GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #178
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: May 2012
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 178
BN-001 carries on his assault on Broca Beach. Snake Eyes, the Baroness and Dr. Mindbender fight alongside several B.A.T.s against the Blue Ninjas. Cobra Commander directs the battle from the wax museum and waits for the cargo ship with Vipers to arrive. Duke, Stalker and Scarlett attack the cargo ship fighting both Blue Ninjas and the Vipers. Storm Shadow arrives outside Broca Beach where he meets Sensei Moskvina, they team up and head to downtown Broca Beach to join the battle.
Notes of Interest
The return of Sensei Moskvina
GI Joe: Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Duke, Scarlett, Stalker
Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender
Additional Characters: Blue Ninja Leader BN-001, Sensei Moskvina
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inker: Gary Erskine
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Cover A: Artist: S. L. Gallant and Gary Erskine, Colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr,
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 Broca Beach at the B.A.T. warehouse, BN-001 coordinates battle strategies form within what looks to be a normal ice cream truck on the outside. The B.A.T.s the Baroness and Snake Eyes hold their own against the many Blue Ninjas. BN-001 orders his driver to head toward the wax museum. Faced by several B.A.T.s blocking the road, BN-001 orders the driver to use what looks like a giant antique lawnmower to run them down, B.A.T. parts fly everywhere. Scythes pop out of the wheel hubs as well. BN-001 calls this the Scythian Chariot Mode of the vehicle.
Snake Eyes and the Baroness procure one of the Revanche Robotics vans by taking out the Blue Ninjas manning it. BN-001 remarks on their skills and wonders if they are good enough to spot a Trojan Horse. Cobra Commander watches via cell phone from the wax museum as events unfold. He sees that the trio of Baroness Snake Eyes and Dr. Mindbender have taken the van. When a Fred series Crimson Guardsman wanders in Cobra Commander asks the same question he used last issue to verify if he is real or not. When the Siegie Fred 37 who has a stuttering problem tries to answer Cobra Commander shoots him. BN-001 observes this action and mistakenly assumes Cobra Commander is still unaware that BN-001 has hacked into the security systems.
The Baroness orders Cobra Commander to go after the ice cream truck. Cobra Commander makes contact with the Vipers on board the hijacked cargo ship. He sees a skiff tied to the stern of the giant ship and orders them to go investigate the possible boarding party. Now that they have been discovered the Joes come out fighting, Stalker Duke and Scarlett open fire on the Vipers.
Not wanting reinforcements to arrive, BN-001 orders a group of Blue Ninjas to go to the cargo ship, and for the main force to attack the wax museum. He is giving these orders when the Baroness, atop the Revanche van’s roof, begins her assault. Snake Eyes pulls her off the roof just as the ice cream truck’s ice cream cone opens up and a gatling fires, tearing the roof to shreds.
Back at the container ship the Blue Ninjas scale the hull and board the ship. Now facing two foes; the Joes shoot at anything that appears hostile be it Viper or Blue Ninja.
Snake Eyes lobs a grenade into the ice cream truck just as it rams into the museum. A small force of Blue Ninjas is driven back by the Cobras inside, but as one points out, it is just a feint to assess their firepower. BN-001 leaves the truck and Blue Ninjas burst out from below the wooden planks of the boardwalk. Cobra Commander orders everyone to stay away from BN-001. If this is truly the one responsible for the death of his son Billy he wants nothing to get in the way of his revenge. Storm Shadow arrives just outside of town, he surveys the wreckage of battle. Out of the water nearby rises Sensei Moskvina, her outer skin mostly gone and her metal exoskeleton exposed. The pair get in the red Chevelle and drive to the wax museum, as they drive Moskvina lets Storm Shadow know she is literally a walking bomb.
Summary by Ted Jacobson