Book Talk: Knife of Dreams - Robert Jordan



This is my year for epic fantasy series with Tolkien's Lord of the Ring, Stewart's Merlin Trilogy as well as The Wheel of Time.  I read the first book, The Eye of the World, as part of a Dare Challenge,  back in 2010 and didn't expect I'd end up reading only one book a year in the 14 book saga.  I love stories with ensemble casts and is probably why I prefer to read series books over stand alone stories.  But it's oh so hard to leave that imaginary world once it's over which is probably why I reread these books over and over again.  

I'm currently on book# 11 in the Wheel of Time -- Knife of Dreams and I'm assuming if you haven't read the books by now, you won't mind spoilers.  

"The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off. But his attempt to make a truce with the Seanchan is shadowed by treachery that may cost him everything. Whatever the price, though, he must have that truce. And he faces other dangers.    The winds of time have become a storm, and things that everyone believes are fixed in place forever are changing before their eyes. Even the White Tower itself is no longer a place of safety. Now Rand, Perrin and Mat, Egwene and Elayne, Nynaeve and Lan, and even Loial, must ride those storm winds, or the Dark One will triumph."


Multiple story lines are coming together, reaching a fevered pitch and the characters are finally making progress, which makes me want to dive into the next book, but I'll hold off for a while. Although  Rand is still battling for control with Lews, he's defeated the fake daughter of the nine moons.  Perrin finally rescued Faile, and Matt, bless him, has gotten the girl.  Tuon saw the man through the eyes of his faithful warriors, and pledged herself to him. He's not sure if it was a good idea or not, but the dice quite tumbling in his head for a while. We still have a lot of braid pulling with Nynaeve and she left Lan at the farthest edges of the Borderland in hopes of helping him survive.  Elayne is doing the best she can to win over the 10 houses and the aes sedai are plotting against each other and with each other.  Loial's mother finally caught up with him and Egwene is trapped in the White Tower.    There is quite a bit of gate time traveling and  I still don't see how they managed to move thousands of men so fast even with the gate.  

I'm looking forward to diving back into the Wheel of Time with all my favorite characters!

Artful Wednesday: Wolf



I've joined the adult coloring craze. James loves to watch all kinds of you tube theory and review videos with me about assorted comic books, video games and movies including Star Wars, Breath of the Wild and Sonic.  Surprisingly I have a hard time listening without keeping my hands busy so the coloring books have been a life saver. Over the past couple years I've collected a few, so have a variety to choose from. You can only color so many butterflies.  *grin*    I'm rather proud of this one, 


Adult Coloring book:  Stress Relieving Designs


Essays: Life - Past and Present




When you have a child with Asperger's, your life is really not your own. It becomes an open book. Therapist and doctors, even family members who think they know better than you, tell you  how to raise your child. You’ve always been a private person. An introvert. Along comes this little baby who from the very moment of his birth, goes from zero to sixty in a heartbeat. Your life is no longer private but open for all. He’s grown to be a quite gregarious, lively, young man with no censor button. He remembers everything you say and you never know what inadvertent comment said in the heat of the moment may come back to haunt you.

The house is finally quiet and your boy is in his room writing. Your ginger tabby is curled up next to you. sleeping. Hubby’s out doing his ten thousand steps. The clock ticks the minutes off as the washing machine hums in the background. You recall a conversation with a woman who overheard your son reading somewhere. “Wow, your son reads so well. Did you teach him?” It was one of those how are you, I’m fine questions and expecting a simple answer, she got the history of golf. You watch her eyes start to glaze as you explain teaching him to write the alphabet, all about phonics, and watching Leap Frog videos.  You take pity on her and smile, let her off the hook and cut it short and say “Thank you for asking. Yes I did. He’s doing great, isn’t he?”

You hate labels. Some people define their lives by them. You fought ‘labeling’ your boy as autistic for a very long time. You didn’t want him to define his actions, his life by a label. You read all the books and, in the process, learned quite a bit, not only about your son, but yourself and your husband. Dreamers and dynamos, spatial-visual learners, spirited kids, highly sensitive, introverted, extroverted, gifted, etc. Are we all autistic or just human with quirky traits? Smart quirky kids now have labels and people work to fix them, trying to make a square peg fit into the round hole. You decide you can’t change temperament. He can’t be defined because he is his own person.

Books, hard bound and soft bound, thick and thin, every color of the rainbow were arrayed on the shelves in an orderly fashion. The high school library, quiet except for the swish of pages being turned. Pre cell phone and pre computer era, the tables were always full with students reading and writing. You practically lived in the library, volunteering as an aid and hanging out when not in class. You had the dewey decimal numbers memorized and knew where to find almost any book.

