#107 ENTER THE NIGHT CREEPERS
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: December 1990
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 107
Cobra enlists the aid of a ninja clan called the Night Creepers. Their test of expertise is to kill Storm Shadow, who has made his way to his secret hideaway. He and Stalker battle the ninjas and escape, but Scarlett catches up to Storm Shadow and stabs him.
Notes of Interest
Debut of the Night Creepers.
First Appearance of Aleph, Leader of the Night Creepers.
Scarlett stabs Storm Shadow
Joes: Scarlett, Hawk, Storm Shadow, Stalker
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Night Creeper Leader Aleph, Night Creepers
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Lee Weeks,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Lee Weeks
Cobra Commander is meeting with the Night Creeper leader Aleph in the Cobra consulate building's remains. The Night Creepers have a goal, to be employed by Cobra. They point out a few of Cobra's weaknesses in order to negotiate employment. Cobra Commander agrees with them and hires them, their initiation is to get rid of a Cobra traitor.
The Night Creeper disagrees about the mission, stressing the fact the time isn't right. Cobra Commander insists. The Creepers display a show of force as many creepers enter the chamber. A cross bolt shot at the Commander's head makes him realize how good they are and he sends them off on the mission to kill Storm Shadow. He reasons that if he can't trust them he can always hire someone to deal with them as well.
Storm Shadow and Stalker are on a subway fresh from their escape (issue 106). They run into a group of punks, who think they have the upper hand. One look from Storm Shadow and a few words from Stalker and they change their mind. Storm Shadow takes Stalker to his hideout in the water tower on the roof of an extravagant apartment complex.
Meanwhile the Night Creepers head to the Statue of Liberty, the last known whereabouts of Storm Shadow. Not finding them they realize that he has gone to ground in his hidden lair, the water tower.
General Crowther is trying to get Scarlett to reveal the location of Storm Shadow's hide out. Hawk walks in just in time. Scarlett is determined to leave and Crowther is not in the best position. They leave and Scarlett's sister Sioban who tried to terminate her life support soon becomes a means of escape for Scarlett. She walks out right past Hawk and Crowther as Hawk is tearing into him, dressed as her sister. Hawk wants answers, what is happening with Snake Eyes and just why was Storm Shadow and Stalker arrested?
Meanwhile the Night Creepers scale the apartment complex and are preparing to attack the water tower. Storm Shadow, senses the assault and informs Stalker to prepare. There is a battle on the roof soon after and Storm Shadow leads the assailants away. The Creepers follow, as their target isn't Stalker it is Storm Shadow. Scarlett is on her way to the tower, she too runs into the punks who had a run in with Storm Shadow and Stalker. They again think they have an easy mark. She makes short work of them and now she is armed with an ice pick.
Strom Shadow, running from the Night Creepers meets Scarlett in the subway. Scarlett attacks him and he does his best to get her away from the Creepers. The pair dodges a blanketing of arrows and finds themselves on the subway tracks, a train bearing down on them. The train rushes past the Creepers who find blood on the tracks, they start a search for more. Scarlett and Storm Shadow are in-between cars, he hoists her up and she is furious. He explains to her how he planned to go get Snake Eyes out of Borovia and all the events that had transpired. (Previous issues) He then slumps over, the ice pick sticking out his back.
Summary by Ted Jacobson