Crush Depth, Part 2
|"Crush Depth, Part 2"|
|First published||April 3, 2013|
|Cover date||April 2013|
|Written by||Chuck Dixona|
|Art by||Paul Gulacy|
|Letters by||Shawn Lee|
|Editor||John Barber and Carlos Guzman|
While G.I. Joe and the Baroness race to retrieve the Neptune Bonanza, Serpentor works to undermine Baroness' efforts.
Still haunted by nightmares of her confrontation with Snake Eyes aboard the Neptune Bonanza, Scarlett is stirred from her sleep by Bildocker, who was enraged to find Deep Six and Torpedo painting the submarine he's loaned them with a camo pattern. After assuring Bildocker that they'll undo any modifications to the sub's paint job, Scarlett is called to the Manatee's deck by Mainframe. Once there, he and Dial-Tone report to Scarlett that their radar has picked up another ship sitting right on top of their target destination. With seas as rough as these, they deduce that can only mean one thing... Cobra is trying to get to the Neptune Bonanza as well!
Aboard the Argo Vidale, Baroness chews out the ship's captain Victor Bekuna for their salvage operation being behind schedule. Bekuna, however, wonders if she can't tell that ship is being tossed around by the raging, twenty foot and rising sea. Meanwhile, the Joes have hurried the launch of their submarine and, once they're as close as they can get without showing up on the Vidale's radar, Scarlett and Mainframe exit the sub and swim on ahead towards the wrecked Neptune Bonanza. Shortly after they reach the shipwreck, they spot a small team of Eels and Sting Raider's heading towards them as well. Avoiding their searchlights by bobbing and weaving through the scattered cargo containers, Scarlett and Mains eventually find one that's had it's door broken open and hide inside. Since the container is only half full, they remove their masks to conserve some oxygen.
In London, Sir Anthony sits alone in his office drinking his sorrows away when suddenly a man shoves his way inside. Introducing himself as Serpentor, the man informs Anthony that he's aware his grandchildren Thomas and Mia have been kidnapped by the Baroness. Serpentor then offers to help Anthony get his grandchildren back and, in return, Serpentor only asks that Anthony tell him what Baroness wanted from him. After Sir Anthony agrees, Serpentor has his men analyze the photo Baroness shared with him to prove his grandchildren were kidnapped and they are able to analyze it and easily determine the children are being held on the island of Tiree. Sending a team out to retrieve them, the Coil's soldiers gun down the kidnappers and rescue the children.
Back at the Neptune Bonanza's wreck, Baroness observes her Eels working and preparing several containers for retrieval from above crush depth. From higher up in the water, Baroness can see that her soldiers have begun grabbing the attention of several sharks and warns them. From inside their container, Mainframe can hear the Cobra's working and wonders what exactly they're doing. However, he can't hear the Baroness' warning and, if he could, perhaps rather than trying to flirt with Scarlett he'd notice the shark that's sneaked into the container with them!
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
- Scarlett's has a nightmare reliving her confrontation with Snake Eyes aboard the sinking Neptune Bonanza, which occurred in G.I. Joe vol. 2 #19.
- Deep Six returns, seemingly practically none the worse for wear after having his arm chopped off by Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow #20. Oddly, this issue and the following two issues of Crush Depth never actually show him from an angle where his missing arm is shown, so there's no way of knowing if he's gotten a prosthetic or not.
- Scarlett and Mainframe have been romantically involved since sharing a kiss in Joe vol. 2 #15, though they had a will-they-or-won't-they thing going on throughout IDW's Joe comics.
- In an unusual case of someone other than Mike Costa remembering that G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds exists and is canon, the Cobra Eels are drawn similarly to how they were in the third issue of that series.
G.I. Joe references
- The subs searching the Bonanza's wreckage are Sting Raiders. Specifically, they're the original Sting Raider from 2004's Valor vs. Venom line rather than Water Moccasins, which would be renamed Sting Raiders when Hasbro couldn't secure rights to their original name.
- Cover A: Torpedo and Hard Drive strike a pose, by Sean Chen and Joana Lafuente
- Cover B: Scarlett and Mainframe underwater, by Paul Gulacy and Aburtov
- Retailer incentive cover: Untold Crime Stories of G.I. Joe: The Cobra Gang Strikes! by Jim Rugg