Puberty proved to be beyond you and you gave in and surprisingly found out that the medical community had caught up, offering all kinds of services to help kids who are different. You finally accept the label, opening your life to criticism as well as support, some useless and some beneficial.

You now have two sets of world book encyclopedias. Hubby’s old set from the 60’s and a newer version bought in 2003. You have fun comparing the entries and what’s changed over the years. You and your son visit the library a couple times and come to the conclusion you like owning your books.  We both like to reread our books over and over again, so our shelves are overflowing with both fiction and nonfiction. Want to find something out, pick up a book. Although some days it’s easier to go online and look it up, you point your son in the direction of the encyclopedias and tell him to look it up.

One of your siblings, the one who always felt so misunderstood, decided to earn her master degree in psychology. You hope she recognized herself in some of the things she learned. She did her thesis on autism and couldn’t comprehend that you’d already read all the books, the studies and theories. She was only too happy to share everything she learned in hopes of making your life better. She went in wanting to help fix your son  and came out realizing he didn't need to be fixed, just loved. Your oldest sister, the one with six kids, didn’t understand why you didn’t go to her for advice on how to raise or discipline your son. She’s been there, done that and knew better.  Your boy rewrote the rule book and taught her a few new things.

Books shape your life and fill your world with information, hope, joy, and imagination. Anything we can think of, we can find it in a book. Don’t understand something, look it up. Love shapes our lives in much the same way. You accepted the label and  shared the books, and now your family understands how our son shaped and changed our life. Why we do things a bit differently.

You know the saying – it takes a village?

For us, it’s a village with a library and unconditional love.

Guest Post -Development History of the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie (by James M)

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Hey, people. CrazyGamerHistorian1999 here.

With the long-awaited Sonic the Hedgehog movie on the horizon, due to hit theaters real February 14th on Valentine's day, I thought it would be sweet to look back at the long process of development of the movie over the course of nearly three decades.

So lets begin...

Origins/Sonic: Wonders of the World

As you all know, back in the early 1990s, Sonic the Hedgehog came out for the SEGA Genesis and was a huge success, spawning more video games, a ton of comic books, lots of merchandise and nearly countless cartoons from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog to Sonic SatAM itself. But, what about the big screen?

This is where we get to the first subject of our story; Sonic the Hedgehog Wonders of the World.

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In 1993, SEGA came up with the idea of a feature length Sonic the Hedgehog movie while work on SatAM and AoSTH was going on. Long story short, there was a lot of skepticism given what had happened in 1987 when the Masters of the Universe movie and the Mario Bros movie came out. However, in the end, SEGA formed a partnership with MGM and Richard Jefferies began writing the script for the movie.

So what was the movie going to be like and what was the plot?
Well, it was gonna be a live action-animation hybrid on the same level as films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mary Poppins, even though the latter had one live action/cartoon segment.

The plot was simple: a 12 year old schoolboy named Josh teams up with Sonic, who came out of the game Sonic X-Treme, to stop Doctor Robotnik from achieving his ultimate goal of dominating the world. The movie was gonna have a happy ending too.

In 1995, Jefferies presented his script to SEGA and the others to positive reception among the executives only for things to eventually go south when MGM backed out of wanting to make the movie and, in the end, Sonic Wonders of the World was basically scrapped...

Sonic OVA:
In my opinion, the OVA doesn't really count as a movie as it was basically the pilot for an anime that never got made. The movie was still good which I saw with my pop back in 2015. So, uh, how about we move on to something else?

Sonic Armageddon



After Wonders of the World was scrapped, it would be a loooooooong time before another shot at trying to get the Sonic movie off the ground happened. In 2002, Ben Hurst contacted SEGA and attempted to pitch a movie idea that would revive the long gone Sonic SatAM and give it the proper conclusion it deserved. Side note: Ben Hurst was the head writer and director for the Sonic SatAM cartoon itself, he was really good but sadly he's no longer with us.



However, things changed when Mr. Ken Penders caught wind of the project. So who's Ken Penders you may ask, he was head writer of the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comics from issue 11 all the way to issue 159, he helped make the series very famous and a huge success after all, Ken was also the one who made so many fan favorite characters such as Julie Su, Evil Sonic (later known as Scourge the Hedgehog), Elias Acorn and so much more.
However, despite being an important part of the Sonic series' legacy, his reception  is a bit mixed nowadays. 



