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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: August 1990
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 103

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Believing Scarlett is soon to die, Storm Shadow blackmails the Jugglers into giving Snake-Eyes a dangerous mission in Borovia. The Joes and the Oktober Guard continue to fight their way out of Sierra Gordo, and Mutt and Spirit are arrested by the Joes in Millville, which shows no evidence of brianwashing.

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Notes of Interest

Scarlett wakes up from her coma.

The Brainwashing trigger is Broca, an anagram of the word Cobra.

Major Players

Joes: Storm Shadow, Muskrat, Lady Jaye, Flint, Roadblock, Scarlett,Snake-Eyes, Stalker, Hawk, Law & Order Iron Grenadiers: Darklon, Wild Boar, Annihilators

Cobra: Cobra Commander, Cobra Soldiers, Crimson Guard

Other: Jugglers (Thurston), Tucaros, Sioban O'Hara (Scarlett's sister), Jake, George Strawhacker (picture), Russ, Spike, Tiny, Raggedy Mouf

Oktober Guard: Daina, Dragonsky, Lt. Gorky, Sgt. Misha

Creative Team

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 Artists: Rob Wagner

Full Details

Storm Shadow breaks into the Pentagon. He confronts the Jugglers and a few MPs. The Generals attempt to fire on him but are no match. Storm Shadow throws a shuriken into a General's pistol barrel, plops down a file folder containing some blackmail material and demands they set up a gritty mission for Snake Eyes to take his mind off Scarlett's situation. The mission is a particular one involving George Strawhacker.

In Sierra Gordo Roadblock and Sgt. Misha are holding off HISS II tanks, DEMONs, and Razorbacks on foot. Cobra Condor planes bomb the jungle relentlessly. In between issues Muskrat, Lt. Gorky and a few Tucaros have been injured in the bombing. Roadblock and Sgt. Misha find a mountain pass that bears a resemblance to the one the Spartans defended in Thermopylae. The Desert Fox moves ahead with the wounded. Things go well at the rocky crevice until the Cobra forces fire missiles into it. Roadblock can't see and Sgt Misha is unable to move his legs are full of shrapnel. Darklon approaches the pass.

Mutt and Spirit are still leading a resistance in Millville; they are attacking the mill only to find they have stumbled into a group of very angry workers who no longer appear brainwashed. Having no reason to confront them now Mutt and Spirit and the locals who haven't been brainwashed are forced to leave. Just as they are leaving, local police units arrive as well as Hawk and Law in a Tiger Force Stinger. As the whole town appears normal now Hawk orders Law to arrest Mutt and Spirit and takes them into custody.

In NY Sioban has disconnected Scarlett's life support and now refuses to let Snake Eyes or Stalker near her. As the two begrudgingly leave the hospital they run into Storm Shadow. The ninja explains the mission he has gotten for Snake Eyes, to rescue George Strawhacker the former fiancee of Snake Eyes' twin sister, Teri.

Sierra Gordo: A cobra column checks out the mountain pass, believing they have chased the Joes and Russians into the forest, they return to the work of hacking down more trees. Flint watches the scene through binoculars on a far away hill. Through the smoke arrives Roadblock with the Russian Sgt. Misha on his back. Misha guides him as his eyes are bandaged.

In Millville the Joes have left. A phone rings at the mill, the foreman Jake goes to answer it. After hearing the Joes are gone a word is mentioned over the phone: Broca. He says the word aloud and soon the brainwashing is restored.

High over Borovia, a B2 bomber flies. In its bomb bay are Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. Storm shadow applies the Arashikage mind set; turning Snake Eyes into a lethal machine. Stalker and Storm Shadow watch as Snake Eyes deploys.

It soon becomes apparent that Storm Shadow's efforts may have been premature. Scarlett has woken up. Sioban is fit to be tied with the Doctors they said there was no chance for recovery. Scarlett asks for Snake Eyes.

Summary by Ted Jacobson