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Sonic the Hedgehog / Mega Man Free Comic Book Day 2015 is the fourth Mega Man and ninth Sonic the Hedgehog comic flipbook from the Free Comic Book Day, released by Archie Comics in May 2015.

The Sonic the Hedgehog portion was to originally debut in #14 of the magazine Sonic Super Special, while the Mega Man material is a flashback using panels from past issues, with new narration from Mega Man added. The flashbacks center on the comic exclusive villain Xander Payne.

The Sonic story is later reprinted in the back up portion of Sonic the Hedgehog #275.

Publisher's Summary

Publisher: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS (W) Ian Flynn (A) Gary Martin & Various (CA) Evan Stanley & Various "Worlds Unite: PRELUDE" - It's TWO free comic books in ONE! Just in time for the start of the ALL-NEW epic Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover event, "Worlds Unite," comes a primer issue exclusively for Free Comic Book Day! The road to "Unite" began in the history-making "Worlds Collide" storyline, continued in 2014's "DAWN OF X" storyline, and once again our heroes must meet-Mega Man's journey chronicled on one side, and Sonic the Hedgehog's on the other! This is the must-have primer for the biggest comic book event of 2015-as two video game icons must come together... or risk dying alone! Featuring art from both Sonic and Mega Man comic book fame!


Worlds Unite: Prelude

—→ Next: Sonic the Hedgehog #272

Sonic Comic Origins: Into the Unknown

The story starts with Doctor Eggman (with some Egg Swats in tow) pursuing Sonic the Hedgehog in the Blue Coast Zone.

Their fight is interrupted by the arrival of the previously banished Ifrit. Sonic engages the creature and is aided by Silver the Hedgehog who recently returned to the past.

After a brief struggle, Silver manages to send the Ifrit in the portal that it arrived in and seals it. He then informs Sonic of the Genesis Portals which has been discovered 200 years from now.

Unknown to either of them, Eggman eavesdrops on them and plans to exploit the Genesis Portals to his own end.

The World of Payne

The story starts with Mega Man describing the Emerald Spears leader Xander Payne to be about as dangerous as Dr. Wily, while being informed that he became crazier. The flashback starts with Xander carving out images into his prison wall, while declaring that "Worlds will Collide again".[1]

Mega Man recaps how Xander was one of the soldiers fighting against Wily when he began his first assault[2] and that it resulted in him being given an artificial eye to replace the one lost during the fight.[3] The event led to Xander joining the Emerald Spears and soon after taking over the terrorist group when he felt they don't go far enough.[4]

He then mentions that Xander, along with his brother Theo and Simone escaped capture and attempted to bomb the town during New Years, but was finally arrested.[5]

The recap concludes with Xander entering a time machine at the Chronos Institute and ended up traveling into the far future, with whatever he saw messing him up.[6]



Sonic the Hedgehog

Mega Man


Sonic the Hedgehog

Mega Man


  • The comic also contains: release schedule, and The Story So Far... sections, summarizing both Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man storylines from Worlds Collide crossover until the present.
  • Despite "In the Unknown" being describe as a prelude to Worlds Unite it is chronologically followed by Sonic the Hedgehog #272 and Sonic Universe #75.[7]
    • As such, this marks the first appearance of Silver the Hedgehog in a new story since Worlds Collide.


Cover art

External Links


  1. Mega Man #43
  2. Mega Man #2
  3. Mega Man #16
  4. Mega Man #14, 15 and 16
  5. Mega Man #21
  6. Mega Man #37, 38, 39 and 40

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