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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: December 2010
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 161

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Lady Jaye, Gung-Ho and Clutch rescue Chuckles from the abandoned Cobra town of Springfield then bring him back to The Pit to interrogate Storm Shadow, who has escaped from his cell and is found eating in the cafeteria.

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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.

Major Players

GI Joe: Chuckles, Clutch, Duke, Gung-Ho, Lady Jaye, Law & Order, Psyche-Out, Roadblock, Stalker, Storm Shadow

Additional Joe Appearances: Dusty, Mainframe, Outback, Rock 'n' Roll, Slipstream, Spirit, Thunder, Tollbooth, Wild Bill

Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Snake Eyes

Creative Team

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: SL Gallant
Inker: Gary Erskine Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt

Cover Credits
Cover A: Artist: Herb Trimpe, Colors by Andrew Crossley
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

Arriving in the long ago abandoned Cobra town of Springfield, Clutch drives Lady Jaye & Gung-Ho through streets that are filled with half destroyed cars. They approach Video World, they see a Cobra Stinger and a brand new style of HISS Tank. Inside Video World, Chuckles is tied to a chair, a Viper is soaking a phone book in water and another Viper is taunting him. Chuckles keeps wisecracking back at them. He is hit with the wet phone book and they hear gun fire from outside.

Clutch has taken evasive action as Gung-Ho and Lady Jayed converge on the Vipers outside Video World. Clutch gets the HISS Tank to chase him in the VAMP. Lady Jaye fires one of her power lances that blows up the Cobra Stinger. Gung-Ho blows open the door to Video World knocking down one of the guards. Chuckles kicks the nearest Viper in the groin as he is distracted with the explosion.

Gung-Ho and Lady Jaye rescue Chuckles, who quickly pulls a gun from Lady Jaye's pistol holster and shoots the Viper that was interrogating him. That Viper had a hidden gun and he was about to shoot Lady Jaye.

Later after Wild Bill lands the C-130 just outside the main ramp to The Pit, Chuckles is cleared through security and into the main interrogation room. He is joined by Duke, Stalker, Psyche-Out and Roadblock but when they open the cell they discover Storm Shadow is missing. They call for a general alert and begin scanning for Storm Shadow. He is easily found eating a meal in the cafeteria. Law & Order tracks him down but can't believe what is sitting next to Storm Shadow. That item sitting next to him is the remote detonator to destroy The Pit. He hands it over to Law & Order as soon he is asked.

In Cobra's Silent Castle, Dr. Mindbender has discovered that the Joes have reopened The Pit. The C-130 tracks are the clue because they just disappeared underground. Cobra Commander isn't sure what he can do with this information. Then Dr. Mindbender asks about sending Snake Eyes back at the Joes. Cobra Commander loves the idea. The brainwashed Snake Eyes prepares to go to The Pit.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen