"Thicker Than Water": Our heroes deal with the disastrous results of last issue's major turmoil, and in the process face their own inner turmoil as well. Princess Sally is among the hardest hit, keeping a vigil for her ailing father, King Max ? while Sonic blames himself for King Max's condition. Meanwhile, Robotnik has returned to see the damage his headquarters has suffered, and you can bet he's not very happy! Marshaling forces of Shadow Bots and Robians, he plots his revenge, even as Sonic ponders the Sword of Acorns' alleged ability to restore the Robians' own free will! Also: In another thrilling Knuckles back-up story, Knuckles and friends return to Albion, where many surprises await them ? including Antoine discovering his father there!