|G.I. Joe character|
Billy Kessler is a fictional character in the comic book series
He first appears as a boy being held captive by
In his next appearance, he is caught by Baroness and Major Bludd trying to break into an office and obtain information on the Arbco Circus, a front Cobra uses to transport equipment across the country. The two Cobras decide to train Billy to assassinate Cobra Commander at a massive rally. Despite the return of Storm Shadow from an extremely brief imprisonment by the Joes and Destro finding out about the attempt, the plan is set in motion. The day of the rally Billy is dressed in a Cobra Youth uniform and given a bouquet of flowers hiding a gun. He approaches Cobra Commander but is stopped by the efforts of Storm Shadow and Destro. Cobra Commander wants to have Billy killed but Destro forces him to recognize the child as his son. Billy recognizes Cobra Commander as his father as well. Despite this familial tie, Billy is put on trial and subjected to the Brainwave Scanner. Billy does not reveal who helped him plan the assassination. Storm Shadow is impressed and decides to defect from Cobra, freeing Billy and fleeing to New York.
Ninja training and injuries
Storm Shadow and Billy come to live and train in a dojo hidden in a water tower. Billy decides to one day head back to Springfield to confront his father. He ends up riding in a car with Candy Appel, the girlfriend of Joe member Ripcord and an intoxicated driver. The car becomes trapped in a battle between Cobra operatives and the Soft Master. Scrap-Iron tries to destroy the car with a missile but the Soft-Master throws himself in the way. Unfortunately Scrap-Iron fires another missile that destroys the car. Billy is the only survivor but he loses part of his left leg and his right eye. He is taken to a hospital and falls into a coma.
A long time after, Cobra Commander and Destro are presumed dead after almost being buried alive in the destruction of the PITT. While traveling in civilian disguise, a highway trooper sees the resemblance between Cobra Commander and Billy and tells him of the wreck. Cobra Commander visits him in the hospital and is in shock over what happened. He takes Billy from the hospital and goes to Denver, where Fred VII is hiding out as an auto mechanic. Billy awakens from his coma but with amnesia. Cobra Commander has Fred VII fit him with an artificial leg. Billy almost trips uses it but uses a Martial move to right himself. Unsure of how did it, Billy spies on the dojo of a local martial arts sensei. This sparks the return of Billy's memory. He confronts his father but promises to leave him and not tell anyone where he is. Billy finds out the sensei is the Blind Master of Storm Shadow's clan. He also meets Jinx, the Blind Master's student. While the Blind master goes to help Snakes-Eyes and Scarlett on a mission, Jinx and Billy head to San Francisco. There Billy meets Hawk, Chuckles, and Law & Order of the Joe team, and tells Storm-Shadow and Ripcord the fates of the Soft-Master and Candy. he continues training with Storm Shadow and evens aids him in joining Snakes-eyes, Jinx, the Blind Master, and Scarlett in freeing a trio of Joes who were being held captive in the eastern European nation of Borovia. He also joins Storm Shadow and Jinx in aiding several Joes in freeing Hawk from a renegade general.
Later activities and brainwashing
Billy is eventually reunited with his mom. The happiness and normalcy is short-lived as Billy is confronted by Fred VII's old ally Raptor. Billy joins the Cobra operative along with Captain Minh, a boy named Tyrone, and a disguised Zartan in heading to Cobra Island to expose Fred VII as an imposter pretending to be Cobra Commander. The mission is interrupted by the return of the real Cobra Commander, who traps Billy Zartan, Fred VII, Tyrone, Captain Minh, Raptor, and several others in a landlocked freighter which he then buries under a volcano. After several months of digging, Billy and Zartan manage to escape while most of the others die for tainted food. They head for Destro's castle in Scotland and arrive just as Cobra Commander is attacking. The duo rescue Destro and Chuckles and the four team with the G.I. Joe Ninja Force, eventually battling the Night Creepers and negotiating with Cobra Commander to call his vendetta against Destro off.
Billy goes off on his own but eventually returns to visit Destro. Unfortunately his visit is at the same Cobra Commander arrives to mesmerize Destro and Zartan back into his service. Billy and Baroness are held captive in the Silent Castle. Storm Shadow goes to rescue his former student but is captured and all three are subjected to the Brainwave Scanner.
In the years between the end of the Joe/Cobra conflict and its resurgence, Billy shook off his brainwashing but was left unhinged. He hides in Scotland but is tracked down by Spirit and Kamakura, Snake-Eyes' apprentice, to help rescue Snake-Eyes and Scarlett. After this he joins the G.I. Joe team, training under Beach-Head. When Storm Shadow starts to come out his brainwashing, he contacts Billy for help. Billy in turn alerts Snake-Eyes and Kamakura. The trio head to Los Angeles but find Cobra Commander has beaten to the punch and is starting to re-brainwash Storm Shadow. In the fighting, Cobra Commander shoots and wounds Billy. The battle ends with Storm Shadow apparently back in Cobra Commander's service.
Billy appears again the second "Master and Apprentice" mini-series, aiding Storm Shadow against the Red Ninjas. At the end, Billy is tasked by Storm Shadow with watching over the Red Ninjas.
What happens next is unknown but Billy appears next during the World War III storyline. he allows himself to be captured and brought to his father while Cobra controls Fort Meade. Cobra Commander offers to let Billy join him but Billy refuses. He overpowers his guards and tries to kill his father. Unfortunately, Cobra Commander fools him with an impostor and then shoots him in the neck with a poison dart. Cobra Commander has Billy's body hoisted up a flagpole with a message that no one is untouchable. When the Joes take the base back, Spirit tells General Colton they need to take Billy's down because "He was one of us".
- Hidalgo, Pablo (2009). G.I. Joe vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide 1982-2008. Random House. p. 43. ISBN 9780345516428.
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