G.I. Joe vol. 2 issue 2
|First published||June 1, 2011|
|Cover date||June 2011|
|Written by||Chuck Dixon|
|Line-art by||Javier Saltares|
|Inks by||Christopher Ivy|
|Colors by||Romulo Fajardo, Jr.|
|Letters by||Shawn Lee|
|Assistant editor||Tom Waltz|
G.I. Joe are forced to confront the fact that their base security is nowhere near adequate.
Effortlessly vaulting the border fence of the Pit, Storm Shadow is guided to its entrance by Zartan, wearing the face of General Hawk; and by the time that Agent Helix reaches the perimeter security center, Zartan is long-gone, having taken the appearance of Shareware and stowed his body in a nearby vent. G.I. Joe puts out an alert for Shareware, unaware of the reason for his disappearance, prompting Zartan — now disguised as the Fobbit — to make a detour into the Pit's kitchens; taking stock of the cooks, he knocks them out, taking the appearance of the one who matches him in height and build, and disappears deeper into the Pit.
Though Flint and Scarlett are confused by Hawk appearing to be on the base when he is believed to be in Washington, DC, Helix explains — thanks to her condition, she suffers from face blindness, and didn't recognise "Hawk" thanks to something off in the way he moved; whoever he was, he wasn't the general. Indeed, at that moment Hawk is in a meeting at the National Postal Museum in Washington; it isn't going well, his superiors stonewalling his needs for intelligence data from other counterterror groups and dismissing his arguments about the threat posed by Cobra. As the officials leave the meeting, a shotgun-wielding terrorist enters the hotel lobby, yelling about how "they" promised "he" would be here, but Hawk — with assistance from a quick-witted Dial-Tone, takes down the man. He is quickly accosted by a federal SWAT team who claim to merely be making certain of security, but his suspicions of them are confirmed when one of the men calls him "General Hawk"; realising that the men are Cobra agents, the two Joes manage to disarm and incapacitate them. Deciding to not risk bringing more Joes into an ambush and unwilling to trust any police, Hawk and Dial-Tone prepare to make their own way back to the Pit.
In the Pit's security center, Flint's team slowly puts together what happened: their mystery infiltrator first disguised himself as Hawk, followed by Shareware and Spuds, but they don't know where he now is: disguised as Dusty, in the Pit's motor pool. An injured Dusty crawls out, muttering to the soldiers outside that they're looking for "him"; but the Joes don't have time to reflect on the meaning of his words before Zartan comes smashing through the door, wearing a suit of military powered armor! The purpose of the infiltrator's mission becomes clear when he breaks into the isolation cell of G.I. Joe's captive Viper and kills him; the Joes take down his armor with an EMP charge, but Zartan is remarkably blasé about having been captured himself, leading Helix to realise: if he dropped the perimeter's alarms when he was already inside, Zartan was letting someone else into G.I. Joe's base. And indeed, Storm Shadow is now lurking in the shadows of the Pit...
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"Aw, a food critic, huh?"
- —Spuds is unfazed by Zartan's attack on his colleague
"I take it you didn't get what you need, sir?"
"I need a drink."
"There's a pub in Union Station, sir."
"Join me in a beer, Dee-Tee. My treat. That's an order."
- —Dial-Tone and Hawk
- Helix's often-ambiguous "condition" that gives her superpowers — and, apparently, face blindness — was established in the Special in which she debuted.
- The Joes' captive Viper was captured in G.I. Joe vol. 1 #23, and persuaded that he was "in the future" in the following issue.
- "Shareware" is ordered to report to C-and-C, and is asked by the kitchen Joes if he's been assigned "kay-pee".
- Cover A: Flint gets the better of Zartan, by Tom Feister.
- Cover B: Hawk is confronted by federal agents, by Javier Saltares and Andrew Crossley.
- Cover C: Uncolored version of cover B, by Javier Saltares.