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GI Joe #186Writer: Larry Hama
Penciler: Ron Wagner
Summary:Ghostrider drops off Lt. Falcon's rescue team of Leatherneck, Zap and Spirit Iron-Knife in Benzheen. They're joined, on the ground, by Ripcord; who had HALO dropped in earlier and lit up an old pre-fab landing strip.
Col. Faroud leads Darklon out into the desert and the prison compound where Airtight, Dusty and the former Emir of Benzheen are being held. To Darklon's surprise, Faroud wants to do a field test of the krytron, by triggering an actual nuclear device! As a bonus, all the prisoners and other flunkies will be blown away.
Destro and the Baroness suspect the detonation, and meet with the Minister of Defense of Trucial Abysmia to broker a possible nuclear krytron deal of their own. Saying that the pending test is based off of designs stolen from them.
The crew at the Pit puts everything together and calls-off Falcon's rescue mission. However, Falcon doesn't want to leave Airtight and Dusty to die, so he intentionally knocks out their communication equipment, citing "commo failure". Falcon's team then assaults the prison complex, on foot, just as Zartan's crew arrives to storm the front gate. Colonel Faroud orders all prisoners to be executed...starting with Airtight and Dusty.
Finally, Clutch and Rock n' Roll go into a debriefing on their Rancho Corba mission. The two play down any Cobra involvement in Corba Acres, but the other Joes quickly notice that soemthing's not right with them.
Appearances:Characters (figures): Duke, Scarlett, Mainframe, Stalker, Clutch, Rock and Roll, Dusty, Tunnel Rat, Airtight, Ghostrider, Zap, Leatherneck, Ripcord, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Destro, Baroness, Zartan, Zarana, Road Pig, Darklon
Characters ("comic-only"):Pale Peony, Col. Faroud, Trucial Abysmia Minster of Defense
Vehicles and stuff (toys): Phantom X-19B, Mean Dog (cameo), AWE Striker (cameo)
Rating: 4 Flag Points
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