The Fall of G.I. Joe Part Five
|"The Fall of G.I. Joe Part Five"|
|First published||February 4, 2015|
|Written by||Karen Traviss|
|Line-art by||Steve Kurth|
|Colors by||Kito Young|
|Letters by||Tom B. Long|
|Special Thanks||Max Brooks|
A reunion of Joes.
In Galibi, Cobra thugs ambush a man named Bogdan, and torture him into revealing the next link in Rashidov's supply chain. The group, who have been steadily working their way closer to Rashidov himself, report in with Tomax Paoli, who is anxious to get access to the rebel leader. Meanwhile, the Baroness has reached the Camp Hayling US military base in Northern Italy, where television cameras are rolling on the peaceful protests incited by Tomax. From afar, the Baroness takes aim with a sniper rifle and shoots one of the protestors, standing near the base's sentries, in the head. The news reporters immediately react, and the Cobra operative is satisfied that her work is done: by the time it's proved the shot wasn't fired by one of the US soldiers, it will be too late. And whilst the imminent PR disaster takes Tomax's attention, the Baroness can focus on Isaac Craft, who she believes can soon be extracted to once again do his duty to Cobra, his skilled honed by his time with the Schletevan rebels.
Elsewhere, Big Ben has brought the captive Helix back to his and Duke's lodgings, before calling in his partner and inviting G.I. Joe to come collect their teammate. A terse conversation proceeds in the apartment, as the two groups share what has brought them to the Caucasus, and realize that Isaac links their two missions. With the news that Isaac's bomb hinted at a Cobra connection, Duke hands over their photograph of the boy for facial recognition, whilst he and Ben plan to uncover the mystery of who hired them.
At the rebel encampment, Rashidov and Stasik discuss the latter's concerns over Isaac, before the rebel leader greets the boy on his return from collecting C-4 from "Whelan". Craft talks of his disenchantment with society, and the feeling that everyone he believes in betrays him, but Rashidov reassures the boy that he will never lie to him.
The next day, Spinetti and Scarlett meet in New York, and the Operational Support agent agrees to investigate the Joes' leak—which he orchestrated—in return for all their intel on Cobra, previously unshared. The two briefly discuss identifying the body found at Rashidov's camp, before turning to the topic of the Camp Hayling shooting, which they assume is the work of an impatient Paoli. That night, Spinetti receives a call from Nick that their contact in the rebel supply chain, Dosken, has learned of Bogdan's murder and wants immediate extraction. The OS agent agrees, before checking in on the progress identifying Scarlett's body, and learns that they were a member of Cobra Youth.
From the Cobra consulate, Siren makes a PR report to Tomax, who has been taking interviews in the aftermath of the Hayling shooting. Paoli is unsatisfied by even 5% of citizens believing Cobra was responsible for the death, having realized that Baroness is playing some long game. Shortly afterwards, Tomax's search for Rashidov gets another step closer as Bogdan's contact Makar Petrov is found and information is pulled from his phone, including that for Viktor, Duke and Ben's local fixer. Cobra attack Viktor at his club, demanding to know how he contacts Rashidov, but Big Ben and Roadblock arrive shortly afterwards, having been seeking answers about the Cobra-Rashidov connection, and see off the assailants before they can learn the details.
At Governor's Island, G.I. Joe have received Duke's photo of Isaac, and Scarlett puts two and two together to realize that it is Isaac Craft, the boy the Joes attempted to rescue five years ago. Meanwhile, Spinetti's man has digitally aged up Jon's Cobra Youth contemporaries, allowing the OR agent to recognize one as Isaac. Assuming he is with the rebels with Cobra's blessing, Spinetti begins scheming.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
G.I. Joe references
- Regular cover: Flint, by Jeffrey Veregge.
- Subscription cover: Big Ben and Duke, by Dheeraj Verma and Sanjay Kharwar.