Anyway, Mr. Penders caught wind of the project and contacted SEGA, objecting to Ben's pitch while offering his own pitch known as Sonic Armageddon, which would be based off the SatAM cartoon and the Archie Sonic comics. The movie was going to be more darker and more serious than SatAM. How? Mobius would have been destroyed and we were going to see a more scarier version of the process known as roboticization. What is roboticization? Its the full conversion of people into robots via a machine, Robotnik/Eggman is usually the one to roboticize people himself.

However, despite Ken and SEGA's efforts to get the movie off the ground, Sonic Armageddon was eventually scrapped. Afterwards, it would be a lot longer before another attempt to get the movie off the ground, bringing us all the way to Sony/Paramount's Sonic movie.

Sony Pictures and Paramount:
In 2013/2014, Sony Pictures secured the rights from SEGA to make a Sonic the Hedgehog movie.  Development soon began and with no word of the project being cancelled, fans would finally get the movie they'd been wanting to see ever since Sonic's heyday in the 1990s. The people brought on board to make the movie had many ideas for it. At one point, they wanted to give Sonic a Dark Knight treatment. By Dark Knight treatment, I mean darker and grittier. For a while, the developers wanted to actually have the movie be PG-13, kinda nuts.

A few years passed and eventually, the rights to the movie suddenly switched from Sony to Paramount, with production, casting and filming starting up in 2017/2018. The man chosen to direct the movie was Tim Miller, who'd directed the r-rated superhero Marvel movie known as Deadpool. Yup, the guy who would later direct Terminator Dark Fate. By August/October of 2018, the cast was ready and filming started in Vancouver Canada. The movie was given the release date of November 2019.




Filming finished in later 2018 and towards the end of the year, marketing for the Sonic movie started with a poster in December teasing Sonic's design.  Despite being in shadows, many fans were nervous by the design which  "hardly" resembled Sonic himself. It wasn't long before ANOTHER poster dropped, this one showing the Golden Gate Bridge and Sonic's legs. Fans freaked out even more, yet there was speculation about when the trailer would drop and we would get our first look at this new version of Sonic.

Finally, after months of waiting and hearing rumors, a trailer dropped on April 30th, 2019...



The trailer gave us a glimpse of Sonic's world, starting with the town of Green Hills and a blue blur passing by a cop car with the character of Tom Wachowski curious and confused at what was going on. As we eventually heard the song Gangsta's Paradise, we finally got our first real look at Sonic, who had tall legs, a different body, glove-less hands, new shoes, realistic furr and a bizzare face. "Gotta go fast." This Sonic is voiced by Ben Schwartz, not Roger Craig Smith or Jaleel White.

We also got our first look at the movie's version of Doctor Ivo Eggman Robotnik who is played by the incredible Jim Carrey. This version of Robotnik is a bit rude and interrupts a soldier named Bennington, his assistant is Agent Stone, whom some fans see as this film's version of Snively from SatAM and the Archie comics. Lets not forget the whole "uh meow" scene and the rest of the trailer with Sonic and Tom sharing the screen together and a bit more of Robotnik himself.

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However, despite being really good, this did not stop the fan backlash regarding Sonic's design. So the movie was delayed to February 2020 until while the creators' worked to give Sonic a better design with the famous Tyson Hesse being brought on board to redesign the blue blur. Months later, in November/December of 2019, we got another trailer and saw the new look which the Sonic fans were familiar with. This was positively received by fans more so than the first trailer and the other design.

Then, days ago, towards the end of the year, we got this...

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Yup, we're gonna see Sonic as a baby in this movie.  Move aside Baby Yoda, we got Baby Sonic.

Conclusion:
At long last, after years of waiting, after so much development heck and so much trial and error, so many delays, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is finally hitting theaters and will eventually hit DVDs. Fans have been so patient and so loyal to the blue mascott, years of waiting have paid off. Grab your tickets, people and find yourself a great theater, Sonic is finally coming.

Thank you people and have a great day!
-James M






A to Z Poetry: Absence


Absence


Absence

We'll never see eye to eye, 
If you don't let me grow,
if I don't let you fly.

No longer babies, no longer teens.
Perceiving things by different means
I see blues. You see greens.

I tell the truth. You tell me I lie. 
Not understanding as 
I walk away with a sigh. 


Middle age. Both busy, both immersed.
Crossing t's and dotting i's
Embroiled in our daily lives.

We'll never see eye to eye, 
If you don't let me grow,
if I don't let you fly.

