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Killer Instinct Special #1: Tiger Fury is the first issue of a series of three special comics based on the classic Killer Instinct universe, continuing off of the story established by the first three issues. It was released in the July of 1996.

Summary

The story begins during a match between Jago and Riptor, taking place the day after a match with Sabrewulf he had undergone a while ago. Still wounded from the battle from yesterday, Jago finds himself at a serious disadvantage and loses the battle to Riptor. Orchid, who was watching from the sides with TJ Combo and Thunder, leaps into the arena and saves his life from the savage dinosaur until the medics arrive. The wound Jago received from Sabrewulf had apparently become badly infected, and when Orchid talks to the human Sabrewulf about it, he speculates that Jago is likely suffering from early effects of lycanthropy. Fortunately, Ultratech told him that they have a cure to lycanthropy that they promised him as a victory prize for the tournament, and Orchid decides to go talk to the newly hired chairman of Ultratech: Director Howard.

Director Howard is in his office when his secretary Kara informs him someone is there to see him - though he denies their entry, the figure enters anyways, revealing himself as the old Chairman of Ultratech. Kara also appears, blasting Howard with a laser gun and killing him. The old Chairman takes back his position, but Orchid arrives, confused and demanding the cure. The Chairman ignores her, and Orchid storms off.

The next day Orchid and Sabrewulf briefly meet and discuss the cure, and also delve slightly into each other's personal lives, including family. That night a match is going on between Thunder and Cinder, and during it Orchid and Sabrewulf sneak through the catacombs of Ultratech in search of the cure on their own - however, they are encountered by Kara with two Riptors at her side. She sends the Riptors to attack the pair, but they manage to defeat them. In a rush of excitement Sabrewulf finds the cure and snatches it, downing the entire flask before Kara reveals that it was actually a growth formula. Sabrewulf grows over twice his original size and his body is coated in green slime, and he crashes through the walls and storms off into the street. Enraged, Orchid beats Kara to a pulp and returns to Jago's hospital room, where he has already begun to grow hair and transform into a werewolf.

Still frustrated, Orchid is granted her wish of being able to remove Jago's mask before a respirator is placed on him, recognizing a birthmark on his face just before he is entirely consumed with lupine fur. Orchid finally puts it together that Jago is truly her lost brother.

Trivia

  • This comic marks the first time Sabrewulf in his human form was ever fully revealed.
Killer Instinct Universe
Playable Characters
Killer Instinct Logo HD Jago ·Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Thunder ·Sabrewulf

 ·Spinal ·Riptor ·Cinder ·Fulgore ·Eyedol

Killer Instinct 2 Kim Wu ·Maya ·Tusk ·Gargos
Killer Logo copy Season 1 Sadira ·Shadow Jago
Season 2 Kan-Ra ·Omen ·Aganos ·Hisako ·ARIA
Season 3 Mira ·Rash ·Arbiter ·General RAAM
Season 3+ Kilgore ·Shin Hisako
Non-Playable Characters and Organizations
Minor Characters Eagle ·The Chairman ·Ryat Adams ·Babylonian King ·The Master ·Yeouiju
Organizations Ultratech ·Red Eyes of Rylai ·Disavowed ·Night Guard ·The Coven ·The Alliance
Others
Comics KI Nintendo Power ·KI Issue #1 ·KI Issue #2 ·KI Issue #3 ·KI Special #1 ·KI Special #2 ·KI Special #3
Extended Stories The Secrets of the Tiger ·The Lycanthrope's Tale ·The Ice-man Cometh ·Murder of Crows ·The Widow's Bite ·The Firecat's Summoning ·The Quest of the Searing Skull ·Fulgore Mark 03 Field Manual-L ·Glory Days ·Temperance and Vengeance ·Death is no Obstacle ·You and Your Riptor Unit ·The Herald of Gargos ·Peacemaker ·The Everlasting Child ·The Third Degree ·Evolve or Die ·Kim Wu's Extended Story ·Tusk's Extended Story ·Mira's Extended Story ·Gargos' Extended Story ·The Reawakened ·Rash's Extended Story ·Arbiter's Extended Story ·General RAAM's Extended Story
Killer Instinct Novella The Road to Ravensburg ·The Watchman Awakes ·Dragon's Choice ·Conflux ·ARIA for Noömorph ·Shadows at Dawn
Soundtracks Killer Cuts ·Killer Instinct Gold Cuts ·Killer Instinct Season 1 Soundtrack ·Killer Instinct Season 2 Soundtrack ·Killer Instinct Season 3 Soundtrack
Music "The Way U Move" ·"It's A Jungle" ·"The Instinct"
Gameplay Combo & Counter Breaker ·Ultra Combo ·Ultimate Combo ·Humiliation ·Combo System ·Instinct Mode ·Shadow Meter ·Shadow Moves ·Shadow Counter ·Knockdown Value ·Lock out ·Frame Data ·Character Accessories ·Arcade Mode ·Rivals Mode ·Shadow Lords Mode
Stages

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