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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: November 2010
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 160

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Snake Eyes goes back into the Brainwave Scanner, Duke's team escapes, Storm Shadow and Scarlett join Duke's escape and Cobra Commander gets to run around destroying Snake Eyes memories in 3-D style courtesy of the Brainwave Scanner.

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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.

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, Roadblock, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Stalker, Storm Shadow, Wild Bill

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

Creative Team

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

Cover Credits
Cover A: Artist: Agustin Padilla, Colors: 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

Snake Eyes is strapped into the Brainwave Scanner and Cobra Commander has ordered that it be turned to the maximum. Dr. Mindbender recommends against that due to Snake Eyes leg wound. The Commander doesn't care and he says he won't be falling for any slowing the heartbeat down tricks (see Marvel GI Joe #10, for this previous trick). In the background, Billy is excited to see Snake Eyes in the chair, whereas Baroness is apprehensive and Destro is just disgusted.

Cobra Commander, using the Brainwave Scanner's 3-D display, gets to enter Snake Eyes' mind. And once inside the virtual representation of Snake Eyes’ mind he begins busting into rooms and destroying memories from his childhood. A picture of Dr. Venom appears on the screen, but Dr. Mindbender quickly gets rid of it. Dr. Venom has planted a massive easter egg in the computer program that controls the scanner sometimes. Dr. Mindbender has been unsuccessful in killing the easter egg.

Billy & Baroness stand close to each other and the Baroness briefly touches his hand in a romantic nature. Destro spots the motion.

Outside the Silent Castle, the gypsies that allowed the Joe team to get in through Cobra's security are sneaking away in an old beat up car as Storm Shadow arrives carrying an unconscious Scarlett over his shoulder. He punches one and kicks the other as the third pulls a gun. Storm Shadow begins talking to him telling him to put the gun down cause he will die if he doesn't, with his back to the gunman he puts Scarlett in the car. The gunmen puts down his gun as Storm Shadow drives off.

50 Miles away, Duke, Rock 'n' Roll, Roadblock, Mainframe and Stalker are in civilian clothing on a bus headed to the border. They have passports from different countries, but they work and they get through the border into Borovia.

In Washington DC, Hawk knocks on a door of a Congressman, he is allowed in as the Congressman walks upstairs and goes into his closet. There is a Crimson Guardsman uniform in his closet, he picks up his gun and tries to call Cobra but the number is busy. Hawk walks up to him pointing a gun right to his head and says "The whole Cobra operation has been blown and all of you "sleepers" are being rolled up. The house is surrounded by special ops troops, you should come quietly. Believe me, I'd almost prefer if you didn't".

Scarlett wakes up in the backseat of the car demanding they return to help rescue Snake Eyes. She doesn't believe that he is free of the Brainwave Scanner's effects. A man on a motor scooter comes up behind them. Storm Shadow pulls the car around a corner and gets out. The man on the scooter follows them around the corner. Storm Shadow kicks the scooter man in the head, knocking him out and off the scooter. It is Zartan, Storm Shadow points out to Scarlett that he recognized Zartan's riding style.

Back in Snake Eyes' mind, Cobra Commander gets to the memory of when Storm Shadow, then known as Tommy Arashikage, saved Snake Eyes life in Vietnam with Stalker waiting in the chopper. (See GI Joe issue #26 for the full story). The virtual Cobra Commander. using a sledge hammer grows super large and almost smashes Snake Eyes & Tommy in the middle of that rescue memory.

At the airport, Duke's team gets out onto the runway away from the regular passengers and waits for the C-130 transport plane that is coming to pick them up with Wild Bill as its pilot. Just as they enter, Storm Shadow and Scarlett ride up on the scooter asking for permission to join the flight. Scarlett defends Storm Shadow saying she believes he has beaten the Brainwave Scanner effects and they want to mount an immediate raid to save Snake Eyes. Duke refuses and takes Storm Shadow into custody. Storm Shadow tells Duke that he will come along willing, but if the rescue effort doesn't happen as soon as they land he will take matters into his own hands.

At the Silent Castle, Cobra Commander has finished inside Snake Eyes’ head and they have surrounded Snake Eyes with BATS. Snake Eyes quickly and easily escapes the chair, destroys the BATS and grabs a gun in each hand pointing them at Cobra Commander. Snake Eyes spins the guns around wild west style and hands them to Cobra Commander butt first. Cobra Commander likes his new weapon. One the Joes have no defense against.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen