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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: March 1989
Series: European Missions (Reprints)
Issue Number: 10

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Blood Brothers -
A Crimson Guardsman holds a bank hostage. The Joes attempt to solve it peacefully but the Guardsman ends up getting killed.

Bats Out of Hell -
Cobra BAT's are guarding a van full of explosives. Hawk calls in Sci-Fi to use his sharp shooting abilities to stop the explosion.

War Correspondence -
A photographer is given an assignment of getting a photo of Snake-Eyes without his mask on. He is successful but ends up burning the picture and passing up the money.

Run to Ground -
The escaped Eel steals some clothing and escapes on a Cobra helicopter. Snake-Eyes who was following the Eel is missing.

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Notes of Interest

European Missions is actually a US reprint of an original UK Action Force Monthly stories.

Intelligence Profile - Beach Head, Tomax & Xamot
Mail Call

War Correspondence - This is a silent story with only the camera clicking sound effect.

Run to Ground originally appeared in Action Force #3.

Major Players

Blood Brothers
Action Force: Beach Head, Hawk, Lifeline, Roadblock

Cobra: Tomax, Xamot, Crimson Guardsman Simon Weller

Additional Characters: Hogan, Robert Weller

Bats Out of Hell
Action Force: Ace, Hawk, Flint, Roadblock, Scarlett, Sci-Fi, Wild Bill Cobras: BAT's

War Correspondence
Action Force: Flint, Snake-Eyes

Dreadnoks: Ripper, Thrasher Additional Characters: Steve

Run to Ground
Action Force: Flint, Snake-Eyes

Cobras: Eel, Destro

Creative Team

Blood Brothers
Script: Ian Rimmer,
Art: Stewart Johnson,
Letters: Stewart Bartlett,
Colour: Stuart Place,
Editor: Steve White,
Managing Editor:Jenny O'Connor
Cover Artist: Art Wetherell

Bats Out of Hell
Script: Ian Rimmer ,
Pencils: John Marshall,
Inks: Dave Harwood,
Letters: Annie H.,
Colour: Stuart Place

War Correspondence
Script: Ian Rimmer ,
Pencils: Andy Wildman,
Inks: Stephen Baskerville,
Letters: Paul Marshall,
Colours: Mike Phipps

Run to Ground
Script: Simon Furman,
Pencils: Kev Hopgood,
Inks: Dave Harwood,
Letters: Starkings,
Colour: Steve White

Full Details

Blood Brothers

Simon Weller the bank manager of a little local bank is a Crimson Guardsman and he has been activated. He puts on his uniform and attempts to rob his own bank. The security guard escapes and Beach Head who happens to be driving by stops. The rest of the Joe team is called in as Weller is forced to hold hostages inside the bank.

Hawk, Lifeline and Roadblock join Beach Head as the standoff continues. Tomax & Xamot have been monitoring the events. They believe that Weller is disgracing Cobra and needs to be dealt with. And the hostage situation is big news. Robert Weller, Simon's brother, hears about the situation and volunteers to help talk to his brother.

So Hawk sends Weller into the bank to talk his brother out. Beach Head on top of the building across the street has his sniper rifle at the ready. Robert is successful in talking his brother out of the situation. As Simon is coming out the bank after the hostages have been released he is shot. Everybody believes it is Beach Head. But in fact it is one of the Crimson Twins; they knocked out Beach Head and shot Simon Weller themselves. Robert believes that Action Force shot his brother.

Later at Robert's house, the Crimson Twins show up to recruit the now vulnerable Robert to join Cobra.

Bats Out of Hell

A group of Cobra BAT's has surrounded a van full of explosives that is in the center of London Bridge. Cobra has sent a list of demands which includes releasing any prisoners Action Force has. If the demands aren't met the bomb will be activated by remote destroying the bridge.

Hawk calls Sci-Fi to use his laser rifle to disconnect the detonators. The problem is Sci-Fi is in Germany. Hawk sends an urgent message and Sci-Fi is quickly rushed to Ace's Skystriker which after the flight lands in London. Wild Bill picks up Sci-Fi in his Dragonfly and speeds him to London Bridge, where he wenches Sci-Fi down to the top of the bridge.

With three minutes until the deadline, Sci-Fi begins doing his job. He burns through two wires but the third is blocked. With less then thirty seconds left Sci-Fi burns the third and only the BAT's explode. Sci-Fi's cool demeanor saves the day.

War Correspondence

Steve, a photojournalist, is given an assignment to get a photo of Snake-Eyes without his mask.

Steve is given access and is standing with Snake-Eyes and Flint reviewing their top secret mission when Ripper and Thrasher rush up in the Thunder Machine. Ripper steals the top secret mission briefing. Steve, Snake-Eyes and Flint jump in an AWE Striker and chase after them. Steve is taking photos the entire time. With Flint driving, Snake-Eyes jumps on the Thunder Machine grabbing the secret documents and throwing it into the Thunder Machine's jet engine destroying them.

Ripper and Snake-Eyes begin struggling and fall off the Thunder Machine. As they fall off, Ripper pulls Snake-Eyes mask off. At first Steve is only able to get photos from behind but after Ripper escapes Snake-Eyes turns toward the camera and Steve gets his photo.

Later in his studio, Steve is reviewing the photos and looking at the severely disfigured Snake-Eyes he burns the photo.

Run to Ground

The recently escaped, from Action Force's base, Eel has just surfaced near a group of gang members. Being a highly trained soldier and needing to disguise himself, he attacks the gang members. After defeating all four of them, he steals the clothing of the leader and jumps on a bus.

Snake-Eyes and Flint are following him. As the Eel enters a restaurant, Snake-Eyes takes up a position on the roof, this is last time Flint sees him. As Flint continues to watch the Eel, he seems to disappear out the back of the restaurant, but in fact he sneaks up on the roof, where Destro is waiting in a Cobra helicopter to rescue the Eel.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen