"Small Town Welcome": G.I. Zombie has set a missile off its deadly course, but it is still headed for a collision with an animal hospital in Sutterville, Tennessee. He soon realizes that the missile's payload seems to be having an effect on the animals.
- Christ! I've seen this before. Some kind of biological weapon that acts like rabies and spreads super fast. I can't contain this alone.
Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #3 is an issue of the series Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 2014. It was published on October 22, 2014.
Appearing in "Small Town Welcome"
Synopsis for "Small Town Welcome"
G.I. Zombie has set a missile off its deadly course, but it is still headed for a collision with an animal hospital in Sutterville, Tennessee. He soon realizes that the missile's payload seems to be having an effect on the animals.
Meanwhile, in Nowhere, Mississippi, Gravedigger attempts to track the missile's trajectory, having busted the gang of home-grown terrorists who fired it. Their leader, Duke, is unrepentant, and Gravedigger has him put away as he asks after Agent King.
Carmen, meanwhile, is headed west with one of the terrorist cell's scientists and a virus, still undercover as "Tiffany." Her companion explains that even if Duke is caught, he'll escape soon enough, thanks to a lifetime of connections. The missile that launched, meanwhile, carried a payload that ensures that the end of life as they know it will come soon. The scientist doesn't trust Tiffany well enough to give her any further information than that.
Back in Tennessee, a pair of cops at the animal hospital are attacked by a dog, and forced to shoot it, but the man who was bitten soon begins to behave as though he has rabies, despite a very brief incubation period. Jared realizes that he's seen this kind of biological attack before; a rabies like virus spreading very quickly. Worriedly, he grabs a victim's phone and calls back to Gravedigger with the bad news. He begins dragging the victim to a clinic, warning every uninfected that he sees to get inside and lock their doors.
The doctors inside try to warn him off with a gun, but Jared explains that he needs their help to analyze this epidemic. One of the doctors named Pam explains that the man appears to be in hibernation. Likewise, Jared's assessment that the man is brain dead suggest that once someone has the infection, there is no coming back from it. Jared suggests that they put the victim down, but before a decision can be made, a truck crashes through the wall, and they are required to run for Pam's house. Jared takes their gun and protects them from a pursuing pack of rabid greyhounds.
Finally, Gravedigger gets through to Jared, unhappy to learn of what happened and the need to quarantine all of Sutterville. Jared, meanwhile, seeks out the mayor of town, who is only too happy to exercise his right to bear arms. With the mayor's help, Jared gets a lay of the land and reports back, heading to the town's south bridge. He finds a gathering of infected people on it, and when they see him, they run toward him. Unexpectedly, though, a jet flies overhead and bombs the bridge. By the time he recovers, even more townspeople are after him, and he is out of ammo. Armed only with a knife, he leaps into the fray, but is soon overwhelmed.
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