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Action Force #28 was released on 6th September 1987.

Original material

Gunpoint!


At Churchfields Comprehensive, a school, a class is awaiting their teacher for a maths lesson and mucking around. Gary Turner, a pupil, looks in an unlocked storeroom and discovers the uniform of a Cobra Crimson Guard. He takes it out and shows the class when suddenly the Headmaster, Mr Miller, and the teacher, Mr Perkins, enter. Perkins suddenly pulls out a gun and tells them that no-one is leaving the room.

The school is soon put under siege by the police and Action Force. Footloose has a clear shot through the window but Perkins is holding a gun to Miller's head and so Flint decides to negotiate. He shouts that the place is surrounded and Cobra won't rescue an agent whose cover is blown, but Perkins responds he has sixteen children and the headmaster hostage. Miller calls Perkins a fool and the latter is sick of being called this and wants to show he's serious so shoots the headmaster dead in front of the children. A girl called Sally runs forward in horror and Perkins grab her. Turner shouts "Leave her alone," and Perkins turns to him, letting her go.

Perkins points his gun at Turner and tells him he doesn't understand. Perkins is working for Cobra to create a better world, but Turner responds that if the children are killed there won't be a new world. Perkins replies he has children of his own, but Turner asks if they will respect a man who has killed innocents. "If you were my dad, I'd hate you." Perkins responds that Turner is just a child who doesn't understand "what has to be done - what has to be sacrificed!" Turner replies "Well sacrifice me, then. Just don't think of your own kids when you do it." Perkins hesitates and drops the gun.

Later Perkins is led away. Flint tells Turner how brave he was, Turner walks off on his own as Flint tells Footloose the boy wants to be alone and the memory of the gun will be "in his nightmares for a long time to come."

Featured characters

Action Force Cobra Others
  • Mr Perkins (3)
  • Gary Turner (1)
  • Miller (2)
  • Sally (6)

Featured Vehicles & Equipment

Action Force

Errors

  • Perkins is somehow able to change into his Crimson Guard uniform whilst holding the class hostage single-handedly.

Items of note

Reprinted material

Eight pages of "All the Ships at Sea!" from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #36.

Non Action Force strips

This issue continues the Master of Kung Fu back-up strip, reprinting part of "Snowbuster" from Master of Kung Fu volume 1 #31. The title was changed to "The Crystal Connection" to present the strip as a single story.

Mail Call!

The letters page prints letters on a variety of subjects including an announcement that from the next issue the cover artists will be regularly listed, and an acknowledgment that the Master of Kung Fu strip has generated either indifference or dislike so will be dropped from the next issue.

Combat Colin

Continuing the Combat Colin epic - "Operation: Terrortank!" Combat Colin and Semi-Automatic Steve are swatted aside by Doctor Nasty's terrortank and try to concoct a plan to defeat it, but then the Combat Shed is destroyed by the tank with Colin inside.

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Footnotes


Action Force/G.I. Joe the Action Force Marvel comics:
Action Force - cover gallery
#1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 | #13 | #14 | #15 | #16 | #17 | #18 | #19 | #20 | #21 | #22 | #23 | #24 | #25 | #26 | #27 | #28 | #29 | #30 | #31 | #32 | #33 | #34 | #35 | #36 | #37 | #38 | #39 | #40 | #41 | #42 | #43 | #44 | #45 | #46 | #47 | #48 | #49 | #50
Action Force Monthly - cover gallery
#1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 | #13 | #14 | #15
Action Force/G.I. Joe annuals - cover gallery
Annual 1988 | Annual 1989 | Annual 1990 | Annual 1991 | Annual 1992
Action Force/G.I. Joe specials - cover gallery
Holiday Special 1987 | Winter Special 1987 | Holiday Special 1991 | Spring Special 1992 | Summer Special 1992
Other series
Transformers: #125 | #161 | (cover gallery) | The Incredible Hulk Presents | (cover gallery)
Mini-comics
Divided We Fall!

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