File Name: Zoe (last name unknown)
Birthplace: Somewhere in Florida
Status: At large
G.I. JOE #50
Zarana's past is as much a
as that of her brothers, Zartan and Zandar. She became a very talented
actress, with the ability to lose herself in her characters. Whereas
disguised himself visually, Zarana created a new persona. She may have
a had a promising career in acting if not for her cruelty, selfishness
and greed. Her talents made her a perfect infiltrator and,
a skilled assassin.
Zarana worked with the Dreadnoks for a brief time in
Australia, though she never met the three Dreadnoks that Zartan brought
with him to America. Years later, Zarana and Zandar arrived at the
gas station hideout in New Jersey, where they learned Zartan had been
by the G.I. Joe team. Zarana immediately insisted on rescuing her
partially due to a large amount of gold he had hidden away. Using
knowledge of Joe headquarters -- the Pit -- Zarana and Zandar disguised
themselves as Army personnel sent to interrogate Zartan. They managed
escape with their brother, but the Joes caught on at the last moment,
chased them into the Jersey swamps. With help from the Dreadnoks, the
escaped from the Joes and headed to Cobra Island.
began working for
Cobra, usually alongside her brothers. As Zartan became increasingly
involved with the Dreadnoks, Zarana became their de facto leader. While
Buzzer had filled that job to some extent, Zarana proved to be smart,
and something the other Dreadnoks had never been: ambitious. She slowly
gained more power in Cobra, even replacing the Baroness as commander of
the Cobra Consulate in New York for a time. Her promotion however, was
likely Serpentor's way of punishing the Baroness, and was short-lived.
placed Zarana in command of Cobra's Terror-Drome launch
base in Sierra Gordo, along with Dreadnoks Monkeywrench and Thrasher.
in self-preservation more than anything else, Zarana abandoned the
to the small nation's revolutionaries, allowing many of the Cobra
there to die while escaping in Thrasher's Thunder Machine. She and the
others soon found a G.I. Joe transport plane and forced the pilot to
off, taking a large group of refugees hostage. The pilot, Wild Bill,
no choice but to take off, but the plane was quickly hit by
fire and crashed into the jungles below. The Joes and the Dreadnoks
fast allies, and worked together to escape the war-torn country.
arrived back on Cobra Island just in time for the Cobra civil war,
between the forces of Serpentor and Cobra Commander (actually Fred VII
in disguise). Zartan and his siblings allied themselves with Cobra
during the war, and Zarana even commanded some of his forces. The war
came to an end when Zartan killed Serpentor with an arrow. As the war
to an end, Zartan became preoccupied with killing Storm Shadow, the
who had sworn vengeance on Zartan. The master of disguise disappeared
months, though Zarana didn't seem to mind. She continued to lead the
and was put in charge of Cobra's new community on the Jersey shore,
Beach. Zarana and Zandar ran a real estate scam that brought investors
into the town, and Zarana remained in charge there, even capturing two
members of the Joe team -- Clutch and Rock & Roll. She ingeniously
discovered that Cobra's Brain-wave Scanner could be used to plant
in a subject's mind, and proceeded to brainwash the Joes. Her project
impressed the Baroness, with whom she had an antagonistic relationship.
Her attempts to turn the Joes into assassins to wreak havoc in the Pit
eventually failed, but Zarana continued to work for Cobra.
When the original Cobra Commander returned to lead his organization,
of his original high command had turned their backs on him. Destro and
the Baroness left to lead the Iron Grenadiers, and Zartan, Firefly and
Dr. Mindbender were all buried in a frieghter on Cobra Island and left
for dead. Thus, Zarana became one of the Commander's closest advisors.
Though she was no where near as valuable as Destro or Zartan had been,
the Commander appreciated her cunning mind and cruel, sadistic nature.
