#113 PREVIOUS AGREEMENT
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: June 1991
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 113
Pinned down, Sneak-Peek and Dusty reminisce about the previous Christmas spent at Sneak-Peek's home. Sneak-Peek is killed, and all but one member of Battle Force 2000 (Dodger) are blown up.
Notes of Interest
The death of Sneak Peak, Battle Force 2000 members Avalanche, Blocker, Maverick, Blaster, Knockdown, and Dee-Jay.
The Joes: Dusty, Sneak Peak, Stalker, Ambush, Dial Tone, Dogfight, Hawk, Lady Jaye, Lift Ticket, Muskrat, Recoil, Roadblock, Stretcher, Tunnel Rat
Battle Force 2000: Dodger, Avalanche, Blocker, Maverick, Blaster, Knockdown, Dee-Jay.
Cobra: Cobra Commander
Other: Emir of Benzeen
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: John Statema,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Colors: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Andy Kubert
As the battle rages on in the city of Benzheen, the scene opens in front of a Porsche Dealership at Talib Square with Recon Team Bravo (consisting of Stalker, Sneak-Peek, Dusty, Ambush and Recoil) being pinned down behind parked cars by Cobra forces. To thwart an apparent stalemate, a Frag-Viper and an Alley Viper are ordered to break off and set up a crossfire position in an attempt to flank the Joes and get them to break their cover. As they make their way, the Alley Viper tells the Frag-Viper, "Pick out a good spot... I want to rack up a good score today!"
Stalker calls for relief, but is informed that all other forces are currently committed elsewhere. Dusty and Sneak-Peek take the opportunity to chow down on some M.R.E.s (Meals Ready to Eat). Sneak-Peek begins to knock the M.R.E.s, but Dusty states that at least they're better than the old "C" rations. The conversation leads to a discussion about the last time they both had a "good hot meal." They reminisce about the dinner that Sneak-Peek's mom cooked up when they visited during Christmas leave. Sneak-Peek's thoughts begin to wander as he warmly remembers how he got stuffed and fell asleep on the living room couch, but is shocked back into reality as a bullet pings off the metal hood just inches above his head. "Can't afford to get too distracted by memories in a combat zone!" he says to himself.
Deftly aware that Cobra forces are trying to flank their position, Stalker continues to request support. Back at the command post, Hawk responds that he fully appreciates the severity of their situation, but there's nothing that can be done until the main forces break through. To further complicate matters, the Emir of Benzheen is in the command tent and is watching the Joes' every move. Hawk informs Stalker that the best he can do for now is to put the word out to have anyone momentarily disengaged to swing by and extract them. The Emir observes the battle map and asks what exactly the red marker, located in the middle of his reserve oil storage area, represents. Hawk informs him that it's an advancing unit, Battle-Force 2000. This greatly upsets the Emir, as a battle in that location could easily bankrupt him. Hawk states that it is a key route for his forces and he's gambling that Cobra doesn't want the oil reserves destroyed either. The Emir interrupts "--My oil is not yours to gamble with!" as he runs off to complain. "Better your oil than my troops, your Highness," retorts Hawk.
Back in Benzheen City, the Alley Viper and Frag-Viper find a choice spot that is occupied by a woman and her young son. Observing that the position still doesn't give them a clean shot, they contemplate a plan to lure the Joes out into the open.
In the reserve oil storage, Battle-Force 2000 makes their advance. They talk about how dangerous their situation is, but Dodger says that Cobra doesn't even know they're here. "One of the main reasons Cobra took over... was to snag the oil tanks," he adds. A few moments later, they are told that the main forces have already overrun their objective; Hawk then redirects them to Abu Talib Square to relieve Recon Team Bravo. Battle-Force 2000 acknowledges and proceeds.
Deep in the Benzheen sewer system, Deep Recon Team (consisting of Roadblock, Tunnel Rat, and Muskrat) have just disengaged from a Cobra ambush and begin to proceed to Recon Team Bravo's position as well. Backed into a dead end, Tunnel Rat finds a ladder leading up to a trap door.
