G.I.JOE: MASTER & APPRENTICE #3
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: August 2004
Series: G.I. Joe: Master & Apprentice
Issue Number: 3
Sean Collins, now Kamakura, is in the middle of his final trial to become a full member of the Arashikage Clan. A battle with Storm Shadow and Firefly leaves the team of Snake-Eyes, Jinx, Budo, and Kamakura injured and uninformed as to what was all happening. Duke and Chuckles have been working with Storm Shadow to catch Firefly and a mysterious figure called Nowhere Man.
Notes of Interest
Also available in a signed edition as a retailer incentive.
Four Issue Mini Series.
This series takes place between the disbanding in 1995 and the return in 2001 of the GI Joe team.
Wade Collins was in Vietnam with Stalker, Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow. He was left behind as dead, ended up a POW for years. After returning to the US, he joined Cobra where he became a Crimson Guardsman, Fred unit. Snake-Eyes and Stalker helped him defect from Cobra to live a life in peace.
Arashikage Clan Members -- Jinx, Kamakura (apprentice only), Snake-Eyes, Storm Shadow
The Rest -- Budo, Special Agent Provost (Chuckles), Conrad Hauser (Duke), Firefly, Wade Collins, Scarlett, Hammer Team member Mikhail Derenko
Story: Brandon Jerwa, Art: Stefano Caselli & Sunder Raj, Lettering: Dreamer Design, Editor: Mark Powers, Graphic Design: Mike Norton, Military Consultation: Andrew Swenson.
As Storm Shadow is about to strike down Snake-Eyes, who is holding an injured Kamakura, Jinx saves them with a well placed sniper shot to Storm Shadow's sword. Snake-Eyes then goes on the offensive and the fight spills out into the hallway. Jinx and Budo move into extract Kamakura. Firefly, who was there to meet Storm Shadow, moves in to kill Kamakura, and a stand off between him and the team of Jinx and Budo, takes place. Firefly calls for extraction.
The Nowhere Man has sent Firefly to meet with Storm Shadow.
The fight between Storm Shadow and Snake-Eyes has moved to the roof where Firefly's military extraction helicopter is coming in from. The helicopter has orders from Firefly to shot Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow. Snake-Eyes dives and covers Storm Shadow to save him from the bullets. Snake-Eyes throws his sword into the helicopters window. As he is doing this Storm Shadow stabs him in the back with a small knife. Storm Shadow is about to cut Snake-Eyes throat when the helicopter runs into a sign that falls on the both of them.
Firefly is waiting for extraction and holding Kamakura as protection. Kamakura frees himself, and Firefly jumps to the waiting helicopter, which then proceeds to shot Jinx and Budo.
Storm Shadow recovers quickly from the sign falling, and is then shot by a tranquilizer dart from Firefly. The meeting was a set up to capture Storm Shadow. He is then taken up into the helicopter. As Snake-Eyes is being brought up to the helicopter, two mysterious figures come out of nowhere to save him.
Firefly receives orders from Nowhere Man to leave with Storm Shadow.
The next day the two mysterious people are revealed to be Chuckles and Duke. And that Storm Shadow was working with Duke to bring down the Nowhere Man. The Nowhere Man is Kamakura's old Hammer team leader Mikhail Derenko. Kamakura doesn't believe it because he was supposed to have died three years earlier at the same time as Opheila died.
Duke and Snake-Eyes have a private meeting. Where Duke shows some video of Scarlett and threatens Snake-Eyes with bring her in to help him out with the Nowhere Man, if he doesn't go along. Of course, Snake-Eyes is in.
Kamakura and Budo have a moment where Kamakura is put in check about his sloppiness and how the need for revenge is causing it. Kamakura calls his father, Wade, to help clear his head. As Wade Collins hangs up his phone Mikhail Derenko and Firefly, with the tranquillized Storm Shadow, welcome him back to the Crimson Guard.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen