Sonic & Knuckles was the second single issue special in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series.
- "Panic in the Sky!" - Part One
The floating island is flying towards Knothole, startling the Knothole Freedom Fighters. They're not sure why it's headed towards them or how it's managing to stay in the air, but Sonic and Tails recognize it as the floating island where they met Knuckles. Sonic tells the Freedom Fighters all about his first encounter with Knuckles a few months ago and how a Chaos Emerald keeps the island afloat. Sally asks Sonic if he knows whose side Knuckles is on, but he's not exactly sure.
The Freedom Fighters decide to be cautious and send Sonic and Tails out for recon. Antoine flies them to their destination in the Turbo Prop, but cannons attached to the bottom of the massive island start firing at them. Sonic notices that the weapons and engines now attached to the island weren't there before and decides to parachute with Tails high above the island, out of the cannons' range. They hop along the top of a forest of giant mushrooms and fight an axe wielding Badnik. As they continue their trek across the island, Sonic almost falls into a fissure in the ground, grabbing on to a nearby ledge. A mysterious figure looks over him as he struggles to pull himself up.
- "Panic in the Sky!" - Part Two
Knuckles the Echidna, guardian of Angel Island, stands above Sonic and accuses him of turning the island into a war zone. He steps on Sonic's hand, trying to make him fall into the pit below. Tails drops a rock right above Knuckles' head in retaliation. Knuckles barely dodges it, but falls into the pit with Sonic. The two end up in a cavern filled with lava and are about to duke it out when they realize the rock they landed on is about to sink. Tails swoops in and rescues them from the lava pit. Knuckles still thinks Sonic is trespassing, but Sonic points to the sky. Knuckles notices that the stars aren't where they usually are, and Sonic explains that the island has been hijacked and fitted with engines and guns. Knuckles realizes he's been fooled again and brings Sonic and Tails down the Chaos Chamber, where they find the Chaos Emerald being drained by energy siphons.
A hologram of Dr. Robotnik appears, explaining that he's currently piloting the island from the inside, using it as a mobile fortress to destroy Knothole. Robotnik claims this is all Knuckles' fault for being so mistrusting of Sonic and Tails. Wracked with guilt, Knuckles furiously grabs the emerald and breaks it; as a result, the Floating Island starts to fall towards Knothole. Robotnik flees, celebrating the fact that the landmass will crush Knothole underneath it. As soon as he's sure Robotnik is gone, Knuckles replaces the broken Chaos Emerald and the island stops its descent. Later, Knuckles reveals that he had actually destroyed a fake Chaos Emerald and simply placed the real one back in its place. Sonic offers Knuckles a chance to join them, but he declines. The Freedom Fighters reunite and wonder if Knuckles will ever join them. Sonic thinks that Knuckles just wants to be alone.
- "Fire Drill"
Knuckles notices an explosion behind him and heads to the beach to investigate. However, he finds nothing but a crater and a trail of footprints. The footprints lead him to a bush, but no one is there. Knuckles realizes that he is being toyed with and angrily runs to the ruins in the Sandopolis Zone, certain that there's nowhere else the trespasser could have gone. He realizes that whoever is evading him must be incredibly fast and assumes it must have been Sonic. He jeers at him, but there's no answer.
As Knuckles enters the ruins, someone springs a booby trap. A ton of boulders fall on top of Knuckles, who is now furious. As Knuckles continues through the ruins, he narrowly dodges a series of axes swinging from the walls. He finds a strange room full of ornate designs and realizes that, although he knows the island better than anyone else, there's still a lot he doesn't know. Knuckles wishes his father had told him more when he's suddenly overwhelmed by a massive sandfall. He bashes his way through a wall and out of the ruins only to find that the trespasser is still ahead of him, his footprints in the sand. He loses the trail at the edge of the island and vows to pay Sonic back for messing with him. In the shadows, a mysterious figure thinks to himself that Knuckles still has a lot to learn.
- "Lord of the Floating Island"
Knuckles is gliding over the floating island on a windy day when he notices a lost baby kangaroo. Knuckles rescues the joey and tries to find its mother. The joey tells him that he heard Knuckles watches over everyone on the island. It asks him to make the sky better, pointing at the solar eclipse above. Knuckles tries to explain, but has to cut himself short and bring the joey to higher ground in order to escape a horde of rampaging dingoes. Once the eclipse passes, Knuckles returns the baby kangaroo to its mother and is thanked for his help. He simply tells them that it's his job to protect the floating island.
- Tails: "Need a lift, Sonic?"
- Sonic: "No thanks pal...being piggy-backed is bad for my image!"
- Tails: "Hey moldilocks! I got th' drop on ya!"
- Knuckles: "Didn't your mama ever tell ya, blue-boy? Always carry a spare...and don't leave home without it!"
- Sonic and Tails return to the Floating Island.
- Knuckles tricks Dr. Robotnik into leaving the Floating Island.
- Archimedes watches over Knuckles.
- This issue was a loose comic tie-in to the videogame Sonic & Knuckles.
Cameos & References
- On the cover of this issue, the words "32X" and "Spinball" are written in graffiti on a wall. These are references to the Sega Genesis 32X console add-on and the video game Sonic Spinball.
This issue has been reprinted in the following places:
- Sonic Select Book 1
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