you vere right. Zhis vas zomething you couldn't leave behind. vorgive me." Gold smiled at the man. "I understand." Silver looked to Von Schlemmer. "Professor, we were seen at Gold's house. WORSE: The council *knows* that Gold is with us." "Zhen vee really don't have any choice, anymore. You MUST be zent into ze' past." Von Schlemmer looked at Gold, and the sleeping baby in her arms. "ALL of you." as Von Schlemmer returned to a console, and began diverting all remaining power to his machine..Silver faced him again. "Professor..I want to change all this, but frankly, I don't know where to start. Isn't there ANY clue you can give me!? anything at all." Von Schlemmer paused for a moment..then, exhaled sharply. "Onyx Zity, ze' capital of z' Regime, was named after Onyx Island." Von Schlemmer looked at Silver. "200 yearz ago, "Onyx Island" went by z' name of "Angel Island." I do not know when ze' name was change, or for what reazon. But, what I DO know..iz zhat It all started zhere." "Angel Island, GOT IT." said Silver. "wait..isn't Angel Island the resting place of the Master Emerald of legend??" "and, Ze' primary battleground of ze' old Brotherhood of Guardians, and zheir eternal enemies: Ze' Dark Legion." Silver pondered this. "the brotherhood..and, the legion." With a loud whirl, the time machine came to life. "QUICKLY! ztep onto the Chronal Sphere platform." commanded Von Schelmmer. Silver and Gold did as they were told, and stepped up onto the platform. "Ztand at ze' very zenter of ze' circle." Silver and Gold stayed close together at the center. Von Schlemmer fired up the machine, prompting metallic rings to pop out of the floor, and orbit all around the two mobians and their overlander baby. Just then, the ground began to rumble..and, an alarm went off. "WHAt'S THAT!?" exclaimed Silver.  
    Gold's eyes briefly flashed gold and yellow. "oh, god. They've FOUND us!!" "Mein zecurity zyztems vill keep zhem at bay vor now. Vee CAN'T stop!" as the rings picked up speed, they began to surge with energy..eventually generating an energized sphere around the three travelers. Silver looked at Von Schlemmer desperately. "PROFESSOR! In case we fail..At LEAST tell me your name. Your REAL name!" Von Schlemmer looked at his friend. "Warp. mein name iz "Professor Warp Schlemmer." ~I'd love to change the world..But I don't know what to do.~ the rings rotated faster and faster, becoming invisible due to their speed and encasing Silver and Gold into the energy sphere. Gunfire was soon heard from the other side of the blast door. indicating that a squad of C.P.R. were ALREADY here, and were eventually going to break inside. Von Schlemmer took one last look at Silver..who looked back at him with pleading eyes. ~I'd love to change the world..So I'll leave it up to you.~ "goodbye, mein friend." Von Schlemmer pressed the button..just as the C.P.R. managed to blast a hole through the door. "HALT!!" commanded a C.P.R. "STOP THEM!!" shouted a Councilman the sphere whined loudly as it began to surge the three occupants with temporal energy. a CPR fired It's blaster at the sphere..but, the laser shot reflected and ricocheted. hitting Von Schlemmer in the shoulder. "PROFESSOR!!!" exclaimed Silver, horrified. ~..but, I don't know what to DOOOO!!~ the chronal sphere glowed brightly, blinding everyone in the room. then, in a blinding flash..Silver the Hedgehog. Gold the Tenrec, and their human son..were GONE, without a trace. ~..so, I'll leave It up to..YOU.~ as Von Schlemmer lay slumped against the console, bleeding from his shoulder. the C.P.R. surrounded, and aimed their their blasters at him. the councilman approached the wounded scientist, and glared at him. "Where did you send them?!" demanded the councilman. Von Schlemmer said nothing. he only breathed heavily as he gripped his shoulder. "BRING. THEM. BACK. or, face immediate execution." Von Schlemmer nodded. then, spoke up loudly. "c-Computer..initiate zelf-deztruct." "WHAT!!?" exclaimed the councilman, shocked. "Pazzcode.."GENESISSSS." finished Von Schlemmer (("ACKNOWLEDGED.")) the lights flashed red as an alarm sounded. as the monitors flashed a countdown..Von Schlemmer spoke again. "t-Take a good look around, Counzilman.." (("7..6..5..")) "becauze your future..iz about to CHANGE." (("3..2..1..GOODBYE.")) From the high, X-like tower that looms over Onyx City..a massive explosion could be seen. the dark, mysterious figure that dwelled within the tower narrowed it's red eyes.  
    [Planet Mobius, 3237.] [200 Years Ago..] Somewhere in Northamer, near Freedom HQ. two blurrs of light were streaking over the green, grassy plains. one was bright blue, the other was golden yellow. standing from afar was a female mobian chipmunk with reddish hair, dressed in blue, and armed with a stop watch. as the streaks passed her by, she pressed the button on the stopwatch. the streaks finally stopped..revealed to be a male, blue mobian hedgehog in red sneakers. and, a male overlander with dark blone hair and dressed in black-and-yellow. "Alright, Sal. give It to us straight: Who won!?" asked Sonic. Sally looked at the watch. "actually..It seems you BOTH passed in record time." Sonic looked amazed. "no way..I was going my fastest!, NOBODY can catch up with me!!" "Nobody except Billy, It seems." said Sally, as she walked over to the mute human in question, pulled him down and gave him a quick kiss. "great