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The Origin of Zartan, Part 2: The twisted origin of Cobra's man of a thousand identities continues as Zartan is trained in the ways of death and disguise by his Cobra masters. But perhaps he knows far more than they. A deadly game begins; a game where only Zartan knows the rules. A glimpse inside Cobra and their evil schemes to manipulate world events from the shadows.

—The description as originally solicited by IDW Publishing.

Detailed summary

  • Synopsis not yet written.


Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Cobra Civilians
  • Dr. Denver (5)
  • Helene Cotillard (4)
  • Randolph Cottilard (3)

Memorable quotes

"There's a predisposition for neurological disorders and melanoma. Those are easily reversed."

--Dr. Taggac can read genetic codes that easily?

Other notes


  • In this issue, the Vipers wear mirrored masks, something that hasn't been seen in IDW books previously.

Items of note

  • First appearance: Section Nine, Dr. Taggac, Hellene Cotillard, Bryson
  • Dr. Taggac is a geneticist. The letters in his name - G, T, A and C - represent the four amino acids that form all DNA.
  • Zartan gets a first name: Emil.

Real-world references

G.I. Joe references

  • Section Nine is located beneath the Carpathian Mountains. That would put it near Trans-Carpathia, site of the Silent Castle in A Real American Hero.
  • When examining Zartan's genetic code, Dr. Taggac mentions neurological disorders: in other words, the schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder mentioned on RAH Zartan's filecard.
    • Additionally, melanoma is skin cancer, often caused by exposure to sunlight, a reference to the toy's color-changing feature.

Footnotes and References

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