#109 DEATH IN THE DESERT
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: February 1991
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 109
The battle in Trucial Abysmia continues, and Tomax and Xamot misinterpret Cobra Commander's order to release the captured Joes, and a SAW-Viper kills four of them: Doc, Heavy Metal, Thunder and Crankcase. The remaining Joes escape, but three more: Breaker, Crazylegs, and Quick Kick, are killed when the vehicle they are escaping on is destroyed. The Joes send help by dropping a vehicle from low orbit.
Notes of Interest
The death of Doc, Heavy Metal, Thunder & Crankcase by the SAW Viper
The death of Breaker, Crazylegs & Quick Kick from an exploding Cobra Rage.
Storm Shadow Dossier, Art by Javier Saltares
Joes: Lt. Falcon, Duke, Breaker, Crazylegs, Thunder, Crankcase, Heavy Metal, Doc, Cross Country, Quick Kick, Hawk, Dial-Tone, Lady Jaye, Rock N Roll, Clutch, Wildcard, Countdown, Hardtop, Payload
Cobra: Tomax, Xamot, Cobra Commander, S.A.W. Viper
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Jon Statema,
Inks: Tim Dzon,
Randy Emberlin (pgs 6, 17),
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Lee Weeks
A team of Joes consisting of Lt. Falcon, Duke, Breaker, Crankcase, Heavy Metal, Thunder, Cross Country, Quick Kick, Doc, and Crazylegs has just destroyed several Terrordromes. They now find themselves the prisoners of Tomax and Xamot.
Tomax and Xamot are beating Duke as the rest watch helplessly at gunpoint. Cross Country attempts to go to Duke's aid only to wind up in a fistfight with a viper. Tired of beating on Duke because their fists are sore, Tomax and Xamot toss Duke and the rest into a ravine. They call Cobra Commander for further orders.
Cobra Commander, still shaken by Snake Eyes infiltration of the Cobra Consulate building in NY (issue 108), is evacuating. Tomax is talking to the commander about the situation. The Commander's response is: "G.I.Joe prisoners? Are you crazy? Get rid of them immediately" Tomax is unclear he asks for clarification. Cobra Commander says" just do it"; he thinks he has just ordered the twins to free the Joes. He does not want to incur any more of Snake Eyes' wrath.
Tomax and Xamot however take the orders in a different context. They decide to have a meeting with some of their nastiest vipers.
In the ravine Cross Country reveals he was able to get a knife off the viper he fought. Cobra is mobilizing and leaving. Tomax and Xamot tell the vipers to "take care of the prisoners". The vipers appear confused asking "feed them?" "You have to be more specific" and "can we have this in writing"
Then a SAW viper appears, a cigarette dangling from his lips. He volunteers for the job. Tomax and Xamot leave him behind with a Cobra Rage and two other Vipers, offering him two months extra pay.
In the ravine the Joes hear the Cobra armor leaving. Doc volunteers to peek over the edge of the ravine. The Joes wonder did Cobra just pack up and leave?
Doc peers over the edge, and is shot dead by the SAW viper. The Joes are trapped in the ravine as the SAW viper that has the high ground fires into them with his heavy machine gun. Some of the Joes sacrifice themselves throwing their bodies over the others. The SAW viper keeps firing. Lt. Falcon gets the knife from Cross Country and throws it into the SAW viper's chest. The two vipers prepare for an attack. Falcon is boosted over the edge of the ravine. He knocks out the SAW viper taking the Machine Gun, but before he can use it he is hit by a viper's bullet in the arm. Quick Kick is out of the ravine and grabs the hog, firing at the vipers until the weapon is empty, tears streaming down his face.
Doc, Thunder, Crankcase, and Heavy Metal are gone. Breaker uses the radio in the Rage to contact the Pit for an evacuation. Hawk plans a rescue mission and the Defiant is launched in ten minutes.
Tomax and Xamot interrupt the transmission, jamming it. They send two HISS II tanks, a Maggot, and two FANG II helicopters to finish the job.
The Joes head to the extraction point. They leave the scene, however the murderous SAW viper isn't dead. Lt. Falcon broke his nose and he swears revenge. He is picked up by the HISS IIs and Maggot.
The Defiant has launched, and Clutch, Rock N Roll, and Wildcard are on their way. It seems that everything Wildcard touches he breaks. Clutch tells him not to touch anything.
The Rage is in battle; the HISS IIs and the Maggot are gaining. Breaker is hit as the FANG IIs attack. Duke shoots the two copters down.
In outer space, Clutch Rock N Roll and Wildcard and some other Joes are in the Mobile Battle Bunker, and are about to be dropped into the atmosphere. Heat shields protect them on re-entry.
The Joes keep battling the Maggot and HISS tanks. The Rage is hit killing Breaker, Crazylegs, and Quick Kick. Cross Country, Duke, and Lt. Falcon are the only three to survive. The Cobra column is closing in.
Falling through the sky, the Mobile Battle Bunker deploys chutes. Then the chutes rip and they begin to plummet.
Summary by Ted Jacobson