GI JOE #9 COBRA COMMAND PART 1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: January 2012
Series: G.I. Joe Season 2
Issue Number: 9
Cobra invades the entire country of Nanzhao near Thailand in Southeast Asia causing massive destruction to the military & political ruling party as well as destroying the heroin poppy fields. The new Cobra Commander is very active in the invasion. GI Joe, under investigation, is slow to respond but sends in several teams to Thailand. Storm Shadow is also fighting in Nanzhao.
Notes of Interest
Introduction of Savane, Cobra Commander's Lieutenant.
Cobra Commander is Krake,(See Issue GI Joe Cobra Civil War #8)
First appearance of the Red Ninjas, Storm Shadow wears camouflage instead of his traditional white.
GI Joe: Dial Tone, Flint, Hawk, Helix, Iceberg, Mainframe, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Snake Eyes
Cobra: Cobra Commander (Krake), Major Bludd, Savane, Storm Shadow
Additional Characters: Unnamed Investigator
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Alex Cal
Colorist: J. Brown
Letters: Shawn Lee
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: John Barber
Publisher: IDW Publishing Cover Credits Cover Artist: Dave Wilkins Cover Company: IDW
In Nanzhao, formerly known as Hyunnan in the The Bai Dali Gold Deposit in Bagan Province, several native workers are surrounded by soldiers when Cobra Mamba helicopters come rushing in firing away at both soldiers & workers of the heroin fields. Nanzhao is the world's largest exporter of heroin, it has no solid alliance with any other country.
In Washington DC, Hawk is at a briefing where he is being investigated for the loss of The Pit, the Tuna, the compromise of the Bear Lake facility and the death of a couple hundred of his soldiers. The Congressional investigator is telling Hawk the new restrictions on the Joe team he will have to live with. They are now to be based out of Fort Baxter for the foreseeable future, no new vehicles or ordinance, all mission goals restructured to fit within these new parameters.
The investigation is interrupted with a message that the country has a status "Deep Red". Later, Hawk & the investigators are being shown footage of the Cobra HISS tanks destroying the Nanzhao military, taking control of the airfield, killing people & more. The invasion is by an unknown force, but the Cobra symbol is prominent on all the vehicles in the footage.
In the Capital of Nanzhao, the new Cobra Commander (Krake) is receiving the battlefield update after 6 hours from the start which is "Captured/negated 80% of armed forces both regular & militia, Captured/negated the complete ruling party & political class, immediate control of the 2 major population centers. The Army is in complete disarray, the escaped leadership has fled to India or China. The projected total control of Nanzhao is with in the week."
Savane, Cobra Commander's Lieutenant has been giving him the brief and when she asks if he would prefer to be in command at the front lines, he just replies "I am in full command from wherever I am. I have no desire to shore up my authority with theatrics." All he wants to do is keep having victories. The Cobra Council won't touch him if he is winning. He is near a heroin poppy field & orders the execution of several of the field workers. He wants complete & total victory, he wants to create fear in the world for Cobra. At the same time, he is going to destroy all of Nanzhao's drug fields, which to the world's public will look like he has removed a brutal regime, destroyed billions of dollar worth of drugs but Cobra will benefit greatly by the price of drugs being driven up and since they control major fields in other countries, they will be making bigger profits. Plus, the world & its militaries will be slow to act. So Cobra has all of the advantages now that the world will know that Cobra officially exists. Then the helicopters set the poppy fields on fire. (To see the Origin of Cobra Commander & his personal connection to Southeast Asia & the drug field read the Cobra Annual #1)
In Fort Baxter, Kansas, the GI Joe headquarters, Scarlett is talking to Snake Eyes asking him if his team is recovered from there last mission (See Snake Eyes #5).
Flint is mustering the troops from Alpha, Bravo & Delta teams when team Foxtrot (Snake Eyes' team) arrives Helix, Iceberg & Snake Eyes just bored the plane despite Flint having no orders or room for them. Flint is powerless to stop them.
At the command center, Scarlett is briefing Hawk with Mainframe, Dial Tone in attendance as Shipwreck & Flint join by video. Having seen lots of the battle footage they are aware that Cobra is a serious force & has caused lots of destruction that doesn't make much sense to anyone, lots of the actions seem based on just plain destruction & world leaders are divided on what action should be taken since it is basically a private army invading a country not another country. It appears they are closing the borders in both directions. (Major Bludd is seen in action working with some rebel soldiers on the video monitor). Hawk says the Joes orders are to stage in Thailand & bring out an Americans that are left still in country.
Shipwreck confirms he will be on station soon for sea support, Flint says his teams are ready as soon as they land. Scarlett is happy to hear that team Foxtrot is with them. She reminds Flint that Snake Eyes has been on the ground in the area before.
Inside the plane several soldiers are talking about the unknowns of the location they are headed to as Snake Eyes just sits looking at them. He has a brief flashback.
Snake Eyes is carrying a Joe as an explosion happens blowing them both into the water, Storm Shadow in his traditional white is seen slicing up another Joe. On the ground in the province of Ching Mai in Nanzhao, a convoy with an important Nanzhao official is closing in on the border when Storm Shadow in complete camouflage drops from a tree stabbing his sword through the roof into the official killing him. He then throws several grenades that destroy a support Humvee. He drops a bomb inside the car for good measure & then jumps off the car to kill the two soldiers on motorcycles.
A little later he is surrounded by Red Ninjas, who bow to him.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen