GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #172
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: November 2011
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 172
Three Blue Ninjas have attacked the Arashikage dojo in Brighton with an RPG. Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Billy and the Russian/Nameless Master are soon in a fight for their lives. Lady Jaye and Darklon both critically injured, are being whisked to the Flagg on board a Tomahawk. The Tomahawk makes a crash landing. Homeland Security agents find themselves in the middle of a ninja battle, the Blue Ninjas are defeated, and one retreats, but in the process Billy is killed.
Notes of Interest
Death of Billy.
Blue Ninjas are revealed to be cyborgs.
Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Flint, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, Recondo, Lift Ticket, Wild Bill, Keel Haul, Shipwreck, Lifeline, Barbeque
Other: Billy, Russian/Nameless Master, Judd and his partner from Homeland Security, The Blue Ninjas
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: SL Gallant
Inker: Gary Erskine
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Cover Artist: SL Gallant & Gary Erskine, Colors by J. Brown
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
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn:
The Blue Ninjas have attacked the dojo of the Russian/Nameless Master. They are taking no chances and begin a search to find the body of their target. A local gang member calls them terrorists and confronts them with a pistol. He is shot for his trouble.
As the Blue Ninja searches for the Russian he discovers the trio of Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Billy lying on the ground, he performs a scan and sends the pictures to the ninja in the van. He finds the Russian and scans him, when the identification comes back positive he is ready to shoot him. The ninja in the van stops him and tells him that the other three are higher priority targets when the system recognizes who they are by facial recognition. The ninja with the rifle turns to face them, but they are gone.
In the skies above Darklonia, Flint is faced with a life or death decision. There is only enough medical supplies onboard to treat one of the two seriously wounded. He has to choose between Lady Jaye or Darklon. Flint is about to use the supplies on Lady Jaye when she protests, she puts a gun to his head and forces him to use them on Darklon, The mission comes first, bring back Darklon alive. Lift Ticket radios the USS Flagg to prepare for a crash landing.
Shipwreck is at the helm of the USS Flagg when Keel Haul gets the report, he orders an intercept course to close the gap between the Flagg and the Tomahawk. On board the chopper, Darklon has stabilized but Lady Jaye is barely conscious and bleeding badly.
Back in Brighton Beach the ninja in the van feeds the info on Billy, Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes to the ninja in the destroyed dojo. The Blue Ninja refocuses his attention on the original target only to find he too is now gone. The sword that was on the shrine nearby is gone as well.
Outside the dojo, Homeland Security has arrived on the scene. The second Blue Ninja with a monocle eye calmly steps out of the van and quickly knocks both of them out at once with a chop to the throat.
The ninja inside the dojo now sees Storm Shadow; and Snake Eyes drops in behind him. Snake Eyes throws a knife at him and he easily dodges it. Storm Shadow expected this and catches the knife. Snake Eyes opens up on the ninja with his Uzi and Storm Shadow attacks with the knife. The bullets expose a metallic shoulder when the ninja is shot.
The ninja in the van instructs the ninja in the dojo to use his molecular monofilament saber. The saber slices the knife in Storm Shadow's hand in half. Undaunted by this new weapon before them; Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow continue to fight.
In the Tomahawk, Darklon is going into shock and Recondo sees that Lady Jaye is bleeding out from a wound they missed. The Tomahawk has a fuel leak, and the starboard engine is on fire.
The Homeland Security agents have recovered and are shooting at the monocled Blue Ninja who cut an ESU vehicle in half with his saber. The ninja's armor is too strong for their weapons to have any effect.
Lifeline and Barbeque are waiting on the deck of the US Flagg and preparing for the worst, They agree that if necessary they will enter the wreckage of the burning chopper. Lifeline says to Barbeque "I'll keep my teams out of your way until you get the fire under control. But if I have to go into the aircraft while its still on fire . . " Barbeque interupts him saying "If you have to go in there Lifeline. I'll get you in."
Snake Eyes shoots at the Blue Ninja as part of a multi-pronged attack. The Russian Master now attacks, the sword from the shrine in his hand. As he hopes the Blue Ninja focuses his attention on the red garbed ninja's eyes and not the sword. Billy snatches the sword from his hand, the Blue Ninja is capable of tracking multiple targets and the attack fails. The Blue Ninja predicts the attack and slices Billy's prosthetic leg off with the saber and seriously wounds Billy's torso. The sword falls to Snake Eyes who then bisects the Blue Ninja cleaving him in half. Not done, he throws the sword which finds its mark. It goes through the back of the monocled ninja's head, and through his single eye. The last Blue Ninja in the van speeds off and escapes.
The Homeland Security agents enter the dojo now. All they find is the two halves of the Blue Ninja and Billy's leg. They try to surmise what happened but are puzzled.
The Tomahawk slams into the deck of the USS Flagg hard. The medical crew of the Flagg swarm over the wreckage. Roadblock and the others walk out with Darklon and Lady Jaye. The two are rushed to sick bay. Roadblock feeds them the details of their conditions so that Flint can go to Lady Jaye's side.
In Brooklyn, the Russian Master and Snake Eyes watch from overhead as the Homeland Security agents process the scene. The Russian Master realizies that they must now go on the offensive. Storm Shadow interrupts the conversation between the Russian Master and Snake Eyes saying "Billy is now with the Hard Master, the Soft Master, the Blind Master and all the rest." Storm Shadow gets an intense look on his face and states "you need to tell us everything you know about these Blue Ninjas."
Summary by Ted Jacobson