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- Sonic journeys to the frozen Northern Tundra to link up with the Arctic Freedom Fighters and attempt to rescue Rotor's family and herd from the latest Dark Egg Legion threat! Rotor wants to come out of retirement to save his family, but first he'll have to face... Silver?! PLUS: “Future Tense”: A glimpse into the “time” that Silver calls home!
Family Matters Part One
Sonic journeys to the frozen Northern Tundra to link up with the Arctic Freedom Fighters and attempt to rescue Rotor's family and herd from the latest Dark Egg Legion threat! Rotor wants to come out of retirement to save his family, but first he'll have to face... Silver?!
In the year 3437, Silver reveals suspicion over Rotor's status as a Freedom Fighter, and how his name has changed from Boomer to Rotor. He finds him as a potential target as a "traitor". At first he considers just talking to him, then becomes angry as he contemplates the devastation.
Rather than checking with his master or Edmund, he decides to go to the past of his own accord, using the Time Stone.
- This is the first issue in which Silver fully appears on the cover, and the second issue in which he appears on the cover at all.
- Silver's powers are shown lime green instead of cyan on the cover.
- The name of the lead story is also the name of an American sitcom which starred Jaleel White, who incidentally was also known for providing Sonic's voice in the three American Sonic cartoon shows. Ironically, "Family Matters" ran for 215 episodes before being cancelled, which just so happens to be this issues number.
- The Arctic Freedom Fighters make their first reappearance since Sonic the Hedgehog #125 (this issue coincidentally has the same numbers, but in a different order).
- This issue marks the first time Erma Ermine was given lines of dialogue in a story (in her early appearances, she had no dialogue).
- The name of the new Dark Egg Legion chapter's Grandmaster appears on Erma's diagram of their base with a question mark next to it: Akhlut?
- Silver's assumption that Rotor is the traitor is based on the fact that Rotor's early membership in the Freedom Fighters was apparently recorded under his childhood nickname of Boomer.
- Fiona Fox appears briefly during Rotor's flashback about his distaste against weapons, as Fiona had found a firearm in Sonic the Hedgehog #149, but Rotor had reminded Fiona to never resort to weapons like such. This is also the first time Fiona is seen in her original jumpsuit design since Sonic the Hedgehog #172.
- In the extra mini comic at the end of this issue, Silver is seen humorously in a frozen state. His pose looks somewhat similar to the pose a character makes in Sonic Advance 3 when entering the ice machine in Twinkle Snow.
- Silver's remark to Rotor "I'm not your buddy, pal", is a subtle nod to the South Park episode "Canada on Strike", where a similar line was used by Terrence and Philip.
- In a flashback, Rotor appears to be holding Larry Lynx.
- This is Mike Pellerito's last issue as editor.
- This is the first issue in which Silver's speech bubbles are the same color as everyone else's. In earlier issues they were cyan.
- ↑ Paul Kaminski (6 August 2010). Sonic the Hedgehog #215 Preview Pages/Discussion/Spoilers. BumbleKing Comics. Archived from the original on 2 November 2015.