#33 THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: August 2004
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 33
Hawk having been shot in back by Cobra Commander lies on ground apparently dead. Then a series of dream like moments happen: Hawk retires, Hawk recalls a wife he had, Cobra has been defeated, GI Joe is disbanded, and Cobra Commander is in prison. As well as a memory of leave on mission to return and find out his fiance is dead. All of the dreams happen in the span of a minute. Hawk survives but is paralyzed with an unretractable bullet lodged in his spine.
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Notes of Interest
Wraith back up story. A finance of Hawk's is introduced; the time frame in which she was alive is yet to be determined.
Storm Shadow appears in a dream sequence in the group of Joes in his urban ninja gear, a reference to the days when he was part of GI Joe during the Marvel run.
Joes - Beach Head, Back Blast, Charbroil, Flint, Hawk, Duke, Hit 'n' Run, Lady Jaye, Mutt, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Snake-Eyes, Spirit, Stalker, Storm Shadow, Zap
Cobra - Cobra Commander, Major Bludd, Scarp Iron Additional characters - Wraith, Alexander Destro, Mistress Armada, Hawk's fiance Carolee
Story: Brandon Jerwa,
Pencils: Tim Seeley,
Background: Jason Millet,
Inks: Cory Hamscher,
Colors: Jeremy Roberts,
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: Tommy Castillo,
Cover B: Artist: Michael Turner
Foil Cover B: Artist: Michael Turner
Sketch Cover B: Artist: Michael Turner
Hawk is shot in back by Cobra Commander. As he lies on the ground he is attended to by a medic. His watch reads 4:39.
He then wakes up in the hospital, eight months later, with Flint, Lady Jaye and Duke informing him that Cobra has been destroyed, and only Zartan and few others are left to hunt down. Hawk then addresses the remaining Joes, standing, were they all then turn to ghosts. He falls down and asks Duke to take him home to his wife. A dream.
Hawk is then at home about to eat a breakfast with his wife. Hawk has a beard. They talk about shaving it off, and what Carolee is going to wear to Hawk's retirement party that evening. Later at the party, Hawk declines an offer to a cabinet post by the President in order to spend more time with his wife. There is also a moment at party where someone asks Hawk if it was worth all the pain to defeat Cobra. A dream, also.
Hawk is walking in a corridor in Blackwater prison. He is admitted to see Cobra Commander who is a prisoner. The Commander rambles on about how he made Hawk, and he was his reason for living. Just as Cobra Commander's face is about to be revealed, it turns into Hawk's face. And he meets himself face to face. Also a dream.
Hawk is at home with Carolee, who is now his fiance, when he receives, a call from Duke, and proceeds to pack up to run out of the house. Carolee pleads with him not to go but after he refuses she turns into a ghost. This is possibly a memory mixed with a dream.
Hawk opens his eyes, he is about to be put in a helicopter on a stretcher. His watch has the time of 4:40 displayed. And he says "I can't move my legs".
Hawk is then in a hospital bed, the doctor informs him that he is paralyzed from the waist down. And has an unretractable bullet lodged in his spine. Hawk asks Duke to bring his things from the office to him. He looks at a newspaper clipping with the headline of "Local woman killed in auto accident, Bank Clerk to wed Army Colonel in less then a month". Hawk cries.
Fantom Part 3 Summary Charles Halifax's new name is Wraith. He wears a top secret stealth suit stolen from the Chinese. Mistress Armada and Alexander Destro are in a meeting with several of Destro's main competitors. The meeting describes how Wraith's stealth suit works. Essentially, it projects what is around the suit by using real time video sent to projector that is read by human eyes as see threw. And suit has several weapons, enhanced strength, and is pretty much bullet proof. The competitors are impressed but don't care until Wraith appears right in front of them, where he has been standing, and proceeds to take them out.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen Cover Image provided by Phil Kost