Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: April 2010
Series: G.I. Joe Season 1
Issue Number: 17
The Hard Master brings Snake Eyes training to an end after Snake Eyes begins giving instructions to a young girl. Destro, in Major Bludd's prison, settles in and begins to plan how to take over the prison.
Notes of Interest
Snake Eyes body is completely covered in scars.
Major Continuity Differences
The Hard Master is alive and living and training Snake Eyes in New York City.
GI Joe: Snake Eyes
Cobra: Destro, Major Bludd, Vaclav Borchak, Yubov(Snow Serpent)
Additional Characters: Hard Master, Alondra
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Robert Atkins
Inker: Clayton Brown
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artists: David Williams, Colors by Kelsey Shannon
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist Robert Atkins
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive, Virgin Cover): Artist: David Williams, Colors by Kelsey Shannon
Cover Company: IDW
Snake Eyes, in New York City, is continuing his training/healing under the Hard Master. The physical healing from his almost deadly fight with a Cobra Viper (See Issue #11) is complete and the mental healing of the defeat must be completed before he is back to 100%. His current healing session has him blindfolded and fighting the Hard Master just using his other senses. As the Hard Master attacks Snake Eyes defends, they are using wooden swords, after several thrusts and parries Snake Eyes is able to knock the Hard Master back into the produce section of his store. The Hard Master acknowledges that Snake Eyes skill is as great as ever but he still detects some inner conflict. He then orders Snake Eyes to restock his produce section and the outside stands. The manual low level labor will be good for him.
Later as Snake Eyes is fixing up the outside stands of the So Fine Deli, a young, around 13 year old African American girl is being picked on by her fellow school mates as they head home. Alondra is pushed to ground and her bag contents dumped out on the ground around her. Snake Eyes just watches as the Hard Master comments by saying "Injustice is hard to bear. Sometimes it is harder to witness. But justice is often more cruel. Justice is perhaps the most dangerous human concept of all."
In the Yakutia Republic of Russia, Destro has been imprisoned in the Cobra base, Section 10, which Major Bludd is in charge of. Destro is sitting at the prison's cafeteria tables with Vaclav Borchak a Cobra money launderer who got caught being to greedy. A big guy with a #8 tattoo on his forehead attacks Destro who easily kicks him in the knee and head butts him with his armored head killing him. Destro asks why was there a #8 on his forehead, Borchak points to the seven other men with tattoo's on their head.
In Manhattan, Alondra is walking by head down totally dejected, see looks up to see Snake Eyes throwing at her an apple, she quickly catches it and smiles. The Hard Master comments "Now you are giving away my stock." Snake Eyes just sweeps up the sidewalk.
Destro, chained up with four Snow Serpents surrounding him is being questioned by Major Bludd. Bludd doesn't allow escapes and he includes death as an escape, he also wants the prison population to remain constant and any guard who allows an escape on his watch becomes a prisoner himself. Bludd orders the Snow Serpents to take Yubov one of there fellow Snow Serpents into custody, he was on watch when Destro killed #8.
Snake Eyes is slicing up a pineapple as Alondra walks up to him basically talking to herself by also to Snake Eyes. She explains that she knows she is really good with remembering things like math & science. She is sick of the girls pushing her around but she doesn't know what to do about it. Snake Eyes wraps up the completely cut up pineapple and gives it to her. The Hard Master arrives telling her that he will not answer her, she knows but she also knows that he is listening. As she walks away the Hard Master says to Snake Eyes "I thought I told you I was not running a charity here."
Destro and Borchak are wheeling in full barrels of an unknown substance as Borchak explains that Section 10 is more of a storage facility for people then a prison for Cobra members who maybe needed in the future.
Snake Eyes is practicing his version of Tai Chi behind some drying sheets as Alondra watches. He sticks his scarred hand out from between the sheets an motions for her to follow him. She gets it right away, he wants her to follow his movements. The Hard Master walks out to watch an interesting fight happening. On one side of the sheets in shadow is Snake Eyes punching and kicking and on the other side of the sheets is Alondra in the sun defending from the punches & kicks. The Hard Master approves but calls Snake Eyes back to his work in the deli. Saying "I suppose you will continue to teaching her?"
Major Bludd who along with his eye patch has two scars running down his face from his forehead almost to his mouth right through his eye, is trying to communicate with the Commander himself about the Scotsman that he has just received. But he keeps getting put on hold. Outside, Destro is asking Borchak a series of questions: How often does the helicopter arrive? - Only with new prisoners or guards. How often do trucks comes with supplies? - They come once a month, except in winter, then no trucks. How long do the guards serve? - One year terms. When was there last turnover? Three months ago.
Out of the blue Yubov the former Snow Serpent attacks Destro with a pipe. Destro easily defends it with his metal arm and strikes back at him by turning the pipe on him which is now choking him. Destro asks him if he would like his neck snapped or the other choice which is stay alive and be good to each other. Yubov chooses to live and Destro releases him. Yubov says he wants to be part of the escape plan, Destro says "I plan nothing of the sort. I don't want to run from here. I want to take it over." Borchak was running away when #3, 5 & 7 grab him asking where Destro is.
As the Hard Master & Snake Eyes are loading up a truck, he asks him why he is spending all of his free time training that young girl. Just down the block, Alondra is walking as the girls who have tormented here arrive and push her down and dump her books on the ground. Snake Eyes and the Hard Master both watch as Alondra proceeds to kick and punch all three of the girls tormenting her. As they lay on the ground she asks them to pick up her books and they do. Now driving away, The Hard Master laughs realizing that he has learned a lesson from his student that by training the girl Snake Eyes has brought balance to himself by bringing balance to her. He then tells Snake Eyes that it is time for him to return to his adopted clan. His mind and soul are one again.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen