Mind Capsules – We Stand on Guard #1 and Midnighter #2

We Stand on Guard #1
We Stand on Guard #1

Writer – Brian K. Vaughan
Artist – Steve Skroce
Colours – Matt Hollingsworth

After launching Saga, it was unknown as to just what or to where Brian K. Vaughan would go. Seemingly it was to Canada where his latest series with Steve Skroce takes place. In it we see the United States of America go to war with Canada over the bombing of the White House. Being a first issue, it is never shown nor proven that Canada was responsible for the bombing, and is more than likely just a reason to go after the natural resources that are in abundance in the north like one of the characters suggests. As it is, the book jumps a number of years forward where one of the main characters is now fully grown and on her own up in Yellowknife. There she encounters the members of a resistance who put her to the test to see if she is who she says she is, to which she passes with flying colours. Picking up this book you realize that it features one of the most interesting concepts to debut from Image in recent memory only because it is something many have thought of over the years, and now brought to vivid life by the creators of this book. The ‘who would win’ scenario is a fascinating subject and while everyone has an idea of how it would go, Skroce and Vaughan are sure to throw a ton of surprises into this series to keep everyone guessing as well as keep you wanting to see what happens next. While it would be nice to say that Canada comes out on top, simply because they seem like the underdog, if Saga is anything to go by, it is that nothing is ever as it seems. Little is known about all of our characters except for the fact that they are in for the long haul in battling against the foreign invaders and that all of them have suffered some sort of loss, aside from their homes. One thing is for sure; it will be exciting to see what Vaughan and Skroce have in store.

4 out of 5

Midnighter #2
Midnighter #2

Writer – Steve Orlando
Artist – Alec Morgan
Colours – Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Allen Passalaqua

The villain who stole the weapons from the God Garden stands revealed and it is simply a woman named Marina who is out for revenge. A man she loved has been wronged, injured due to the schemes of a corporation and she will do whatever it takes to make things right. But she never counted on the Midnighter coming after her and even more so, Marina never counted him being on her side. But Midnighter always takes advantage of a situation so after helping her out, he in turn gets her to help him. So far Steve Orlando and Alec Morgan have been doing a fantastic job on this book, giving the anti-hero a new lease on life and they make it as fun and as violent as can be. That is not to say that this book is all about violence because despite Midnighter being an inhumanly efficient killing machine, the man also has a personal life and we get to see a lot of that as well. In this particular issue we get to see the breakup that happened between himself and Apollo which was hinted at in the last issue and now is revealed in full. Artistically, Alec Morgan is an exciting penciller, really giving this book a great energy aside from Orlando’s story and it gives the character his due after being out of the spotlight for so long. The book ends not so much on a cliff-hanger as it does showing what a normal day in the life of Midnighter might be like. It is matter of fact and a lot of fun and it makes you want to come back for more which coupled with the story and art, is something that you want to do. Great job on DC’s part for green-lighting this series as it is one of the better ones to come out of the mini-reboot.

3.5 out of 5

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