job, hon. You were AWESOME." Billy blushed at this. Sonic then looked at him..and, smiled. "Okay. I give. You ARE the fastest overlander alive, Bill. You would have to be if you can catch with ME." Sally chuckled at this. "Well, Sonic. I am impressed..Only YOU can be so humble, and STILL maintain your ego." Sonic shrugged. "Eh, I'm not so vain that I don't mind sharing the title of "The Fastest Thing Alive." Sonic then patted Billy's thigh. "Actually, I kinda like It. NOW, I can race somebody without It being unfair." both Sonic and Sally shared a chuckle. then, all of a sudden..the wind changed. "huh?, what that-" KA-ZAAAAAAP!! Sally shrieked as an orb of erratic energy suddenly materialized. Billy grabbed his mobian wife, and shielded her. while Sonic stepped forward, facing the strange orb of energy. "What's this!?, Metal Sonic agai-" Sonic's question was answered when the orb dematerialized..revealing a silvery-white hedgehog, and a golden furred Tenrec. "SILVER!?" exclaimed Sonic, shocked and confused. Silver finally looked around..and, Saw none other than Sonic the Hedgehog facing him. "Sonic?!" Sonic immediately glared at the time traveler. "oh, great. Anytime *you* show up Trouble happens." Silver faced Sonic. "Look, I know haven't met under the best of circumstances-" Sonic scoffed at this. "THAT'S putting It mildly. when we first met, you tried to kill me. THEN, you went after all of my friends." Sally noticed the strange (and, scared) girl who was with Silver..and, the odd looking overlander baby that she was holding. "So, who are you after no-" "Sonic, WAIT!" exclaimed Sally, walking up. "What!?" "Sonic..LOOK." Sonic looked to where Sally was pointing: a female Tenrec in a Sari, who look frightened and was holding a blue skinned overlander baby. Sonic was dumbfounded. "whose..What?!" "Everyone.." began Silver. "This is GOLD, my girlfriend. and, our son..he's adopted." "yeah, THAT we figured." said Sonic Sally looked at the sleeping baby. "What's your son's name?" Gold looked at her baby. "he doesn't have a-" "Warp." said Silver, somberly. "his name is Warp." Gold looked at Silver..then, breathed out. sensing the pain that her boyfriend was feeling. "umm..Yes. Warp, that is his name." Sonic stifled a laugh. "Silver, Gold, WARP?! Sheesh, they sure do have strange names in the future." Sally scowled at the hedgehog. "You're one to talk..SONIC." "Point." Sally faced Silver. "though I don't share in Sonic's distrust, he DOES have a point: You only ever show up when there is an impending crisis." Silver glared darkly. "none more dire than that which we escaped from." Sonic crossed his arms as he eyed his old rival. "Such AS??.." "It would take too long to explain It all to you." began Gold. "Perhaps It is best if I showed you all." Gold's eyes glowed golden yellow as he projected images into the minds of Sonic, Sally and even Billy. the three bore disturbed expressions as images if violence, death and misery flashed before their eyes. once the visions finally stopped, they all gasped and breathed heavily. "what was..THAT!?" exclaimed Sally, shellshocked. "Our world..Two-Hundred Years from now." began Gold. "Sometime between then and now, "Freedom" died, and in It's place came tyranny disguised as "protection." "we fought as you all once did against robotnik, but we LOST." said Silver. "We've come here to undo the Onyx Regime. and, Hopefully return to a future worth living in." Sally looked down, sighing sharply. "I am so sorry for your losses. Is there ANYthing we can do to help??" Silver looked away. "I don't know. details on how the regime came to power are "sketchy" The only clue I have is that It all started on Onyx-, I mean, ANGEL Island." "that's Knux place." said Sonic. "I'll have Tails radio the Chaotix, and let him know your coming." Silver smiled. "Thank you..Sonic." Sonic shrugged. "yeah, well..think of It as my way of saying "sorry" for giving you a hard time just now." "It's Okay. In the past, I haven't exactly given you much reason to trust me." As Sonic, Sally and Billy left for their nearby headquarters, Gold looked to Silver. "You've been to the past before?" Silver looked at Gold, and chuckled nervously. "It was..Complicated. VERY complicated." Gold nodded, then looked at her baby. "so..WARP." Silver sighed sadly, looking away. "It's okay, Silver. I understand..It's a wonderful name." Gold then looked at baby Warp, and smiled. "warp..my little warp." Silver looked at the child..then, smiled himself as he gently touched his face. he then looked to Gold with a serious look on his face. "So, now that we have a chance to relax..shouldn't we talk about our son's powers?" Gold frowned as she looked down at Warp. "you didn't know?" Gold shook her head. "no. I didn't. and, as far as I know, his real parents were normal." Gold then gently stroked Warp's hair. "but, you know..I don't really care. In fact, I like his powers." "You do?" inquired Silver. "YES. All I want is for my baby to be safe. Protected." began Gold. "and, with his.."ghost-like" powers, he will be.  no one can touch him..so, he can't be hurt. and, he can hide in plain sight, too." Gold hugged Warp. "my baby is SAFE. he'll be safe..even if I can't be there to protect him." Silver smiled..then, he hugged his new girlfriend. his new FAMILY. [The Great Mobocean, Aboard the Freedom Fighter Special.] Silver and Gold sat quietly aboard