|“||SNAKE HUNT” Part 2! Cobra Commander thinks Sean Collins is the real Snake Eyes and wants him on the side of Cobra, whatever it takes. Dawn Moreno and the rest of the G.I. JOEs know the truth and want Sean back, whatever it takes. But Cobra Commander’s not going to give up his prized new possession without a fight. The battle call has sounded and it’s all hands on deck for both G.I. JOE and Cobra as living legend Larry Hama and fan-favorite artist Robert Atkins continue their 10-issue event… which features EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF G.I. JOE!||”|
—The description as originally solicited by IDW Publishing.
At the Staten Island boardinghouse, Laura receives a call identifying her as Agent 343, telling her that she has been activated. She changes into her Crimson Guard uniform and heads to the garage, where an assortment of Vipers are playing cards in semidress, telling them to gear up. She then radios the neighboring townhouses, filled with more Cobra operatives, telling them to proceed. Outside, Julie is delivering more papers on her route, when she notices civilian tanker trucks delivering gas to Fort Wadsworth, which she considers fishy.
The trucks arrive at Motor Pool, where they are greeted by Stalker, Clutch, and Rock ‘n’Roll. Clutch asks what happen to the usual crew, and the driver replies that they lost the contract. Suspicious, Clutch replies that there is NO contract; they have a direct deal with the supplier. The driver readies his weapon, but Clutch hears him switching off the safety and shoots him in the head.
With their cover blown, a fireteam of Alley Vipers and Night Vipers emerge from the trucks, and Stalker orders his fellow Joes to not let them reach the lower levels. They knock out Stalker and Clutch, but this leaves them vulnerable to a volley from Rock n’Roll’s M60. A squad of Heavy Troops emerges from one of the other trucks. A HEAT-Viper lobs a grenade at the lift’s entrance. Rock ‘n’Roll is a little too close to the blast radius and knocked out. The Heavies proceed to take the lift down to the Pit. A squad of H.I.S.S. Tanks emerge from the townhouses and storm the fort. 343 emerges, telling her troops that extraction teams are on the way. She sees the casualties and swallows hard.
The Heavies make their way down to The Pit, where Throwdown, Scarlett, Jinx, Budo, Bombstrike, Helix, and Dawn put up a defense. A Techno-Viper directs the troops to disperse and force the Joes to divide their fields of fire. A HEAT-Viper lobs a grenade at Scarlett, Helix, and Bombstrike, while a Frag-Viper and Toxo-Viper hurl gas grenades at Budo, Jinx, and the two Snake-Eyes. Budo and Dawn are nicked by enemy fire, but Sean keeps fighting until he succumbs to the gas effects. As Sean is tied up, 343 expresses discomfort at the heavy losses they sustained in the battle. A squad of Aspid Helicopters led by Gyro-Viper 243 arrives to extract the surviving Cobras, attaching tow cables to the H.I.S.S. Tanks. Inside the towed H.I.S.S. #788, 343 reports her success, photographing the captive “Snake-Eyes” with the camera on her cell-phone. Cobra Commander gleefully looks forward to placing Snake-Eyes in the Brainwave Scanner.
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Items of note
The cover is something of a shoutout to issue #54.
Agent 343 quotes Arthur Wellesley, better known as The Duke Of Wellington, as she notes the human cost of her mission: "Next to a battle lost, there is the pain of a battle won."
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