NOW YOU KNOW WITH YORKTOWNJOE – G.I.JOE MARVEL ISSUE #24 REVIEWED!

Background

Last issue Cobra Commander was captured after a series of car chases and international intrigue. Clutch, the Joe’s mechanic and VAMP Driver, as well as Roadblock, the heavy machine gunner capture the Commander.

The Baroness, Major Bludd, and Storm Shadow got away in the remains of a parade float.

There was also a tease last issue that the Joes might not be able to hold on to their new prisoner.

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On to the issue

On the title page we see some parachutes dropped in a clearing in the Rocky Mountains. Duke has Cobra Commander at gunpoint. But the Joe’s C-130 cargo plane is coming to drop several large crates as well.

Since the Joe’s have no fort in the middle of the woods on a mountainside, they are air-dropping component parts to assemble one. This serves two purposes: 1) to show the Joe’s can set up a tactical base anywhere, including in the Rocky Mountains. And 2) an underlying message, if YOU buy Hasbro’s 1983 Headquarters, you can assemble YOUR component parts to create YOUR own base, just like the Joes on the first few pages of this issue. Inter-weaving the plot-line and moving merchandise for Hasbro, this issue does both jobs. Well played, Larry Hama. Well played.

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Cobra Commander is already planning to escape, but he is engaging the Joes in conversation to hide his cunning plans.

Meanwhile, Major Bludd drops in on Destro at Cobra HQ. Destro is not completely in the know, but he believes Major Bludd tried to kill him to have the Baroness to himself. He briefly argues with Bludd, but the Baroness reveals herself from the shadows and intervenes before blows are thrown.

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Storm Shadow is trying to track the Commander in a Cobra cargo plane (or jet. I understand the mechanical and technical differences, but I use the terms interchangeably.)

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The Joes are making good progress on assembling their 1983 HQ right there in the Rockies.

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Meanwhile, the Baroness lounges seductively while they discuss that Storm Shadow is trying to rescue Cobra Commander. But Major Bludd mentions he hid a transmitter on Storm Shadow’s sword handle, so that THEY could keep tabs on HIM. 

On a side note, it is not wise to interrupt Destro while he is posing his action figures, errr, admiring his Chess board. 

Major Bludd even handles his Storm Shadow v. 1 action figure without asking!! Someone could lose an eye or hand that way. {Oh, wait, keep it family friendly.} “Remember kids, play nice with your friends.”

We also get a sneak preview and introduction to Firefly and Wild Weasel.

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Back in the Rockies, we learn a little more about Cobra Commander’s battle helmet, and get answers to age old questions: How does he eat or drink with that thing? What happens if he is captured and the helmet is forcibly removed? Does it have a stale smell in there? (okay, maybe not that last one.)

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Storm Shadow’s technology has spotted the Commander, and they are close enough to retrieve him. The heat imagery confirms him from the other Joes.

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As the Joes are playing cards, Cobra Commander receives a secret radio transmission inside his helmet. Storm Shadow lets him know his air Uber is there to pick him up. He asks to go outside, presumably to answer nature’s call. Duke is very aware of proper prisoner etiquette by instructing them to blow off his left knee-cap if he tries to escape. Ahh, the good old days when you could threaten terrorists without fear of wretched attorneys filing motions.

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As they go outside, Cobra Commander pushes the Joes into each other and Storm Shadow swoops down in the Cobra C.L.A.W. and scoops him up!

But his rescue is short lived, as Roadblock peppers the vehicle with M-2 Browning .50 cal. A few inches lower and both Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow would have been bleeding in separate piles from their legs in piles, separated at the hips.
As it is, they figure out they have lost about half their fuel. They won’t both make it out.

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Of course, the Joes have more toys of their own! In one of the other crates, there is the V.T.O.L. single seater mini fighter: the Sky-Hawk! Duke is going to catch up to the damaged C.L.A.W. and hopefully they can regain Cobra Commander, and capture whoever rescued him.

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But Storm Shadow has a plan and has climbed a tree with a component sniper rifle. The Commander is going to fly through the tree-line so Storm Shadow can shoot the Sky-Hawk flying behind him. I would go on a little about the many flaws in this plan, the fact that they are already low on fuel, and the fact that the vehicle might disintegrate the vehicle with either it’s twin turret or missiles, but we’ll just move this right along.

Roadblock and Gung Ho spot Storm Shadow in the tree-line, but can’t get a clear shot at him because the tree. I’m not sure trees are named on the list of things that stop .50 cal heavy machine gun fire, but it brings up a really fun scene. Gung Ho bloops a frag (launches a grenade) to take out the tree Storm Shadow is in. Much more family friendly than disintegrating the ninja into a red mist.

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Storm Shadow’s tree falls down, and him with it. But he is quick and stealthy, so he keeps moving. Gung Ho and Roadblock track him, but then the tracks disappear. Just as they figure out he must be up ANOTHER tree, he drops down and cuts Gung Ho in the back. Roadblock doesn’t take it well. He moves with the speed of an agile NCAA linebacker and the savage weight of an NFL lineman. The quarterback is toast.

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Meanwhile, Duke is still in pursuit of the C.L.A.W. when two F.A.N.G. helicopters attack him. He spins and takes them out with his two missiles. (Sorry kids, no sign of chutes.) But he was distracted, and the Commander made it to the Cobra cargo jet. In retrospect, he should have used his guns on the F.A.N.G.s and his missiles on the jet. But when your super cool vehicle is getting shot at, the first mission is staying airborne to continue the fight.

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The Joes gather back to the HQ, and we learn that Storm Shadow didn’t give up any information, other than a shipping receipt in his pocket.

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I’m sure Storm Shadow’s civil rights attorneys would take issue with Roadblock’s testimony: “Not my fault, dude kept falling down.”

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Such a great line. And Roadblock is a bad man. He carried wounded Gung Ho who has to weigh at least 200 lbs on his back. Unconscious Storm Shadow at 170. His M-2 Browning is about another 100 lbs. Nobody reading this could have picked that up, let alone walked a mile in the snow carrying it.

On the last page, we see that Firefly and “the Cobra pilot’ who we will later discover to be Wild Weasel are down in Florida. Storm Shadow discovered the tracker Major Bludd planted and mailed the tracker to Zartan’s cabin in the swamp. But that will play out in the next issue!

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Now You Know – a little more about how “The Commander Escapes!” Feel free to let me know what you thought of this issue AFTER THE JUMP! 

-YorktownJoe

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