COBRA: COBRA CIVIL WAR #8
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: December 2011
Series: G.I. Joe Cobra Vol. 2 Cobra Civil War
Issue Number: 8
Chameleon is recovering and gets a brief on the sniper who shot Steeler escape. Tomax informs Major Bludd of the new Cobra Commander's plan in Southeast Asia. And the New Cobra Commander gives an order to Serpentor.
Notes of Interest
Death of Crazy Legs, Needle-Nose & Boxer
For almost every IDW comic released in December, they released a photo cover of its toy.
GI Joe Casualty (misery) List:
CANDIDATE SCOREBOARD AS OF ALL #8 ISSUES (DECEMBER)
BARONESS - DISQUALIFIED! (Assets: Serpentor, Croc Master)
KILLED:  Hammerlock, Mojo, Apeface, Dragon, Sawed-Off, Knuckles, Slammer, Leadfoot, Mooch, 2 unnamed Joes
WOUNDED: (3) Recondo, Steeler, Sneak-Peek
OTHER: Discovery of a secret Joe installation
MAJOR BLUDD (Assets: Head-Man, Black-Out, Error-404)
KILLED: (134) Breaker, 1 Fobbit, 132 Unnamed Joes on the Tuna
WOUNDED: (3) Firewall, Chameleon, Lady Jaye
OTHER: Destroyed the Tuna (the Joes HQ after the Pit had been destroyed)
KHALIKHAN - ELIMINATED! (Assets: Slice, Dice)
KILLED: (5) Dojo, Banzai, Nunchuk, T'jbang, T'ginzu
WOUNDED: (2) Bushido, Alpine
TOMAX - DISQUALIFIED! (Assets: Serpentor, Blacklight)
KILLED: (8) Steeler/Blackout, Crazy-Legs, Needle-Nose, Boxer, 4 unnamed Joe
ODA SATORI is ZARTAN (Assets: Storm Shadow, Zartan)
KILLED: (11) Shareware, Winchester, Lawhound, Screw, Brainstorm, 6 Unnamed Joes
OTHER: Killed Joe's only Cobra prisoner, Destroyed the Pit (!!!)
KRAKE (Assests: Zartan who is Oda Satori which includes Storm Shadow)
KILLED: (8) Ratrace, Deadcheck, Barbeque, Flakjack, Halfstep, Sandcrab, 2 unnamed Joes
DR. VARGAS - ELIMINATED! (Assets: Serpentor)
OTHER: Created the "Madness Bug" which infected Duke and created a worldwide scare.
JOE DEATHS NOT CREDITED TO ANY CANDIDATE
KILLED: Crankcase, Poker-Face
WOUNDED: Tunnel Rat, Rip Cord
GI Joe: Chameleon, Crazy-Legs, Boxer, Needle-Nose
Cobra: Baroness, Blacklight, Cobra Commander/Krake, Crystal Ball, Major Bludd, Tomax, Serpentor
"Cobra #8 "
Writer: Mike Costa
Artist: Antonio Fuso and Werther Dell'Edera
Colorist: Scarlet Gothica
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: Carlos Guzmn & John Barber
Cover A: Artist: Photo by John Haynes
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Antonio Fuso, Colors by Arianna Florean
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive): Artist: David Williams, colors by Kelsey Shannon
Cover Company: IDW
As more GI Joe soldiers rush into the tank garage area, they discover the bleeding bodies of Chameleon, Firewall, Lady Jaye and Steeler. Steeler is dead, the rest need a medic. (See last issueCobra #7 for the fight between the them).
Later in a hospital room, Chameleon with bandages on her head & face and using an oxygen mask is recovering. She receives some water and a briefing. In the briefing, she learns that her brain had swelled but has stopped now, Firewall is still recovering and Lady Jaye is already up on her feet although not on active duty. She asks about who shot Steeler, they suspect it is a Cobra operative who shot him from a office building a block away. She is told the whole story.
The Joe team was quick to respond with Team Charlie which included Crazy-Legs, Needle-Nose & Boxer. When they arrived the Sniper (Blacklight) was still in his position when they broke in. Needle-Nose and Boxer were shot dead. Crazy-Legs was killed when he was stabbed. An explosive charge was fired into the building. The Sniper then took out that Joe.
The Sniper makes his way to the roof. Where he connects a wire to the opposite building and is pulled to that building. He left large explosives in the building which totally collapsed when triggered, killing the remaining 3 members of Team Charlie. The Sniper escaped.
(Editor's Note: the next part of the story takes place after the new Cobra Commander has been chosen, See GI Joe: Cobra Civil War #8 to see which character won the contest, Spoilers below)
At a military complex, Tomax & Major Bludd are arguing about how they both lost the contest to be Cobra Commander. Bludd is back to working and believes Tomax sabotaged him by having Steeler killed. Tomax explains that Blacklight was after Erika Le Tene (GI Joe's Chameleon), Tomax was trying to increase his kill count & raise his favor with council by having the traitor killed. Tomax then informs Major Bludd that the new Commander is closing the Gulag that Major Bludd runs. Outside the Crimson Guardsmen are lining up the prisoners and shooting them. Tomax then continues to explain the new Commander's plan to Bludd, all of Cobra's focus is shifting to Southeast Asia where Bludd and his drug operations have been successful. In fact, Bludd is being put in charge of the entire operation. Tomax points out to Bludd that Cobra and its new Commander are about to have some major changes.
At a warehouse in a big city, Serpentor and Crystal Ball are talking about the new Commander and his plans. The Baroness interrupts telling Serpentor the new Cobra Commander would like to speak to him. She is all smiles about the choice of Commander.
Cobra Commander/Krake orders Serpentor to open 5 new nests in Southeast Asia along the Pacific Rim and recruit more & faster. Cobra Commander then says "Good, its time to begin a new era."
Summary by Josh Eggebeen