GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #192
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: July 2013
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 192
Snake Eyes and Scarlett return to the high Sierras. Jinx and Pale Peony find themselves summoned by Obake Obaasan for an unknown task to tie up loose ends. Cobra Commander reveals his latest grand plan. An electrical shock makes Rock ‘N Roll remember what was really going on in Rancho Corba Acres. Destro runs training drills to attack Rancho Corba Acres, just in case. The mobsters who bought Broca Beach find Dr. Venom’s back up hard drive.
Notes of Interest
Joes: Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Duke, Roadblock, Lift Ticket, Jinx, Hard Top, Clutch, Rock ‘N Roll, Timber III
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender
Others: Destro, Baroness, Pale Peony, Obake Obaasan, Gramps, grandson,
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Sergio Cariello
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
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
Scarlett and Snake Eyes drive up to the spot where he once had a cabin (Issue 31 and Issue 32 ). They pull up to a gas station and a teenager takes their credit card inside to process it as he is suspicious of them because of Snake Eyes’ mask. Gramps says he will handle this himself. He hands the credit card back to Scarlett and after they fuel up he sends them on their way. The boy questions his grandfather for not swiping the card. Gramps tells him to forget he ever saw those two and that if anyone comes around asking if they have seen them to say no.
The couple hike along to the spot where Snake Eyes’ cabin once stood. A shadow falls over them and surprises them. Lift Ticket, Duke, and Roadblock are in a Tomahawk, and on the winch is a brand new log cabin. They set it down on the vacant spot. Scarlett explains that the Joes built the cabin on their off duty hours and donated the supplies as Snake Eyes has saved their lives, some of them more than once. That he must accept this gift. That night as the two sit outside the cabin around a campfire they sense something is watching them. A pair of red eyes stabs the darkness.
In Tokyo at an amusement park, Jinx hands a ticket to a little man in a black hat. She has a coupon for a free ride. When she reaches the car for the ride she finds that it is not empty. There sits Pale Peony, she too has been given a free ride coupon. They begin the ride and suddenly they are not alone. Obake Obaasan sits between the two, her arrival unnoticed by the two ninja. She explains how the Arashikage has grown over the years, adapting to modern technologies and learning how to prevent attacks such as the one that took down the Hard Master. The dojo is no longer their main headquarters, but a blind, a distraction. They are spread out in many secure locations like the amusement park ride.
The reason she has brought them there is because the clan leadership and management needs a new generation to take over, but first there are loose ends that need to be taken care of. That is where Jinx and Pale Peony are needed. Then the ride is over and Obake Obaasan disappears as fast as she appeared. The man who took the coupons from them meets them and tells them that despite any unanswered questions they may have; they cannot go back inside, they are banned from doing so until they get another special coupon.
A wolf with a scar across its’ snout watches as Snake Eyes and Scarlett go fishing without a pole. The wolf leaves.
In Rancho Corba Acres, Cobra Commander prepares to address his troops. He speaks with Dr. Mindbender about how Cobra is stagnating. It is time to act. He boards a HISS tank and leads a parade to a reviewing stand. Once there he gives a speech. Cobra has been plotting a long time, undermining the financial institutions of several small countries. They will take over those countries and install puppet dictatorships. Each country will be a base of operations to take over the governments of adjoining countries. Rancho Corba is a blind and a a distraction and no longer needed now.
At the PIT, Hard Top, Clutch, Rock ‘N Roll and Roadblock are on the elevator with a Mauler. A cable starts to short out and despite a warning from Hard Top, Rock ‘N Roll gets a large electrical shock. The elevator plunges down the shaft. Hard Top hits the emergency brake but the Mauler is too much weight and the brakes give way. The tank hits bottom. The Joes are fine but the accident caused a wall to crumble. Roadblock investigates, there is a room there now that is not on the blueprints. Meanwhile Rock ‘N Roll says the shock has made him remember what happened in California and what the truth is about Rancho Corba since he and Clutch were brainwashed and his memory had been blocked until now. (Issue 186)
Back in the Sierras, Snake Eyes and Scarlett are hiking. They quickly find themselves surrounded by a pack of wolves.
Elsewhere a group of commando types dressed in red and black attack the front gates of Rancho Corba, at least what looks like the gate. They fail at their task. Destro and the Baroness fly in on a pair of Despoilers. Destro tells them they will have to do a lot better when the situation is real. The Baroness questions him as to why they would attack Cobra and he says it is good to be prepared for any situation.
In the Sierras, the wolves close in. The wolf with the scar bounds in, heading right for Snake Eyes. He pounces on the masked man and licks his rubber mask. Scarlett postulates that it must be Timber’s grandson and assume that the bonds they formed with Timber have somehow passed down to the next generations. The wolf licks her face.
In Broca Beach, the mobsters who bought the beach and are turning it into a casino are bragging about how they fooled FEMA into thinking that the damage caused by the battle (issue 166) was all from the recent super-storm. A construction worker hands them a hard drive he found. Inscribed on the hard drive are the words: “Dr. Venom’s back up”.
Summary by Ted Jacobson