G.I. JOE: COBRA SPECIAL
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: September 2009
Series: G.I. Joe Cobra
Issue Number: Special 1
The history of Tomax & Xamot and Extensive Enterprises is told from Tomax's perspective and then Xamot's perspective of the events immediately following being shot by Chuckles is told. And now the brothers are separated.
Cover C is the combined A & B covers in fold out that mirror each other similar to the content and format of the story.
Notes of Interest
This uniquely formatted design for a comic which has mirror imagine stories, panel wise, of the brothers one starts at the front read to the middle, the second starts at the back and reads to the middle.
See The YO Joe Sit Rep Commentary for more of detailed explanation of the design of this comic. Read Here.
And see The IDW Press Release regarding the uniqueness of the this comic. See Here.
The history of Tomax & Xamot. There last name is Paoli and they are from Corsica.
Major Continuity Differences
A new history of Extensive Enterprises and Tomax & Xamot's origin.
GI Joe: Chuckles, Jinx
Cobra: Xamot & Tomax
Writer: Mike Costa
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Colors: Levorn Kindzierski
Letters: Robbie Robbins
Associate Editor: Carlos Guzman
Associate Editor: Denton Tipton
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artist: Antonio Fuso
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Antonio Fuso
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive): Artist: Antonio Fuso
Cover Company: IDW
Tomax is standing in front of a mirror dressing in a white suit in the mirror behind him his brother Xamot can be seen also dressing but in a black suit. Each brother is thinking as they dress.
Tomax's thoughts: "There is something I have learned - Slavery is freedom." He ties this thought to the unbreakable bond between him and his twin brother. And how it helped them create a business. They were raised in the jungles of Africa putting bullets in the heads of rebels. They were part of Unione Corse the most secret organization in the world and older and more deadly then La Cosa Nostra.
A Corsica tradition for when a young soldier felt consumed with purpose, with a mission. He would shave his head, stepping outside the comfort of society for the purity of his obsession.
They came of age in the Chadian-Libyan conflict as members of the Foreign Legion. During this conflict they learned their most valuable of lessons and that was true victory comes not from ending a struggle, but it profiting from it. "The Toyota Wars" as they were called because they could not have been fought without the trucks. They then spent three years selling and modifying trucks and making a profit. Eventually, the zealot they were fighting with won and now he sits isolated and frustrated as a leader. Tomax continues his slavery is freedom theory. Freedom comes when choices and novelty are taken away then anxieties are taken away, which leads to fear being taken away and once fear is taken away the people will thank the leader for it.
From this Extensive Enterprises their family company was born. Their main focus when it started is as a security company but it has expanded greatly since then. It was initially cobbled together from the Unione Corse's contraband and organized into a business structure that has hundreds of industries sleeping under their blank of security. They used many of the same tactics they learned fighting in the jungles and translated them to the business world. Where they still occasionally disposed of people that were in the their way. And the guards of their company wear red uniforms.
And then one day they met a man who offered their company a new opportunity. A new place in the world. Tomax's hand is shown shaking hands with a another hand that has a Cobra insignia tattoo on it's inner arm. This man allowed them to expand Extensive Enterprises bigger then they ever imagined and as they grew in power, their appetites grew stronger. Both brothers are shown in battle outside a hospital driving a HISS Tank. The brothers began playing games on grand scales. Like the one they played with Chuckles, the GI Joe undercover agent. Tomax thinks of Chuckles executing Jinx, Chuckles pointing his gun at Xamot and the building exploding as the brothers fly away in the helicopter. (See Cobra #4)
Tomax's thoughts end thinking about the events of that game with Chuckles which has made him and his brother stronger. He smiles as he stands in his white suit in front the mirror. And now "Everything feels different now."
Xamot is standing in front of a mirror dressing in a black suit in the mirror behind him his brother Tomax can be seen also dressing but in a white suit. Each brother is thinking as they dress.
Xamot's thoughts: "I would forget everything for freedom from being a slave." He ties this thought to what he thought was an unbreakable bond between him and his twin brother. But Xamot now feels very little connection to his brother anymore. He has become bored as a business leader. He is miserable handling the economic power he holds. He wants to be liberated. He feels held prisoner. He has started not responding when his brother calls. He prefers to spend less and less time with him. He feels that the adventure has gone as they have build infrastructure and live in age when resolutions are more profitable then conflicts. He has a flashback to the Toyota Wars where it was simple all that was needed was a reliable gun and pickup truck. Victory was measured in the struggle not the profit. His current commandment is to accrue power of a different kind. A scene is shown with the brothers making a deal at the Tokyo Stock Exchange. This though makes him miss his years with the warlords in the jungle. His perspective has changed since his return from his recovery from the injuries Chuckles gave him and the new scar on the cheek is a constent reminder. All of the questions he has been thinking are a result of his days laying in bed recovering. Where his personal connection with his brother had begun to fade. Even though his brother was close and supportive, he felt no gratitude, no security and that his world had been ripped away from him as he laid in bed thinking this made him feel weak and filled with rage. But it was how the events that played out with the undercover Joe agent Chuckles that where so unexpected that as Chuckles held Xamot hostage at gun point with the gun barrel pressed against his cheek. He learned an unintentional lesson. That he was a prisoner to his life. (See Cobra #4)
Xamot's thoughts end thinking about the events of that game with Chuckles which has made him and his brother weaker. He smiles as he stands in his black suit in front the mirror. And now "Everything feels different now."
Summary by Josh Eggebeen