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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: October 1986
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 52

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Serpentor returns to Cobra Island a hero, and is despised by Cobra Commander. The Commander tries to have him killed, and Serpentor turns it to his own benefit, twice. Storm Shadow, in The Pit, talks with Snake-Eyes about his recent transformation. Snake-Eyes forgives him and gives him the keys to his place up in the High Sierras.

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Notes of Interest

Lady Jaye, Snow Job and Torpedo appearances are only as disguises by Zarana and the Dreadnoks.

Storm Shadow explains how he survived being shot by the Baroness using the Sleeping Phoenix technique and for the first time learns that Scarlett loves Snake-Eyes.

Major Players

The Joes: Barbecue, Flint, Hawk, Quick Kick, Scarlett, Sgt. Slaughter, Snake-Eyes, Stalker
Additional Joe Appearances: Alpine, Air Tight, Cover Girl, Crank-Case, Doc, Heavy Metal, Leatherneck, Roadblock, Rock 'n' Roll, Shipwreck, Steeler, Tripwire, Wild Bill

Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Firefly, Serpentor, Tomax, Xamot
Dreadnoks: Zartan, Zarana, Zandar, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Thrasher

Additional Appearances: Storm Shadow, Timber

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Rod Whigham,
Inks: Andy Mushynaky,
Coloring: George Roussos,
Lettering: Joe Rosen,
Editor: Bob Harras,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Mike Zeck

Full Details

Immediately after the evacuation of Springfield, Serpentor is making his first appearance on Cobra Island. Cobra Commander has sniper teams ready to kill him; on purpose Serpentor gets really close to the Commander, preventing any clear shot. He then proceeds to give a grand speech, as Cobra Commander stays silent. Serpentor has now become the popular choice in the Cobra organization.

Destro, Baroness, Dr. Mindbender, Tomax and Xamot are all in the middle trying to avoid picking sides. But early on the Baroness is siding with Serpentor, and Tomax and Xamot on Cobra Commander's side.

In The Pit, some of the Joes including Quick Kick, Stalker, Scarlett and Snake-Eyes are practice there martial arts when Storm Shadow jumps down from the ceiling, much to everyone's surprise. He is asking to speak to Snake-Eyes. After dispatching several Joes including Stalker, he comes to Scarlett. As they stand face to face, Storm Shadow understands that she loves him, and knows Snake-Eyes' heart. She is allowed to stay as he talks to Snake-Eyes.

Back on Cobra Island, Serpentor is easily winning over all of the troop's right in front Cobra Commander, and there isn't much he can do about it until Zartan calls. Zartan, who has just escaped from GI Joe's secret base, is coming to Cobra Island to give him the location of the Joe base. Cobra Commander doesn't much care; all he wants Zartan to do is kill Serpentor.

In Washington DC, Hawk has just come from a meeting with bad news. The fact that Zartan knows the location of the base isn't the bad news.

Cobra Commander's plan is have Zartan, along Zarana, Zandar and the Dreadnoks kill Serpentor. So an attack is staged. Zartan and the Dreadnoks are all dressed as Joes, specifically Flint, Stalker, Lady Jaye, Snow Job, Rock 'n' Roll, Torpedo and Shipwreck. The Baroness throws herself in front of Serpentor to save his life. The assassination attempt, which Serpentor completely knew was coming, is a failure because Destro ambushes them. A side note is that Destro really saved the Baroness more then Serpentor, and he knows it. Serpentor is able to turn the "failed GI Joe attack" on him to his advantage. Using Zartan & Zarana's knowledge, he is going stage an attack on the GI Joe base. And Cobra Commander will lead it.

Meanwhile at The Pit, Storm Shadow explains how he avoided death. Storm Shadow had put himself in the Sleeping Phoenix, a trance in which the breathing and heartbeat are at near death levels, just as the Baroness was shooting him. His wounds although deadly weren't immediate. His body was then put in stasis, and then mixed in with the Serpentor creation process. All of the experiences of the famous leaders of the past that were funneled into Serpentor went through Storm Shadow, not only healing his body but opening his eyes to how consumed he had become with revenge for the death of his uncle, The Hard Master. He asks Snake-Eyes for a safe haven to restore his health, and soul. Snake-Eyes gives him his keys to the trapdoor to his former cabin up in the High Sierras.

Later, when Storm Shadow finds the trapdoor Timber, Snake-Eyes' wolf, shows up to give him some welcome company.

Hawk gives the bad news; the Joes are suspended until a proper investigation into the invasion of Springfield can be done.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen