Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: May 2009
Series: G.I. Joe
Issue Number: 5
Duke stops the last droid from revealing The Pit's location. Stalker's team is prevented from capturing Nico Mandirobilis by Snake Eyes. And Destro romances the Baroness with a beautiful necklace filled with explosives in order to prevent her from killing him over dinner.
Notes of Interest
First appearance of Mutt & Junkyard, Thunder
Major Continuity Differences
Scarlett's relationship with Snake Eyes
GI Joe: Beach Head, Brainstorm, Duke, Flint, Hawk, Leatherneck, Recondo, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Stalker
Additional Joe appearances: Mutt & Junkyard, Thunder,
Cobra: Destro, Baroness, Rory, Glynis
Additional Characters: Nico Mandirobilis
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Robert Atkins
Inkers: Clayton Brown
Colorist: Andrew Crossley
Letterer: Chris Mowry
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artist: Dave Johnson
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Robert Atkins
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive, Virgin Cover): Artist: Dave Johnson
Cover Company: IDW
Duke and Beach Head are on the surface above The Pit chasing the last of Destro's droids. If it escapes from beyond the grounds of The Pit. It will transmit the GPS location. So as Duke drives through the mine field on the surface one goes off, throwing Beach Head and breaking his leg. Duke then continues his chase on foot. After hitting it with a couple of bullets, it slows and Duke grabs the leg and smashes it to pieces with a rock.
At Castle Destro, Destro and his assistants Rory & Glynis, who have been operating the droids, watch as Duke destroys the last one. They were unsuccessful in discovering the location, but they have visual pictures that they can guess at the location. The mission was still a success. Destro has discovered a secret military facility, downloaded GI Joe's science files, plus a lot of other data they have yet to look at.
In the dungeon of Castle Destro, the Baroness is being held captive in very luxurious prison cell. She was sent to kill Destro but he defeated her. He tells the Baroness that he has kept her alive to prove to Cobra that he is still a very valuable resource to them. And that he is very valuable to her. He then begins to explain the vital intelligence he has just received about a secret American military force.
Back at The Pit, Brainstorm, Scarlett & Duke are review the damage, nothing major structural wise, communications have been re-established, casualties are 12 dead and 50 wounded including Hawk. Hawk, from his bed in the infirmary, wants to know about the droids. They don't have anything confirmed yet, but initial inspection of the internal markings leads them to MARS.
In Scotland, Flint arrives by taxi to an empty plot of land with a marking saying
"Former site of Castle Destro. Ancestral home of Clan McCullum Founded (obscured by Flint) Relocated (obscured by Flint)
Flint asks a kid on bike where the Castle was relocated to and the kid answers Patagonia.
The real question Hawk wants answered is why where Destro's droids inside The Pit. Scarlett explains that when the Joe's interrupted the gun shipment and discovered that Nico Mandirobilis was in charge. That threatened Destro and the unknown client he is working for. She then reassures Hawk that she has ground forces in place and on the hunt. Duke knows about Stalker and his team but he questions Scarlett about any others. And she refuses to answer.
In Manila in a heavy rain, Stalker is talking to Leatherneck about Snake Eyes. Recondo enters the room with a report saying that he believes Mandirobilis is about to move out. Later at a warehouse near the docks, Stalker, Leatherneck and Recondo are about make a move to capture Mandirobilis, when Snake Eyes jumps from the rafters above them. He knocks down Leatherneck and Recondo with kicks and punches, disarms Stalker and knocks him out of the cover. Mandirobilis and his guards spot the fight and a gun fight starts up. Snake Eyes leaves the Joes behind and dives into the water near the dock. From underneath the dock he kills two guards one by sword and the other by gunfire. Mandirobilis' boat takes off and Snake Eyes jumps on a jet ski in hot pursuit. Stalker and his team are left behind wondering what just happened.
In The Pit, Scarlett is monitoring repairs when she receives a message from Flint about the relocation of Castle Destro to South America and then immediately follows a report from Stalker, who references Snake Eyes but not by name. Duke hears Stalker's report and confronts her. She is trying to discover what Cobra is and she believes it is real. Duke believes this Cobra organization is a myth and that Snake Eyes has now gone rogue. Duke believes that Scarlett should give up Snake Eyes and his status to Hawk. And he wants to know why she is covering for a man she doesn't even know. Her response is "I know what I need to know about him. I know he'd never betray or mislead the Joes. And I am a Joe and I trust Snake Eyes with more than my career." She walks away very mad.
Back in Manila, Snake Eyes is still chasing Mandirobilis' boat.
In Castle Destro, the Baroness has changed into a very classical dress and Destro gives her a beautiful diamond and emerald necklace to match the dress. She attempts to kill him with a kitchen knife, but he is prepared and deflects it. Then he informs her that the necklace she is wearing contains explosives that will blow her head off if she doesn't join him for dinner. As they walk off to dinner, he talks about the advances that his company has made and that this new information may change her mind about killing him. Her only response is "Perhaps".
Summary by Josh Eggebeen