|G.I. Joe #150|
|"Slam Dance in the Cyber-Castle!"|
Cobra Commander makes use of three inventions of Dr. Mindbender's - powered armor, the Cyber Space Matrix and the latest version of the Brainwave Scanner - in order to deal with invading ninjas once and for all!
In Trans-Carpathia Storm Shadow leaps out of the window of a moving train crossing a river. He is detected on scanners by Dr. Mindbender who reports to Cobra Commander as Storm Shadow dives into the river and cuts open a sluice gate to enter the Silent Castle. Storm Shadow thinks he has found the captured Baroness and Billy but suddenly the room all around him turns into giant monstrous faces and hands as Cobra Commander leaps down, carrying giant weapons. The Commander boasts that Dr. Mindbender's Cyber Space Matrix is "an environment designed to befuddle and confound the heightened senses of a ninja." Storm Shadow is unconvinced but is soon disorientated. Cobra Commander is wearing new powered body armour and soon overpowers the ex Cobra ninja.
In the Sierras Snake-Eyes sits on a rock, so lost in thought he doesn't notice a rattler approaching until Scarlett shoots it dead with her crossbow. She realizes he knows Storm Shadow is in trouble and accepts that he must "do what you have to" and go. In the Silent Castle Storm Shadow comes to strapped into the newest version of the Brainwave Scanner, together with Billy and the Baroness. Cobra Commander explains it can totally change a person's outlook and Mindbender activates the device. Slice and Dice are wondering if they are being made redundant by Mindbender's modifications to make the castle ninja proof and boast that Snake-Eyes will still get through so the Commander orders Mindbender to activate the matrix. The two Cobra ninjas find themselves standing on a tightrope over molten lava and under attacked from winged monsters looking like the Commander. They are soon restored to reality.
Three days later Flint and Lady Jaye drive through Trans-Carpathia, encountering two Cobra Destroyers. They take out one but the other is soon captured by the newly arrived Snake-Eyes. At the W-Lander Camp Hawk and Stalker brief Snake-Eyes about the new technology in the castle. Snake-Eyes goes to the tent of General Liederkranz and takes many weapons, also removing his mask.
Later the surviving Cobra Destroyer returns to the Silent Castle with Snake-Eyes holding the crew hostage. He rapidly disposes of the guards and uses the Destroyer guns to blast into the castle. Inside he attacks the Cobra troops and rapidly overcomes many. Mindbender reminds Cobra Commander that the later is still wearing the new armor as they seek to lure Snake-Eyes into the matrix. Soon Snake-Eyes enters to confront Cobra Commander. But Snake-Eyes is not disorientated at all and throws a smoke grenade which interferes with the holographic lasers. He then smashes the control panels and shoots at Cobra Commander's armor with a flechette rRound. Next he fires a round containing white phosphorous at the armor which ignites on contact, burning out the power circuits. Cobra troops arrive but are soon disposed of. Snake-Eyes turns to deal with Cobra Commander but the latter is doused by Mindbender. Suddenly Snake-Eyes finds himself face to face with Billy, the Baroness and Storm Shadow - all now brainwashed and loyal to Cobra! Cobra Commander orders them to kill...
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
Featured Vehicles & Equipment
- None yet.
- Dice's mask is drawn like Wolverine of the X-Men, rather than its usual style.
Items of note
- First appearance: Doctor Mindbender's Battle Corps attire; Cyber Space Matrix
- Final appearance of Slice in the Marvel comics run.
- The mystery yellow and black Cobra forces from last issue are still unidentified, but judging by their numbers at the Silent Castle, they're probably meant to be Vipers. The uniform has the shapes of the 1994 Viper toy, but the colors of the 1992 Eel.
- Cover Girl is mentioned but not seen.
- The issue also contains a gallery of pin-ups including:
- The Cobra driving the Detonator exclaims "GWAR!" when his ride explodes.
Footnotes and References