#3 POWER STRUGGLE
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: February 1987
Series: G.I. Joe and the Transformers
Issue Number: 2
The story takes place moments after the previous issue. The Joes take on Superion. Hawks relationship with Barbara Larkin grows. Power Station Alpha is airborne and the Joes, Decepticons, and Cobra are all trying to gain control of it. The Decepticons and Cobra meet on Cobra Island.
Notes of Interest
Mainframe says: "There's more to this picture than meets the eye."
Anthony Duranti plays with a Bumblebee toy.
Optimus Prime has died in-between issues, and Cobra Commander is missing.
Mutt and Junkyard, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Roadblock, BeachHead, Sgt. Slaughter, Lady Jaye, Dialtone, Ace, Crankcase, Hawk, Mainframe, Slipstream, Wild Bill, Lift Ticket
Cobras: Baroness, Serpentor, Destro, Dr. Mindbender
Autobots: Superion, Blaster
Decepticons: Shockwave, Ravage, Megatron, Dirge, Bombshell
Humans: Barbara Larkin, Anthony Duranti, Mrs. Duranti, Mr. Blackrock
Writer: Micheal Higgins,
Artist: Herb Trimpe,
Inker: Vince Colletta,
Letterer: Joe Rosen,
Colorist: Nel Yomtov,
Consulting Editor: Donald Daley,
Editor: Robert Harras,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter,
Cover Artist: Herb Trimpe
Superion stands over the remains of Bumblebee attempting to retrieve him from the Joes. Realizing the situation has escalated, Scarlett has called in reinforcements. They consist of: Sgt. Slaughter, Lady Jaye, Dialtone, Ace, Slipstream, and Crankcase. They fire at Superion who is forced to defend himself. In the fracas Lady Jaye is injured.
The Joes use all they have, which is not enough to harm Superion, but he wonders how long it will be before he is forced to retaliate. An urgent message from Blaster changes his mind. Optimus Prime has been assassinated, and all Autobots must return to the Ark at once. Superion leaves as quickly as he arrived leaving the Joes puzzled as to why.
Mainframe and Crankcase are given the task of analyzing Bumblebee's remains. The rest of the team pitches their ideas on what these giant robots may be.
Hawk makes a social call to Senator Larkin, but Cobra and the Decepticons keep their eye on the prize: Power Station Alpha. While Hawk is engaged in a kiss the station launches under Decepticon control. Dr. Mindbender soon changes that as he dons a helmet and begins flying the station himself. The team mobilizes all their aircraft including the pilots, Ace, Wild Bill, Slipstream, and Lift Ticket.
The scene switches to the home of Anthony Duranti, the young boy from issue one. He is still near catatonic from Bombshells cerebro-shell implanted in him. Mrs. Duranti is concerned and seeks medical help for him.
Cobra has sent an entire fleet of aircraft to escort the station back to Cobra Island. They are soon engaged in battle with the Joe aircraft. On the ocean surface below is the yacht of one Mr. Blackrock, the passengers watch the battle in the sky. Spotting the ship, Serpentor uses it as a bargaining chip. He orders the pilots to threaten to fire on it if the Joes do not withdraw. The message is relayed to Hawk, who is at the base with Senator Larkin. Senator Larkin chooses to destroy the station, but Hawk refuses saying too many innocent lives are at stake. The Joes leave and one unlucky Cobra pilot parachutes and lands on the yacht.
Serpentor doesn't keep his word and fires on the yacht anyway, forcing the team to mount a rescue operation. Dirge watches from high above while Mr. Blackrock overhears the Joes talking and offers his assistance; apparently he is familiar with giant transforming robots.
Power Station Alpha lands at Cobra Island, immediately Dirge and Bombshell make their presence known. They introduce themselves and tell Serpentor they let them take over the station on purpose in order to meet. Dr. Mindbender plants a homing device on Dirge before the two return to the Decepticon base. Dr. Mindbender uses the device to listen in on a conversation about using Cobra, and hears one other detail, their true plan is to strip the earth of its energy and destroy it.
Summary by Ted Jacobson (Skinny)