GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #158
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: September 2010
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 158
The Joes rally point is Cobra's Silent Castle. Scarlett & Snake Eyes attack from the bottom, Duke and his team assault from the front gate. Baroness, Billy, Destro & Dr. Mindbender all try to rally the Cobra soldiers and BATS to defend Cobra Commander. Hawk breaks into the Pentagon to make a phone call.
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 is a 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.
GI Joe: Hawk, Mainframe, Roadblock, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Snake Eyes
Cobra: Baroness, Billy, Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Storm Shadow, Zartan & Dr. Venom (pictured on a monitor only)
Additional Characters: Milovan
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Agustin Padilla
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt
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
In the storm drain system, deep under the Cobra Silent Castle, Snake Eyes & Scarlett, using scuba gear, are making their way secretly into the castle following a blueprint. She uses her crossbow to shoot out a surveillance camera. A Cobra Eel is dispatched to fix the problem with the "broken" camera.
High above them, Dr. Mindbender is reporting to Cobra Commander that the camera has malfunctioned and he has dispatched the Eel. Cobra Commander, in full manic Cobra Commander style, begins berating him for bring such trivialities and then complains about his inept B.A.T. bodyguards. Storm Shadow, perched above the Commander, interrupts the tirade. But Cobra Commander screams at him "I hate when you sneak up on me like that! You're supposed to be tracking down Joes." Storm Shadow continues saying that he has discovered the Joes rally point and it is the Silent Castle, so he is waiting for the Joes to arrive.
In the drain below, Scarlett and Snake Eyes using silent crossbow, arrows and sword kill the Eel.
Several miles away, four men, one named Milovan, drive up on a gypsy looking camper parked right next to the storm drain. They think that turning in the camper to the Silent Castle will get them some money, so they break in the door.
Scarlett comes up out of a floor grate, gives the all clear and they proceed into the Silent Castle. But Scarlett senses a presence, voices just as Storm Shadow attacks. He kicks Scarlett in the head, swings his sword at Snake Eyes, who uses his Uzi to block the attack. Storm Shadow whips the gun out of his hand. Scarlett has recovered and from behind Storm Shadow fires an arrow at him. Storm Shadow turns around cutting the arrow in half in mid flight. But he then turns his back to Snake Eyes. Swiftly, he spins back to Snake Eyes as he thrusts his sword into Snake Eyes' leg. Scarlett throws stars at him which he turns to avoid. Snake Eyes takes advantage of the distraction and hits him over his head with the butt of his sword, completely knocking him out.
Snake Eyes pulls out the sword stuck in his leg and begins bleeding badly. Scarlett begins first aid and Snake Eyes signs to her she needs to "Charlie Mike" or continue the mission and leave him behind. After somewhat stopping the bleeding she lifts him up on her shoulders and carries him away saying "That's not happening, Buster."
At the Pentagon, General Hawk in full military dress enters through security. He uses another name, when the facial recognition software discovers who he is it is to late, he breaks out on the run. As he runs down the hall, the soldiers open fire, so Hawk ducks into a Janitor's closet. The soldiers think he is now cornered.
Scarlett, still carrying Snake Eyes, walks past the room that Billy & the Baroness are in after finishing a very long sparring match. Billy senses a presence but dismisses it as a wrong interpretation. The Baroness asks him if he knows how to beat the Brainwave Scanner. (Billy has been subjected to the Brainwave Scanner literally his whole life, see GI Joe #33 from 1984 when he was just a young boy). She moves close to hug and kiss him saying that they could get their lives back. His answer as they kiss is "why would we want to do that?" Dr. Venom watches from a monitor screen in the background.
At the entrance to the Silent Castle, Destro & Dr. Mindbender along with a small army of BATS are meeting the locals who have brought a prisoner and the camper inside the gates of the castle. Seeing it is Duke in his famous uniform, no disguise. Destro immediately puts the Silent Castle on red alert expecting more Joes. From inside the camper, Roadblock emerges with his .50 cal machine gun from a fake floorboard and begins laying waste to the small army of BATS, moments later Rock 'n' Roll joins him with his M-60. Dr. Mindbender runs for cover, Destro and Duke begin fighting. Stalker appears from another part of the camper as does Mainframe all opening fire on the Cobras. Mainframe throws a shotgun to Duke just as Destro fires a wrist rocket at the camper. Mainframe radios Scarlett that they have breached the castle and are fully engaged.
At the Pentagon, Hawk is actually in a secure communication bunker, that is hidden within the Janitor's closet. He is monitoring their actions. The Pentagon soldiers outside the door get C-4 and set it off as an attempt to blow open the door.
Baroness & Billy responding to the alert rush to guard Cobra Commander. Billy senses some familiar footsteps but they are somehow heavier. He is confused and the Baroness rushes him away. In the next corridor, Scarlett is still carrying Snake Eyes.
Upstairs, the Baroness & Billy arrive to see an empty throne room. From behind the actual throne they hear Cobra Commander's voice asking them to help him, he is trying to get into his new improved battle armor. He asks them if they can hand him his battle trousers. The Baroness declines to help.
Destro and Dr. Mindbender are running up the stairs to help protect Cobra Commander. They pass Zartan who is going down. Destro asks him to create a delaying action. Zartan agrees and uses his holographic techniques becomes Snake Eyes.
At the Pentagon just after the door has been blown open, Hawk hands a secure phone to the soldiers telling them that someone much higher on the food chain wants to talk to them.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen