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Issue 53 is the fifty-third edition of Sonic the Comic. Released on the 27th May 1995 at the price of £1.15, the issue contains four original stories (two of them new) as well as several features and a competition to win a denim jacket and copies of Sonic & Knuckles.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

Disaster! is a 3-part story by Nigel Kitching, Richard Elson and Ellie de Ville. The Death Egg is being ripped apart by the Floating Island, but Sonic and the Master Emerald are falling down to Mobius. Stealing a jetpack from an EggRobo, Sonic eventually makes his way back but is confronted by a furious Doctor Robotnik. Equally angry, Sonic accidentally punches Robotnik off the island. He then gives Knuckles the Master Emerald back on one condition, the Emerald Hill folk are allowed to hide in the Mushroom Hill Zone.

Shinobi

Power of the Elements is a 7-part story written by Alan McKenzie with art by Jon Haward and letters from Tom Frame. The battle between the Roofworlders and the Four Elements is still raging and Kotomi-sensei is down. Kinpachi manages to defeat Earth while Bunzo causes Fire and Water to kill each other. Thanks to a magical technique known by Joe Musashi, the elderly Roofworlder is saved and Musashi is free to continue his travels.

Knuckles

Total Chaotix is a 6-part story by Kitching, Elson and Elitta Fell. Knuckles is overjoyed that the Master Emerald is back and goes out to check on his new guests. Inspecting a crater caused by the Death Egg, Knuckles accidentally knocks a Portal Ring and is transported to the Special Zone. There, he is confronted by an Omni-Viewer convinced that Knuckles still works for Robotnik and is forced to get to grips with the Chaotix Crew.

Sparkster

Last of the Rocket Knights is a 6-part Sparkster story written by Kitching, drawn by Keith Page and lettered by Steve Potter. Sparkster was once the hero of Elhorn, but his absence has seen his world fall into the hands of King Gedol. Upon his return, Sparkster is taunted by Paerie and Grum is ordered to kill him. The opossum easily defeats the soldiers and Grum's E26 armour before learning from Paerie that he is the only rocket knight left.

Features

STC's second birthday issue begins with the Control Zone, with Megadroid introducing this issue's stories and features as well as advertising the Sonic Holiday Special 1995. Prizes for features have changed, with the Sega Sonic & Knuckles disposable camera and Highgrove Sonic Stationary sets starting to appear this issue. There's also a Hume Error concerning the repetition of Issue 49's Control Zone in Issue 50. The Sega Charts are largely unchanged, with Road Rash 3, Ground Zero Texas and Road Rash still topping the Mega Drive, Mega-CD and Game Gear charts respectively. Winter Olympics re-enters the Master System chart in first place.

This week's Graphic Zone is a child-friendly one, with STC's 2nd birthday reflected in the young appearances of Sonic, Tails and Robotnik. All published pictures receive a pack of Crayola Overwriters. Jenny Fromer presents a brief Review Zone, awarding MD title Mr Nutz 2 80% for being difficult to control.

David Gibbon hosts a "Tips & Cheats" Q Zone, providing help for Aladdin, Jurassic Park, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic Spinball (all MD) and Sonic Chaos (GG). Speedlines includes letters about changing Sonic and Tails' names to "Speed and Fly", praise for the first Kid Chameleon story and rumours about a Sonic game for the 32X. Featured letters and pictures receive a Highgrove Sonic Stationary set.

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Timeline

The previous issue of Sonic the Comic was Issue 52. The next is Issue 54.

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