GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #162
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: January 2011
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 162
The Cobra high command arrives at Broca Beach with mind controlled Snake Eyes. The Baroness on an errand to deliver donuts and grape soda to the Dreadnoks is intercepted by Lady Jaye and Torpedo and captured.
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.
GI Joe: Lady Jaye, Torpedo
Cobra: Baroness, Billy, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Destro, Zartan & mind controlled Snake Eyes & Dreadnoks Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Thrasher.
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: SL Gallant
Inker: Gary Erskine
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Shawn Lee
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artist: Herb Trimpe, Colors by Andrew Crossley
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Herb Trimpe, Colors by Andrew Crossley
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive): Artist: Larry Hama
Cover Company: IDW
The Baroness is flying a plane that as it lands in Newark, New Jersey airport with Destro as the copilot and Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Zartan, Billy and Brainwave Scanner controlled Snake Eyes riding in the back.
Destro brings up the point that the Baroness who is usually very cold to Billy has warmed up to him in recent weeks. The mind controlled Baroness has been having an affair with Billy and Destro knows it. What concerns him is Billy's apparent change of personality. There has been a noticeable change in his body language, speech patterns and he has even become more cruel. She avoids the questioning.
In the back of the plane, Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender are talking about how they have to use their Borovian government connections to gain access back into the United States after GI Joe exposed them.
Inside a truck in the cargo hold of the plane, Billy is in the driver’s seat as mind controlled Snake Eyes rides shotgun, Zartan is on his motorcycle preparing to depart the plane as soon as the cargo door opens.
Billy, who has been totally mind controlled by the ghost in the machine of Dr. Venom, has taken on Dr. Venom's personality almost completely. He brags to Snake Eyes how even the mighty ninja can't defeat the improved Brainwave Scanner. Zartan is unable to hear exactly what Billy is saying says to himself "The entire Arashikage Ninja Clan should have been wiped off the face of the planet years ago. Especially Storm Shadow. I have a special arrow I've been saving for him!" Then he tears off out of the plane onto the airport runaway and heads off to his New Jersey hideout.
Billy is driving the Broca Brothers Circus truck and Cobra Commander, Destro and the Baroness are riding in a Cobra MAGGOT, that is disguised as a circus cannon that Dr. Mindbender is driving which is headed to Broca Beach, the newly revived Cobra stronghold.
At the Dreadnoks gas station/headquarters, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch and Thrasher are rebuilding a new Thunder Machine and hungry for donuts. Zartan disguised as a motorcycle patrol officer arrives and walks in the door, the Dreadnoks attack him. He easily beats them all up, reveals himself and says "simply pathetic". Buzzer demands food and drink before they continue anymore work. Thrasher has a broken nose.
Zartan calls Cobra Commander and requests that chocolate covered donuts and grape soda be delivered to the Dreadnoks right away.
The Brainwave Scanner is unloaded and Billy is claiming control of it, yet Dr. Mindbender, unaware of Billy's change to Dr. Venom, argues with him, Billy then lashes out at Destro. The Baroness walks outside to clear her head as Destro joins her. As she stands on the broadwalk with Destro, Lady Jaye and Torpedo with surfboards are sitting on the beach observing them. They are there because of a Storm Shadow tip that Cobra was re-establishing its based in the city of Broca Beach.
Inside, Dr. Mindbender is giving Snake Eyes a tour of the Cobra museum. There is a life size recreation of the Battle of Cobra Island with Scarlett, Duke, Roadblock and Snake Eyes being defeated by statues of Cobra Commander and the Baroness. When Cobra Commander asks Snake Eyes how he will strike a blow to GI Joe that will cripple them, Snake Eyes pulls his sword and cuts off the head of the statue of Scarlett. Cobra Commander claps his hands in amusement.
Lady Jaye & Torpedo have followed the Baroness, who is buying donuts & grape soda for the Dreadnoks and preparing to deliver them. As she drives away she spots Lady Jaye. She pulls over and hides as they drive by and then pulls out smashing her car into the VAMP that Torpedo is driving. The Baroness gets knocked off the road which causes her car to flip over, and roll down an embankment into the ocean. She is so pissed that she jumps out of her car with the pistol in hand and attacks. She and Lady Jaye in then get in a fist fight where the Baroness lands more punches but Lady Jaye hits harder knocking her out cold.
With no donuts and grape soda the Dreadnoks have stopped working and they are driving Zartan crazy. He orders them to leave the hideout cause he believes they have been compromised.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen