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YoJoe ID: CMC-MVL-SMOOTHOP-07

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: December 1988
Series: European Missions (Reprints)
Issue Number: 7

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Smooth Operators Lady Jaye delivers secret Cobra information to Flint at the Joe base by secure telephone. Low Light and Dial Tone support her by clearing away any Cobras. Mark of the Assassin! Storm Shadow is given a mission to kill a millionaire; he disagrees with the mission, so he anonymously tips off Action Force to the plan. Action Force puts Dial Tone undercover. Storm Shadow "kills" the millionaire, what he actually does is shot Dial Tone, who is protected against his arrow. Gun Boat Part 1 Flint and Lady Jaye are undercover as party goers on a yacht party. Barbecue and Shipwreck sneak on the boat to disable the engine and setting bombs to destroy the yacht. Footloose is on watch. Cobra Commander and Destro easily sneak onto the boat.

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Notes of Interest

European Missions is actually a US reprint of a a original UK Action Force Monthly stories. Gun Boat originally appeared in Action Force #1.

Gun Boat Part 1 - A character named Trent is Director of Operations from the Ministry of Defense for the Action Force team.

Major Players

Smooth Operators Action Force: Dial Tone, Flint, Lady Jaye, Low Light(Cooper Macbride) Cobra: Vipers, Tele Vipers Mark of the Assassin! Action Force: Dial Tone, Lady Jaye, Lifeline Cobra: Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow Additional Characters: T.P. Dexter Gun Boat Part 1 Action Force: Barbeque, Flint, Footloose, Lady Jaye, Shipwreck Cobras: Cobra Commander, Destro Additional Characters: Trent

Creative Team

Smooth Operators Script: Dan Abnett, Pencils: Kev Hopgood, Inks: Dave Hine, Letters: Annie H., Colour: Stuart Place Mark of the Assassin! Script: Ian Rimmer, Pencils: John McCrea, Inks: Stephen Baskerville, Letter: Hel, Colour: Stuart Place Gun Boat Part 1 Script: Simon Furman, Pencils: Kev Hopgood, Inks: Mark Farmer, Letters: Starkings, Colour: Steve White

Full Details

Smooth Operators

In Italy, Lady Jaye is being chased by Cobras. She has just stolen some secret information and is racing to a hotel which has a secure phone line to transmit them to Flint at the Joe base. She is able to avoid two Cobra Ferrets as they she makes here way to the hotel.

Inside one of the rooms of the hotel, Dial Tone has broken into the main phone line. Aware that Cobra Tele Vipers are listening he sends feedback along the line destroying their ability to listen. They are able to track him and send a Tele Viper get him.

Outside at the top of a tower, Low Light is stationed watching the Tele Vipers.

Lady Jaye makes it to the telephone; Dial Tone knocks out the Tele Viper that attacks him and Low Light shots out another tracking device. As she gets confirmation of a secure line from Dial Tone, Lady Jaye sends the information.

Mark of the Assassin!

Storm Shadow is sent by Cobra Commander to kill millionaire tycoon T.P. Dexter. Storm Shadow questions the unnecessary execution and Cobra Commander then questions Storm Shadow's loyalty.

Storm Shadow sneaks into the very highly secured compound and shoots T.P. Dexter in the chest with an arrow. Then he makes his escape.

From the other room, Lady Jaye and Life Line run into the room to check on Dial Tone. Dial Tone is actually in disguise as Dexter and is the one shot by Storm Shadow. He is alive but bruised.

Later, the real Dexter enters the room and tells them about how they made the evening news with his successful assassination. He asks Lady Jaye how they discovered news about his assassination attempt. Her response is they got an anonymous tip, which saved Dexter's life. And allow the news to report his death.

Cobra Commander congratulates Storm Shadow but the look on his face gives away that he was the anonymous caller.

Gun Boat Part 1

Trent is briefing Action Force members Flint, Lady Jaye, Barbecue, Shipwreck and Footloose on their current mission. A report that Destro is handling an arms deal during this exclusive yacht party and Lady Jaye and Flint will be undercover on the yacht.

As they enter the party, Footloose is on watch outside. Shipwreck and Barbecue are tasked with sneaking onto the yacht and disabling the boat's engine and setting the bombs that will destroy the yacht and the arms that are contained inside it.

All is clear as Footloose watches Action Force successful enters the yacht. He then watches two bakers bring a big cake on aboard. Once inside these bakers reveal themselves to actually be Destro and Cobra Commander in person and inside the cake is suitcase full of money.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen

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