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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: January 2009
Series: G.I. Joe Season 1
Issue Number: 1

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The GI Joe underwater team investigates a wrecked cargo ship, where they discover a mysterious box that unknown to them killed everyone on the ship. Hawk and Scarlett run the team from their base in The Pit. Snake Eyes investigates the owner of the ship and sees the after effects of an attack by a mysterious killer.

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Notes of Interest

This is the beginning of a brand new continuity.

First appearance of Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, Airtight, Dial Tone, Dusty, Frostbite, Shipwreck, Deep Six & The Pit.

Major Continuity Differences
Scarlett is Commander of the team, ranked above Duke. Hawk is already a General. Dial Tone is female.

Major Players

GI Joe: Beach Head, Dial Tone, Duke, Dusty, Hawk, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes & Airtight, Frostbite, Shipwreck, Deep Six, Torpedo

Cobra: None

Additional Characters: Nico, a Mystery killer

Creative Team

Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Robert Atkins
Inker: Joe Clayton
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letters: Chris Mowry
Editor: Andy Schmidt

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Special Thanks: Hasbro's Aaron Archer, Michael Kelly, Anie Lozanski, Ed Lane, Jon Furfaro, Sarah Baskin, Michael Ritchie, Samantha Lomow & Michael Verrecchia

Cover Credits:

Cover A: Artist: Dave Johnson
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B: Artist: Robert Atkins
Cover Company: IDW

Cover C: Artist: Gabriel Dell Otto
Cover Company: IDW

Cover D: (Retail Incentive, Virgin) Artist: Dave Johnson
Cover Company: IDW

Cover E: (Retail Incentive, Sketch) Artist: Gabriel Dell Otto
Cover Company: IDW

Cover F: Artist: Mel Rubi
Cover Company: Dynamic Forces

Cover G: Artist: Robert Atkins
Cover Company: Graham Crackers Comics

Cover H: Artist: Ron Frenz
Cover Company: New Dimension Comics

Cover I: (Sketch) Artist: Ron Frenz Sketch (Back page)
Cover Company: New Dimension Comics

Cover I is actually the back page (which is pictured here) with a sketch of Snake Eyes. The book comes with a blank space for sketches. And is a different version because of the back page.

Full Details

In the Gulf of Mexico near Panama, a cargo ship's crew is illegally inspecting its own cargo. They uncover what they think is a small car but is really just a big solid box. When the try to force it open it comes alive, fires tons of bullets & kills all of the crew members then part of the ship blows up causing it to sink near a shallow sand bar. Most of this scene is seen from the perspective of inside the box.

In the Nevada desert one week later, Duke and Beach Head are running into the GI Joe base The Pit talking about how they can't remember what life was like before they joined the GI Joe team. Once inside, Dial Tone orders Duke to report to his commander, Scarlett.

As Duke arrives, Hawk & Scarlett are monitoring Shipwreck, Deep Six and Torpedo as they inspect the sunken cargo ship. The Joes discover that the bodies and the ship have been shot up as well as discovering the mysterious box. Hawk orders them to salvage the box.

Hawk then orders Duke to go over his after action report on the ship incursion to stop gun smuggling that ended with the complete destruction of the cargo ship. (see GI Joe #0) Also he wants to find out more about this mysterious Cobra name that he has been hearing about. Duke's team is the first to have direct link.

In the Crimean Rivera, Nico is on the phone talking about how he has now lost two ships. The voice on the other side of the line asks if he is home. He answers "Yes". A mysterious man just kind of appears out of nowhere and executes Nico's bodyguards. This mystery man has body armor, infrared goggles in day light and two pistols with arm mounted reloaders. Nico dives behind a bar and as the mysterious man jumps after him he disappears leaving behind his gun and pile of what seems to be ash. Then Nico escapes to his car and speeds away. Snake Eyes appears to investigate, as he is looking at the pile of ash and the gun, one of the bodyguards with his last breath before dying says "like a ghost. vanished! you are ghost also?"

Three days later at The Pit, Dial Tone delivers the gun and pile of ash to Scarlett along with a note displaying two dice with the one dot on it, Snake Eyes. She orders the material it to be investigated. Dusty arrives to request Scarlett to answer a security question on the box that Shipwreck's team salvaged from the sunken ship. Airtight along with Frostbite brief her, it has no radiation, no bugs, independent power, seamless, very dense and is humming. Scarlett authorizes them to open it however they can but with strict protocol to level five isolation standards.

As Airtight listens to the humming, we see the perspective of the box looking at Airtight, Scarlett and the rest of the Joes.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen


For the New Dimension Comics #1H & I Error edition, the first quarter of the book is printed twice, so it's missing most of the story and has double the ads in the back. No cover differences, just a printing error.

The front cover is exactly the same in both cases.