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Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: April 2004
Series: G.I. Joe: Reloaded
Issue Number: 2

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Cobra has threatened to steal "the heart of the nation". The President and his advisors fall for a diversion in Philadelphia. The Joes head to National Archives in Washington D.C. were Cobra has stolen the original Constitution of the United States. The Joes spot the Street Vipers on the way out with the Constitution. A street battle begins.

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Notes of Interest

The Toyfare magazine prologue story "Rogue" is referenced. On-going series, 32 pages.

Major Players

The Joes -- Beach Head, Doc, Duke, Hawk, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, Rock 'N' Roll, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, and Stalker.

Cobra -- Baroness, Cobra Commander, Firefly, Zartan, Street Vipers, and Street Viper's leader Kingsnake.

Additional Characters -- The President of the US

Creative Team

Story: John Ney Reiber, Pencils: Javier Saltares, Inks: Andrew Pepoy, Colors: Transparency Digital, Letters: Dreamer Design, Editor: Mark Powers, Graphic Design: Mike Norton, Military Consultation: Tilman Goins, Cover: Adi Granov

Full Details

The President of the United States and his advisors are trying to figure out Cobra Commander's publicly broadcast threat to the steal "The heart of the nation".

The Joes, including Snake-Eyes, are gathered in The Pit. Roadblock has discovered his new heavy machine gun, the XM-312. The Joes continue there suspicions of the mysterious Snake-Eyes. Hawk confronts him about recognizing him. Stalker steps in when he realizes that Snake-Eyes was the one who left him in a prison in Azbekistan. Stalker attempts to hit Snake-Eyes several times, Snake-Eyes avoids all punches and the just puts his fingers right into his chest to simulate that he would have been dead, if Snake-Eyes wanted that. Stalker gets the point. Then he also comes clean that he told him to Snake-Eyes to leave him in that prison.

Elsewhere, Black Dragon Six takes out a couple of National Guard jets. Zartan, who has taken over the identity of a security guard, works with Firefly to steal the Constitution. The Baroness attacks the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Where they steal a replica of the Constitution and replace it with a coiled snake statue.

The Joes travel to Washington D.C., the Philadelphia invasion was a Cobra distraction. They arrive at the National Archives of the United States just as the Street Vipers are leaving. The real Constitution is stashed in the armor shelled vest of there squad leader, Kingsnake. The Joes spot the vipers mixed in with the civilians surrounding the Archives. The Joes fan out into smaller groups to catch up and to get back the Constitution.

Several viper ambushes ensue: Stalker, Duke and Lade-Jaye's group handle it easily. Roadblock, Rock 'n' Roll, and Hawk's group just avoid a grenade attack. And Scarlett, Doc and Beach Head's group get cornered in an alley and the issue ends with Beach Head's mask on the ground, a spent bullet shell bouncing past the mask, and the words. "Man down! Man down!"

Summary by Josh Eggebeen