Love laced with strings 
snap and sting,
When you run out of sight. 

You leave, I grieve. 
You return, I accept.
Never demanding the words one would expect.


We'll never see eye to eye, 
If you don't let me grow,
if I don't let you fly.

Some day when we are old and spry
There'll be no more eggshells, 
and no more why's.

Perhaps, then we'll see eye to eye. 

Guest Post -James M's review of Star Wars Old Wounds



Salutations Star Wars fans, here I am, bringing you my review of the comic known as Old Wounds, which saw the return of Darth Maul after his defeat in the Phantom Menace well before the Clone Wars TV show brought him back from the grave.

So, lets do it too it...

Plot/Synopsis:

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The year is 16 BBY, a few years have passed following the end of the Clone Wars and the Rise of the Empire, most of the galaxy is under the iron fisted rule of Darth Sidious and his forces. But on the desert planet of Tatooine, everything is peaceful. Its the end of another day, Owen Lars and his nephew three year old Luke Skywalker are wrapping up their activities for the day. But then, the peace is interrupted when Owen spots a dark cloaked figure with robotic legs running towards the farm at high speed. "Beru." Owen shouts, "Get me my rifle and take Luke inside."

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Getting his rifle, Owen warns the figure to stop and show his hands, only for the dark one to not halt his oncoming advance. His warnings ignored, the moisture farmer fires off a few shots only for the figure to evade them all and use the force to grab the rifle and uses it to smack Owen in the face before advancing on Beru and young Luke. Before the figure can do anything, he halts and comments that it is true there is a son before he senses a presence and says, "A heart quickened, you're here."
   The dark sider tells his story, saying he missed him on Kamino by two days, was behind him on Geonosis and found a corpse on Mustafar. The force-wielder goes on to say that while the mute runs on Polis Masa were the least satisfying lives he ever took and their medical log was worth while, an old junk dealer in Mos Espa choked up a name before he was seperated from his greed.

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"I knew then." The figure says, "If I found the boy, you'd come."
"Does Palpatine know?" The voice of Obi Wan asks.
"No, there is no Palpatine, no Empire, no light or dark, no Jedi or Sith. Just you and me, here now."
"We could do this for old times sake, but I was a Padawan then, now..."

Obi Wan emerges from beneath the sand, warning his old foe that he won't heal clean this time. The two combatants circle each other, prepared for battle, the cloaked figure tossing his cloak aside, revealing himself to be the former Sith apprentice Darth Maul. Having survived the Battle of Naboo and somehow acquired himself new, robotic legs, Maul is ready to take his revenge. The former Sith draws his new lightsaber and attacks Obi Wan, the battle of the decade unfolding where it all began years prior upon a desert planet with twin suns.
Only now, it's just Obi Wan and Maul, nothing there or left for them. Maul seeks revenge against Kenobi for robbing him of everything, eager to destroy him.

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The battle is intense, the two combatants clashing and locking blades, Obi Wan gains the upper hand at various points, breaking off most of Maul's horns and eventually slicing off the Zabrak's arm. As Maul recovers, he finds himself at Obi Wan's mercy, the Jedi has his deactivated lightsaber pointed at the Sith's head. Obi Wan hesitates, tempted to end the dark side warrior in cold blood. One press of the activation button and he can end Maul's reign of terror for good.
But before Obi Wan can do anything, a blaster bolt strikes Maul in the side of the head, knocking his lifeless body to the ground and ending the cyborg Sith for good. Owen is the one who fired the shot, having recovered from being smacked by Maul. Obi Wan says he will take the body out to the dune sea and burn it there while Owen tells the Jedi Master to stay away as his presence is a great risk to every single one of his family including Luke.
Taking one last look at Luke and doning his cloak, Obi Wan sends a telepathic message to the young boy as he carries what remains of Maul out to the Dune Sea, saying that even if Luke can't see him, Obi Wan will always be there to watch him. Thus ending the comic!

Thoughts/Conclusion:
Despite not being 100% canon in the old Legends timeline, Old Wounds is a really incredible story, one that has relevance today. Is it worth reading? Yes. Go ahead and read it!

See you later!
-James M





Book Talk Tuesday: Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter



Goodreads: After the Final War, after the appearance of the Bug aliens and their enforced peace, Shining Smith is still alive, still doing business from the old scrapyard bequeathed to her by her father. But Shining is now something more than human. And the scrapyard is no longer just a scrapyard, but a place full of secrets that she has guarded for years.

