#36 UNION OF THE SNAKE (1 OF 6)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: November 2004
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 36
Destro consolidates his power within the Cobra organization. General Gibbs of the Juggler's effective shuts down the Joes, leaving only a twelve man active force. Barrel Roll speaks on behalf of his brother, Thomas Stall, at a court martial case in regards to his treasonous behavior in the New Moon. Snake-Eyes, Mayday, Roadblock, Clutch and Mirage are arrested.
2nd Printing - Note the inking and color differences.
Notes of Interest
Zandar returns. Reintroduction of Dr. Cassandra Knox (First appearance Marvel run #153). Introduction to the main GI Joe series of Mikhail Derenko as Overlord. See the GI Joe Master & Apprentice series for more back story on him. Introduction of a new Juggler, General Mars Herring.
Joes - Airborne (Sergeant Talltree), Barrel Roll (Lt. Dwight Stall), Clutch, Duke, Flint, Grand Slam, Grunt, Lady Jaye, Mayday, Mirage, Roadblock, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Short-Fuze, Snake-Eyes, Stalker, Steeler, Zap
Cobra - Alexander Destro, Baroness, Destro, Dr. Cassandra Knox, Dr. Mindbender, Major Bludd, Mistress Armada, Scalpel, Tomax, Xamot, Wraith,
Dreadnoks - Zartan, Zandar, Burn-Out, Heartwrencher, Road Pig
Additional characters - Overlord (Mikhail Derenko), Serpentor, Joe Recruit: Thomas Stall, Jugglers: General Gibbs, General Mars Herring.
Story: Brandon Jerwa,
Pencils: Tim Seeley,
Backgrounds: Jason Millet,
Inks: Cory Hamscher,
Colors: John Rauch,
Letters: Dreamer Designs,
Editor: Mark Powers,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,
Production Assistance: Sean Dove,
Miltary Consultation: Andrew Swenson,
Cover A & B: Tim Seeley & Jeremy Roberts
Mistress Armada is at a Safeco Field in Seattle, WA. She has killed a guard, overridden the lights system, and a called in a group of Cobra Mamba helicopters to the stadium. These helicopters cover the audience in red light, and pre recorded message is played through the sound system. The message questions the leaders of the country, the individual in the audience situation, and asking the audience to ask questions about what is going on in the world. Then Cobra just left without an incident.
In Fort Huachuca, AZ, Barrel Roll (Lt. Dwight Stall) and Airborne are going to the general court martial proceedings of Barrel Roll's brother Thomas Stall. The trial is investigating the events around the New Moon, Colorado fire fight and consequence destruction of the town. Thomas Stall is under investigation for negligence and treasonous acts. Barrel Roll is there to vouch for his brother and asks for a chance for Thomas to redeem himself. The judge sentences Thomas Stall to the stockade until all proceedings are finished. As Barrel Roll tries to comfort his brother, Thomas turns on him. Mirage, who was at the proceedings as Thomas Stall's team leader, points out to Barrel Roll that the good guys never understand the why the bad guys do what they do.
Back at The Pit all of the remaining original Joe team has assembled for a meeting with Duke. Those remaining member include: Steeler, Grand Slam, Stalker, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, Clutch, Short-Fuze, Zap, Rock 'n' Roll, and Grunt. Duke announces that Hawk has officially stepped down as command of the GI Joe force. He continues to explain that the Juggler's are trying to pull them apart until they can find something to hang the Joes with. And Duke is scared that they are going to shut the Joes down completely.
Still at The Pit, General Gibbs, the Juggler's leader, is meeting with Duke, Flint, Lady Jaye, and Claymore. The situation in New Moon was "the straw that broke the camels back" and they are forced to defend there actions in New Moon as well as others places around the world. And that most of these fights have involved the public. Gibbs limits the Joes to an active staff of twelve, field bureaus will be shutdown, the "greenshirts" will be sent back to their respective branches, shuts down The Pit, puts most the Joes on leave, all overseas operations will be put under review as well as any new operation, and finally all missions will have to be cleared through the Juggler's, in which they will apply a conservative approach to all approvals. A new general is introduced to the Juggler's, Mars Herring, who is filling Hawk's spot, and preempting General Joseph "Joe" Colton from a spot on the Jugglers.
All of the Joe agents, including Clutch, Mirage, Roadblock, Mayday and Snake-Eyes, that were involved with the New Moon operation are being arrested. After a small struggle to arrest Snake-Eyes, Scarlett steps in to calm him, and gives him a big kiss, and leaves telling Flint to "fix this".
Destro has now taken complete control of Cobra. He explains his rise to power, that Cobra has uncovered a long buried treasure, introduces "The Tempest" a satellite, and sets up a new command structure for Cobra. Mistress Armada and Major Bludd are put in charge of the recently returned to Cobra Coil forces, Tomax and Xamot are to continue to undermine business around the world, Wraith will serve as head of security, the Baroness will continue in a leadership role until her pregnancy permits her from fulfilling her duties. Alexander Destro will take charge of M.A.R.S. and the Iron Grenadiers. The reintroduction of Dr. Cassandra Knox, who is to replace Dr. Mindbender, is given the immediate focus of The Tempest project.
At the end of the meeting, a necklace that Mistress Armada is wearing contains a video uplink that has been allowing Zartan to watch the proceedings. Dr. Mindbender, who is a captive of Zartan, talks about how he built the Tempest, and Destro won't be able to use it. Zandar makes his return. He clears up his betrayal by explaining that he had been manipulated by Serpentor. And is now firmly on Zartan's side. Dr. Mindbender, who has switched sides repeatedly, is being beaten by the Dreadnoks and expected to give all information that he knows.
General Gibbs and Jugglers arrive at a research center, where Mikhail Derenko, aka Overlord, is monitoring the progress of the re-education of Serpentor. Serpentor's body had been retrieved from Cobra Island, and in exchange a deal was made. That deal between Overlord and Juggler's consisted of Overlord's services as an assassin and soldier in exchange for medical resources. And the Juggler's were given carte blanche in determining Serpentor's fate.
General Gibbs ends his conversation with Overlord , by talking about a off-the-book operation set up by Duke. And Derenko needs to be prepared to leave at moments notice to some place cold.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen