#094 EXTERMINATING CIRCUMSTANCES (OR BERN THIS)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: December 1989
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 94
While undergoing surgery in Bern Switzerland Snake Eyes has a flashback that involves a young Baroness. In the present the Baroness, believing Snake Eyes is responsible for her brother Eugen's death, attacks Scarlett and Snake Eyes at the hospital after getting a tip from Dr. Hundtkinder. Raptor contacts Billy.
Notes of Interest
Part one of the Snake Eyes trilogy.
Vietnam flashbacks to when Snake Eyes, a young Baroness & her brother are in the same building at the same time .
The Baroness' brother, Eugen is killed, she assumes Snake-Eyes killed him.
First Appearance of Eugen, the Baron aka the Baroness' older brother
The Baroness' name is revealed, Anastastia Decobray.
Scarlett is shot in the head by the Baroness.
Joes: Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Hawk, Clutch, Rock N Roll, Doc
Cobra: Baroness, Zarana, Road Pig, Raptor
Others: Billy, Dr. Hundtkinder,
Saigon Flashback Characters: Eugen the Baroness' Brother aka the Baron, Corky (deceased),
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Mark Bright,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: ?
After six operations Dr. Hundtkinder, the surgeon who worked on the Baroness after her accident, has restored Snake Eyes' face. Scarlett waits outside the door. The Doctor observes the intense facial movements of his patient and surmises he is dreaming a not too pleasant dream.
We flashback to Vietnam; Jan 31 1968, the Tet Offensive. Stalker, Storm Shadow (Tommy) and Snake Eyes are in Saigon. A scooter speeds in next to their jeep as they are talking. The passenger pulls out a rifle from a bouquet of flowers and fires. Corky their driver is killed, and Stalker and Storm Shadow are wounded. Snake Eyes takes off in the jeep after their attackers. The scooter goes into an unsecured area a soldier warns Snake Eyes to turn his jeep around, but he is too focused and remains in pursuit. The two on the scooter shoot at Snake eyes and his jeep is destroyed.
Back in the present The Doctor notices the anguish in Snake Eyes. Scarlett meanwhile gets a phone call from Hawk asking about Snake Eyes' condition. She turns away from the window just before a bunch of Cobra choppers fly into view. Scarlett suspects that Hawk is going to give her bad news. Hawk tells her about the events in New Jersey where Zarana and Road Pig were injured and captured and Clutch and Rock N Roll were rescued. It seems when Zarana woke up she revealed the Baroness connection to Hundtkinder and the fact that she had been tipped off. The Baroness and her vipers land on the roof. Scarlett decks the nurse, and breaks in on Dr. Hundtkinder and Snake Eyes.
A toxoviper asks the Baroness about this mission and she flashes back to that same day in Saigon. She was in Cholon with her brother Eugen setting up a humanitarian mission. They were to deliver medical supplies but the supplies are missing. The same two shooters being followed by Snake Eyes enter the room. They are the ones who the Baron Decobray has contacted to get the supplies. Eugen moves the Baroness into a side office for safety. This, the Baroness says is the last time she saw her brother alive.
The Baroness bursts into the operating room to find Hundtkinder strapped to his own operating table. Scarlett pushes the wheelchairbound, unconscious Snake Eyes around the hospital.
Back in Vietnam, Snake Eyes lies in wait outside the window after following the terrorists. The devious pair lies and argues with the Baron. They tell how they sold the supplies to buy weapons which enrages the Baron. He confronts them only to get shot. Snake Eyes hearing the shots breaks in and kills the two shooters. The Baroness leaves the office to see Snake Eyes standing over her brother and the two Vietnamese. Anastasia assumes he is the one responsible for her brother's death.
In the Bern institute, The Baroness orders her Night Vipers to find Scarlett and Snake Eyes. Snake Eyes must be taken alive but Scarlett on the other hand is expendable. They spot Scarlett who opens fire and turns out the lights. She and snake Eyes retreat into a room only to be soon outnumbered and wounded. The Baroness disarms her and then, shoots her in the head. She regrets that decision she laments she wanted Snake eyes to watch and suffer.
In Oakland Billy is riding to school when a car knocks him off the road. Out pops Raptor, Billy is about to fight when Raptor reveals he knows where Billy's father is buried and also who killed him.
Summary by Ted Jacobson