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Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 274 is the two hundred seventy-fourth issue in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics. It is the seventh part of the "Worlds Unite" crossover.

Official solicitation

The heroes of the SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event: AT WAR?! “Worlds Unite” Part Seven: The unified army is not so unified anymore! What has driven Mega Man, X and their robot companions to attack Sonic and the Freedom Fighters? Drs. Eggman and Wily may have the answer! Or a weapon. Could a weapon be the answer? Or is it more trademark treachery? Meanwhile, Sigma grows in power, preparing for the next phase of his master plan! And speaking of masters, this issue features cover art from master-artist Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, a Heroes Collide Throwback Variant cover from Rafa Knight and part 7 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!

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Worlds Unite! Part Seven: Gears and Wills

Summary

On the Unified World, atop the Sky Patrol, Sonic and the New Freedom Fighters find themselves hard-pressed by the Robot Masters and Maverick Hunters, who are still being controlled by the Deadly Six. Sonic encourages his allies to fight it, but Mega Man explains that the Zeti are overriding his controls. Axl, greatly unnerved by the experience, wonders if it is anything like becoming a Maverick, but Zero makes it clear that they are not suffering that affliction while trying not to harm Antoine. Sonic realizes that the Deadly Six have to be stopped before being frozen by Flash Man, who uses his remaining control to convey the plan to the Freedom Fighters. Big then throws Flash Man into his teammates, while Snake Man expresses his regrets to rotor, who is not quite convinced given that the Robot Master is smiling as he's attacking. Observing the action from inside, Sally resolves to go out, while ordering Cream and Roll to remain with Nicole, as she fears the former getting hurt and the latter falling subject to the same manipulation.

Leaving Nicole in charge and telling her to inform Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily that they have no more time to work on their latest weapon, she rushes outside to find Bunnie struggling to control her robotic limbs and keep from attacking her friends. Gemerl then comes after the princess, but is thwarted by Knuckles, who reports that he just got away from a fight with Break Man. Sally then orders her teammates to retreat inside. Master Zik notices the Sky Patrol is getting in position to fire its cannons at them, and Zeena starts taking said cannons out. Zazz wants to take control of the Sky Patrol and drive it into the ground, or potentially even further into the planet's core, but Zavok points out that would kill them too. And even if they could escape, they can barely stand after the fight they have been in and should not divide their focus any more than they already have.

In another world, Sticks is in an interrogation room where she mixes a recap of what's happened with a conspiracy about pasta sauce. Sticks asks her interrogator if she has any friends who would like to fight a big, bald man and save all of creation, and the grinning silhouette eagerly says she will make a few calls...

Back on the Sky Patrol, Big holds Bunnie down so that she cannot attack anyone while Sonic and Sally argue about her latest plan. X and Mega Man shoot at them while they are distracted, nailing Sally in the arm. Eggman and Wily appear with their completed laser cannon, which blasts all the robots and the Zeti, knocking them out and overheating the weapon. Sonic grabs Eggman, enraged that they have killed Mega Man, but the Doctors explain that they just disabled them, as well as destroying the Deadly Six's armor. Sally confronts the recovering Zavok and offers him the chance to surrender peacefully. Zavok refuses, but then passes out from exhaustion. Cream and Roll come out to help with first aid and repair on the heroes, while the Doctors are annoyed that they saved the day but are being completely ignored. Mega Man tries to apologize to Sonic, but he tells him it is no sweat and they shake hands. Big starts to carry the unconscious Deadly Six off to the brig and Nicole reports that despite Zeena's damage, they still have 40% offensive capability.

There is an argument on what to do next, with Sally, Mega Man, and X arguing the team needs to take some time to recover but Zero and Sonic saying they should press their attack on Lost Hex before Sigma has any more time to complete his plans. They are interrupted by a loud humming from below. Sigma gloats that the merged worlds have nearly been drained of their energies and that his evolution towards godhood begins now as he steps into the chest of a larger machine hooked up to the Unity Engine. Red lightning zaps it as he laughs evilly and the giant robotic body rises from the Lost Hex's surface, dwarfing the approaching Sky Patrol in sheer size. And with it, a whole army of Time-Cloned Mavericks.

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Trivia

  • Sticks makes a reference to the Sonic X anime series, after saying Sonic and X's name together. She goes on to say it probably would not last past three seasons, which is how many seasons of Sonic X there were.
  • The character spread of the Maverick army in the final panel of this story is similar to that of the Robot Master Army in Sonic the Hedgehog #250.

Off Panel

See also: Off Panel

Synopsis

Off Panel StH 274

Off Panel

Mega Man attacks Zomom with his Mega Buster, while Sonic Spin Dashes Zeena, Master Zik, Zor and Zazz. Comedy Chimp throws a pie at Zavok, only for that to make him angry. Comedy Chimp says that this works better than his Wolf Sidekick.

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  • The subtitle of this Off Panel is a parody of the phrase "the sky's the limit."

Quotes

Axl: I-Is this what it's like to be infected by the Sigma virus? I don't want to become a Maverick!
Zero: Keep it together, kid! We're not Mavericks! Do your best to pull your punches!
Sticks: And then we met a bunch of robots! And folks like me! And we flew around on a big ship! And I beat up a broom! And I met Mega Man! And Sonic! And X! Huh..."Sonic X"...Nah, it'd never make it past three seasons...

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