#27 MEXICAN HOLIDAY
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: November 1989
Series: Special Missions
Issue Number: 27
The Joes are sent to Mexico to drop off some paperwork disguised as tourists. Quick Kick and Outback are on a tour when their bus is attacked by local rebels. They fight back with nothing but tricks and hands. Stalker shows up crashing a helicopter as diversion that frees them.
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 Lydia, Stalker's future wife
Main Mission Joes: Stalker, Outback, Quick Kick
Special Appearance Joes: Hawk, Ace, Bazooka, Cover Girl, Lady Jaye, Lift Ticket, Recondo, Roadblock, Slip Stream, Shipwreck(Polly), Steeler, Wild Bill
Special Missions Only Characters: Lydia, People's revolutionary Brigade: Ignazio, Emilio, Renaldo, Bus riders: Octavia, Davy
Writer: Michael Fleisher,
Pencils: Javier Saltares,
Inks: Jose Marzan,
Lettering: Phil Felix,
Coloring: Nel Yomtov,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco.
Cover Artist: Andy Kubert
At the Pit III, the Joe team is assigned cleaning details. Stalker, Quick Kick and Outback are sent on a mission to Mexico as tourists.
They are tasked with delivering some DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) paperwork to a Mexican government official then spend a week relaxing. They take a horse and carriage ride where the driver is there contact. Verifying the correct password, they pass of the paperwork and their mission is done. And it's time to relax.
The posh hotel, filled with beautiful women, they are staying in has a helicopter for getting people to the Mayan ruins. But Quick Kick and Outback chose to take the bus to go see the Mayan Ruins.
The bus is filled with tourists included on the bus are a librarian from Chicago named Octavia, an Olympic Champion Javelin thrower, a businessman, a mom and son named Davy. Davy has a toy water gun Uzi style and several firecrackers.
Back at the hotel, Stalker is relaxing by the pool watching a beautiful woman dive off the diving board. She seems to be staying underwater for to long. Stalker dives in and pulls her out. Attempting CPR, the woman kisses Stalker back in return. They plan a date for later that night.
As the bus is making its way back to the hotel, the bus driver is killed by gunfire. Outback jumps into action and stops the bus before it goes off the edge of the cliff. The People's Revolutionary Brigade of Mexico has just taken the bus as its prisoner. The businessman on the bus believes he can negotiate with them but ends up getting killed. In response, the Brigade leader, named Ignazio, orders the bus riddled with bullets. Everyone inside ducks as the bullets damage everything but injures no one.
Outback and Quick Kick do an inventory of the items they have to fight back with. The water gun Uzi, the firecrackers, gas from the bus and water bottles is all they can find to use to defend themselves. Using the firecrackers, they make the Brigade think they are armed, which keeps them at a distance. They make Molotov cocktails, fill the water gun and make a plan to attack the Brigade once it gets dark.
As the sunsets, Stalker is having dinner with Lydia but he is very distracted because Outback and Quick Kick haven't returned. Feeling as if he needs to go look for them he leaves the table with a steak knife.
Outback, Quick Kick and the Javelin thrower are sneaking up the cliff towards the brigade. With only two Molotov cocktails as real weapons the javelin thrower is given one and Outback the other. Quick Kick sneaks off to take out the Brigade members. The Javelin thrower chokes in mid throw as he is shot, Outback then throws both Molotov's killing three of the Brigade members. Outback is then shot.
Quick Kick using the water gun Uzi gets the drop on the remaining Brigade members. The water gun leaks which forces Quick Kick to use his martial arts skills to take out several of the members. But they are out numbered. Out of nowhere a helicopter comes crashing into the now empty bus. Stalker, having hick jacked the hotels helicopter with a steak knife, saves the day.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen