GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #190
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: May 2013
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 190
Chuckles, Low Light, Jinx, and Lady Jaye have been sent to South East Asia to lure Generalissimo Tep into a trap, where they may or may not be ordered to assassinate him. Lady Jaye and the others work with the villagers to build a bridge. Lady Jaye is captured by Major Bludd while Chuckles waits for the firing order. When Tep takes Lady Jaye away in a Hind, the Hind turns and fires on the defenseless village that spoke up for her. Chuckles makes the decision to go after Tep without firing orders.
Notes of Interest
First appearance of Generalissimo Tep.
Lady Jaye, Chuckles, Low Light, Jinx, Duke, Mainframe, Scarlett, Stalker, Hawk
Sgt. Ustesevic, Generalissimo Tep
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inker: Gary Erskine and Tom Simmons
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: Carlos Guzman
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
South East Asia; Chuckles and Low Light watch as Lady Jaye helps the local villagers construct a rope bridge. She is posing as a humanitarian for the World Health Initiative and assisting the villagers. The bridge is a lure. The joes know that Generalissimo Tep would not be pleased with its construction as it would cut into his control of trade routes. They expect him to investigate.
Lan, the foreman for the project waves to his wife and son below as the construction proceeds. His wife notices a helicopter in the distance and points.
Inside the Hind, the Generalissimo conveys his concerns about the bridge taking away his control of the trade routes to Major Bludd. He orders Major Bludd to do something about it. Bludd orders the pilot to shoot to kill. Lady Jaye sees the danger and orders everyone to get off the bridge. Low Light has Generalissimo Tep in his sights. He asks Chuckles if they have a clear firing order yet. They do not. The Hind fires at the bridge and Lady Jaye falls into the water below protecting Lan’s wife and son. The pilot fires on the villagers in the water.
Ustesevic has Lady Jaye in his sights but Bludd stops him from firing on her. This gives Lady Jaye the chance to get Lan’s wife and son to safety.
Chuckles orders Low Light to break camp and police the area. Low Light says that he has been careful to do that all along. He asks if they have gotten the firing orders yet. Chuckles says no and Jinx joins the pair, emerging from the jungle. When they leave for the village Low Light asks if she used a machete to clear a trail. Jinx says no she used an existing trail. On the way she also tells Chuckles not to touch a tree with a talisman in it. She says that they must respect the local customs of the natives who placed it there as an offering to the gods of the hunt and the spirits of the deer. She also notes that the local hunters have been watching their every move.
In the village Lady Jaye comments that no one was seriously hurt in the bridge attack. Chuckles and Jinx pose as members of the World Health Initiative to give immunizations, before they can do so, the local Shaman must be called in to perform a ceremony.
The chief of the village expresses concern about the bridge and that Tep would not easily relinquish control of the trade routes. At that time the dogs of the village get alerted. The Joes see that as a sign for them to leave. They pack up and head out, but they leave Lady Jaye behind so as to not blow her cover. Chuckles has still not gotten a firing order.
Tep and his men arrive on horseback and herd all the villagers into a pig pen. Lady Jaye attempts to reason with Tep, explaining that it was her idea, not the villagers, to build the rope bridge. Tep dismisses her as not worthy to talk to him. He turns her over to Major Bludd who does not listen to her and slaps her.
Chuckles watches from a distance and contacts Duke at the Pit. There is still no firing order. Hawk is in the Pentagon as they speak, trying to negotiate an order with a bunch of men in suits. The men explain to Hawk that they cannot issue a firing order because the country is undergoing a coup and Tep is most likely going to be on the winning side. They can’t risk a political situation.
Bludd drags Lady Jaye over to the pig pen. He says outside agitators must be made an example of. He blindfolds her and she is on her knees with her back to him, pistol at the back of her head. Bludd asks if anyone will speak up on her behalf.
Low Light, Chuckles, and Jinx stand by. Low light asks if he can fire on Bludd since he cannot fire on Tep. Jinx suggests shooting his hand. Chuckles explains that the Pentagon extended the non-firing order to anyone associated with Tep. Low Light says he may have a case of accidental twitchy trigger finger.
Lan’s wife, the native hunter, the Shaman, the village chief, and a woman who had her child vaccinated, all speak on behalf of Lady Jaye giving reasons for her to be spared. The other villagers come to her defense as well. Bludd asks Tep for his call. Tep says they must discuss it further and Low Light sees Bludd holster his weapon.