Tails' Taste of Power
- When Tails eats a piece of fruit he finds growing in Rotor's greenhouse it comes to be known that it's from the Mobian Tree of Wisdom - And it makes Tails into a super-genius! When Sally and Bunnie are attacked by a giant Shredbot. Tails avoids the bot's blades in such a way that the bot self-destructs. And then he gets cocky as he goes off to face Robotnik - Just as the effects of the fruit begin to wear off...
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Sonic goes too fast past the box, barely holding onto it.
Tails' Taste of Power!
- Writer: Angelo DeCesare
- Pencils: Art Mawhinney
- Inks: Jon D'Agostino
- Colors: Barry Grossman
- Letters: Dan Nakrosis
- Editor: Scott Fulop
- Managing editor: Victor Gorelick
- Editor-in-Chief: Richard Goldwater
In a greenhouse, Sonic is trapped in the vines of a sentient plant. Noticing him in trouble, Tails flies over to save him. As he arrives, Sonic is kissed by the plant, a passion flower, and tells Tails he's fine. He gets released from the plant's grasp and asks Tails if he wants to take over something for him. Tails responds preemptively, thinking he wants him to take over as leader of the Knothole Freedom Fighters, but rather Sonic wants him to finish watering the plants in the greenhouse. Sonic leaves the area and leaves a hungry Tails sulking while he waters the plants. Looking up, he notices one of the plants is bearing fruit.
Later, Sonic leads Rotor Walrus to the greenhouse and tells him that he left Tails to water the plants. They enter as they see that all the plants in the greenhouse have grown significantly, which Tails takes the responsibility for. He tells them that he created a new plant food, while stating a complex mathematical equation that leave Sonic and Rotor confused. While Sonic tries to leave, Rotor asks Tails how he knew so much about plants. He holds up the remaining core of the fruit he saw and ate earlier and says he came up with the equation while eating it. Rotor panics and runs over to the Mobian Tree of Wisdom he was growing, which had the only apple he could ever grow on it that Tails ate. Having nurtured it for quite some time, Rotor comes to the conclusion that, by eating the apple, Tails has become a genius.
Antoine runs into the greenhouse in a panic. While out on a scouting mission with Sally and Bunnie Rabbot in the high weeds, they were ambushed by Dr. Robotnik's Shredbot. Sonic runs out to help them. In the high weeds, the Shredbot is chasing down Sally and Bunnie. Sally becomes exhausted, but just as she and Bunnie stop, Sonic arrives to save the day. Before he can start his work, Tails flies in and says he'll take care of the robot instead. He taunts the Shredbot by flying in front of it. It brings its saws toward him to take him out, but with quick thinking, he flies away and causes the saws to rip into each other. He comes down to the others, while Sonic is curious how Tails was able to move so fast. Tails explains so in a long description that nearly knocks Sonic out of the panel. A confused Sally asks Tails what he means, to which Tails replies that he is the obvious replacement for leader of the Freedom Fighters. He takes off, ordering the rest to join him.
Back in Knothole Village, Rotor announces that one of Robotnik's creations has entered the base and is trying to capture him: a humanoid robot with vacuums for hands. Sonic goes to destroy it by doing a Sonic Spin, but rebounds off of it. Tails walks over and tells him that the robot is his own creation, the Vacubot, and that Sonic can't destroy it, nor can Robotnik detect it. With some excess metal, Tails also made a medal for himself with the number '1' on it to show off his leadership. Sally walks over and tries to convince Tails that leadership isn't just about being smart, but about being courageous and to have experience. Ignoring Sally, he decides to convince the rest that he is a leader by taking down Robotnik himself. In Robotropolis, in Robotnik's base, Snively reports to Robotnik of a living being approaching the area. Robotnik demands that the creature be caught and roboticized, but Tails isn't making the job easy. He avoids the guards and getting through security with ease. Snively is able to identify Tails, who is still wearing his 'number 1' medal. Robotniks orders all back doors and entrances sealed, but is too late. Tails arrives in the lair behind Robotnik's seat. Tails demands Robotnik surrender his empire to him, but suddenly becomes very dizzy and has difficulty completing his statement. Robotnik says he would be happy to surrender, but asks Tails to take a few steps forward. Tails, who has come to from the dizziness but still confident, steps forward and is grabbed by two robotic arms. In the meantime, Rotor is investigating the fruit that Tails ate while Sonic is looking in a dictionary to determine what Tails meant by 'subduing our prime nemisis[sic]'. Through his investigation, Rotor determines that the effect of the fruit is temporary up to 24 hours and that he should be back to his old self. Sonic has finished looking through the dictionary and has determined that Tails went out to stop Robotnik. He runs off without warning Rotor to aid Tails. In a few seconds, he is able to arrive at Robotropolis and enter Robotnik's lair through a jammed-open door. Tails is still trapped in Robotnik's lair, with Robotnik about to activate his roboticizer. Sonic bursts into the room and warns Robotnik that activating the roboticizer will mean an end for everybody in the room. He goes to Tails' side and tells Robotnik that Tails was sent on a death-defying mission to destroy Robotropolis, even if it meant his own end. He rips off Tails' 'number 1' medal and states that he was going to do it with their new hidden mega-ton explosive. Robotnik is skeptical and orders Snively to scan it. After scanning the device, Snively can't detect anything in the medal and thinks he may be telling the truth. Sonic prepares to throw down the medal and counts down from 5 as he demands Tails' release. Initially, Robotnik thinks he's bluffing, but as he counts down, he becomes more nervous. When he reaches 1 and prepares to throw it, Robotnik breaks and releases Tails. He and Snively then run out of the room in fear of the explosive. Tails asks how he knew Robotnik would fall for the trick, to which Sonic tells Tails that he is a coward. They return back to Knothole, with Sonic leading the way. With Tails back in Knothole, Antoine gives him an hour long lecture on following leaders. Bored out of his mind, Tails looks over to see his 'number 1' medal. As Antoine turns his back toward Tails, he throws the medal at Antoine. He freaks out, thinking it is still a bomb, and jumps onto a light on the ceiling. Everybody, except Antoine, enjoy a laugh.
