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"Anyone can use a weapon, but the ninja is a weapon."
- Storm Shadow (after the Dreadnoks finish boasting and destroying a tank)
Under a net in the middle of a jungle, Buzzer, Ripper and Torch, a group
of vicious individuals collectively known as the Dreadnoks, train three
newly recruited Cobra agents in the art of weaponary. Torch explains that
a flamethrower is most effectively used when you set fire to the foundation
of your target since the rest will crumble when the base has been turned
to ashes. As the three recruits are firing at targets, Ripper interupts
and tells them to user tracer ammo. While standing near a brick wall, Buzzer
tosses a wad of plastic explosives at the recruits who freeze in fearful
stances but relax when Buzzer states that the plastic explosive will not
explode until a detonator is added.
As the recruits try to perform the same acts of balance as Storm Shadow,
they fall and the Dreadnoks mock Storm Shadow's skills and proceed to destroy
a tank with their weapons, which, they claim, makes them invincible. But
Storm Shadow counters, "Anyone can use a weapon, but the ninja is
a weapon." Knocking another tank with his bare hands and striking it with
his feet, Storm Shadow jumps to the ground and bows before leaving. At
first, Ripper does not believe Storm Shadow is so tough, but as rivets
pop out of the tank, treads collapse and the cannon falls apart, all three
Dreadnoks stand stunned. "Blimey," whispers Torch.
At the zenith of the Cobra temple, Cobra Commander remarks on the impressive
display, but Destro tells him that the ninja, Storm Shadow, is quite talented
while the Dreadnoks are useless and are loyal to Cobra only because of
the gold paid to them by their "sniveling master" Zartan. As Cobra Commander
turns to leave and is followed by Destro into the base, he explains to
Destro that Zartan and his crew are much more valuable to him than Destro,
which shocks the silver-masked arms dealer.
The duo approach a console and find another Cobra Commander, and the
Cobra Commander who accompanied Destro into the base removes his hood to
reveal his true identity - Zartan. "Who plays the fool now, Destro?" Zartan
asks Destro. Grabbing the hood and ripping it into two pieces, Destro menacingly
tells Zartan that one day he will be pushed too far.
Cobra Commander orders them to silence their bickering and explains
that countries all over the world are gathering at the Worldwide Defense
Center to centralize and share their information about terrorism thanks
to some sophisticated computers. The only scientist who has not yet arrived
is Dr. Mettier from France, and Cobra Commander asks if Zartan is ready
to execute his mission. Destro questions Cobra Commander's decision of
trusting Zartan to such a vital operation and is attacked by the Master
of Disguise himself.
Looking at his watch, Dr. Mettier asks the doorman to bring his car
quickly since he is late. After leaving the Taft Hotel, he is attacked
by the Dreadnoks while driving to the conference and is forced to swerve
into an alley with a hidden entrance at the end. Zartan dons a mask of
Dr. Mettier's face and leaves in his car after hearing the Mettier's voice
and mimicing it perfectly.
Inside the Worldwide Defense Center, Freedom flies down from his perch
and lands on Spirit's arm. Turning toward nearby a monitor, Lady Jaye asks
Spirit if all of the scientists have arrived. He explains that all but
one have arrived and Lady Jaye offers the assistance of the other Joes
if Spirit needs them.
After Zartan passes through a handscanner at the front gate, he parks
the car and informs Storm Shadow that they will meet inside. The security
system at the Worldwide Defense Center scans Zartan for concealed weapons
and then allows him to enter the conference room.
After greetings are exchanged with other scientists, Dr. Mettier hands
over a briefcase and is caught by another scientist as a loser in a bet.
The scientist relishes his victory and explains that one year ago Dr. Mettier
would never wear a digital watch. Dr. Mettier excuses himself but Freedom
and Spirit follow him because both have a suspicious feeling about him.
Zartan meets with Storm Shadow, who gives him a bomb and confronts Spirit
while Zartan rushes to the backup control room to detonate the explosives.
While Spirit and Storm Shadow renew their animosity, Spirit orders Freedom
to leave and get help. Flying out of the Defense Center after a scientist
opens a hemisphere on the roof, Freedom flies to Joe Headquarters.
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