In the latest issue of Snake Eyes: Deadgame, the iconic member of GI Joe’s team wields an equally iconic and enormously powerful weapon.
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Snake Eyes is one of the deadliest and most formidable members of GI Joe’s team. But even he needs extra help when it comes to fighting ancient ninja wizards from millennia past, and in the last issue of Snake Eyes: Deadgame, The titular soldier gains the power of one of the most powerful weapons in the world.
Snake Eyes has traveled to Eismitte, Greenland in search of a mythical weapon that will help level the playing field in his battle against Kirigun. As Snake Eyes travels alone through the ice and snow, he is attacked by a horde of undead warriors. They speak to him and tell him how they found his disappearance in the freezing desert. Undaunted, Snake Eyes engages them in battle and cuts them off. As soon as the last warrior falls, an even greater opponent appears: a giant polar bear that Snake Eyes also manages to defeat.
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Unbeknownst to Snake Eyes, a great force had been watching his every move upon arrival in Greenland. Thor, mighty god of thunder, reveals himself to Snake Eyes and congratulates him for surviving his battles. See Snake Eyes as a true warrior, one worthy enough to receive his most powerful weapon. Thor breaks the ice on which Snake Eyes is standing, sending him under the surface of the icy water. As he sinks, Snake Eyes sees his target: Mjolnir, the magic hammer that Thor himself once wielded. Snake Eyes grabs the gun and swims back to the surface.
The amount of power that Snake Eyes now wields is immeasurable. For reference, this is the same weapon Thor wields in the Marvel Universe. Marvel’s Mjolnir is capable of conjuring and controlling storms, matter manipulation, teleportation, and energy projection. In the Marvel Universe, such a weapon would be cataclysmic if held in the wrong hands. To make sure that never happens, Odin cast a spell on Mjolnir that only those worthy of his power can wield.
As Snake Eyes has just found the powerful weapon, it is too early to tell if the Mjolnir in his world possesses the same immense powers as Marvel’s. Although Snake Eyes shouldn’t expect to channel Cosmic Power or create wormholes, he should expect to wield a weapon capable of taking down the greatest of enemies. Channeling lightning, gaining the power to fly, and being able to summon the weapon into his hand are most likely some of the powers that Snake Eyes has at his disposal with his version of Mjolnir.
But the biggest difference between Snake Eye’s Mjolnir and Marvel’s is that theirs doesn’t have any dignity spells. Although Thor recognized him as a worthy warrior, that was more of a personal judgment than a spell on the weapon itself. As Kirigun, Baroness, and Destro converge on Snake Eyes only moments after he reappears with Mjolnir, the prospect of such a powerful weapon falling into the wrong hands becomes very real. If Cobra gains control of such a weapon, the consequences for the entire world would be disastrous. Even if Mjolnir’s version of Snake Eyes isn’t as powerful as Marvel’s, he still has an extremely powerful weapon at his disposal. As another great battle looms over him, Snake Eyes is ready to fight like never before with a weapon no mortal has ever wielded.
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