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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: October 2010
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 159

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A six way battle happens between Cobra Commander, Baroness, Billy Destro, Scarlett and Snake Eyes in the throne room of the Silent Castle. Mainframe, supported by Duke, Stalker, Rock 'n' Roll and Roadblock, successfully downloads from Cobra's computer the necessary information to free Hawk, who is at the Pentagon waiting for the Joe team to complete their mission.

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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 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.

Major Players

GI Joe: Duke, Hawk, Mainframe, Rock 'n' Roll, Roadblock, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Stalker, Storm Shadow

Cobra: Baroness, Billy, Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Zartan, pictured only Dr. Venom

Creative Team

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Augustin Padilla
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Chris Mowry
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt

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

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

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

Full Details

Duke, Roadblock, Rock 'n' Roll and Mainframe have fought their way directly into Cobra's Silent Castle. They are fighting BATS exclusively and making an easy killing of them.

Snake Eyes comes around the corner and Duke punches him straight away knocking him out as he hits the ground, he is revealed to be Zartan in disguise. Mainframe asks Duke how he knew it wasn't the real Snake Eyes, his response, "Snake Eyes would never leave Scarlett in a tight situation. I just verified it by getting past his defenses to slug him out. No way I could do that to the real Snakester."

At the top of the Castle in the throne room, Dr. Mindbender, Billy, Baroness and Destro are helping Cobra Commander get into his armor which is proving difficult to do. Billy, the Baroness and Destro have a pathological need to protect the Commander, this is an effect from continuously being subjected to the Brainwave Scanner. Outside the door Scarlett is carrying Snake Eyes over her shoulder. He was injured in his leg by Storm Shadow. (see ARAH #158)

At the Pentagon, soldiers rush to hold Hawk at gun point. Hawk tells the soldier in charge to listen to the voice on the phone. The soldier is talking to the President who asks that they give Hawk the time he is asking for. Hawk insists that the proof to his claim will be delivered in five minutes. So the soldiers wait.

Scarlett busts into the throne room still carrying Snake Eyes and firing her crossbow. Destro fires two of his wrist rockets, Scarlett shoots one out of the air, Snake Eyes slices the other in half. The Baroness and Billy attack with their swords. The Baroness gets thrown across the room by Scarlett and Billy gets hit by the handle of the Snake Eyes sword to his chin, knocking him out. Destro pulls out his gun to fire at Scarlett.

Mainframe stops the team and asks for protective cover, he has found the computer cables that he can patch into. Duke orders Roadblock and Rock 'n' Roll to lay down some suppressive fire. Which means that more BATS are destroyed, but they are all running out of bullets.

Snake Eyes attacks Destro from behind causing his aim to be off. The Baroness recovers and attacks Scarlett from behind and again Scarlett throws the Baroness, this time directly into the on coming Cobra Commander. Destro kicks Snake Eyes in his injured leg, which causes him to fall just Scarlett kicks Destro in the head.

Rock 'n' Roll & Roadblock are out of ammo, so they grab the BATS guns and start using them.

Cobra Commander charges Scarlett but Snake Eyes opens up on him with his Uzi, the armor saves him but throws off his aim and the Commander misses Scarlett. Snake Eyes then knocks down the Commander. Dr. Mindbender, sneaking away, calls off the BATS attack and gives them an order to return to the throne room to protect the Commander.

At the Pentagon, Hawk is sitting at the desk with his feet on it and his hands behind his head. Waiting. When two Cobra soldiers bust in claiming they have authority to take over custody of the prisoner

At the Silent Castle, Mainframe has breached the computer's firewall and is successfully accessing Cobra's files.

Snake Eyes rips Cobra Commander's helmet off just as Billy kicks Snake Eyes in the head. Scarlett grabs the Baroness in a headlock and Snake Eyes kicks Billy back.

Now Roadblock and Rock 'n' Roll are running out of the BATS' guns to use against them but Stalker arrives from behind the BATS destroying the last wave. The rest have run away. Mainframe completes his mission by emailing to Hawk the information he stole from Cobra's computers. Dukes orders the Joes to retreat. Scarlett and Snake Eyes are left on their own.

Storm Shadow sees the recovering Zartan and again knocks him out as he races to the throne room.

The BATS arrive in the throne room firing at everyone. They all have to take cover, Snake Eyes is grazed in the head by a bullet, which knocks him out. Billy grabs him and orders Dr. Mindbender to put him in the Brainwave Scanner. The throne is actually an elevator and it takes them all down. Scarlett now fighting several BATS is unable to get to Snake Eyes. Storm Shadow arrives slicing apart the BATS, grabbing Scarlett and jumps out the window with her.

In the basement, Snake Eyes is strapped into the Brainwave Scanner, Dr. Venom appears on the screen, as the Baroness & Dr. Mindbender watch Billy hit the on switch.

Hawk is walking out a free man with the soldiers congratulating him. In the background, the Cobra soldiers are being arrested. Mainframe's data was sent directly to the President who reviewed it realizing that the government had made a contract Cobra. He immediately canceled the contract.

to be continued . . .

Summary by Josh Eggebeen