G.I. Joe vol. 2 issue 6
|First published||October 5, 2011|
|Cover date||October 2011|
|Written by||Chuck Dixon|
|Art by||Will Rosado|
|Colors by||Romulo Fajardo, Jr.|
|Letters by||Shawn Lee|
Flint's team and the captive Baroness hunker down in Springfield, but what horrors are to be found in the nice little town?
Peeking out of the rear entrance of the Bear Lake G.I. Joe facility, Tripwire sees plenty of Vipers, but only dead ones. Tripwire and Beachhead soon spot the perpetrator, escaping on a dirt bike, but are unable to call in air support to track him thanks to their communications being blocked. As Flint gives orders to ship out and take the captive Baroness with them, Hard Drive worriedly observes that if Bear Lake's security is compromised, every G.I. Joe facility must be — Bear Lake was need-to-know, top-secret even among the Joes. With Motorhead and Sneak Peek injured, the Joes decide to make for Brunswick Naval Air Station for medical assistance; but in need for somewhere to hunker down, they decide to pick "Area "C"", the one place that Cobra will never look for them...
Aboard the Tuna and below the Atlantic Ocean, Mainframe and Dial-Tone appraise a mysterious device found by Shipwreck. With its own power supply and wired into the Tuna's systems, the submarine's new captain has no idea what it is, and wants a technician to take a look at it, which the two Fobbits do... unaware that it's recording them as they examine it. Meanwhile, from Fort Baxter, Scarlett contacts Doc at Ramstein Air Force Base; the medic isn't positive about Duke's condition, but with Snake Eyes at his side, Scarlett is confident that he has a chance.
On Flint's team's helicopter, the Baroness snarks at her captors, but her sarcasm quickly turns to horror as she realises where the Joes are taking her: Springfield, the Cobra-owned town once used as testing grounds but now an abandoned ghost town. The Baroness begs to not be held there, insisting that it won't end well for anyone, but the Joes ignore her pleas and set up shop in the Springfield Savings bank.
Mainframe announces to Hawk that he's discovered what the Tuna's "black boxes" do, but it isn't anything good: they're sifting data about the water and surrounding environment of the submarine, but rather than sharing it with the Joes, it's instead sending it to an unknown party... and as the Joes debate what to do next, that party is revealed: aspiring Cobra Commander Major Bludd, and his hacker underling Error 404! The computer wiz-kid wants to "go interactive" on the submarine's systems, but his superior has him hold off, waiting for the Tuna to enter deeper waters...
Locked in the vault of Springfield's bank, the Baroness expresses disgust with the food she's been given, and Tripwire's taunting of her results in him and Roadblock getting a supply of the slop she's eating to the face. Flint, however, has bigger issues on his mind: Hard Drive has discovered that the town is full of active transponders and satellite links, and he demands answers from their captive. Smirking, the Baroness explains: Springfield was used by Cobra for testing various scenarios on "lab rats", and with the Joe team's arrival, a new pack has arrived. At that moment, Crankcase and Ripcord are outside dealing with a hot-wired SUV, only to spot a heavily-clothed figure walking across the street towards them. Realising that he's not one of the Joes, the two open fire on the figure, but it is unharmed; and moments later, the SUV explodes, taking both of the Joes out in the blast! Tripwire, Beachhead and Tunnelrat respond, opening fire on the figure, but though a high explosive round from Tripwire seems to take out the attacker, a spray of gunfire moments later injures Tunnelrat and forces the team to fall back to the vault.
Within, the Baroness happily explains: the figure is a B.A.T., a robotic soldier built by Cobra as a contingency for the aftermath of nuclear war; it is designed to withstand unlimited small arms fire and protect Cobra assets by killing all non-Cobra personnel within its range. Though the Baroness will be spared, all of the G.I. Joe members will be killed... and she did try to warn them, after all...
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"This is a "boat" and not a "ship", Shipwreck?"
"Goes back to the old Navy, Mainframe. Ships have masts. Boats don't."
"Thanks, Dial-Tone. But why's it referred to in the feminine?"
"Dunno. Lonely sailors?"
- —Mainframe and Dial-Tone
Hard Drive: "You have to be the most high-profile member of Cobra. Baroness Anastasia DeKobray. Cute."
Baroness: "You'd be surprised who might be Cobra."
Pokerface: "Ben Affleck, right?"
Tunnelrat: "Bet the whole deal's honchoed by Elvis."
- Springfield was first shown to be abandoned in Cobra Civil War #0. Flint also refers to Snake Eyes getting his ass kicked by a "blueshirt" Cobra trooper in Springfield, which happened back in G.I. Joe vol. 1 #10.
- Major Bludd presumably learned about the Joes' plan to relocate to the Dreadnaught via his inside man Black-Out, who discovered the plan in Cobra vol. 2 #5.
- B.A.T.s first appeared in G.I. Joe: Cobra, where they were being developed; they didn't work nearly as well there as they do here, but they got something of an upgrade when the Baroness fought them in G.I. Joe: Infestation — maybe Cobra took some tips from the sentient virus that took control of them? In Cobra their name was said to stand for "Battle Automation Tactics", but here it's given as "Battle-armored Android Trooper"; see "G.I. Joe references", below.
G.I. Joe references
- In classic G.I. Joe media, "B.A.T." stands for "Battle Android Trooper", but here it's "Battle-armored Android Trooper". The name is taken from the heavily-armored B.A.T. variants released as part of the 1993 "Armor Tech" subline, though those were abbreviated as "B.A.A.T." instead.
Real life references
- The Joes' suggestions who might be members of Cobra are Kobe, Ben Affleck and Elvis, who Tunnel Rat jokingly suggests is running Cobra in a reference to real-life Elvis sightings.
- Tripwire mentions that Springfield feels "Tikrit wrong", referring to the Iraq city that was captured with little difficulty by U.S. forces during the Iraq War, but soon became the intense focus of attacks by insurgents against the occupying forces.
- As with the previous issue, this issue's cover A — showing Roadblock armed with a Davy Crockett — must have been intended for the issue that came before it; in this case, issue 5.
- Cover A: It's Roadblock's turn, baby, by Tom Feister.
- Cover B: Flint defends an unconscious Tunnelrat, by Will Rosado and Romulo Fajardo, Jr..
- Cover RI: Duke and Scarlett pull a "Crisis on Infinite Joes #7", by Robert Atkins and Mark Roberts; part of a month of RI covers homaging the iconic cover, along with Cobra #6 and (sort of) Snake Eyes #6.