#32 PLAYERS AND PAWNS (5 OF 5)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: July 2004
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 32
Overkill's life is spared by Snake-Eyes. Dr. Mindbender is cutting a deal with Zartan and the Dreadnoks, when the tables are turned on him. Destro has made a trap for Cobra Commander to be captured. After an extended battle, Cobra Commander and Hawk are fighting one on one. Cobra Commander gets the upper hand, and fires his gun right into Hawk's back. Then Cobra Commander himself gets shot by the Baroness. Their outcomes are yet too determined.
Alternate Cover "B"
Notes of Interest
Wraith back up story.
Joes - Beach Head, Claymore, Dial Tone, Dart, Dusty, Falcon, Flint, Grand Slam, Gung-Ho, Hawk, Duke, Mayday, Stalker, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Shockwave, Snake-Eyes,
Cobra - Baroness, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Major Bludd, Overkill, Scrap Iron, Tomax, Xamot, Zartan, Zandar
Cobra troops - 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: Tim Seeley, Cory Hamscher, & Val Staples,
Cover B: Talent Caldwell
Claymore, Snake-Eyes, and Scarlett are fighting Overkill. Claymore is almost straggled to death just as Snake-Eyes jumps him from behind. In an open moment, Scarlett shoots Overkill several times in the back. Overkill isn't quite dead, and Snake-Eyes has an opportunity to kill him as he is down. But instead leaves his scientifically deformed life to die in Badhikstan. They are then surrounded by Tomax and Xamot with support forces.
Dr. Mindbender is blackmailing a breather masked covered Zartan. The blackmail is that Mindbender won't tell Cobra that Zartan's brother Zandar turned traitor on Cobra with the Coil during the battle on Cobra Island. The tables are turned when a mysterious figure pulls a knife on Mindbender from behind.
Cobra Commander and the Baroness receive information about Destro being transported on a train that is protected by the Joes. Baroness is furious that the Commander is doing an rescue attack, because she specifically refused to authorize a rescue.
Tomax and Xamot release all of the Joes they had captured in Badhikstan.
Hawk, Duke, Stalker, Shockwave, Mayday, Gung-Ho, and Dial Tone are on the train car that is supposed to be protecting Destro headed out of Washington D.C. Of course, this is a set up by Destro just to get Cobra Commander captured, per his agreement for freedom with the UN Security Council.
Cobra attacks the train by air and land. They succeed in derailing the train. Cobra Commander and Hawk are in fist fight. The order for Destro to be released is given to Flint back in D.C. where Destro is waiting to fly away on his private plane by Dial Tone who is on the scene of the attack. As Hawk and Cobra Commander fight, the Commander throws dirt in Hawk's face, getting the upper hand, he picks up his gun, and fires into Hawk's back as he is on the ground. Then Cobra Commander receives a shot into his back. It is revealed that it the shooter of Cobra Commander is none other then the Baroness. It ends with Baroness flying away, to meet up with her husband, Destro. Hawk and Cobra Commander, both with bullets in there backs, are left on the ground next to each other apparently dead.
Fantom Part 2 Summary
Charles Halifax's new name is Wraith. He wears a top secret stealth suit stolen from the Chinese. He is working for Destro to break Scrap Iron and Major Bludd out of Blackwater Prison in Mississippi. As he accomplishes the rescue, he runs into Beach Head, Shipwreck, and Grand Slam. The Joes bullets don't harm Wraith, and in return the Joes are plastered with non-lethal bullets allowing Major Bludd and Scrap Iron to escape.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen