Issue 69 saw the beginning of a new arc. It had a great cover with Destro and his Iron Grenadiers. There was a memorable line from Roadblock. And a bit of shooting and intrigue. Feel free to check out the review of Issue 69 in case you missed it. (You can catch up on other “Now You Know With YorktownJoe” reviews there as well!)
On to the issue
The issue begins where the previous issue ended with the Joe’s C-130 on fire and losing altitude. Thrasher the Dreadnok is threatening Wild Bill who is able to exchange verbal jibes with him while also preparing the C-130 for the crash landing that is about to happen.
Crazylegs is trying to get the Dreadnoks Thunder Machine as well as the fleeing refugees strapped in better.
Wild Bill continues to crack wise with Thrasher.
One of the refugees has a small child with her and he is knocked loose as the C-130 begins careening into the jungle.
Thrasher learns the hard way about the importance of seatbelts and safety harnesses. “I told him to buckle up” is a great line.
Crazylegs makes a remarkable save of the little refugee boy while badly injuring his own shoulder.
Then he saves him again as the Thunder Machine breaks free of its straps and slams into the side of the plane right where they were a moment before.
He returns the boy to his mother as the refugees file out of the crashed plane once it stopped.
Destro and the Iron Grenadier Sergeant Major discuss the local collapsing economy in Rio Lindo, the capital city of the fictional Sierra Gordo. General Villavaca and his sleazy companion from the North American Banana Monopoly want Destro to provide more military assistance to them. They offer a suitcase full of cash and Destro agrees to help.
Meanwhile, Hawk and the Joe’s are working with Jefe and Ambassador Winthrop as they sneak through the jungle. The Ambassador overhears them and realizes Hawk and the Joe’s have been there previously. He wants to know why and under whose authority?
Later, the group arrives at Old Ernesto’s place. He is the guide that Jefe thinks can get the Joe’s to safety away from the evil General Villavaca’s men.
But they notice there is very little activity and all the windows are shuttered closed. They smell a trap.
They have the doors covered, and the whole page is nearly silent. But then Ambassador Winthrop breaks the silence, trips, and falls down, giving them all away.
I wonder what author Larry Hama thinks of politicians??
Then everything goes south in a hurry. One of the Joe’s (Leatherneck or one of the Embassy’s marines?) jumps on Ambassador Winthrop to shield him from bullets and the Joe’s return fire along with Jefe’s men.
Roadblock gives covering fire and Hawk and Jefe toss grenades inside.
Inside a contained room where grenades just went off is a grisly scene. Old Ernesto is dead, tied up to a chair. Someone mentions that he was killed days ago. I’m not sure exactly how long General Villavaca’s men can hold their breath or breathe through their mouths. But
no matter how evil men are, they aren’t keeping a dead body in a stifling hot room with them for hours, let alone days.
They also notice a radio man who may or may not have been able to signal for help before the grenades went off. There aren’t any forensic scientists around, so assumptions were made…
Another patrol of General Villavaca’s men arrive and surround Ernesto’s place. They realize that the Joe’s and Jefe’s men are inside and are prepared defensively. If they try to cross the clearing to his house, they will be cut to ribbons. The General doesn’t care he orders them to attack or be shot. Mr Goodfellow the sleazeball advises the General to let Destro know the location so he can provide air support if needed.
Villavaca’s men charge. They are indeed shredded by Roadblock’s .50 cal Ma Deuce M-2 Browning heavy machine gun, as well as all the others shooting out.
Just then Destro’s helicopter arrives. It looks bad for the Joe’s and Jefe and the Ambassador.
But he fired on Villavaca’s men instead.
Destro gets out and cuts a quick deal with Jefe to nationalize the banana monopoly and buy weapons from him. The Ambassador is livid, but Hawk tells him that’s how life works, but maybe Destro could fly him and the marine to a hospital.
Back at the C-130 wreckage, Crazylegs helps Maverick and Wild Bill who were moderately injured in the crash. Zarana tends to Thrasher. They get out and move away from the crash scene just before…
The C-130 goes up in a blaze of glory explosion. They have emergency rations and water for themselves, but they also have all the refugees and the 3 Dreadnoks.
We’ll have to wait for the next issue to see if they can quite literally find their way out of the woods…
Issue 70 saw a lot of action in Sierra Gordo. There was political intrigue and shoot-outs as well as self-sacrifice on behalf of others. We also see glimpses into Larry Hama’s thoughts on politicians, monopolistic business-men, arms dealers who work with multiple sides, and the complexities of revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries.
Hope you enjoyed this review!
Tune in soon for Issue 71.
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