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G.I. Joe #10 "A Nice Little Town.."
Summary: The Joes have located another Cobra safehouse, this time it's an apartment building in midtown Manhattan. Zap, Scarlett and Snake-Eyes have the roof covered, while Stalker, Breaker and "Grunt" (wearing the Flash/Grand Slam get-up) are covering the sewers. Hawk, Clutch, Short-Fuze (also in Flash/Grand Slam get-up), Flash and Rock n' Roll are the main assault team in a concealed van. The Baroness learns of the attack, converts the top of the building into a giant aircraft and escapes with Zap, Scarlett and Snake-Eyes as her prisoners. All 3 are knocked out by gas and are taken...to Springfield! Zap and Scarlett awake in a cell and overcome their drug-enduced hallucinations with the help of their young cellmate, a kid named Billy. Meanwhile, Dr. Venom has taken Snake-Eyes in his lab to interrogate him about the location of G.I. Joe Headquarters. Using his Brainwave Scanner-- a device that projects images into and out of someone's brain-- he tries to break Snake-Eyes. Snake-Eyes resists by re-living past memories of his life, such as the helicopter accident that scarred him, his high school prom, his family being killed in a car crash, a veterans' funeral and the last chopper out of Saigon.
Back in the cell, Billy has helped Zap and Scarlett escape and gives them the nickel tour of Springfield. It was an ordinary town until the "soap people" arrived and began their pyramid scheme of selling cleaning products. Sales meetings soon became "indoctrination seminars" and soon the whole town was taken over. All of the buildings conceal Cobra hardware of some sort. Billy leads the Joes to a video arcade, in the basement of which is Dr. Venom's lab. While Zap and Scarlett fight junior CObra officers in the arcade, Venom presses harder on Snake-Eyes. Snake-Eyes "fakes" his own death by using the ancient ninja tactic of "the Way of the Anvil", where one can simulate death. As Venom's flunkies un-strap the "dead" Snake-Eyes, he springs to life, escapes the lab and rescues Zap, Billy and Scarlett.
The Joes and Billy quickly drive to Spiringfield Municipal Airport and comandeer the aircraft they arrived in. Billy remains behind, but Zap promises they'll be back to help. The Joes make it off the ground, but their captive Cobra pilot tries to plug bulletholes in them. Snake-Eyes uncorks a clip into the Cobra, but accidentally knocks out the ship's gauges. With no way of knowing where they are, the Joes fly around until they see New Jersey. They parachute onto the grand opening of the Bayonne Mall (sponsored by Marvel Comics, with a guy in a Hulk suit). The nice guys at Marvel spring for the Joes' busfare back to Staten Island.
Characters (no action figures, or "comic-only" characters): Billy, Baroness, Dr. Venom
Vehicles and stuff (toys): Again, none
Vehicles and stuff (not toys): The Cobra aircraft, but you wouldn't expect that to ever be a toy.
Firsties: Characters: Billy, Dr. Venom
Rating: 5 Flag Points
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