WORLD WAR III PART (2 OF 12): WITHOUT A HOPE, WITHOUT A SOUL
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: August 2007
Series: G.I. Joe: America's Elite
Issue Number: 26
Scarlett and Snake-Eyes confront Firefly in the old Arashikage Clan compound. Shipwreck and Cover Girl are sent on a mission to capture Skull Buster. Major Bludd is transferred to a prison in Greenland called the Coffin. And Agent Delta confesses his sins and knowledge about the coming war to a South Boston priest.
Notes of Interest
Introduction of Agent Delta. First appearance of Skull Buster.
The Joe Team: Cover Girl, Flint, General Joe Colton, Hawk, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Sparks, Snake-Eyes, Stalker
Cobra: Alexander Destro, Cobra Commander, Firefly, Major Bludd, Skull Buster Former Cobras: Baroness, Destro
Additional Characters: A Boston Priest (unnamed) and Agent Delta. Hard Master (in flashback), Scarlett's father
Script: Mark Powers, Pencils: Mike Bear, Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Letterer: Brian J. Crowley, Military Advisor: Phil Kost, Drill Sergeant (Editor): Mike O'Sullivan, Cover: Mike Bear and Jean-Francois Beaulieu
In Japan, Scarlett and Snake-Eyes return to the Arashikage Clan's compound looking for Firefly. Snake-Eyes has a flashback to when the Hard Master and Storm Shadow witness the day Firefly (then known as the Faceless Master) arrived at the compound and brought more tragedy and pain to his life. Once inside they are surrounded by several of Firefly's ninja soldiers. A big fight begins as Firefly stands on the balcony taunting Snake-Eyes about his past and his recent attempt to be more of commando and less of a ninja. The sword less Snake-Eyes chases Firefly into the room wear the Hard Master died.
In South Boston, The priest is walking home when a mugger attempts to rob him, but a stranger stops the mugger. The stranger asks if he can help him save his soul. A little later the stranger has just finished telling his tale of his bad deeds to the priest. The priest very shaken by what he has heard consoles him saying "We both know what you have to do. It's just a matter of you deciding to face your demons, instead of running from them. The time has come, my son. You need to pick a side."
In Greenland, Flint and Stalker are escorting a confined Major Bludd to his new prison. Major Bludd is bragging about he is also going to escape this prison. As they exit the helicopter in the middle of winter, Flint says "Welcome to the Coffin".
In Japan, Snake-Eyes is unable to hit Firefly with his shots from the Uzi and Firefly is unable to get close enough to use his sword. They both get into a hand to hand fight where Snake-Eyes easily beats him. But Firefly is able to cut Snake-Eyes with a knife that has poison on it that disables him. Standing in front of the of the wood block wear Storm Shadow's arrow fired by Zartan killed the Hard Master, Firefly is about to cut his throat. Scarlett appears firing an arrow from her crossbow that pins his hand to the wood block.
In Atlanta, Georgia, 48 hours after the Snake-Eyes / Firefly fight, Scarlett and Snake-Eyes are sitting with her wheel chair bound father. He talks to Snake-Eyes about how he hated him for leaving his daughter at the alter. But since she has taken him back, he has come to realize that he truly loves his daughter. He tells Snake-Eyes that he can feel at home at their home and that he doesn't have to wear a mask, so Snake-Eyes takes it off in front of Scarlett's father. At The Rock, Hawk confronts Shipwreck about his relationship with Cover Girl making sure that he knows he approves. General Colton briefs Cover Girl and Shipwreck on their next mission, which is to capture the rogue Cobra agent Skull Buster. And in another part, Sparks is monitoring his computers when a field operative that hasn't checked in, in years, checks in. His communication to Sparks says
"Used to be Agent Delta. Nature of Communication: to warn you. Warn everyone World War III has begun!
Summary by Josh Eggebeen