SNAKE EYES AGENT OF COBRA #5 THE SILENT WARRIOR
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: May 2015
Series: G.I. Joe Snake Eyes Agent of Cobra
Issue Number: 5
A fantastic sword battle between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow happens as Billy and Erika Le Tene escape into the jungle. Destro and Tomax negotiate over Snake Eyes and the Arashikage Clan. Erika and Billy survive to discover that Billy has been carrying around a pin in his leg that has the most important data on Cobra. The kind of information only a Cobra Commander could have.
Notes of Interest
Final issue of the 5 part mini-series.
Cobra: Storm Shadow, Destro, Tomax
Others: Billy, Erika Le Tene (Chameleon)
"The Silent Warrior"
Writer: Mike Costa
Artist: Paolo Villanelli
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Cover A: Artist: Paolo Villanelli, Colors by Joana Lafuente
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B (Subscription): Artist: Drew Johnson, Colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr
Cover Company: IDW
Storm Shadow turns away from the injured Billy towards Snake Eyes. Snake Eyes pulls out his sword, which has a Cobra symbol on it, as the monsoon rains of Thailand pore down on them.
They rush at each other which starts a furious sword battle. As Storm Shadow moves in with an over hand swipe Snake Eyes steps to the side slicing his sword across Storm Shadow's side. First blood goes to Snake Eyes.
As they separate, Erika Le Tene rushes into the clearing to help Billy escape. Storm Shadow puts his sword to her throat. She points out that Snake Eyes will kill him in the time it takes for him to kill her and Billy. Besides it would rob him of his chance to finally battle the great Snake Eyes.
So Storm Shadow allows Erika to pick up Billy and rush off in to the woods.
Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow prepare for another fight. Moving in with a low cut, Snake Eyes is unable to get away from Storm Shadow's blow that cuts his shoulder. Snake Eyes misses a kick, Storm Shadow counters with another kick. Snake Eyes misses a sword swipe that leaves his sword stuck in a tree. Storm Shadow cuts his Uzi in half. Snake Eyes pulls his knife out. After a couple of sword attacks Snake Eyes knife defense misses and Storm Shadow cuts him again. Storm Shadow throws several stars at Snake Eyes two connect. But he grabs one does a flip over Storm Shadow cutting his head over his left eye with the star. He lands near his cut in half Uzi, jams the knife into the trigger section which fires the gun. The bullets hit Storm Shadow in his head but his helmet most deflects them. As he is stunned, Snake Eyes kicks him sending him into the sword that is stuck in the tree. Severally damaged, Storm Shadow shows Snake Eyes the grenade pin that he pulled from his waist.
Erika is dragging Billy as they hear a grenade go off in the distance. Moments later a very injured Snake Eyes busts through the jungle bushes.
In Castle Destro
Destro is talking with Tomax over video display. Destro is very impressed with Snake Eyes and the ninjas of the Arashikage Clan. He asks Tomax if he can send a couple over to him, so he can learn from their expertise and use that for Cobra's profit. Tomax doesn't believe the Arashikage are useful other than Snake Eyes and wants him back after his mission is complete. He hangs up.
Destro just laughs, knowing that Snake Eyes is actually playing his own game. Snake Eyes walks in the room, Destro believes Erika has been killed and the information in Billy returned to him. And Storm Shadow dead. Snake Eyes hands him a pin, which was the mission.
In Bolshoy Kamen, Russia
Erika is sitting at a computer downloading Cobra data, Billy in a bed with multiple casts as they discuss his father. Even though Billy never saw his father again after witnessing his Mother's death, (See Snake Eyes Agent of Cobra #3) his father was aware of his actions. In fact, when Billy broke his leg as a kid, his father had a special pin implanted in his leg. That pin has all of the black market codes, accounts, historical information only Cobra Commander would have access to and its the reason everyone is after Billy. She tells him that she got hte information off the pin and filled it with her files which is what Destro got from Snake Eyes. Erika gives Billy a speech that no matter what he has to always keep running and fighting. The loss of Ronin is painful for both of them. But soldiers die and she has finally figured out that soldiers have to love the war, even if it doesn't love them back. Its the only way to really survive.
At a Cobra airport hanger
Snake Eyes covered in weapons exits a cargo plane, walks past two security guards into a hanger as the doors close.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen