G.I. Joe Comic Book Archive

G.I.Joe: Declassified #3

Short Summary

The series concludes! All the threads start tying together and lead the team toward the inevitable Lady Doomsday mission! How do the rumors of blue clad fanatics fit into this? More untold stories and origins in this look back into the early days of the G.I. Joe saga!

Notes of Interest

Three Issue Mini Series, 48 pages, Cardstock Cover, $8.95 Cover Price
Return of Larry Hama to G.I.Joe comics
Cover is homage to Hasbro's orginal G.I.Joe package art, including filecard and flag points (click image at left to see back cover).
This is the history and creation of the GI Joe team.
Significant events:
Official introduction "The Jugglers" As well as their corruption.
A full history of the new Joe - Shooter.
Death of Shooter.
Individual Pre-GI Joe History: Zap, Shooter, Stalker, Hawk
Important Joe locations: Borovia, Staten Island: Fort Wadsworth, The Pit & Sierra Gordo and the original Cobra Island.

Major Players

The Joe Team: General Flagg, General Austin, Breaker, Clutch, Flash, Grand Slam, Grunt, Hawk, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Sparks, Shooter, Short-Fuse, Snake-Eyes, Stalker, Steeler, Zap
Special appearance: Dr. Adele Burkhart, Shooter's mother. Diego (Sierra Gordo prisoner)
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Major Bludd, Baroness

Creative Team

Writer: Larry Hama, Pencils: Pat Quinn & Valentine De Landro with Joe Dodd, Colors: Rob Ruffolo, Letters: Brian Crowley, Senior Editor: Mike O'Sullivan, Front Cover: Francis Manapul & Steve Buccellato

Long Summary

In Sierra Gordo:
Stalker, Zap, Rock 'n' Roll and Grunt are making their way to the extraction point. Stalker is still carrying an injured prisoner, Diego. Zap, who is Latino and American, is being accosted by this prisoner for fighting against his Latino brothers. He evens says to Zap "Did the gringo's recruit you from some squalid barrio?"

In a Pre-Joe Flashback:
Zap is sitting at his families very middle class table eating dinner. His family is talking about giving back to his community, his sister has joined Doctors without Borders and his older brother does lots of pro bono work. And since Zap has just graduated from M.I.T. they are pressuring him to do something meaningful with his life. So he joined the military as a way to make a difference. Eventually, Zap is lead to the GI Joe team.

As the Joe's stop for a rest, the Sierra Gordo Liberation Front (S.G.I.F.) Army which has been chasing them catches up to them. A huge gun, grenade, knife fight takes place and the four Joes are able to fight off the Army and start making their way to the extraction point. Protecting them from above on a hill, Shooter has keep her presence unknown to the Joe team. But she does break radio silence by giving a squelch to acknowledge her presence to everyone back in the States that she has made contact with the team.

In the PIT:
The rest of Joe team is watching what is happening with the extraction. Grand Slam monitors Shooter's squelch. The Joes are very concerned and gear up to organize a support mission. Shooter is an unknown element to the team members with Hawk being the only one aware of the support Shooter is giving the team.

At the Pentagon:
General Flagg and Sparks at the same time monitor Shooter's squelch. When Hawk calls Flagg, he tells him that nothing official is being done to support the Joe's in Sierra Gordo. But off the record is completely different. Sparks and General Flagg then talk about their concerns regarding Shooter's ability to kill when it is necessary to kill.

Back in Sierra Gordo:
Stalker's team has almost reached the extraction point, which is the top of a small plateau with no cover and climbing required. Stalker has a problem with getting the prisoner up to the extraction spot but it is his responsibility. Zap still doesn't understand why Stalker has carried this prisoner the whole way. Stalker explains.

In a Pre-Joe Flashback:
In a Borovia refugee camp during a UN peace keeping mission, Stalker is in charge of a security detail. A local comes up and shoots one of his guards. Stalker is able to chase down the gunman and capture him. They discover that this guy had just planted a bomb somewhere inside the refugee camp. And Stalker needs to extract the information from the gunman quickly. So using his fists and a knife he gains the information that allows Hawk, who is in charge of the refugee camp, to defuse the bomb (see Declassified #1). Stalker's actions saved the day but put Hawk in a spot were he had to take the blame for the beating Stalker gave the gunman. Which leads to Hawk being court marshaled and brings Hawk to General's Flagg and Austin attention.

Watching the Joes, Shooter spots a two man sniper team. Instead of killing them she shoots the gun and radio, effectively neutralizing them and protecting the team. The extraction chopper finally shows up as Stalker is loading the prisoner into the chopper Diego grabs a knife and is about stab Rock 'n' Roll in the back. Shooter snipes Diego and he falls from the chopper all as Stalker, Zap, Grunt and Rock 'n' Roll are extracted.

Shooter puts down her rifle and dresses as local to make her own extraction.

In a Pre-Joe Flashback:
General Flagg and Sparks make a visit to the General that tried to court martial Hawk. General Flagg presents to this General evidence that will exonerate Hawk from the court martial. The General, who is actually part of the secret cabal of generals known as the Jugglers, has gone rogue against the Jugglers, so Flagg blackmails him with the intention of getting Hawk's court martial dismissed. Sparks shows the General the blackmail information, which is a picture of Major Sebastian Bludd and the General together along with proof of his connection to Cobra. Hawk is then cleared and recruited to be the leader of the GI Joe team.

On the original Cobra Island:
Cobra Commander is sitting in his big chair with the Baroness right behind him. Major Bludd is reporting into Cobra Commander about his deal with the General of the Juggler's and how it has been part of a plan to keep Hawk from become the leader of the new anti-terrorist task force. And General Flagg has just blown the plan. Cobra Commander is aware of the broken plan. Being as nasty as Cobra Commander can be, he sends Major Bludd away saying "you shall make it your business to put a bullet in this General Flagg at the next opportunity." (See Marvel #19)

Six Weeks later:
Sparks and General Flagg are on there way to a church to inform Shooter's mother of her death.

On the original Cobra Island: (These events take place directly at the end of Marvel #1)
Shooter is supporting the Joe team on their mission to rescue Dr. Adele Burkhart from Cobra Commander and the Baroness. She is positioned on top of the castle as the main Joe team loads Burkhart into the extraction chopper. She shoots a couple of Cobra troopers that are targeting the helicopter and spots local prisoners that tied to the guns. She moves into rescue these locals. Now forced to fight hand to hand against several Cobra's, she is shot several times in the back just moments before the explosives left behind by the main team explodes. Although, her last report in was five minutes before the explosion.

At Shooter's Memorial Service:
The entire Joe team is assembled in full dress. General Flagg gives a speech quoting Amelia Earhart "Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace, the soul that know it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear, nor the mountain heights where bitter joy can hear the sound of wings". None of the Joes understand why they are at the memorial service for Sgt. Craig of the Chaplain's Assistant School at Ford Wadsworth.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen

Reprinted in:

G.I. Joe Declassified Trade Paperback

Issue Three, October 2006

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