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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: April 2013
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 189

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The battle continues as Duke, Cutter, and Shipwreck head to the Aden Explorer to assist the Joes on the ship and in the air. Meanwhile the Black Major continues his assault with Dr Burkhart and Ali as hostages on the bridge of the Aden Alexander.

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Notes of Interest

Final part of the Red Shadows arc.

Editing error calling Dr Burkhart Audrey instead of Adele.

Major Players

Shipwreck, Cutter, Duke, Scarlett, Stalker, Torpedo, BeachHead, Gung Ho, Lifeline, Lift Ticket, Wild Bill, RoadBlock,

Black Major, Adele Burkhart, Prince Ngoto, Ali

Creative Team

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

Cover Credits
Cover A: Artist: S.L. Gallant and Gary Erskine, Colors by J. Brown
Cover Company: IDW

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

Full Details

Off the coast of Africa, Duke, Cutter, and Shipwreck are aboard a WHALE and being strafed by a roboskull. Shipwreck and Duke man the main turrets, Duke is hit as Prince Ngoto hides in the cargo hold of the WHALE.

On board the Aden Explorer Scarlett, Stalker and Torpedo tend to the wounded Gung Ho and BeachHead as the Red Shadows press their attack. On board the bridge Dr Burkhart tends to Ali who took a bullet for her.

The Tomahawk is burning and attempting to land on the deck of the Aden Explorer. Lifeline takes care of Wild Bill who is wounded, as Lift Ticket makes the attempt. The Black Major creates a defensive line on the bridge.

Back on the WHALE Prince Ngoto reveals he was pre-med and offers to take care of the injured Duke. The Roboskull takes aim on the listing WHALE.

The joes on board the ship head below and make their way to the bridge from below decks. RoadBlock jumps off the Tomahawk in midair and fires on the Red Shadow troops below.

Cutter flips the WHALE in stormy seas to train the main guns on the Roboskull, it surprises the pilot and the Roboskull is damaged.

Scarlett, Stalker, and Torpedo have reached the bridge access. Black Major orders the Shadows to attack and they toss a grenade down the bridge ladder. Stalker hits it like a baseball and it bounces onto the main deck, exploding in the group of Red Shadows attacking the Tomahawk.

Cutter rights the WHALE after damaging the Roboskull and heads back towards the Aden Explorer. Roadblock ties a winch to the deck as the Tomahawk lands, securing it to the helipad in the rough seas. The wounded Joes, BeachHead and Gung Ho, hold the rear position as Scarlett, Stalker, and Torpedo continue to attack the bridge. On the Bridge Dr Burkhart refuses to leave the wounded Ali. The Black Major threatens to shoot her in the head and she goes with him to the bridge hatch. Stalker attempts to negotiate. Burkhart reveals that the Major shot Ali and cannot be trusted.

The weaponless Roboskull heads to the Aden Explorer as does the WHALE. Prince Ngoto wants to attempt negotiations with Ali, unbeknownst to him that the Black Major has taken control from the pirates. Lift Ticket attempts repairs on the Tomahawk. A Red Shadow aims at Lift Ticket but is shot by Wild Bill answering the question if he can still shoot. Walking may be another matter.

Back at the bridge Stalker tells the Black Major that he cannot meet his demands, that someone of a higher rank would have to do that.

Roadblock and Lift Ticket clear the deck of the last Red Shadow troops. Duke is now on board.

Prince Ngoto rushes to the bridge and attempts to open negotiations. The Black Major is now not open to negotiations. Ali uses the distraction to his advantage and gets a weapon from one of the Red Shadows. The remaining troops on the bridge are finished. It is now just the Black Major, Burkhart, and Ali on the bridge. Ali is out of ammo.

Before the Major can shoot him, Dr Burkhart bites into his arm hard. Ngoto punches the Major knocking him away.

The three see the limping Roboskull as it heads straight for the bridge. The vehicle crashes into the ship, but Burkhart, Ngoto, and Ali survive and meet up with Stalker at the base of the bridge ladder. Ngoto and Ali agree to negotiate their political differences.

Another figure heads down the ladder from the bridge screaming don’t shoot. It is the Roboskull pilot. The Black Major flies away in the damaged Roboskull.