"Beginnings & Endings"
Stalker, Outback, Snow Job, and Quick Kick go to Borovia to liberate an American reporter arrested on espionage charges. When there, they find he has already been released but no one notified the Dept. of Defense.
All are wounded and captured except for Outback. Hawk decrees they are to be left behind and there will be no rescue party.
In Denver, Billy remembers his past, but chooses to not to oppose his father. Cobra Commander lets him go peacefully and decides to hang it all up and quit, which enrages Fred VII. He shoots the Commander in the back and states "it could be anyone under this armor"...
To be continued in G.I. Joe Special Missions #6.