"G.I. Joe prisoners? Are you crazy? Get rid of them immediately!"
"What? Did I hear you right, Commander? Exactly what do you mean by that?"
"What else can it mean? Just do it!"
--What Cobra Commander and Xamot have here is failure to communicate.
While Snake-Eyes is seen on the cover, he is not featured in the story.
When the Viper pistol-whips Cross-Country, his faceplate is colored like skin.
The Vipers are missing their gloves half the time.
The coloring is incredibly messed-up on page 11. Hawk is either wearing a jacket, or a long-sleeved shirt, or a short-sleeved shirt, or his sleeves are ripped. Not even the artists can tell Hawk and Duke apart!
On page 18, either we switch to the desert one panel sooner than the captions indicate, or there are suddenly an extra half-dozen people in the Mobile Battle Bunker.
The dossier in this issue incorrectly lists Storm Shadow's first appearance as G.I. Joe #23.
Items of note
First Appearances: S.A.W.-Viper, Countdown, Mobile Battle Bunker
The letters page for this issue has a fan complaining about the lack of realism. Convenient timing!
The letters page also explains the Arashikage I-Ching hexagram. Its meaning: fire over water, which indicates the need for perseverance and caution. Or: "thus, the superior man takes thought of misfortune and arms himself against it in advance."
They also mention that Prof. Onihashi's hexagram was different.