#017 LOOSE ENDS
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: November 1983
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 17
Hawk and the Baroness are rushed to the hospital. Cobra Commander, Dr. Venom and Destro are able to escape. Major Bludd is captured by Stalker and Grand Slam. Scarface is also able to escape and heads to Coney Island. And finally Snake-Eyes and Kwinn also escape from there jail cell in Miami and go to get revenge on Scarface and Dr. Venom.
Notes of Interest
The Baroness receives third degree burns over 80% of her body.
The Joes: Ace, Clutch, Grand Slam, Grunt, Gung-Ho, Hawk, Flash, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Short-Fuse, Snake-Eyes, Stalker, Zap
Additional Joe Appearances: Breaker, Doc, Cover Girl, Torpedo, Tripwire, Wild Bill
Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Venom, Major Bludd, Scarface
Additional Characters: Kwinn
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Mike Vosburg,
Inks: Jon D'Agostino,
Letters: Joe Rosen,
Colors: G. Roussos,
Editor: Denny O'Neil,
Editor In Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Mike Vosburg and Jon D'Agostino
In Washington DC:
Hawk, who has just been shot in the back by Cobra Commander, was wearing a bullet proof vest. His injuries are still pretty severe but he will live. He is loaded onto the Dragonfly helicopter and flown to the nearest hospital.
On the outskirts of Washington DC, Cobra Commander, Dr. Venom and a very distraught Destro are making there escape. Cobra Commander talks to Destro about how the Baroness died. He says that Major Bludd was attempting to kill Destro because he also wanted to win the affections of the Baroness. The truth is that Cobra Commander ordered Major to Bludd to kill Destro, and the Baroness saved his life. Destro believes the Commander's lie and swears to get revenge on Major Bludd.
A small Joe team, lead by Zap, are in pursuit of the Commander's tank with, the new Joe, Ace giving air support in the Sky-Striker.
In Miami, Snake-Eyes and Kwinn have been sitting in jail. Kwinn pulls out a saw that is hidden in the heel of his boot. He is then able to saw through the jails bars and escape with Snake-Eyes. After winning some money and car, Snake-Eyes and Kwinn head to Coney Island to find Scarface. Scarface knows the location of Cobra's headquarters, and that is where they can find Dr. Venom.
On a bus heading out of Washington DC to New York City, Scarface is going to Coney Island. Major Bludd, who has escaped the battle at the Treasury, hijacks the same bus. Stalker and Grand Slam spot Major Bludd on the bus. A shoot out begins between them and Bludd, Scarface stays hidden in his seat, unknown to Major Bludd. Grand Slam gets on board by dramatically busting through the front window. As they are fighting, Bludd sees Scarface sitting in his seat, Grand Slam is able to get the upper hand and knock out Major Bludd, not noticing Scarface.
Back on Cobra Commander's HISS tank, Cobra air support has shown up. Several Fang helicopters, jet fighters and a large transport helicopter come to the rescue. Zap's team is able to take out the Fang's but the Commander, still in his tank, is able to be taken away by the transport helicopter. Ace has an air battle with the Cobra jets; he is able to take two of them out before being hit and having to limp back to the airfield.
At the same hospital that Hawk is at, Major Bludd is brought in by Stalker and Grand Slam. A doctor rushes him in to the emergency room and prevents them from following. The doctor is actually a Cobra agent. As Bludd tries to escape, Hawk, still banged, captures him again. An announcement is made over the speaker that a woman with third degree burns over 80% of her body as just been brought in, this woman is the Baroness. The doctor then calls Cobra Commander and informs him that Hawk is alive, Major Bludd has been captured and that the Baroness is alive.
The Commander then informs Destro about Hawk and Major Bludd, but doesn't tell him about the Baroness. Destro so he can get revenge on Major Bludd, who is now being taken to Joe headquarters, needs to find Scarface. He knows Scarface's hide out is in Coney Island.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen
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