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This miniseries takes place between Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 29Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 30
Tails #2
TMS2
Publication Details
Issue 2
Date
  • November 1995 (Release date)
  • January 1996 (Cover date)
Publisher

Archie Comics

Cover price
  • $1.50 (US)
  • $1.65 (Can)
Production Staff
Writer

Mike Gallagher

Cover Artist
Cover
Coloring

Heroic Age

Pencils
Inks

Harvey Mercadoocasio

Letters

Mindy Eisman

Colors

Barry Grossman

Editor

Scott Fulop

Managing Editor

Victor Gorelick

Editor-in-Chief

Richard Goldwater

First Appearances
Characters
Groups

Downunda Freedom Fighters

Locations

Tails #2 is the second issue of the Tails miniseries published by Archie Comics.

Summary

Southern Crossover - Part Two

Miles "Tails" Prower recalls the events from the previous issue, chronicling everything with his Captain Super Fox-Man persona. He describes how things lead up to his meeting of the underwater Forty Fathom Freedom Fighters and being led to Downunda with the blue whale Big Fluke.

In the present, Tails is on the back of Fluke, on the way to Downunda, using the events of the day for his own comic "Tails to Astonish", but he feels he has made too many historical inaccuracies (overemphasizing his roles and power). Ray swims by, telling him not to worry about the inaccuracies. Tails then tells Ray that he did not give him enough credit, as it was him and his Freedom Fighters who have helped him get this far, saving him from drowning. Not long afterward, Fluke quickly rises up to take a breath just as they arrive on the shoreline of Downunda. Unable to go any farther, Fluke drops Tails off and they share their goodbyes.

As Tails arrives in Downunda, he sets off a radar in Crocbot's lair. He notifies Doctor Robotnik of the intrusion, but ensures that Tails will not get through. With a shipment of supplies arriving to Downunda to set up Crocbot's dictatorship, Robotnik wants to make sure that Crocbot, as his Sub-Boss, does what he can to prevent the intruder from interfering. Unknown to Robotnik, Crocbot also plans on using the equipment to not only take over Downunda, but all of Mobius. Crocbot sends out his flying mechanical Wing Dingoes to intercept Tails and take him down. Tails, meanwhile, is filled with confidence as he rushes into the continent, only to be rammed into by one of the Wing Dingoes. He swiftly recovers and kicks it in the face. Two more dingoes rush in to ram Tails, but he quickly flies upward, causing the two robotic dingoes to slam into each other. Unfortunately for Tails, there are too many dingoes for him to handle, so he decides to take cover in the clouds. He flies up, but is caught by one of the dingoes, which bites one of Tails' tails. As a result, he loses control of his flight and crashes to the ground.

Tails manages to get up, seriously injured, only to see the entire herd of mechanical dingoes surround him. Just as he thinks he is done for, a group of Mobians, calling themselves the Downunda Freedom Fighters, rush in and stop the dingoes' attack. Tails can do nothing but watch in his disoriented state as the Freedom Fighters easily dispose of the mechanical dingoes. Not all of the Freedom Fighters fight though, as Guru Emu, a hippie emu, stands back, asking his friend Wombat Stu to work out their problems by talking to the enemy. Stu, however, does not agree, and keeps destroying the dingoes with the other members, Barby Koala and Duck "Bill" Platypus. The leader of the group, Walt Wallabee, disposes of one last robot dingo. The group then go over to Tails, who does not respond to them, being in a completely dazed state. As they try to help Tails, the Alpha Wing Dingo returns and snags Wombat Stu, flying off with him. Walt takes Tails and puts him in his pouch, telling the others to go after Stu, while he visits the 'old man' with Tails.

Back at Crocbot's lair, Robotnik reports in again, telling the bot that the blimp will be arriving shortly. He then asks about the intruder just as Crocbot watches some of his troops return from battle. The remaining Wing Dingoes are severely damaged, crashing into the building, and one bursts right into Crocbot's room. To hide the failure, Crocbot covers Robotnik's monitor and cuts the transmission by destroying it. He then looks at the damaged Wing Dingo, asking about the issue, to which it replies that the Freedom Fighters damaged them. Crocbot gets angry at the prospect of failing his mission, but the dingo reports that there is still hope, as the Alpha Wing Dingo arrives with Wombat Stu in tow. With this good news, Crocbot re-initializes communications with Robotnik, showing Wombat Stu tied to the torture rack.

The time has come as the blimp arrives in Downunda. Robotnik deactivates the cloaking device so Crocbot can see it and get it into the hangar. With his own problems to deal with, Robotnik cuts Crocbot off, leaving him to deal with his own issues. He takes out a controller for the external cameras, expecting Stu's friends to be coming after him. Crocbot is able to locate them, and expects them to arrive just as the supply blimp does. He snickers, as his predictions come true when the blimp flies over the Freedom Fighters, shrouding them in shadow. They look up to see the massive blimp heading straight for Crocbot's lair.

With Tails in good care, he tells Walt about Robotnik's plans. Walt returns to his friends to alert them about the blimp and the supplies it is carrying for Crocbot, information he had heard from Tails' dazed mumbling. To prevent Crocbot from achieving ultimate power, they rush after the fortress to stop the blimp. From inside the fortress, Crocbot watches as the group march towards the fortress in their formation. Stu, however, calls out to Crocbot that he will never be able to take over Downunda. It is then that Crocbot reveals his real plan: to take control of Robotnik's SWATbot forces on the blimp and take over all of Mobius. Crocbot approaches Stu, causing him to scream so loud that the others can hear him. Fearing for their friend's life, they abandon their attack plan and head for the fortress at full speed.

Meanwhile, Tails has been sent to the Great Crater on Downunda by Walt. He wakes up, bandaged up from his injuries, but has no idea where he is. He looks around, noticing the large crater he is surrounded by. He hears a noise from a hole in the crater wall, so he gets off the stone he is resting on to investigate. Due to his injuries, he can only walk slowly to the hole. He enters and notices three masked beings inside: the Ancient Walkers. Another being in the shadows introduces the Ancient Walkers as Tails' fore-bearers. Tails instantly recognizes the creature, especially the dreadlocks, thinking it is Knuckles. The creature emerges from the shadows, an older echidna with a cane, stating he is not Knuckles, but Athair the Echidna. He then asks if Tails is the "Chosen One", claiming that Tails is now his.

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