Issue 66 was an interesting and satisfying end to the grisly Borovian captivity arc. We had ninja action, bad guys meeting justice, prisoners being rescued and final judgment being passed by Stalker. He definitely “had the high ground” both ethically and physically. Feel free to check out the review of Issue 66 in case you missed it. (You can catch up on other “Now You Know With YorktownJoe” reviews there as well!)
The cover of this issue shows Lady Jaye punching Flint really hard. It is part of the story inside.
I daresay if the characters on the cover were reversed with Flint hitting Lady Jaye, there would be an uproar.
Flint may come off as a jerk verbally from time to time. But Lady Jaye should not resort to physical violence. Striking someone you are close to is not okay. Unless perhaps they are trying to kill you.
Now you know…
On to the issue
The issue begins with a C-130 circling over the visible part of the PIT in Utah. Stalker, Snow-Job and Quick-Kick are making their return to the country.
There is discussion of Stuart Selkirk, Code-Name: Outback. The other Joe’s have been ostracizing him for leaving his team-mates behind. It has been rather relentless and negative towards him since they were captured.
We get a close-up and you readers can see how heavily this has impacted Outback’s mind. The profound guilt that has weighed on him is crushing him.
The deplaning is somber and very dramatic.
Stalker immediately lightens things up with jokes and hugs. I’m sure the artist used the figures as a basis for portraying them. I’m pretty sure if someone had been suffering overseas and was brought back, they would at least stop over in Germany and get fresh clothes and medical treatment before returning stateside. But this was dramatic, and well done.
For a brief moment, everyone thinks Stalker is going to go lay a beatdown on Outback for abandoning them.
Then Stalker, Snow-Job, and Quick-Kick all hug him and thank him for getting word out of what really happened to them so a rescue operation could eventually be undertaken. There is some dark humor where Stalker mentions that there is no way the other Joe’s would hold that against him. Of course, that has been happening non-stop for 5 issues, even though Stalker didn’t know it. Then Outback proclaims that the Joe’s are better than that. He offers to by them Yo-Jo Colas. This immediately puts all those who had treated Outback negatively in a morally inferior position. None of them could ever re-take the metaphorical “high ground” on this topic ever again.
Then Scarlett and Snake-Eyes come down the ramp. They faked their own deaths with the Blind Master in Issue 63 so they could carry on an “off the record” rescue operation.
Hawk and Psyche-Out come up with some mumbo-jumbo that will cover them so they don’t get in trouble for violating a direct order.
Side rant: Hawk has had all kinds of nasty missions in the past. He should have said that the Joe team has been ordered not to attempt a rescue operation. Then pulled Snake-Eyes and Scarlett aside and said:
“I don’t think you two are doing very well. Psyche-Out’s last evaluation indicated you are both on the brink of a meltdown from all the recent missions. I suggest you take some well deserved R & R in France. I hear it’s lovely there this time of year. And very near the Borovian border. Pack your cross-bow. Wink, wink.”
A short panel like that would have kept up Hawk’s reputation as being nasty, but also let the Joe team know he always has their back and to blazes with any Jugglers who deny a rescue op.
Flint gets a little sassy with Snake-Eyes and Scarlett on the walk back in. Lady Jaye decks him.
I mentioned before striking an officer and a “special friend” is not cool.
Use your words Lady Jaye.
Lady Jaye, control yourself. Keep your hands to yourself.
Then she lets Flint know how much she cares about him and they hug. Again. No personal space or workplace professionalism.
Good thing she is an expert with disguises, languages, and javelins.
Meanwhile, in Frusenland…
Dr. Mindbender and the Baroness are trying to sell a politician more Terror Dromes for Coastal defense.
The defense minister mentioned he has signed a pact with the US for protection and other assistance. Dr. Mindbender gives him the stink eye.
The minister mocks Dr. Mindbender and his concern for defense since their country is mostly passive.
They let him off and he wonders why they are still unloading a freighter with weapons and crates. The Baroness, looking dapper in an Arctic coat, mentions they have all the proper paperwork for warehousing the weapons and crates there. And she hints he might even change his mind.
Cobra switched on the Terror-Dromes secret sound wave weapons.
They begin to transmit ultra low wave radio frequency emissions.
The people in Frusenland are affected by the sound waves and begin to argue and fight.
It turns ugly and violent very quickly.
Cobra is enjoying the chaos they are causing and how the violence will lead to more Terror-Drome base defense sales. They mention Kwinn the Eskimo tracker and mercenary sold them the plans for the weapon. That seems a bit out of character for him, but maybe he didn’t know the full extent of it at the time.
Cobra’s secret plan is to cause paranoia in a multitude of 3rd world countries. Then become fabulously wealthy selling arms to warring factions. And generally foment terror around the world.
A reporter mentions rioting is continuing in Frusenland. The people watching the report are in San Francisco.
The Blind Master, Storm Shadow, Jinx, and Billy are watching the report. Well the Blind Master is just listening.
A punk steals Jinx’s purse, and the Blind Master throws his cane in a spinning rotation and knocks the kid over at least 30 feet away.
The Blind Master talks the police officer from filing a report by concocting a ridiculous story.
The punk Tyrone and the Blind Master walk away and Billy starts asking philosophical questions to Jinx and Storm Shadow.
They all walk as they talk and we see an ad for martial arts in the background as Storm Shadow discusses the importance of mastering violence so that it can eventually be abolished. This shows a glimpse of Larry Hama’s views at the time. Pacifism and peace are lofty ideals, but he understands that it can only be achieved if those people who would do evil realize they would be beaten if they chose to pick a fight.
It is a variation of peace through strength. If you are strong and have the power to defend and defeat those who would do you or loved ones harm, those evil men are less likely to pick the fight.
An interesting philosophy, and your mileage will vary. Especially with the proliferation of nut-jobs in modern times.
On the final page Storm Shadow discusses the importance of honor.
Issue 67 saw the return of the Joe’s, forgiveness, reconciliation, workplace violence, workplace hugging, jokes, and deep philosophical discussions.
And a little preview into a coming threat from the Cobra Terror-Dromes and the paranoia and violence inducing low frequency radio wave weapon.
Hope you enjoyed this review!
Tune in soon for Issue 68.
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