Back at the square, Sneak-Peak throws himself over Dusty to protect him from what appears to be grenade, but is actually a stuffed toy. Suddenly, the little boy is shoved out into the line of fire and told by the Frag-Viper to get the toy. For fear that they will hurt his mother, the boy does as he is told. Sneak-Peek runs out to save the kid as Dusty, realizing it's a trap, tries to call him back. Just as Sneak-Peek is about to scoop up the kid, a Range Viper mows him down. The mother frees herself, grabs her son and makes their escape. As Stalker restrains Dusty, his memory flashes back to the Christmas dinner they were discussing earlier. While Sneak-Peek was sleeping, Dusty was helping with the dishes. Sneak-Peak's mom said she had heard all about him, that he had served with her son in the Cobra Island Campaign and that he was a "fine soldier." She begins telling Dusty about how her brother had served in Vietnam and was listed as missing in action after his unit was overrun. She talked about how her family never got his body back and how the government didn't seem to care. "It was awful for mama--the not knowing," she said. She then asks Dusty to make a promise... that if anything should happen to her son, that he would bring him back to her. Dusty says, "I promise" as he reawakens in the midst of the battle. Stalker informs him that they are moving out, but Dusty refuses to leave Sneak-Peek behind. Stalker won't allow him to go out after him and end up shot, as well. Sneak-Peek painfully calls out for help.
The Emir calls Cobra Commander and says that he would appreciate it if he did not attack the Battle-Force 2000 team while they were amidst the oil tanks. Cobra Commander then forces the Emir to make a deal so that won't attack, but the Emir only offers $500 million. Displeased, Cobra Commander calls for the battery to fire on Battle-Force 2000's location.
The resulting explosions from the oil storage tanks can be seen/heard from Recon Team Bravo's position. Dusty realizes that they are on their own again.
Dodger pulls out of the smoke and flames, calls for his team to report, but realizes that he's the only one left.
Deep Recon Team makes their way through the lavishly decorated enlisted quarters of the Benzheen Army. The team moves closer to area where the sound of gunfire is coming from.
Stalker knows that his team has no choice but to extricate themselves. He decides that the best course of action is to rush the Cobras and "collect a little payback" before cashing in their chips. Ambush asks which position they are going to rush and Dusty answers that they should go after the new position, from where the kid was shoved. Recoil says that they will get mowed down before they get halfway across the open space. Stalker replies, "Yeah, well them's the breaks. Whatsamatter, Recoil? You sign up in this outfit for the nifty pension?"
As Recon Team Bravo rushes, Recoil and Ambush are hit. As Stalker and Dusty continue running, Stalker orders Dusty to leave Sneak-Peek behind and keep moving. Dusty disobeys and moves to recover Sneak-Peek's body. At the same time, Deep Recon Team breaks through a door directly behind the Cobra forces and begins to mow them down. Dodger rams his Marauder through the same building and opens fire on the Cobras saying, "This is for the rest of the Battle-Force 2000!" Stalker continues rushing as Dusty throws Sneak-Peek over his shoulders. Stalker breaks through window and takes out the Alley Viper, but left open for attack by the Frag-Viper who is about to shoot. Suddenly, the Frag-Viper slumps to the floor as Dusty holds his smoking gun.
Recon Team Bravo, Deep Recon Team, and Dodger make their way back to the command post. Stretcher rushes out to give them medical assistance and checks Sneak-Peek. Realizing that Sneak-Peek had been dead for hours, he asks Dusty why he carried him all the way back here. Dusty replies, "I promised."
The Emir calls Cobra Commander and demands to know why he destroyed the oil storage tanks. Cobra Commander responds that the offer was too low, and that they should bargain again now that they both know the rules.
Summary by: Charles Fincher
The Mark Jeweler jewelry insert was released in many Marvel comics throughout the late 1970s til the late 1990s. What is pictured here is the actual insert included in Marvel #113. To read about the history of the Mark Jeweler insert follow the link - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts Part 4 - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts - The Colored End of an Era - October 1986 - July 1991