Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: October 2011
Series: G.I. Joe Season 2
Issue Number: 6

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Death of Crankcase & Rip Cord

GI Joe Casualty List: CANDIDATE SCOREBOARD AS OF ALL #6 OCTOBER ISSUES BARONESS (Assets: Blacklight, Croc Master, Serpentor, Zartan) KILLED: [9] Hammerlock, Mojo, Apeface, Dragon, Sawed-Off, Knuckles, Slammer, Leadfoot, Mooch WOUNDED: (3) Recondo, Steeler, Sneak Peek OTHER: Discovery of a secret Joe installation

MAJOR BLUDD (Assets: Serpentor, Steeler(Black-Out)) KILLED: (2) Breaker, A Fobbit

WOUNDED: (0) KHALIKHAN - ELIMINATED! (Assets: Slice, Dice) KILLED: (5) Dojo, Banzai, Nunchuk, T'jbang, T'ginzu WOUNDED: (2) Bushido, Alpine TOMAX (Assets: Serpentor) Zip!

ODA SATORI or ZARTAN??? (Assets: Storm Shadow, Zartan) KILLED: (11) Shareware, Winchester, Lawhound, Screw, Brainstorm, 6 Unnamed Joes OTHER: Killed Joe's only Cobra prisoner, Destroyed the Pit (!!!) KRAKE KILLED: (6) Ratrace, Deadcheck, BBQ, Flakjack, Halfstep, Sandcrab DR. VARGAS (Assets: Serpentor) KILLED: (0) WOUNDED: (1) Duke (Infected with a deadly virus) To be Determined which candidate gets credit: Killed: (2) Crankcase, Rip Cord Wounded: (1) Tunnel Rat

Major Players

GI Joe: Beach Head, Crankcase, Cover Girl, Flint, Dial Tone, Doc, Hawk, Hard Drive, Mainframe, Rip Cord, Roadblock, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Sneak Peek, Tripwire, Tunnel Rat

Cobra: Baroness, Krake, Error, Major Bludd

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Tripwire and Beach Head climb out of the rear access of a compromised secret military base in Bear Lake, Maine. Krake is taking of on a motorcycle just as they spot him. Inside the base Flint orders them to meet at the front.

Sneak Peek is seriously injured and they make their plan for evac to the nearest military base. They have also captured the Baroness and make a plan for where to take her.

In the Atlantic Ocean, GI Joe's submarine the Tuna (see IDW GI Joe Volume 1 #20 for how the Joes captured the Tuna) is going through its first shakedown after being retrofitted after its capture. Shipwreck is showing Mainframe and Dial Tone some boxes that he can't figure out what they do.

As Mainframe analyzes it. A camera view of him working appears.

At Fort Baxter, the Joes new land base, Scarlett is talking to Doc about Duke and Snake Eyes and the virus released in Zimbabwe. Scarlett smiles know that since Duke is with Snake Eyes he will be safe. (See IDW Cobra Volume #3 #6 for what happens to them).

In a helicopter, Team Alpha which includes Flint, Tunnel Rat, Beach Head, Hard Drive, Roadblock, Crankcase, Rip Cord and the captured Baroness are headed to Springfield. They land in the stadium and pilots cover the helicopter and the team moves out. Springfield is like a ghost town nobody around so they walk to the nearest bank and make that their base of operations.

On the Tuna, Mainframe has found 4 of the boxes and disconnected them, he is still unsure what they do. Hawk & Cover Girl are concerned since they don't seem to have any function directly connected to the subs operations. But Mainframe was able to determine that they measure lots of the water variables like temperature and the surrounding environment. Shipwreck believes they are monitoring more than just outside conditions and Hawk orders them all torn out.

A camera view of Hawk talking to Shipwreck is shown. On the other side of that camera view is Major Bludd's computer specialist Error. Bludd asks to know where they are, how many Joe are aboard and what is there depth. Error say that he can shutdown the sub at anytime. Bludd tells him to wait.

In Springfield, the Baroness is locked in a vault and eating the MRE's but doesn't like them and throws them at Roadblock. Hard Drive reports that the town is alive with electronic activity. So Flint confronts the Baroness, she willingly explains that Springfield is an experiment town. Used to test various scenarios and she says they are the new lab rats.

Outside Crankcase has fixed up a vehicle they can use as Rip Cord is standing guard. Out of a shadow a large human form walks towards them, it doesn't answer to their calls so they open fire on the form. The form fires a projectile that explodes the car right next to both Crankcase & Rip Cord. Out of the fire the form walks towards the bank which holds the rest of the Joes & the Baroness. Tunnel Rat and Tripwire both open fire on the form. Tripwire has a direct hit on it with a high explosive round. But the form gets right back up and continues to advance at them. Tunnel Rat is shot in the leg and Flint grabs him and drags him back to the vault.

Inside the vault, the Baroness explains that it is a BAT (Battle Armored Android Trooper) it is designed to protect the town and its assets. Beach Head throws several grenades as the last Joes pull themselves into the vault. Roadblock closes and secures the door. The Baroness continues that the BAT is a doomsday weapon that will kill any non-Cobra personal and it won't stop. The BAT with its multiple arms as weapons stands outside the door as the building is on fire.

to be continued . . .

Summary by Josh Eggebeen

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