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"Is this the face of a patsy?"
- Cobra Commander (to Scrap Iron, who asks if he is supporting the creation of a new leader)
As Scrap Iron follows Cobra Commander down the hallway, he asks if he
is really giving up. Cobra Commander stops, points to his mask and asks,
“Is this the face of a patsy?” Scrap Iron stutters out a negative response
and Cobra Commander adds that he will master and manipulate the new leader
and will become an even greater power behind the throne.
Duke marches beside some generic Joes and salutes General Hawk, who
tells Slaughter that the Joes are once again looking sharp. The Joes’ drill
sergeant tells Hawk that the Joes were always good, but they simply forgot
what it takes to stay that way. Dial-Tone announces over the PA system
that a Cobra Night Raven has invaded American airspace and Hawk orders
the Conquest X-30s and Tomahawks to intercept.
Slipstream, who is flying a Conquest X-30, catches sight of the Night
Raven, which detaches its smaller drone ship, and tries to squeeze Slipstream
in a missile sandwich, however, Slipstream angles out of the way and the
two missiles hit each other.
The two planes shoot at Slipstream, but after shooting at the Night
Raven, the two Cobra planes crash into each other. While the pilots eject, the planes plummet
to the ground and Lift-Ticket and Lifeline climb out of their Tomahawk in order to examine the wreckage, and
they find a Cobra message pod.
At Joe headquarters, Mainframe pulls out a large gold bar and a roll
of parchment, which he hands to Hawk. After reading the message on the
paper, Hawk tells the Joes that Dr. Mindbender has sent a communiqué to
Zartan and his Dreadnoks, and Sgt. Slaughter asks, “You mean they can read?”
Inside an auditorium, all of the Joes are told by Hawk that the
Cobra message pod contained a contract between Dr. Mindbender and Zartan
for a mission that is so important that Zartan has been asked to bring in Zandar
and Zarana, Zartan’s brother and sister. As the Joes talk quietly among
themselves about the news, Sgt. Slaughter raises the gold bar and notes
that it is Zartan’s very heavy down payment. After adding that Zartan
is hiring another Dreadnok, General Hawk asks for three volunteers. Sgt.
Slaughter quickly points to himself, Low-Light and Beach Head and asks about Hawk's plan.
Zartan welcomes the various bikers and ruffians to the first annual Dreadnok
audition and tells the contestants that he has made the rules simple in order to match
their collective IQs - whoever is left standing is the winner. A man
with sunglasses tells Zartan that will be him and a biker nearby tells
him that he will be the first to fall. “That’s what you think, fat stuff,”
he tells the biker as he slips a bomb into the biker’s pouch. Zartan tells
the men to start auditioning and the brawl begins. The bomb explodes and
the biker is knocked out before he runs over his opponent with sunglasses.
Sgt. Slaughter tells the Joes to not move since the fight is almost
over. A stun grenade explodes and the man with the silver sunglasses walks
forward and makes no apologies for cheating. After all, did they expect
sportsmanship? After the winner introduces himself as Monkeywrench, he
adds that his hobbies include heavy metal, unprovoked mayhem and loud explosions.
But a man with green streaks in his hair approaches the group and explains
that he is the only applicant suitable for the role as the new Dreadnok.
Telling the group that his name is Thrasher, Buzzer, Ripper and Torch remain
unimpressed since Thrasher stayed behind while the other fought. But Thrasher
replies that this move proves his intelligence, a quality lacking in the
Angered by the insult, Buzzer, Ripper and Torch pick Thrasher up from
the ground and toss him into the muddy swamp waters.
While everyone laughs at him, Sgt. Slaughter, Low-Light and Beach Head
surround Zartan and his crew, and Slaughter threatens that unless Zartan
tells him what Cobra has planned, he will rotate the mercenary's ears. Zarana strikes
a match and tries to burn the parchment with all of the details, but Low-Light
knocks it out of her hand and stomps out the fire. Low-Light passes the parchment
to Slaughter and the drill instructor tells the Joes that Cobra plans to rob the graves of history’s
most infamous leaders, however, the list of targets went up in smoke.
Thrasher then drives into the opening with his Thunder Machine, pops
open the door and tells Zartan that he has returned to repay him for his
insolence, however, he offers to kill the Joes in exchange for membership
as a Dreadnok.
Zartan agrees and Thrasher drives after the Joes, who decide to make
their stand at a cabin.
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