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Issue 56 is the fifty-sixth edition of Sonic the Comic. Released on the 8th July 1995 at the price of £1.15, the issue contains four ongoing, original stories and several features, as well as a double-page Knuckles the Echidna pin-up.

Contents

Strips

Sonic the Hedgehog

The Great Escape! is a 2-part story written by Nigel Kitching, drawn by Roberto Corona, coloured by Timothy Marx and lettered by Ellie de Ville. Having been discovered, the Freedom Fighters discard their Badnik disguises and move to tackle the Troopers. Sonic targets the lizard guard, while Tails and Porker Lewis start to free the Emerald Hill folk using a Star Post. Once everyone has escaped, Sonic flies out of the Badnik Processing Plant on the post's capsule.

Kid Chameleon

Back to Unreality! is a 6-part story by Michael Cook, Brian Williamson, Steve White and Tom Frame. Juggernaut is battling his way through the Midnight Graveyard but is having to use all of his strength to battle the army of skeletons and monsters. After reaching the telepad, Juggernaut is transported to a jungle world but falls off a cliff, turning back to Casey in the water. When he wakes up, he finds himself caught up in a convoy to Islecatraz, led by Brad!

Knuckles the Echidna

Total Chaotix is a 6-part story by Kitching, Richard Elson and Elitta Fell. Knuckles and the Chaotix Crew are in the Egg Fortress to rescue the Omni-Viewer but are forced to hide when a Metallix comes to find them. After hiding in a ventilation shaft, Nack the Weasel escapes after their cover is blown and the Metallix attacks the remaining heroes. With Chaotix down, it is down to Knuckles to destroy the Metal Sonic.

Sparkster

Last of the Rocket Knights is a 6-part story written by Kitching, drawn by Keith Page and lettered by Steve Potter. Sparkster's Magic Armour is keeping the opossum guards from being evil, but the effect wears off as they get closer to the source of King Gedol's magic. Worse still, Gedol's marriage to Princess Shelly is fast approaching, so Sparkster dashes at the lizard guards to find himself facing his worst enemy - himself.

Features

Megadroid keenly introduces the strips and features this issue in the Control Zone, whilst looking forward to STC's makeover in Issue 58. Two photos are also posted, showing that dogs also seem to like Sonic the Hedgehog. The Boomers responsible for the snaps won a Sega Sonic & Knuckles disposable camera. Brian Lara Cricket is a new entry at the top of the Mega Drive chart in the Sega Charts. Elsewhere, World Cup USA '94 moves to the top of the Mega-CD chart, Winter Olympics does the same for the Game Gear and Bram Stoker's Dracula remains the top Master System game.

This issue's Graphic Zone has an internation feel, with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Doctor Robotnik dressed as people from different countries. People with their pictures printed won themselves a pack of Crayola Overwriters, whilst the others had to contend with advice on how to make their pictures better for next time. Jenny Fromer presents the Review Zone, awarding The Adventures of Batman and Robin on the Mega Drive 82% for its fast and furious challenge but felt it lacked originality.

David Gibbon presents a "Q&A Special" of the Q Zone, answering readers' questions on The Lion King, Earthworm Jim, Sonic & Knuckles (all MD) and Shinobi for the Master System. Speedlines has Megadroid similarly replying to letters, this time about compilations of music from Sonic games, a Shortfuse the Cybernik video game and a Boomer that hides in the bathroom to read STC. Everything in Speedlines won a Highgrove Sonic Stationary set.

Staff

Timeline

The previous issue of Sonic the Comic was Issue 55. The next is Issue 57.

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