Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: April 2009
Series: G.I. Joe Season 1
Issue Number: 4
Destro has unleashed 6 robots droids inside The Pit, only 3 are left. Barbecue & Bazooka each take out one of the droids, Scarlett follows Tunnel Rat through the shafts to find the last one and Duke leads a team to the surface to make sure nothing makes it out of the The Pit. Destro is attacked by the Baroness. He knocks her out and takes her prisoner.
Notes of Interest
Introduction of Barbecue, Bazooka, Crank Case and Tunnel Rat. First Appearance of Rip Cord. Introduction & death of new Joe, Boomer.
Major Continuity Differences
Duke and Scarlett's personal relationship is confirmed.
Baroness & Destro are not a couple.
Rip Cord is African American (like his movie version).
GI Joe: Bazooka, Barbecue, Brainstorm, Beach Head, Crank Case, Dial Tone, Duke, Dusty, Flint, Hawk, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Tunnel Rat
Cobra: Destro, Baroness, Rory, Glynis
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Robert Atkins
Inkers: Clayton Brown with John Wycough
Colorist: Andrew Crossley
Letterer: Chris Mowry
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artist: Dave Johnson
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Robert Atkins
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive, Virgin Cover): Artist: Dave Johnson
Cover Company: IDW
Baroness and Destro are fighting with swords in his historical armory section of Castle Destro. The Baroness knocks Destro into a suit of armor which falls down some stairs. She makes a joke about how his death will end the line of Destros because he doesn't have an heir, then continues her furious attack getting the better of Destro who falls down the stairs. She launches herself down at Destro, her sword just missing and getting stuck in the ground. Destro grabs the suit of armor's helmet and smashes it into the Baroness's head knocking her unconscious. Destro picks her up to take her to a holding room and then informs Rory and Glynis that he will be joining them soon.
Glynis and Rory are currently remotely operating the 3 remaining droids that have been released in The Pit. One specific droid is currently making its way through the shafts hunting for a way to the surface to transmit the GPS location. The other two are just causing as much death and destruction as they can.
In The Pit, Flint has just avoided some missiles that destroyed a VAMP jeep. Hawk along with Bazooka are in an office across from the droid. Bazooka aims and fires blowing the droid in half. But it is still twitching as Flint walks up and looks right into the eyes. On the other end, Rory watches Flint put his shotgun into the eyes and fire. Four droids destroyed, 2 to go.
Duke and Scarlett join Brainstorm, who has assembled a small team at the main access to the shaft system. Glynis has unsuccessfully been flying her droid around the shafts looking for an exit. Tunnel Rat picks Scarlett over Duke, Beach Head, Rock 'n' Roll and Dusty to go with him to hunt the droid because she is skinner then them. Duke says to Scarlett before she goes into the shaft "Stay Frosty", her response is "Jerk". Beach Head makes a joke and Duke says "It's over between us. Okay.". Beach Head's response is "If it was she wouldn't be mad at you". Duke and Beach Head, with Crank Case & Rock 'n' Roll, take off to the surface to patrol, just in case Tunnel Rat and Scarlett fail.
Dusty & Brainstorm join Dial Tone in the command center to help guide Tunnel Rat to the droid. Scarlett falls down a shaft but Tunnel Rat grabs her before she can fall into an air conditioning fan.
In another part of The Pit, several Joes including a new one called Boomer are fighting another droid. Boomer is hit in the chest and dies as Barbecue with his axe jumps from the corner cutting off the head of the droid. Again, Rory gets to watch Barbecue along with Rip Cord finish off the droid. Five destroyed, 1 to go.
Back in the shaft, Tunnel Rat has caught up to the last droid, as he uses a mirror to look around the corner, the droid fires its lasers hitting him in the arm. Scarlett begins firing blindly around the corner. Tunnel Rat hands her his gun as she charges after the droid. The droid has found the shaft that goes to the surface. Duke's team is informed of the shaft as Scarlett continues to try and kill it as it cuts it way out of the shaft. The droid successfully escapes, but the GPS blackout directly over The Pit prevents any signal from being sent to Castle Destro. Crank Case with Rock 'n' Roll are gaining on the droid when they hit a mine, part of The Pit's defenses, which destroys their AWE Striker. This leaves Duke and Beach Head as the last chance to stop the droid from getting out of the GPS blackout and revealing The Pit's location to Destro.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen