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Issue 69 is the sixty-ninth edition of Sonic the Comic. Released on the 6th January 1996 at the price of £1.20, the issue contains four original stories (three of them new) as well as several features and a Newtron pin-up by Ferran Rodriguez.

Contents

Strips

Sonic the Hedgehog

The Return of Chaotix is a 6-part Sonic story by Nigel Kitching, with art from Richard Elson and lettering by Ellie de Ville. The Brotherhood of Metallix have turned Mobius into Planet Metallix while Sonic, Porker Lewis and the Chaotix Crew were away. With help from the Omni-Viewer, the heroes return to the planet to find it swarming with Metallixes. Charmy Bee accidentally leads his friends into a dead-end, but they are saved by the hooded figure of Doctor Kintobor.

Decap Attack

The Headless Snowmen is a complete story by Kitching, Richard Rayner and Tom Frame. Head's drinking problem is getting out of hand, but a new problem arises when Chuck D. Head returns to Castle Frank N. Stein with a new head. Igor quickly realises that Chuck's friend is from a snowman and watches as it melts. Chuck reveals he wants to be friends with Head again, but the skull throws him out of the castle.

Knuckles

The Graveyard is a 4-part story written by Kitching, drawn by Nigel Dobbyn and lettered by Elitta Fell. Knuckles has visited the Kohenyu Graveyard to collect a raw Emerald to replace the destroyed Master Emerald. On his way in, he loses his grip and falls next to a poison dryalid that sprays him with toxic spores. As the echidna suffers, he is "greeted" by the Spirit of the Herd and the skeletal remains of the Kohenyu.

Sonic's World

Brute Force is a 4-part story about Commander Brutus, concerning his plans to rule Mobius. Written by Lew Stringer, drawn by Carl Flint, coloured by Dondie Cox and lettered by Steve Potter, the story sees Brutus capture the residents of the River City Zone and sending some to Citadel Robotnik. After meeting Doctor Robotnik, Brutus tricks Grimer into building some portable Brain Scanners that allow Brutus to steal Grimer's Badnik-constructing knowledge.

Features

After a busy Christmas and New Year's Eve, Megadroid introduces the Control Zone with this issue's strips and features. There is also a preview of the new Speedlines prize replacing the Highgrove Sonic Stationary set - the Sega Sonic & Knuckles disposable camera. The Sega Charts show that Mortal Kombat 3 is still the Mega Drive leader. Elsewhere, Mickey Mania moves to the top of the Mega-CD chart, the original Sonic the Hedgehog is the new Master System champion and Strider 2 is top for the Game Gear.

The issue is celebrating the release of Batman Forever, with the Graphic Zone being a "Bat Hog" special. Pictures of the STC cast dressed as characters from the film won the Boomers a pack of Crayola Overwriters. The action continues in the Q Zone, with David Gibbon providing Part 1 of a Forever special that provides tips on how to beat the game.

Speedlines features letters from a meningitis sufferer, a former fan of STC and about the lack of an address space on the Data Strip.

Staff

Timeline

The previous issue of Sonic the Comic was Issue 68. The next is Issue 70.

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