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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: December 2015
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 221

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The joint forces of Cobra, Revanche and the Red Shadows attack the Dreadnoks in New Jersey and are defeated. Hawk finds more containers containing Blue Ninjas aboard a cargo ship in the UK. Destro meets with several of Cobra’s free agents at Zartan’s gas station in New Jersey. The Joes discover a message from Darren 247 in the house near Ft Wadsworth. Senator Wendy Ling Torres is captured and put in to the brainwave scanner. All the Joes have returned to the Pit in Utah and the Arashikage ninjas are on their way.

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Alternate Covers

Cover C, D & E was released by online comic book store Blindbox and available at there website Blindboxcomics.com

Cover E is a called the Gold version (with Gold lettering) and is not listed on the inside cover gallery of #221.

Notes of Interest

Cobra World Order is released bi-monthly.

First appearance of Sgt. Tree.

Inside Cover blurb:
As Duke flies to re-unite with his long lost wife, Cobra prepares to unleash its plan. When G.I.Joe gets wind of this, all the agents are called back in…
Meanwhile Zartan brings together Cobra’s many free agents in the New Jersey marshes, as Destro and Baroness aim to strike a deal…

Major Players

Roadblock, Sneak Peek, “LongShot” (Long Range), Hawk, Duke, Wild Bill, Zap, Steeler, Clutch, Stalker, Scarlett, Snake Eyes

Ripper, Torch, Buzzer, Thrasher, Road Pig, Zarana, Cobra Commander, Fred 172, Big Boa, Crystal Ball, Cesspool, Slice, Dice, Zartan, Destro, Baroness, Fred 191, Firefly, Scrap Iron, Copperhead, Dr. Mindbender

Sgt. Tree, Claire Hauser, Black Major, Zoe, Chloe, Wendy Ling Torres

Creative Team

"Cobra World Order Part 3"

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inker: Brian Shearer
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: Carlos Guzman

Cover Credits
Cover A: Art by Phil Jimenez, Colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B (Subscription): Artist: Adam Riches
Cover Company: IDW

Cover C (Retailer Exclusive A): Art by Zach Howard, Colors by Nelson Daniel
Cover Company: Blindbox

Cover D (Retailer Exclusive B - Black & White): Art by Zach Howard, Colors by Nelson Daniel
Cover Company: Blindbox

Cover E (Retailer Exclusive C - Gold Version): Art by Zach Howard, Colors by Nelson Daniel
Cover Company: Blindbox

Full Details

The Jersey Marshes, Roadblock Sneak Peek, and Long Shot are staking out the Dreadnok’s gas station. A Cobra transport chopper equipped with the latest stealth technology flies in and lands. Two Red Shadows, two Blue Ninjas, two Night Vipers, and a H.E.A.T. viper move out the back ramp. Buzzer Torch and Ripper appear and begin to tear apart the chopper with their weapons. The assailants turn their attention away from the garage and back to the chopper. When their backs are turned the Thunder Machine, driven by Thrasher, crashes through the garage door and attacks. Zarana and Road Pig are riding along. The Cobras and their allies are defeated. The Joes monitoring nearby report the battle back to the Pit.

Container docks, Southampton UK, Sgt. Tree and his troops are under attack by a lone Blue Ninja. As the troops distract the cyborg, Hawk fires .50 caliber armor piercing rounds and defeats the Blue Ninja. Sgt. Tree points out something else in the containers to Hawk and Hawk says he must go immediately back to the Pit.

Joint Base Andrews, Duke is with Claire, his wife at her hospital bedside. Wild Bill enters the room and removes his hat. He tells the husband and wife that the entire Joe team including Duke and himself must go back to the Pit immediately. Claire says she understands and says her goodbye.

The Silent Castle. In the command center Black Major and Cobra Commander are watching large monitors. They see the failed attack on the Dreadnok hideout. The Major begins to point out all the loose ends such as the BN robots and the larger robots he was involved with. Cobra Commander turns to him in a rage and says he thinks like he does when playing chess, not one move ahead but fifty moves ahead.

Two days later at the Pit in Utah, Roadblock, Steeler and Zap are running checks on the Joes vehicles. They talk about how the recall of everyone back to the Pit must be harder for Duke than anyone else given his recent reunion with his lost wife. Roadblock talks about the pair’s past and how Duke had no family and that Claire’s family did not think he was good enough for her.

In Seattle, Fred is driving home from the airport. Zoe and Chloe are in the car with him, they say the big plan has been pushed back and that they are still closely monitoring him for signs of disloyalty.

In South Jersey, Destro meets with the Cobra free agents Zartan, Crystal Ball, Cesspool, Big Boa, Slice, and Dice are all in attendance. Zartan says that Destro tipped him off to the attack. The helmets of the attackers are put on display. Destro tells them all he thinks that Cobra Commander will turn on his allies Revanche and the Red Shadows.

In Staten Island, the Joes have their own loose end to clean up. Clutch, Stalker, Scarlett, and Snake Eyes visit the home of the siegie Darren 247 right outside Ft. Wadsworth. They enter the house and search it to find that it is empty.

Stalker mistakenly calls Snake Eyes Throwdown and Scarlett admonishes him. They enter the basement and Snake Eyes leads them to the secret room. Inside the room is a computer that Darren left on. On the monitor is the message “Hit Play” Darren 247 has defected and the message contains information regarding the upcoming plan. Scarlett orders the Joes to put the message on a flash drive and send the info to the Pit.

In Washington DC, Senator Torres is talking with Fred and telling him how lucky she feels to have been appointed to the Classified Covert Operations Overwatch Committee. Fred leads her to a van, a familiar van. The door to the van opens and Senator Torres is dragged inside. Firefly, Copperhead and Scrap Iron subdue her. Dr. Mindbender hooks her up to a portable brainwave scanner.

In Utah, Wild Bill brings in the last of the Joes to report back to the Pit. Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Stalker and Clutch are greeted by Hawk and they report that the original Pit is back in mothballs.

Duke walks down the ramp of the C-130 transport. Roadblock meets him. Duke has a tear forming at the corner of his eye. He tells Roadblock Claire is fine and Roadblock gives him a hug. Duke was briefed on the flight by Hawk. They are now combining all the intel they have including the information from the siegie house by Ft. Wadsworth. The San Francisco team has already returned and the ninjas in Japan are on their way. Roadblock says they can now go after Claire’s abductors. Duke cuts him short and says that they must tackle Cobra first. After that, then there will be a reckoning.

Summary by Ted Jacobson