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

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The Joe team is tasked with escorting Prince Ngoto the Younger from Oxford, England (where he had been teaching as an English professor) to his homeland of Kalingaland, to reclaim his father's throne after the defeat of the communist forces in his country.

After several thwarted assassination attempts they arrive at the capital.

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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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"The story of the multi-generational war between man and machine is way more interesting than Green Lantern or Batman's bullshit." -- Artist/co-writer Tom Scioli

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In war fathers bury their sons...



I wanted to post both of Billy's deaths but comixology does not have the final part of DDP's World War III storyline. In it Billy is captured by Cobra, and the Commander gives him the, "join or die," option. Billy tries to assassinate his father, but instead takes out a body double, and as Billy dies from a toxin, Cobra Commander gloats how he has won over his own humanity: for he loved Billy once, and now he feels nothing.

Posted below is one page from G.I. Joe America's Elite #34 which shows the ceremony with which that Cobra Commander treats his son's body, and then how the Hama-verse version reacts to news of his son's passing in GI Joe A Real American Hero #172, and #174.

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Okay, we got through some of the few tender moments in Billy and CC's relationship last time, now it's time for dark humor and tragedy.

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During an attack on GI Joe headquarters Cobra Commander and Destro wind up missing and presumed dead, however they are alive and making their way together in civilian disguises.


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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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Remember what I said about G.I. Joe Special Missions having less Cobra and more serious plots? Forget it! This issue, written by regular artist Herbe Trimpe, is as close to the sunbow cartoon as the comic ever gets, also it's the only issue of the Marvel series to feature Crystal Ball and Hardball (as far as I know anyway).




--yeah you're not making it to the actual scans, buddy... nothing personal, you're not as bad as you're made out to be.




"The character, Snake Eyes, shall never be depicted or described as a fan of the New York Yankees."

--Content Guidelines for Kindle Worlds: G.I. Joe


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--I'm still going to tag this with char: Megatron, though Jetfire would have made more sense in context. Also this issue has a cover date of June '87, the last issue of G.I. Joe and the Transformers was dated April '87... I think this was Larry's subtle way of saying the Transformers only existed as toys in the G.I. Joe world even though that would later prove false .

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"There are some missions so secret, so sensitive that even the Joes who go on them are told only the bare minimum, on a strictly need-to-know basis. As far as the other Joes are concerned, these missions never existed these are the: G.I. Joe Special Missions"

--From the title page of the the short feature "Best Defense," in G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #50

The first Special Missions series was title that allowed Larry Hama to take the Joe characters out of the Joe vs Cobra military fantasy setting (though Cobra still appears in some of the stories), and put them into a slightly more realistic, and hard-edged setting. In this story the American government makes a deal with a Nazi war criminal, and sends in the Joe team to extract him, only for them to run afoul of the Mossad.


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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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"Any time I'd write a panel that I thought could be drawn, I felt guilty because I didn't think I was doing it right. Every panel should be something that can’t be drawn, because that’s what Tom draws. He draws impossible panels. You throw out all the possible stuff that you put down, and that’s pretty much the opposite of every instinct I’ve been hit with for the past ten years." - co-writer John Barber

"All other versions of Transformers and G.I.Joe are Apocrypha." -- artist/co-writer Tom Scioli

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"My goal right now is to top Kirby. To attempt any less is failure." -- series artist/co-writer Tom Scioli

From this year's Free Comic Book Day:

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