#111 PROBE AND FEINT
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: April 1991
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 111
The Joes have arrived in Benzheen. Flint, Lady Jaye, and Dusty create a diversion to allow the insertion of the Ninja recon team. Stalker leads a LRRP team to watch the ninja's backs. Cobra Commander has arrived in Benzheen. A celebration is taking place, the guest of honor? The SAW viper responsible for the deaths of several Joes.
Notes of Interest
First Appearance of Ambush, Recoil, Cool Breeze
Scarlett Dossier, Art by Adam Hughes
Joes: Dusty, Lady Jaye, Flint, Roadblock, Armadillo, Hawk, Lift Ticket, Dog Fight, Wild Bill, Scarlett, Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, Jinx, Sneak Peek, Cool Breeze, Stalker, Ambush, Recoil, Duke, Psyche Out
Cobras: Tomax, Xamot, Cobra Commander, S.A.W. Viper
Other: Emir of Benzheen
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: John Statema,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Lee Weeks
Cobra Commander lands in Benzheen. He takes control of the operation away from Tomax and Xamot. He begins to confront them about the failures and disappointments of their mission as the SAW viper arrives. At first the Commander is furious. The SAW viper points out a few facts like how the Joes having a vendetta for him really isn't new, they have been after him since he ordered Bludd to kill General Flagg.( issue 19) and also that he had caused more damage than the entire Cobra legions had in the past nine years. Cobra Commander changes his attitude and decides to throw a party for the SAW viper instead.
The Joes Lady Jaye, Flint, Armadillo, and Dusty ambush a Cobra border patrol. Hawk meanwhile is in conference with the Emir. The Emir seems to be more interested in preserving his art collection and refineries than any mission objectives. He orders Hawk not to fire in certain areas or use grenades etc. Hawk however is concentrating on the second phase of this mission already in progress.
Wild Bill, Lift Ticket, and Dog Fight are the air support for an attack on a Cobra outpost. On board the Tomahawk is the Cobra Ninja team, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Jinx, and Scarlett. All of them except Jinx are recovering in some form or another, Scarlett was recently in a coma, Snake Eyes had been in a mental trance, and Storm Shadow was stabbed by Scarlett. They rappel into Cobra held territory; now that they are inside they begin to surveil the area. The Joe aircraft open up and create a diversion to cover the insertion. The Joe recon support team of Stalker, an arrogant cocky new Joe called Cool Breeze, Sneak Peek, Recoil, and Ambush monitor the insertion.
As the ninjas make their way to their objective Storm Shadow lags behind. The Hammer, Raider, and Rolling Thunder are returning to the desert base their part of this mission accomplished. They soon find themselves the prisoners of Faoud, leader of the local resistance.
The Emir is still stressing his wishes to Hawk, this debate continues until Duke returns carrying the seven bodies (issue 109) in the Mobile Battle Bunker. The Emir can wait. More important matters are at hand, Hawk asks Psyche Out to prepare.
The ninja team has completed the intel gathering. They wind up on top of the Emir's palace. Down below a party is taking place the SAW viper is boasting and the twins are fuming. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow watch through the skylight above. They can't act however as all the intel they just gathered would be useless if they are found. As Scarlett points out to them, the mission comes first.
Summary by Ted Jacobson