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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: May 2011
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 166

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The Joes are floating outside Broca Beach on a WHALE. Destro and the Baroness board a submarine and head for Scotland. Dr. Mindbender finds a destroyed Brainwave Scanner. Cobra Commander suspects Destro is involved and orders the sub eliminated. The Joes get caught in the middle.

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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: Cutter, Shipwreck & Polly, Topside, Deep Six

Cobra: Destro, Baroness, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender

Creative Team

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Rod Wagner
Inker: Gary Erskine
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: Carlos Guzman

Cover Credits
Cover Artist: Rod Wagner, Colors by Andrew Crossley
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B: Artist: Herb Trimpe, Colors by J. Brown
Cover Company: IDW

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

Full Details

Just outside the pier of Broca Beach, Cutter, Shipwreck and Polly, Topside, and Deep Six are monitoring a Cobra helicopter that is about to land, the roof of the pier opens up and reveals a hidden hangar. Deep Six is checking the lines holding a SHARC to the WHALE.

The Joes theorize that the helicopter is landing with Destro and the Baroness, who will take a different mode of transportation to Scotland.

Cobra Commander greets the chopper and confronts Destro about using the mission to attack the Pit (Issue 165) to rescue the Baroness. Destro responds that he has different priorities. They head down a flight of stairs to a submarine pen. Cobra Commander is surprised as he knew nothing was down there. He is reminded by an Iron Grenadier that the pier was Destro's bailiwick. The Baroness and Destro board the sub.

The Joes launch the SHARC off the WHALE manually, Deep Six is acting on his own hunch.

The Baroness begins a conversation with Destro about betraying his trust but it is interrupted when she spots the WHALE on the sonar.

Cobra Commander gets a call from Dr. Mindbender who tells the Commander that the Brainwave Scanner has been destroyed by the Arashikage Ninjas who have carved their clan symbol into it. Cobra Commander blames Destro and orders three Morays launched after the sub. Three large tubes shoot the Morays over the beach into the water.

The sub spots the Morays on sonar and dives and activates a cloaking device. When they do so Deep Six loses them. The Morays head straight for the WHALE, they lose the sub also. The WHALE launches all missiles and destroys one Moray. The remaining two Morays launch all four torpedoes in response. One hits the WHALE, and injures Shipwreck.

Deep Six orders the WHALE to launch depth charges but as he does a Cobra Undertow attaches a limpet mine to his hull.

Shipwreck boards a Moray to give the WHALE time to launch the depth charges. Deep Six ejects the canopy of his SHARC and goes after the Undertow.

Destro hears a limpet mine being attached to the sub and personally goes after it.

Shipwreck and Polly take over one of the Morays, Deep Six is in a knife fight with the Undertow sinking deeper. Topside launches the depth charges from the battered and mangled WHALE.

The other Moray rams the WHALE and Cutter and Topside fight an Eel and an Undertow.

Destro fights off an Eel trying to stop him from releasing the limpet mine.

Shipwreck rams the Moray he commandeered into the boat that hit the WHALE and is knocked out and sinks.

Cobra Commander watches a live feed from the Eel battling Destro, the Baroness appears on the screen with a knife before the transmission is cut.

Shipwreck fights the Lamprey as the Baroness and Destro get back on the sub. The sub is hit by the depth charges and begins to leak.

Topside and Cutter find Deep Six in a canopy-less SHARC with Shipwreck on board.

Destro begins to thank the Baroness about her rescuing him from the Eel, but she coldly replies that the only reason she saved him was because he was the only one she thought could get the sub back to Scotland.

The sub surfaces to find the barely afloat WHALE in their path. The Joes prepare to meet their end. Destro turns the sub away saying there has been enough fighting for one day.

Cobra Commander looks on with binoculars and a Televiper asks him if he can see the sub. Cobra Commander replies with a growl.

Summary by Ted Jacobson