Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: November 1986
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 53
As an attempt to win the loyalty of the Cobra troops, Cobra Commander leads an attack on the GI Joe base, The Pit. The Joes have been suspended, so as Cobra attacks they are mostly attacking a deserted base. Hawk, along with a couple of Generals and an Admiral fight a losing battle inside The Pit. Cobra Commander and Destro are in the bottom of The Pit when it completely collapses.
Notes of Interest
First Appearance of General Hollingsworth.
Introduction and Death of Admiral Dyson, General Ryan
First hint of Flint and Lady Jaye's relationship.
Destro and Cobra Commander are trapped in the bottom of The Pit, presumed dead.
The Joes: Hawk, Flint, Lady Jaye, Spirit
Additional Joe Appearances: Beach Head, Cross Country, Gung-Ho, Leatherneck, Quick Kick, Rock 'n' Roll, Sgt. Slaughter, Spirit, Wet Suit
Additional Characters: General Hollingsworth, Admiral Dyson, General Ryan, Chaplain's Assistants, Percy, Clarence & Cecil
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Destro, Serpentor
Dreadnoks: Zartan, Zarana, Zandar, Buzzer
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 and Joe Rubinstein
General Hollingsworth, General Ryan and Admiral Dyson are doing an inspection of The Pit and Hawk is escorting them. The Joe team is officially suspended after the invasion and destruction of Springfield and most of the Joes have left the base, a few are still stationed above in the Chaplain's Assistant School.
On Cobra Island, Serpentor has hatched a plan to attack GI Joe's base. This plan manipulates Cobra Commander into directly leading the attack hoping that it will remove him from the Cobra leadership picture.
Flint and Lade Jaye are talking along the waterfront. Flint is actually trying to get her to go on a date with him, when a squad of Eels comes up out of the water. Flint charges the squad by himself, as Lady Jaye runs to warn the last remaining Joes of the invasion.
Meanwhile in the motor pool, which is the part that allows access to the secret lower levels of The Pit, Spirit, Quick Kick, Cross Country and Gung Ho are watching Serpentor, Cobra Commander, Destro, Zartan and Zarana unload a truck full of BATS.
Inside The Pit, Hawk, Gen. Hollingsworth, Admiral Dyson and General Ryan watch Serpentor launch the attack from screens down in the communication center. They raid a weapons locker filled machine guns, LAW's, grenades, satchel charges, and claymore mines. The BATs are in need of leadership. And Serpentor suggests that Cobra Commander lead the attack personally, and Destro volunteers to support him. So Cobra Commander and Destro lead a group of vipers into lower levels of The Pit chasing Hawk.
A heavy fire fight erupts, many of the BATs are destroyed and the vipers are needed to back them up. A BAT covered in high explosives walks toward the Joe team, Admiral Dyson makes a sacrificial attack on the BAT giving the Hollingsworth, Ryan and Hawk time to escape behind a blast door before it explodes killing Dyson.
Above ground, the remaining Joes have opened a battle with the above ground soldiers now lead by Serpentor.
Back below ground, General Ryan has set up explosives along the main support columns. They are going to sacrifice The Pit in order to kill Cobra Commander and Destro. As Cobra continues the attack, a large wall section falls on Ryan, who is now trapped, he then detonates the explosives as Hawk and Hollingsworth enter the escape tunnel.
All of the levels of The Pit collapse, completely destroying it trapping Cobra Commander and Destro in the very bottom level. Serpentor then leads a quick escape.
Moments later, Hawk and Hollingsworth are standing over the ruined Pit morning the loss of Admiral Dyson and General Ryan. The Joes are officially off suspension, and will now be a nomad unit.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen