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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: April 2009
Series: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: Movie Prequel
Issue Number: 3

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The Baroness infiltrates a Sheik's home in the Italian Rivera in order to scan a wall mural. After avoiding the guards and a successful scan, Zartan helps her escape. Destro now has a map to a hidden treasure thanks to the scan of the mural which contained the hidden map.

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Notes of Interest

This is the same continuity as the movie.

Introduction of Baroness & Zartan.

Major Players

MARS: Baroness, Destro & Zartan

Additional characters: Sheik Momma al Rhazidh, Ryerstad, Vitelli, Braggs & Gratz

Creative Team

Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: SL Gallant
Color: Art Lyon
Letterer: Chris Mowry
Editor: Andy Schmidt

Cover Credits
Cover A: Artist: Joe Corroney
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B: Artist: Photo Cover
Cover Company: IDW

Full Details

At a casino in the Italian Rivera, the super rich Sheik Mommar al Rhazidh is about to bet one million Euros on black when the Baroness, dressed in an amazingly beautiful dress, steps up and tells him to bet on red. He wins and invites the Baroness back to his place.

As they enter, the Sheik walks the Baroness right past all of his security detail, including security chief Ryerstad and avoids there recommendation of frisking the Baroness. The Sheik actually says that he will do it himself. Once inside the room, the Sheik fixes the Baroness a drink which she slips a sleeping potion into as she declines. The Sheik finishes her drink and passes out.

The Baroness then changes into her tradition black leather outfit with guns and a wrist light. She then proceeds to sneak through the house looking for her target which is in the dining room; a mural painted by Raphael. As she approaches a secret passage that will get her to the dining room see uses the flash on her wrist to blow out the security cameras. Inside the security room, one camera goes out, the security personal begin running checks on the system. As another and another camera goes out, they begin to suspect an intruder. Ryerstad then charges into the Sheik's bedroom to discover the sleeping Sheik and missing Baroness. He then puts the home on full alert.

Meanwhile, The Baroness has run into the Sheik's pet Tiger Gustuv, she grabs a bull whip to keep the tiger at bay as she breaks down a door. The security personnel, Vitelli, Braggs & Gratz, have arrived at the tiger room. But the Baroness has opened the door and the tiger attacks the guards as she escapes into the dining room. Once inside she begins scanning the wall mural painted by Raphael. Just as she finishes Ryerstad enters the room shooting the scanning device, the Baroness just jumps out of a window lands on the ground and is immediately shot in the chest.

Standing outside is Agent Krueger with Interpol, he is the one who shot the Baroness. Ryerstad, who is former US Customs, knows Krueger and when the guards check the Baroness she appears dead, so she is loaded up into Kruger's car.

As he drives away, the Baroness sits up and asks did the transmission go through, Zartan/Agent Krueger, tells her that it was a success. The MARS command center calls Zartan and Destro talks to the Baroness telling her that a team has been sent to Parma, Italy to retrieve a hidden gold reserve. Contained in the mural is a hidden map to an ancient gold reserve. This gold reserve is going to make MARS very rich.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen