Cover art by Patrick Spaziante and Ken Penders
from a layout by Ken Penders

My biggest regret about "Primary Evil", the conclusion to the 3-part DARK ALLIANCE storyline, was that I simply didn't have enough pages to tell the story. While that generally holds true in regards to most Knuckles stories, it was especially true of this one. Get me on a roll where politics is involved, and boy, can I get on a roll.

What made this story different than most was that I got to have my cake and eat it too where the Dark Legion was concerned. I establish early on that just maybe they might have a legitimate gripe, and then I get to end it on a note that even though they might be right, they're still the bad guys. So who do you root for?

This was essentially my response to all those people who went running around saying our political leaders establish a moral example for our children to follow. What hogwash! If I want my kids to look to someone for guidance where they're moral upbringing is concerned, I'd rather they look to their immediate family. Even when I was kid, everyone knew all politicians were on the take in one way or another.

The other thing I liked about this story was that it explained what the big hang-up was in regards to the echidna's attitudes about technology. Basically, it was the church and the scientists agreeing to disagree big time, and may the best scorched-earth policy win. Make no mistake, there were no heroes on either side.

The only one that does approach the classic definition of a hero is Knuckles, but in this one case, even he is unaware of what he did to foil the plot. However, we gain some significant clues as to his true nature.

With this issue, Jim Valentino concluded his 3-issue run on KNUCKLES, but he would go on to other Sonic and Knuckles projects in the months ahead.


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