#31 PLAYERS AND PAWNS (4 OF 5)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: June 2004
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 31
Overkill is revealed to be alive, and modified by Cobra scientists. Falcon leads a team of Joes to meet up with Claymore who is still stationed in Badhikstan. Hawk confronts Duke about his actions that helped get Destro arrested in Sierra Gordo. Destro makes a deal with the UN council to secure his release by promising to deliver Cobra Commander.
Alternate Cover "B"
Cover C was released at as an exclusive at the G.I. Joe Collectors Club Convention 2004
Notes of Interest
Introduction of Wraith.
Major Bludd & Scrap Iron were captured during the battle on Cobra Island.
Joes - Claymore, Cover Girl, Crosshair, Dusty, Falcon, Flint, Hawk, Law (Order), Lady Jaye, Recondo, Rip Cord, Roadblock, Scarlett, Shockwave, Snake-Eyes, Wide Scope
Cobra - Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Overkill, Scalpel, Zartan, Zarana
Dreadnoks - Buzzer, Heartwrencher, Monkey Wrench, Ripper, Torch, Thrasher
Cobra troops - Vipers, Tele Vipers
Additional characters - Wraith, Alexander Destro, Mistress Armada
Story: Brandon Jerwa,
Pencils: Tim Seeley,
Background: Jason Millet,
Inks: Cory Hamscher,
Colors: Brett R. Smith,
Letters: Dreamer Designs,
Editor: Mark Powers,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,
Production Assistance: Sean Dove,
Miltary Consultation: Andrew Swenson
Wraith Backup Story: Story: Brandon Jerwa,
Art: Talent Caldwell,
Inks: Jason Gorder,
Colors: Christina Strain
Cover A :Artist: Mike Norton, Cory Hamscher, & Val Staples,
Cover Company: Devil's Due Publishing
Cover B: Artist: Talent Caldwell
Cover Company: Devil's Due Publishing
Cover C (Convention Exclusive): Artist: Tim Seeley
Cover Company: GI Joe Collector's Club
Duke is called into Hawk's office at The Pit, where Flint, Recondo, and Rip Cord have been briefing Hawk on the mission to Sierra Gordo that ended with capture of Destro and left Low Light and Tunnel Rat in critical condition and put Dart on emergency psych leave. The confrontation is about Duke risking the lives of his men, and without their and Hawk's knowledge. Rip Cord expresses his doubt in Duke, and references his loss of girlfriend, Candy. Rip Cord says the Duke he knew back then isn't the same Duke that has returned since GI Joe was reformed. Flint calls for Duke's resignation, and they get in pushing match that Hawk breaks up. Hawk excuses Duke for the time being.
In Kansas, Hawk, Lady Jaye, Shockwave, Roadblock, Cover Girl, Law & Order, Crosshair, Wide Scope, and Flint move the captured Destro to the UN building in Washington D.C. for the beginning of Destro's trial. Destro has requested to speak to council personally or will withdraw his cooperation.
On Cobra Island, Zartan and Cobra Commander are arguing. Zartan walks away from Cobra and pulls all of the Dreadnok resources off the island. Zartan is wearing a breather mask and is having physical problems that maybe associated with his experiments on himself.
Near Badhikstan, Falcon, Dusty, Scarlett & Snake-Eyes meet up with Claymore to go on a recon mission to view the Coil's labor activity near a mountain along the border with Badhikstan. They run into Cobra forces along the way that are lead by Overkill. Overkill has been modified by Cobra scientists into a psychotic soldier. In a running vehicle battle, the Joes are divided with Claymore, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes together and Dusty and Falcon going the other way. Overkill jumps onto the vehicle Claymore is driving causing it to crash. Falcon and Dusty see the explosion as they are captured by Coil forces.
Destro's speech to the UN council is actually a blackmail attempt to secure his freedom. He will release the records of his M.A.R.S. corporation arms dealing to the public. There by implicating nearly all of the countries on the council in dealing with a known criminal. In return for his release, he offers to set up a situation wear Cobra Commander can be captured, an even bigger prize. The council agrees, Hawk is even more furious.
Finally, Dr. Mindbender meets with Zartan to discuss their mutual interest in the buried treasure that the Coil is trying to dig up in Badhikstan. Fantom Summary
Alexander Destro and Mistress Armada are in a Belgium night club. They meet up with a Charles Halifax. Halifax's new name is Wraith because of a top secret stealth suit stolen from the Chinese. Alexander recruits Wraith to do business for M.A.R.S. The job he is contracted for is to break Scrap Iron and Major Bludd out of Blackwater Prison in Mississippi.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen