Stalker, Snow Job, and Quick Kick face a deteriorating situation in Borovia.
Quick Kick, Stalker and Snow Job are found guilty of crimes against Borovia and sentenced each to five consecutive life terms of hard labor. The other Joes are watchin all this on TV, and when Lift-Ticket brings Outback in the Tomahawk, Leatherneck lashes at him until Outback threatens him back. Grunt calls to the Pit to ask for a part in the rescue op, but Roadblock tells him that there won't be any.
Back at Borovia, in the train carrying the prisoners to the gulag, the other Prisoners try to loot the wounded Snow Job's shoes until Stalker kicks down their leader, Leonid, who the others decide to loot instead.
Meanwhile, in Denver, after a training session, Billy asks Jinx why does she have tha same tattoo as Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow. The Blind Master answers that they cannot tell him everything, but he can tell a bit by showing an old picture of the Arashikage Clan which includes the Blind Master, the mystic swordsmith Onihashi, Onihashi's blurred assistant, an eight-year old Jinx, Storm Shadow, the Hard Master, the Soft Master and Snake-Eyes. The picture confirms that Jinx is Storm Shadow's second cousin on his mother's side. Then the Blind Master gives Jinx the keys of his Ford so she can take Billy to San Francisco.
In the alley between the Blind Master's dojo and Fred VII's garage, Fred and Raptor return from having buried Cobra Commander, and while Fred leaves the shovel inside the garage, Raptor watches the Ford with Jinx and Billy leaving the dojo, so he pursues with no time to wait for Fred.
In Borovia, a guard brings food to the train prisoners: two stale loaves and a bucket of water. They try to fight for the food, but Stalker defeats them and makes the smallest prisoner divide the food equally among everyone, and that includes the wounded Joes and Leonid, who asks Stalker what does he gain from helping them all, to which Stalker answers "self-respect".
On the outskirts of Denver, Billy and Jinx see Raptor's BMW pursuing them, so they lose him. and Raptor, finding no sense trying to keep track of them on the road, sends his falcons to pursue from the sky.
In Utah, Roadblock explains to Leatherneck that Stalker ordered Outback to leave, but Leatherneck doesn't buy it, as Snake-Eyes was once ordered the same and relieved Stalker from command instead. They argue the difference between both cases until they find out that their argument is being heard all the way down on level three.
In Borovia, at the gulag depot, the prisoners are taken out of the train. Stalker tells Quick Kick to memorize everything for an eventual break-out. Leonid tells Stalker that the gulag will break him, but Stalker remains determined.
In San Francisco, Jinx and Billy reach the Defense Language Center, which Jinx assures is just a cover. They don't know that Raptor is watching them with binoculars, sure that Cobra will pay handsomely for that information.
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Billy: I couldn't see the point of learning a language spoken by people that hate our guts...
Jinx: Don't take it personally. The French hate everybody.
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Items of note
- The infamous Arashikage Clan family photo is shown to Billy by Jinx and the Blind Master. The significance of the photo will come up several times in the future.
- First mention of Professor Onihashi and his assistant.
- Outback's escape from Borovia is shown in Special Missions #6.
- In the United Kingdom the story was reprinted in Transformers #254, #255, #256 & #257.
- The Blind Master listens to the Beastie-Boys. Jinx listens to Bach and Coltrane.
- The Blind Master also listens to Kill Me and the Thugs, but that is a fictional band as far we know.
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