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This issue takes place between Sonic the Hedgehog #30#31
Knuckles Chaotix
Knuckles' Chaotix
Publication Details
Date Published 

November 1995

Publishing Company 

Archie Comics

Production Staff
Cover Artist
Cover Colorist
Frontispiece
Writer
Pencils
Inks
Letters
Colors
Editor
  • Scott Fulop
Managing Editor
  • Victor Gorelick
Editor in Chief
  • Richard Goldwater
Special Thanks

Jennifer Hunn, Cynthia Wilkes, and Susan Reyes Suarez at Sega

First Appearances
Characters
Locations
  

Knuckles' Chaotix was the fourth single issue special in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.

Summary

Story One

"The Chaos Effect" - Part One

The Knothole Freedom Fighters arrive at a new amusement park on the Floating Island. Sonic notices that every Freedom Fighter they've ever met is here, including Knuckles. Knuckles grumpily protests against being called a Freedom Fighter, only for the group to be greeted by Renfield T. Rodent, the manager of the park. He eagerly encourages them to head into the Hall of Mirrors.

The group heads inside and are overcome by a flash of light. The Freedom Fighters are imprisoned behind the mirrors and Knuckles' spiked fists, super strength, and gliding abilities are magically removed. Dr. Robotnik appears behind the glass, telling Knuckles that it was all a trap he set with Renfield's help. Knuckles tries to rush at him, but is unable to do anything in his powerless state. Robotnik lets him go, wanting someone to witness his ultimate victory.

"The Chaos Effect" - Part Two

Left a helpless witness to Robotnik's triumph, Knuckles complains about his situation on the outskirts of the amusement park. A bee zips by him and introduces himself as Charmy Bee. Charmy's friend, Espio the Chameleon, reveals he was hiding in a tree nearby and listening to Charmy and Knuckles chat. Just then, Vector the Crocodile loudly barges in on their conversation, rapping about himself until Espio snatches his headphones. Espio asks if Vector could even hear them with those headphones on when Mighty the Armadillo bursts out of the nearby cliff.

Mighty introduces his friends, Heavy and Bomb to the group. Knuckles is wary at first, but the two robots explain that the Power Gems that power their systems gave them free will. They were disgusted by Robotnik's plan to imprison the Freedom Fighters and headed to the Floating Island to help free them. They reveal that the Power Gems also power the mirrors holding the Freedom Fighters, and that they brought a supply of Power Gems with them. Knuckles is sure that, with the Power Gems on their side, they can defeat Robotnik.

"The Chaos Effect" - Part Three

Robotnik is complimenting Renfield on a job well done and celebrating when all of the park's rides turn on at the same time. Realizing Knuckles must have gathered reinforcements, Robotnik sends Mecha Sonic after them. Knuckles realizes his plan to distract Robotnik with the rides backfired and decides to charge Mecha Sonic.

The group delivers a beat down, but Mecha Sonic uses a Power Gem to grow to immense size. Knuckles uses one of the pilfered Power Gems to grow to the same size and fight Mecha Sonic. They crash into the Hall of Mirrors, freeing the Freedom Fighters. With the Hall of Mirrors broken, Knuckles powers return, and he easily smashes Mecha Sonic to pieces. Renfield is captured while Robotnik escapes. Sonic suggests that Knuckles' friends form a team, and despite their objections, Sonic dubs Knuckles and his new allies "The Chaotix."

Story Two

"Tag! You're It!"

Charmy convinces Mighty to join him in a game of tag. They manage to drag Vector into it their game, too. Before Vector can tag him, Mighty chops down a tree to slow him down. Vector hops out of the way and lands on Espio. Vector then tags Espio and runs away. Espio chases after him, but trips and falls. In front of his face is a strange, shadowy figure. Espio realizes he's never met this person before, and the stranger says Espio never would have if it wasn't preoccupied with something else. The stranger teleports away, and Espio tags Charmy.

Story Three

"The Hunt is On"

Knuckles comes running to Mighty, Charmy, and Vector and tells them they are under attack just as a series of laser beams attack them from the sky. Mighty asks if this is Dr. Robotnik's work, but Knuckles believes it may be someone else called Archimedes. Vector falls into a pit and the other try to figure out how to haul him out. Suddenly, they hear a noise that turns out to be a bombardment of flying explosives. Mighty and Knuckles duck just in time, but Charmy is hit by the explosion and is knocked out on a bush. Knuckles asks Espio if he's okay, and Espio is stunned that Knuckles noticed him while he was invisible. They leave Charmy behind while they try to find Archimedes.

Out of nowhere, a fighting robot attacks Mighty. Espio and Knuckles leave Mighty to duke it out with the robot. Both Mighty and the robot end up exhausted, fighting to a standstill and dropping to the ground. While Knuckles tries to figure out Archimedes' motives amongst some ruins, Espio is kidnapped by a mysterious figure. Knuckles turns around and realizes Espio is gone. A voice calls out to Knuckles, saying he should have been more careful. The voice asks him what is more important: his friends, or the threat to the Floating Island?

Quotes

  • Robotnik: "Nothing could possibly...go...wrong?"

Key Events

  • Knuckles begins his own team, the Chaotix.
  • The Chaotix are kidnapped by Archimedes, and Knuckles begins his search for them.

Background Information

  • This issue was a comic tie-in to the videogame Knuckles Chaotix.
  • Metal Sonic returns for the first time since Sonic the Hedgehog #25.
  • Heavy and Bomb's brief depiction in Sonic the Hedgehog #30 was modeled after their videogame counterparts. However, the two characters have different designs in this issue and in future appearances. New models of Heavy and Bomb, introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog #153 - #154, were based on their videogame appearance.
  • In the first story, there is a Sonic doll shown for a prize at a "Test Your Skill" booth.

Cameos & References

  • The police at the end of the first story seem to be based on The Muppets.

Reprint History

This issue has been reprinted in the following places:


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