After losing the town of Millville to the Joe team, the Commander set
sights on Eastern Europe, allying himself with a rebel leader and
control of the small nation of Borovia. At that time Zarana lost
in Cobra, or Cobra Commander lost interest in her. Either way, the
brainwashed Destro, the Baroness and Zartan to serve him, and he never
gave Zarana a second thought. Zarana rounded up the down-on-their-luck
Dreadnoks, leading them off into a America, undoubtedly wreaking havoc
all the way.
A short time
defeated by the military, and its high command scattered. Zartan
to the United States, where he began organizing the Dreadnoks into an
national biker gang and started building a small army of Dreadnoks.
eventually joined her brother, but was angered to see that her niece,
was being groomed to become the next leader of the Dreadnoks. Zarana
she was "rightful heir", but bowed to her brothers wishes and took
of the Chicago chapter of the new Dreadnoks. Zarana had little or no
contact with Zartan, the other Dreadnoks and Cobra during their first
battle with the newly reinstated G.I. Joe team. After Zartan renewed
his involvement with Cobra Commander, Zarana oversaw the arrival of a
new advanced Cobra BAT at the Chicago compound. While Dr. Mindbender
was working on the new android, he lost control of it and the Dreadnoks
were forced to deal with it rampaging through their base. Eventually,
the battle spilled out into the streets of Chicago where the Joe team
got involved in the attempt to stop the BAT.
Some time later, Cobra Commander was captured by the
forces of a revived Serpentor and being held on Cobra Island. He called
on Destro to take command of Cobra to rescue him. Destro recruited
Zartan and all his Dreadnoks, including Zarana, and the group arrived
at the island to battle The Coil -- Serpentor's army -- alongside the
G.I. Joe team. Following the battle, Zarana was surprised to learn from
Zartan that Zandar had joined The Coil and had fought against them
before nearly being killed by Zartan. To atone for Zandar's betrayal,
Zartan posed as Cobra Commander for a time. After he was captured by
the Joe team, who believed him to be Cobra Commander, Zarana lead a
group of Dreadnoks to a government facility to free her brother.
paying their debt to Cobra, the Dreadnoks ended their involvement with
them for months, entirely missing out on the battle against the Joe
team and the mysterious Red Shadows organization that again scattered
Cobra and made the Commander an international fugitive.
|Zarana as Friday
One year later,
Cobra Commander infiltrated the
White House, replacing and posing as Chief of Staff Garret Freedlowe.
Working closely with the President, "Freedlowe" created a new team
called the Phoenix Guard, which he intended to use to destroy and take
the place of G.I. Joe. The team's roster was made up of former Cobra
agents using false identities. Zarana joined the group in the guise of
a soldier code-named Friday. She did so without Zartan's knowledge, and
even provided the Commander with technology stolen from her brother to
assist in the deception. The Phoenix Guard's commander General Rey was
unaware of his soldiers' true identities, and lead them on a raid of
the new Joe team's headquarters. Against his wishes, the team relied
too easily on deadly force, injuring many Joes and killing many of
their support staff. During the raid, Zarana unexpectedly found herself
face to face with the Baroness, who was being held at the base. In the
brief fight that ensued, an enraged Baroness made quick work of Zarana,
leaving her injured and unconscious. The Joes soon defeated the Phoenix
Guard, and Zarana and other members were arrested by the military.
Zartan learned of Zarana's arrest and, due to her deception, has
expressed little interest in helping free his sister.
Artwork: G.I. JOE #132 (interior);
G.I. JOE v2 #10 (interior) by Jamal Igle and Clayton Brown; G.I. JOE:
America's Elite #13 (interior) by Josh Medors.
- G.I. JOE: #50,
51-53, 55, 60, 69-71, 73-77, 79, 81, 83, 89-91, 93, 98-100, 123,
128-131, 132 (dossier), 135-142, 145
- G.I. JOE Special Missions: #7,
JOE: Order of Battle: #3
- G.I. JOE
Yearbook: #3, 4
- G.I. JOE vol. 2: #9-13, 23 (photo), 24-26, 31, 38
- G.I. JOE: Front
Line: #9, 10
- G.I. JOE: Battle Files: #2
(compiled with help from Bryon Hake)
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