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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: April 2013
Series: G.I. Joe Cobra Files
Issue Number: 01

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Chameleon is having troubles dealing with being a part of the GI Joe and working with Tomax. She is sent on mission to meet Copperhead, who she ends up shooting. Billy wakes up from his coma.

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Notes of Interest

1st appearance and death of Copperhead, Copperhead’s name is Frank Lamarche.

IDW GI Joe editor Carlos Guzman has a one page “Eyes Only” introduction page for GI Joe, Special Missions and Cobra Files.

Major Players

Joes: Chameleon (Erika Le Tene), Chuckles (Pictured only), Clockspring, Firewall, Flint, Lady Jaye

Cobra: Copperhead, Tomax

Others: Billy, Horrorshow

Creative Team

Writer: Mike Costa
Penciler: Antonio Fuso
Inker: Emilio Lecce
Colorist: Arianna Florean
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Consulting Editor: John Barber
Editor: Carlos Guzman

Cover Credits
Cover A: Artist: Michael Lark
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B (Subscription): Artist: Antonio Fuso
Cover Company: IDW

Cover C (Retail Incentive A): Artist: Tom Whalen
Cover Company: IDW

Cover D (Retail Incentive B): Artist: Jamal Inglel
Cover Company: IDW

Cover E (Subscription): Artist: Brandon Peterson
Cover Company: IDW

Cover F (Retailer Exclusive): Artist: Antonio Fuso
Cover Company: Ottawa Comic Convention

Full Details

-- Las Vegas
Chameleon aka Erika Le Tene, former Cobra employee, is talking about the past couple months to a psychologist. She is looking at a picture of Chuckles and all of the conflicts are tied up in her actions that have surrounded her relationship with him. Now she works for GI Joe and at the same time with Tomax Paoli, who she worked under when she was in Cobra. Add to her conflicts her post traumatic stress syndrome from the multiple attacks that have happen to her since she joined GI Joe. It’s too much for her so she rushes out and heads back to work.

She runs into Clockspring in the hallway, he gives her several compliments on her looks but she brushes him off. After taking the elevator down to the casino level, she walks around wondering.

-- Vietnam
Flint is rushing down a street talking with Lady Jaye about how the casino is the perfect cover. Lady Jaye shoots one of the guys chasing Flint, he turns with his shotgun and kills two others. Once clear he triggers an explosion. He meets up with Lady Jaye after having liberated a Cobra slave labor munitions factory. She really feels working in Tomax’s casino isn’t accomplishing anything.

-- Las Vegas
Tomax walks in on Clockspring at his computer. He is requesting him to look at the Joe files for operations in the Pacific Northwest. He uses the favor he did Clockspring early that helped save he team from the October Guard as leverage. Tomax points out that Flint and Firewall might understand the leaking of information to Cobra agent but Chameleon wouldn’t understand. And asks for the information he wants again.

Later down on the casino floor, Clockspring is having a drink when he runs into Chameleon. He expresses his true feelings saying she deserves to be safe and “I love you”. Firewall interrupts screaming at both of them that they have a briefing in ten minutes and that Clockspring needs to sober up.

In the briefing, Tomax tells them about Copperhead. His name is Frank Lamarche was the commander of Cobra’s amphibious assault units, the water moccasins. He went AWOL after the death of Cobra Commander. He is currently working Seattle doing underwater salvage work, basically gone straight.

-- Seattle
Chameleon and Flint are in car outside a normal suburban house. She takes Flint’s gun and enters his house. Copperhead recognizes her but doesn’t puts up a fight, as Chameleon analyzes his actions as he sits down to eat. He raises his kitchen knife as he eats, its all Chameleon needs she pulls Flint’s gun and shoots him in the head. Copperhead’s son comes around the corner with a shotgun as Flint rushes in. Flint begins talking to the kid, talking him into putting down the gun, which he does.

-- Las Vegas
In The Gemini, the Joe casino/office, Tomax is surprised that Chameleon killed an unarmed man, he jokes that it took joining GI Joe make her a killer, Cobra never asked her to do anything like that. Her response is that the next person wants to kill is him.

Later, Flint is talking to Chameleon about how she needs to stop listening to Tomax cause his words are poison. He gives her positive encouragement and then they kiss.

In the hospital room of the The Gemini, Billy, the deceased Cobra Commander’s son, wakes up from his coma.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen