Deep Terror, Part 2
|"Deep Terror, Part 2"|
|First published||June 6, 2012|
|Cover date||June 2012|
|Written by||Chuck Dixon|
|Art by||Will Rosado|
|Colors by||Romulo Fajardo, Jr.|
|Letters by||Neil Uyetake|
|Editor||John Barber and Carlos Guzman|
Scarlett and her team of Joes both escape... not out of Section Five, but further into it!
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Scarlett has been captured by Cobra scientist Copperback, who knows that she is a member of G.I. Joe, and aims to transport her from the mining facility Section Five to Section Prime for interrogation. Before she can escort the Joe field leader to the surface, Copperback is called back to the laboratory by Dr. Mindbender, which gives Scarlett the opportunity to knock out her Viper guards and escape into the facility. At the same time, the rest of her team are down the mine, picking through rubble for the rare earth metals europium, thulium and yttrium; as fellow prisoner Gilberto explains to Stalker, Cobra is paid to hold prisoners and dissidents by many countries, and so it is more cost-effective to use them than to automate the process. Stalker asks how one would escape from the mine, but Gilberto only laughs at the impossibility of the idea.
Mainframe radios in to Fort Baxter command to provide his findings on Scarlett's team's capture. Duke is irritated with Mainframe, especially when he insists on trying to infiltrate the site himself, but as Dial-Tone points out, they don't have the funding or resources to mount a rescue mission... but they do have Bildocker, who claims to be easily able to get them transport and passage to the Antarctic, doing so by calling in favors and organising trips to Las Vegas in exchange. To get into the base, Mainframe creates a decoy by setting up a fire, with a pile of rocks covered by a coat; when a Viper in a Flight Pod comes to investigate, Mainframe knocks him out and steals his uniform, before attempting — and failing — to pilot the Flight Pod back, forcing him to walk all the way to the mine.
In Section Five's laboratory, Copperhead is furious to be informed that Scarlett has escaped, while the Joe intelligence operative crawls through the facility's vent shafts. Down in the mines, Rock 'n Roll pilfers Leatherneck's lunch, while Stalker quizzes Gilberto on the workings of the mine. Determining that there's no way to escape out of the mine, Stalker decides to have the Joes head further into it, taking advantage of choke points and ambushes to put the hurt on Cobra when they come after them. The Joes take out the observation drones, and usher the prisoners to go back to their work, not wanting to get anyone else in trouble; Gilberto, however, pledges to accompany them, warning that without his help they could become trapped or choke on toxic gas in the mines. Rock 'n Roll hotwires the mine's mechanised maul and sends it full-speed at Urso and the incoming guards, while Gilberto and the Joes wade through an underground pool deeper into the mine.
At the same time, Error 404 and Zartan are organising Cobra's propaganda campaign against G.I. Joe from Section Eight, Zartan working public relations while Error 404 leaks the Joes' private files — detailing them acting internationally and within the borders of the United States with impugnity — to the internet. Scarlett, meanwhile, has reached Section Five's server farm, and connects to the Joenet in order to inform Fort Baxter of her status; however, she is interrupted by a pair of Vipers who were searching for her! Scarlett manages to fend the two off with a hail of gunfire... but as she takes cover behind a server, another Viper places a pistol to her head!
Featured characters[edit | edit source]
Characters in italics are shown only in flashbacks. (Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
Quotes[edit | edit source]
"Major? It's Bildocker. How's the wife? Oh, too bad. Hey, I'll bet a newly single guy like you could use some comp time in Vegas, am I right? What do I need in exchange? Just a cleared flight plan for some friends of mine. Through CENTCOM and SOUTHCOM airspace."
- —Bildocker has a very particular set of skills
"Clock's ticking, Rock 'n Roll."
"Think you can hotwire faster'n me, Recondo?"
"It's a science, not an art."
"Not the way I do it. Rock on."
- —Recondo and Rock 'n Roll
Notes[edit | edit source]
Continuity notes[edit | edit source]
- Zartan departs for Shanghai, a lead-in to his appearance in Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, which came out the previous month.
Real-world references[edit | edit source]
- Bildocker finds a pistol packed in cosmoline, and acquires a Globemaster for the Joes.
Other notes[edit | edit source]
- Starting with this issue, Bildocker's name is spelled with only one L; previously, it was spelled "Billdocker", with two.
Covers (3)[edit | edit source]
- Cover A: Scarlett, Roadblock and Duke, by Tommy Lee Edwards
- Cover B: Stalker and Scarlett open fire, by Will Rosado and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
- Cover RI: Uncolored and cropped version of cover A, by Tommy Lee Edwards.