PART 3: OIL
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: May 2009
Series: G.I. Joe Cobra
Issue Number: Mini-Series 3
As Chuckles continues his rise up chain of Cobra he is forced to do more and more compromising things: blowing up trains, robberies, torture, training terrorists then he is sent to Dubai to become Erika Le Tene's, his lover, chief of security. Then one day a spy is caught and it turns out to be Jinx. Jinx begins spinning a tale of lies and screams at him to kill her. He fires one bullet and walks out.
Notes of Interest
Death of Jinx.
First appearance of The Commander (in shadow).
Major Continuity Differences
GI Joe: Chuckles & Jinx
Cobra: Erika Le Tene, Mr. X, Semyon, The Commander (seen in shadow)
Additional Characters: Anatoly Naryshikin
Writer: Christos Gage & Mike Costa
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artist: Howard Chaykin
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Antonio Fuso
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive, Virgin Cover): Artist: Howard Chaykin
Cover Company: IDW
Chuckles, now sleeping with Erika Le Tene, has been handling a lot of random duties for her and Mr. X. The most recent is blowing up a train, which kills 11 people, he avoids the executions as he helps the red suited Cobra soldiers raid the contents of the train. He has continued to send in his reports to the Joe base. But always receives the same answers in response; observe, memorize names and locations, don't break cover and no timetable for extraction.
He leads a team that high jacks a prison transport. The guards are killed and Chuckles has the prisoners lined up. And he asks for Anatoly Naryshikin, all of the prisoners say they are him. But one steps forward and opens his jacket which reveals a bomb with open seconds left to detonation, Chuckles starts running away but the bomb blows up blowing him into a building.
He wakes up 3 days later in the hospital. He has several broken bones and has just barely survived he explosion. Erika Le Tene talks only business to him when others are around but when alone she shows her affection. After several weeks of recovery, all communication has stopped with the Joe team. His communication implants where damaged in the explosion.
Once he is released from the hospital, Mr. X, his boss, calls him into the office. Mr. X explains that he was almost killed by a Chechen rebel who was there to kill Anatoly Naryshikin and anyone trying to help him escape. And the information about the escape attempt was leaked which Mr. X points out to Chuckles is reason he spent 3 weeks in the hospital. So Mr. X gives him a new assignment. He will go to Dubai assigned to Erika Le Tene as her Chief of Security. There are some very special projects that he will be involved with. But Mr. X stills wants regular reports.
In Dubai, Chuckles is very busy leading military attacks, training terrorists, torture and basic Chief of Security type of duties. Erika Le Tene has meetings with a man called "The Commander" but Chuckles is always left in the hallway and has never seen the man or any more of the building then the hallway. Plus, it appears that Erika has a prior history with The Commander.
Later at Erika's apartment which has a view of the Cobra building, Chuckles asks her why he isn't more involved. And her answer is in order to be more involved he has to want it. So far he had been sleep walking through the assignments. He tells her he wants more. She smiles and they kiss.
Chuckles continues to make reports to Joe but since he is unable to receive he has no idea if they are even being received. And in return he no longer gets any orders. He really feels alone. In his latest report, he says something huge is coming.
Two days later, Semyon wakes up Chuckles. They have discovered why there are so many information leaks. As they walk into a room, Semyon pulls his gun. Sitting in a chair surrounded by red suited guards is a beaten up Jinx. The guards report that Jinx had been spotted in several of the cities at the same time that Chuckles was in those cities. So when they found her in Dubai they captured her.
As soon as Jinx sees Chuckles walk in she begins to spin a story. She starts by saying: "Don't pretend you don't know me. After all of this time." "The bastard killed my family in Cambodia." "You don't even remember. Do you? You used me and left me bleeding in the corner and you don't even remember my face?" "3 years ago, the New People's Army found you in Laos. I've been tracking you ever since. I would have made my move in Tbilisi if not for these goons" "Remember James? I killed him last month. Put a knife through his jaw just like he did my brother."
As she is saying this, Chuckles is thinking about how to get her out. He can kill the guards and Semyon but they would never escape the bunker in the bottom of the building they are in. He comes to the conclusion that he can't save her and if his cover is blown the mission ends. He could prevent thousands of deaths. The life of one soldier against thousands. The life of one soldier against bringing down an entire organization.
"So here you are, a big man with a defenseless girl tied to a chair, do it then. Because if you don't, I'll get out of here and then you're dead."
The guards offer Chuckles the option of handling it themselves but though he might want to do it himself. He is the Chief of Security.
"Did you hear me? If I leave here you're dead. So go ahead and do it. You coward."
Then she screams.
Chuckles realizes that his messages had been received by headquarters. And his decision is made. The mission is everything. He takes Semyon's gun and fires one bullet.
As Chuckles walks out Jinx's dead body hangs in the chair.
Later alone in deep grief, he realizes that he made the decision to keep his cover intact. Now he is even more focused on destroying this organization. And he is willing to do whatever it takes.
Erika Le Tene is leading a group of Arabs surrounded by the red suited guards, she talks about the global slow down of oil. When Chuckles walks ups to her. He explains a few things he did to secure the facility for the tour and then says to her "I want in. All the way in. I'm ready now. I want it."
But he is thinking "I'm bringing these people down."
Summary by Josh Eggebeen