"Ambushed, Part 1". Sonic's in need of some inner peace, but it's going to take more than yoga and meditation! He seeks the guidance of Mighty the Armadillo's mentor, Moss the Sloth. Can the sage help Sonic tame the savage Werehog within? Meanwhile, Sally leads the Freedom Fighters in recovering a Chaos Emerald - but could she be leading them right into a trap? Featuring all-new cover art from Lamar Wells, and part 3 of a 3-part connecting 'SUPER SMASH' collector cover set!
Sonic and Moss are in the middle of a race in the Rocky Jungle Zone. Sonic calls Moss an "old man" and thinks that he already lost Moss a mile back. The race continues for another page and Sonic wins, with Moss close behind. Sonic thinks "going fast" is the answer to everything, which Moss, Mighty and Ray reply to by explaining what has been changed in all of them. Sonic just wants to learn how to "control" his transformations, which Moss says that what Sonic needs to learn is acceptance. The comic switches over to Eggman yelling at Thunderbolt about how she failed miserably to kill Sonic and his friends, and to secure the Chaos Emerald. Thunderbolt in response says that she did not know about Sonic's transformation. After telling Thunderbolt to find a Gaia Temple or suffer, Eggman goes on to talk about how he misses his roboticized minions. Orbot then proceeds to tell Eggman about how his sub-bosses are gaining land, and then pulls up a comparison to normal fuels energy output vs. Dark Gaia energy. Switching over to Sally, she tells the team about another Chaos Emerald that Eggman has found. Tails thinks they should wait for Sonic, but everyone else thinks that they'll be better off finding the emerald without him, since they aren't sure if he has control over his transformation yet.
Dr. Eggman's pose on the regular cover of this issue bears a striking resemblance to his pose on the cover of Sonic the Hedgehog #164.