#38 UNION OF THE SNAKE (3 OF 6)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: January 2004
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 38
Duke and Snake-Eyes have been freed by Scarlett & Storm Shadow. Jaye and Dr. Edmonds, who is actually Zanya, interviews Cobra Commander as the Dreadnoks attack the facility. Stalker and Lifeline fight out with Dreadnoks, as Cobra commander is freed. And it is revealed that the Cobra Commander in captivity was actually Zartan. In Brazil, a small group of Joes and Cobras are killed.
Notes of Interest
Deaths of Glenda, Hardball, Rampart, Big Boa, and Asa Negra.
Joes - Claymore, Cutter, Duke, Glenda, Hardball, Lady Jaye, Lifeline, Rampart, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, Stalker, Storm Shadow, Vorona,
Cobra - Baroness, Big Boa, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Major Bludd, Mistress Armada, Wraith
Dreadnoks - Zartan, Zandar, Zanya, Buzzer, Burn-Out, Heartwrencher, Monkeywrench, Ripper, Road Pig
Additional characters - Dr. Edmonds, Jugglers: General Gibbs, General Mars Herring
Story: Brandon Jerwa,
Guest Pencils: Emiliano Santalucia,
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 Credits: Cover A: Tim Seeley, Andrew Pepoy & Jeremy Roberts
Cover B (2nd Printing): Artist: Emiliano Santalucia, Colors by Brett R Smith
Duke and Storm Shadow are in car being chased by the Army in the Washington DC streets. Scarlett and Snake-Eyes are on motorcycle in the same battle. Snake-Eyes and Scarlett climb onto the car as they enter a tunnel. Inside the tunnel, Claymore and Vorona have a van that everybody climbs into and they escape. The entire time Wraith has been monitoring the battle overhead for Destro.
Late night at "The Quad", the facility holding the captured Cobra Commander, Lady Jaye is video conferencing with Flint about there relationship, when she spots Dr. Edmonds, Cobra Commander's counselor.
Zaranna leads the Dreadnoks: Buzzer, Ripper, Road Pig, Burn Out Heartwrencher, and Monkey wrench, on a coordinated attack on The Quad. As the alarm bell sounds Dr. Edmonds, actually Zanya in disguise, attacks Lady Jaye, and Stalker and Lifeline jump into the fight. Zartan and Zandar arrive and make there way into the overrun facility. Zanya gets the upper hand on Lady Jaye, and as the Dreadnoks enter, Lady Jaye is able to escape into an air duct. Buzzer then frees Cobra Commander.
General Gibbs and General Mars Herring of the Jugglers are meeting with General Phillip Rey. This small group forms a plan to promote Gen. Rey to be the leader of the Joe team, their by replacing Hawk and Duke. Wraith is in the background watching and listening.
Scarlett, Duke, Vorona, and Claymore have met up at the house of the retired Joe, Cutter. Duke divides this small group and sends Snake-Eyes and Scarlett into hiding, and Claymore and Vorona back to their posts in Badhikstan. All pledge their allegiance to follow Duke no matter who is in charge.
Outside of the house, Storm Shadow is talking to Snake-Eyes. He says that he is now free, has his own thoughts, and wants to seek a path of honor, discipline, peace, and solitude. Storm Shadow asks for help, and gives his "word that my intent is honorable". He also references how many times he has refused his help before. Scarlett steps in at the end of the conversation, with this comment "I believe the two of you should make a serious decision. If you're willing to trust and open to change, and then take those final leaps of faith, but if it falls apart again, at least have the strength to end it once and for all."
In Brazil, a small Joe team of Glenda, Hardball, and Rampart make a sneak attack on a Cobra compound. Inside they discover Big Boa, Asa Negra, and several Vipers all dead. A voice speaks out to the team about sending a message just before killing them.
All of the Dreadnoks return with the freed Cobra Commander to there base where Dr. Mindbender is still being held captive. There it is revealed to him that Zartan and Cobra Commander had switched places. Dr. Mindbender had been giving away information about the Tempest to the real Cobra Commander. Zandar and Zaranna are just as surprised. And to Zartan's dismay. Cobra Commander turns on Zandar for his betrayal during the battle with Serpentor.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen