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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: July 2012
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 180

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After the Battle of Broca Beach, the Joes are about to be captured and taken away by Cobra Commander when Destro arrives with his Iron Grenadiers. Destro gives Duke a tip about a kryton being delivered at a comic convention. The Joes go into the convention to find the courier, stop the transfer, and recover the device.

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Alternate Covers

Cover D (San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) Exclusive) was released at the IDW Booth at San Diego Comic Convention July 12th - 15th, 2012

Cover E (GI Joe Convention Exclusive) was released at JoeCon in New Orleans in 2012.

Notes of Interest

The Joes go under cover as themselves at the San Diego Comic Convention. The Transformers' Optimus Prime appears as a human in costume.

Major Players

GI Joe: Duke, Scarlett, Stalker, Storm Shadow, Snake eyes, Lift Ticket, Mainframe, Psyche-Out

Cobra: Cobra Commander, Destro, Baroness, Darklon

Additional Characters: Optimus Prime (as a human in costume)

Creative Team

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inker: Gary Erskine
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman

Cover Credits
Cover A: Art by Herb Trimpe, Colors by Romulo Faiardo, Jr,
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B: Art by S.L. Gallant and Gary Erskine, Colors by J. Brown
Cover Company: IDW

Cover C (RI Retail Incentive): Art by Larry Hama
Cover Company: IDW

Cover D: SDCC Cover (San Diego Comic Convention Exclusive): Art by Herb Trimpe, Colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Cover Company: IDW

Cover E GI Joe Con Cover (GI Joe Convention Exclusive): Art by Herb Trimpe, Colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr.

Full Details

In the Broca Beach Museum, BN-001 lies at the feet of Cobra Commander a pile of parts. Cobra Commander gave the order to take the Joes into custody but the Vipers have not acted. Duke realizes that this may be because the Joes have a truce with them and they are not ready to break it.

Three Crimson Guardsmen remove their helmets and reveal that they are Blue Ninjas with dirty bombs built into their bodies. Before anything can happen Destro arrives and tosses in a low yield tactical EMP generator grenade. The device deactivates the Blue Ninjas. Destro demands that the Joes be allowed into his safe custody until they reach the city limits and he, the Joes and the Baroness will leave. Destro also whispers in Duke’s ear and his eyes go wide.

Two days later a Tomahawk flown by Lift Ticket lands on a rooftop in San Diego, on board are Scarlett, Stalker, Duke, Snake Eyes, and Mainframe. Their mission is to find and stop a courier for a kryton device which is similar to a nuke, from making their delivery. They watch as the courier enters the convention. Stalker points out that the convention is sold out way in advance and that getting a pass to get in would not be easy. Hawk has to call in some favors and pull some strings but gets the group passes to the convention. They stop at a hardware store to pick up some orange spray paint.

The Joes enter the convention center and begin to pass through the security checkpoint. Snake Eyes is asked by one of the guards to provide a picture ID and to remove his mask. He takes off his mask and the guard thinks it is a mask underneath. Snake Eyes shows him his active duty military card. The guard asks if the injury was service related. He pushes away from the counter showing that he lost his legs, and says “mine too” and lets them pass.

In Broca Beach, Cobra Commander is wrapping up a real estate deal to sell the entire town to some unsavory looking characters. They point out the signs of the recent battle such as bullet holes and of course the freighter in the boardwalk. Sensing their tactics Cobra Commander demonstrates he does not fear their threats. He walks over to a limo where voices are coming from the trunk. He opens fire on the trunk which houses a crooked local senator and mob boss who tried to intimidate him also.

In San Diego, Lift Ticket has landed the Tomahawk on a roof top and put red ropes all around it. Conventioners think it is a prop for some new movie and pay it little attention. Inside the convention center, Scarlett and Stalker are subjected to some typical or atypical, convention attendees. A pair of twins in school girl uniforms harass and bump and grind Stalker while Scarlett gets some unwanted attention from a randy Optimus Prime cosplayer.

Snake Eyes has located the courier who enters a cthulu photo booth, the courier disappears inside.

In Scotland, Destro tests the Baroness by having her walk through fire. The fire is just a hologram but behind the fireplace is a hidden room. Destro reveals why he let the Joes know about the kryton. He himself is working with the devices and one was taken by someone he underestimated, so he put the Joes on their trail.

The persistent Optimus Prime makes a final plea to Scarlett by “transforming.” This act tips off Stalker as to what happened in the photo tent. The perpetrator switched disguises or appearance. Mainframe begins to look over the security footage for the convention, Duke orders a composite to be made and to send it as soon as they find anything. Snake Eyes is reading the message on his phone when someone appears behind him a wrist sword of some sort drawn and ready to strike.

Back at the Pit, Psyche Out is talking to Darklon. He is telling him that they have to hand him over to the international court in the Hague as a war criminal. Darklon says Destro made a big mistake in underestimating him.

In San Diego, two men are waiting outside the convention in a van. They discuss their sparrow and that they hope she won’t get too aggressive or violent as she tends to do. Suddenly the side of the van is sliced open from the roof to the pavement by a Blue Ninja’s monofilament saber. The Blue Ninja shoves the driver into the passenger’s lap.

Summary by Ted Jacobson