A sword-wielding Sonic undertakes an unauthorized solo mission to free the Robians, and is surprised to find an unwanted ally in the form of Mina the mongoose. Things really get hectic when both find themselves under attack from new, upgraded versions of Robotnik's Com-Bots! Meanwhile, Princess Sally and Prince Elias become reacquainted with their mother, Queen Alicia, and King Max receives crippling news. All this, plus Rotor the walrus returns! Also, in another thrilling Knuckles back-up story, Knuckles and his friends learn some heartbreaking realities on Albion, and find themselves having to choose between the lesser of two evils in a story appropriately titled, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place." Written by Ken Penders, with art by Steven Butler and Pam Eklund.