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Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: April 2002
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 5

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Duke's final mission before the G.I. Joe team is reinstated, bring in Major Bludd.

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Notes of Interest

This issue leads into the first issue of the series, as Duke discovers Cobra Commander is arriving soon in the United States.

Major Players

Joes: Duke,

Cobra: Major Bludd.

Creative Team

Story - Layouts: Josh Blaylock,
Pencils: Eric Wolfe Hanson,
Inks: John Larter, Barbara Schulz,
Colors: Hi-Fi Colour Designs,
Letters: Dreamer Designs,
Military Consultant: SFC. Brian Savage Peterson,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,
Edits: Scott Wherle,

Cover: Steve Kurth,
Back Cover: David Michael Beck

Full Details

After reviewing Major Bludd's file (wanted for the death of General Flagg, captured in 1995, incited riot in 1997, then escaped), Duke parachutes into the former Soviet Union. There he attends a dinner party (speaks Russian fluently, known as Comrade Smith) and tasers a guard to get access to a computer. As he is downloading information into his Joe-Com, he is attacked by four guards, but is able to finish the download and escape out the window into a tree. A helicopter picks Duke up, and states that thanks to the information, they should know Major Bludd's location by morning.

Major Bludd is in Italy, making a deal for weapons, but double crosses the buyers and heads for a boat. He's tailed by two agents on jet skis, but he shoots both of them, only to be attacked head on by Duke on a jet ski of his own. Bludd beaches the boat and carjacks a car, and Duke borrows a motorcycle to pursue. Bludd is cornered at the edge of a cliff, but instead of facing the consequences, jumps off a cliff. Duke escapes questioning by the local law enforcement by claiming to be with the International Security Task Force.

Duke's men search Bludd's apartment, while Duke gets notified by phone that Bludd's body was not found. One of Duke's men finds a document stating that Cobra Commander is on the way to the United States, so Duke places an encrypted call to General Hawk at the Pentagon.