#081 PLOTS AND TRACTS
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: December 1988
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 81
Battle Force 2000 with Mutt is sent to watch the Dreadnoks. In the abandoned town of Broca Beach, Cobra is moving its people to a new home. Zarana helps establish the new Cobra town. The Dreadnoks lead the Joes to Broca Beach where Zarana and Zanzibar are arrested.
Notes of Interest
Introduction of Broca Beach Cobra families are moved in from Cobra Island. (See Special Missions #16) Zarana & Zanzibar are arrested.
The Joes: Battle Force 2000: Maverick, Knockdown, Avalanche, Blocker, Blaster, Dodger & Mutt.
Additional Joe Characters: Doc, Duke, Lift Ticket, Junkyard, Roadblock, Rumbler
Dreadnoks: Zarana, Zandar, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Zanzibar, Monkeywrench, Thrasher
Additional Characters: Captain Cohoe
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Marshall Rogers,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Colors: Bob Sharen,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Marshall Rogers and Bob McLeod
Battle Force 2000 has just finished a practice session. Duke sends them on a recon mission to watch the Dreadnoks. Mutt, with patched up Junkyard sitting next him, has been watching the practice session on a hill above and hears that they are going after the Dreadnoks. The Dreadnoks that Mutt captured (see Issue #79) have just been released from custody because the Cobra lawyers got them off on a legal technicality.
So Mutt hitches a ride with Blocker.
On a large cargo ship off the coast of New Jersey, a large contingent of Cobra families are approaching their new homes in Broca Beach after leaving Cobra Island in secrecy. (See Special Missions #16) Elsewhere in New Jersey, the Dreadnoks, along with Zarana, are leaving Cobra's latest real estate seminar/scam. Cobra has brought a town because of these scam's profits; that town is called Broca Beach.
Battle Force 2000 comes up to a highway tollbooth that is surrounded by police cars, Captain Cohoe is in charge. They learn that the Dreadnoks just went through the tollbooth, of course without paying. Mutt, steps on the pedal busting through the tollbooth, causing more damage. The rest of Battle Force 2000 follows pretty much destroying the entire tollbooth and now the local cops are on the Joes tail.
Zanzibar in his flying skiff spots the Joes behind them. Zarana gives the rest of the Dreadnoks a simple mission of delay the Joes from going into Broca Beach, which is just around the corner. Zarana and Zanzibar head off to meet the arriving Cobra families.
Battle Force 2000 has a just lost the cops that were following them, when the Dreadnoks attack. Mutt gets his chance to kick Buzzer in the head, again. But Battle Force 2000 vehicles are just too much firepower for the Dreadnoks. So they cut and run for Broca Beach.
Zarana is now organizing the unloading of the cargo ship, which includes HISS tanks and MAGGOTS. As the Joes draw nearer, Zarana sends all of the people and vehicles into hiding spots. So as the Joes arrive in Broca Beach, they see an abandoned town that is completely empty. Captain Cohoe and a large contingent of police cars surround Battle Force 2000 to arrest them. Blocker shoots down Zanzibar's air skiff that then crashes into Captain Cohoe's police cruiser. Zarana and Zanzibar are also arrested.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen