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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: January 2017
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 236

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Bombstrike has been captured by Black Major and trussed up on a HISS tank. With the aid of Leila, Alpine, Tunnel Rat and Torpedo rescue her. In the land of a million elephants, Stalker and his team pursue and capture Red Laser and defeat the latest version of the Blue Ninja, the Quad.

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Notes of Interest

Red Laser wears a Japanese headband.
Written on the nose of the GBU is the phrase “Wake up! Time to die!”
Zartan uses the alias of Detective Ratzan.

Inside cover Blurb:
Bombstrike ends up back in the hands of the Black Major...but Alpine, Torpedo and Tunnel Rat manage to track her down and rush full throttle against the enemy! Meanwhile, Stalker, Storm Shadow and Zap are in the land of a million elephants, tracking down Red Laser. What they don’t expect is Red Laser’s new creation—a Blue Ninja android hive mind that learns after every battle!

Major Players

Bombstrike, Alpine, Torpedo, Tunnel Rat, Stalker, Storm Shadow, Zap, Ace


Red Shadows:
Black Major, Red Laser

Leila, Felipe, Quad Blue Ninja

Creative Team

"Snake in the Grass Part 7"

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

Full Details

Rudatistan. Black Major is in the command seat of a Ringneck. Bombstrike is tied to a HISS version 1 and on the flank is a HISS IV. Alpine Torpedo and Tunnel Rat have engaged the trio of tanks in an AWE striker.

Leila joins the battle on her motorcycle, an RPG laying across her handlebars. Bombstrike has already removed her hood and tells Leila to go back. Leila says she has nothing to lose and presses onward. Black Major tells his men to ignore her.

Leila cuts Bombstrike’s bonds with the Blue Ninja whip she took. ( See Issue #235) Then she throws the whip to Bombstrike. Bombstrike standing on the front of the HISS canopy cuts down the driver.

The AWE striker heads for the Ringneck and Leila takes off after the HISS IV.

Bombstrike cuts the Red Shadow manning the turret of the HISS in half at the waist. Leila fires the RPG into the driver’s seat of the HISS IV. A Blue Ninja emerges.

The Black Major fires at the AWE striker and Tunnel Rat is knocked off the back. Torpedo and Alpine use suppressing fire to give them time to turn around and pick him up.

The Blue Ninja drives the damaged HISS IV and bears down on Leila’s bike. Leila calls to Bombstrike for help.

Torpedo reaches for Tunnel Rat and swings him onto the AWE striker as it races by at full speed.

Bombstrike jumps from her HIaims the tank’s cannon downward and shoots the cockpit destroying the Blue Ninja.

Black Major chases after the AWE striker. He pops his head out of his turret. Bombstrike has her mouth full. Full of grenade pins that is. She throws the grenades with both hands into the Major’s turret. He leaps away just as they explode.

In the land of a million elephants Stalker, Zap, and Storm Shadow have defeated all the quad Blue Ninjas. Quad Blue Ninjas learn and adapt. You cannot use the same tactic on them twice. Red Laser continues his work unfazed by the Joes defeating all the Blue Ninjas. Standing before them is a giant Blue Ninja. Zap fires a shaped charge and it attaches to the Quad’s chest.

The Quad and Red Laser laugh at what they think of as a feeble attack. The charge begins to beep. Stalker tells Red Laser they knew going in that the Quads had the ability to learn and react accordingly. Above the temple Ace locks in and fires a GBU (Guided Bomb Unit). The GBU crashes through the roof of the temple and seeks out the charge on the Quad. It forces the robot to the ground pinning it. Storm Shadow tells Red Laser the bomb has a sixty second timer. Red Laser surrenders.

The Quad states “ Yes now, I understand the concept of eternity” and the GBU explodes violently. Red Laser tries to run but Stalker grabs him by the collar. Storm Shadow knocks him unconscious and Zap says “Oh great now we have to carry him” Stalker says it is better than having to listen to him.

In Rudatistan, Bombstrike hugs Leila and says goodbye. Leila says she plans to do her part to make changes in Olliestan. Bombstrike climbs aboard the AWE striker and falls asleep.

In a hospital on the lower east side of NYC ( See Issue #234) Felipe is in bed after being shot. He is being questioned about the woman who took his pistol. Detective Ratzan gets him to tell him that the girl who took his gun works in the shop he tried to rob and that her name is Dawn.

Ratzan shimmers as he leaves Felipe’s bedside and turns into Zartan. He says he is sure Dawn will get what she deserves.

To be continued.

summary by Ted Jacobson