This life she has built, while empty, is predictable and safe. Until the only friend left from her previous life shows up, dead, in the back of a scrapped Tesla warplane, a note to her clutched in his fingers - a note warning her of a coming attack.

Someone knows who she is. Someone knows what she is guarding. Will she be able to protect the scrapyard? Will she even survive? Or will she have to destroy everything she loves to keep her secrets out of the wrong hands? 

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Where do I begin! I usually only listen to audiobooks in the car, but I was so enthralled with Faith Hunter's Junkyard Cats, her lead character Shining Smith and the story, I plopped down on the couch and listened while coloring and while doing the laundry. I love strong female characters and unique science fiction stories. Feisty and talkative computer personalities, alien bugs, sentient cats, secrets, and more set in a futuristic united states junkyard. Now that I've listened once, the urge to race through is satisfied, and I'm listening a bit more slowly in the car now. Just like all Faith Hunter's story, I read them once really fast to find out what's going to happen and a second time to absorb and enjoy. I love Hunter's imagination and writing style.  I'm looking forward to more stories about Shining Smith and the Junkyard Cats

Guest Post -James review of Archie Sonic Online #250

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Salutations Archie Sonic fans, James M the CrazyGamerHistorian here, and today we will be looking at the long awaited proper conclusion to the Mecha Sally arc:, Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Online Issue 250. So, without delay, let's do it too it...

Recap:

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So here's the story so far, in terms of the official Archie Sonic storyline and the fan comic...
Not very long ago, Sonic once again defeated the evil Doctor Eggman, causing him to lose his sanity and paving the way for the Iron Dominion led by the Iron Queen to take over the Eggman Empire. But the doctor's insanity did not last long. During the final battle between the Freedom Fighters and the Iron Dominion, Eggman regained his sanity, believing he figured out how Sonic could be defeated. Retreating into the shadows, the mad doctor completed his project, which was a second Death Egg, which he launched before unleashing the Genesis Wave upon Mobius.

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As the world turned white and the universe was reset, Sonic was in the midst of battling a new version of Silver Sonic and became stricken with grief and anguish when he saw Sally Acorn shot down by Eggman's gun turrets in a corridor. However, things would soon change, for better and for worse. Sally's demise was short lived as the Genesis Wave brought her back to life in a whole new world Sonic and friends found themselves in. Memories of the old world resurfaced and Sonic challenged Doctor Eggman aboard the Death Egg II as the mad doctor prepared to fire off a world roboticizer. In the end, Sonic defeated Eggman and, using Chaos Control, the old reality was restored.

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As he carried out the task of restoring the old universe, Sonic turned back the clock just enough so he could save Sally before she was gunned down by Eggman's machines. Together they thwarted the mad doctor's ultimate scheme to roboticize the entire planet and destroyed his world roboticizer, but all that came at a price as Sally was turned into a robot and became Eggman's robotic slave. Amidst the chaos of the battle to save New Mobotroplis from Titan Metal Sonic, Bunnie Rabbot found her own roboticized limbs accidentally crystallized by the evil Ixis Naugus who saved the city and became king, much to the horror of Sonic and his friends.

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Everything went further south for Sonic not too long after when Bunnie was restored to full flesh and blood, losing her robotic self, and when Antone was badly hurt by an exploding Metal Sonic during another Eggman battle and ended up in a coma, which caused Bunnie to leave the team. The Freedom Fighters seemed to be done for and there wasn't much hope left for Mobius, not helped by the fact that the Kingdom of Acorn was under the vile reign of Ixis Naugus. However, even in the darkest of times, there was hope. Sonic gathered Amy and Tails, putting together Team Fighters and, together, they traveled the globe, chasing down Doctor Eggman in order to protect Mobius and save Sally.

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Sonic and his companions adventures and battles with dark forces lead them from the streets of Furvill to the Cat Country in Soumerica to the Mercian coast to the Echidna City of Albion, where they helped Knuckles fight to save his people from near extinction, all the way to the icy and frosty plains of the arctic where they finally had Doctor Eggman cornered as the mad doctor repaired his Death Egg. Sonic's goal -finally save Sally Acorn from the mad doctor's clutches.

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Meanwhile, back home in New Mobotroplis, Rotor led Team Freedom in defending the city from inside and outside threats. The biggest internal threat of all -Tails Doll, which wrecked havoc, disrupting the nanites and trying to ruin the whole city. Rotor's team caught wind of what was going on and confronted the robotic duplicate of Tails, which proceeded to transform into a monster as it prepared to battle the heroes. Back in the arctic, Sonic and company were joined by Silver the Hedgehog as they tracked down Sally Acorn. But just when victory was in their hands, the Genesis Wave went off again and, this time, it affected another world alongside Sonic's.

