Deep Terror Conclusion

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G.I. Joe vol. 2 #16
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"Deep Terror Conclusion"
Publisher IDW Publishing
First published August 15, 2012
Cover date August 2012
Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by Will Rosado
Colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Editor John Barber and Carlos Guzman

Escaping from Cobra forces, Scarlett and Team Bravo must find a way to take their captors down.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Gilberto and G.I. Joe Team Bravo flee from Urso's drilling machine, the Cobra taskmaster refusing to let his Vipers shoot their targets instead of letting the drills kill them. Spotting a hollow in the wall, Recondo pulls Gilberto into it, and though the passing drill slices his back open, both men survive; Urso, believing them to have been killed by the drill, doesn't realise when Recondo climbs onto the back and throws his Vipers off! When the other Joes reach the opening ahead, they think they have lost their teammate, only for the drill to come roaring past with Recondo fist-fighting Urso on top of it! Unfortunately, the noise of the drill is too loud for the others to tell Recondo that the machine is heading off a cliff; noticing it at the last second, Recondo leaps from the vehicle while Urso — the chain wrapped around his wrist entangled in the drills — is dragged over with it. The sloping edge of the cliff means Recondo threatens to fall, but he is caught by Stalker and the other Joes at the last minute.

From Dr. Mindbender's Section Five lab, Scarlett again contacts Team Hammerdown, and recieves depressing news: though Cobra forces are on the brink of breaking into the lab, the Joes' reinforcements are still four hours away. Out of options, Scarlett turns to the captive Mindbender for help, and with a little persuasion the doctor reveals the existence of a hidden elevator in the laboratory. The elevator takes them deeper into the mine, rather than out, and on reaching the lower level, Scarlett has Mainframe ask Mindbender for directions; however, Copperhead has a Viper drop a grenade into the elevator shaft, sending it plummeting deep into the mine with Mindbender within. The two Joes see the shadows of a group approaching, and make ready to fire... only for them to be revealed to be Team Bravo and the mine's prisoners!

With the location of Fort Baxter compromised by Cobra and G.I. Joe's presence splashed all over the media, Duke makes a difficult decision: they're leaving the base. To the shock of his subordinates, he orders Dial-Tone to pack up their tech gear and destroy what can't be taken, Spreadsheet to alert all teams that they're leaving, and Bildocker to arrange transport to evacuate. Elsewhere, the Baroness orders the White House's G.I. Joe liaison, who Cobra is secretly supporting for a United States Senate position, to corroborate the files released by Cobra and confirm the existence of the G.I. Joe program; but the man is reluctant to do so and compromise the Joes, especially when he overhears his son saying that "the good guys always win".

Copperback believes that Cobra can still deal with the Joes and prisoners trapped beneath them, but is soon brought a report from a Crimson Guardsman that changes her mind: a relief force has arrived above them and is airdropping towards their position! The scientist desperately tries to salvage the situation despite their communications center being shut down, but is forced to surrender when the Joes arrive at their position and overwhelm them. On the surface, Team Hammerdown takes down the surface defenses in time for Team Bravo to emerge with the captive Cobra forces, including Copperback, with Gilberto requesting political asylum in America. Tripwire remarks that when Mainframe tagged along Scarlett must have not known whether to kiss or kill him... but she thinks she knows which.

In the depths of the mines, Dr. Mindbender has miraculously survived his elevator's long fall, and finds himself beside a glowing lake in the stratum where he had predicted the presence of abellium. Looking into the water, he sees long-extinct trilobites alive and well, and realises that he has truly found it: an element capable of bending time! And at Fort Baxter, the protesters bust down the gates with a van, only to find that the soldier guarding the entrance is only a hologram — and that apart from him, the entire base is deserted!

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

Characters in italics are shown only in flashbacks. (Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Cobra Others
  • Gilberto (2)
  • Protesters (14)
  • Liaison (20)
  • Liaison's children (21)
  • Other prisoners (22)
  • Holographic guard (29)

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"You thought you had killed Urso! Drowned Urso like a rat!"
"That was the idea, butthead."

Urso and Recondo

"Turns out you were right, Glynis. I am a canny one."

Scarlett gloats to Copperback

Notes[edit | edit source]

Continuity notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Baroness recruited the wannabe senator in issue 12.
  • Dr. Mindbender's pursuit of abellium is confirmed to be part of his ongoing obsession with time travel.
  • The Joes having a holographic "doorman" for their base was also part of their modus operandi in the Pit, as seen in G.I. Joe volume 1.

Errors[edit | edit source]

  • Team Bravo's escape from Urso is presented as happening parallel to Scarlett and Mainframe's escape from Mindbender's lab, even though it can only be moments after the end of the last issue, which was four hours before the latter escape. Similarly, there's no real indication of a time skip between Scarlett and Mainframe getting out and Team Hammerdown arriving.

Covers (2)[edit | edit source]

  • Regular cover: Beachhead and a Tomahawk helicopter, by Tommy Lee Edwards.
  • Cover RI: Uncolored version of the regular cover, by Tommy Lee Edwards.