Ashley Neuhaus 16-APR-2012 From IDW Publishing comes GI JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #177.  Prior to this issue Cobra Commander’s son, Billy, was killed by the Blue Ninja Clan.  The Commander has set out to destroy and exact his revenge on the ninja clan but what he doesn’t realize is that they have infiltrated his Crimson Guardsmen.  An injury to Storm Shadow causes an odd team up with Snake Eyes and Baroness, who left the Cobra ranks with Destro.

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Ron Frenz
Inker: Sal Buscema
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman

The majority of this issue takes place in New Jersey which as a native in the state, makes me smile a bit.  After dropping Storm Shadow off at a hospital, Baroness and Snake Eyes take off in a car and speed down the turnpike.  A pesky state trooper is on their tail so Baroness hits the nitro boost to lose him.  The fangirl in me would die a little if I looked over and saw Baroness cruising down the NJ turnpike.  It is unknown at this time WHY exactly Baroness wants to help Cobra Commander out of this jam he finds himself in, but regardless, she has suckered Snake Eyes into her plan.

At the other end of the drive is Broca Beach, where Cobra Commander’s Crimson Guardsmen are crawling with Blue Ninjas.  Cobra is unaware at first that their security system has been hacked but the Commander learns of it quickly and hatches a plan to feed the ninjas false data.  In the meantime, he sends Dr. Mindbender to launch the B.A.T.s in a warehouse across town.  On his trek there, Mindbender is attacked by the Blue Ninjas and is bailed out by Baroness and Snake Eyes.

Some of the dialogue seemed a bit silly at times and it was mostly from Cobra Commander but with Larry Hama writing, I just read it in Chris Latta’s voice from the 80s cartoon.  It was also a bit odd to have Snake Eyes without his mask on but Hama did address the burns on his face so it didn’t go unnoticed.

With Storm Shadow injured and leaving the hospital heading for Broca Beach, Snake Eyes and Baroness helping Cobra, and the full assault on the wax museum, it seems like Hama is setting up for one hell of a battle.

GI JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #177 has two regular covers and one retailer incentive (RI) cover available.