GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #174
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: January 2012
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 174
The Joes and Russians find themselves facing a multitude of HISS tanks in Benzheen. Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes begin their search for the Blue Ninjas. Cobra Commander starts his own research into the Blue Ninjas and attends Billy's funeral.
Notes of Interest
Funeral of Billy
GI Joe: Cross Country, Cover Girl, Snake Eyes, Steeler, Storm Shadow, Wild Card
Cobra: Baroness, Destro, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender
Additional Characters: Daina, Colonel Chikatoli, Malyenkiy, Boris (The Russian Master), Colonel Bin Ismael (Abysmia)
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inker: Gary Erskine
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Cover Artist: S.L. Gallant, 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
Benzheen, Colonel Bin Ismael is in a tactical debate with a Cobra advisor. The Joes and Russians have blocked their path into the town forcing the tanks into the narrow streets. Cobra IR sensors are being fooled by fires set by locals. There appear to be many more tanks than there really are. Bin Ismael's command Hiss is shot and destroyed by Cover Girl.
Outside of Town, the HISS tank column has stalled and backed up. The Russians attack the rear of the column. They use the same ruse the Joes perpetrated on them previously (See Issue 173) The HISS tanks driven by the Benzheenis are disorganized and lack leadership now. The Cobra Python HISS driver, formerly an advisor, now takes command. Confusion reigns and the Joes take out three tanks with one shot. The Joes keep moving and drive right through the local theater smashing up seats as they go. They drive out into the square where the locals have prepared a hiding spot for them based on the scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where the villagers open a garage door and then block it with merchants in front.
A group of HISS tanks arrive at a gas station where they find themselves set up, gas is all over the ground where they have parked. A local tosses a Molotov Cocktail and the flames engulfs the tanks.
In Hackensack New Jersey, Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes and Boris break into Revanche Robotics. They begin to investigate the premises. They wake up a sleeping cyborg who screams "Intruder Alert!"
In Scotland at Castle Destro, Destro and the Baroness are sitting at a long banquet table. A dinner discussion is taking place when Destro gets news of Billy's death. The Baroness' reaction is cold and unfeeling.
In Benzheen, the Joes shoot their way out of hiding and continue their battle with the HISS tanks. They use a depleted uranium super penetrator shell or "butter knife" and destroy three more tanks with one shot. Just outside of town the Russians are engaged in their own battle with the HISS tanks. Their tank takes a hit and is set ablaze. Soon the Joes and Russians meet up in the town square. Cross Country uses an extinguisher to put out the fire on the Russian tank not missing the opportunity to flirt with Daina.
In New Jersey, Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender are discussing the Blue Ninja situation. Their first step will be to track down Dr. Eleanor Tchen, the researcher behind the monofilament saber. Cobra Commander states he will share information with the ninjas, but plans to track down the Blue Ninjas first since he has a larger force.
Billy's casket is taken out of a black hearse with Cobra sigils on it and walked to the gravesite by Crimson Guards. There will be no eulogy, no grand funeral. A Cobra flag is draped over the casket and Cobra Commander clutches at it silently.
In Benzheen, the Joes and Russians are down to very little ammo. Cross Country sees the rest of the HISS tanks approaching through his binoculars. The tanks halt and turn around when they are given new orders to head back to the border. The Emir of Benzheen has been overthrown and the army is now backing the rebels. Peace talks are taking place. The Joes and Russians are now free to go but the two tanks will now be seized as property in the name of the revolution since they were doing the demonstrations for the Emir. Chikatoli slaps Wild Card on the back and says, "Welcome to this part of the World."
Summary by Ted Jacobson