the Freedom Fighter's stealth jet as they flew them over the ocean towards where the "Floating Island" was currently at. "Angel Island inbound." began Tails, as he piloted the aircraft. "ETA: 20 Minutes..TOPS." Gold looked to Silver..who looked really serious. "Silver..I know as soon as we reach Angel Island, the first thing you'll want to do is begin your investigation." "You reading my mind, again?" inquired Silver. Gold chuckled. "no. you are just "predictable" sometimes." Silver chuckled lightly. "but, Seriously, Silver. we still have no clue in where and how to start looking." continued Gold. "I know you want to just find the source of the Onyx Regime, and go straight home..  but, we can't ignore the possibility that we may be stranded in the Past for longer than we expect to." "What are you saying, Gold?" asked Silver. "I am SAYING that we should try to find a place for us to live once we reach Angel Island." said Gold. Silver looked at Gold. "b-but, what about-" "We have over 200 years to stop the Onyx Regime..we'll have plenty of time to live our own lives for awhile." Silver grumbled, looking away. Gold then touched his hand. "Silver..we have been on the run for all our lives. but, we are finally in a time and place where we are Safe. where we are FREE." Gold then caressed Warp's tiny cheek. "and..we have a son, who deserves to have a happy childhood. (looks at Silver) I do not plan on staying here forever.  but, In case we DO end up staying longer than we intend. I think we should try and give our son a good life here." Silver thought long and hard over this. While the memory of leaving his good friend to die was still VERY fresh in his mind. he couldn't ignore the logic that he DID have plenty of time to change that. to change EVERYTHING. and, the happiness of his new son was more important than any mission. Afterall..what would be the point in creating a 'better world', if what he cared for the most was "unhappy." "(sigh) okay..you win. We'll try and find a place to live in peace. THEN, we can try and start our investigation." Gold smiled warmly..she then leaned forward, her muzzle close to Silver's. "thank you, silver." Gold then kissed Silver on his lips. Silver blushed bright red, as he had NEVER kissed a girl before. but, he had to admit. he rather liked It [Meanwhile, Somewhere on Angel Island] in a cold, dark facility. a female echidna in a skin-tight catsuit walked down a hallway. she entered a sliding door, and walked into what looked like a laboratory. inside, their was an Echidna in a black hooded cloak who was fiddling with something. "I got your message." began Lien-Da. "now, what was It that you wanted to show me so badly?!" the legionnaire looked at his Grandmaster, and grinned. "the FUTURE, Grandmaster. the future." the legionnaire stood up, and led Lien-Da to a work table. upon it was a hunk of shiny metal, and some scattered weapons. "a piece of slag? THIS is what you wanted to show me!?" said Lien-Da, unimpressed. the legionnaire snickered. "oh, It's not just ANY piece of metal..It is our newest weapon against the Guardians, and their allies." the legionnaire took a large, rifle-like weapon. "This is a Series X De-Atomizer. the most powerful weapon in our arsenal. NOTHING can shield against it's destructive beam." Lien-Da gripped the handle of her bullwhip. "losing my patience, WORM." "then, WATCH." said the Legionnaire, as he aimed the weapon at the hunk of metal, and charged It. he at last fired a powerful beam. one so strong, It knocked him back from the recoil. once he quite firing, the work table was a smoldering wreck. even the floor was badly damaged. but, the metal..remained INTACT. not even slightly melted. Lien-Da's attitude quickly changed. "impossible..i-It should have disintegrated!!" the legionnaire smirked as he held the gun over his shoulder. "I call it "Destronium", I discovered It when I investigated that meteor crash a week ago.  It is the HARDEST substance on Mobius, impervious to damage on the molecular level. Completely indestructible." Lien-Da eyed her underling. "Completely?" "well..anything but MORE Destronium." said the legionnaire, as he laid the gun down. he then returned his attention to Lien-Da. "just imagine it, Grandmaster..ALL of our cybernetics, forged of this metallic alloy.  We wouldn't need replacement parts anymore. We..will become INVINCIBLE." Lien-Da smiled a wide, malicious grin. "We would still require the means to MOLD this metal in order to use it." "I am already in the process of breaking down it's molecular structure. Once I crack the code, we can manufacture the metal ourselves." Lien-Da smiled at the legionnaire. "You have done well, my servant. In fact..I do say you have earned a higher place amongst the Legion.  I have been searching for a worthy Kommissar to serve under me..and, I do believe YOU may be right for the job." Lien-Da looked at him. "Tell me..what is your name?" the Legionnaire pulled his hood down..revealing himself to have coal black fur, and golden yellow eyes. "I am..ONYX, Grandmaster." "Then, return to your work..Kommissar Onyx. We must make the weaponization of this Destronium become a reality." Onyx bowed respectfully. "as you command..Grandmaster Lien-Da." as Lien-Da left, Onyx grinned evilly a she returned to his work. Work that would forever change the fates of many..in MORE ways than one. [The End?] 
     
