The Betrayers Part 3
|"The Betrayers Part 3"|
|First published||September 23, 2009|
|Cover date||September 2009|
|Written by||Chuck Dixon|
|Line-art by||S.L. Gallant|
|Colors by||Andrew Crossley|
|Letters by||Chris Mowry|
|Assistant editor||Carlos Guzman|
|Associate editor||Denton J. Tipton|
G.I. Joe is hot on the trail of Cobra across the globe, whilst the Baroness and Destro travel to Section Zero.
In Castle Destro, the giant mechanical spider quickly kills Six-Gun and Hat Trick, leaving just Cover Girl to scramble to a hiding spot. Luckily, Duke and Beachhead arrive, and whilst Cover Girl distracts the robot, they stick it with a prototype EMP grenade that instantly disables it. An anguished Cover Girl unloads a clip into the motionless machine, before the search continues, two men down.
Deep beneath the ocean, the Baroness explains the advanced technology which powers the massive submarine in which they currently travel. Whilst Destro is to be allowed to continue his research, now with Cobra's full resources at his disposal, the laird is not best pleased at the loss of his freedom. As the Baroness leaves, McCullen is happy to discover that the MacDougalls are alive and also aboard the submarine. Destro quickly lays out the trio's order of business: free him from his armor, then find a way to escape Cobra.
Back in Argentina, the Joes reach the castle's main laboratory, where they find nothing but scattered remnants of the project that once occupied it. Watching remotely from The Pit, Brainstorm's curiosity is piqued by radiation readings that suggest subatomic particle experiments, and arrangements are made for the Fobbit to inspect the site in person. Elsewhere in the facility, Scarlett is visited by Downtown, who offers his pre-Joe experience as a lawyer for her case. Correctly guessing that Duke put him up to it, Scarlett respectfully declines the offer, noting that only Snake Eyes can provide the evidence needed to save her, and that she no longer has faith that will happen.
Meanwhile, Snake Eyes and Mainframe have arrived in Springfield, which by all appearances is a perfectly normal town. Luckily, the computer expert has a plan to pinpoint the server which they seek: bluff their way into the local electricity company and search their records for a location which draws an inconspicuous amount of power. They soon identify Lester's Drug Store as a likely candidate, but as they prepare to drive over, a tornado siren sounds across the town, and civilians run for shelter. Happy with this seeming stroke of luck, the duo are able to easily break into the boarded-up shop, although not before Snake Eyes insists they tool up. Mainframe goes ahead and quickly finds a hidden hatch in the shop's floor, but as he descends, a one-man aircraft fires upon Snake Eyes outside. The craft's heavy fire levels the shop front, before a soldier disembarks to enter the wreckage. As Mainframe finds the hatch he came through now blocked by debris, up above, Snake Eyes lies motionless...
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"Cobra does not negotiate. The sooner you accept your new conditions the sooner you can begin appreciating the benefits. It is a blessing or a curse, Laird Destro. The choice of perspectives is yours."
- —Baroness has some advice for Destro
- It's been two weeks since the attack on the Pit in the series' first arc.
- The Cobra submarine goes unnamed this issue, but will later be dubbed Dreadnaught in issue #21. Whilst he only appears at small size in the background, the craft's captain this issue appears to be a different man to the Captain Vicuna who will later be seen commanding it.
G.I. Joe references
- The Cobra aircraft is a modern redesign of the classic Flight Pod, doing away with the "bubble" for an enclosed cockpit.
Real life references
- The Cobra submarine runs on a hydrogen fuel cell, a real-world system which carries out electrolysis of water.
- Brainstorm has a "Gallifrey Institute of Technology", pegging him as a Doctor Who nerd.
- This issue does not feature a printed title, but the arc was titled "The Betrayers" in the solicitation text for issue #12.
- Cover A: Joes versus the spider robot, by Howard Chaykin and Edgar Delgado.
- Cover B: Snake Eyes runs through Springfield, by Robert Atkins and Andrew Crossley.
- Cover RI: Virgin version of Cover A.