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Archie Sonic Boom Issue 8 is the eighth issue in the Sonic Boom comic series published by Archie Comics. It is the second part of the "Worlds Unite" crossover.

Official solicitation

It slices! It dices! It joins line-wide crossover events: it's SONIC BOOM! "Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Unite" Part Two: It was just another day at the races—y’know, the ones with the giant spider-mechs? Things start to get weird, even for the lovable, paranoid Sticks, when X and the Maverick Hunters arrived! Meanwhile, the epic bromance of the century is rekindled as the captured Drs. Eggman and Wily are forced to turn their life-long nemeses—Sonic and Mega Man—into minions for the terrifying Sigma! After the history-making "WORLDS COLLIDE" crossover event, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man unite once more—and this time Sonic Boom and Mega Man X are joining the fray! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, a special "happy fun time crossover" variant by Ryan Jampole and part 2 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!

Featured stories

Worlds Unite Part Two: Broken Heroes

Synopsis

In the world of Sonic Boom, Dr. Eggman's latest scheme has been thwarted by Team Sonic. However, unbeknownst to her friends, Sticks has been sent flying during the battle, and after hitting a tree, witnesses the opening of a Genesis Portal, and from it the emergence of the Maverick Hunters, X, Zero, and Axl, from whom she hides. The trio note that they are clearly in a different world, but that they haven't reached the world that Sigma fled to. After briefly discussing their arrival at the wrong destination-and Silver the Hedgehog's involvement in their making the trip-Zero is hit by one of Sticks' boomerangs. Sticks is determined not to let them cause any harm, but X soon sets her straight, and the badger claims that this occurrence is fulfillment of a vision she had that was dismissed as a dream by her friends. She then recruits Comedy Chimp and Fastidious Beaver, who conveniently happen to be nearby, to join her as the members of Team Sticks, and together with the Maverick Hunters they travel to Eggman's island base. While searching for a means of opening another Genesis Portal, they run into Orbot and Cubot, who challenge the invaders only for Zero to menace and threaten them into submission with his Z-Saber. "Persuaded" to help the newly formed team, Orbot and Cubot use one of Eggman's devices to open a new Genesis Portal, which the heroes then travel through.

Back on Sonic's World, Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily are preparing to turn Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man into new members of the Roboticized Masters. During the course of their efforts, Eggman learns that Wily remembers none of their previous alliance, which also took place in the Post-Super Genesis Wave timeline of Mobius. Through some deceit, he convinces Wily that they were previously broken apart through lies spread by Dr. Light, and the bromance they had established in the past is restored. The pair then implement a plan to program Sonic and Mega Man to attack each other and restore each other to normal after they've undergone roboticization, as well as convince them that Sigma was solely responsible for their capture and corruption. They then invite Sigma in to witness the transformation of the heroes, which is accomplished using technology from his future. Sonic and Mega Man struggle to fight the corrupting influence, but prove to be no match for the doctors' evil scheme.

Over on Mega Man's world in the year 20XX, Dr. Light and Roll grow increasingly concerned over Mega Man's prolonged absence, only to see a news report informing them that Sonic Man is attacking Mega City. The Light Robot Masters are quickly marshaled, as Sonic Man easily deals with the police department.

On Sonic's world, the Freedom Fighters are similarly concerned by Sonic's absence, only to receive word from Nigel Acorn that Mobotropolis is under attack. The culprit turns out to be M'egga Man, who has decimated the Royal Guard and set his sights on Castle Acorn.

