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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: February 2012
Series: G.I. Joe Retaliation Movie Prequel
Issue Number: 1

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A Joe unit is on a mission when numerous Red Ninja jump out and attack. They carry off Mainframe after killing several. Snake Eyes & Roadblock give chase but fail to get to him before the Red Ninja disappear.

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Notes of Interest

The country of Borovia was created & extensively used in the A Real American Hero continuity.

First appearance of Char Broil, Doc, Flash, Mainframe, Roadblock

Major Players

GI Joe: Char Broil, Doc, Flash, Hawk, Mainframe, Roadblock, Scarlett, Sgt. Stone, Snake Eyes

Cobra: Storm Shadow, Zartan

Creative Team

Writer: John Barber
Artist: Salvador Nauarro
Colorist: Esther Sanz
Letterer: Chris Mowry
Editor: Carlos Guzman

Cover Credits
Cover A: Artist: Salvador Nauarro, Colors by Esther Sanz
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B Cover #B (Retail Incentive, Sketch Cover : Artist: Salvador Nauarro
Cover Company: IDW

Full Details

In the country of Borovia, Eastern Europe, several years ago, Roadblock and Mainframe are in a Blackhawk helicopter just 15 feet above the roofs on a mission to help support Borovia rebuild during a civil war. Mainframe's job is to establish a network and Roadblock along with the rest of the team are there to support him. When several Red Ninja jump out at the helicopter the pilot swerves to avoid them as the Joes open up shooting at them. But the pilot's blades hit the nearby building causing the helicopter to crash.

Most of the Joes survive the crash to be immediately killed by the Red Ninja as Roadblock drags himself from the wreckage he sees Snake Eyes, Flash & Char Broil kill several more of the Red Ninja. Mainframe has been captured by the Red Ninja and dragged away. Snake Eyes begins his chase. Roadblock, so mad, he also begins to chase after them. Snake Eyes avoids arrows & throwing stars but is still unable to catch up. Flash & Char Broil also follow but run into several more Red Ninja circling around behind Roadblock & Snake Eyes, those ninja get burned, literally. One is able to stick a sword in Char Broil's gas tank causing it to explode just as Flash shoots him.

Snake Eyes pushes the very aggressive Roadblock out of the away as he releases several grenades. Flash calls in a GI Joe VTOL jet to clear away the last of the Red Ninja but both Roadblock & Snake Eyes were injured in the explosion. Later, Doc is taking care of the injured Joes in the now calm battlefield as Roadblock on a stretcher wants to go back to get Mainframe.

On a nearby building top, Zartan has just finished watching the battle. Storm Shadow, who is in charge of the Red Ninja, sent them on the attack as a test to see if there is a place in Cobra for them. Zartan responds with "4 GI Joe's survived, Storm Shadow including your friend, regardless a place is all any of us get." Storm Shadow's answer of "He's" is cut off as Zartan walks away.

Later at The Pit in Egypt, Roadblock & Snake Eyes beat up as they are, report to Hawk that the Red Ninja escaped with Mainframe. Roadblock wants to be sent back immediately to get him. Hawk denies the request and Roadblock punches Hawk. Scarlett & Sgt. Stone take Roadblock into custody.

In his office, Hawk is rubbing his jaw & wondering how he can command such a team of soldiers. He receives a call on an encrypted line basically reporting to him that Roadblock is the kind of soldier he needs, he just has to be a better general and needs to find a way to use Roadblock. The line goes dead. Standing the in shadow is Snake Eyes, who steps up drops a button with Arashikage symbol on it. Snake Eyes has a plan for using Roadblock, who is currently sitting in a cell.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen.