Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: December 2009 (1st Issue released in Dec)
Series: G.I. Joe
Issue Number: 12
Mainframe is interviewed regarding his proof of Cobra and reinstated as a full Joe, as is Snake Eyes. Scarlett is followed by Tunnel Rat through the air shafts of The Pit, eventually she turns herself into Hawk. The Baroness continues to threaten Destro's life if he doesn't get the MASS Device working properly. And after surgery and in order to heal his body & mind, Snake Eyes visits an old Japanese man in Manhattan.
Notes of Interest
First Appearance of The Hard Master.
Death of Destro's Assistant Rory.
First Appearance of Lifeline.
Major Continuity Differences
How GI Joe discovers the Cobra organization.
GI Joe: Ace, Brainstorm, Cover Girl, Crank Case, Duke, Flint, Hawk, Lab Rat, Lifeline, Mainframe, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Snake Eyes, Tunnel Rat
Cobra: Baroness, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Rory, Glynis
Additional Characters: The Hard Master
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: SL Gallant
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
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
Baroness is pointing a gun at Destro's head threatening to kill him if he doesn't get the MASS Device working properly. The Baroness has stacked her reputation within Cobra on the success of the MASS Device being able to teleport people and machines. Dr. Mindbender, who has been helping Destro, applauds the Baroness' actions. Destro offers a way to prove his loyalty to Cobra. He grabs her gun, twists her arm and fires the gun at his assistant Rory. He then releases the Baroness and her gun. As Rory lays dead in his own blood. He has just sacrificed his best assistant.
In The Pit, Hawk is yelling at Labrat to get the power back on. Mainframe's Cobra goo (or more accurately an organic data storage medium) has just shut down everything powered in The Pit. Including the underground water pumps and the medical facilities main power. In the service tunnels, Scarlett has escaped her prison cell and just avoided the flooding of the shaft. She has found a latter on the ceiling that takes her up to the next level and safely away from the water. In the Med center, Snake Eyes having been rescued from Springfield with severe injuries is under going surgery with Lifeline as the main doctor. Labrat is successful in partially getting The Pit's power back online for the important sections but its still out for the majority of The Pit and with a bunch of glitches left to still figure out.
In Section Zero, the Cobra Arctic base, Destro is consoling Glynis on th death of her father. Destro explains that the Baroness was going to kill them all, so he felt he needed to save her and himself, which meant that Rory was the expendable one. The Baroness enters the room Glynis attacks and a Cobra guard just knocks her out cold. Destro has one more plan in order to help fix the MASS Device.
In a interrogation room, Labrat is confirming everything that Mainframe has said about Cobra to Hawk. And Hawk is now believing what Mainframe is saying. Mainframe, with his arm in cast, explains that Cobra is a huge outfit with its own satellite linked network, mega-giga-terabytes of stuff he has yet to figure out. He and Snake Eyes found just one server and Cobra dropped a bomb, which is also confirmed, on them just to kill them, pretty much destroying a section of that town. And Snake Eyes confirms that he fought just one man before the bomb was dropped. Hawk makes a quick decision and says "All charges against you are dropped, Mainframe. This is not a negotiation your a Joe again starting now. We need to know everything you know and we need to it yesterday."
Under complete anaesthesia, Snake Eyes reacts by kicking a medical attended and chocking Lifeline before more anaesthesia can be administered. Snake Eyes fore arm Arashikage Clan Tattoo can be seen. In the tunnels, Tunnel Rat has tracked down Scarlett. Scarlett left her gun belt near an entrance with the words "A Peace Offering" written on the wall above them. When he walks up to it saying out loud cause he knows Scarlett is in the room "I'll pretend to take the bait. You learn fast, Red." And once Tunnel Rat is clear of the entrance Scarlett takes off running down it. Tunnel Rat just lets her go.
Back in Arctic, Destro is briefing the Baroness on a man named Dr. Gerald Orizama, a theoretical physicist, who has moved his theories to practice. Destro needs him and purposes that he be kidnapped. The main problem with the MASS Device is the re-integration of matter, the current problem Destro has and why he is forced to wear a containment suit. And Orizama has shown some positive results in teleportation. Destro also offers to the Baroness some video footage of a desert. She isn't impressed. Destro tells her that under this plain desert is a vast subterranean military base that is super secret. And he believes that a counter-terror force is based there. The Baroness wonders if it is the same group that interdicted Nico Mandrilobus. And Dr. Mindbender watching everything says "Phah" totally exasterbated by what he is hearing. But the Baroness smiles, even though there is no GPS data, it is a simple calculation to figure out location by the shadows on the ground and the time & date. The Baroness ends the conversation with "you may have earned Cobra's gratitude". Cobra has just discovered GI Joe.
In the air returning from Castle Destro, Brainstorm talking to Crank Case, Cover Girl, Duke & Flint finally puts the pieces together of what was happening in the basement of Castle Destro. Destro has discovered the most perfect deployment method ever and it's very bad for everyone. Ace flying the plane informs everyone to buckle up cause they will be landing at The Pit blind and deaf cause the all of the power of The Pit is out.
Finally inside The Pit, Labrat gets everything working again. The Cobra goo has been placed in a containment area where no electronic signals can reach it and it can't do anymore damage to The Pit's computer systems. The lights come on as Hawk enters his office. He is surprised to see Scarlett waiting for him. She has turned herself in, she explains she never intended to actually escape just delay any actions against her until Snake Eyes could bring in the information. Hawk tells Scarlett that Snake Eyes is in The Pit. Next, Scarlett is running into the medical lab screaming for him. But in typical Snake Eyes fashion he is gone, he just got up and walked out.
In Manhattan, as the sun is rising an aged Japanese man is cleaning his section of the sidewalk in front of his store when a mysterious man appears behind him carrying an Army rucksack. The Japanese man turns around and says "So good to see you alive - Snake Eyes". Snake Eyes then bows to the man.
Back in The Pit, Mainframe is returning to his old room. Flint and Shipwreck welcome him back and his roommate Tunnel Rat didn't miss him one bit.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen