WE STAND ON GUARD In­va­sion USA

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - The name of free­dom fight­ers the TwoFour is a nod to the Cana­dian slang for a case of ( 24) beers.

If Brian K Vaughan doesn’t write a Star Wars script soon, we’re go­ing to be sad­der than Chew­bacca on bath­day.

Saga proved he can han­dle in­ter- alien re­la­tion­ships; now he’s tack­ling ter­ror­ist un­der­dog he­roes tak­ing on tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced colonists in a sci- fi war. Ex­cept here it’s Canada against an in­vad­ing Amer­ica.

Tak­ing the ge­nius – and sci­en­tif­i­cally plau­si­ble – ap­proach that cli­mate change will force a bar­ren USA to plun­der other coun­tries for wa­ter like they once did oil, this six- is­sue minis­eries tracks tough- fe­male lead Am­ber’s jour­ney from in­no­cent child to hard­ened free­dom fighter.

Vaughan uses tech­niques he pre­sum­ably picked up on Lost, de­liv­er­ing Am­ber’s story via a mix of present- day ac­tion and flash­backs. Mean­while, artist Steve Skroce uses tech­niques he must have picked up in heaven – the art on this book is beau­ti­ful. The snowy take­down of a tow­er­ing AT- AT- style ro­bot is an early high­light, while is­sue three’s twisted tor­ture scenes will make you wince with dis­gust. But, y’know, in a good way.

It’s a po­tent com­bi­na­tion. Vaughan may not ever end up writ­ing Star Wars, but with Skroce di­rect­ing his ac­tion, maybe we can cope. Sam Ashurst

Trig­ger happy. Well, not too un­happy.

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