GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #177
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: April 2012
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 177
The Baroness and Snake Eyes have taken Storm Shadow to a New Jersey hospital. They team up and head to Broca Beach to bring the fight to the Blue Ninjas. The Blue Ninjas have infiltrated the Cobra town. Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender attempt to reach the B.A.T. warehouse and defend the town. Meanwhile the Cobra Vipers who were in Maine head back to Broca Beach to try to save their families from the Blue Ninja attack.
Notes of Interest
Cobra Commander dons a Sigma Six Series suit.
GI Joe: Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes
Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender
Additional Characters: Blue Ninja Leader BN-001
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Ron Frenz
Inker: Sal Buscema
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Cover A: Artist: Art by Ron Franz, Colors by Sal Buscema & Romulo Faiardo, Jr,
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Art by Herb Trimpe, Colors by Romulo Faiardo, Jr,
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive): Artist: Larry Hama
Cover Company: IDW
In a New Jersey hospital, the Baroness admits Storm Shadow and pays for his care. She insists he is given the best the hospital has to offer and whips out a black credit card.
She meets Snake Eyes outside and assures him that Storm Shadow will be taken care of. The pair have joined forces in a temporary truce and hop in her car to continue to Broca Beach.
In Broca Beach, Cobra Commander looks over a group of Crimson Guards. Knowing that the Crimson Guards have been compromised Dr. Mindbender orders them all to remove their helmets. They are all Fred series “Siegies”. Cobra Commander, in order to find the Blue Ninjas, quickly tests one of them by asking who the two leaders of the Crimson Guard are. Unable to answer, a fake Crimson Guard attacks with a monofilament saber. The Blue Ninja/Fred look alike is quickly shot down by the rest of the Crimson Guards on Cobra Commander’s order.
BN-001 watches from a bank of monitors. He has tapped into the Cobra security network. Ignoring the incident BN-001 coordinates a three prong attack. He gives orders to Groups Omega Gamma and Epsilon from inside an ice cream truck on the streets of Broca Beach flanked by Blue Ninjas disguised as Cobras.
On the New Jersey turnpike, a State Trooper on a motorcycle gives chase to the speeding Baroness. She hits the nitro and leaves the trooper far behind. She shows Snake Eyes the events in Broca Beach from the view of the security cameras there.
Off the Connecticut coast three choppers filled with a Viper force are flying back to Broca Beach. They are quickly running out of fuel. When Cobra Commander reminds them that their families are in jeopardy, the pilots hit full throttle knowing the consequences.
Dr. Mindbender brings Cobra Commander a new uniform of Sigma Six series battle armor, as the Commander puts on the armor he is given a report that their security network has been hacked. Cobra Commander then uses that setback to his advantage to feed his attackers false information.
Back at the hospital a pair of State Troopers come looking for Storm Shadow, they are investigating the incident that took place at Professor Tchen’s house.(See Issue 176). When they enter the room Storm Shadow is gone he is in the parking lot in the red Chevelle, he too is now heading to Broca Beach.
Dr. Mindbender is in a Stinger and heading for the B.A.T. warehouse. He is attacked by a Blue Ninja with an RPG. The Stinger destroys the vehicle with the RPG toting ninja but a Crimson Guard with a monofilament saber cuts the Stinger in half from hood to back bumper. Just as it seems Dr. Mindbender is a goner the Blue Ninja is shot in the head destroying his helmet, a second shot by the Baroness finishes the job. When she attempts to talk to Mindbender and he sees that she is there with Snake Eyes, who is fending off more attacking Blue Ninjas, he flees.
The Baroness and Snake Eyes stand firm as the ice cream truck that is flanked by many Blue Ninjas heads towards them.
Back over the Atlantic Ocean, the choppers full of vipers have run out of fuel and are flying on fumes. One drops into the Ocean. The other two find a cargo ship full of containers, land on it, and take it over. They then change the ship’s course for Broca Beach. On top of the wax museum in Broca Beach, Cobra Commander watches the battle through binoculars. He learns the fate of the heliborne Vipers. He then sees the ice cream truck attacking the Baroness and Snake Eyes. Inside the truck, BN-001 asks himself several questions. Why protect the warehouse? Why is the Baroness here? Why is the ninja Snake Eyes working with her? The B.A.T.S burst out of the warehouse as BN-001 calmly looks on, Snake Eyes and the Baroness in the middle of them.
Summary by Ted Jacobson