The Larry Hama G.I. Joe stories were my gateway to comics, but I haven't read any Joe comics in years. G.I. Joe: Target Snake Eyes is everything I loved in those comics. The story hits all the points that makes G.I. Joe adventures fun: globe-trotting, trap-filled dungeons, the occasional battle thrown in to advertise ludicrous toy vehicles, The Baroness in a bathing suit, and ninjas. Boy are there ninjas.
In this collection, Snake-Eyes has abandoned the Joes to team up with Storm Shadow and lead a ninja cult. Meanwhile, Cobra Commander and The Baroness plot to gather Cobra's holdings and exchange them for ownership of a country. In the ensuing series of schemes and counter-schemes, the ninjas chase Cobra's money, the Joes chase Snake-Eyes, and Serpentor ... does foolish Serpentor things. But has Snake-Eyes really abandoned the Joes, or is he plotting to destroy the ninja clan from within?
The plotting is solid. And the art is a lot better than it needs to be - - just look at the time invested in the background of this panel:
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