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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: August 2010
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 157

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Rock 'n' Roll is saved by Hawk in Washington DC. Stalker defeats his sniper rival but a report goes back to Cobra Commander that Stalker has been killed. And The Baroness & Billy spar as Destro and Dr. Mindbender watch from the screen on the Brainwave Scanner. The Jugglers are working with Cobra Commander.

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Notes of Interest

This issue continues the A Real American Hero (ARAH) continuity series that was originally finished in 1994 with issue #155, often called the Hamaverse.This new series but now published by IDW.

All issues created by Devil's Due (2001-2008) are considered by Hasbro an alternate universe, if the reader chooses to believe that is the case.

Just a reminder Billy & Storm Shadow, Baroness & Destro are still very much under the influence of the brainwave scanner.

Dr. Venom and his Brainwave Scanner were introduced way back in June of 1983 in the Marvel run with issue #10.

Major Players

GI Joe: Duke, Hawk, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Stalker

Cobra: Baroness, Billy, Cobra Commander, Destro, Storm Shadow, Zartan

Creative Team

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Agustin Padilla
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt

Cover Credits
Cover A: Artist: Agustin Padilla, Colors by J. Brown
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B: Artist: Rod Whigham, Colors by Andrew Crossley
Cover Company: IDW

Cover C (Retail Incentive): Artist: Larry Hama
Cover Company: IDW

Full Details

The Jugglers, working with Cobra Commander, have hired Cobra soldiers as private contractors for the US Government. They are helping manage the out of control terrorists attacks that have been happening inside the US borders (of course these attacks are orchestrated by a behind the scenes Cobra Commander). Plus, Cobra is currently hunting down the disbanded GI Joe force all over the world.

In the foothills of the Hindu Kush, A Cobra Sniper has snuck up on Stalker, who is hiding himself under his own sniper blind. The Cobra Sniper starts firing his pistol into Stalker but it is basically a pile of rocks and Stalker jumps the Sniper from behind. A hand to foot fight starts with both throwing as many verbal insults as punches. Stalker hits the Sniper harder and on the jaw knocking him down then he points his pistol right at the Sniper's head.

At the Silent Castle, Cobra Commander's current headquarters, Cobra Commander along with Destro and Zartan are listening to a report from a Tele Viper. He says that a Sniper team has reported that they were successful in eliminating the GI Joe member, Stalker. Destro walks out disgusted with the plan of the Joe team being hunted down, Cobra Commander just makes a joke of him and lets him walk out.

Happy with the news, Cobra Commander contacts the Jugglers in Washington D.C. telling them to hire more private contractors, ie Cobra front companies.

In the Silent Castle's Dungeon, Destro walks in on Dr. Mindbender talking to his computer that controls the Brainwave scanner. The scanner is talking back to him using Dr. Venom's (see Marvel GI Joe #10 to learn about Dr. Venom) face and voice. Dr. Venom is actually taunting Dr. Mindbender. Destro asks what is the main problem. Mindbender dodges the question and shuts down the screen. Another one pops up and it shows the Baroness and Billy sparring. They are talking as they spar, the Baroness is arguing that the European saber has as much validity as the samurai sword, of course Billy doesn't agree saying something that was a direct quote that Destro heard Dr. Venom say to Dr. Mindbender just moments before.

In the Sierra Nevada, Storm Shadow, a Red Ninja and two Cobra soldiers are tracking Snake Eyes. (Storm Shadow is still under heavy control of Cobra Commander and the Brainwave Scanner.) After investigating the Snake Eyes' destroyed cabin and finding the tracks of the dead Red Ninjas sent after him, the two Cobra soldiers walk off into the woods following some wolf tracks. After Storm Shadow hears the cry of a wolf and they don’t return, he just walks away realizing that Timber, Snake Eyes' wolf, has just taken care of the two soldiers.

In Washington DC, Rock 'n' Roll is being chased by Cobra soldiers who are now working as the private contractors of the U.S. Government. They fire their silenced weapons at him. Rock 'n' Roll gets near some of the public and the soldiers stop firing at him. A police cruiser arrives as a Cobra Rage comes at him from another angle. The Rage gets to him first and three Cobra's jump at him, Rock 'n' Roll uses his M-60 machine gun that he is carrying in a bag as a club, beating two of them with it and punching at the third. He grabs a grenade off one of the soldiers and throws it in the window of the Rage. With a destroyed Rage and three Cobra soldiers at his feet the Cobra police cruiser arrives. Prepared to fight more, Rock 'n' Roll hears a familiar voice, its Hawk driving the cruiser disguised as a Cobra soldier(see GI Joe ARAH #156). Two more Rages arrive to now chase the cruiser. Rock 'n' Roll unpacks his M-60 and starts firing out the window of passenger side of the cruiser back at the following Rages.

At the Silent Castle's Dungeon, Billy is countering every move that the Baroness throws at him. Destro still watching, again hears Billy repeat exactly what Dr. Venom had said, Dr. Mindbender excuses it as coincidence. Destro doesn't believe him.

In the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Scarlett is driving with Duke in the passenger seat as Snake Eyes rides hidden in the back of the pickup truck's covered bed. They come upon a Cobra HISS Tank that has detained some migrant workers and are checking their identification. All is in order as they are real American citizens, but a pick up truck of other American citizens arrives wondering why the Cobra soldiers are letting the workers go, plus they don't like the Cobra soldiers either. They kill the Cobra soldier in the turret of the HISS and then line up the workers and Cobras to be executed. Snake Eyes in the back, knocks on the truck wall between them, Scarlett concurs that they should help out, nut even though Duke doesn't agree he authorizes the action anyway. Scarlett drives the truck between the armed militia American citizens, the workers and Cobras. Snake Eyes jumps out cutting off the barrel of three guns, then killing all three of them faster then they even knew what killed them. The driver and passenger attempt an attack but Duke kills the passenger as Snake Eyes stabs his sword through the roof killing the driver. The Cobra soldiers, who are supposed to be hunting the Joes, just look on as Duke tells everyone to just go their separate ways. The workers get in their truck as Duke says vamanos in Spanish and they are out of there. The Cobra Soldiers are standing in shock that they were just saved by the Joes. As the Joes drive away, they receive a radio communication asking if they have seen any of the Joes that are reported to be in their area. The Cobra soldier's response is "negative, no contact."

Back in the Silent Castle's Dungeon, Billy and the Baroness are now pushing two hours of training. Finally Billy disarms her, which he could have done numerous times in the training session. Simultaneously, Dr. Venom and Billy say "There are many ways of winning." And then Billy kisses the Baroness. Destro is still watching.

Back in the foothills, Storm Shadow arrives, now wearing a white suit, to inspect the fight scene that the Joes left several hours earlier. He determines that they really are on the trail of Snake Eyes.

To Be Continued . . .

Summary by Josh Eggebeen