Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: February 2010
Series: G.I. Joe
Issue Number: 15
Bazooka is dead. Scarlett & Duke get arrested by the police and then are released after a failed attempt to protect Dr. Orizama from Cobra capture. At Section Zero, Dr. Orizama is immediately successful in fixing the problems that both Destro & Dr. Mindbender are having with the MASS Device, which pleases the Baroness tremendously.
Notes of Interest
Death of Bazooka
1st Appearance of Wild Bill
Major Continuity Differences
GI Joe: Bazooka, Beach Head, Cover Girl, Duke, Flint, Scarlett, Stalker, Tunnel Rat, Wild Bill
Additional Joes (Pictured only): Ace, Barbecue, Heavy Duty, Snow Job, Tripwire
Cobra: Baroness, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, "Blacklight" (Wolfhead Cobra soldier)
Additional Characters: Prof. Dr. Gerry Orizama, Dr. Orizama (Gerry's wife)
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
At Robillard College, Scarlett & Duke are recovering from the sleep gas that they were exposed to as the regular city police storm the building. Scarlett briefly fights with the cops but gives up when she sees the dead body of Bazooka. He was killed by the Cobra soldier known as "Blacklight" and was dressed in a Wolfhead mask. The cops do not believe Duke when he asks them about the Wolfhead masked man they were fighting but campus security confirms that Duke was correct. Three of the other masked Cobra operatives are also arrested at the same time.
Up in the Arctic at the Cobra base Section Zero, Dr. Orizama is dropped off by a Night Raven and immediately taken into the research room where Destro & Dr. Mindbender have been working on fixing the malfunctioning MASS Device.
Back at the police station, Duke is being interrogated but all he keeps doing is asking the detective to call the phone number on the card he carries. Once the detective calls it within 30 seconds he releases Duke & Scarlett. Duke requests to interview the three masked operatives that are in custody. Scarlett & Duke are given access and they begin asking questions. The operative, a young student aged male, says he is with YAAT (Youth Against Animal Testing) and that the guy in the wolfmask recruited them, using a log in name of Lupe666, to go on a mission to help free some chimpanzees. Scarlett calls The Pit to find out what Flint and his team of Beach Head & Cover Girl discover at the office of YAAT. They bust down the door and discover an empty desk with dust covering everything. A total Cobra shell company that is a front and Cobra used these kids as cover for their actions to get Dr. Orizama.
The Baroness, up in Section Zero, is talking to "Blacklight", who is male, tall and with short black hair. He confirms that he escaped free and clear with no local law enforcement following him. She is concerned about the intelligence operatives that he ran into plus tells him that the operatives where arrested. She ends the call with telling him that he should contact her for his next assignment after he has completed his extraction.
Duke & Scarlett go to Dr. Orizama's house to interview his wife, who is also a doctor. They tell her that he has been abducted by a criminal conspiracy that is conducting radical experiments in his field. The Joes are concerned that he will be forced to cooperate with them. Mrs. Orizama informs them that if this group is well funded then it won't taken any coercion to get her husband to cooperate. And that she is safe.
At Section Zero, Dr. Gerry Orizama is simply amazed that they have a functioning version of his theories of teleportation. Destro explains that the MASS Device works on the dis-assembly part but not the reassembly part. Dr. Orizama asks how it is powered, the Baroness explains that the entire based draws its power from the Earth's magnosphere which is where they get the enormous power required to run the MASS device. Destro explains the process of the MASS Device, by using nano mite technology that is aboard the relay satellites, they can successfully transport items anywhere they want but have continuously failed on the return trip. Destro shows the Doctor the schematics of the MASS Device, immediately Orizama is able to see why it is failing and begins to explain to them how they can fix it. Dr. Mindbender, who has been watching all of this, just laughs at Destro and how easy a fix it is to make. But Dr. Orizama cuts him off because he recognizes him and brings up Dr. Mindbender's disastrous failure with the Taiga Collapsar Blast two years ago. The Baroness jumps in to dismiss both Destro and Dr. Mindbender, which deeply offends both of them, to ask Dr. Orizama how they can go about fixing the problems. He then begins to willingly explain. He also adds that depending on the amount funds they have depends upon the speed in which it can happen.
Later at bank in Zurich, the security guards are watching the monitors of the vault which is four stories below the street. Surprisingly, 4 Cobra Vipers just appear inside the vault without the door being opened. They begin going through the different safe deposit boxes only taking from specific ones. By the time the guards rush to the vault and open it, the room is empty with only the few destroyed boxes opened & empty. Back in Section Zero, the 4 Cobra Vipers arrive carrying there cargo. They experience none of the dis-assembly problems of previous tests, only a little nausea. Destro immediately cheers the success and asks the Baroness to allow him to fix himself and be released from the containment suit that he is currently trapped in. (see IDW GI Joe #6) She refuses him. She smiles at Dr.Orizama and asks him if he is interested in being involved in several other topics that she is involved with. She warns him about Cobra's activities and his answer is science is science and with the type of funds they have available he believes he can work with them and also understands that he can't ever leave.
At The Pit, Stalker is hanging on the wall a framed #14 red shirt football jersey, Bazooka's famous uniform. Next to the uniform are pictures that contain other Joes Ace, Tripwire, Snow Job, Barbecue, Heavy Duty, another Joe with a beard and only partially shown a body with arrows in the backpack sticking out. He says "David L. Katzenbogen died so that Bazooka could be born. Bazooka died so his fellow Joes could live. Bazooka gave it all for his country and for the Joes. He made some mean firehouse chili and he was always there where the lead was thickest. When the last bugle calls for you - pray your half the Joe your brother was" The team assembled which includes Scarlett, Duke, Flint, Cover Girl, Tunnel Rat, and maybe Heavy Duty, Airborne, Wild Bill, Gung-Ho and Zap all say "YO Joe".
Summary by Josh Eggebeen