PREQUEL #1 - DUKE
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: March 2009
Series: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: Movie Prequel
Issue Number: 1
Sgt. Hauser leads his 6 man team on mission to search and destroy a satellite truck that maybe run by the Russians which has interfered with a US satellite. The mission is a success, no fatal causalities and once back on the aircraft carrier, Sgt. Hauser meets Hawk and is asked to join a secret best of the best military team. He turns the offer down.
Notes of Interest
This is the same continuity as the movie.
Introduction of Duke and Rip Cord. First appearance of Hawk (although unnamed)
Army Ranger team:
Sgt. Hauser (Duke), E-6 Wallace Weems (Rip Cord),Lopez, Clarkie, Ronjon & Stew
GI Joe: Hawk
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: SL Gallant
Color: Art Lyon
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover A: Artist: Joe Corroney
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B: Artist: Photo Cover
Cover Company: IDW
Sgt. Hauser leads his team out the back of a C-130 in a HALO jump into dense jungle over Papua. For this mission, they are to remain undetected because this is a friendly country and an off the books mission. Sgt. Hauser's team includes E-6 Wallace Weems, Ronjon, Stew, Lopez and Clarkie.
After landing in the jungle the team takes off with Lopez on point. They quickly scatter to cover as a truck filled with armed soldiers drives by. The soldiers don't even know the Army Rangers are there. Lopez then leads them, by the smell of the cooking, to the encampment.
They have discovered the main focus of their mission, a satellite truck believed to be run by Russians that recently re-directed one of the US's satellites. Their mission is to sneak into the truck and have Stew hack into the system and upload all of the information in the system. Then completely destroy the truck.
From their observation point, they see a large Russian and skinny Russian surrounded by about 30 local soldiers. Clarkie sneaks out and captures one of the soldiers, the information he gives them is that all of the local soldiers are hired guns and mostly inexperienced kids. Privately, Weems and Hauser talk about a previous mission where they lost Rex. Weems reassures him that this mission isn't going to play out as that one did.
So at 3 am, the Rangers begin there attack. It starts by firing a very bright pyrotechnic that takes away the soldiers night vision and scares the hell out of them. They panic and run from their guard positions as the Rangers attack. The Skinny Russian moves away from the truck to round up the fleeing soldiers. The Rangers approach the truck, Weems is first in and is hit in the chest with several bullets, his life is saved by his bulletproof vest but his ribs are broken. Sgt. Hauser rushes into the truck where he begins a knife fight with the big Russian. After avoiding knife trusts, Hauser hits him in the throat then kicks him in the head.
Stew is now inside the truck working on the upload to gain control of the satellite back, as Ronjon sets the explosives. Lopez and Clarkie have been giving them cover fire. The skinny Russian returns with the soldiers. Ronjon lobs a grenade that kills several, but just as Stew has finished his work the truck is sprayed with gunfire. Stew is hit. Hauser runs into the truck to pull him out as he orders a retreat.
As the team pulls out, with the injured Weems and Stew being carried, Ronjon triggers the explosions that destroy the truck and several other vehicles. This deters the soldiers from following the Rangers.
Days later all of the Rangers are airlifted out alive.
On the aircraft carrier, Hauser is debriefed by a very high ranking officer. Once the debrief is complete the officer asks Hauser if he would like to join an all volunteer best of the best military unit. Hauser declines.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen