Where does it say that Storm Shadow mentions a japanese guy is a candidate to take over? Does IDW explicit state or hint the identity? It can't be the Hard Master or someone within the Arashikage clan?
Storm Shadow currently reports to a guy named Oyabun Satori. He first appeared in issue #25 of the main title. Satori appears to be underneath CC in the organization prior to the Commander's death. I will admit that I thought IDW confirmed Satori as a candidate. The idea that Satori is a candidate came from a fan site http://www.theterrordrome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=155&t=10621
. The article contains a Q&A session with IDW so that's why I thought it was confirmed by IDW. That said, the author does seem to be in the know and we see Satori (alongside Storm Shadow) on one of the Civil War covers so I still feel pretty confident that he will be a candidate.
As for the 7 candidates to the chosen and tasked to kill the most Joes in order to be CC, let me ask you this then. How, then, did the original CC get this position originally?
Who knows? But it's strongly implied that Cobra is centuries old so he couldn't be the first commander. And it has been confirmed by IDW that Cobra Commander is a position that others have held before the current Commander was offed.
Did he kill a lot of Joes to be CC himself?
Doubt it since Cobra only became aware of G.I. Joe's existence right around the time this series began.
Is this a standard ritual by Cobra? There is a gap of logic here going on that if this is ritualistic by going after military targets, the only Cobras I can see pulling that off would be Zartan, Storm Shadow and maybe Baroness. Firefly, possibly. This takes subterfuge and stealth to take the Joes out.
I don't know if this is standard practice for selecting a leader but it's possible that they're targeting the Joes because it's the first time in Cobra's history that they've faced a serious threat.
Secondly, who GIVES the 7 candidates the task to kill the most Joes? Is there a Board of Cobras? Who writes these ritualistic rules if not Serpentor?
This means, there is something going on above CC and Serpentor's heads that are directing the 7 candidates to meet that objective.
There is a council that's made up of high ranking members of Cobra. We haven't seen who sits on it yet. I'm under the impression that they don't run Cobra's daily operation (that's the job of the Commander) but serve as sort of a board of directors to the Commander's position as CEO. I'd say no one member of the council has authority to override the Commander but acting as a group they have more power than the Commander.
The idea of Cobra going "Okay, seven candidates. We have a contest for you! Pop the most Joes and you win the throne!". Who's telling them this? Or is this a mutually agreed contest between the seven candidates?
Seriously. How retarded is this? Why not target important people OTHER than the Joes to meet the objective or to kill just ONE very difficult target. A race by seven members to pop just one person.
Okay, I'm with you on this. I'm hoping that this is poorly worded marketing because killing a couple of grunts doesn't sound that impressive. I understand that G.I. Joe is a threat but killing guys like Bazooka doesn't do much damage. I'm hoping that the goal is to utterly destroy, disband or discredit the Joes.
And most importantly, does Cobra have a back up plan for every CC successor?
Don't know. We've only been given a glimpse of how Cobra operates. Hopefully, this upcoming storyline will shed more light on the organization.
Something tells me that Chuckles is going to regret greatly for killing CC when he finds out this guy's real identity.
Sounds like you haven't read Cobra 13 yet so I'll leave this one unanswered.