#108 APPARENT CONCLUSIONS
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: January 1991
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 108
Snake-Eyes helps Storm Shadow into a healing trance, then heads to the Cobra Consulate building to drive Cobra Commander out. A battle between the Joes and Cobra in the middle east begins.
Notes of Interest
Snake-Eyes collection of spike knuckled trench knives.
Snake-Eyes Dossier, Art by Andy Kubert
Cobra Commander Dossier, Art by Neal Adams
An ominous warning in the letters page.
G.I. Joe: Lt. Falcon, Duke, Breaker, Crazylegs, Thunder, Crankcase, Heavy Metal, Doc, Cross Country, Snake-Eyes, Stalker, Hawk, Law and Order, Scarlett, Storm Shadow
Cobra: Tomax, Xamot, Cobra Commander, Night Creepers
Other: Borovia Girl Marina, General Thurston Crowler, Wade Collins, Sean Collins
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Mark Bryant,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Lee Weeks
We join a mission in progress. Lt. Falcon is leading an attack on Cobra Terrordromes in Trucial Abysmia. The attack has gone well, the Terrordromes have been destroyed. A Cobra rage quickly speeds past the Joes on a prearranged escape route. The Joes follow in order to prevent any calls for help. The Mauler, Havoc. Awe Striker, and others are in pursuit.
Snake-Eyes arrives at the midtown New York hospital where Scarlett was being treated. The hospital is being locked down, He encounters a guard who stops him and Marina. The Guard's superior notices Snake-Eyes array of medals A Combat Infantryman's Badge, a Silver Star, and more Purple Hearts than they make additional awards for on his uniform and tells the guard to let him by.
When they reach Scarlett's room they find an empty bed. A familiar voice tells him it's not what he thinks. Stalker and Hawk explain the events that have transpired. ( issue 103 through 107). Marina plays with Order.
In Trucial Abysmia, Falcon is having difficulty stopping the Cobra Rage. A skilled driver, infrared shielding, electronic jamming, and the darkness are hampering his efforts. Lt Falcon decides to pop a flare. When he does they find themselves surrounded by HISS II tanks and Maggots. They have been led into a trap.
Snake-Eyes takes Stalker to Columbia University, Stalker makes a joke about why would Snake-Eyes take him to see the Ghostbusters. We soon see the isolation tanks Snake-Eyes uses, and learn that this is Snake-Eyes hideout just like the water tower is Storm Shadow's. We see Kwinn's( see issue 2-19) .30 caliber machine gun on his wall as well as his famous collection of spike knuckled trench knives.
Scarlett's voice comes from a rear room, where she is tending to the wounded Storm Shadow. She explains to Snake-Eyes all the events of the past few days. Injured badly Snake-Eyes uses the Arashikage mind set to stabilize Storm Shadow, they call an ambulance.
Back in Trucial Abysmia the Joes are fighting it out. All frequencies are jammed and soon Breaker's radio is destroyed.
As the ambulance rushes down the street, Stalker tells his story as well. He shows Snake-Eyes the cloth covered in concrete dust he got from a Night Creeper. Snake-Eyes jumps out of the ambulance which it so happens is right in front of the Cobra Consulate Building. He makes his way to a meeting where Cobra Commander is chastising the Night Creepers for their failure to prove they killed Storm Shadow.
In Trucial Abysmia the Joes are on foot; their vehicles are scrap metal. They are totally surrounded and have wounded, with no other choice, Duke surrenders to Tomax and Xamot. They call Duke a coward and he spits in Tomax's face, his twin brother feels it as well. The twins pounce on Duke punching and kicking him. They utter the words, "If we ever have our way, you'll never leave Trucial Abysmia. Never. Ever."
Snake-Eyes is cutting a swath to Cobra Commander. Nothing stops him and soon he is at the Commander a knife at his throat. Stalker isn't far behind. He explains to the Commander that Snake-Eyes has a personal message for him. Forget about Storm Shadow. Leave NY go to Cobra Island and never set foot there again.
Hawk has met General Crowther, the Juggler behind recent shady events, at the National Archives. Hawk tells Crowther to forget about Snake-Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Stalker. He refuses until he learns from Hawk that Magda, is now elected President of Borovia and she knows the entire story. General Crowther has no choice now. Hawk leaves the General telling him that he should read the Constitution sometime. On the last page we see Snake-Eyes, Stalker, Scarlett, and Storm Shadow in a suburban neighborhood. They have brought Marina ( see previous issues) to live with the family of Wade Collins, a Vietnam vet who was in the long range recon patrol with Stalker, Storm Shadow, and Snake-Eyes, and also a former Cobra Crimson Guardsman. Marina is disappointed that Scarlett and Snake-Eyes aren't adopting her and will only be her Aunt and Uncles, but is soon welcomed into the family.
Summary by Ted Jacobson