#40 UNION OF THE SNAKE (5 OF 6)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: March 2005
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 40
Barrel Roll drops a nuclear bomb on Cobra Island, killing The Coil army and Cobra Commander takes credit for. Thomas Stall commits to Cobra and becomes Blackout. Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender test the Tempest, a weather control machine. Joe Colton and Hector Ramirez meet about a secret group. And, Snake-Eyes, Scarlett, and Duke meet up with Scanner in Iceland
2nd Printing (Note the framing difference)
Notes of Interest
Scanner is killed by Overlord
Deaths: Hector Ramirez, Entire Coil Army
The Joes - Barrel Roll, Duke, Firewall, Flint, Grand Slam, Gung-Ho, Gen. Joe Colton, Gen. Phillip Rey, Lady Jaye, Lifeline, Mercer, Scanner, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Shockwave, Spirit, Snake-Eyes
Cobra - Blackout (Thomas Stall), Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Dr. Knox, Major Bludd, Mistress Armada, Overlord, Tomax, Xamot, Wild Weasel,
Dreadnoks - Zartan, Zandar,
Additional characters - WNN Reporter Hector Ramirez, Secretary to President, Jugglers: General Gibbs.
Story: Brandon Jerwa,
Pencils: Tim Seeley,
Inks: Cory Hamscher,
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 A & B (2nd Printing): Tim Seeley, Andrew Pepoy & Val Staples
Gen. Philip Rey tells Barrel Roll that his brother is unaccounted for and he is assumed to be captured or went along with Cobra willingly. Mercer and Shipwreck argue about Mercer.s loyalty to GI Joe considering that The Pit has just been discovered and destroyed. Rey settles the situation and announces to the team that they are going to drop a nuclear bomb on Cobra Island.
On Cobra Island, Cobra Commander and Major Bludd visit Destro in prison. Where he hints that he isn.t as broken as the Commander assumes. In the next prison cell, Thomas Stall, Barrel Roll.s brother, a Joe trainee who was put in an Army prison and turned himself into Cobra, is confronted by Cobra Commander with a decision. The options be on .the side of right or be on the side that wins.. And his decision determines his fate. He decides to join Cobra, and takes the name Blackout.
Dr. .Mindbender, on Cobra Island, is about to test his device the Tempest. The Tempest fires a beam up into clouds, causing a major rainstorm. Major Bludd has reservations about such a weapon, and Cobra Commander is thrilled at having such a powerful, fearful weapon. The Tempest is then packed up and shipped away.
On the USS Flagg, a secretary to the President, Flint, Gen. Gibbs and Gen. Rey are prepping for the mission to drop the nuclear bomb on Cobra Island. Barrel Roll has been given the duty of dropping the bomb. They then watch a satellite feed of Cobra activity in Badhikstan, and a ship caring a large cannon, which is actually the Tempest, but they don.t know that. Gen. Gibbs sends a message to his .associates. that the mission has been launched.
In New York City, WNN Hector Ramirez is meeting with Gen. Joe Colton. Ramirez was sent to Colton by Hawk and has some major information that scares him. This information he is going to hold onto and not giving it to his news organization. He hands over a disk labeled .RS Backup. to Colton. He says .some of the implications on this disk are just.Have you ever heard of an organization.. Outside two peopl! e are monitoring the meeting and are given a command to engage the target. They blow up a taxi that Ramirez is getting into killing him. Central tells them to track and report on Colton.s movements.
In Badhikstan, A new Cobra stronghold is introduced to Cobra Commander, it has a shuttle type launch platform, and the Tempest has been put on the shuttle that is now ready launch. Tomax, Xamot, Zartan, Zandar, Blackout and Dr. Mindbender are all there, as well as prisoners Destro, Mistress Armada, Dr. Knox & Scrap Iron. The Deathangel virus, an Iranian chemical weapon that burns the flesh and kills within ten minutes is added to the Tempest. It is Cobra Commander.s plan to gain absolute power. As Zandar and Zartan watch the launch of the Tempest, they comment about how they are in favor of anarchy but not mass murder.
As Barrel Roll begins his attack on Cobra Island, Cobra Commander opens a link to the island where the Coil forces have been gathered waiting to hear from the Commander. He gives them a speech about cowardice and betrayal. Barrel Roll drops the bomb on the island killing all the Coil troops.
In Iceland, Snake-Eyes, Scarlett, and Duke are hiding out at an outpost that Scanner (Scott Strugis, see #26) has set up. They are monitoring the movement of troops off Cobra Island, and following them to Badhikstan. They also monitor Barrel Roll.s bomb blast. Overlord (Mikhail Derenko) appears at the outpost killing Scanner. And he calls for Snake-Eyes and Duke.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen