Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: December 2009 (2nd Issue released in Dec)
Series: G.I. Joe
Issue Number: 13
Beach Head & Tripwire are trapped in an pre-Colombian temple after helping Scarlett's team rescues a captured Senator. Tunnel Rat and Dial Tone, by satellite communication from The Pit, guide them to safety as they are chased by Colombian narco-terrorists.
Notes of Interest
Introduction of Tripwire.
Major Continuity Differences
GI Joe: Beach Head, Dial Tone, Flint, Hawk, Scarlett, Tripwire, Tunnel Rat,
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Robert Atkins
Inker: Clayton Brown
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letters: Robbie Robbins
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artists: David Williams, Colors by Kelsey Shannon
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist Robert Atkins, Colors by Andrew Crossley
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive, Virgin Cover): Artist: David Williams, Colors by Kelsey Shannon
Cover Company: IDW
Cover D (Retailer Exclusive): Artist Robert Atkins, Colors by Bob Pedroza
Cover Company: Graham Crackers Comics
At the entrance of an ancient temple in Colombia, Beach Head and Tripwire are prevented from escaping by a group of local Colombian narco-terrorists. Beach Head and Tripwire were left behind as a rear guard as Scarlett lead her team out of the area with the captured Senator they have just successfully rescued from the same nacro-terrorists hunting Beach Head & Tripwire.
Tripwire on his first mission as a Joe sets up a camera with a digital viewing device so they can see around the corner as the soldiers approach. They quickly pop out take out two of the soldiers trying to sneak up on them. Beach Head then takes out another with an RPG, the RPG fires as the man is dying and lands in the middle of a group of the soldiers killing several them.
With no back up and more Colombian soldiers arriving they try to hold there position. Beach Head makes a reference to his amnesia as they decide they have to go into the temple because the numbers are getting to big and the ammo is getting to low. And then the camera is shot and the decision is made for them. They go in.
In the mess hall of The Pit, Dial Tone interrupts Tunnel Rat's meal. He is needed in the intel department to help guide Beach Head and Tripwire out of the mess they are walking into. Tunnel Rat is an underground specialist and has a broad range of knowledge and experience regarding these type of temples.
By communicator, Tunnel Rat asks Beach Head about the icons he sees on the wall. Tunnel Rat judges from the description of the figures that the temple is an Olmec one, the Jaguar People. These type of temples were built with drainage tunnels and Beach Head and Tripwire have to go deeper into the temple in order to escape. Tripwire leaves behind a claymore mine with a trip wire for the soldiers attacking them.
Beach Head has the only night vision goggles and he leads. After cutting through cobwebs and coming to "T" shaped shaft. Tunnel Rat flips a coin and tells Beach Head to go right which the tunnel has downward slope. Dial Tone is able to bring up a holographic display of the temple as Tunnel Rat guides them further down. Tripwire's claymore mine blows up killing several more of the soldiers.
Tripwire asks Beach Head for his cell phone, which he hands over but is curious why. Tripwire calls himself and in the distance a phone is heard ringing. The narco-terrorists hear it also and head straight for the ringing. Once they arrive to find the phone sitting in a big open space. One of narco-terrorists steps on a trapdoor step which causes two of them to fall into a pit. Beach Head leading runs into a hole in the floor where with his night vision goggles is able to see a good drop spot and jumps in. Tripwire follows but can't see the landing, Beach Head is there to grab him. But the narco-terrorists arrive above them and fire down at them. Beach Head kills two with his shotgun as Tripwire drops down further. They lose the signal and Tunnel Rat, but before it went dead, they heard Tunnel Rat's advice of "Find the water, follow the water."
A hip high level of water is flowing into a broken apart part of the wall as they dodge gun fire, they are forced to swim deeper into the temple. Both of the Joes are able to surface farther down the shaft but the narco-terrorists are afraid to follow and turn around to head for the surface. They both take a huge deep breath and let the current taken them out of the temple. They surface at the base of a waterfall.
In The Pit, Tunnel Rat closes his books and Dial Tone turns away from her computer two Joes have just been saved. She books flights out for them on the next plane in the nearest airport.
In the base of temple the narco-terrorists are lost and the water is rising.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen