GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #176
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: March 2012
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 176
Cobra Commander raids a Revanche Robotics factory and finds out that the Blue Ninjas have been making replicas of the Fred series of Crimson Guardsman. Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Boris go to Dr. Tchen’s house and find several dead Cobra Vipers. Meanwhile the fake robot Freds attack Broca Beach striking at the Cobra troops families. Dr. Tchen is actually a Blue Ninja cyborg with built in monofilament weapons which she designed. She kills Boris and attacks the pair of ninjas. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow are about to fight. The Baroness shows up and kills Dr. Tchen. Snake Eyes relays a text about the situation to the PIT. Scarlett, Duke and Stalker all take a leave of absence and head to Broca Beach. Storm Shadow, seriously injured, is to be taken to the hospital by Snake Eyes and the Baroness.
Notes of Interest
First and last appearance of Dr. Tchen
Death of Boris the Russian Master
GI Joe: Law, Scarlett, Mainframe, Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, Duke, Stalker
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Baroness, Darklon
Additional Characters: Boris (Russian Master), Dr. Tchen
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S. L. Gallant
Inker: Gary Erskine
Colors: Andrew Crossley
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Cover A: Artist: Art by SL Gallant & Gary Erskine, Colors by J. Brown
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Herb Trimpe, Colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr,
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive): Artist: Larry Hama
Cover Company: IDW
In Maine, three Cobra helicopters drop Vipers onto a Revanche Robotics compound. The factory is deserted and empty and the vipers make their way to a steel door. They blow the door and are stunned by what they find inside.
In the PIT in Utah, Law reports to Scarlett that Darklon has been talking in his sleep. He says ”Tchen no 001-no” Mainframe mentions they overheard a Cobra transmission talking about Dr. Tchen.
In New Jersey, Snake Eyes receives a text message from Scarlett he along with Storm Shadow and Boris the Russian Master drive past Sensei Moskvina’s dojo. They turn and head to Rutger’s in Maine to find Dr. Tchen.
Back in Maine, the factory is empty, the Televiper finds evidence of hundreds of cyborgs being manufactured, what is worse is they are replicas of the Fred series of the Crimson Guard.
In Broca Beach, Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender figure out that with so many Crimson Guards stationed in town, the cyborgs must be headed there. He recalls the Vipers in the factory back to Broca Beach.
In front of a house two vans marked Broca Beach Community Service Committee are parked haphazardly in Dr. Tchen’s driveway and yard, the front doors are wide open.
Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow enter the house and leave Boris in the car. They find dead Vipers in every room. There is a light on in the basement. The kitchen door opens and Dr. Tchen is just arriving home. Storm Shadow sends her out to the car as he and Snake Eyes go down to investigate the basement.
In Broca Beach Cobra Commander orders all the Fred series to be rounded up. When Dr. Mindbender points out the mistake of not researching the Blue Ninjas true capabilities before mounting an attack in the first place, Cobra Commander gets enraged. He attacks him pushing his head into a monitor saying he is going to “wipe them off the face of the planet” for murdering his only son.
In the basement the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow find a command module. One of the monitors in the module shows a familiar image, Broca Beach.
Dr. Tchen approaches Boris in the car, he asks if she is all right, then not saying a word she breaks his neck. She turns her attention towards the house, twisting her own neck a hundred and eighty degrees.
In Broca Beach, A Fred enters the house of a Cobra family. He says Cobra Commander has issued an alert and he is there to guard them. A Revanche Robotics van is in the street. When the wife of the Cobra notices it is not a Broca Beach Community Service Committee van, the Fred’s eyes glow red as he moves behind her.
The three Freds and the two in the van move up the streets three houses at a time, leaving them at the same time, all the lights out.
At Dr. Tchen’s house Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow find Boris dead seated at her kitchen table. Dr. Tchen clings to the ceiling above them and then drops down and attacks.
In Broca Beach Cobra Commander leads a group of Cobra troops and vehicles into the neighborhoods. They find the pieces left by the robots of the Cobra families. One distraught Viper tells them that his Viper uniforms are the only thing missing from the house.
Dr. Tchen battles the pair of ninjas with her monofilament weapons embedded in her palms. They disable the weapons in her hands and she reveals a monofilament saber in her mouth and severely injures Storm Shadow. She destroys Snake Eyes’ Uzi and he reaches for his sword. She claims she will end the Arashikage line in her kitchen and suddenly jerks back as she is shot three times in the torso and once in the head. Snake Eyes slices off her head.
The Baroness stands in the kitchen doorway rifle in her hand. Unsure, Snake Eyes braces for attack, but when she says they can’t waste time and they need to get Storm Shadow to a hospital, he sheathes his sword.
Back at the PIT Scarlett, Duke, and Stalker realize that something is going on in Broca Beach. They can’t do anything without orders so Scarlett says she is taking a leave of absence. Duke and Stalker join her.
Summary by Ted Jacobson