     
  12. Guys: word on the street has it Archie may be selling the rights to sonic. 
    Forget the new panders situation, if this is the case we got a bigger problem 
  13. i'm gonna be honest here, i feel bad for ian fylnn. Ever since the lawsuit i feel like there's more and more restrictions that sega (the same people who technically caused the lawsuit). are putting on the comics, such as not using the term "mobious" as i saw in one video. Flynns response to the tweet (a somewhat rude i can't use it), is understandable cause as someone on here said he's in a war he doesn't want to be in. 
     
    I really hope all this stuff blows over with the comics and things get semi back to normal, old news or not i still feel the comic is topsy turvey and the 2nd crossover was just made to distract fans while archie try's to find out what the heck to do next.
  14. On this topic, you can share your favorite crossovers involving the Sonic franchises. And now, my favorite crossovers with Sonic franchises are Super Smash Bros. franchises including Mega Man, Pac-Man, and Metal Gear franchises, Spyro the Dragon franchises, and Transformers franchises. So, what are your favorite crossovers with the Sonic franchises? ^_^
  15. Whether it be Shadow The Hedgehog, Enerjak, Silver, Mogul or even Sonic himself, Archie Comics is famous for its portrayal of powerful characters.

    But what about broken characters?

    Characters that are so far beyond the individuals of their Universes that they are only defeated by luck, chance, stupidity or through sacrifice of precious lives.

    What Sonic The Hedgehog characters do you think are overpowered?
  16. So I was recently looking over at the Bumbleking forums and found this... interesting topic: http://www.bumblekin....php?f=4&t=7415

    You may notice that pretty much everyone (both there and even outside the forums) aside from a few are calling this a blatant cash-grab and a gimmick. And you know what? I actually think they're mostly right. It basically just amounts to making you buy the same issue twice, with what is likely a one or two-page difference at the end. While you could argue that they won't be necessary to understand the next issue/arc, to me it still sounds a little bit greedy. This really doesn't help matters here either, as practically all the issues on this website are the standard covers. Luckily, this appears to simply be a 'test' of-sorts, so it won't be permanent (and judging by most people's reactions, I doubt it will return anytime soon). But I'd like to know what you guys think about this: Could it possibly work, or is this just a cheap money-grabber?
  17. Post on Nights into Dreams in Comics

    By Jasae Bushae, posted
    Out of curiosity, is anyone here a fan of Nights into Dreams? It was admittedly a bit back, but for a while there Archie had a couple mini series going with the character that promised some interesting directions (which sadly never were delivered due to low sales of the comic)

    It is sorta tangentially related to Sonic comics admittedly, with the largest reference being Saffron Bee's nightopian friend but surely there is at least one or two people around who have heard of it.