DUKE VS. RED STAR: THE OBLIVION EXPRESS
Issue Date: 2008
Series: 25th Anniversary Comic Packs (Original Stories, 2008-2009)
Issue Number: 6
The Joes team up with the Oktober Guard to stop a terrorist plot.
Notes of Interest
The story takes place during the Soviet era, yet the Joes did not encounter Red Star until after the fall of communism in Russia.
Duke, Roadblock, Scarlett, Red Star, Daina, Horror-Show, Baroness, Cobra Commander
Script: Larry Hama, Pencils: Sheldon Goh, Lettering: Jim 'KEP!' Keplinger, Coloring: Blond, Editor: Aaron Hubrich, Publisher: Hasbro, Producer: Conceptopolis
Included with a two pack of figures featuring the following:
Red Star (v2)
In Eastern Borovia, Duke, Roadblock, and Scarlett approach a train intending to take its cargo. On the other side of the tracks, Red Star, Horror-Show, and Daina plan the same thing. Both their vehicles accelerate to get in front of the train, collide, and crash. Everyone is fine, but Duke and Red Star remain on the train battling each other! Soon, the two learn they are there for the same purpose - to prevent Borovian terrorists from hijacking a WMD the train is carrying. Unfortunately, their compatriots do not yet know this, and they attack each other as they try to catch up to the train.
Declaring a truce, Red Star and Duke try to stop the train, only to find the throttle has been welded open at full speed. This could lead to a catastrophic crash within a crowded city.
An armored car at the rear of the train opens fire on the pursuing Joes and Oktober Guard. The two factions stop fighting each other and concentrate on the terrorists still on the train. Duke and Red Star decide to take on the terrorist in the passenger cars, as Roadblock and Horror-Show get more agressive in their tactics against the armored car.
Duke and Red Star discover the terrorists are actually Night Creepers in disguise. They meet up with Roadblock and Horror-Show shortly after they make the same discovery. Finished with the Night Creepers, The Joes and Oktober Guard find their objective - the laser modulator. Red Star declares the temporary truce over as a Cobra helicopter with the Baroness arrives.
As the train rolls closer to the rail yard, a curve in the track allows Red Star to open fire on the train engine with the armored car's turret. This derails the train and both Joes and Oktober Guard jump to their vehicles for safety. The Baroness manages to capture the laser modulator before the train crashes.
Red Star smiles, knowing that once the laser modulator is activated, it will transmit all the data on the Cobra computers back to Moscow. Duke is happy too, for he knows an already-installed computer virus will destroy the Russian computers once the data is transmitted there. The Joes' part in the mission was merely a ruse.
Summary by Phillip Donnelly