All the plans G.I. Joe and Cobra have hatched come to fruition in this issue. Cobra's plan to use Scarface as a tool smoke the Joes out of their headquarters. The joes realize this and plan to fool Cobra and tries to trick them into attacking a fake base.
Significant turn-around issue.
-General Flagg, Dr. Venom, Scar-face and Kwinn all die in this issue.
-First appearance of the Joe pre-fab fortress, known as Joe headquarters in the toy world.
-First appearance of Cobra's S.N.A.K.E. battle armor and the G.I. Joe P.A.C./R.A.T.S.
The issue came with a Snake Eyes pin-up, and the corner cover picture of Grunt was replaced for one issue with a sketch of fill-in editor Linda Grant in an army helmet, surrounded by explosions.