With the writers on vacation, Sonic has been left in charge of scripting the next three pages of the comic. He asks the readers to submit their dialogue for the speech bubbles of the three pages as part of a contest.
Sonic is on a boat with Tails, fishing. Robotnik, meanwhile, is spying on the duo in a submarine with Crabmeat at the helm. Tails is able to catch a small fish, while Sonic makes a big catch: Robotnik's fish submarine. Robotnik opens the large mouth of the submarine and brings Sonic's small boat in. He closes the mouth to crush the two, but Sonic, using his super speed, paddles the boat away. He leads Robotnik to the shore, and jumps the boat over a rock onto the beach. Robotnik continues to follow and hits the rock and land, destroying his submarine. Later on, Tails takes a photo of Sonic as he shows off his catch: Robotnik's submarine.
He tells the reader to fill in all the blank spots on the three pages and to send it to Archie comics, where the two winners will receive subscriptions to Sonic's comic.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
- Writer: Mike Kanterovich and Ken Penders
- Pencils: Art Mawhinney
- Inks: Harvey Mercadoocasio
A bored Robotnik decides to play around with some defective Freedom Fighter talking string puppets of Bunnie Rabbot, Sonic and Sally that tell female stereotype statements. Stating that girls just want to have fun, he gets an idea, just as Snively walks in. He quickly hides the toys in his drawer and states that he's plotting and scheming as usual. Snively, with Crabmeat, ask what his latest master plan is. Rolling out a large mural of Sonic, Sally, Bunnie and Rotor, he states that although they are great as a team, they are weak as individuals. He rips Sonic off the mural, and with the other heroes out of the way, he should be able to take care of the rest of the Freedom Fighters.
Later that day at night, in the Great Forest, Bunnie and Sally see a number of spotlights in the distance. They follow the spotlights and find a mall. They decide to enter and do some shopping, while Snively is watching nearby. Just as they enter, a trapdoor opens and they fall into the mall basement. In another room, Robotnik watches everything with his security cameras and decides to see the two girls with Snively. The two are held by Swatbots as Robotnik enters, who tells them they are going to be bait for Sonic. Bunnie jokes around, while Sally declares that they can take care of themselves without Sonic. They both turn on their Swatbot guards and easily dispose of them. More Swatbots enter, but the two girls are able to defeat them without a sweat, as Robotnik watches in shock. With the job done, they both high-five and turn their attention to a nervous Robotnik. They tie Robotnik, Snively and Crabmeat together in rope and joke how they look pretty. Despite being 'bad', they decide to give them back the Sally and Bunnie talking dolls, but with a few corrections. Powerless to do anything, the dolls sit near the tied-up group, stating pro-female comments. The girls walk out of the mall, Bunnie punching one of the sale signs, and return to Knothole. As they return, they see Sonic cutting some coupons out of a newspaper. He states he's clipping coupons for the new Mobius mall's game cartridge sale. The girls walk by, laughing, stating that men only think about fun, games and shopping. Sonic looks at the reader confused.
- Art: Bill Golliher
Editors Scott Fulop and Paul Castiglia, along with Sonic, attempt to escape their office while Angelo DeCesare tries to break open their door, enraged that he wasn't given proper credit for "Bold-Headed Eagle" in StH #12.
- Tails eats a fruit from the legendary Tree of Wisdom, giving him increased intelligence.
- With Tails' increased knowledge, the Freedom Fighters were able to defeat Dr. Robotnik's Shredbot.
- Sonic: Shut up Tails! You're crowding us out of the panel!
- The 3-page min-istory "Do-It-Yourself-Sonic" that is already drawn had three winners, whose submissions were revealed in Sonic the Hedgehog #23. Prizes included subscriptions, original artwork from issues Sonic the Hedgehog #21 and Sonic the Hedgehog #22, and autographed copies of issue Sonic the Hedgehog #25. Reprints of this story come with a disclaimer on the final page that the contest is void.
- The Shredbot that ambushes Sally, Bunnie and Antoine looks almost identical to the Shredder robot from the Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Hooked on Sonics," although the coloring is different.
- The Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia suggests that, while Tails lost his advanced intelligence by the end of the issue, some lingering effects of the Tree of Wisdom may have caused him to develop advanced intuition. This could explain how, years later, he became a capable mechanic and scientist.
- The title of the second story is a reference to the Cyndi Lauper's song of the same name.
- Sonic's pose in the Off Panel resembles his off balance pose in the classic games.
- An unused version of this issue's cover was featured in Sonic the Hedgehog #67 as a coloring page.