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Origins #13
"R.I.P.cord Part 1: You Say Jump..."
Attribution
Writer(s)

Scott Beaty

Penciller(s)

S.L. Gallant

Inker(s)

Walden Wong

Letterer

Robbie Robbins

Colorist

J. Brown

Cover artist

Tom Feister (cover A)
S.L. Gallant (cover B)

Editor

Andy Schmidt

Publication information
Publisher

IDW

Publication date

March 10, 2010

Pages

22

General information
Continuity

A Real American Hero IDW comics continuity

Series

G.I. Joe: Origins

Preceded by

Origins #12

Followed by

Origins #14

First appearance of Ripcord! The latest candidate for G.I. Joe status may already be dead! Meet Wallace Weems, a soldier everybody calls Ripcord. Lost in a forbidding jungle, Ripcord has one mission: SURVIVE! And if he doesn't outwit, outfight, and outlast the terrorists hunting him, thousands more might die!

—The description as originally solicited by IDW Publishing.


Detailed summary

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearances

Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Civilians Others
  • Kurin (9)
  • Mercenaries (6)
  • Workers (7)

Memorable quotes

"When I make the jump from this man's Army to our brother Air Force, I'm taking up a respectable aeronautical call-sign like Ace or Slipstream or Barrel Roll..."

--Sorry, they're all taken; you'll have to stick with Ripcord.


"Well, you know that wherever there's trouble..."
"We're there."

--Hawk and Scarlett know their job well.

Other notes

Errors

  • The man giving the briefing at the Pentagon says the Republic of Agak is in west-central Africa, but the map shows it east-central.
  • The colors on the map change significantly between panels.

Items of note

  • First appearance: Ripcord, Kurin, Republic of Agak.
  • Do not confuse Ripcord's team with the team Beachhead was leading in Origins #11 - while both were involved in drug work, Ripcord's team was in Colombia, while Beach's was in Guatemala.
  • Weems is a Master Sergeant.

G.I. Joe references

  • The team's jump uniforms - green camo with full facemasks - are the same as the uniform worn by Generation 1 Rip-Cord.
  • Weems' list of potential callsigns are all existing Joe pilots.
  • Hawk and Scarlett's exchange in the helicopter is a nod to the Real American Hero cartoon themesong.

Real-world references

  • The computer screen that flags Rip's report includes the keyword "bio-toxin," suggesting the "beans" the workers are harvesting are castor beans, used for creating ricin.
  • Judging by the map, Agak is sandwiched in between Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo.[1]
  • The "Skeeter" sent in is a Predator B drone.
  • Lt. Cruz uses Secure Channel 5-3-0-9.

Footnotes and References

  1. Though there are some differences between the map seen in the book and current real-world political boundaries.



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