TEST YOUR MIGHT with the first chapter in an all-new 4-part SAGA! "Champions" Part One: Sonic is in for the fight of his life! Casino Park is holding an epic fighting tournament, and the grand prize is a much sought-after Chaos Emerald! How many fighters will answer the call? Which champions will make the roster? The knock-down, drag-out battle for the world starts right here! Featuring new cover art from Sonic rising star Evan Stanley, plus all-new variant art introducing Breezie the Hedgehog by Sonic artist Jonathan H. Gray!
Champions Part One: The Gang's All Here
This issue marks the first official appearance of Honey the Cat in the comic's continuity. It should be noted that prior to this issue's release, Honey was a character requested by many readers of the comic.
Additionally, the regular cover shows all but one (that being Knuckles) of the playable characters from Sonic the Fighters, the video game Honey was originally scheduled to debut on.
The variant cover teases a reappearance of Breezie, who originally debuted in the television series, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. She is given a redesign that better matches the look of characters in the games.
According to the main cover, "Champions" is a four-part arc, however the variant claims it is a two-parter. The variant cover was confirmed to have a misprint, thus only four issues will be used in the "Champions" story arc.
Breezie's name icon on the variant cover is a homage to Las Vegas casino signs.
When Sally shows information about Breezie, The "Timed" magazine is a reference to the magazine TIME.
The Egg Hawk can be seen in the background when Knuckles arrives at Casino Park Zone.
Amy's dress is from Honey's "Dream-Casters" line of clothes. This is a reference to Sonic Adventure and the Sega Dreamcast, Not only because of the name but Amy's outfit was introduced in Sonic Adventure, the first Sonic game on the Dreamcast.