Appearances

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Continuity

  • The beginning of this story picks up from when Sticks sees the Maverick Hunters for the first time in Sonic Boom #7, "Everybody Super Sonic Racing Part 2", with the Maverick Hunters casing after Sigma following his escape in both Sonic Universe #76, "Worlds Unite! Part One: Across Time and Space" and Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1, "Worlds Unite Battles: Maverick Hunters Versus Vile".
  • X recalls the Hunters' meeting with Silver in Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1, "Worlds Unite Battles: Maverick Hunters Versus Vile".
  • Sticks joins the Maverick Hunters in their mission to stop Sigma which would end in Mega Man #52, "Worlds Unite Part Twelve: Last Rights".
  • Comedy Chimp comments at Fastidious Beaver's line at the end of Sonic Boom #7, "Everybody Super Sonic Racing Part 2", where he accidentally called Sonic's friendship speech corny when he was actually enjoying his snack.
  • Sticks and the Maverick Hunters create a Genesis Portal which they use to find Sigma. This portal would take them to Sonic's World in Mega Man #50, "Worlds Collide Part Four: Death and Destruction".
  • Sonic and Mega Man are still in captivity, due to the Deadly Six in Sonic Universe #76, "Worlds Unite! Part One: Across Time and Space".
  • Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily are still in Sigma's captivity, which began in Sonic Universe #76, "Worlds Unite! Part One: Across Time and Space". They would eventually escape Sigma in Mega Man #50, "Worlds Unite Part Four: Death and Destruction".
  • It is revealed that the events of Worlds Collide happened in the Post-Super Genesis Wave timeline, though with a different course of events leading up to it, specifically tying in with where Sonic Generations left off.
  • Dr. Eggman recalls the events of Worlds Collide, though lies about his attempt to kill Dr. Light in Mega Man #27, "When Worlds Collide Part Ten: No Holds Barred", to restore his friendship with Wily.
  • Eggman and Wily plan to betray Sigma by sneaking coding into the converted heroes so they will restore themselves when they meet. This plan would be set into motion in Sonic the Hedgehog #273, "Worlds Unite Part Three: Clash of the Corrupted" and come to a partial fulfillment in Mega Man #50, "Worlds Unite Part Four: Death and Destruction".
  • Sonic and Mega Man are turned into Sonic Man and M'egga Man, and attack the other's world. This attack continues into Sonic the Hedgehog #273, "Worlds Unite Part Three: Clash of the Corrupted". Both Roboticized Masters would later be restored to normal in Mega Man #50, "Worlds Collide Part Four: Death and Destruction".
  • Dr. Light sends the Light Robot Masters' to face Sonic Man, while Nigel Acorn call for the Freedom Fighters to face M'egga Man. Both parties would engage their foe in Sonic the Hedgehog #273, "Worlds Unite Part Three: Clash of the Corrupted" and in Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1, "Worlds Unite Battles: Sonic Man vs The Robot Masters".

Trivia

Off Panel

See also: Off Panel

Synopsis

SB8 Off Panel

The Off Panel

Sticks examines Sonic and asks him about his beige arms, irritates Knuckles by telling him he needs to work out, sees Amy marveling at a picture of Sonic (Sonic Boom version), tells her to chill out. She then looks at her own picture, saying that the world was not ready for two of her (though she has trouble saying her name in plural), and claims she is one of a kind.

Appearances

Characters:

Trivia

  • The picture of Sticks on the wall in the last panel is taken from the regular cover of Sonic Boom #2.
  • The Off-Panel title "Here Is (Are?) My Boomsticks" may be a nod to The Evil Dead franchise, based on one of Ash's lines from the third film, Army of Darkness.

Quotes

Fastidious Beaver: Is it really necessary we be here for this?
Comedy Chimp: Th-Think of it as exposure, my friend! N-No such thing as bad publicity!
Sticks: C'mon! C'mon! Let's go do whatever it was you wanted to do! I already forgot... Oh, yeah! Kick Sigma's butt!

Trivia

  • This is the first Sonic Boom comic series issue in which Sonic (from Sonic Boom) does not make an appearance on the front cover. In fact, Sticks is the only Sonic Boom character to appear on the cover.
  • This issue marks the first time Archie-exclusives character from the main Sonic the Hedgehog comic continuity have appeared in the Sonic Boom series, with Sally Acorn, Nicole and Nigel Acorn all making an appearance.
  • Despite appearing on the regular cover, neither Signas nor Alia appeared in this issue, nor do they appear in the actual crossover, except from a few mentions.
  • Dan Schoening released four Breakdown pages for the comic on his Twitter account. When asked about the final page, he mentioned that the writers used a different page for it.[1]

Gallery

Preview pages

Off-panel artwork

Breakdowns

External links

References

  1. Dan Schoening (4 June 2015). Dan Schoening on Twitter. Retrieved on 12 June 2015.

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