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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: July 2015
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 216

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The Night Creeper Leader who survived the mission to kill Snake Eyes (who was actually Throwdown) and Scarlett is reporting the details of the failed mission to Cobra Commander in the Silent Castle. Disguised as a Night Creeper Snake Eyes(Throwdown) breaks the Commander’s nose and escapes. The secret levels of the Pit are sealed with tons of concrete. Hawk meets with several international agency representatives in Malta. Wade Collins and his family survived Firefly’s attack.

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Alternate Covers

Cover B is part of IDW's An Entertaining Comic Variant Month, cover is inspired by Harvey Kurtzman's Two-Fisted Tales #18

Cover D was released by Hall of Comics comic book store in July of 2015 and available at there website theHallofComics.com

Cover E were released by ComicxPosure comic book store in July in 2015 and available at there website Comicxposure.com

Notes of Interest

First appearances of Simone Calleja, Jorge Argiz, Marie Fournier, Carlos Espinosa and Russ Sheath

Major Players

Joes: Throwdown (as Snake Eyes), Scarlett, Stalker, Wild Bill, Flash, Lt. Falcon, Airtight, Tollbooth, Joe Colton, Jane Colton, Hawk

Cobra:Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Fred 172, Fred 192

Other: Simone Calleja, Gerry McCarthy, Jorge Argiz, Marie Fournier, Carlos Espinosa, Russ Sheath, Wade Collins, Collins’ wife, Collins’ daughter

Creative Team

"Cobra Rising Part 1"

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Pablo Villanelli
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Carlos Guzman

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

Cover B (Subscription): Artist: Andy Suriano
Cover Company: IDW

Cover C (Retail Incentive): Art by Larry Hama
Cover Company: IDW

Cover D REA (Retailer Exclusive A): Art by Elias Chatzoudis
Cover Company: Hall of Comics

Cover E REB (Retailer Exclusive B): Art by Fabio Valle
Cover Company: ComicXposure

Full Details

In the Silent Castle, the Night Creeper leader and a Night Creeper kneel before Cobra Commander in his audience chamber. Cobra Commander wants to know the reason they failed to kill Snake Eyes (who is actually Throwdown in disguise) and Scarlett in the Sierras.

In flashback the Night Creeper leader tells the events as he saw them. He attacked the occupants of the cabin and expected that his forces were right behind him. He was attacked from behind, his night vision destroyed. Stunned, the leader left the empty cabin and headed outside. One by one he found the bodies of his team. He felt a sword at his back and was captured by Snake Eyes (Throwdown) and Scarlett. They led him away from the cabin, past more bodies and the destroyed Cobra transport choppers. They let him go and told him to deliver a message.

Dr. Mindbender points out that the leader is not alone and that there are two Night Creepers in the chamber. The leader says the other Night Creeper is the message he was supposed to deliver.

The other Night Creeper tears off his uniform. It is Snake Eyes (Throwdown). He leaps to the throne of the Commander. Dr. Mindbender orders the Viper not to shoot for they might hit the Commander. One trooper replies that the Commander is as good as dead anyway so why not shoot?

Snake Eyes (Throwdown) breaks Cobra Commander’s nose and then flees to the roof. He releases a balloon that is secured to his leg.

Inside a C-130 looming towards the castle, Stalker and Scarlett are debating who will tell Sean about the destruction of the Collin’s home (See Issue 215) and how to tell him the news. Scarlett says the news will be better coming from her.

Cobra Commander calls Dr. Mindbender back to the audience chamber with a newly earned speech impediment. Dr. Mindbender tells the Commander this was a warning and that family is off limits. Cobra Commander asks if it is too late to call off the Wade Collins attack.

Throwdown boards the C-130 after being snagged by a hook that caught the balloon. Scarlett tells him the news of the explosion. Sean writes a note and asks if they found any bodies.

At the Pit, Lt. Falcon watches as Flash and Airtight weld the door to the secret Pit shut, they board a VAMP and are hauled up the elevator shaft. Tollbooth then lowers rebar into the shaft and dumps tons of concrete to seal the entrance.

In the Pit command center, Joe Colton says all records of the secret base have been expunged. Jane says they will leave the video surveillance on. The robot (See Issue 214) is partially dismantled but will still need to be monitored. Joe is wistful and regrets that such a powerful weapon must be locked away. Duke quickly retorts that weapons are only as good as the quality of the troop using it.

In Seattle, Fred 172 gets a call from Fred 191. Fred 191 wants to set up a meeting in Seattle.

In Malta, Hawk has arranged a meeting of representatives from several international agencies. Attending are Simone Calleja of the Malta Riu Security Forces, Gerry McCarthy of the Irish Department of Defense, Jorge Argiz of the Spanish National Police, Marie Fournier of the RCMP Organized Crime Division, Carlos Espinosa Chief Inspector of the Policia Federal Division de Intelligencia, and Russ Sheath, SAS.

Hawk tells the group they have discovered plans for a major Cobra operation in the U.S. There are ties to Revanche and M.A.R.S. facilities in each of their respective countries. They need to work together and pool resources.

Somewhere in the heartland, police and fire department personnel are sifting through the debris of the Collins family home. They are searching for the bodies of the family after Firefly used explosives to destroy the house.

Wade Collins and his family escaped the blast by going through a trap door to a shelter in the basement. Fearing that Cobra agents may be planted in the rescuers, the three use an escape tunnel to avoid them. The tunnel leads to a garden shed. Wade pulls out fake I.D.s and passports that they will use to hide themselves away from Cobra. The daughter seemingly in shock, says she can’t believe what is happening to the family, first Sean dies and now this. Wade tells her Sean is not dead and that the funeral in Arlington was a sham.

Summary by Ted Jacobson