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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: December 2012
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 185

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Dusty and Airtight have been captured by Colonel Faroud’s men, Tunnel Rat is captured by Zartan and his crew. Destro sits at the bargaining table with Darklon and Colonel Faroud, legitimizing Darklon’s offer to sell the Kryton to Faroud’s eyes. Clutch, Tom, and Harry, have fallen to the new brainwashing method developed by Dr. Mindbender. Destro and the Baroness leave Benzheen, aware that Zartan is there. Hawk sends in a small force to rescue Dusty and Airtight. Jinx will have her own special mission.

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Notes of Interest

Hawk and Duke have a play on words on the famous knowing is half the battle catchphrase.

Major Players

Joes: Tunnel Rat, Airtight, Dusty, Duke, Mainframe, Stalker, Clutch, Rock ‘N Roll, Scarlett, Sci-Fi, Hawk, Spirit, Leatherneck, Lt. Falcon, Zap, Ghost Rider, Jinx

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

Other: Pale Peony, Colonel Faroud, Tom, Harry, *unknown*

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

Benzheen City, Tunnel Rat watches as Dusty and Airtight are captured and taken away by Colonel Faroud’s men. The whole scene plays on a live monitor in front of Duke, Stalker and Mainframe. A man with a shimmering face drags Tunnel Rat towards a police van. He morphs into Zartan and Tunnel Rat gives Road Pig who is in the back of the van a swift kick. Pale Peony kicks Tunnel Rat from behind and after he is loaded into the van Zarana drives it away.

In the Government building Destro, Darklon, and Colonel Faroud are sitting at the negotiating table. Destro tells Faroud the Kryton is the stolen property of MARS. Faroud was going to reject Darklon’s offer but now that Destro has proven the merchandise is legitimate he accepts. Darklon laughs and Destro and the Baroness leave. In Northern California at Rancho Corba, Dr. Mindbender is using his new method of brainwashing on Clutch. It adds a chemical element and Dr Mindbender is unsure of the results. Clutch resists the process and Mindbender brings in Tom and Harry who are now in Crimson Guard uniforms and completely brainwashed. Rock N’ Roll and the third teen attempt to rescue them.

In the Pit, Duke watches the monitor closely as Zartan takes off with Tunnel Rat. After seeing Tunnel Rat’s attacker, Scarlett thinks that Snake Eyes or Storm Shadow could identify her by her fighting style. Duke realizes Rock ‘N Roll and Clutch have probably been captured but he says he is not calling in the ninjas Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow for that or Benzheen, they deserve a rest too.

Fifty miles outside of Benzheen, Dusty and Airtight are now in prison. They assess their situation as they are settled in. They find the former Emir of Benzheen in their prison cell.

On the docks of Benzheen, Destro prepares to board his submarine, he is met by an Iron Grenadier at the gang plank. Destro says his attempt at impersonating an Iron Grenadier is not bad but the accent gives him away and he recognizes him as Zartan. He has Zartan escorted away. Zarana and Road Pig watch over Tunnel Rat in the back of a local shop and recommend he be cooperative.

In California, Rock ‘N Roll overhears Dr. Mindbender and Cobra Commander discuss a possible bug in the brainwashing process. There may be some form of chemical dependency or unknown effects from the chemical used. Cobra Commander orders the bug worked out and lets Dr. Mindbender know he wants to use it on the third teen when he is found because his rebellious nature reminds him of...someone.

Rock ‘n Roll and the kid find Clutch who is strapped to a table. When they undo his bindings he screams “Enemy! Enemy!” and attacks them. Rock ‘N Roll and the kid are captured by Clutch and Tom and Harry.

In the Pit, Hawk watches as Spirit, Leatherneck, Lt Falcon, and Zap take off in a specially modified Phantom X-19 with Ghost Rider, who, no one can remember his name still *issue 76*. After they take off Jinx walks up to Duke and Hawk who just got done discussing half the battle. She accepts a special mission they have for her that will test her skills.