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Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: January 2004
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 26

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The Joes mourn their dead from the Battle of Cobra Island. A guy named Scott Sturgis is spying on the Joes at The Pit. The Joes catch him and give him a job in one of the Joe branches. Stalker and his team are in Badhikstan. A general makes a business deal with Tomax & Xamot to give Cobra Island to a division of Extensive Enterprises.

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Notes of Interest

Introduction of the G.I.Joe Memorial.

Major Players

The Joes - Ace, Airtight, Beach Head, Big Ben, Claymore, Cover Girl, Diana, Dodger, Duke, Firewall, Flint, Grand Slam, Gung-Ho, Jinx, Hardball, Hawk, Kamakura, Lady Jaye, Lifeline, Lt. Falcon, Roadblock, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Snake-Eyes, Shockwave, Spirit, Stalker, Snow Job, Wide Scope (& Lamont), Wild Bill

Cobra - Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Firefly, Major Bludd, Overlord, Scarp Iron, Serpentor, Storm Shadow, Tomax, Xamot, Zartan, Zanya, Zarana, Zandar

Additional characters - General Gibbs, Scott Sturgis (Scanner)

Creative Team

Story: Brandon Jerwa,
Pencils: Tim Seeley,
Inks: Cory Hamscher,
Colors: Brett R. Smith,
Letters: Dreamer Designs,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,
Miltary Consultation: Andrew Swenson & Tilman Goins

Cover: Tim Seeley, Andrew Pepoy, & Val Staples,

Full Details

At Arlington National Cemetery, the Joes are dedicating a memorial to their fallen comrades. Hawk gives a speech, and sends most of the team on leave. Destro and the Baroness make a distant appearance at the event to also pay their respects.

Several days later, a Scott Sturgis is spying on the Joes playing baseball out in the middle of the empty Arizona desert. When they disappear, of course they have just disappeared into The Pit. Scott returns home where he uses instant messaging and the news to discover more about GI Joe. He returns at night to watch the Joes activities more, but he doesn't realize that he is also being watched.

In Badhikstan, Stalker is leading his team which includes Dodger, Big Ben, and several greenshirts, to hook up with another member of the Joe force, Claymore. There mission is the rescue the Prime Minister from the American Embassy were he is held by the Coil, Serpentor's organization. They are forced to abort their mission for fear of a nuclear strike. The Coil controls the countries nuclear arsenal.

As Scott Sturgis is sleeping two Cobra vipers sneak into his house. As he is being attacked by the Vipers, Wide Scope with Lamont and Shockwave break in to fight off the Vipers. Just as Scott is succumbing to a drug injected by the Vipers. He wakes up talking to Hawk, Airtight, and Lifeline. Hawk proceeds to inform Scott of the Joe & Cobra command structures and personal. It is then revealed that the Vipers were Shipwreck and Grand Slam. Scott Sturgis is then given a desk and a codename of Scanner within the Joe organization. He is shipped off to an Icelandic office.

On the last page, General Gibbs cuts a business deal with Tomax & Xamot giving a medicinal division of Extensive Enterprises control of Cobra Island.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen