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#159
Writer: Larry Hama
Penciler: Augustin Padilla

Summary:
Duke's teams blasts their way into the Silent Castle, mostly blowing away BATs. Mainframe is able to tap into the Castle's system and downloads documents exposing Cobra's less-than-honest plans for the USA. Mainframe transmits the documents to Hawk in the Pentagon where; with the help of the President on the phone; Hawk is able to get Cobra's deal with the US government cancelled.

Snake-Eyes and Scarlett make it into Cobra Commander's throne room. During the melee, Snake-Eyes is grazed in the head and knocked out. The Cobras all dogpile on him and strap him into the Brainwave Scanner, which immediately descends via a secret elevator. Storm Shadow grabs Scarlett and hops out of the Castle's top window with her.

Notes:

  • Even though Zartan's on the cover, he's worthless in this issue. He tries to sneak up on Duke's team, disguised as Snake-Eyes. Duke sees through the ruse and takes him out with a rifle butt.
     
  • Cobra Commander is back to his old "alliterative vocabularic nightmare" days. Sample dialouge (to Scarlett): "you titian-tressed termagant".
     
  • In the fight with Snake-Eyes and Scarlett, Destro actually uses his wrist-rockets!. I can't remember the last time he used those....maybe issue 18?
     
  • With the deus ex machina of a "computer download" and the phonecall from the Pres, this is another cop-out ending to a battle/plotline. How many times have the Joes and Cobra had a battle, only to have the fighting rendered moot by a shady deal, government order or some other lame ending? In the words of GOB Bluth: "Come On!"
     
  • Lest I forget: this issue has another 5-page preview at the end-- another "Transformers" comic.
Appearances:
Characters (figures): Hawk, Rock & Roll, Roadblock, Duke, Mainframe, Snake-Eyes, Scarlett, Stalker, Cobra Commander, Baroness, Dr. Mindbender, Zartan

Characters ("comic-only"): Billy, Dr. Venom (virtual)

Vehicles and stuff (toys): none
Vehicles and stuff (not toys): none

Firsties:
Characters: none
Vehicles and stuff: none

Rating: 2 Flag Points

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