This is a horrid story BUT this issue marks TWO landmarks - 1. It features the first few complaints about the stories and Manak's art and 2. It is the debut of Art Mawhinney! While attempting to steal power from Robotropolis, the Freedom Fighters are caught in an electric force field. And before the Swatbot Armada can come to claim thier prize, the Freedom Fighters escape through a hole in the ground dug for them by a Nerb, part of an underground-dewlling nasty acting, ungrateful race of underground nerds. (They even look like the candy!) The King Nerbs maintains that contact with surface-dwellers is bad news, but their air vents and water supply are being threatened by construction activity above ground. The Freedom Fighters, now disgusted head towards the surface and discovers one of the old Mobian sewer pipes and come to find Robotnik doing some excavating to build an new underground installation and 3 Nerb prisoners!
Synopsis: The Freedom Fighters use Antoine's hot air balloon to scout out a suitable location for their picnic but when two Buzzbombers attack the balloon Robotnik learns of the picnic and decides to crash it! And when Robotnik attacks, it's up to Antoine to patch up the balloon and come to the rescue!