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This issue takes place between Sonic the Hedgehog #30Sonic the Hedgehog #31

Knuckles' Chaotix is the fourth issue of the 48-page Sonic Special comic series published by Archie Comics.

Featured stories

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.

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.

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. Despite their misgivings, Sonic feels they will be teaming up again in the future, and dubs Knuckles and his new allies "the Chaotix."

Tag! You're it!

  • Writer: Ken Penders
  • Pencils & Inks: Harvey Mercadoocasio
  • Colors: Barry Grossman
  • Letters: Mindy Eisman
  • Editor: Scott Fulop
  • Managing editor: Victor Gorelick
  • Editor-in-chief: Richard Goldwater
  • Special thanks to: Jennifer Hunn, Cynthia Wilkes and Susan Reyes Suarez at SEGA

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.

The Hunt is On

  • Writer & Pencils: Ken Penders
  • Inks: Jon D'Agostino
  • Colors: Barry Grossman
  • Letters: Mindy Eisman
  • Editor: Scott Fulop
  • Managing editor: Victor Gorelick
  • Editor-in-chief: Richard Goldwater
  • Special thanks to: Jennifer Hunn, Cynthia Wilkes and Susan Reyes Suarez at SEGA

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?

Key Events

  • Knuckles begins his own team of Freedom Fighters, the Chaotix.
  • The Chaotix are kidnapped by Archimedes, and Knuckles begins his search for them.
  • Metal Sonic is empowered with a Power Gem, which allows him to return repaired and with full autonomy in Sonic the Hedgehog #87.

Other features

  • Knuckles Art: Two pieces of fanart send into Archie Comics.


  • This issue is a comic tie-in to the video game Knuckles' Chaotix.
  • Metal Sonic (at the time still being referred to as Mecha Sonic) returns for the first time since Sonic the Hedgehog #25. However, he has been redesigned from his original design featured in Sonic the Hedgehog CD and his debut issue, showcasing a more expressive design that more strongly resembles Sonic. This is the only issue to feature this design.
    • The version of Titan Metal Sonic that appears in the issue does not resemble the version seen on the issue's cover, being significantly less detailed and bulky.
  • Knuckles using a Power Gem to grow to a larger size is most likely a reference to the "Grow" powerup seen in Knuckles' Chaotix.
  • Heavy and Bomb's brief depiction in Sonic the Hedgehog #30 showed them looking like their video game counterparts. However, the two characters would have distinct looks in the special and in future appearances. New models of these robots in Sonic the Hedgehog #153-#154 featured their game appearances.
  • This issue marks the first appearance of the Power Gem, which would not be revisited until many years later.
  • During the battle with Metal Sonic, Vector is shown bringing the magically-conjoined rings seen in the game. Where Vector obtained the rings goes unexplained, and they never appear again after this issue.
  • In the first story, there is a Sonic doll shown for a prize at a "Test Your Skill" booth.
  • All three stories were reprinted in Sonic Select Book 2.
  • The ending of the comic mentions about the story continuation, but mistakenly says issue 3 instead of issue 31.



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