COBRA COMMAND PART 3
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: January 2012
Series: G.I. Joe Cobra Vol. 2 Cobra Civil War
Issue Number: 9
Cobra Commander continues his destruction of Nanzhao as Snake Eyes and his team continue to destroy Cobra's equipment & men. Major Bludd's role as a drug businessman is threatened as Tomax reveals one of the main goals of the whole operation, stealing the country's gold, it's real wealth not the drugs.
Notes of Interest
Cobra Command is a 9 part story told through all three GI Joe titles. The Cobra part is always the third part of the story for that month. (Part 3, 6 & 9)
GI Joe: Alpine, Dial Tone, Duke, Helix, Iceberg, Mainframe, Rip Cord, Scarlett,
Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Major Bludd, Savane, Tomax
Additional Characters: Indian Ambassador
"Cobra #9 "
Writer: Mike Costa
Artist: Alex Cal
Colorist: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: John Barber
Cover A: Artist: Dave Wilkins
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Antoino Fuso, Colors by Arianna Florean
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Retail Incentive): Artist: Nick Runge
Cover Company: IDW
Alpine is running to find a clear signal to report Team Foxtrot's discovery of a Cobra base using secret camouflage material to hide their bases. As he runs, Iceberg sits on the ridge above waiting for anything to happen. Inside the base, Helix & Snake Eyes are in a furious battle against Cobra Mechs & winning. Snake Eyes covers Helix so she can get in a HISS tank which is then able to take out the Mechs. They both walk out as the jammer blows up. Once it's destroyed Iceberg calls in the air strike from the Thailand Air Force. Later as they regroup Alpine wants to keep the captured HISS tank, but Snake Eyes just blows it up & they all walk away.
Destro, Baroness, Tomax and Major Bludd are watch the footage of Snake Eyes & Helix's destruction in amazement. Bludd comments "Well with someone like that on their team, How do they ever lose?" A discussion about the cost of the base, lost tanks & Mechs happens that finishes with the Baroness screaming a death threat at Major Bludd.
In the capital of Nanzhao at the Republic of India Embassy, Cobra Commander and his lieutenant Savane are meeting with the Indian Ambassador. The Ambassador wants reassurances that they won't be attacked but more important that India will not receive a stream of refugees. Cobra Commander offers assurances but the Ambassador is skeptical, so he sends his aide with Cobra Commander to be a witness.
Later, Tomax and Major Bludd arrive at a meeting between Bludd's Nanzhao drug criminals and Cobra Commander along with India's aide. In the tent is an enormous amount of stolen heroin. But Cobra Commander orders all of them shot. They die standing right next to Bludd, who also thought he was going to be killed. Then the drugs are blown up, Bludd crawls out slightly burnt but alive. Tomax just laughs that Bludd has no idea what the goal of The Commander is and he agrees admitting to completely misjudging the new Commander. At a warehouse gold statues are being packaged as well as the country's gold reserves all as the drug fields are burning. Thousands of leaflets are dropped all around the country. Alpine catches one and reports the contents back to Fort Baxter.
Later Cobra Commander and the Baroness are looking at all of the packaged gold that is being shipped out of the country. He points out to her that this is the real wealth of the country not the drug fields. He orders her to tell Destro he has a new assignment and then he gives her a new one also, one in which she is uniquely suited.
At Fort Baxter, Kansas, Duke, who has been give command is getting a briefing from Scarlett, Dial Tone, Mainframe and Rip Cord. Scarlett puts up the leaflet Alpine sent in which is a warning for everyone to evacuate the country. Failure to evacuate will be dealt with by lethal force. The border of Thailand & Laos is being over run as China and India's borders are being protected from refugees escaping to them. The Joe team has come to the conclusion that Cobra is in Nanzhao to completely destroy it.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen