Why You Should Read WE STAND ON GUARD #1

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    We've seen many stories and comics about war but from what little we see in the first issue of WE STAND ON GUARD, it already feels like something different.

    Brian K. Vaughan starts out the story in the year 2112. It almost feels like the current day with some minor signs that we're in the future. Steve Skroce's art and Matt Hollingsworth's colors sets the tone for the quiet before the storm.

    That's another angle we don't usually see. In the war stories and comics, we don't always get to see what things were like before or what started the war. Seeing an event leading up to the a big splashy moment gives the reader an easier way to connect and feel part of the story.

    The other thing that makes this war feel a little different is who's involved. It's the United States and Canada. We see and feel the first wave of the attack. Vaughan and Skroce show us that war is not a friendly concept. It's brutal. It doesn't matter we we're seeing a seemingly innocent family. Things are going to get ugly. Yet, at the same time, while there is a brutal scene, it doesn't feel over the top. It just punches the point home. It also sets up the direction for two possible main characters in the story.

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    The story jumps forward a dozen years and we see one of the characters, Amber, out in the Canadian wilderness. Without giving us a ton of intricate details that would weigh down the story, we get the idea that the war is still going on in some capacity. Her introduction here gives us her place in this world and what her personal mission is.

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    Along the way, we do get a look at the type of warfare involved. We don't get full details yet but if the war has been waging for this long, how are patrols handled? What sort of weaponry is being used? This first little glimpse shows how things have evolved.

    Of course that is just the tip of the iceberg.

    We also meet a group of freedom fighters to add to the cast. Will they stick around throughout the series? Is everyone safe? Vaughan does a great job giving us a taste of who they are, where they came from, and what things have been like for them. We get a feel for some of the characters with some humanity given to help us connect to these new characters.

    It's a good start for a first issue. We don't have all the answers and we don't need to have them all right away. We have a good sense of where the story can go. At the same time, the skies the limit.

    WE STAND ON GUARD is a book you won't want to miss. There's a big scale feeling bubbling under the surface. You can see and feel the story building and get plenty of reminders that you can expect the unexpected. It's also a pretty book with some not-so-pretty moments. Catch this one on the ground floor.

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    This was really good, and super pretty.

    5 Stars from me :-)

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    I have to check this out

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    As a Canadian so excited. Gonna trade wait though, since it's a limited series either way.

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    @dan12456: What if you wait and a real war breaks out between the U.S. and Canada and the trade never happens? You'll miss out!

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    #5  Edited By sealife

    Being from none off these countries I have to say. Go Canada!!

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    Ongoing or mini?

    I wouldn't want to wait 50 issues to see who's going to win, or laugh last!

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    @donfelipe: I've only heard and seen it mentioned as a limited series. Not sure what the number is.

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    Come on Canada, for the Commonwealth!

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    so RUSH is somehow involved?

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    TEAM CANADA! We got this!

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    As I'm from Scotland I feel I should root for Canada

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    Hey just remember why the white house is white when thinking about crossing the 49th. This year is also the 100 anniversary of the end of the war. Happy Birthday Canada.

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    As a Canadian I really want to know what sparked this war! looks very interesting

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    @jonny_anonymous: Really? I'm actually going over there next month. Pretty exciting.

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    Happy Canada Day everyone !

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    @dan12456: If we (the U.S.) Win the War, I'm not sending you the "Trade". So there! :)

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    Awesome book.

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    #19  Edited By CitizenJP

    You had me at Brian K Vaughan.

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    #21  Edited By senglord

    @crimsonlord53: as a slave descended African American, I can root for the underdog.

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    #22  Edited By DD208

    Realistically, New Jersey could beat Canada.

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    @g_man: Cool! Where abouts are you headed? It's actually pretty warm over here right now but it'll likely rain all next month lol

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    @donfelipe: At the last image expo when this was announced I think BKV said it was 4 issues.

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    I need to read this as I keep thinking of Fallout when I hear the concept.

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    A fantastic way to celebrate Canada Day!

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    This was good, definitely going to stick with it. Feels like a futuristic Red Dawn, only US invading Canada with advanced tech and giant mechs. I expect BKV will keep readers on their toes. I'd love some official confirmation on the length of this. I haven't been able to find any real announcement, but find it hard to believe they would bother with a letters page if it was only 4 or 5 issues.

    Oh, and Superman's a * * Canadian.

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    @g_man: Ah that's a lot farther north than me, Edinburgh is a great city though.

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    I liked it. Not as much as I expected. The art is gorgeous but the content felt a little too pandering to being Canadian. I hope it tones down a touch in future issues (I mean we had Tim Hortons, Superman, Canadian Tire and the CBC all shown or mentioned in Issue 1). But i have trust in Vaughn after Y, Saga and The Runaways.

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    #32  Edited By franksands

    I Just needed 3 reasons: Brian. K. Vaughan. I was never disappointed with anything he wrote. Already downloaded #1, will read soon

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    #33  Edited By HeraldofGanthet

    @g_man:

    Aw, crap. We Americans have got a pretty bad track record so far where going to war with Canada is concerned.

    I wonder if they address this fact in this upcoming comic series...

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    Massive fan of war stories, I´m in.

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    #35  Edited By jack16ichigo

    I like all the support for Canada in the comments and I support them too ! :D

    Though I think I'd find it more interesting without the mecha's, those push it straight into Sci-fi while I'd prefer a more realistic and present setting.

    Still go Canada, the UK will support you ! (er hopefully we should really)

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    #36  Edited By t209

    So why am I feeling it's like one story from Fallout Lore where US invaded Canada after disagreement over troop passage when China invaded Alaska?

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    @g_man: @themantisshrimp said:

    @donfelipe: At the last image expo when this was announced I think BKV said it was 4 issues.

    Thanks guys. Limited sounds good to me.

    I'm eagerly waiting for BKV's next project via panelsyndicate, now The Private Eye has been concluded. The shorter WSOG is going to be the sooner he will release new stuff online as well. However, this is not to say I wouldn't be interested in WSOG it's just I like the comics they've been releasing through panelsyndicate even better.

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    @g_man said:

    @jonny_anonymous: Edinburgh and the Highlands

    I love the Scottish Highlands - such a peaceful and idyllic place!

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    Anyone else have the South Park song suck in their heads?

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    #40  Edited By D9000

    Cool, thanks for bringing this up. I've just been convinced to pick this up. Living in Ottawa that cover is pretty freaky (I'm assuming it's the Peace Tower laying in ruin).

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    And did they really release this on Canada Day? I mean, sure all the comic book stores where closed on July 1st but still a cool move.

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    Lmfao this book came out on Canada day.. GO TEAM MURICA

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