#225 | Jul 2003
The sun is scorching, the surf is up and it’s about time for another thrilling online STC! It warmed my circuits to see the reaction to our online splash-down last issue. There was so much mail sent our way that we just didn’t have time to give you all replies, but thanks to everyone who wrote in. Never underestimate the power of vocal humes!
Right then, I think it’s time we had some new strips. This issue Sonic proves that even cool hedgehogs need to cool off sometimes, heading to the bottom of the ocean to look for the Floating Island. Meanwhile, Tails is making a splash as he defends Metropolis City from the cunning Nack the Weasel.
Sadly Boomers, hume delay has meant that Knuckles won’t be joining us this issue, but stay tuned for his future adventures soon!
Eagle-eyed boomers will also notice the brand new back issues section! You’ll find issue 224 there for your reading pleasure!
Have fun and stay cool!
The Story So Far…
Sonic’s battle with the terrifying Chaos creature was going badly until Ebony showed up with her friend, Super Sonic. Super had split from Sonic and had become a pacifist, never daring to use the terrible power that the chaos energy bestowed upon him.
That all changed when he absorbed Chaos’ energy and reverted to a terrifying monster. Luckily, Ebony was able to merge Sonic and Super again – back to the way it was in the beginning. With Chaos destroyed, the Chaos Emeralds recovered and Robotnik captured, it appears that Sonic’s troubles are finally over.
Now he has time to embark on a new mission – to find the Floating Island which has sunk beneath the ocean!
Sonic is the super-fast hero of Mobius, and leads a gang of freedom fighters. He is totally committed to keeping Planet Mobius and its people safe. When Sonic loses his cool though, he risks turning into Super Sonic.
Super Sonic was the worst side of Sonic – a wild and destructive creature that emerged when Sonic was stressed or exposed to Chaos energy. When split from Sonic for a period he managed to control his aggression with Ebony’s help and became a pacifist.
A cat with magical talent. She became firm friends with Sonic’s alter-ego Super Sonic, and may still believe that the pacifist she befriended is still there deep down beneath Super’s evil exterior.
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Although he was once the technological whiz of Sonic’s gang, Porker lost his nerve after being held hostage on an alien planet for a month.
The Drakon Empire
8000 years ago, the Drakon Empire – a race of fish who used their advanced intelligence to built robotic bodies to function on land – battled Knuckles’ people for the powerful Chaos Emeralds.
The Underwater Outpost
This colony of peaceful sea creatures was descended from the Drakon Empire’s outpost on Flickies’ Island eight thousand years ago. Their source of Power is a bubble of pure Chaos energy.
When his people left for the stars, Knuckles was left as the sole guardian of the Chaos Emeralds – a power source that in the wrong hands could be used to rule the world. These emeralds kept the Floating Island in the sky – until Chaos stole them, that is!
Dr. Ivo Robotnik
A laboratory accident long ago turned the kindly Professor Kintobor into the evil Doctor Robotnik! Once the evil dictator of Planet Mobius, Robotnik more recently went mad and plotted to destroy the world. He is now in an asylum.
Tails is an optimistic young fox who uses his two tails to fly for short periods. He idolises Sonic but has also become a respected hero in his own right – if only Sonic would notice!
Nack the Weasel
Nack has launched a crime spree in Metropolis City. He’s already successfully targeted technical stores across the city and defeated Tails. Can anyone stop him?
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What did you think?
I’ve managed to have a look at the work and I’m very impressed.
It is so nice to know that the work we did on STC has had such an influence (on at least a few people!) and that the work you’re producing is of such a professional standard, both in writing and artwork. There seems to be a nice mixture of influences from both the American and British strips in the artwork for the Sonic strip. The freedom from having to comform to style sheets has allowed you to come up with a really fresh looking approach. And you’ve used Ebony! It’s so cool to see you drawing a character that I helped create. It makes me realise we weren’t working in as much of a void as I thought. Any chance you might use the Spice Maidens? Just kidding. Heh.
A couple of slight criticisms: when I opened up the pages, they resized to such an extent that I was unable to read the lettering. I had to save the pages to look at them properly. It would be better to have the pages come up full size and let people scroll down them? I’m not keen on the Tails lettering, either. I far prefer that on the Sonic strip. Did you know that Roberto Corona uses that translucent balloon effect on his Welcome to Heck strip?
Other than that, it’s a lovely looking piece of work. Most of all, I’m just really amazed that you’ve put all this together. If I don’t have to meet a deadline, I’m hopeless at producing anything much! I hope there’s going to be more to come? I’ll look forward to further instalments.
Nigel Dobbyn was the genius art hume behind many of the Knuckles stories, including the debuts of the Kohenyu, Ebony, Pirate Queen Zorabel, the Tantaragor, Hammerhead, the elite crime team that attacked the Floating Island (Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta) and others, too numerous to mention.
Thanks for your letter, Nigel! It’s great to hear from a golden-age artists like yourself.
By the way, the STC Online humes are regularly in stitches over Roberto Corona’s splendid “Welcome to Heck” – all Boomers should take a look!
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CHAOTIX?
I have always been a fan of STC and when it stopped I was so sad. But now it’s back! YAY! I just need to ask you though, In the future are we going to see a Chaotix strip? That would really make my day because they are the coolest.
I’m also looking foward to seeing Super Sonic. I’m gonna give you 10 out of 10 for your first issue.
See you Megadroid (And I like the new look dude!)
Congratulations, Jonathan! You were the very first Boomer to write to online STC. And, proving that flattery will get you everywhere, I’ll let you into a secret: Chaotix will definitely be back. It’s only a matter of time.
What can I say, except, no, no, no, no, NO!
I don’t know what I’d done to deserve this, but this is NOT the STC I read and loved, oh no, far from it. The new online style has ruined it, but not in any way near the amount it’s been ruined by the fact that some fans made it. I used to love STC, I really, truly, honestly did, but now… now I don’t know what to do with it anymore.
It angers me to see that such a high quality and amazing Comic as STC has been left in the hands of whom I see as incapable people, who can’t seem to grasp what STC was, and still should be today.
I’m sure this will get me on the bad side of many people, but as an STC fan for many years, I can safely say that my favourite comic of all time has just been destroyed. I would rather go on without STC at all, than continue to read this.
Unless things improve, I will have no change of opinion on this at all, and can say with no regrets that this Comic is not worthy of the name Sonic the Comic, in any way at all. It’s just awful.
All the best (how ironic that sounded),
Rich C (Fan of the TRUE Sonic the Comic)
Don’t hold back, Rich – tell us what you really think!
Editor-in-Chief: Michael Corker
Cover by: Zak Simmonds-Hurn
Special thanks this issue to:
Ed Reynolds, Michael Corker, Tom Huxley, Nigel Kitching, Richard Elson, David Bulmer, Thalia Evans, Zak Simmonds-Hurn, and the rest of the STC team!
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