WE STAND ON GUARD Invasion USA
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.