#25 THE LAST STAND (4 OF 4)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: January 2004
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 25
The world has been attacked by The Coil. GI Joe in a full on invasion of the Coil stronghold on Cobra Island, and Cobra has added its presence to the mix. The small Joe force that has escaped from the command center connects with the main force. A fight between Cobra Commander and Serpentor ends with Serpentor falling off a balcony into a lake at the bottom of a waterfall. Cobra Commander escapes on a submarine. And the kids are recaptured. Several Joes die.
Tim Seeley Fold Out Alternate Cover
Notes of Interest
GI Joe deaths: Flash, Mainframe, Skidmark, and Chuckles.
The USS Flagg lead by Keel Haul assists in the invasion.
Joes - Ace, Alpine, Beach Head, Big Ben, Char-Broil, Chuckles, Cover Girl, Crosshair, Diana, Dial Tone, Duke, Dusty, Firewall, Flash, Flint, Footloose, Hawk, Hacker, Heavy Duty, Jinx, Kamakura, Keel-Haul, Lady Jaye, Leatherneck, Lifeline, Low Light, Mainframe, Mercer, Outback, Psyche-Out, Repeater, Recondo, Rip Cord, Roadblock, Rock 'n Roll, Scarlett, Sci-Fi, Shipwreck, Short fuse, Shockwave, Skidmark, Slip Stream, Spirit, Snake-Eyes, Stalker, Torpedo
Cobra - Baroness, Big Boa, Cobra Commander, Copperhead, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Firefly, Major Bludd, Metal Head, Overlord, Overkill, Scalpel, Scrap Iron, Serpentor, Tomax, Xamot, Zartan, Zaranna, Zandar
Dreadnoks - Heartwrencher, Gnawgahyde, Zanzibar
Additional characters - Hannibal, The Serpentor Clone Kids: Julius, Alexander, Genghis, Ivan, Attila, Vlad, Phillip, Napoleon, and Thomas.
Story: Josh Blaylock with Brandon Jerwa,
Pencils: Tim Seeley,
Inks: Andrew Pepoy,
Colors: Brett R Smith of Color Fusion,
Letters: Dreamer Designs,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,
Miltary Consultation: Andrew Swenson with Tilman Goins
Cover A: Artist: Brandon Badeaux, Inks by Andrew Pepoy, Colors by Brett Smith
Cover B: Tim Seeley
The Joes have begun their invasion of Cobra Island, in retaliation for Serpentor's taking over the governments of the world. But Serpentor has turned his EMP weapon into a sort of cannon, and the Coil uses it to bring down the Joes' Skystrikers. Ace informs the command crew on the Flagg of this new situation, and Duke advises him to stand down.
On the Island, Serpentor orders his troops down to the beach. He anticipates a full invasion within the hour.
Meanwhile, the Joes' first covert insertion team tries to shut down the EMP weapon for good. Hacker and Sci-Fi are unsuccessful in breaking through the locks, though, so Mercer orders them onto plan B - blow it sky high. Mainframe and Flash set the charges, and Mercer, Jinx, Sci-Fi and Hacker escape into the forest - but Mainframe and Flash are ambushed on their way out. They're trapped in the building as the charges go off.
Hawk's other covert insertion team feels the blast, and assume that team one has completed its objective. Hawk sends Low-Light, Crosshair and Daina to establish sniper posts, while he, Kamakura and Rip Cord will try and find some way into the Citadel. Beach Head's team, meanwhile, having escaped, is sitting tight, with serious injuries to Cover Girl and Snake Eyes.
Duke finally leads the main Joe assault up the beach in Armadillos, Road Rebels and Assault Quads. They face little opposition, however, and the reason soon become clear - Coil submarines surface behind the Joe landing craft, blasting them off the beach.
The Armadillos turn to retaliate, but the subs move up to the beach and deploy ground forces, pinning the Joes down.
Hawk leads Kamakura and Rip Cord to a rendezvous with Beach Head's team, and he orders Beach Head to take them down the beach for evac. He's going into the Citadel, however. Dial-Tone calls in the sit-rep from the beach, but he's interrupted - by Destro! He's arrived and is about to deploy on the beach; he asks Hawk if their common foe overrules and grudge between them, but Hawk simply says "no."
Destro starts his assault by dropping BATs onto the beach, then moves his troops in. Serpentor sees Zartan on the command ship, and says he will not allow Zartan to kill him again. But he's distracted by some good news - Cobra Commander is about to be taken back in to custody.
Destro's arrival creates enough confusion on the beach for the Joes to finally start moving inland. Zartan, meanwhile, has taken up a CLAW and is going inland himself.
Overlord personally joins the fight and moves to take on Duke one-on-one. Duke gets the first punch in, but Overlord quickly gets Duke's throat in his massive, clawed hand. Chuckles tries to help Duke out, but Overlord punches his fist right through Chuckles' chest...
Hawk makes his way through the Citadel, but is soon detected and set on by the Saw-Viper, now going by the name of Overkill. He's about to add Hawk to the list of Joes he's killed, but Kamakura arrives in the nick of time to take him out.
Cobra Commander, meanwhile, is attempting to escape the island in a Firebat, when Serpentor's clone children ambush him. The Firebat launches without him in it, and soon enough, Serpentor arrives to deck the Commander.
Mindbender and Zandar, watching the battle from a safe distance, realize they are losing on every front. Mindbender sees his leader arrive and take on Cobra Commander, and runs to be with him, leaving Zandar alone - but Firefly soon comes on the horn, telling Zandar there's an intruder to deal with in the hangar...
The intruder is Zartan, of course. Firefly distracts him long enough to set up, as he calls it, a "family reunion" - and Zartan is soon attacked by a coil trooper. The trooper yells that Zartan has always pushed him away, and knocks Zartan to the ground. Zartan, though, doesn't know what he's talking about, and grabs a discarded knife and stabs his attacker through the chest. Only then does the trooper take off his mask to reveal his identity - that of Zandar. Zartan picks up his fallen brother and calls off his Dreadnoks...
Cobra Commander manages to get the upper hand on Serpentor, and decks Mindbender when he arrives. But Serpentor is bigger and stronger, and gains the advantage. The Commander surrenders. Serpentor orders him to remove his helmet, and the Commander does so - revealing yet another mask underneath. He hands Serpentor the helmet - which of course is rigged to explode. Serpentor goes up in flames, and Cobra Commander kicks him off the launch platform onto the rocks far below, telling him "you lack the most important DNA of all - Mine." Hawk and Kamakura arrive, but Serpentor manages to activate one last device before he hits bottom, initiating the "last stand" protocols. A last EMP device goes off, and planes start dropping from the sky.
But the Joes continue to fight, by hand or with rocks, until the Coil forces have been routed. Destro's forces depart, without having reclaimed the Commander. When the EMP weapon's effects dissipate, the Joes move in the rest of their equipment and take the island for good.
Cobra Commander escapes in a sub, but he has an unexpected guest - a heavily wounded Overkill...
Later, armed forces liberate the cities held by the Coil. And the children, the clones of the world's greatest leaders, are taken into custody, apparently with no recollection of who or what they are...
Summary by: Josh Kern
Short Summary, Notes of Interest, and Major Players by Josh Eggebeen