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GJ MC109
G.I. Joe #109
"Death in the Desert"
Attribution
Writer(s)

Larry Hama

Penciller(s)

John Statema

Inker(s)

Tim Dzon; Randy Emberlin

Letterer

Rick Parker

Colorist

Bob Sharen

Cover artist

Lee Weeks

Editor

Bobbie Chase

Publication information
Publisher

Marvel Comics

Publication date

February, 1991

Pages

20

General information
Continuity

A Real American Hero comics continuity

Series

G.I. Joe

Preceded by

Apparent Conclusions

Followed by

Escalator to Armageddon

The battle in Trucial Abysmia continues, and misinterpreted orders lead to tragedy.


Detailed summary

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearances

Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Cobra


Memorable quotes

"G.I. Joe prisoners? Are you crazy? Get rid of them immediately!"
"What? Did I hear you right, Commander? Exactly what do you mean by that?"
"What else can it mean? Just do it!"

--What Cobra Commander and Xamot have here is failure to communicate.

Other notes

Errors

  • While Snake-Eyes is seen on the cover, he is not featured in the story.
  • When the Viper pistol-whips Cross-Country, his faceplate is colored like skin.
  • The Vipers are missing their gloves half the time.
  • The coloring is incredibly messed-up on page 11. Hawk is either wearing a jacket, or a long-sleeved shirt, or a short-sleeved shirt, or his sleeves are ripped. Not even the artists can tell Hawk and Duke apart!
  • On page 18, either we switch to the desert one panel sooner than the captions indicate, or there are suddenly an extra half-dozen people in the Mobile Battle Bunker.
  • The dossier in this issue incorrectly lists Storm Shadow's first appearance as G.I. Joe #23.

Items of note

  • First Appearances: S.A.W.-Viper, Countdown, Mobile Battle Bunker
  • KIA: Doc, Crankcase, Heavy-Metal, Thunder, Breaker, Crazylegs, Quick-Kick
  • Cobra Commander and the Crimson Twins allude to some ongoing plain for Trucial Abysmia and neighboring Benzheen.
  • The letters page for this issue has a fan complaining about the lack of realism. Convenient timing!
  • The letters page also explains the Arashikage I-Ching hexagram. Its meaning: fire over water, which indicates the need for perseverance and caution. Or: "thus, the superior man takes thought of misfortune and arms himself against it in advance."
    • They also mention that Prof. Onihashi's hexagram was different.

Dossiers

Real-world references

  • This issue came out as the first Gulf War was starting. Trucial Abysmia was quite clearly a standin for Iraq.

Footnotes and References



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