Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: July 2010
Series: G.I. Joe
Issue Number: 20
Two Joe Teams are working in the Pacific Ocean near a remote unpopulated island that they believe Cobra runs a bank on. The land team investigates a shack with radar dishes on it. As another team investigates a massive submarine as well as other undersea events.
Notes of Interest
1st appearance of Keel Haul.
Major Continuity Differences
Keel Haul's rank, unknown but doesn't appear to be an admiral.
Dial Tone is female.
GI Joe: Brainstorm, Cover Girl, Dial Tone, Deep Six, Keel Haul, Mainframe, Rip Cord, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Torpedo, Wet Suit
Additional Characters: Tuna, Sparky (Terrapin Crew)
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Alex Cal
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letters: Chris Mowry
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artist: Kelsey Shannon
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artists: Robert Atkins & Clayton Brown, Colors by Andrew Crossley
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive, Virgin Cover): Artist: Kelsey Shannon
Cover Company: IDW
Rip Cord is leading a Joe team that includes, Brainstorm, Mainframe, Scarlett & Dial Tone on a daylight drop, out the back of a helicopter into the ocean. It is Brainstorm's first parachute drop into an ocean and he is nervous.
After a safe drop and ride to the nearest island, Scarlett reveals their mission to them. They are to find what they believe is a bank that Cobra has funneled billions of dollars through that is situated on this remote, unpopulated island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean thousands of miles from any other place. It is called Manatua.
As they proceed inland, the chopper that dropped them off returns to it's home ship, the Terrapin. Deep Six is the commander of the ship. Onboard preparing to launch are Cover Girl, Wet Suit, Torpedo, Keel Haul and the leader of the team Shipwreck. They are taking the recently tested and approved Remora submarine (see GI Joe #7) down into the deepest part of the ocean to investigate a large sonar signature that they believe could be a massive submarine, but the noise is almost to big to be believed. Deep Six authorizes the launch.
Rip Cord leads his team to want is literally a shack with two huge satellite dishes and several solar panels on it. They do every kind of scan they can and find no surveillance. But Dial Tone does detect lots of computer activity coming from inside the shack. They move in to investigate by Rip Cord kicking in the front door.
The Remora arrives at the sonar signature and they confirm it is a massive submarine like no one has ever seen before. It is basically a submarine cruiser and is 600 ft long. The Remora has snuck up on it without detection.
After the one room shack is cleared, Mainframe, Dial Tone and Brainstorm start doing their computer work. After some hunting around they discover a hidden door that leads to an underground mystery.
What they find is a massive cave filled with a lake size amount of the same liquid database matter Mainframe found in Springfield (see GI Joe #10). He drops in a connection cable and Brainstorm along with Dial Tone begin hacking into the Cobranet.
The Remora team has moved past the massive submarine to investigate some activity that is happening even lower in the depths of the ocean. The activity is so far down that their sub can't go and they have to use a remote camera/sub called the Seapup. Using lights as their source, they guide the Seapup to a large surveillance station, which is their first assumption as to it's use.
On the island, Deep Six radios Scarlett that he will be sending the chopper to pick her team up. Shipwreck has reported in that some major trouble is coming their way and they need to pull out.
After more inspection, Shipwreck's team determine that it is actually a nuclear bomb that is positioned directly on an active fault line. They believe Cobra is going to set it off and create a massive tsunami.
Scarlett concerned that they need more time on the island, wonders why Shipwreck is so urgent with his warning. Deep Six tells her that the chopper is on the way.
Back at the massive submarine, the Remora has attached itself to the hull, as Torpedo burns a hole in the subs exterior, the team prepares to infiltrate the sub. As the hole is cut open, it falls near a patrol, Cover Girl and Keel Haul easily handle the two patrol guards but it isn't silently and they believe they have been discovered. So they proceed towards the command level, just as the submarine does a dramatic 180 turn and heads away to clear the blast area.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen