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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: December 2016
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 235

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Roadblock and Spirit discuss philosophy as they do a routine inspection of the Pit’s defenses. Stalker, Storm Shadow and Zap investigate a temple in the land of a million elephants and find Red Laser and a new Blue Ninja prototype. Leila battles a Muton and seeks out Bombstrike. She comes upon the captors who face three Joes, Alpine, Tunnel Rat and Torpedo. Bombstrike is tied to the front of a Hiss tank in Black Major’s column. In New York, Granny and Dawn take the Aunt of the boy who attempted to rob the Arashikage store to the medical clinic for treatment.

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Notes of Interest

Reference to a Native American protest mirroring real world events.
Introduction of the Quad prototype Blue Ninja.
Red Laser is wearing a Japanese headband.
Bottom Line the GIJOE accountant is referenced by Stalker.

Inside cover Blurb:
Sean Collin’s sister infiltrates Cobra and extracts essential files from their database, with the help of Zartan.
Bombstrike wins her face-off against the Black Major’s Robo-Skull ship... but the Major lives on to fight another day. >br? Dawn Moreno manages to stop a robbery at Granny Arashikage’s store... only for a larger tragedy to unfold right outside the storefront.

Major Players

Roadblock, Spirit, Stalker, Zap, Storm Shadow, Torpedo, Tunnel Rat, Alpine, Bombstrike

Red Shadows:
Red Laser, Muton, Black Major

Leila, Granny Obaake, Dawn Moreno, Quad prototype Blue Ninja

Creative Team

"Snake in the Grass Part 6"

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inker: Brian Shearer
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Publisher: Ted Adams

Cover Credits
Cover A: Art by SL Gallant, Colors by J. Brown
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B (Subscription) : Artist: John Royle & Jagdish Kumar, Colors by John Rauch
Cover Company: IDW

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Utah, the Pit. Roadblock asks Spirit his feelings about the Native American protest and if he feels conflicted. Spirit explains that his warrior and shaman sides are not in conflict, but they serve each other.

In the land of a million elephants, Stalker leads Zap and Storm Shadow to a temple that Bottom Line (a new Joe never referenced before) has said is a node of Cobra activity. They enter the temple and find Red Laser at the controls of a giant piece of lab equipment.

In Rudatistan, Leila awakes in the rubble of a fierce battle. A muton breaks in to sanitize the site. It says resistance is futile and for her to accept her fate. Leila says she no longer accepts her fate.

At the Olliestan/Rudatistan border, Tunnel Rat Torpedo and Alpine find the battle site where Bombstrike defeated the Black Major and killed some insurgents. They board a ferry to Rudatistan. The ferryman keeps raising the price. The ferryman tells the story of the battle, how Bombstrike and Leila left for the Bozigian River, and how Black Major chased them in three vehicles after Bombstrike defeated him.

In New York’s East Village, Dawn and Granny wheel the ill Aunt of the would be robber into a medical clinic. See Issue 234 The admin at the desk is about to refuse her when Granny pays for her treatment with a gold bar valued at $40,000. Granny tells Dawn that she is a weapon, an instrument of ill fortune and that weapons need to be utilized with respect and discretion. She also tells Dawn that she will pay her back for the Aunt’s treatment.

In the land of a million elephants, a Quad Prototype Blue Ninja attacks Stalker, Storm Shadow, and Zap. Red Laser ignores the fight and eats a sandwich. The three Joes destroy the Quad only to find out that the quad is one of many and it has learning software. The Joes won’t be able to use the same method twice to defeat them. They learn from their mistakes and pass on the knowledge.

In Olliestan, Leila fires a machine gun at the Muton to no effect. She says she has let men control her all her life and she will no longer let that happen. She picks up a Blue Ninja energy whip and cuts the Muton in half. Leila gets on her motorcycle and seeks out the missing Bombstrike.

Ten kilometers away Alpine and his team see three tanks, a Hiss IV, a Hiss I and a Ringneck speeding across the desert. Bombstrike is tied to the front of the Hiss I. Black Major is riding in the Ringneck. Alpine, Torpedo, and Tunnel Rat attack the column in an Awe Striker. The Black Major smiles at what looks like a weak attack but changes his tune when Leila is spotted behind them.

In Utah, Spirit and Roadblock finish their inspection and their discussion about how the warrior side of a person can feed or serve a different side. In this case Roadblock’s chef side feeds his warrior side. Both sides benefit. Spirit is hoping to benefit from Roadblock’s eggs benedict.

Summary by Ted Jacobson