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The Knuckles Knock-Out Special is a special edition of Sonic the Comic. Released in the summer of 1996 at the price of £2.10, the issue contains three new, original stories and several features. The draw of the special is that all strips and features star Knuckles the Echidna.

Contents

Strips

All stories this issue were written by Nigel Kitching, drawn by Mike White and lettered by Ellie de Ville.

Knuckles the Echidna

Traitor of the Lost Pyramid is a 2-part story, both parts running this issue. As Knuckles gazes into the sky, he is joined by the Chaotix Crew. Vector the Crocodile states they're after Nack the Weasel and Espio the Chameleon explains he escaped from a prison hospital and bought a map for the Lost Pyramid of Sandopolis. Knuckles agrees to help his friends and the Omni-Viewer takes them to the Sandopolis Zone, where the pyramid has risen once again. After battling the Sandopolis Ghosts, the team find their target.

Since Knuckles is confused about the lack of treasure and sand in the room, Nack explains that he used a shrinking ray. He then activates a Stone Guardian and leaves, but discovers he has left behind his device. Knuckles gets the hang of it and shrinks the guardian. The heroes then chase Nack outside, but he is already airborne and Charmy Bee isn't strong enough to stop him. Knuckles reverses the shrinking ray, enlarging all of Nack's treasure so his ship explodes. Chaotix then take him back to prison.

Jake's Story is a complete story, featuring the return of an EggRobo in need of an organic battery. The Emerald Hill folk witness it stealing local boy Jake and call in Knuckles to rescue him. The echidna tracks it down to the Lava Reef Zone but is horrified when a flame jet blows the Badnik up. Ready to tell Jake's mother what happened, he's relieved to learn that Jake was never in the Badnik.

Reflections is another complete story and it seems as if Knuckles has gone insane, knocking down a house and proclaiming the Emerald Hill folk to be his slaves. The real Knuckles turns up and fights the fake but loses. When the double leaves, Knuckles reveals that he found a mirror that was actually a prison for evil spirits and one had taken on his appearance. Knuckles eventually tricks his fake into jumping back into the mirror and smashes it.

Features

The Chaotix-Tics! are a series of fact files on the Chaotix Crew, giving a brief description of each member before ranking their speed and strength and listing their special abilities and weaknesses. Chuckles With Knuckles! is a series of puns and jokes about several STC characters.

A Star in the Making! is an article about Knuckles' origins in the real world and his meteoric rise to the limelight. The article is accompanied by Knuckles' leading three games appearances in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Knuckles' Chaotix. The Big K Interview is an interview (secretly conducted by Sonic the Hedgehog) that makes light of all Knuckles' bad decisions in Sonic the Comic.

Badnik Alert! lists some of the Badniks from Knuckles' Chaotix, describes their abilities and assigns them a "Danger Rating". Chaotix Hints & Tips finally helps readers with the aforementioned game, providing tips for each level.

Staff

Timeline

This was the only Knuckles-themed special edition. The previous special was the Sonic Holiday Special. The next is Sonic Holiday Special 1996.

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