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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: May 2017
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 240

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Deep inside the Springfield Community Center a battle rages on. Several troops have gone inside and not come out. Inside, Zartan, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, the Collins family and Dawn Moreno fight to rid Dawn’s mind of Snake Eyes and escape. Heather Collins and Dawn unknowingly implant Dr. Venom into the body of Dr. Mindbender. They discover Senator Wendy Ling Torres is being held as well. In Darklonia, Roadblock, Grosz, and Spirit take on an entire column of Cobra vehicles.

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Notes of Interest

The return of Dr. Venom

Inside Cover SitRep: In Darklonia, the JOEs join Darklonian resistance fighters in a massive firefight against Blue Ninja soldiers. Sneak-Peek is badly wounded during the battle, requiring immediate evac. Despite Lady Jaye’s desperate pleas to the contrary, Roadblock, Spirit, and the resistance fighter Grosz remain behind to protect the extraction’s six from enemy reinforcements.

Meanwhile, Dawn continues to cleverly (and sometimes violently) evade her Cobra stalkers as she makes her way to Springfield and to those she blames for infesting her mind with Snake- Eyes’ dark memories.

Little does she know, however, she hasn’t so easily fooled her other pursuers, as Granny Demon, Storm Shadow, the New Snake-Eyes, and Zartan are hot on her trail. But it’s Heather Collins who corners Dawn first, proposing a partnership to save Heather’s parents and destroy Cobra’s nefarious brainwave scanner once and for all…

Major Players

Roadblock, Spirit, Throwdown (Snake Eyes), Storm Shadow,

Destro, Baroness. Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Zarana, Zartan, Dr. Mindbender, Cobra Commander, Dr. Venom

Demon Granny, Grosz, Heather Collins, Wade Collins, Mrs. Collins, Wendy Ling Torres, Dawn Moreno

Creative Team

"GI Joe #240"

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inker: Brian Shearer
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Tom B. Long
Editor: Tom Waltz
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 Juan Fernandez
Cover Company: IDW

Full Details

Springfield Community Center, Alley Vipers, Frag Vipers, and BATS have failed to find and stop the intruders inside the center. A Tele-Viper calls for reinforcements. Destro and the Baroness arrive on the scene and they send a Viper in a S.N.A.K.E. to see what is happening. The only thing the suited Viper sees is Demon Granny swinging her Prada bag.

In Darklonia, Grosz, Roadblock, and Spirit have stayed behind to stop a column of Cobra vehicles as Katya takes Sneak Peek to get medical treatment with Flint and Lady Jaye. Spirit pops red smoke to hide their actions. They capture a Retaliation tank and use it to destroy a HISS V1 and a Cobra Rage. They drive off to find Sneak Peek.

Back in Springfield, Zarana and the Dreadnoks pull up in a Thunder Machine to help at the community center. As Torch and the Baroness bicker Zarana is pulled off the Thunder Machine by the invisible Zartan. She says she understands and orders Buzzer to leave. A puzzled Baroness asks Destro what that was all about and he says the vagaries of Dreadnoks are beyond him.

Zartan returns to the community center foyer and meets up with Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Demon Granny. He has a plan.

In the basement Heather has freed her parents. Dawn attacks Dr. Mindbender demanding he get Snake Eyes out of her head. Heather shows her parents a video feed of upstairs. Wade recognizes through body language that Snake Eyes is actually his son Sean. Dr. Mindbender says this is all Dr. Venom’s fault and it triggers a memory in Dawn of a session in the Brainwave Scanner. Inside her head, she fights back attacking Dr. Venom, the scientist who originally tortured him in the scanner.

Heather removes Senator Wendy Ling Torres from a scanner. She turns to Dawn and tells her she will now remove Snake Eyes. However, Snake Eyes is in control of her body and Dawn throws Dr. Mindbender into the scanner.

Demon Granny has come to the basement and calms Dawn down. She says Snake Eyes can’t be removed by the scanner, that he has to want to leave her body. She tells them Cobra has surrounded the building and Zartan has an escape plan. Wade, Mrs. Collins, and Senator Torres arm themselves.

Heather uploads a virus into the scanner, with Dr. Mindbender still inside. Dr. Mindbender screams in pain. The group follows Demon Granny upstairs and they rejoin with the others. Dawn yells in excitement “Tommy” and hugs a stunned Storm Shadow calling him her brother. The Collins family is re-united and share a group hug.

Cobra Commander has arrived at the center and orders Destro to send in an entire wave of BATS and Blue Ninjas. Zartan says they have to hold them off for half an hour.

In the basement, Heather’s plan to upload the virus has failed. Dr. Venom had built fail safes into the system to partition the scanner should that happen. Part of that fail safe is to download a digital avatar of its creator into the next person strapped into the scanner, in this case, that would be Dr. Mindbender.

Dr. Venom lives again.

Summary by Ted Jacobson