Clash of the Titans
The story starts off with Princess Sally calling Sonic to Knothole Control, reporting that Knuckles is in the area. Sally says that he is walking along the edge of the Great Forest. Sonic replies that he never leaves the Floating Island, and that is where they fought last, making a reference to Sonic Triple Trouble. Tails then says that he met Knuckles' great-grandfather (in the Tails mini-series). Sonic growls that Knuckles is up to no good, and Sally says what he's "up to", the edge of Robotropolis. Sonic thinks that Knuckles is going to make a deal with Robotnik and races off to confront him. Sally tries to tell him to just talk to Knuckles and don't get in a fight, but Sonic continues on, saying "Gotcha, Sally", as he disappears. Sally sighs and asks Tails what the odds makers say, and Tails breaks the fourth wall by saying, "Four to one they're in a fight by page 6!"
Meanwhile, Knuckles arrives at Robotropolis and remembers a conversation he had with Mighty the Armadillo. Knuckles told Mighty how he had seen a Chaos Emerald broken in half not too long ago. Mighty doesn't believe it, but Knuckles tells him that he's certain of it and that he refuses to let it happen again. He says that, since the island was once supported by twelve emeralds and only has one now, he needs to find another emerald to ensure the island doesn't fall if the first one fails.
Knuckles pulls out the Book of Myths and turns to a page that talks about the mystical Lake of Rings, the only other places besides the Special Zone that Chaos Emeralds can be obtained. Mighty notices that the book says rings radiate cosmic energy, but the lake's location is lost. Knuckles keys in on the word word "radiates", and decides that maybe the intense radiation around Robotropolis isn't caused by pollution but the fabled Lake of Rings. Knuckles heads towards the Knuckles asks Mighty to take care of the island and heads down to the surface. Back in the present, Knuckles finds an old grotto with a camera looking over it. He begins to investigate when he's attacked from behind by Sonic.
Sonic fulfills his "obligation" to Sally by halfheartedly skimming through a scroll offering a non-violent solution. Knuckles punches Sonic before he can finish, prompting Sonic to counter with his Figure-Eight move. Sonic circles back around for another attack when Knuckles uproots a tree and pulls it into Sonic's path. Sonic crashes into the tree and then flips it over, slamming Knuckles with its trunk. Sally arrives asks them both to stop fighting. They begin making excuses while NICOLE detects radiation from the hole created when they uprooted the tree. Sally asks them to take a look.
Inside the hole is a portal to an unknown zone, filled with Power Rings and Chaos Emerald. Knuckles leaps in eagerly. Sally thinks aloud that Knuckles hasn't changed a bit since they used to hang out, startling Sonic. He starts to ask what she meant, but she tells him it's none of his business and orders him to pursue Knuckles. Inside the zone, Sonic and Knuckles compete to collect Power Rings and Chaos Emeralds. Sonic tells Knuckles that he's collected seven emeralds and fifty rings, allowing him to transform into Super Sonic. He demands Knuckles' surrender, only for Knuckles to count up his stash, collect a few more rings, and transform into Hyper Knuckles. They start to fight again, trading super strong and super fast punches. Knuckles rips a chunk out of their battleground and smacks it into Sonic, only for him to recover in no time due to his invulnerability. They charge each other, ready to duke it out once more.
Sonic and Knuckles continue to fight, countering Spin-Dashes, using Super Figure-Eights, using hands as wheels to launch super fast kicks. They finally charge at each other with such speed that the raw energy of their collision causes the zone to be overloaded and explode. The blast is even detected by Robotnik in Robotropolis. With the battle over, Sonic wakes up to learn from Sally that the zone is gone, and with it all its magical contents. Sally then reminds him that they are at the Lake of Rings, and reveals that the camera Knuckles found was her own surveillance camera. Sally reveals that she returned to Knothole to watch the fight from a safe distance and then made her way back on her Sky Cycle when the battle ended. Sonic tries to ask her a question, but she cuts him off and asks him to stop snooping about Knuckles.
Back on the Floating Island, Mighty and Knuckles meet up again. Mighty says his fight with Sonic is the talk of the island. He also tells Knuckles that he heard the zone collapsed on itself and all the rings and emeralds vanished along with it. Knuckles disagrees, pulling out a Chaos Emerald.
Fathers & Sons
Years ago, Knuckles' father tells him of his future responsibilities as Guardian of the Floating Island and takes him to the Chaos Chamber for the first time. He explains that the Chaos Emerald keeps the island afloat. Knuckles asks that's all the emerald can do, and Locke tells him that there is more to learn. However, he feels that he has taught Knuckles "the basics," and that he will understand once he puts the pieces together himself.
In the present, Knuckles realizes that Archimedes' advice sounds a lot like his father's, but their voices were different. He then angrily reminds himself that trying to guess who Archimedes is won't help him find the missing Chaotix. He then thinks back to his past again, when he and his father were observing a mysterious orb. After analyzing it and then getting up close to examine it further, Knuckles decided to attack it before it could present a threat, only for it to explode in his face. His father reminds him of their most important lesson: "Know your enemy!" In the present, Knuckles remembers how his father tried to prepare him as best he could, but that he didn't cover every situation.
Knuckles then remembers the day his father took him to the edge of the Forbidden Zone and bid him farewell before disappearing into what appeared to be a wall of fire. Knuckles' memories continue through his early encounters with Robotnik and the formation of the Chaotix, something that he at first rejected because of his pride even though he had needed their help and Sonic's in the past. Knuckles then determines that his father had admitted being unable to teach him everything he would need to know, and that some of his lessons would be learned elsewhere. With that in mind, Knuckles renews his determination to find both Archimedes and the Chaotix.
- This was the first issue where Knuckles transformed into Hyper Knuckles. During the battle, he displayed the ability to spin his hands at super speed, similar to an ability he used in the Sonic Underground cartoon.
- Robotnik's rant on page 27 mirrors his rant at the end of Archie Sonic Miniseries Issue 2, in that in 48 pages, Robotnik only got a one page cameo.
- This shows that there was a zone called "the Special Zone" that existed before the one we know ruled by Feist. As to whether or not Feist transformed the Zone of Silence into the Special Zone had any relationship to this zone is unknown. There was also called the Special Zone which Zonic the Zone Cop had mentioned. It's unknown if it's the same as this one is destroyed, unless it was repaired by the Zone Cops or when Titan Tails restored the multiverse. Either way, neither of these other special zone where never heard from again.
- "Crash of the Titans" is a reference to the 1981 film Clash of the Titans.
- Despite appearing in the first story, Mighty was kidnapped along with the Chaotix during the time according to the second story.
- Despite looking like his video game counterpart in Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 4, Super Sonic is depicted as just a gold-colored Sonic. He would remain that way until Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 82.