#123 SHOTS IN THE DARK
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: April 1992
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 123
Cobra's pursuit of the Joes continues, Cesspool is trying to take over Cobra Island, the ninjas are still fighting, and Broca Beach has been infiltrated by the drug pushing HeadMan and his HeadHunters.
Notes of Interest
Hawk Profile, Art by Michael Golden.
Joes: Duke, Hawk, Dusty, Big Ben, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, Rock 'N Roll, Stalker, Wild Bill
Eco-Warriors: Flint, Clean Sweep, Ozone,
GI Joe Ninja Force: Dojo, Nunchuk, T'JBang, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Destro, Zarana, Slice, Dice Cesspool, Headman, Firefly, Zarana
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
Cobra Commander leads a squad of Paralyzer tanks into the valley after the Joes. The Joes head into a fog enshrouded forest, and Cobra Commander stops to formulate a plan and to take a call from Zarana. Cobra Commander plans to go around the forest and head off the Joes from there.
From Cobra Island, Zarana complains that Cesspool has built Sludge plants all over the island. Sludge is concentrated toxic waste for use as a weapon. Cesspool has recruited Sludge Vipers and brought the Toxo-Vipers under his control. Cobra Commander tells Zarana to get things under control.
Slice and Dice regroup with the surviving Red Ninjas at the base of Destro's castle in Trans-Carpathia. They head off into the woods, followed by Ninja Force.
As Hawk's squad of Joes nears the end of the forest, Stalker spots Cobra's heat signatures, knowing that they are waiting for them. Hawk and Flint discuss strategy, and Flint shows the laser targeting designator, which will mark targets for the Battle Wagon.
Back on Cobra Island, Zarana attempts to give Cesspool a piece of her mind, but he uses the Sludge to dissolve the Hammerhead she was driving.
In Trans-Carpathia, the Badger comes barreling out of the woods, straight for the Cobra ambush. Cobra turns and fires on the Badger, destroying it, but Flint uses the laser targeting designator to give the Battle Wagon a clear shot on the Paralyzers.
As the Joes reach the border, a cargo plane lands and Duke has orders for Flint. Flint meets his new team, the Eco-Warriors, Ozone and Clean Sweep. The plane takes Flint away, and the other Joes are left to make their own way home.
Slice and Dice lead Ninja Force into an ambush by another group of Red Ninjas, but Snake Eyes stops the attack by holding a sword to their leaders throat.
Cobra Commander is transported out of Trans-Carpathia in a helicopter, and is informed that there is a drug problem in Broca Beach.
In Broca Beach, a Fred LXV's wife informs him that their son is stoned on drugs, and that he's buying the drugs next door at the convenience store. Fred LXV storms over to the convenience store where he is gunned down by Headman's Headhunters. Headman brags that since Broca Beach itself is an illegal operation, the Feds can't be called in to help.