Hearts & Minds #4

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From Max Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of World War Z and masterful artists Howard Chaykin and Antonio Fuso comes the next generation of G.I. Joe and Cobra.

—The description as originally solicited by IDW Publishing.

Detailed summary for "Dr. Mindbender"

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Years ago, young Armand Singh worked with Dr. Oppenheimer on the Manhattan Project. He suggested a system of shaped charges to negate pre-initiation, earning praise from his mentor.

As an adult, he oversaw the vivisection of animals, and later began taking political dissidents from prison as test subjects.

When other scientists began to question their work, and sign antinuclear petitions, he considered them cowards. He burned their petition.

In the jungles of South America, he oversaw inoculations of the local children. A woman working with him asked if there had been any human clinical trials yet, and he responded that she was witnessing them.

He gave brain surgery to living patients, slowly destroying parts of the mind and noting the degradation of skills. He gave a pregnant woman a new drug to combat morning sickness.

As the other Manhattan Project scientists watched the first nuclear explosion with awe, Mindbender merely smiled, proud of what science could accomplish.

Appearing in "Dr. Mindbender"

Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Cobra Civilians
  • Brain surgery subject (7)
  • Child test subjects (6)
  • Nuclear scientists (4)
  • Oppenheimer (1)
  • Pregnant mother (8)
  • Prison guard (3)
  • Protesters (5)

Memorable quotes in "Dr. Mindbender"

Only an inferior mind cowers in the shadow of morality.

—Dr. Mindbender

"Have there been clinical trials on humans yet?"
"What do you think this is?"

--Poor woman, you don't know how amoral Dr. Mindbender is yet.

"Right and wrong. I chose neither. I chose truth!"

--Dr. Mindbender is the over-man.

Other notes

Errors in "Dr. Mindbender"

  • No errors known.

Items of note in "Dr. Mindbender"

  • Dr. Mindbender's age through the various narrative time-jumps can be traced by the fullness of his mustache.

Real-world references in "Dr. Mindbender"

  • The song Dr. Mindbender sings in the jungle is "Give a Little Whistle," from Disney's 1940 version of Pinnochio - this story was also the source for his comparison of conscience to a cricket.
  • The "miracle drug for morning sickness" Dr. Mindbender prescribes is likely Thalidomide, used widely in the late '50s until it was discovered it caused severe birth defects.
  • The tower in the desert is the one constructed for Trinity.

Detailed summary for "Doc"

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Appearing in "Doc"

Featured Characters

Write up.

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilians

Memorable quotes in "Doc"

Time cannot heal all wounds, and neither can I.


Other notes

Errors in "Doc"

  • No errors known.

Items of note in "Doc"

Real-world references in "Doc"

  • Antonio Fuso's cover for this issue is clearly patterned on actor Denzel Washington.

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