#4 ALL FALL DOWN
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: April 1987
Series: G.I. Joe and the Transformers
Issue Number: 4
The Joes, Cobra, and the Autobots have formed a shaky alliance to save the world. The Baroness and Scarlett work together. There is a massive assault and battle against the Decepticons, a diversionary tactic to stop the real threat, Power Station Alpha.
Notes of Interest
The Autobots debate about Alpha being sentient.
Scarlett and the Baroness riding together in Goldbug's VW form.
Joes: Wild Bill, Ace, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, BeachHead, Roadblock, Mainframe, Hawk, Slipstream
Cobras: Serpentor, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Zartan, Baroness, Dr. Mindbender, Zartan
Autobots: Omega Supreme, Blaster, Ratchet, Bumblebee, Goldbug, Aerialbots, Superion
Decepticons: Starscream, Skywarp, Thundercracker, Ramjet, Thrust, Mixmaster, Hook, Long Haul, Bone Crusher, Scavenger, Devastator, Shockwave, Dirge, Bombshell, Ravage, Laserbeak
Humans: Mr. Blackrock, Anthony Duranti, Mrs. Duranti, Barbara Larkin
Writer: Micheal Higgins,
Artist: Herb Trimpe,
Inker: Vince Colletta,
Letterer: Joe Rosen,
Colorist: Nel Yomtov,
Consulting Editor: Donald Daley,
Editor: Robert Harras,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter,
Cover Artist: Al Milgrom and Tom Palmer
During an attack on the Ark in the previous issue, Serpentor makes his move realizing the Decepticons true motives and turns on them. Now the G.I.JOE team, Cobra, and the Autobots must stop power station Alpha which is already well on its way to destroying the planet. Tremors are felt within the Ark; the destabilization of volcanic and geologic forces is underway. Shockwave's plan is now in motion.
Dr. Mindbender, still with the Decepticons, observes some odd glitches in Bombshell. The Baroness incapacitates Bombshell rendering him the size of a true insect.
In Fort Lewis Seattle, Mainframe gets some company. The Autobots have sent in Ratchet to help restore Bumblebee to his old self. Ratchet is relieved to find Bumblebee alive but a bit disheartened to see that he is in a state of disarray. In walk Dr. Mindbender, and the Baroness escorted by Roadblock and BeachHead who quickly leave. Dr. Mindbender is nervous as Snake eyes is staring him down, he remembers the recent sessions in the brainwave scanner and Dr. Mindbender was responsible. Dr. Mindbender has brought the tiny Bombshell with him. As Mainframe pokes and prods at the device that was given to him by Anthony's doctors, Bombshell goes through some unusual transformations.
Hawk ponders how his heart has ruled his actions recently. He questions whether or not Alpha may now have a form of intelligence and debates the action to take against the station with Serpentor.
Meanwhile Ratchet and Mainframe have finished repairing Bumblebee. Feeling he has changed greatly, Bumblebee requests that from now on he be known as Goldbug.
The mission to stop Alpha is started. Scarlett and the Baroness, both covert operatives, are sent as a team along with Goldbug to covertly place explosives on Alpha itself. It is felt that a smaller two person team would have more success. The combined air power of the Joes, Cobra and the Aerialbots cause a diversion by attacking the Decepticons. At first Ace is thinking no one is there just a few construction vehicles. He is soon proven wrong as the vehicles known as the Constructicons combine and form Devastator a match for Superion.
Scarlett and the Baroness ride in Goldbug until they reach Alpha. They scale the outside of the potential nuclear disaster and plant the explosives. Dr. Mindbender then puts on the helmet used to control Alpha and launches it into space. Unbeknownst to Scarlett who is uncertain if Alpha is alive, the Baroness has armed the explosives. We see a blast in the sky as Anthony watches below, and we know Alpha, sentient or not, is gone. Soon everything returns to normal in the Duranti household.
When the news reaches Serpentor he takes his forces out of the battle quickly. Superion wins his battle with Devastator by causing him to break apart. Blaster relays a message to the Joes telling them to withdraw as he does not want to involve the humans in the age old battle between Autobots and Decepticons. Feeling the mission itself complete, the Joe team heads for home. Still at Fort Lewis Dr. Mindbender sneaks away behind Ratchet's back.
Hours after the battle, Hawk is watching as Senator Larkin, the woman he fell in love with, is being led away by two MP's. Her collusion with Cobra costs her dearly as we see a sniper's scope pan up to her head and Hawks face grimaces, as a shot rings out. Who took the shot is uncertain but a smiling Baroness looks on, "no loose ends".
The final scene is that of Hawk over Senator Larkin's grave paying his respects.
Summary by Ted Jacobson (Skinny)