Can’t argue with the alt text there: bringing any other land shark into the ranks here would not have been worth the effort.

Penk is, I think, not quite right in panel 3 about “one from each tribe.” Sure, excluding one of any of the other five tribes would’ve been politically unwise, but if land sharks have no use for politics, then they aren’t going to care about representation, and it’s not like everyone else in the Rebellion doesn’t know what land sharks are like. The common people probably would’ve been just fine with a Champions that didn’t include Hammerhead.

But this isn’t just about optics. The team also has to survive anything Gastonia can throw at it, so it can’t lack for muscle. And of course, this is also a test for Penk: you can see Harky weighing both his idealism and his effectiveness in that same frame.