In a shocking turn of events, Springfield, Illinois, has welcomed Cobra advance troops with open arms, with Mayor J. Michael Houston going so far as to present Cobra Commander with the key to the city. Right under the nose of G.I. Joe!
“Springfielders near and far, I accept your mayor's generous gift," Cobra Commander said in a statement that shouldn't be read at all like a threat. "And let it be known that I too bring a gift for every man, woman and child of this city that is so near and dear to my heart: an invitation to join with me. Join Cobra!”
The ceremony established a beachhead for Cobra's invasion of Springfield next month for G.I. JoeCon, the official G.I. Joe Collectors' Convention. Held April 9-12 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the event will include autograph sessions with voice actors, panels and seminars, a G.I. Joe parachute drop, and a showroom.
"Springfield" is no stranger to Cobra, as it once served as the organization's secret base of operations in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Now, apparently, Cobra Commander is determined to take it back.
A video chronicling Cobra Commander's visit to the city is expected to debut sometime today.