07/02/15 | by Marcus Orchard
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Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Steve Skroce
It looks like it’s going to be a big year for Brian K. Vaughan. While Saga by itself is enough to distinguish him as one of today’s best writers, he has a few new titles planned to release this year as well. We Stand on Guard #1 is the first new series to release this year by Vaughan, and while it probably won’t get the attention that Saga receives; this is still a strong debut that deserves to be read.
We Stand on Guard takes place 100 years from now in Canada. The story focuses on a group of freedom fighters trying to defend Canada from the United States, who have been invading Canada for almost a decade. This military story has what you would usually expect from the genre, but it also features giant robots and quite a few interesting characters. Despite this being the first issue, the characters are all strong additions to the story and are full of life. The apparent protagonist has a lot of mystery around her, and it adds a great amount of intrigue to the title as well. The quiet moments of this issue don’t do much for story progression, but do well at allowing the reader to establish a quick connection to the characters, even if it isn’t too strong yet. This is a wordy issue, and while the dialogue is good for the characters, it does make the issue feel a bit still stagnant at times.
The action of this title looks great due to Steve Skroce’s explosive pencils. War obviously isn’t pretty, and the art effectively captures the grittiness one would expect. The snowy woods of Canada look great throughout this issue, and so do the characters. Every character has strong expressions, especially during panels full of action. At times some faces come off as a bit odd, but for the most part the pencils are solid. Matt Hollingsworth’s colors help to complete the art and effectively capture the feel of the book.
We Stand on Guard #1 is a strong debut that effectively captures the gritty thrills that come along with war. The perspective presented in this issue is refreshing, and helps this title to stand out from others in the genre. There a few minor flaws, but this is a must-pull issue for anyone who enjoys the genre.
Story - 7
Characters - 8
Art - 7.5
Another strong debut from Brian K. Vaughan that effectively captures the tone of war.