Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: November 2010
Series: G.I. Joe
Issue Number: 24
Mainframe is lucky in his search for Cobra when they monitor, using Predator drones, a Cobra attack which they are able to break up. The captured Cobra Viper begins his interrogation and the Joes begin to unravel the mystery behind Cobra's ability to teleport.
Notes of Interest
First Appearance of Mutt.
Introduction and First Appearance of Krake.
Introduction of Shareware.
Major Continuity Differences
Scarlett & Snake Eyes relationship.
Krake is an IDW continuity exclusive character.
GI Joe: Brainstorm, Dial Tone, Downtown, Hawk, Helix, Labrat, Mainframe, Mutt, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Shareware
Cobra: Dr. Orizama, Copperback (Glynis MacDougall), Captured Viper, Krake, Storm Shadow
Additional Characters: President Ukumba
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Robert Atkins
Inker: Clayton Brown
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letters: Shawn Lee
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artists: Robert Atkins, Colors by Andrew Crossley
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B (Retail Incentive): Artist: Trevor Hutchinson
Cover Company: IDW
Dial Tone & Mainframe are having fun in the flight simulator where Mainframe crashes and burns. As they exit, Rock 'n' Roll questions them with hints about their relationship.
Scarlett standing in Helix's room is questioning her, but she is not concerned with Scarlett and her relationship with Snake Eyes. She isn't interested in human relationships and all of there variables.
Hawk, Mutt and Downtown are monitoring the recently captured Cobra Viper, (see GI Joe #23) he has been isolated with zero communication since his unconscious arrival and then only fed through a slot. Hawk is debating on what to do with the interrogation when Scarlett enters with a few ideas. She wants to figure out the last place on Earth he would want to be and create a fictional story in order to get information out of him.
Mainframe, along with Dial Tone, is introducing to a group of Fobbits (computer specialist Joes) the two remote control operating systems for their Predator Drones. Currently, 2 of the many that are being operated around the world to spy on possible Cobra positions, are in Hindu Kush, Waziristan. Mainframe and Dial Tone take over so they can be operate them manually. They use a variety of visions including infra red and night vision to spy on a village that has a very high opium trade that Cobra is known for having a presence in.
In another part of The Pit, Brainstorm and Labrat are talking about how to replicate their own version of Cobra's MASS Device. They have discovered from the captured Viper that he was wearing a coin like device. This device contains the genre sequence of the Viper and molecular structure of every item that he was wearing. It is the key to figuring out how to transport people and items through the MASS Device. Labrat suggests they begin working on replicating the coin device.
Flying over a village in the middle of the night in Waziristan, Mainframe and Dial Tone randomly spot fifty bodies just appear out of nowhere. It is Cobra, they have teleported in and the Joes got very lucky to be watching. The lead Cobra walks up to the village leader and talks to him (the Joes are not able to listen in only watch) whatever is said the Cobra soldier pulls out his gun an executes the leader. A large mostly one sided firefight opens up with the Cobra Viper's killing everyone including women and children. Mainframe orders Shareware to call for Hawk immediately.
As Hawk and Scarlett arrive they watch HISS tanks start appearing and the destruction really begins. Against Hawk's better judgment he allows Mainframe and Dial Tone to attack the Cobra forces. The Predator drones start destroying the tanks and soldiers.
On the ground, they are unprepared for an aerial attack. The Cobra leader, named Krake, calls into Section Zero for immediate evac. In Section Zero, Dr. Orizama and Copperback (Glynis MacDougall, Destro's old assistant, see < a href="idw16.shtml">GI Joe #16) are dumbfounded that an American unmanned drone could have found them. They return them quickly, so quickly that a HISS blows up in Section Zero. Krake demands to know who was attacking him.
The villagers see the drones fly past with the American flags on the wings.
In The Pit, Hawk is completely aware that he just showed to Cobra that they are onto their methods and able to track them, even if it was mostly lucky timing. He knows it was a mistake but it was the right thing to do.
In the Republic of Baranique in West Africa, Storm Shadow busts out of a car killing two guards as he holds a sword in each hand. He easily fights his way into the living room of President Ukumba, who is watching a soccer game, to ask him a couple of questions. Storm Shadow asks about the recent Cobra attack that was stopped by the Joes (the same attack where they captured the Cobra Viper alive). The President explains that it was Americans and they killed three and took away the fourth. Storm Shadow then kills the President.
In a prison cell in The Pit, the captured Viper is woken up by a voice saying "What is your last recollection?" The Viper then refuses to give any information thinking it is an interrogation or at least a test. But the voice explains "There was a malfunction of some kind. There was some difficulty in re-integrating your form. Your physiology was encoded and placed in storage until the technological problems of re-assembly could be surmounted." The Viper asks "How long was I in storage?" The voice answers "We believe 83 years." And then continues "So you see. This is not an interrogation or a de-brief, it is in the nature of a history lesson."
Sitting in the control booth, Mainframe is the voice and Scarlett is the one leading the interrogation that is disguised as otherwise.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen