GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #184
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: November 2012
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 184
Clutch and Rock n Roll infiltrate Rancho Corba and try to rescue the three teens caught by Cobra. In Benzheen, Destro and Baroness are under attack as they attempt to reach the negotiating table of Darklon and Colonel Faroud. Outside, the Joes deactivate a car bomb meant for the pair.
Notes of Interest
Cobra Commander uses the disguise used previously in Marvel issue #55
GI Joe: Clutch, Rock N’ Roll, Lady Jaye, Duke, Mainframe, Scarlett, Airtight, Tunnel Rat, Dusty
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Destro, Baroness, Road Pig, Zarana, Zartan, Darklon
Additional Characters: Pale Peony, Colonel Faroud, Tom, Harry *unknown*
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inker: Gary Erskine
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman
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
Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender drive in disguise around Luck, California, an abandoned town. They discuss what different facilities could be used by Cobra. They return to Rancho Corba. Inside the clubhouse the three teens caught last issue are being held captive.
Since the Brainwave Scanner is no longer operational Dr. Mindbender talks about using his own methods to brainwash the teens. One of the teens charges Cobra Commander still tied to his chair. Cobra Commander knocks him down, but his spirit reminds him of his son Billy. He orders Dr. Mindbender to keep the trio alive.
Dr. Mindbender orders two Vipers to take care of the three prisoners, tie them up securely, dish out some punishment and lock them up, before he leaves he admonishes the Vipers them for their uniforms fitting so sloppily.
The three teens show decidedly different reactions when the pair of Vipers come for them. The Vipers take off their helmets. It is Clutch and Rock N’ Roll in disguise. While they reassure the teens they are there to rescue them, Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender discover two Vipers tied up in their underwear.
At The PIT, Lady Jaye reports to Duke that Clutch and Rock N’ Roll have disobeyed orders and entered Rancho Corba. Duke is more concerned with the events unfolding in Benzheen. Darklon has the Kryton a trigger device for nuclear warheads, and is negotiating selling it to Benzheen's Colonel Faroud. Col. Faroud is friendly with the US so Airtight, Tunnel Rat, and Dusty were able to get into the country, under the pretense of deactivating mines.
In Benzheen, the three Joes are searching for the place where Darklon could meet Colonel Faroud. They find a palace crawling with security, when they approach they are turned away at gunpoint. They watch as Destro and the Baroness arrive in a limo. Zartan in disguise enters a cafe and tells Zarana, Road Pig, and Pale Peony that the Joes are here and they need to leave.
In Rancho Corba, Cobra Commander orders the club house searched. The Vipers enter and find two short Vipers escorting three prisoners. Confused that they may be attacked from behind, the Vipers and Tele-Viper are knocked out by Rock N’ Roll and Clutch. The Joes decide to split up, Clutch will take the teens out while Rock N’ Roll stays behind.
Rock N’ Roll gets into a firefight with the vipers, he is surprised when the rebellious teen joins him. The kid says he has been playing first person shooter games and knows how to lay down a field of fire, as well as field strip a weapon. Tom and Harry are still with Clutch.
In Benzheen, Airtight, Dusty, and Tunnel Rat watch the area around the palace. They see suspicious activity around Destro’s limo. Tunnel Rat crawls under the limo and deactivates a bomb. Dusty and Airtight create a diversion for him.
The bomber calls Darklon to tell him the bombing attempt failed. Undeterred, Darklon tells the man to go to plan B.
Five guards are in front of Destro’s path to the conference room, Destro uses his wrist rockets and knocks them out. The Baroness gives a swift kick to the last one standing. It turns out the guards were really Python Patrol Vipers in disguise. Destro apologizes for the commotion and sits down at the table with Darklon and Colonel Faroud.
Back in Rancho Corba, Clutch, Tom, and Harry have been caught and are in the courtyard with their hands on their heads. Dr. Mindbender recalls how he used the Brainwave Scanner on Clutch before and is looking forward to seeing how well his new method works on him. Rock 'n’ Roll and the rebellious teen crouch down just out of sight. Rock 'n’ Roll suggests they go get help, but the teen says he is staying and won’t leave his pals behind.
Summary by Ted Jacobson