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Two Night Creepers report to Cobra Commander on their failure to eliminate Snake-Eyes and Scarlet.

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When last we left off Cobra had discovered the location of the lost Ark of the Autobots, and reprogrammed/brainwashed the Transformers aboard to serve them, after their initial attack a team is created to combat this new threat: G.I. Joe.

This issue is the calm before the storm.

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"So, I seem to be getting as much hate on ARAH#214 as I got on #21 and the second Annual. This is to be expected, so I just charlie-mike." -- Larry Hama

"The end of the road for SNAKE EYES... The events of this issue will change G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero forever!" -Comixology's promotional blurb which probably should have been on the last issue.

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You know I wasn't going ton post another GI Joe/TF crossover so soon, but I need a more rational version of this, in light of that weird version's continued weirdness.



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So when I was posting Snake-eyes comics before I can't believe I failed to include these two issues...

In this post: Scarlet meets Snake-eyes for the first time, Storm Shadow address the accusation that he is to blame for the Hard Master's Death, the real killer's motive, and the birth of Cobra.

Also meet Mrs. Cobra Commander




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In 2001 Devils Due Productions (at the time publishing through Image and later on their own), acquired the license to publish GI Joe comics, and opted to continue where Larry Hama's marvel run left off (in addition to a Ultimates style reboot, and a new Transformers crossover continuity but those came later). Over their 7 year run they introduced a lot of new concepts, and characters.

Inevitably they also touched on some ground that Larry Hama later would with his own version of the post Marvel events, though in very different ways.

Sean Collins in both universes joins the GI Joe team: as Snake-eyes Ninja apprentice Kamakura in DDP, and as Throwdown in IDW, for example.

And in both universes Snake-eyes dies )

And I swear that'll be my last Joe related post for a while... probably.
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So now that we've gotten to know Snake-eyes a little better, it's time to say our farewells.



Equivalent of Four Pages from GI Joe 213: Spoilers... Obviously )

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I'll leave off the Snake-eyes retrospective for the moment with the final Marvel issue of GI Joe, and the last installment of the ARAH continuity until DDP relaunched it in 2001 until IDW continued it in 2010.


Young Sean Collins, the adopted son of a former Crimson Guard (to simplify a long story), is about to turn 17 and wants his father to sign his papers allowing him to join the army. His father convinces him to write a letter to Snake-eyes, asking for an honest perspective on what it means to be a soldier. The letter arrives on the day the GI Joe base is going to be mothballed for the foreseeable future.





What follows is break from the fantasy adventure story of GI Joe, for something a little bleaker.



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After reading Snake-eyes letter Sean decides he needs to put more thought into the matter. In one universe he will become Snake-eyes ninja apprentice, in another he will join the GI Joe team as a more conventional soldier.


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So when I originally started this spat of GI Joe scans it was with the intent of exploring the character of Snake-eyes, we went off the rails there with the Ninja Force/Transformers arc... That had a lot of Snake in it, but I just found myself naturally more attracted to Scarlett's story.

Let's get back on track shall we, here is the story of how Snake-eyes became mute.



Following the Battle of Millville, Scarlett, and Snake-eyes are ordered to report to the Pentagon for a debrief, they want to know exactly what happened to Dr. Biggles-Jones (Which implies that Larry didn't consider Simon Furman's Gen 2 issue to be in continuity? Or is this a simple mix-up?)

Riding together in the chopper brings back some painful memories for Hawk, Scarlett, Stalker, and Snake-eyes.

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Last time Scarlett had been stabbed in the chest by Snake-eyes, and the Cobra Ninjas were, correctly, suspecting her of still working for GI Joe cause Snake-eyes never misses. But since there are more Transformers fans here than Joe fans we'll have to side skirt her story for the next couple issues (though don't worry we'll get back to her), cause here's Megatron.

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It's time to jump ahead to the very very 90sy 90s... when Snake-eyes name was plastered on the books' cover bigger than the main title and Scarlett Joined Cobra.

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GI Joe #21 is arguably Larry Hama's single most influential comic, it did inspire a Marvel theme month ('Nuff Said), which came some 18 years later, and did showcase a style of purely visual storytelling which was seldom found in main stream American comics at the time.

Here's the interesting thing about this issue. It was conceived out of necessity. As the story goes, back then comic pages were mailed around a few times during the process of comic creation, and at one point an issue of GI Joe goes missing in the mail, with no time to do the whole thing over from scratch, Larry comes up with a plan to cut the letterer out of the mix, and to cut down on art production time saving themselves over a week of production. He will draw breakdowns, and Steve Leialoha will do the finishes, there will be no spoken dialogue.


The story introduced several elements that would later become major facets of the Joe universe: The Silent Castle, the Arashikage tattoo, and the Red Ninja clan.

As a story begins, Cobra Ninja Storm Shadow has captured GI Joe Agent Scarlett and Snake-eyes is on his way to extract her... not that she's going to sit around waiting for rescue.

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Larry Hama is killing off Snake-eyes in GI Joe A Real American Hero, and while he isn't my favorite Joe I think he deserves a send off, so I'll be posting some Snake-eyes stories over the next little while... Starting with the first time his origin was delved into in any detail, GI Joe #26.




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Greetings True Believers!

The Joes and Autobots are back for another round of WWII adventures. Grimlock! Soundwave! Roadblock! The Baroness! Scarlett! Optimus! Cobra Commander! Battles, brotherhood and suggestive language!

I love this mini. Enjoy!

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Greetings True Believers!

Cross-overs are good, old-fashioned fun and the Transformers and G.I. Joe go together like peanut butter and jelly.

This Dreamwave Productions mini-series is my favorite of the numerous times the Joes and Robots have gotten together. It's WWII and this time it's Cobra/Decepticons vs. G.I. Joe/Autobots.

This mini rocks and I'm displaying my favorite bits, pages and panels.

Things to enjoy: Snake-Eyes and all the badassery that comes with him. The awesome bromance between Grimlock and Roadblock, Cobra Commander being his over-the-top self. And surprising amount of sexual innuendo between humans and alien robots.



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Greetings True Believers!

Here is my entry for Day 6 of 30 Days of Winter. This might be the greatest G.I. Joe story ever told.

The flow of it is wonderful and Snake-Eyes and Scarlett are unstoppable bad-asses in it and it's the first ever appearance of Storm Shadow. Larry Hama was born to write G.I. Joe.

Enjoy G.I. Joe #21, "Silent Interlude".

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