#26 PASSING OF THE GUARD
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: October 1989
Series: Special Missions
Issue Number: 26
LOCATION: Sierra Gordo
The October Guard is attacking a Cobra/Iron Grenadier base in order to capture El Jefe; the Joes are disguised as peasants working near the base. After El Jefe is captured, Col. Brekhov, Horrorshow, Schrage and Stormavik sacrifice their lives to allow a train carrying El Jefe, Diana, Dragonsky, the Joes and N.A.B.M. official Dilbert Swinson to get to safety. The remaining Guard and Joes are then captured as El Jefe sides with Swinson.
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.
Deaths of Colonel Brekhov, Horrorshow, Schrage, Stormavik
Introduction of North American Banana Monopoly (N.A.B.M.) official Dilbert Swinson The October Guard & Joes are rescued in the regular main series issue #92.
Main Mission Joes: Recondo, Lt. Falcon, Shockwave
Cobra/Destro/Iron Grenadiers: Voltar
October Guard: Col. Brekhov, Diana, Horrorshow, Schrage, Stormavik, Dragonsky
Special Missions Only Characters: Counter Revolutionary El Jefe, N.A.B.M. Dilbert Swinson
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Herb Trimpe,
Ink: Danny Bulanadi,
Letters: Phil Felix,
Colors: Nel Yomtov,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Andy Kubert
Busting into the main gate of Voltar's base camp in Sierra Gordo, the October Guard are on a mission to capture El Jefe. Colonel Brekhov, Stormavik and Schrage are driving a deuce and a half truck with explosives in the back, Diana is on the perimeter using her sniper rifle to take out the guards in the towers and Horrorshow has just set his timers on the explosives attached to the line of Demons.
As the tanks explode, it is the diversion that Col. Brekhov needs to gain access to El Jefe's bunker. They take out the guards and rescue El Jefe. Voltar orders his FANG II choppers to attack. Dragonsky, who has been hiding near the landing pad, uses his flamethrower to torch all of the choppers in mid-air. With most of Voltar's forces in disarray and destroyed, the entire October Guard escapes with El Jefe.
Voltar gives orders to the locals working for him to unpack the crates of unassembled parts which equal several jet packs and one Razorback. Amongst those locals are Recondo, Shockwave and Lt. Falcon. The Joes had been planning there own rescue attempt of El Jefe. They sneak out of the base to try and steal El Jefe from the October Guard.
In the cab of the truck, El Jefe is bragging about how he wants to be President of Sierra Gordo, so he can have total control and have it all for him not for the people. As they are driving over a train bridge and a train full of revolutionaries meets them. These are El Jefe's revolutionaries and they now are going to march to the capital with him to take back their country from Destro and Voltar. Below, the train bridge, the Joes climb up and sneak into the caboose.
Voltar's jet packs report back to him that El Jefe has connected with a train full of revolutionaries. Voltar sets up an attack at the up coming logging depot. The only way for the train to make it to the capital is for it to go around Voltar's ambush at the logging depot. Two switches need to be pulled to allow the fast moving train to pass.
Colonel Brekhov, Stormavik, Schrage and Horrorshow drive off the front of the train in their truck filled with explosives in order to clear the way for the train. Diana and Dragonsky are left behind to make sure El Jefe makes it to the capital city of Rio Lindo. The Joes, on the roof of the train spot some people that they aren't happy to see.
The October Guard in there regular deuce and half truck are charging right at a fully loaded Razorback. The small arms fire of the October Guard does little damage to the Razorback. The return fire of the Razorback does some serious damage to the truck, Colonel Brekhov and Horrorshow. With a dying engine, flat tires and a seriously injured Colonel Brekhov and Horrorshow, Stormavik and Schrage jump out of the truck in order to pull the switches to allow the train to clear.
The Joes make it to the front of the train, just as the train drivers' jump off the not wanting to be part of the revolution. The Joes speed up the train, but Lt. Falcon voices his opinion saying "although my heart just isn't in it anymore" referring to who they saw.
Back at the logging yard, Schrage is shot to death by the Iron Grenadiers but is still able to pull the first switch just as the train speeds by. Stormavik very close to the next switch is mobbed by several Grenadiers. Colonel Brekhov still driving the much damaged truck is approaching the Razorback. He looks over at a dead Horrorshow and wishes he was alive to see his last grand gesture. As the truck rams the Razorback, Brekhov drops a grenade in the back of truck, where the explosives cause a huge explosion that completely destroys the Razorback. Colonel Brekhov's self sacrifice clears the way for the train, as long as Stormavik can pull the last switch.
Stormavik having beaten at least ten Iron Grenadiers pulls the last switch just as the train approaches. Stormavik dies as he pulls the switch. Four members of the October Guard are dead as the train successfully makes it through the logging depot.
Diana, Dragonsky, the Joes, El Jefe, the revolutionaries/mercenaries and NABM (North American Banana Monopoly) representative Dilbert Swinson have just all witnessed the ultimate sacrifice of Colonel Brekhov, Horrorshow, Schrage and Stormavik. Their sacrifices meant nothing to El Jefe as he cuts a deal with Swinson. The deal is all NABM property is protected by his private army of mercenaries which have been masquerading as revolutionaries, nothing is nationalized and NABM executives can do what they want. In return, El Jefe gets more guns; money and support that he needs to keep Sierra Gordo a democracy and establish a strong Presidency
Lt. Falcon, Recondo, Shockwave, Diana and Dragonsky are detained by gunpoint.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen