Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: September 2009
Series: G.I. Joe
Issue Number: 9
In Patagonia, Duke, Beach Head and Cover Girl finish up the clean up of the deserted Castle Destro. And Snake Eyes and Mainframe arrive in Springfield where they find the IP serves that Mainframe is looking for and then they are attacked.
Notes of Interest
Bullet Points the first letters page makes its first appearance.
Death of Six Gun, Hat Trick
Introduction and first appearance of Downtown.
Major Continuity Differences
GI Joe: Beach Head, Brainstorm, Cover Girl, Dial Tone, Downtown, Duke, Hat Trick, Hawk, Mainframe, Scarlett, Six Gun, Snake Eyes
Cobra: Baroness, Destro
Additional Characters: Glynis, Rory
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: SL Gallant
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letters: Chris Mowry
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Associate Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artists: Howard Chaykin, Colors by Edgar Delgado
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist Robert Atkins
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive, Virgin Cover): Artist: Howard Chaykin, Colors by Edgar Delgado
Cover Company: IDW
Cover Girl, Hat Trick and Six Gun are in Castle Destro in Patagonia when out of a wall a large robot attacks them. It is firing everything it has at them Cover Girl is able to dive around a corner for cover as both Six Gun and Hat Trick are killed. Beach Head and Duke come running as they hear the noise of the guns. Beach Head throws an EMP (Electronic Magnetic Pulse) grenade which disables the robot. Cover Girl comes from her cover and just starts firing at the now dead robot. Duke reminds them that they are in James McCullen the 24th Laird of Destro's ancestoral home and it could be filled with many more traps.
In a submarine, the Baroness is talking to Destro about the sub. The sub is unlike anything the master weapon seller has ever seen. It is actually a prototype created by the Russians which uses hydrogen separated from the water as its power source. This is the type of technology that Cobra uses to make its money. The Baroness then tells Destro the deal he is getting. He will be allowed to continue his research under the watchful eyes of his new master Cobra. Cobra is no longer a client of Destro, he now works for them. She brings him to one of the state rooms where his faithful assistants Rory and Glynis are being held. A happy reunion happens as they begin to plan how get Destro out of his containment suit and themselves out of the grasp of Cobra.
In The Pit, Brainstorm and Hawk have just heard the report on the death of Six Gun and Hat Trick. As the search of the Castle continued, Beach Head discovered an abandoned lab in the very bottom basement. No clues are found, but readings regarding ionization intrigue Brainstorm and Hawk orders him and Dial Tone to go inspect the Castle in person.
Then Hawk turns his attention to the sequestered Scarlett. In her cell, he watches Downtown enter and introduce himself, even though his military speciality is mortars he was a lawyer before joining the Joes and he offers up his services in helping defend her when she goes before a review board. She thanks him for his help but turns him down saying "Go Back and tell Duke, Thanks but no thanks" Downtown responses with "You knew it was Duke" I do now she says. Only Snake Eyes can provide the proof that Scarlett needs to be released. And that proof is that a super secret organization called Cobra is real.
On a rainy night, Snake Eyes with Mainframe driving arrive in Springfield. They are there looking for proof of Cobra by finding the computer IP servers that Cobra operates it alternate internet with. Mainframe and Snake Eyes walk into an office of the local electric company. Using a name off the reserved parking spaces, Mainframe is able to access the power records of the entire town. He is looking for a heavy power consumption in an irregular place. He discovers that Lester's drug store is drawing way more power then it should be. He closes up and they head out believing that they had tricked the secretary. When in fact they were watched by video and as soon as they step outside a tornado warning signal goes off. The citizens start heading towards the different buildings in what appears to be designated tornado shelters. They see it as perfect cover along with the rain for investigating the Lester's drug store.
At the drug store, Mainframe becomes even more suspicious because it is abandoned, yet still drawing tons of power. He believes this confirms his theory and they are in hurry now to confirm the existence of Cobra. As Mainframe breaks in Snake Eyes suits up. Inside, Mainframe finds a door to a cellar. When he hears a chopper and then gun fire. From the outside, Snake Eyes comes flying through door as the pilot of the helicopter lands and steps out to kill Snake Eyes. Mainframe falls down into the cellar as an explosion happens. The door closes over him and he is unable to open it. Lying on the door above him is a unconscious Snake Eyes.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen