G.I.JOE: COBRA REBORN
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: January 2004
Series: G.I. Joe: Reloaded
Issue Number: Cobra Reborn
Launch of a brand new GI Joe continuity! This issue features the creation of Cobra by a determined "Patriot," Cobra Commander. He recruits his top players and rallies the troops to their mission, to overthrow the government of the United States!
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Notes of Interest
The complete Cobra Hierarchy is introduced in this book along with short biographies. Cobra agents steal the top secret Avatar helicopter. It is revealed the Cobra has several allies in the Senate and Congress.
Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow, Destro, the Baroness, Major Bludd, Zartan, and Firefly.
Story: Paul Jenkins, Pencils: Eddy Barrows with Renato Arlem & Moises Damasceno, Inks: Jack Jadson with Willington Dias & Andrew Pepoy, Colors: Lynx Studios & Transparency Digital, Letters: Dreamer Design, Graphic Design: Mike Norton, Cover: Tim Bradstree
The story starts out at a Center for Disease Control (CDC) lab in
Georgia. A mysterious leak of the Omega Black virus has killed
several research scientists.
In Scotland, James McCullen relates his background and reason for hating the English to an imprisoned English spy whom he has thrown in the kiln. He puts on the infamous mask of Destro, revealing his alternate identity. The Cobra Commander has managed to crash the party that Destro and the Baroness were hosting at Destro's Scottish Castle. They are then recruited into Cobra with the promise of wealth and power.
In San Francisco, Cobra agents have destroyed the Golden Gate Bridge. Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow show up to a pub and recruit Major Bludd. It is clear that Bludd's motivation is purely financial.
At CIA headquarters, it is noted that five training camps in North Africa appear to be completely deserted. The only thing remaining is a depiction of an Orouboros - a snake that devours its own tail. Also, a top secret Aurora plane was stolen.
A Cobra base in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia is the staging ground for some of Cobra's activities. There, Cobra Commander relates his background as a used car salesman and failed marriage to Storm Shadow.
At a restaurant in St. Louis, the Commander makes his offer of escape from the authorities to a renegade Zartan. During a cash hand-over in a parking garage in Chicago, Firefly confronts the Commander and is brought into the organization.
Following that is a sequence depicting several acts of terrorism; the destruction of a Computer company's main warehouse, the theft of the top secret Avatar helicopter, and the assassination of a US Senator. During a party at the White House, Zartan slips into the President's quarters and bugs his phone.
The Cobra Commander rallies his troops with a stirring speech. He then makes the presence of Cobra known to the world by displaying a Cobra sigil on the screen of every TV in the world (presumably). Summary by Joel Ylvisake