Water wars

We Stand On Guard
by Brian K. Vaughan (Author), Steve Skroce (Illustrator)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Now this is fun, despite being a comic about war. Crazy idea, but these days anything seems possible, especially a war driven by the need for water.

“Set one hundred years in our future, WE STAND ON GUARD follows a heroic band of Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters who must defend their homeland from invasion by a technologically superior opponent… the United States of America.“

The art is pretty clean, but detailed. I like it.

Characters are believable. The usual clichées are covered, but it’s not too over the top.

There is graphic violence, people die in unpleasant ways. During the first few pages the father of the main character Amber is blown to pieces and we get to see the result.

2112 it all starts for our MC, at 5 years old, then we jump to 2124, when she meets that band of misfits fighting the attackers. In issue #2 we jump back to 2113, to a flashback, and so on… we are jumping back and forth, following two timelines. The past and beginning of this war and the present, with Amber fighting back. Well done. The following issues have the same structure, with both timelines slowly progressing forwards.

The past…

The present…

The action…

Excellent pencil sketches at the end. I really liked this, story as well. Shows me again, how much I like Vaughn‘s work.

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