The issue itself is pretty good. While I tend to hold #26 in higher regard, that's more likely a carry over from the fact that I thought I'd never own #26 and I created a childhood mystique about it. #27 carries forward the story from the prior issue, resolves some storylines and introduces some other elements that would not be wrapped up for a few more months. In short, it's a strong comic book from the '80's designed to entertain and entice the reader to not miss any more. While the narrative of the other Joes continued after #27, it seemed that most of the Snake Eyes/Stormshadow story had been told. We'd see their origin, though, fleshed out for another 6 or 7 years before we really had the full story. But, the tale told in issues #26 and #27 lay the foundation and really contain the pertinent information needed about their origins.
There are many revelations in the book. The most memorable part, to me, is the ninja chase through 1984 New York. This showed the skill of ninjas while also showing that the best outcome of their abilities was to avoid any deadly violence. From there, we learned quite a bit about the characters. The biggest reveal seems to be that Cobra Commander's brother was the driver who killed Snake Eyes' family as they were on their way to the airport to welcome him home. While this is a bit convenient, it does help to explain why Cobra Commander sent someone to kill Snake Eyes during his ninja training. This helps bring forward the truth that Stormshadow likely has some redemption inside him as he's working to avenge his family rather than actually help Cobra. As I've said in some recent write ups on Destro, I'm not too keen about this, though. Stormshadow sliced down Gung Ho in issue #24. He kidnapped a beaten up Scarlett. You can't just forgive these things because he wants to, eventually, learn the identity of his uncle's killer and avenge him. The whole notion of revenge pretty much cements Stormshadow as a villain. And, this is where he should have stayed. Had the comic survived through 1995, we might have gotten to see Stormshadow in the right role for a final run of solid adventures.
As a memento, issue #27 is hugely important to me. To the whole of the Joe run, it's among the more significant issues, just for the fleshing out of the Snake Eyes origin story. Many of the events of the comic would be played out in future issues. But, like most comics from the time, this issue is worthless. A couple of bucks will get you a very nice original printing of #27. If you settle for a 2nd printing, the price is less. The story was retold numerous times in various outlets. So, it's not hard to find it. This comic represents the beginning of a larger Joe world for me. It was no longer just toys. This comic also opened me up to the world of comics in general. (There is a promo for the first issue of the West Coast Avengers Limited Series in this issue. It intrigued me. And, when West Coast Avengers launched its own title, I bought it from issue #1.) While that may have had some detrimental side effects, it was also a way for me to understand story telling in a more compact and visual format. For that reason, this comic remains a sentimental favorite.