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Issue 82 is the eighty-second edition of Sonic the Comic. Released on the 10th July 1996 at the price of £1.20, the issue contained four original stories (two of them new), as well as several features and a competition to win Casio Pocket TVs.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

Running Wild is a 3-part story by Nigel Kitching, Richard Elson and Ellie de Ville. Sonic is currently in hiding after seemingly killing the other Freedom Fighters. He is discovered in Spike's Place, a rough bar, and the punters decide to claim the reward on his head. Sonic becomes Super Sonic once more and finds his old friends, eager to kill them for real. Tails pulls the cover off a Star Post and Amy Rose uses the Kintobor Computer to pull Super into the Post. In the end, Sonic is separated from the demon, with Super beginning a new existence in the Special Zone.

Knuckles the Echidna

Troubled Waters is a 2-part story by Kitching, Nigel Dobbyn and Elitta Fell that begins Knuckles' World Tour of Mobius. On his way home, Knuckles passes through the Mobian Channel but is attacked by Captain Claw and his Octonaught. The villainous crab is keen to claim the reward on Knuckles' head but also wishes to give his Badnik mecha a run out...

Tails

Changing Times is a time-travel complete story written by Lew Stringer, with art by Carl Flint, colours by Steve White and lettering by Fell. Tails seems to be watching the Echo City Zone be torn apart by Troopers, but it seems he's actually watching time in reverse, waiting until the tank hasn't yet attacked the Zone before acting. A smash into the enemy corrects time and Tails has saved the Zone without the location receiving any damage at all!

Sonic's World

Revolution is a 4-part Sonic's World story that ends the Commander Brutus arc. Written and drawn by Kitching, with colours from John M Burns and lettering by Tom Frame, the story sees Sonic, Johnny Lightfoot and Shortfuse the Cybernik come face to face with the Amy Badnik. Before they can all be impaled on her arrows, Sonic pulls the bolts and fires them back at her, freeing Amy inside. Elsewhere, Doctor Robotnik and Brutus begin their final fight, Robotnik in his War-Armour. Although Brutus gains an advantage, Robotnik wins by freezing Brutus and smashing him. He then goes on to instill fear in the people of Mobius once more.

Features

Before Megadroid can escape for a Summer holiday, the Control Zone welcomes Boomers to the stories and features inside, as well as introducing new prizes - the Sega Mega Hog Tag and packs of Crayola Mini Stampers 2 - in future issues. The Sega Charts are dominated by new entries, with Brian Lara Cricket '96, Panzer Dragoon 2 and a re-entry of Rebel Assault topping the Mega Drive, Saturn and Mega-CD charts respectively. Sonic 2 also moves back to the top of the Game Gear list.

The Review Zone, hosted by David Gibbon, is in a Saturn mood with World Cup Golf: Professional Edition (87%) and Euro '96 (93%) covered. This issue's Graphic Zone theme is "Hot Zone", with Boomers posting pictures of Sonic and co. enjoying their holidays. Successful entries won them the last packs of Crayola Overwriters. Chris Jones takes over the Q Zone and makes it a Vectorman special, providing several cheats and tips to beat the Mega Drive classic.

Finally, Speedlines features letters from Boomers about the shortness of letters and answers, Megadroid getting a day off and future Sonic games (including the cancelled Sonic X-Treme). All letters and pictures published won a Sega Sonic & Knuckles disposable camera for the last time.

Staff

Timeline

The previous issue of Sonic the Comic was Issue 81. The next is Issue 83.

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