Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: August 2010
Series: G.I. Joe
Issue Number: 21
A Joe team lead by Shipwreck fight a battle for control of a Cobra submarine against Captain Vicuna and his sailors. On the island above, Scarlett's team has to abandon their investigation to run from a tsunami that was created by Cobra exploding a nuclear bomb on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Issue #21C marks the end of the virgin covers and the end of three covers per issue for the rest of the series.
Notes of Interest
First appearance and Introduction of a completely new Cobra Character. Captain Vicuna (The character on Cover A & C).
The first half of the book is completely silent, partially continuing the tradition of issue #21 being silent.
Major Continuity Differences
Keel Haul's rank.
GI Joe: Brainstorm, Cover Girl, Dial Tone, Keel Haul, Rip Cord, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Torpedo, Wet Suit
Cobra: Captain Vicuna
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Alex Cal
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artist: Charles Paul Wilson III
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artists: Robert Atkins & Clayton Brown, Colors by Andrew Crossley
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive, Virgin Cover): Artist: Charles Paul Wilson III
Cover Company: IDW
On the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, a remote deep sea submersible has just set the timer on nuclear bomb that is then dropped off the edge of a very deep crater. Above the bottom of the ocean is the massive Cobra submarine called the Dreadnaught. Attached to the underside of the Dreadnaught is the GI Joe submarine Remora. And it is empty.
The Joe team of Keel Haul, Wet Suit, Torpedo, Cover Girl and its team leader Shipwreck have just infiltrated the sub and taken out two Cobra guards. They are now proceeding silently to the command level. Moving as a team and using a diagram taken from a wall, they enter the generator room, knock out the computer tech and his supervisor. A soldier surprises the team from around a corner and hits Wet Suit over the head with a wrench, completely knocking him unconscious. The soldier then hits the fire alarm button and Shipwreck shoots him and says "Damn". (And there ends the silent part of issue #21, the tradition was recognized.)
Standing on the command deck is Captain Vicuna who receives the warning from the fire alarm. But the sensors don't read a fire, but the Captain orders the generators shut down, the hatches sealed and the room flooded. The team moves out as the doors begin to seal. Shipwreck and Torpedo get through easily Cover Girl slides through and tries to lodge her gun in the door but it is smashed leaving Keel Haul and the unconscious Wet Suit trapped in the flooding room. As the water is rising, Keel Haul puts Wet Suit's air mask on as well as his just as the room completely fills with water. He then taps on the door using Morse code that he is going to use C4 explosives to blow open the door. On the other side, Torpedo orders them to move out and they do. Hoping Keel Haul will catch up with Wet Suit.
Making their way to the command deck, they kill several Cobra techs. As they enter, Shipwreck throws in an EMP grenade that lands at the feet of Captain Vicuna. The electric charge shorts out all of the computer equipment that controls the submarine.
Keel Haul's door explodes as a rush of water fills the next chamber. He grabs Wet Suit and drags him through the blown open door.
The Joes start fighting the techs who are fighting back with axes, wrenches and other tools but dying by gun fire. Shipwreck orders Torpedo to find the console that controls the nuclear bomb and shut it down. The now out of control submarine partially crashes into the side of a rock face doing some structural damage that causes many leaks. Captain Vicuna orders every one to abandon the ship and heads to the escape pods.
The nuclear bomb explodes at the very bottom of the crater.
The submarine is totally rocked and spun causing more leaks from the concussion of the explosion. Now sinking into a different crater, the sub begins sealing doors trapping Cobra sailors in all parts of the submarine. Captain Vicuna, using his gun, prevents many of his own sailors from entering the escape pod he is in command of. He successfully escapes with several other pods as the submarine begins to pick up speed in its decent.
Torpedo and Shipwreck are working furiously to rewire the Dreadnaught so the sailing controls will work again. Keel Haul drags the still unconscious Wet Suit into the command deck and also assists in gain back the controls. Cover Girl begins examining Wet Suit.
On the island of Manata, just a couple of hundred miles away from the site of the nuclear bomb explosion, Scarlett observes the water receding so far back it exposes the coral reef. Rip Cord screams tsunami and orders Dial Tone, Mainframe and Brainstorm to drop what they are doing and run for high ground. The Joes have been downloading and investigating a Cobra bank that is on a completely deserted island, yet, billions of dollars transfer through this bank. Mainframe discovered it and found the largest liquid database vault he has seen. But now they have to run for their lives.
As the massive wave begins to roll across the ocean one of its first victims is the USS Terrapin which both Joe teams are based off of, also the transport helicopter that was about to lift off to pick up Scarlett's team is destroyed.
1800 feet below the Dreadnaught is sinking fast. Torpedo basically hot wires the control systems and begins to stop the fall of the submarine but the bottom is getting closer faster. They fill ballast tanks, release a snorkel, adjust trim, rev the engines to full and to help stop the sinking. With just feet to spare before collision the Dreadnaught rights itself and they begin sailing back toward the surface. The Joes have just captured a huge Cobra submarine. Wet Suit wakes up and asks what just happened.
On the island the wave is basically as high as the highest point. Scarlett grabs Mainframe's arm as the wave hits them but she loses her grasp as they are all washed away in the wave.
To Be Continued . . .
Summary by Josh Eggebeen