#25 FORCED PLAY
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: September 1989
Series: Special Missions
Issue Number: 25
LOCATION: Brooklyn & New York City
The LSDF attacks the Natural History Museum and Tiger Force is there to stop it, but Special Agent Benston-Berr takes credit for it. Alpine, Jinx and Lightfoot stake out a condo that is the base of operations, where they arrest a diplomat of Darklonia. The diplomat is linked to Benston-Berr, which stops all the LSDF attacks.
Notes of Interest
The individual Special Mission issues influence on the main series fluctuates from being a completely separate story to having a minor influence or is a direct continuation from the regular Marvel series.
Introduction of Tiger Force.
L.S.D.F. = Lower Darklonian Separatist Front
Main Mission Joes: Alpine, Jinx, Lightfoot, Tiger Force Joes: Duke, Dusty, Lifeline, Rip Cord, Recondo
Special Missions Only Characters: Special Agent Skip Bentsen-Barr, L.S.D.F.: Nobel Peetman, Marta, Milos, Jerzy, Horst (deceased)
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Herb Trimpe,
Inks: Danny Bulandi,
Lettering: Phil Felix,
Coloring: Nel Yomtov,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco.
Cover Artist: Andy Kubert
In a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, Special Agent Skip Bentsen-Barr has started a shootout with a group of terrorists from the L.S.D.F. (Lower Darklonian Separatist Front). GI Joe has sent in its Tiger Force to help support. Just as they are arriving two motorcycles break out with a suicide bomber named Horst clearing the way. Tiger Force takes off after the LSDF motorcycles.
Marta, Milos & Jerzy are the three on the motorcycles and each has 50 pounds of C-4 in their backpack, their mission is to deliver it to other terrorist cells around New York City. Dusty and Lifeline on a Tiger Paw are able to capture Milos as Marta and Jerzy escape. After questioning, Milos gives them the address of a condo in Manhattan.
In Manhattan, Alpine, Lightfoot and Jinx are following Noble Peetman, the seller of C-4 to the LSDF. He leads them in around about way to the Darklonian Embassy. Peetman is a known supplier of explosives and arms and he has diplomatic immunity.
Bensten-Berr receives information on the LSDF's target, the Natural History Museum. Bentsen-Barr conveniently forgets to inform the Joes about the bomber's target.
As Peetman leaves the Embassy, Alpine's team trails him to the same condo that Tiger Force and Bentsen-Barr are already staking out. Inside the condo, Marta and two additional LSDF members leave as Peetman arrives. Tiger Force follows them as they are on the way to bomb the Natural History Museum. Unaware of the upcoming attack, Tiger Force reacts quickly as the LSDF drives their Jeep right into the Museum. They start shooting at people and dropping bombs. Duke and Rip Cord chase them through the museum never firing back at the LSDF because of the civilians. Dusty and Lifeline on the Tiger Paw follow behind collecting the timed bombs. Once collected they drive out to Central Park and drop them in the lake. The chasing inside the museum causes lots of destruction to the exhibits and finally LSDF busts out of the museum through a large window. Waiting outside is Recondo in the Tiger Cat, who smashes into the Jeep ending the LSDF's attack on the museum. Also waiting outside is the news media, they were anonymously informed about the attack before it was to happen. Benston-Berr is onsite to take the credit for disrupting the attack. The anonymous tip came from Bentson-Berr.
Back at the condo, LSDF member Jerzy and Peetman watch the final part of the failed attack on the news. Jerzy realizes that Peetman informed on them and gave away the mission. Peetman then kills Jerzy as Jinx, Alpine and Lightfoot bust into the room to arrest Peetman. Once inside, the Joe team discovers a secondary attack that Peetman has planned. The school directly across the street was to be Peetman's target and his bomb is ready to go.
Because of his diplomatic immunity the Joes can't arrest him but they do detain him. As they are holding him they discover the connection to Benston-Berr.
Later at Benston-Berr's office, the Joe team shows up to release Peetman and his now ticking bomb. They lock Peetman and Benston-Berr in the office together with the bomb and walk away.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen