Barrel Roll (G.I. Joe)
Real Name: Dwight Stall
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Growing up in Cincinnati, Barrel Roll seemed to be practicing to become a sniper all of the time. He could keep motionless for such long periods of time that teachers would think he was sleeping with his eyes closed. Still, he was a very bright student and a whiz at math. After enlisting in the Army, Barrel Roll became a sniper, and was skilled enough at it to be a marksmanship instructor. He is also a trained pilot. He combined these to skills, using a small, air assault hang glider dropped from a plane to silently reach his destination. Once in a suitable position he lands and stays there motionless waiting to take his shot.
Barrel Roll joined the G.I. Joe team after its reinstatement, as one of the team's many "greenshirt" recruits. He was finally granted full status as a Joe shortly after the team's battle against the forces of a revived Serpentor.
Barrel Roll's first mission was to infiltrate Cobra Island, posing as a glider-flying Cobra Raptor-Viper. Once inside Cobra's headquarters, he broke into their computers to give the Joes secret access to their system. He narrowly escaped a number of Cobra troopers and Tomax and Xamot. Dr. Mindbender, in hiding on the island, tried to force Barrel Roll to take him along as the Joe escaped in a jet-ski. He tricked the Doctor, and left without him. He was extracted by the Joes as he evaded capture by Cobra's navy.
Barrel Roll's brother, Thomas, was also one of the team's greenshirts but did not fair well on the team. During a disastrous mission into the Cobra-infiltrated town of New Moon, Colorado, team leader Mirage considered Thomas to be a poor soldier, and he was soon charged with negligence that led to the deaths of two greenshirts and would even possibly be charged with treason. Despite Barrel Roll's speaking on his brother's behalf, military judges went ahead with plans to address the charges in a court martial. Thomas angrily told his brother he didn't need his help as he was taken away by MPs to await trial.
U.S. Army Corporal
First Appearance: G.I. Joe (2001) #28
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G.I. Joe (2001)
#28 G.I. Joe (2005)
- 'Players and Pawns: One of Five'#29
- 'Players and Pawns: Two of Five'#30
- 'Players and Pawns: Three of Five'#36
- 'Union of the Snake: Part One - "SHROUD"'#37
- 'Union of the Snake: Part Two'#39
- 'Union of the Snake: Part Four'#40
- 'Union of the Snake: Part Five'#41
- 'Union of the Snake: Part Six'
#34 G.I. Joe Special Missions: Manhattan (2006)
- 'World War III Part X: Enemies In Need'#35
- 'World War III Part XI, Scorched Earth'#36
- 'World War III Part XII, Hell'
G.I. Joe: The Data Desk Handbook A-M (2007)
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