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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: September 2017
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 244

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Airborne and the other Joes who were in Trucial Abysmia have returned to the Pit to find a new Joe, call sign Mongoose, waiting in the cafeteria. He says he has been attached to the Joes because of the mission they just failed. Vandals run into Timber in the High Sierras. Cobra Commander sends Night Creepers and night vipers to attack Zartan in Jersey. Bombstrike and her team are about to spy on the Revanche factory in Darklonia. In Springfield Dr. Venom reveals his plan to put the mind of Snake Eyes into a large revanche robot. Demon Granny gives Dawn the uniform she had Ellen Bogen create for her.

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Notes of Interest

First Appearance of Mongoose, real name Naif Nasr
First appearance of Sightline, a character created posthumously in honor of a well known and respected GI Joe fan Gary “Goggles” Head.
First appearance of Dawn Moreno’s Ellen Bogen created ninja togs.
First mention of Dreadburg.
VindowVeipers Brothers Construction Company is on the side of a truck. A nod to the Sunbow GI Joe cartoon episode “The Viper is Coming”.

Sit Rep: (Inside Cover Blurb) Granny Demon has taken the troubled Dawn Moreno to Japan to further her ninja training and help the young girl to better cope with the dark memories of the original Snake-Eyes, which possess Dawn’s fragile mind.

Meanwhile, in Trucial Absymia, Leatherneck, Airborne, Long Shot, and Rock & Roll battle alongside U.S. Ambassador (and former U.S. Marine) McCrory, his bodyguards, and local allies in order to escape the besieged U.S. Embassy. A raging gunfight throughout the buildings and streets ensues, and the team is finally able to escape the urban-warfare hell-zone, but only after Ambassador McCrory sacrifices his own life in a fiery inferno to stop their determined pursuers…

Major Players

Joes: Mongoose, Airborne, Leatherneck, Rock ’N Roll, Roadblock, Bombstrike, Ambush, Sightline, Big Ben

Cobra: Cobra Commander, The Baroness, Destro, Dr. Venom/Mindbender,

Dreadnoks: Zartan, Ripper, Buzzer, Torch, Zarana, Thrasher, Unidentified Dreadnok in passenger seat of Thunder Machine.

Other: Gonzo, Demon Granny, Dawn Moreno

Creative Team

"GI Joe #244"

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: S.L. Gallant
Inker: Brian Shearer
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Tom Waltz
Assistant Editor: Chase Marotz
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 James Offredi
Cover Company: IDW

Full Details

The Joes return from their failed mission in Trucial Abysmia. They head to the cafeteria and Roadblock is making breakfast.

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New Joe Mongoose is sitting at a table. He was born in Dearborn and raised in Brooklyn, he speaks English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and Pashto.

In the High Sierras two rubes in wife beaters and a NRA cap driving four wheelers tearing up the forest stumble upon Snake Eyes’ cabin. Upset that anyone would spoil nature by building a cabin up there, they break in and trash the place like a couple of dreadnoks would. One of them is about to spray paint the place and the other carves “Trump” into the outside wall. Timber appears behind them growling and snarling.

In Darklonia, Bombstrike and her team of Ambush, Big Ben and new Joe Sightline are watching the Revanche factory from a bell tower. Seeing nothing out of the ordinary, Bombstrike decides to go inside the fence. Big Ben, Sightline and Ambush will disguise themselves as a potential investor and a tech crew.

In Springfield, the Community center is being rebuilt. (See Issues #240- 242) Cobra Commander, The Baroness and Destro are discussing the apparent desertion of Zartan. The Baroness tells the Commander to not take Zartan lightly as he has ties to the Arashikage clan. Destro makes note of Dr. Venom’s return and that the Commander should not underestimate him. The Commander says he knows how to handle Dr. Venom, who is for lack of a better term, dead, a spirit wanting revenge. Destro reminds the Commander that he too may be on that list. The Commander says that the people to watch are the ones constantly plotting to attain more wealth and power.

The three arrive at Dr. Venom’s lab where he angrily states he is repairing the damage that Dr. Mindbender did to his machine, the Brain Wave Scanner. The Commander upset, tells him he wants him to develop new weapons. He tells of his plans to dump the essence of Snake Eyes into a Revanche robot body. The Baroness comments it is Frankensteinian, and Destro remarks about what the monster did to Frankenstein.

In New Jersey two Cobra transport helicopters shoot a gas station that physically is fifty yards away from its GPS location. They land and offload several BATS, Night vipers, and Night Creepers. They find that the station is just a hologram hiding many 55 gallon drums with detonators. The chopper pilots warn them but it is too late, the explosives go off. Then Zartan and the Thunder Machine destroy the two helicopters.

In Tokyo, Dawn is taken to the amusement park that Jinx and Pale Peony were led to. (See Issue #192) Dawn is bored with the lame ride. Granny takes her backstage to a locker room, she gives her a uniform created by Ellen Bogen. The uniform is reminiscent of Snake Eyes’ second uniform but different. The uniform is sleeveless with gauntlet style gloves, chest armor emblazoned with the Arashikage symbol in the center, military pants, leather belt, shin guards, knee pads, red accents and belt buckle, red visor, open faced mask. a high turned up collar also with the Arashikage symbol embroidered on the side. A pistol in a hip holster on her right hip and a sword, the Morning Light, are her weapons. Granny states it is Osoroshii (terrifying, fierce, formidable) not Kawaii (cute). They enter a room with an M.C. Escher style staircase. Confusing to some but not an Arashikage. The stairs lead to a stage where a performer throws a shuriken at Dawn. She catches it in midair.

Summary by Ted Jacobson