The Fall of G.I. Joe Conclusion
|"The Fall of G.I. Joe Conclusion"|
|First published||April 29, 2015|
|Written by||Karen Traviss|
|Line-art by||Steve Kurth|
|Colors by||Kito Young|
|Letters by||Neil Uyetake|
|Special Thanks||Max Brooks|
It all comes tumbling down!
A day after Grigor Rashidov's surgery, Isaac Craft decrypts the Cobra helmet camera, revealing footage of the assassination attempt with Tomax Paoli's voice giving the kill order. Revealing this boon to the recuperating Rashidov, Craft then has the rebel leader record a video message, before meeting "Whelan" under cover of darkness. In a gloomy Operational Support safe house, Craft records his own message, and then edits together a video for broadcast. G.I. Joe, meanwhile, have received the order to snatch Craft as part of Siren's asylum deal with Scarlett.
At the London Cobra consulate, Siren downloads Cobra's files, but her actions do not go unnoticed by the Baroness. Later, the Cobra operative hands off the data to Scarlett, who notices that she's been packing ready to leave. The next morning, Craft's video is broadcast, implicating Tomax in an assassination. As the Joes and ex-Joes watch the video, Siren gets the call from Paoli to get to work discrediting the video. Realizing Tomax really has been trying to murder her son, Siren calls Scarlett for immediate extraction, but the Joe refuses, knowing that all their stolen intel will be changed if Siren's treachery is revealed to Cobra right away. As she arrives at the consulate, the reluctant Cobra agent has a terse interaction with the Baroness...
In Washington, D.C., Joe Colton and a senator discuss the implication of Craft's message, the latter pointing out that whilst a discredited Cobra is fine, riots in Galibi and Schleteva will disrupt the gas pipeline deal. Even as the Tomax attempts to convince the media of a set-up, those riots indeed begin, and President Shefer kicks the Cobra peacekeepers out of Galibi, pointing out to Paoli that killing Rashidov discreetly would have been fine. Later, Tomax, who has avoided arrest thanks to the weak evidence, frets over the phone with his right-hand man, concerned about Baroness's role in all that has transpired. And in London, the female Cobra agent keeps a steady eye on Siren...
A day after Craft's broadcast, G.I. Joe continue the search for the boy, whilst Duke gets a similar idea – he wants to recruit Isaac to help kill Tomax. He and Big Ben convince Viktor to give them a possible location for Rashidov's base, and set out, even as Spinetti offers Craft a ride back there, as well as gear and weapons. Having admitted a begrudging respect for the O.S. agent thanks his principled outlook – even principles he does not agree with – Isaac sets off on foot, watched from a distance by the two ex-Joes. Next morning, the boy is aboard a train to Georgia, when Duke and Big Ben sidle into his booth, and propose exploring their shared intentions for a certain Cobra spokesman...
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
- This issue – and the "Fall of G.I. Joe" story in general – ended up being fairly truncated, thanks to author Karen Traviss only being notified that the series was being cut short (from the intended twelve issues) after she'd finished writing issue #7. Now that's short notice!
G.I. Joe references
- President Shefer's name is misspelled 'Sefer' in the caption on page 13.
- Regular cover: Isaac Craft, by Jeffrey Veregge.
- Subscription cover: Duke, by Dheeraj Verma and Sanjay Kharwar.
- Karen Traviss – G.I. Joe on karentraviss.com