#096 THE HEXAGRAM COMPLETED
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: January 1990
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 96
Snake Eyes continues his upward climb to the Baroness. Storm Shadow scales the outside of the burning Cobra consulate. The Baroness learns the truth behind the death of her brother.
Notes of Interest
Part three of Snake Eyes trilogy
Destro and his father were in Vietnam when the Baroness' Brother was killed. He proves to her that Snake-Eyes did not kill her brother.
Joes: Snake Eyes, Doc, Wild Bill, Hawk, Scarlett, Lift Ticket, Stalker, Storm Shadow
Cobra: Baroness, Destro
Others: Wade Collins
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: Andy Kubert
Snake Eyes is in the Cobra Consulate fighting his way up to the Baroness floor by floor. The Cobras think they have him trapped but soon find they are very wrong. The Baroness recalls her other three search teams to come provide protection for her position.
Wade Collins, Stalker, and Storm Shadow decide to call in air cover, and Storm Shadow will scale the outside of the building to provide back up for Snake Eyes.
At JFK Scarlett's transport lands and she is loaded on a Tomahawk for the final journey to the hospital. The Tomahawk receives Stalker's request for air cover but their first priority is to get Scarlett to the hospital. Undaunted Stalker and Wade try another approach. They hail a cab but it doesn't stop. Might be the fact they are carrying machine guns. Destro calls the Baroness asking what is going on. She gives in realizing her precarious situation and asks for an airlift. Destro turns the chopper around and heads back to the consulate. The Baroness meanwhile is doing her best to blockade the door.
Three vipers who bear a striking resemblance to Larry Curly and Moe are attempting to escape the burning building by tying together various cords. They plan to rappel themselves out the window. Unfortunately Storm Shadow, clinging to the side of the building, is right in their way. They open fire to no avail. They miss and Storm Shadow deals with them quickly.
Stalker and Wade still aren't having any luck getting that chopper.
Barricaded in the penthouse the Baroness frantically searches the camera feeds for signs of Snake Eyes only to see Storm Shadow is right outside her door. Soon Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow are together fending off Cobra after Cobra. The Baroness realizes the fire has weakened the buildings steel frame and it is collapsing.
The Tomahawk reaches Stalker and Wade they convince Hawk that if Scarlett woke up and found out they left behind Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow because of her, she would never let it rest. The Chopper is now on its way to the Consulate.
The building collapses, the Baroness falls until an arm reaches out and grabs her, the arm however is Snake Eyes'. Destro flies in and makes a deal with the Joes, they rescue the Baroness and he will rescue them all. Not wanting to be deprived of her revenge the Baroness unholsters her pistol and aims at Snake Eyes. Destro gets on a bullhorn and reveals the truth of how the Baroness' brother was not killed by Snake Eyes and this was proven by none other than his father. You see Destro was in Vietnam that day as well. His father knew Eugen wore a bulletproof vest capable of stopping Snake Eyes .45 but not an AK-47, proving the two Vietnamese terrorists killed Eugen her brother.
This shocking truth makes the Baroness question her whole career, her whole life based on global terrorism. A life based on a lie. The Baroness forces Snake Eyes to release his grip and she falls. Storm Shadow won't let her off that easy he rescues her so she can think about her actions. Destro's chopper hovers nearby and she boards. As Destro reaches for Snake Eyes the part of the building they are clinging to fails and they fall just out of reach. Luckily Lift Ticket and the other Joes arrive in the Tomahawk. Seeing them fall Lift Ticket puts the transport chopper into a barrel roll as the Joes aboard cling to the comatose Scarlett. The chopper twists and turns on its side and the two ninjas fall inside.
As the two choppers pass each other Destro and the Baroness wave. Storm Shadow ponders if it is really possible for people to make a change.
Summary by Ted Jacobson