#110 ESCALATOR TO ARMAGEDDON
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: March 1991
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 110
The war in Trucial Abysmia continues.
Notes of Interest
Lady Jaye Dossier, Art by Michael Golden
Joes: Lt. Falcon, Duke, Cross Country, Hawk, Dial-Tone, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, Rock N Roll,Clutch, Wildcard
Cobra: Tomax, Xamot, Cobra Commander, S.A.W. Viper
Others: Emir of Benzheen.
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Ron Wagner,
Inks: Fred Federicks,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Ron Garney
The SAW viper who took the lives of several Joes is closing in on Duke, Lt. Falcon, and Cross Country. Armed only with their side-arms, the three stand their ground. The SAW viper wants them for himself; he orders the Hiss IIs and Maggot to hold their fire.
Clutch, Rock N Roll, and Wildcard are dropping to the Earth, their parachute lines ripped. Suddenly Wildcard remembers those were just to slow them down and then deploys the secondary chutes. Clutch is not happy and he throttles him.
Tomax and Xamot stand at the border fence of the Emirate of Benzheen, an oil rich country. They call Cobra Commander for further orders. Cobra Commander authorizes the attack. When asked about the Joes the brothers tell what they have done. Cobra Commander is furious.
The SAW viper toys with the Joes walking his bullets toward them slowly. He gets a message from the twins to stop immediately and let them go. The twins are in the middle of a battle, they easily take Benzheen. The Emir however is escaping on his yacht.
The SAW viper leaves but not before Duke bounces a slug off his helmet. Duke's words to the other two are simple. "He's mine. You hear?"
The twins destroy the Emir's yacht but the Emir escapes in a mini-jet launched from it.
The Mobile Battle Bunker meets up with Duke. They leave the bodies of the fallen behind, and take off after the SAW viper.
Cobra Commander is being briefed by the twins; he is none too pleased to hear of the Emir's escape. He is even more distraught to learn that seven Joes were shot. He takes out the monitor grumbling that he is going to take over the operation.
Now that Duke has some firepower he intends to catch up to the SAW viper. Kicking Wildcard Clutch and Rock N roll out of the gunner positions and driver's seats. He uses the Mobile Battle Bunker to destroy tank after tank. The missiles are damaged in the fight. They won't fire unless elevated.
The Joes manually lift them into position much to the tank driver's fear. The last tank is destroyed. The SAW viper, still alive, crawls towards the gun that killed Doc, Thunder, Crankcase, and Heavy Metal. Duke tells him "go for it." The SAW viper stops. He knows that Duke won't shoot an unarmed man. He further knows that Duke can't even take him prisoner legally. He laughs as Duke who has no choice, leaves to pick up the dead. Duke has no choice. Joes take care of their own.
Hawk has mobilized the entire team, all reserves, and all auxiliaries; the Emir has officially requested the aid of the US government. The Joes are going to Benzheen. All of them.
Summary by Ted Jacobson