Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: August 1987
Series: Special Missions
Issue Number: 6
LOCATION: Borovia Outback must hide in the sewer, steal clothing, and buy a truck, out smart a Colonel Ratnikov all in order to escape from Borovia. In order to make sure that Stalker, Quick Kick and Snow Job, who were left behind, aren't forgotten in the Gulag prison.
Notes of Interest
The individual Special Mission issues influence on the main series fluctuates from being a completely separate story to having a minor influence or is a direct continuation from the regular Marvel series. This issue takes place directly after the regular series issue #61. See Outback's return to the Pit in the regular series issue #63. See final rescue of Stalker, Quick Kick and Snow Job in the regular series issue #66.
Main Mission Joes: Outback Additional Joes: Stalker, Snow Job, Quick Kick Special Missions Only Characters: Colonel Ratnikov (deceased), Sgt Gruvich
Writer: Larry Hama, Art: Herb Trimpe, Lettering: Phil Felix, Coloring: Bob Sharen, Editor: Bob Harras, Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter.
In Borovia, Outback has just slipped down through a sewer grate. Above him is the injured Snow Job and Quick Kick with Stalker protecting them, he has just been ordered by Stalker to leave his teammates behind. The mission that they were on has gone very wrong and Colonel Ratnikov's Army has surrounded the Joe team.
Outback's new mission is to escape and report back to Hawk what really happened. As Stalker, Snow Job and Quick Kick are loaded up into a truck to be taken to a gulag prison; Outback takes off down the sewer. Col. Ratnikov realizes that Outback is missing and has his soldiers begin searching for him, including the sewers.
Using a compass and a Michelin guide Outback makes his way to the outskirts of the city. Ratnikov orders his troops to fill the sewers with gas and light it up. Outback sensing that something is wrong climbs out of the sewer just as the flames go past him. His exit brings him to a market, where he steals some clothing to disguise himself, makes a deal with a chicken farmer to buy his truck and takes off out of the city towards the border.
Col. Ratnikov has closed the border and intensified the search for Outback. His soldiers discover the chicken farmer, who then agrees to help Ratnikov find Outback.
Driving along, Outback sees a hitchhiker thinking it is better to travel with another person he picks up the hitchhiker. The hitchhiker pulls gun on Outback and threatens to kill him. As the truck is headed down a hill, Outback slams on the breaks forcing the hitchhiker into the window, just to make sure Outback slams his head into the window a couple more times. He then jumps out of the truck as it goes off the road.
Col. Ratnikov and the chicken farmer are in a helicopter when they spot the crashed truck. After landing, they follow a blood trail that Outback has left behind. The blood trail leads to Outback laying face down in the snow. As they approach the body, Outback jumps up from the side catching Ratnikov off guard. He had set a trap using his clothing to look like he was dead. He then takes Ratnikov's clothing and they climb in the helicopter and he destroys the helicopter's compass. Guiding the chopper with his personal compass, he guides the helicopter to a specific area and then jumps out of with a parachute.
Outback has guided them to the border, not realizing that they have crossed the border's air space the helicopter is blown up with Ratnikov inside it. The border guards then capture Outback, who asks to see the American Consul.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen