|G.I. Joe #109|
|"Death in the Desert"|
The battle in Trucial Abysmia continues, and misinterpreted orders lead to tragedy.
- Synopsis not yet written.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"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.
- 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.
- The dossier in this issue features Storm Shadow.
- This issue came out as the first Gulf War was starting. Trucial Abysmia was quite clearly a standin for Iraq.
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