PART 2: IN THE GRASS
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: April 2009
Series: G.I. Joe Cobra
Issue Number: Mini-Series 2
Chuckles meets up with Jinx, his love interest, at a gentleman's club, where she is undercover as a dancer. Chuckles, undercover in an unknown organization, has been working as a driver for a Mr. X, who is making all kinds of deals in Balkans. After surviving a car jacking that was actually a test, Chuckles is sent on a mission to blow up a Federal Reserve bank, destroying billions of dollars, killing several people and causing financial ruin to a country.
Notes of Interest
This is the beginning of a new continuity.
First appearance and introduction of Erika Le Tene
Major Continuity Differences
Jinx's job in GI Joe, she is not a ninja.
GI Joe: Chuckles, Jinx & Hawk
Cobra: Mr. X,
Additional Characters: Skelton, Semyon, Erika Le Tene
Writer: Mike Costa & Christos N. Gage
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Inkers: Chris Chuckry
Colorist: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artist: Howard Chaykin & Edgar Delgado
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Antonio Fuso
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive, Virgin Cover): Artist: Howard Chaykin & Edgar Delgado
Cover Company: IDW
At a gentleman's club in the Balkans, Chuckles undercover and in his trademark Hawaiian shirt, is watching a very beautiful girl dancing. He pays her to go into a private room. This whole scene is actually a cover for a meeting. The girl is Jinx wearing a wig, Chuckles only GI Joe contact, his romantic interest and his weakness. He makes his report to her as they make out under the watchful eye of Semyon after she removes her wig. Chuckles current job is as a driver for Mr. X, he doesn't know much, most of the time he is sitting in the car as the meetings are happening inside. Semyon has been assigned as a bodyguard/shotgun type of person to Mr. X. They do everything together. Jinx has one of her dancer friends distract him as Chuckles continues his report. Jinx and Chuckles, who are romantically attached, make out for real.
In a flashback, Chuckles wakes from a surgery with Hawk giving him a briefing on what has just happened to him. An SR (Skeletal Resonance) Receiver has implanted in his skull. This will allow him to communicate in a very low tech way. It is not detectable by scans and several pieces of shrapnel where also implanted in Chuckles to cover the SR Receiver, in case he ever gets an X-ray. The SR receiver works by using Morse code. Chuckles literally feels the code vibrate in his head. And to send his signal back, he has to chew on foil in Morse code.
Chuckles continues his routine of driving Mr. X around with Semyon as his shotgun. One day he arrives at his car and Semyon has been sent on a new mission and Skelton is waiting. As they drive to pick up Mr. X, a carjacker attempts to steal the car. Chuckles allows the gun man to stick his gun inside the car, and then he floors the car causing the gun to shoot out the front window. Skelton ducks in his seat. As the car pulls away, a sniper starts firing into the car killing Skelton. As Chuckles drives the car faster. On the balcony above he sees a guy with a rocket launcher firing at him; he dives from the car as it explodes.
Later, Chuckles is reporting to Mr. X the story of the carjacking. Mr. X informs him that it was a test for both Skelton and him. Of course, Skelton failed and Chuckles succeeded. Mr. X then says "You're in the family now." And Chuckles is invited to a dinner to test his etiquette skills.
At the dinner, Semyon returns and they both watch a very beautiful dressed Erika Le Tene walk down the stairs. Semyon inform Chuckles that Erica Le Tene is dating the big boss. Not Mr. X but someone bigger. After eating a heinous meal that forces Chuckles to rush to the kitchen to throw up, Erika joins him in kitchen, where almost immediately Mr. X shows up to disturb them. Erika exits and Mr. X gives Chuckles a mission.
So as the dinner continues Chuckles heads out into the rain to destroy a federal reserve bank that has 2 billion in bank notes that just arrived. It is all set up Chuckles just has to be the one to trigger the explosion, by doing this he realizes that he is killing the people inside the building. But it is a test and since he has passed, he should be elevated up the ranks of this organization, which he is trying to bring down.
Mr. X watches the explosion from a window at the dinner. When Chuckles returns to the dinner, Erika is outside in the rain waiting for him. She makes a mention of the rain reminding her of Vietnam and better days. And then they kiss.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen