Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: June 2009
Series: IDW's Miscellaneous
Issue Number: Helix Preview
Master practitioner of Capoeira, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Shuai Jiao, Kendo and Fencing. Rumored to be able to master a fighting style after encountering it only once. Fought in underground fights, battling to the death and walking away without a scratch. Traits of savantism, but not autistic. Can identify and solve complex physical calculations quickly. "Everything she sees has a Data Set. Miles left before a car will run out of gas, Ammo counts in the bad guys guns..." Hawk thinks Cobra may have her.
Notes of Interest
This comic was released in video game retail stores several months previous to the launch of the video game. It was also given away free by IDW & Hasbro at the San Diego Comic Convention.
The Helix character appears in both the video game and is included in the main IDW Joe continuity. This preview is for her GI Joe Main Series Special. Click here to see the full summary of the issue.
Contents include: 6 page preview comic
1 page advertisement for the Helix comic special (which continues the story). Also mentions that you can be Agent Helix in the game.
4 page fold out poster advertising the video game.
2 page interview with game writer Brian Reed. Mentions that Helix was created as a "gamer turned soldier", which gets fleshed out in the Helix comic special. Mainframe is in the video game as support, non-playable.
2 page interview with Electronic Arts Senior Producer Matt Marsala.
1 page picture of Scarlett.
1 page advertisement for the Mobile Phone video game
Back cover is an advertisement for the video game (same as the fold out poster).
Writer: Brian Reed
Artist: Joe Suitor
Letters: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Publisher: IDW Publishing for EA Games
Cover Credits Cover Artist: Photo Cover Cover Company: IDW
At GI Joe Training Facility Beta, a woman stands in an empty room in a fighting stance just waiting. A voice asks "Whenever you are ready, Helix." She says "start".
In rushes two men, with head protection on and four others with a variety of machine guns. Two of the men attack Helix as she begins reporting what she sees. The men with the machine guns stand to the side and begin firing the guns into the air. Helix dodges one man and reports that one man is holding a Colt M-16A with 30 rounds fully loaded, the other man has a Heckler & Koch HK416 30 rounds fully loaded but the magazine is light maybe twenty rounds plus describing the other two guns. She easily kicks in the head the last remaining attacker. A cease fire is called. And the training exercise is over. Helix then gives the counts of the rounds fired from the 4 different machine guns. And she is 100% accurate on all of them.
Hawk stops the recording of this training exercise that him and Duke have been watching. Hawk explains that Helix has what he is calling "Total Organic Battlefield Awareness" and one of his special projects. Helix is an alpha level GI Joe operative and she has gone missing.
Hawk continues. Prior to GI Joe, Helix was a near master level practitioner of many different martial arts and fencing. She competed around the world in both official tournaments and underground ones. Helix wasn't just a good fighter it is rumored that Helix could master a style after having encountered it just once. Several of the underground tournaments were to the death, she would walk in knowing nothing engage in combat with a lifetime practitioner of the art and walk out without a scratch.
Hawk hands over a dossier to Duke, as he looks through it he notices that their is no military record, which Hawk confirms. Also included is stick figure diagram explaining how she sees the world. The head shrinks think that she is some kind of savant bordering on autistic, they aren't sure. Her savantism allows her to identify & solve complex calculations at a spooky rate. Everything she sees is given a data set, miles before a tank runs out as, ammo counts, etc.
Hawk say to Duke "She's unique. She's beyond valuable. And we think Cobra has her." And Duke is given the mission to go find her, he will operate independently and will inform no one of this mission.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen