#101 THE NEW GUARD
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: June 1990
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 101
Mutt, Spirit, and veteran Russ hook up with a local gang of juveniles to combat Cobra in Millville. Meanwhile, Flint, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, and Muskrat are sent on a mission to placate the cadre of generals. They're dispatched to Sierra Gordo in the company of the rebuilt Oktober Guard, with veteran members Daina and Dragonsky joined by new recruits Lt. Gorky and Sgt. Misha.
Notes of Interest
Scarlett has a sister called Sioban.
Scarlett is in a coma.
The New October Guard debuts.
First Appearance of Lt. Gorky & Sgt Misha.
Joes: Mutt and Junkyard, Spirit, Muskrat, Lady Jaye, Hawk, Flint,
Roadblock, Snake-Eyes, Scarlett, Storm Shadow
Iron Grenadiers: Darklon, Wild Boar, Annihilator
Other: Jeff (Mutt's uncle), Russ, Spike, General Hollingsworth, Sioban O'Hara (Scarlett's sister)
Oktober Guard: Daina, Dragonsky, Lt. Gorky, Sgt. Misha
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: M.D. Bright,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Letters: Rick Parker,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Color: Bob Sharen,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner
Spirit and Mutt; hands in the air are being led away by a group of vipers when Junkyard runs in front of them chasing a cat. Mutt whispers to the dog trying to get him to leave only to be hit by a viper who tells him to be quiet. Junkyard attacks the viper who hit his master and it is all the diversion the two Joes need. Spirit takes out the other two vipers mashing their heads together. Cobra reinforcements are coming out of the house but they don't get far. Russ a Vietnam vet and citizen of Millville is in a captured HISS II, he shoots them down. Spirit and Mutt join Russ in the HISS II but a Bugg is in quick pursuit. Spirit swivels the tank's turret and destroys the lighter armored Bugg. The televipers call in an air strike of two FANG II helicopters. Seeing the HISS II rolling down the street the pilots destroy it. The trio watch from a nearby building, their ruse has worked. They now head for the safety of some citizens who most likely have evaded being brainwashed by Cobra.
At the Pit Hawk and General Hollingsworth give Flint, Lady Jaye, Muskrat, and Roadblock a sealed envelope with top secret orders. Soon a large transport plane lands. The Joes load their equipment on board, the crew doesn't speak to them, and their uniforms have no markings. They try speaking Spanish, German, French, and Japanese to them with no luck. A voice from the back tells them it might be easier if they tried Russian. It's Daina, the new leader of the October Guard, the other remaining member of the guard Dragonsky is with her. Two new recruits, Lt Gorky of the Black Sea regiment, and Sgt Misha of Spetsnaz, are also there.
In Millville Russ takes Spirit and Mutt to meet his group. It turns out that these are juvenile delinquents. Russ tries to rally them with a speech about civil liberties, responsibility and so forth. It doesn't seem the group is interested. Mutt Spirit and Russ leave but they are being followed, they brace for an attack but see that it is the kids. They make a plan to raid Cobra HQ.
In Sierra Gordo the Russian AN 24 Condor transport carrying the joint task force, is heading to the airfield which is supposed to be in friendly hands. Gorky and Lady Jaye flirt a bit and Flint is obviously miffed. A jolt shakes the plane. It's been hit. On the Ground Darklon orders his DEMONs onto the runway. They fire into the oncoming plane and kill the pilots. Lt Gorky and Lady Jaye take the controls as the plane skids wildly on its belly down the runway. They swing the plane to face the column of DEMONs. Roadblock and Sgt Misha shoot down the rear ramp and the Joes and Guard members drive their vehicles out the back. The large transport burrows through several DEMONs smashing them. Darklon evades the crash and orders a pursuit. Daina knows that something has gone terribly wrong, where were the rebels who were supposed to secure the airfield? She vows that whoever is to blame will answer to her.
In a NY hospital Scarlett, after being shot by the Baroness, is in a coma. Snake Eyes is at her side. Storm Shadow looks on. They discuss how the doctors think that she can sense his presence when he is near of course for a ninja it makes perfect sense. Suddenly a redheaded woman bursts into the room and interrupts them demanding that they leave. It is Scarlett's sister Sioban; and she has a court order to terminate her life support.
Summary by Ted Jacobson