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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: February 1990
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 97

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Chuckles, Clutch and Rock N Roll and two Mounties are on a mission in Canada. Billy and Zartan are on Cobra Island. Snake Eyes deals with Scarlett's situation. Destro and the Baroness leave Cobra.

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Notes of Interest

Destro unmasked.

Major Players

Joes: Chuckles, Clutch, Rock N Roll, Snake Eyes, Flint, Lady Jaye, Stalker, Storm Shadow

Cobra: Voltar, Dr. Mindbender, Cobra Commander (Fred VII), Raptor, Croc Master, Baroness, Destro

Others: Wade Collins, Billy, Tyrone, Blind Master (Zartan), Capt. Minh, Inspector Cates, Sgt Fournier

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Geof Isherwood,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Andy Kubert

Full Details

Clutch, Rock n Roll, and Chuckles are under fire in Montreal they are serving as advisors for two Mounties. Unless they are cleared to do so they cannot fire back. Inspector Cates and Sgt. Fournier gladly give them that permission. Rock N Roll retrieves his quad gatlings from the car and opens fire. The Vipers holed up inside duck as the weapons push them back. They try to get their techno-vipers to help them but instead as a chunk is blown out of his helmet the viper commander surrenders. After a quick search the Joes find terrordrome parts in crates marked Broca. The name on the crates is enough to momentarily throw Clutch and Rock N Roll into a daze. They can't figure out why but the name brings up bad memories. This is due to the brainwashing they were given in a previous issue.

In New York Scarlett is out of surgery after being shot by the Baroness. She is still in a coma. Scarlett's surgeon notices the damage Snake Eyes got to his face in the last battle (issue 96) He offers the help of a great surgeon Dr. Hundtkinder. Unbeknownst to him Hundtkinder is the doctor who led the Baroness to him and Scarlett. Flint and Lady Jaye restrain Snake eyes from attacking the clueless doctor.

Flint leads Snake Eyes on a walk and talks to him about not worrying about all the should have dones and should have saids. Snake Eyes grabs Flint and turns him to face Lady Jaye. Flint acts confused and Lady Jaye says maybe Snake Eyes is telling him to practice what he preaches.

Snake Eyes walks off alone. He is all bandaged up and a street gang approaches what they think is easy prey. He neutralizes them with little or no effort. One pulls out a gun only to hear Storm Shadow advise him to think twice. Stalker and Wade Collins are there too and they join up with their fellow Vietnam vet and friend.

On Cobra Island Voltar and Dr. Mindbender are displaying Cobra equipment to potential buyers. Among those buyers are Ngoto, General Liederkranz, El Jefe and Colonel Sharif. After the demonstration Cobra Commander (Fred VII) welcomes them and they adjourn to the land locked freighter for a reception. Billy, Captain Minh, Tyrone, and the Blind Master (Zartan) watch with binoculars on a hillside nearby. Billy explains how Fred VII helped his father the real Cobra Commander, built Billy a prosthetic leg and built the battle armor that Fred VII is now wearing and pretending to be Cobra Commander. Most importantly how Fred VII shot the real Commander in the back and buried him outside Denver. The "Blind Master" leaves the group to do a recon of his own and everyone wonders how a blind man can do so.

Inside the freighter Dr. Mindbender pulls Cobra Commander (Fred VII) into a side compartment to talk. Voltar notices as they do so only to be surprised as he bumps into Dr. Mindbender moments later. He asks Mindbender how he can be in both places and Dr. Mindbender says he didn't go in to talk with Fred VII.

After being talked into removing his helmet, Fred finds himself face to face with Zartan. Fred says something to the effect of aren't you dead? Zartan tells Fred that he wants to remain that way, and that Fred, will be demoted back to a garage owner in Denver.

Dr. Mindbender armed with a gun, sneaks up on the two. He is stopped by Raptor, who he has never met, but Raptor has a plan, he wants to return with Mindbender to Denver, dig up the real Cobra Commander and use his DNA to clone a new one.

Some Cobra night vipers find Billy and Tyrone. Captain Minh, Billy, and Tyrone fight them off and head quickly to Minh's boat (a repainted Moray)

But as they get closer it explodes in front of them. Left with only one option now Minh leads the two into a system of tunnels he used to hide in for over a year he just hopes the occupant of those tunnels isn't home. He isn't that lucky however and they walk right into Croc Master and his three Crocs, Chelsea, Matilda, and Tara.

In Broca Beach New Jersey the Baroness has made the decision to leave Cobra after the recent events (issue 96) and start over. Destro offers to go with her, and she says in order to do so he would have to leave behind his family traditions, give everything up. He throws off his mask revealing his true face, and says "I would give up more than that." and embraces the Baroness and kisses her.

Summary by Ted Jacobson