GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #202
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: May 2014
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 202
Zarana is captured by two female Cobra agents. Cobra Commander is using her as incentive to have Zartan kill Destro. The Joes watch as Cobra leaves Rancho Corba. Zartan battles the Baroness in a sword fight on the stairs of Castle Destro. When Zartan is defeated Destro plans to fool Cobra Commander into thinking he is really dead. He involves Zartan in the plan to free Zarana.
Notes of Interest
A reference to the attack on Castle Destro in issues Marvel #116-120.
Joes: Lady Jaye, Duke, Mainframe, Psyche Out, Chuckles, Stalker, Scarlett, Snake Eyes
Cobra: Zarana, Road Pig, Zartan, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Destro, Baroness
Other: Redheaded female Cobra Agent, Brunette female cobra agent (unnamed), Fred 793
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inks: Juan Castro
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Cover A: Artist: S.L. Gallant , Colors by J. Brown
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B (Retail Incentive): Artist: Larry Hama
Cover Company: IDW
Pacific Coast Highway, Zarana and Road Pig are riding along when a white van comes up too close to the pair. Road Pig warns her but it is too late, the van rams Zarana’s bike causing her to crash.
Road Pig goes after the van and smashes the door off with his mallet. Ready for that, the female Cobra inside tasers him and he too crashes. The van runs over his bike. The two inside the van return to the spot where Zarana crashed. They knock her unconscious and drag her into the van. Road Pig watches helplessly as they drive the injured Zarana away.
Later at a hospital, Road Pig is recovering and a Highway patrol officer is questioning him. He then advises Road Pig not to take any actions, nor should his fellow dreadnoks. The officer then changes into Zartan. Zartan says he will perform a task for the abductors to secure Zarana’s release. After she is free though, he tells Road Pig then there will be blood.
At Rancho Corba, Dr. Mindbender is tending to the dentistry of Cobra Commander. Cobra Commander rants about his future plans to infiltrate the U.S. Government.
At the PIT, in Utah, Duke, Mainframe, and Lady Jaye are watching as Cobra evacuates Rancho Corba. Chuckles comments that it is more interesting that while Cobra leaves; others are immediately moving in. He suspects it is a plot to restrict the ability of the Joes to watch Cobra’s activities. If they do not have reason to watch the new residents, then they must get permission on a case by case basis.
In Staten Island, Scarlett, Stalker, and Snake Eyes are watching the grounds of Castle Destro. Destro and the Baroness are out skeet shooting. The drone has facial recognition software. Destro sees the drone disguised as a bird and can tell it is flying a pattern. He blasts it and then he and the Baroness pop smoke and head back to the castle.
Zartan is hiding in the trees bow in hand. He misses his shot because of the incident with the drone.
At an unknown location, a Fred series Crimson Guard is joining a political candidate’s campaign. He calls himself Fred 793.
At Seaside Heights, two state troopers arrive to interrogate Road Pig (Donald Deluca) about the highway incident. The nurse mentions that a trooper had already questioned him. Alerted since they know no one else had been sent to the hospital, the troopers rush to the room. Road Pig is gone.
In Scotland, Destro and the Baroness search the security cams. They spot Robbie Mc Cleod but he is not walking with his limp. A limp he got in the battle when Cobra Commander used troopers in disguise as gypsies to attempt to assassinate Destro.
The Iron Grenadiers are now on alert. Robbie makes a ridiculous display with his sword and they laugh and continue to search the castle. Zartan loses his Mc Cleod disguise and climbs the castle stairs, sword in hand. He is met by the Baroness. The two engage in a sword fight. The Baroness kicks Zartan in the jaw and this gives her the upper hand. Ready to deal the death blow, Baroness listens as Zartan tells about how Cobra Commander captured Zarana to use her as leverage to make him kill Destro. The Baroness has no mercy. She feels Destro’s hand grasp her wrist.
Destro makes a deal with Zartan to rescue Zarana and in the process deal with Cobra Commander. Destro asks what proof of his death Zartan needed and when he says he needs his mask, Destro hands it over to him.
In Rancho Corba, Dr. Mindbender is attending to Zarana’s injuries. She warns the Doctor, that Road Pig will come looking for her. Dr. Mindbender tells her that Zartan has agreed to complete a task for her release and has probably already accomplished it as they speak. She tells Mindbender that Zartan is not likely to stick to the agreement and that he “won’t blink twice about taking out some mook with a dish rag over his head.”
To be continued in issue 203.
Summary by Ted Jacobson