This lead to his team up with the super fighting robot Mega Man as they fought to thwart Eggman and Doctor Wily's plot to control all of reality. The battles were intense but in the end, Eggman and Wily were defeated but the Super Genesis Wave had activated and threatened to permanently alter the whole multiverse. Despite Eggman's efforts to hinder the heroes, Sonic and Mega Man successfully restored both worlds back to normal.

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As the universe was once again restored to normal, Sonic and friends resumed their mission to rescue Sally and, after a hard fought struggle, they managed to get the roboticized princess back to the Tornado and took off, heading back to New Mobotroplis, but not before Eggman sent out Metal Sonic and the newly activated Emerl to confront Sonic and retrieve Mecha Sally. At that same time, Team Freedom fought Tails Doll and in the end, they eventually beat the monstrosity and disabled it.

   Arriving back home, Sonic and friends were confronted by Metal Sonic, Emerl and, even worse, a reactivated Mecha Sally, who attacked Sonic and activated a self-destruct mechanism built in her.
However, in the end, Metal Sonic and Emerl were defeated while Sonic quickly got Sally to a de-roboticizer built by Uncle Chuck and Tails. When the dust settled and the machine had done its part, Sally Acorn was restored to normal and Sonic's mission was complete...


Summary:
Turning Point

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The main story begins with Sonic, his friends and family escorting the deroboticized Sally out of the lab where everybody in New Mobotropolis outside is waiting to celebrate the return of the princess, there's happiness everywhere and nothing that can ruin it all. However, what about Ixis Naugus, who still possesses his own apprentice Geoffrey St. John? Well, it turns out, despite his best attempts, Naugus is still suffering from hideous mutations and being taunted by the spirits of his past selves. Nicole comes to check on Naugus/Geoffrey, who shoos her away quickly.

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Meanwhile, at Sonic's place, Sally is traumatized and grief-stricken over what she did as Mecha Sally, despite Sonic's efforts to comfort her. Seeing her father, Max, and her mom, Alicia, makes Sally feel a bit better. The Acorns are a happy family again, even though Elias is absent given what he's doing with Harvey Who's Secret Freedom Fighters. Later, at the New Mobotroplis Coliseum as the gang gets ready for a celebration concert, Sally has a sweet reunion with Nicole, Cream and Mina, and learning that Mina and Nicole are good friends now, makes her happier.

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However, the happy mood shifts to suspenseful when Naugus/Geoffrey shows up and talks with Sally, welcoming her back. Sonic talks with the possessed skunk, asking him why he's been acting weird all of a sudden. As Sonic departs, after making Ixis/Skunk boy a bit mad, he brings up Hershey, Geoffrey's wife, which depresses the real Geoffrey just a little bit, thus ending the main story.

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On The Backburner/Birds of a Feather:

On the Death Egg, Eggman, who is enraged over recent events, is trying to make repairs and starts to lose his sanity again before making contact with the D.E.L chapters, asking them for assistance, and then begins working on a new project and plans to keep harassing Sonic. Man, Eggman's not taking his loses very well, sooner or later he's gonna lose his sanity again just like before. Meanwhile, Sally is visited by Knuckles, who came over to see her after hearing the recent news and the two have a chat with Knuckles kind of comparing the Mecha Sally ordeal to the events of the Enerjak arc.

 You know Knuckles, the Enerjak Arc involved you turning into a crazy demigod thanks to Doctor Finetivus while the Mecha Sally arc involved Sally being roboticized and Eggman using her. These events cannot be compared, I'm sorry. Anyway, Knuckles tells Sally to call him up anytime and they hug, ending the back up story and the issue.



Thoughts/Conclusion:
This entry in the Archie Sonic Online comics was incredible and worth the wait, I enjoyed reading it and this basically might be my favorite now.  The long awaited proper conclusion of the Mecha Sally arc has now arrived and seeing what could have been for the official comic book was incredible. The art is amazing, the writers did a great job and I love the visuals and the stories too. I cannot wait for more Archie Sonic Online goodness coming very soon, including the Sonic Underground epilogue in the pages of Sonic Universe Online. Also, I finally got myself a Sonic Grams letter into the pages of Archie Sonic at long last after years of trying, woohoo!

Anywho, see you all later folks!
-James M