G.I. Joe issue 15
|First published||March 3, 2010|
|Cover date||February 2010|
|Written by||Chuck Dixon|
|Line-art by||Robert Atkins|
|Inks by||Clayton Brown|
|Colors by||Andrew Crossley|
|Letters by||Robbie Robbins|
|Assistant editor||Carlos Guzman|
Cobra gets away with Orizama, while the Joes accomplish nothing. Hooray...?
Duke and Scarlett are awoken by police officers at Robillard College, and despite a brief attempt at fighting their way out, they submit to police custody after seeing the bullet-riddled body of their G.I. Joe teammate Bazooka. Following a brief misunderstanding, the Joes are released to talk to one of the animal-masked teammates of their mystery killer, but the "zoo crew" were just unwitting pawns recruited by Youth Against Animal Testing, a Cobra shell, and the Joes are left with no leads on Dr. Orizama's location.
The Joes visit Orizama's wife to inform her of her husband's abduction, and warn her that Cobra may threaten her safety to persuade him to work on their M.A.S.S. device, but she is unfazed — her husband's curiosity will be all the motivation he needs to take part in an advanced physics project. Indeed, at that very moment, Orizama is gleefully looking over the teleportation device and its schematics as Destro explains its workings, but the masked scientist is left thoroughly embarrassed when Orizama deduces the solution to their re-integration woes in a matter of seconds, pointing out a simple few values that require alteration. The Baroness breezes past Destro and the insulted Dr. Mindbender, taking Orizama to implement the changes to "her" machine, while the Cobra scientists seethe.
Cobra's first trial of the altered M.A.S.S. device is a complete success, with a squad of Vipers grabbing huge amounts of cash from vault four of the Banque de Suisse and bringing it back to Cobra with no ill effects. Destro wishes to use the repaired device to reverse the molecular instability that keeps him sealed in an armored suit, but the Baroness refuses, not considering it a priority; Mindbender, meanwhile, is indignant at being "shooed away" back to the Tachyon project that he was working on before. Leaving the two men to their grumbling, the Baroness intimates to Orizama that he will not be leaving Cobra alive, but the scientist's response surprises her: he doesn't want to leave at all, having seen Cobra's limitless resources and not wanting to go back to having to beg and scrape for funding at every turn. Pleased, the Baroness has Orizama turn his attentions to increasing the device's range, something that he is delighted to do.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"Have you ever applied for a government grant? Or begged some ignorant alumni board for enough cash to keep your project alive? Here I can see my work through without going around with my hand out."
"You are aware of what Cobra represents, doctor?"
"I believe I do. But science is science."
- —Gerry Orizama and the Baroness
G.I. Joe references
- The jet that delivers Orizama to Section Zero is a Cobra Night Raven; its design is based on its 2009 Rise of Cobra toy.
- The pictures hanging on the rec room wall include a bundle of easter eggs:
- Ace, standing in front of a Skystriker jet.
- Hot Sauce, the Puerto Rican Joe dropped into crowd scenes by Robert Atkins. He's hanging out with Barbecue, because of course he is.
- A group shot of many barely-discernable Joes, including Tripwire (using his classic design, rather than the redesign that debuted in issue #13), either Heavy Duty or Roadblock, and what... mmmmmmight be Clutch? Tripwire's presence is a little odd, though; per issue #13, he's only just joined the Joes!
- Snow Job... with what looks like a second, miscolored Snow Job. This is, presumably, Whiteout, a character whose original toy was a redeco of Snow Job (though the original's beard was brown, rather than the dirty blond it appears to be here).
- Scheduled for February, this issue came out slightly late in the first week of March.
- Cover A: Baroness x Destro OTP, by David Williams and Kelsey Shannon.
- Cover B: Scarlett and Duke undercover, by Robert Atkins and Andrew Crossley.
- Cover RI: Virgin version of Cover A.