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#147 - "Oblivion Express!"
Writer: Larry Hama
Penciler: Phil Gossier
Finishes: Crusher Wallace, Steve Alexandrov, Jim Amash, Don Hudson
On the asteroid, the Joes and the guard continue blowing away robot drones. The drones eat away at the Defiant, leaving only the Russian shuttle and the Joes' short-range Starfighter (a re-fitted Cobra Stiletto). They come up with a master plan: storm the asteroid's command center and blow up all kinds of stuff.
In W-land, Cobra attacks from Darklonia and are suckered into a trap set by Hawk and Stalker. Cobra is pushed back, temporarily.
- The cover of this issue is an homage to issue 7: a Joe and a Guardsman are standing back-to-back and blasting away at their enemies. But this time, they're wearing space-suits and are surrounded by robots drones.
- The Joes in W-land can see the meteor approaching Earth's atmosphere. Small touch to tie together two completely un-related plot lines.
- Once again the "Armageddon" similarities exist, as the American shuttle is disabled.
- The Joes are still acting as advisors to Gen. Leiderkranz and W-land.
- Hawk and Stalker's trap is kinda' neat: they set up empty containers and barrells to resemble tanks. Similar to Stalker and Breaker's false tranches and dummies in issue 13. Cobra falls for it, as the W-landers are able to flank the Cobra armor and blow them away.
- Red Star has some minor characterization, as he's bent on disabling the meteor project. Duke speculates that it was a source of national embarassment. But I'd guess that the un-named "Russian Scientist" also had a hand in Red Star's strange resemblance to Col. Brekhov. So there could've been a seed planted for a later plot. But we'll never know, as the series only has a few issues left.
- After seeing Castle Darklon obliterated, the entiee populace of Darklonia became passive and put up no resistance to Cobra.
- The Cobra Detonator has become their main vehicle. Replacing the Paralyzers which had replaced the HISS tanks.
Characters (figures): Hawk, Stalker, Duke, Roadblock, Sci-Fi, Spaceshot, Payload, Red Star, Cobra Commander, Destro, Zartan
Characters ("comic-only"): Lt. Gorky, Dragonsky, Daina, Gen. Leiderkranz, Wolfgang
Vehicles and stuff (toys): Defiant, Armor Bot, AWE Striker, MBT Mauler, Rhino APV, MOBAT (?), GI Joe Starfighter, Cobra Detonator
Vehicles and stuff (not toys):Oktober Guard Armor Bot, Russian Space Shuttle.
Vehicles and stuff: GI Joe Starfighter
Rating: 3 Flag Points
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