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First appearance of Ripcord! The latest candidate for G.I. Joe status may already be dead! Meet Wallace Weems, a soldier everybody calls Ripcord. Lost in a forbidding jungle, Ripcord has one mission: SURVIVE! And if he doesn't outwit, outfight, and outlast the terrorists hunting him, thousands more might die!

—The description as originally solicited by IDW Publishing.

Detailed summary

  • Synopsis not yet written.


Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Civilians Others
  • Kurin (9)
  • Mercenaries (6)
  • Workers (7)

Memorable quotes

"When I make the jump from this man's Army to our brother Air Force, I'm taking up a respectable aeronautical call-sign like Ace or Slipstream or Barrel Roll..."

--Sorry, they're all taken; you'll have to stick with Ripcord.

"Well, you know that wherever there's trouble..."
"We're there."

--Hawk and Scarlett know their job well.

Other notes


  • The man giving the briefing at the Pentagon says the Republic of Agak is in west-central Africa, but the map shows it east-central.
  • The colors on the map change significantly between panels.

Items of note

  • First appearance: Ripcord, Kurin, Republic of Agak.
  • Do not confuse Ripcord's team with the team Beachhead was leading in Origins #11 - while both were involved in drug work, Ripcord's team was in Colombia, while Beach's was in Guatemala.
  • Weems is a Master Sergeant.

G.I. Joe references

  • The team's jump uniforms - green camo with full facemasks - are the same as the uniform worn by Generation 1 Rip-Cord.
  • Weems' list of potential callsigns are all existing Joe pilots.
  • Hawk and Scarlett's exchange in the helicopter is a nod to the Real American Hero cartoon themesong.

Real-world references

  • The computer screen that flags Rip's report includes the keyword "bio-toxin," suggesting the "beans" the workers are harvesting are castor beans, used for creating ricin.
  • Judging by the map, Agak is sandwiched in between Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo.[1]
  • The "Skeeter" sent in is a Predator B drone.
  • Lt. Cruz uses Secure Channel 5-3-0-9.

Footnotes and References

  1. Though there are some differences between the map seen in the book and current real-world political boundaries.

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