COBRA FILES #7 THE HOUSE ALWAYS WIN – EYE TO EYE
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: October 2013
Series: G.I. Joe Cobra Files
Issue Number: 7
Flint begins the process of closing down the team, Chameleon kisses Clockspring, Firewall, Ronin and Billy all talk about Flint’s decision. And Tomax pushes up the timetable of his plan of action.
Notes of Interest
Introduction of Night Adder
Joes: Chameleon (Erika Le Tene), Clockspring, Firewall, Flint, Lady Jaye, Ronin,
Cobra: Tomax, Night Adder, Firefly
Others: Billy (William Kessler-Latta), Night Creeper Bet
Title: "The House Always Win – Eye to Eye"
Writer: Mike Costa
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Inker: Emilio Lecce
Colorist: Arianna Florean
Color Assists: Azzura Florean
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Consulting Editor: John Barber
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Cover A: Artist: Antonio Fuso
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B (Retail Incentive): Artist: Riley Rossmo
Cover Company: IDW
Flint has just given the news to the team that the unit is going to be broken up and they have three weeks to clear out of their casino base in Las Vegas.
Chameleon (Erika Le Tene) is furious, Clockspring blames the closing of the unit on Flint’s inability to make command decisions and shows his concern for the after effects of the disbursal of the team especially Chameleon. He gets up and walks out of the meeting. Flint's answer is that he refused to keep holding Billy (William Kessler-Latta) captive against his will for doing nothing as an example of how much of mess his unit has become.
Later out in the hall, Chameleon confronts Flint about their relationship and he confides in her that it is a symptom of the problems the unit is having. And that it has to end.
Chameleon meets with Firewall in her office, confronting with the news of the unit’s closing. Firewall explodes on Chameleon giving her an evaluation that is a mix of brutal direct honesty and a pissed of mother type of speech that encourages Chameleon to be the strong person she knows she is and start planning for a future neither in Cobra or GI Joe. She kicks her out of her office saying “And stay away from Flint.”
Outside the office in the hallway, Clockspring approaches Chameleon talking to her about how he disagrees with shutting down the unit and telling her how brilliant she is. Then she kisses him, and turns around walking away.
Sitting in his office Tomax is watching the video of the kiss and breaks out into a hysterical laugh. He makes a call saying “Three Hours, be here. This is going to be fun.”
Flint is sitting in the lobby bar of his headquarters casino hotel drinking, when a very large blind black man, with heavy tattoos, a service dog and sunglasses sits down next him and strikes up a conversation. He quickly evaluates that Flint is brooding. Flint agrees and the black man starts telling a story.. As the story concludes the black man slams Flint’s head in the bar knocking him out completely.
Lady Jaye is walking to the cell level when she comes upon Clockspring in the cell with the Night Creeper Bet and Tomax talking about the computers of the headquarters. Lady Jaye pulls her gun to get Clockspring out of the cell.
The blind black guy drags the unconscious Flint to the security elevator that takes him to the Joes level, using his hand the elevator opens and the Cobra agent Night Adder, who is not blind, has gained access to the Joe headquarters.
Tomax starts talking to someone over an open channel and Lady Jaye begins to question them all and keeps all three in the cell.
Tomax is talking to Firefly, who is sitting at a blackjack table.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen