#13 MALFUNCTION (4 OF 4)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: January 2003
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 13
Firefly vs. Jinx and the conclusion to the B.A.T. storyline.
Notes of Interest
Joes: Hawk, Heavy Duty, Lady Jaye, Spirit, Rock and Roll, Roadblock, Duke, Mainframe,
Cobra: B.A.T., Zarana, Zanya, Zartan, Firefly, Dr. Mindbender
Others: Senator Cartwright, General Winters
Story: Josh Blaylock,
Pencils: Kevin Sharpe & Mike Miller,
Inks: John Larter & Clayton Browne,
Backgrounds: Tony Akins,
Colors: Hi-Fi Colour Designs,
Letters: Dreamer Designs,
Copy Edits: Scott Wherle,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,
Cover: Joe Benitez & Joe Weems,
Back Cover: David Michael Beck
Cobra Commander berates Dr. Mindbender about the cost of the B.A.T. operation. Cobra Commander is traveling in an ARBCO Rapid Delivery semi truck.
Firefly rappels out of a helicopter to retrieve the B.A.T. for his client, General Winters.
The Joes make it out of the sewers, and Roadblock drops a grenade into the sewers to slow the Dreadnoks and Alley Vipers that were following them. Using Mainframe's remote access bug, the Joes are able to track the B.A.T. Unknown to the Joes, the B.A.T. has rid itself of the bug, placing it on a dogs collar, trapping the Joes in an alleyway as Firefly watches on.
Dr. Mindbender arrives in Chicago to help deal with the B.A.T. Dr. Mindbender explains to Zartan that the B.A.T. is not under their control, and it will seek revenge. The B.A.T. tries to do just that, and during the firefight Dr. Mindbender informs Zartan and the Dreadnoks about the B.A.T.'s self destruct mechanism. If the B.A.T.'s head is damaged, the whole thing could explode. Zartan orders Zanya to help get Zarana out of the situation.
As Firefly watches from above, Jinx ambushes him. Firefly gets the upper hand and escapes.
The Joes and Cobra both attack the B.A.T., which is caught in the middle. Dr. Mindbender informs the Joes of the self destruct mechanism, just after the B.A.T. is shot in the head. As Dr. Mindbender ducks for cover, Firefly arrives on the scene. He has sabotaged the B.A.T., which is now under his control. His client wants to gain access to the B.A.T.'s armor technology. Firefly warns both the Joes and Cobra that neither team is untouchable. Dr. Mindbender demands to know how Firefly gained access to the B.A.T. Firefly states that he was able to sneak into the Dreadnok compound, just like the Joes have snuck someone in. This information proves very interesting to Zartan and the Dreadnoks.
In Washington D.C., Senator Cartwright meets with General Hawk, approving a new Pit, expanded budget, and the ability to reinstate troops. After Hawk leaves, Cartwright calls General Winters, stating that everything is set. Cartwright's office then explodes, and the last panel shows Firefly getting ready to head to Cobra Island.