Betrayal is the name of the game as the events of “Target: Snake Eyes” begin to wind down and Scarlett and the JOEs head deep into the Cambodian jungles to jump into the battle between the Arashikage Clan and the Coil. By the end of the issue both forces will be bloodied with severe loses on both sides, just as Snake Eyes planned.
Snake Eyes makes it into the temple just in time to save Helix and escape in one piece, despite having issues to settle with both Storm Shadow and Tomo who shows up to kill the JOE for the Soft Master who has been whispering sweet lies into the young man’s ears. Although Tomo doesn’t get the vengeance he sought against the JOE, he does find some retribution in blinding the Soft Master for playing him for a fool.
With his forces depleted, but still better off than the Coil (who lost nearly 2,000 men in their attempt to destroy the Arashikage), Storm Shadow allows his sword brother to leave. Matters are far from settled between them as “Target: Snakes” concludes with a throwdown between the two in the next issue of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. Worth a look.