- “The Future Freedom Fighters”: Our look at Mobius: 30 Years Later wraps up in this titanic issue! An unstoppable force threatens to destroy Angel Island and the world. It's up to a new generation of Freedom Fighters to save the day! Is this the triumphant return of the legendary heroes, or will their first mission be their last? Don't miss the grand finale as we go back to the future!
Mobius: 30 Years Later - The Freedom Fighters of the Future
- Writer: Ian Flynn
- Pencils: Tracy Yardley
- Inks: Jim Amash
- Colors: Jason Jensen
- Letters: Teresa Davidson
- Assistant editor: Paul Kaminski
- Editor & Managing Editor: Mike Pellerito
- Editor-in-Chief: Victor Gorelick
- Special thanks to: Cindy Chau and Jerry Chu at SEGA Licensing
The Future Freedom Fighters—King Sonic, Lara-Su, Belle and Jacques D'Coolette, and Skye and Melody Prower—are on Angel Island and its wrecked streets, staring at the unleashed Perfect Tikhaos destroying Castle Mobius up above. Sonic wants to know what the monster is and why it is destroying the streets. Lara-Su quickly explains it is Tikhaos. Jacques is surprised Sonic doesn't remember the Ixis Resurgence and the Elemental War that happened on Mobius, but Sonic states that he had written himself out of much of the current timeline. Lara-Su explains how Tikal had been forced to merge with Chaos, forming a creature that is especially unstable when exposed to Chaos energy. She senses the large levels of Chaos Energy inside Tikhaos and wonders why she was let out of her Chaos Bubble. Sonic points out that they have no time to worry about that at the moment, and the Freedom Fighters prepare to stop the beast.
In the flooded catacombs where Tikhaos had been released, King Shadow is in a bubble of Chaos energy, putting his Inhibitor Rings back on, while explaining as though he is speaking to Maria why he had done what he had done. He says that the world would not follow his example, nor be changed by force, so he had released Tikhaos to "wash it clean". He believes that that will enable him to return and lead the survivors, who would see the error of their disorderly ways. He then transports away using Chaos Control, leaving Mobius for the time being.
Back outside, Lara-Su and Sonic quickly discuss the situation they face, with Tikhaos being "near perfect". She tells them that there is a way to defeat Tikhaos if they weaken her, and Lara-Su uses Tikal's Prayer to calm her and let her rest. Sonic contacts Argyle the Crocodile, asking if he can get the E.S.T. to help out with the situation. Argyle explains there is still a crowd control force nearby from Sonic's speech earlier that morning. Sonic puts Lara-Su in charge of stopping Tikhaos while he saves his family. Lara-Su starts to protest, but she soon is reminded that there is no time left. Sonic heads off.
Lara-Su directs Jacques and Belle to begin a direct assault, while she, Skye, and Melody would help out with rear attacks to distract Tikhaos. The team begins to put the plan into action. Meanwhile, Sonic heads into the Panic Room, where he finds Queen Sally, their children Manik and Sonia, and an unconscious Silver the Hedgehog. Manik starts to freak out, but Sonic calms the excited children down and greets his wife.
Silver awakens and exclaims that he was right about a disaster. Sonic asks if the destruction occurring right then is exactly what Silver had in mind. Sonic then explains that he has gathered the Future Freedom Fighters upon his advice. He tells the kids to follow him down the flooded castle, using rocks as surfboards. Silver levitates down the castle while Sonic and his family ride down on the rocks.
Sonic asks Argyle how the escape is going. Argyle reports the E.S.T. evacuation is going slowly, but the buses are on their way to Echidnaopolis and nobody has been injured yet. He adds that Lara-Su and the Freedom Fighters are stopping Tikhaos' advance. He tells Sonic that the Dark Presence have renounced King Shadow, are helping with evacuation efforts, and are ready to release Tails and Mina.
Meanwhile, Jacques attacks the beast, and Melody saves him from one of Tikhaos's arms. Skye and Belle continue to assault the arms while Lara-Su tries to get to Tikhaos. She tells her that she can let go of her control and that she can do better, but she is hit. Tails suddenly appears and saves her, however, and he joins the battle. Mina also arrives to help, and demands to know why Melody and Skye are in the middle of the situation. The Prowers quickly calm their mother down and resume the attack. Belle and Jacques are saved by Silver, who starts to attack Tikhaos using telekinesis.
Sonic is contacted by Argyle and explains that they have Tikhaos stationary, but can't keep it up for much longer, even with the extra help. Sonic then patches through to Lara-Su and asks what they need to do. Lara-Su explains the beast is not being weakened enough, and will soon defeat them if they don't do something soon. Manik and Sonia, however, suggest that Sonic hit the brain, as he did when he fought Perfect Chaos 30 years ago. Sonic explains that there was a little more involved in the fight because of him being Super Sonic, but still finds it a plan.
He tells everyone to clear a path by assaulting Tikhaos and her arms while he gets the clear head shot. Tikhaos is ready to finish Sonic off, however, and fires a beam at Sonic, foiling his plan. But Manik and Sonia speed in and Spin Dash the head, successfully stopping the beast. Tikhaos explodes into water, and Lara-Su uses the Prayer to soothe her and help her rest. Tikhaos finally turns back to her normal self, ending the battle.
Sonic thanks everyone for their help in the fight. He tells them he is proud of the Future Freedom Fighters for their first successful mission together. Miles and Mina say that the old and good times are coming back. Silver and Sonic agree that the crisis is over, but Silver reminds him that one of the Freedom Fighters would possibly betray him. In turn, Sonic reminds him that he has time traveled a lot, so he considers the theory sketchy. Silver thanks Sonic for the help and Sonic does the same. He promises to keep Angel Island safe. Silver uses Chronos Control to teleport back to the future. Sally asks Miles and Mina if the new team is OK with them, and they agree, congratulating themselves and the new additions of Manik and Sonia.
Back in the present, an unknown figure on Downunda is awaiting the arrival of someone. Angel Island is visible on the horizon. Doctor Finitevus comes out of a Warp Ring and asks if the person is excited, as he is personally "dying" to see Knuckles again...
Off Panel #1
Tikhaos is raging through the city, and text lines are dramatically saying "A fusion of Tikal and Chaos! How can this be?". A panel shows a swimming pool in Angel Island and Tikal in the middle of a cannonball, realizing too late that Chaos was in the pool. Lara-Su then clarifies to Sonic that that is at least how her dad tells it.
Off Panel #2
Silver is getting ready to head back to the future. He wishes that he could stay and see more. Sonic shakes his hand and says he would like to go to the future for another adventure and starts to suggest something. However, Knuckles suddenly appears, angrily reminding them that his saga is next up.
- From Sonic Universe #7 and onward, Jacques D'Coolette and Belle D'Coolette's fur color has changed. Jacque's fur has changed to blonde, like his mother's and Belle's fur has changed to light brown, like her father's.
- The identity of the "Grandmaster" who was working with Dr. Finitevus would not be revealed until SU #11.
- Belle and Jacques both use phrases from both of their parents.
- In this issue, Sonia and Manik are revealed to have the ability to spin dash like their father.
- This issue marks the final appearance of the Light Mobius timeline in the series.
- The object Silver uses is a yellow Time Stone, confirmed in StH #215.
- Lara-Su is mistakenly drawn with six fingers in the first panel.
- On the original cover, Skye's inner ears were mistakenly colored fuchsia. This was corrected in the final coloring.