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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: February 2015
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 212

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Scarlett, Stalker and Snake Eyes are sent to the Pit in Utah. The Joes have to activate Serpentor and the weapon to counter the activation of the Revanche mech in Olliestan. Serpentor takes complete control of the PIT and the weapon. The Red Shadows mech is destroyed in Olliestan with ease. Snake Eyes turns to face Serpentor after he opened up the floor under Stalker and Scarlett who fall far below.

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Alternate Covers

Cover D was released at the Emerald City Comic Con Mar 27th to Mar 29th, 2015 and available at Emerald City Comics. www.emeraldcitycomics.com

Cover E was released at the GI Joe Convention in Springfield, IL Apr 10th -12th, 2015 and available at The Toy Federation www.thetoyfederation.com and www.plasticempire.com

Cover F 2nd Print was released in June of 2015

Notes of Interest

The features of the Shadow Trak vehicle are part of the story.

Serpentor uses a 3D printer to make a cowl for his uniform.

Throwdown reveals he is an Arashikage ninja.

Inside front cover blurb: Joe and Jane’s project to use Serpentor’s consciousness to control the mysterious entity under the Pit continues, and things might have to move fast. The operation on Olliestan, led by Outback’s team, manages to infilitrate Revanche’s facilityand discover what they are working on: a joint Revanche/Cobra produced mech, being developed by the Black Major and his Red Shadows. Outback, dusty, and Throwdown disguise themsleves, but the alarm sounds as intruders are detected!

Major Players

Joes: Outback, Dusty, Throwdown, Stalker, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Lady Jaye, Duke, Joe Colton, Jane Colton, Roadblock, Mainframe, Bazooka, Cover Girl, Clutch

Cobra: Serpentor

Other: Red Shadow's Black Major, Red Laser

Creative Team

"The Death of Snake Eyes Part 1"

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inks: Brian Shearer
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Tom B. Long
Editor: Carlos Guzman

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

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

Cover C (Subscription): Artist: Antonio Fuso, Colors by Stefano Simeone
Cover Company: IDW

Cover D (Retailer Exclusive - Emerald City Comic Convention): Art by Adam Riches
Cover Company: Emerald City Comics

Cover E (Retailer Exclusive - GI Joe Con Exclusive): Art by Derek Charm
Cover Company: The Toy Federation

Cover F (2nd Printing): Art by Antonio Fuso, Colors by Stefano Simeone
Cover Company: IDW

Full Details

Deep under the Olliestan desert Black Major relays the capture of Red Laser to a SAW viper who suggests they just use the chemical warfare a Toxo-Viper carries to incapacitate the Joes. Black Major needs Red Laser alive. He calls in the Blue Ninjas. Dusty, Outback, and Throwdown drag along Red Laser as they plan their escape. They are unable to destroy the giant weapon as they have no explosives.

In Utah at the Pit, Scarlett, Stalker, and Snake Eyes arrive from Ft. Wadsworth. Lady Jaye tells them Duke sent for them because those three would be the best team to stop Serpentor if anything went wrong.

In Olliestan the Joes make quick work of a group of Red Shadows that attack. Above them the Blue Ninjas attack. Throwdown dispatches all of them by himself. His sleeve is cut in the fight revealing an Arashikage tattoo.

In the Pit, the Joes prepare to activate Serpentor. Roadblock is hooked up as a moral arbiter and failsafe.

Mainframe sees a command to start the 3D printer in the room next to Serpentor. Duke orders him to track down where the command came from.

In Olliestan, a Toxo Viper, two Techno Vipers, and a Televiper riding on a Shadow Trak head to the main gate. They are briefly stopped but when they point out to the guards the people they are looking for are wearing different uniforms the guards let them go. Not long after Black Major discovers the tied up Cobras below. Black Major orders a search for the Toxo Viper and Techno Vipers and also orders the giant weapon activated.

Beyond the perimeter of the Revanche facility Bazooka, Cover Girl, and Clutch speed their vehicles to assist. A blast door blocks Outback’s path. He cannot figure out how to fire the weapons on the Shadow Trak. Bazooka blows up the blast door with a SMAW.

In the Pit Mainframe can see from satellite footage that Outback’s team has escaped and are being pursued. He can also see the weapon powering up deep in the facility.

Joe Colton orders a launch of their own weapon. Duke tells Snake Eyes it is up to him to neutralize Serpentor.

Serpentor is activated and the Pit immediately goes into launch mode.

Olliestan, the Red Shadows chase after Outback and his team. Red Laser is still being held hostage. The Red Shadow’s weapon has now launched.

The weapon in the Pit launches. It speeds away at Mach 6 to Olliestan. Serpentor’s brainwaves are steady but Roadblock has begun to redline.

Olliestan, the Red Shadow robot stands still and the Joes wait for it to attack. Black Major orders it to charge. Throwdown has Outback and Dusty abandon the Shadow Trak and hop on Clutch’s Humvee. Red Laser turns the Shadow Trak around and Throwdown heads towards the advancing Red Shadows and the weapon.

In the Pit the Joes have lost track of the speed of the weapon.It will be in Olliestan in three minutes. Mainframe says that the entire system of the Pit has been hacked internally. The 3D printer continues to print and Roadblock is in trouble.

In Olliestan, Black Major lets the Shadow Trak drive past them. He still needs Red Laser alive. The weapon will deal with the Shadow Trak.

In the Pit Jane has completely disconnected Serpentor, he is still in control however. Roadblock is also disconnected from the device as he is in bad shape and cannot stop Serpentor.

Duke orders Snake Eyes to take down Serpentor. He, Stalker and Scarlett move. The floor collapses underneath Stalker and Scarlett and they fall into a chasm. Stalker is able to stop their fall and hangs onto Scarlett with one arm.

In Olliestan the mech controlled by Serpentor attacks and beheads the Revanche robot quickly. Throwdown stands by below.

At the Pit, Snake Eyes, seeing that Stalker and Scarlett are safe for now, turns to find Serpentor. Serpentor is in the adjacent room picking up what he made on the 3D printer. His cowl. To be continued.

Summary by Ted Jacobson