Origins issue 9
|First published||November 25, 2009|
|Cover date||November 2009|
|Written by||Larry Hama|
|Line-art by||Andrea Mutti|
|Colors by||J. Brown|
|Letters by||Chris Mowry|
|Assistant editor||Carlos Guzman|
|Associate editor||Denton J. Tipton|
G.I. Joe continues to unravel a mysterious terror threat, even as their targets launch their plan into action.
In Paris, Scarlett and Rock & Roll pose as civilians to visit the city's office of Portero Moderno, the janitorial firm linked to the "Saeva Indignatio" plot. They unexpectedly walk in on two men brandishing firearms, and a fight quickly ensues, with Rock & Roll pursuing one of the men into the sewers. The highly-trained Joes easily take the upper hand, but one of the plotters attempts to incinerate the office's computer using thermite, prompting Scarlett to boot it out the window in the hope that her nearby teammates can salvage the hard drive. Before long, both terrorists are unconscious, and hauled away for questioning.
Somewhere else in Europe, a pair of American tourists with lost passports arrive at the local embassy, but are turned away by Esau, posing as a member of staff. Also in the building is music artist Busta Capp and his entourage, seeking answers about his crew's arrest recording preventing entry to the U.S. Nadia is nearby, posing as a Marine, but one of the tourists spots that she is flouting uniform regulations, prompting the terrorist to draw a gun and herd Capp's party and the tourists into a storeroom, alongside the corpses of the real embassy staff.
In the countryside outside Paris, Scarlett is attempting to decrypt the Portero Moderno harddrive, but finds nothing but employee files for the janitorial service's offices across Europe. With no firm target, Hawk has deployed into the continent, to reroute when new intel arises. That breakthrough comes moments later, when Breaker remembers the "Jacob and Esau" and thinks to run a visual search of the files for "Yakov"'s face. Sure enough, they find his twin, stationed at the London office. Turning their captives over to the French authorities, G.I. Joe mobilizes. Duke, Stalker, and Snake Eyes receive their new destination as they pass through Irish airport customs.
Inside the London embassy, the captives form a plan to escape, with Capp's manager distracting the terrorists so the bodyguard can take them down. Unfortunately, Nadia and Esau easily see through the ruse, and the bodyguard, Cee-Jay, is shot dead. The terrorists then wheel a sealed bin containing a bomb into the storeroom – a failsafe should their plan to seek revenge on America for its interference in Borovia go wrong. Three blocks away, the Joes travelling from Paris rendezvous with an SAS colonel, who lays out the current situation at the embassy. Hawk reveals that the attack has been timed to coincide with an imminent visit to the embassy by a high-ranking US official, and it is decreed that the terrorists must be cleared out as quietly as possible, within the hour. With Duke's party arriving, the strike team is complete, and the mission is a go!
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"That bloke in black's carryin' a bloody sword! Didn't anybody tell him it's a firefight he's walkin' into?"
"It's only a firefight if the other guy gets a chance to squeeze his trigger."
- –A UK soldier disses Snake Eyes, Heavy Duty defends his honor
G.I. Joe references
- Snake Eyes' new G.I. Joe combat uniform is based on the less-ubiquitous design of his very original action figure.
- The team convenes at the Animals in War Memorial, which is indeed a few blocks away from London's real-life US Embassy.
- Cover A: The G.I. Joe team, by Tom Feister.
- Cover B: Rock & Roll in the sewers, by Andrea Mutti and J. Brown.
- Cover RI: Virgin version of Cover A.