#27 PARADIGM SHIFT
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: February 2004
Series: G.I. Joe the Real American Hero, Volume 2
Issue Number: 27
Snake-Eyes and a support group of Joes infiltrate the Red Ninja Clans retreat in Tibet, where Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow have reappeared. T'J Bang of the GI Joe Ninja Force is living amongst the group as an undercover agent. The Cobra leadership is in dispute, Destro leaves Cobra and General Gibbs reveals that the US Army has captured a presumed alive Serpentor.
Notes of Interest
The Red Ninja Clan makes it return to the GI Joe. Sei Tin is introduced.
The majority of the GI Joe team is on leave.
The Joes - Alpine, Duke, Frostbite, Hawk, Jinx, Iceberg, Kamakura, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, Snow Job, T'J Bang
Cobra - Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Serpentor, Scalpel, Storm Shadow, Tomax, Xamot Cobra troops - C.L.A.W.S., Dreadnoks - Buzzer, Monkey Wrench, Ripper, Torch
Additional characters - Alexander Destro, Lillian (Mistress Armada), Sei Tin, General Gibbs
Story: Brandon Jerwa,
Pencils: Tim Seeley,
Inks: Cory Hamscher,
Colors: Brett R. Smith,
Letters: Dreamer Designs,
Graphic Design: Mike Norton,
Miltary Consultation: Andrew Swenson
Cover: Tim Seeley, Andrew Pepoy, & Val Staples,
Sei Tin, leader of the Red Ninja Clan, is addressing his followers at their retreat in Tibet. Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow have asked for sanctuary. And Sei Tin has granted it, which means the clan will protect them with there lives. The former GI Joe Ninja Force member T'J Bang has been living and training with them, as an undercover agent.
Destro is meeting with his son, Alexander Destro, and Lillian (Mistress Armada) about working together within Destro's organization, M.A.R.S., and how much they can be trusted. Scalpel declares that Lillian is fit to serve after being subjected to the Brainwave Scanner. Tomax & Xamot have been running Cobra since the major battle on Cobra Island. They have handled the reconstruction of Cobra Island, freed the Dreadnoks from an Illinois state prison, and paid off the UN inspectors. They are interrupted by an incoming video call revealing that Dr. Mindbender has been found in a container hidden on Cobra Island. He is taken into custody.
At The Pit, T'J Bang has sent in information about Cobra Commander's presence at the Red Ninja Clan retreat. Hawk and Duke assemble a team to go retrieve T'J Bang, and capture Cobra Commander. The Team: Scarlett is field commander, Snake-Eyes, Kamakura, Jinx are the assault force, and Snow Job, Frostbite, Alpine, and Iceberg the support team. Hawk is furious at Snake-Eyes for sending T'J Bang to infiltrate the Red Ninja Clan without permission or even notification to Hawk. He also berates Snake-Eyes for letting Storm Shadow go and asks him if he can put his feeling aside to do this job.
Cobra Commander and Sei Tin form a partnership, and Storm Shadow discovers T'J Bang. The Joe Team parachutes into the mountains near the retreat. And Snake-Eyes, Scarlett, Jinx, and Kamakura walk into the cave where they are promptly encircled by the Red Ninjas. A major ninja battle ensues where Jinx and T'J Bang are injured. And Cobra helicopters appear and attack the support Joe forces. A face off between Sei Tin and Snake-Eyes leaves Sei Tin alive, but having lost the leadership role of the Red Ninja Clan, which has now passed to Snake-Eyes the winner of the duel. During the battle, Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow sneak away without a fight or confrontation with the Joes. T'J Bang is saved and the alliance with Cobra avoided.
In Washington D.C., General Gibbs has recruited two other generals to help support him in helping control the Coil. They have the supposedly alive Serpentor is custody.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen