#059 DIVERGENT PATHS
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: May 1987
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 59
Billy has a new leg thanks to Fred VII and Cobra Commander has his new battle armor suit. Raptor uses his trained hawks and accounting skills to find a group of Joes that are testing gear in Colorado. Billy is slowing remembering things including his training with Storm Shadow and meets the Blind Master and Jinx.
Notes of Interest
First Appearance of Outback, Tunnel Rat & Raptor
Introduction of the Blind Master & Jinx.
The Joes: Cross Country, Clutch, Crank Case, Dusty, Grand Slam, Hawk, Jinx, Steeler, Thunder, Tunnel Rat
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Fred VII, Raptor
Additional Characters: Billy, Blind Master
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Ron Wagner,
Inks: Bob McLeod,
Colors: George Roussos,
Lettering: Joe Rosen,
Editor: Bob Harras,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Mike Zeck
At Fred VII's garage, Cobra Commander is in his new battle armor. And Billy is about to test his new leg. As he takes the first step he stumbles, then suddenly doing a somersault landing in a martial arts pose. Since he has lost his memory, after being in coma for over a year, he doesn't know how he learned to move like that, but he knows the name of the move.
In Central Utah, Grand Slam, Steeler and Thunder are testing a new artillery unit, protected by Tunnel Rat. Crank Case and Dusty give them the orders to pack up. The convoy, which also includes Hawk, Clutch and Cross Country, head to Colorado. Along the way they pick up Outback, a survivalist expert.
Raptor is introduced to Cobra Commander, who immediately starts calling Raptor names and making fun of his appearance. Raptor is dressed with a long cape covered in feathers and has trained hawks that are able to track and find things. But his day job is as an accountant. In order to prove himself to Cobra Commander, he pulls up information about a Joe who has just had his pay records transferred to a base in Colorado. This Joe is Tunnel Rat. So Raptor, Fred VII and Cobra Commander take off to find him and verify if the now nomad unit of GI Joe can be tracked by their pay records.
Raptor's hawks find the Joes, and Cobra Commander in a Pogo attacks them. A small battle happens with very little damage, but Cobra Commander is reenergized to return to leading Cobra.
Back in Denver, Billy leaves the garage to explore the area, he comes upon a marital arts training center, seeing this brings back the memories of his ninja training that he received from Storm Shadow. The leader of the center is the Blind Master. Billy sneaks into the building but the Blind Master is aware of him. He then introduces Billy to Jinx, who gives him a test. The same test that Storm Shadow had giving to him, this test brings back all of his memories. Billy quickly reacts to the test, and pulls up Jinx's right sleeve. He reveals the Arashikage tattoo on her forearm, which proves her relationship to the Arashikage Clan. Jinx then divulges that they have been watching Fred's garage because they knew that there lives where meant to intertwine. So they have waited.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen