Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: March 1992
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 122
It's basically everybody vs. everybody else in the hollowed halls of Castle Destro. Baroness overcomes the brainwashing, and Destro reveals the castle's secret. It can transform, and it turns into more of a classic castle and less of a fortress. Cobra Commander takes off after the Joes through the mountains of Trans-Carpathia.
Notes of Interest
Billy profile, Art by Andrew Wildman.
Joes: Ambush, Big Ben, Flint, Hawk, Dusty, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, Rock 'N Roll, Stalker
GI Joe Ninja Force: Dojo, Nunchuk, T'JBang, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow
Cobra: Destro, Baroness,Slice, Dice,
Script: Larry Hama,
Penciler: Andrew Wildman,
Inker: Randy Emberlin,
Letters: Rick Parker,
Color: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco.
Cover Artist: Andrew Wildman
Roadblock and Rock & Roll lay down cover fire, allowing Dusty and Stalker to get out of their incapacitated Brawler. They escape moments before a S.A.W. Viper and a Heat Viper destroy the Brawler. Hawk rallies the troops, planning a frontal assault on the castle using the Battle Wagon and the Badger.
Inside the castle, Ninja Force battles Slice, Dice, and the Red Ninjas, but Slice's group escapes. A Tele-Viper inside the castle tries to get Cobra Commander to turn back, but he orders the Vipers to secure the road leading to the castle.
Baroness activates the Brainwave Scanner, and the first memory of Destro's it shows is him stating that he will love the Baroness as long as Castle Destro still stands. Baroness states that the castle was destroyed, but Destro says it can rise again if she frees him.
The Joes begin their assault, but the Battle Wagon runs into mines laid by a Viper squad. The Vipers flee, but there is no one at the castle gate to let them in.
The Baroness wonders why Destro subjected himself to the Brainwave Scanner, and he states that love cancels out all other forms of brainwashing. He asks Baroness to get him up to the clockworks of the castle, but they run into Slice and Dice and their Red Ninjas. Slice orders a retreat, but Ninja Force blocks their way.
The Battle Wagon is almost blown off the road by the mines, but the Badger pulls it to safety, and the Joes continue to the castle door. As Ninja Force fights the Red Ninjas and Slice and Dice, Destro and the Baroness make their way to the clockworks.
Outside the castle, Cobra reinforcements arrive, dropping Paralyzer Tanks on the road behind the Joes. The Vipers outside the castle prepare to blast open the doors.
Hawk orders Ninja Force to disable an anti-aircraft gun, so they pull out of their skirmish with the other Ninjas. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow are caught in the blast at the front door, but the rest of Ninja Force makes it to the top and they turn the anti-aircraft guns against the Cobra forces.
Slice and Dice pursue Destro and the Baroness, but Destro is able to activate the castle's transforming mechanisms, turning it into a replica of Castle Destro in Scotland.
The Joes outside the castle escape down into the valley by the castle, and Cobra Commander follows them. Ninja Force is safe outside the castle, and Slice and Dice are able to escape as well.