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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: October 2012
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 183

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Three teens find themselves the captives of Cobra in Northern California. Clutch and Rock 'N Roll are there as well. Zartan begins his plan to reunite Cobra. Baroness, Destro, Darklon, and the Joes all wind up in Benzheen. Storm Shadow visits his Aunt with the intent to add Billy’s sword and photo to the shrine of the Arashikage fallen.

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Notes of Interest

Introduction and First Appearance of Storm Shadow's Aunt, Obake Obaasan (Demon Granny) (Just like Pale Peony, her original appearance was in the DDP Storm Shadow series not a part of this continuity.)

Major Players

GI Joe: Clutch, Rock 'N Roll, Duke Mainframe, Scarlett, Storm Shadow, Tunnel Rat, Dusty, Airtight

Cobra: Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Road Pig, Zarana, Zartan, Destro, Baroness

Other: Darklon, Pale Peony, Obake Obaasan, Col. Faroud

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: Artist: Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema, Colors by Ronda Pattinson
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B: (Retail Incentive): Artist: Larry Hama
Cover Company: IDW

Full Details

Northern California, three teens are defacing a housing district that appears to be abandoned. Headlights flash into the window of the house they are in and they see buses of people and Fred Series Crimson Guards. Then they see HISS tanks and guns. They try to run but are surrounded by a group of Vipers. A transport chopper lands and Dr. Mindbender and Cobra Commander get out. Cobra Commander is irritated with Mindbender as the area was supposed to be cleared for their occupation. Dr. Mindbender says he will take care of this.

On the Borovian border with Darklonia, there is a line of cars waiting to enter the country, they are being held up for an unknown reason. What sounds and feels like a jet passing overhead alerts the drivers but no jet is seen. The border guards tell them to forget what just happened. Out of sight of the border, the jet, a Python Conquest, appears just as it lands. It taxis to a large farm with a huge barn that serves as a hangar. Darklon has returned.

A Techno-Viper deactivates and removes all the tracking devices the Joes had placed in Darklon’s helmet before allowing him to escape. The Techno-Viper tells Darklon it is possible the Joes uncovered the real story behind the virtual Kryton Device. Darklon heads to Trucial Abysmia.

In Northern California, Clutch and Rock ‘n' Roll watch as Cobra sets up shop in Rancho Cobra Acres. They see a dump truck being loaded up. Duke orders them to get a closer look at the truck. The Joes see three new well maintained BMX bikes in the back. Duke orders the pair to find the kids those bikes belong to.

In San Diego, Pale Peony, Zarana and Road Pig break into the Darklonian Import and Export Warehouse. They search for a specific crate, when they open it inside is a refrigerator with the word SMEG on the door. A voice from behind startles them “There is nothing inside that thing but ice cube trays and an open box of baking soda.” The Dreadnoks are startled by a security guard. Pale Peony begins to make a move but the guard stops her when he recognizes the move as an Arashikage technique and turns the shotgun on her. Zarana appears miffed to see her brother. The guard is really Zartan in disguise and he tells the trio they have to get to Benzheen.

Elsewhere, the Baroness and Destro sit in a well furnished room. Destro takes out his chess set (See Marvel Issue 22) ) and sets up the pieces that represent actual people. He places a new piece that resembles the Kryton on the board.

The Baroness does not recognize one of the pieces. Destro tells her it is Pale Peony, he is fully aware of her Yakuza, Russian Mafia and Arashikage background. Then amongst the white and black pieces Destro places two red pieces. The Emir of Benzheen and Colonel Faroud. He gets another box of chess pieces, these are painted green, he unceremoniously dumps them on the chess board. The Joes are tossed into the mix. An Iron Grenadier opens the hatch to the room and tells Destro they are approaching the coast. The submarine they are in has reached Benzheen.

In Japan Storm Shadow arrives at his Aunty’s home, Obake Obaasan (Demon Granny). They discuss how Storm Shadow sent Pale Peony to her to be raise and trained but Obake has concerns about the "complexity of her worldview and the elasticity of her ethical core" which trouble her. Storm Shadow has come to make a request of her. Storm Shadow places his pupil Billy’s sword on the wall, and then sets his photo amongst a shrine of the fallen Arashikage. The Hard Master, Soft Master and Blind Master along with 8 other nondescript photos of fallen Arashikage warriors. Obake welcomes Billy's photo to the shrine.

In Benzheen a child is standing with his goats in the middle of a minefield. Three Joes are trying to get him out safely, Tunnel Rat, Airtight, and Dusty. They manage to get him out of the minefield and he is escorted away by local military. We now see that they are near an airfield. The sounds and feeling of a plane landing befuddle the Joes as they cannot see it. The Python Conquest lands and becomes visible. Darklon steps out and is welcomed with a red carpet treatment by Colonel Faroud. The Joes have to let Duke know of this development immediately.

Summary by Ted Jacobson