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#21 CLOSURE (2 OF 2)



Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: August 2003
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 21

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The fight to save Storm Shadow continues. Snake-Eyes attempts to put Storm Shadow in the Arashikage mindset. It is left unfinished as Kamakura fights with Cobra Commander. Snake-Eyes is forced to help his apprentice and leave Storm Shadow the mindset incomplete. Eventually, Storm Shadow defends Cobra Commander against Snake-Eyes, who then walks away leaving Storm Shadow to the control of Cobra.

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Alternate Covers

Several alternate covers were produced for this special issue.

J. Scott Campbell Alternate cover.
Renegar Edition, Michael Turner Cover. Limited to 2500.
Renegar Foil Edition, Michael Turner Cover. Limited to 500.

Notes of Interest

Silent Issue. 32 pages, cover connects with issue #20's cover.

Arashikage Mindset -- A state of mind that prevents all outside influences from affecting the mind of the person who is put in that mindset. It can only be administered by another member of the Arashikage Clan.

Major Players

The Joes - Billy, Kamakura, Snake-Eyes

Cobra - Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow

Creative Team

Story: Josh Blaylock,
Pencils: Mike Zeck,
Inks: John Beatty,
Colors: Hi-Fi Colour Designs,
Letters: Dreamer Designs,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,
Miltary Consultation: Tilman Goins

Cover: Mike Zeck and Hi Fi Colour Design,
Back Cover: David Michael Beck,

Full Details

Cobra Commander stands triumphant over Snake-Eyes and Billy, whom the Commander has just shot in the chest. Snake-Eyes attacks him, disarming and dispatching the Commander's guards - but Storm Shadow stops his blood brother's blade before it finds the Commander's head.

As the Commander and Storm Shadow make their escape, Kamakura enters. Storm Shadow easily sidesteps his attack, and sends him crashing into Snake-Eyes. Snake-Eyes tells Kamakura to take care of Billy, and heads out after the Cobras.

Snake-Eyes chases them up to the street-level arcade, and they clash, bringing all their ninja skills to bear. Stars are thrown, blades flash and swords shatter, but Snake-Eyes eventually gets the upper hand - long enough to place Storm Shadow under the Arashikage mindset, the only thing that can break the Brainwave Scanner's hold on him. Before he can complete Storm Shadow's rescue though, he is attacked from behind by two Dreadnoks.

Meanwhile, the Commander makes his way to the Thunder Machine and attempts to get away. Kamakura is on him though, and he jumps onto the Thunder Machine as it careens into the street.

Snake-Eyes manages to knock out one of his attackers, but the other gets the drop on him - but Storm Shadow wakes up and saves his blood brother!

Outside, Kamakura gains enough control of the Thunder Machine to force it to crash, hurling him and the Commander to the pavement. Snake-Eyes purposefully leaves the arcade, bearing down on the Commander. He then unleashes a brutal beating on Cobra Commander, as payback for all the years of misery he has caused.

Before he can deliver the killing blow, however, Storm Shadow stops him.

The two former brothers face each other again, and once again, the line is drawn between them. Storm Shadow helps Cobra Commander to his feet, and Snake-Eyes walks away with Billy and Kamakura.

Summary by: Josh Kern
Short Summary, Notes of Interest, and Major Players by Josh Eggebeen