#37 UNION OF THE SNAKE (2 OF 6)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: December 2004
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 37
The Joe team is slimmed down to only 12 members and Duke leaves Flint in charge. An Army General named Phillip Rey is fighting with Mistress Armada and Major Bludd in Turkey. Lady Jaye, Stalker and Lifeline visit Cobra Commander who is being counseled by a Dr. Edmonds. Duke confronts the Jugglers and he is thrown in jail with Snake-Eyes. When they move the two of them they are rescued by Scarlett and Storm Shadow.
Notes of Interest
Introduction of General Phillip Rey.
Introduction and death of Tracker.
Introduction of Dr. Edmonds.
Storm Shadow returns to the Joes' side.
The Joes - Barrel Roll, Duke, Firewall, Flint, Grand Slam, Gung-ho, Lady Jaye, Lifeline, Mercer, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Shockwave, Spirit, Snake-Eyes, Stalker, Storm Shadow, Tracker
Cobra - Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Cassandra Knox, Dr. Mindbender, Major Bludd, Mistress Armada, Scrap Iron,
Dreadnoks - Zartan, Zandar, Burn-Out
Additional characters - Dr Edmonds, General Phillip Rey, Jugglers: General Gibbs, General Mars Herring
Story: Brandon Jerwa,
Pencils: Tim Seeley,
Backgrounds: Jason Millet,
Inks: Cory Hamscher & Sean Parsons,
Colors: Brett R Smith,
Letters: Robin Spehar of Dreamer Designs,
Editor: Mark Powers,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,
Production Assistance: Sean Dove,
Miltary Consultation: Andrew Swenson,
Cover: Tim Seeley & Brett R Smith
In Turkey, Mistress Armada and Major Bludd are in a tank battle with Army General Phillip Rey. Major Bludd and Rey end up in a knife fight. Major Bludd loses his hand, and Gen. Rey just walks off leaving Bludd to his pain. The Juggler's General Gibbs calls Gen. Rey to a meeting in Washington DC.
In Suva, Fiji, a mysterious person kills Tracker right on the beach in front of several bystanders.
At the Pit, Duke is talking to the current 12 member GI Joe team. That team is Stalker, Mercer, Shockwave, Spirit, Lifeline, Barrel Roll, Firewall, Shipwreck, Gung-Ho, Grand Slam, Lady Jaye, and their leader Flint. Duke is on mission to get the arrested Joes released from jail, and is leaving Flint in charge as he goes to the Jugglers.
Scarlett and her unknown back up are monitoring where Snake-Eyes is being held.
At "The Quad", the location that the captured Cobra Commander has been held during his recovery, a new counselor Dr. Edmonds has been talking to him. Lady Jaye, Stalker, and Lifeline make a visit. Cobra Commander's face mask has yet to be removed because of a password he refuses to give out. He brings up to Lady Jaye the moment Flint and Baroness had together. All a game to change the subject away from his identity. As he confirms his identity a tiny blimp on his heart rate monitor goes up.
Destro and the Baroness are watching Dr. Knox work on the Tempest, a machine created by Dr. Mindbender. Destro reconfirms to his wife and their unborn child that their protection is his most important goal.
Dr. Mindbender is with a masked Zartan and Zandar. He is going over the history of the Tempest, and how it can't be activated without his living hand. Zanya reports in that everything is cool on her end.
Duke has interrupted the Juggler's meeting. He presents blackmail information to gain the release of the Joes. General Phillip Rey enters and introduces himself to Duke, suggests moving the prisoner Snake-Eyes and arresting Duke. As Duke, and Snake-Eyes are moved in van, their convoy is ambushed, a small fight ensues in cloud of smoke. And as the doors open to let Duke and Snake-Eyes out, Scarlett and Storm Shadow appear out of the smoke to rescue them.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen