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GI Joe Has A New, Female Snake Eyes

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GI Joe Has A New, Female Snake Eyes

Since 2010, Larry Hama has continued the continuity of his original Marvel Comics run on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero for IDW. Two years ago, he dramatically altered the series when he killed off Snake Eyes, the most popular G.I. Joe character. He has since replaced the original Snake Eyes with two new Snake Eyes, including a brand new version that is a teenage girl. Read on to learn how we came to have a female Snake Eyes!

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It all started with a storyline appropriately titled “The Death of Snake Eyes.” Snake Eyes sacrificed his life to defeat a resurrected Serpentor in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #213.

In the same storyline, a new member of the G.I. Joe squad, Throwdown, was badly disfigured. Throwdown’s real name was Sean Collins. He was born as Sean Broca, the son of a former Cobra Crimson Guardsman. After his father died, his father was replaced by a new Crimson Guardsman, Wade Collins, who had fought alongside Snake Eyes in Vietnam. In the final issue of the Marvel version of G.I. Joe, Sean wrote a letter to Snake Eyes, asking if he should join the Army. Snake Eyes wrote back with his own thoughts on military service. That was significant since we rarely got to hear Snake Eyes’ thoughts on any topic, as he was mute. Obviously, Sean eventually did enlist and ended up a member of the G.I. Joes.

After Snake Eyes died while also killing Serpentor, the Joes needed a new Snake Eyes. They could not admit to their enemies that Snake Eyes was dead. Throwdown’s disfigurement also badly damaged his vocal cords. He was the perfect choice to take over as Snake Eyes. Sean had to fake his own death, however, to take on the new role. He could not even tell the truth to his own family. So Sean was now, for all intents and purposes, Snake Eyes.

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