Issue by Issue – Shogun Warriors #4

shogun-warriors-4Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – Dan Green
Colours – Andy Yanchus
Letters – Jim Novak

Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe take a bit of a different route with this issue and they split the focus of the book evenly between the heroes and villains. It begins with Magar, servant of Lord Maur-Kon and a man desperate to preserve the old ways, namely sorcery. He is appalled that Maur-Kon would even consider using technology over magic and even more so when he discovers the mechanical beast called Mech Monster. The Followers of the Light are continuing to train under Dr. Tambura and it is here that Moench gives us a bit of a history lesson as Ilongo tells his new friends about his job as an oceanographer and about the teamwork that was exhibited there. It is nice to see a little more characterization from Moench, finally adding in a little more humanity to the equation which has been primarily dominated by the giant robots. Additionally intriguing is the fact that the new recruits and the reader are made aware that the Shogun Warriors can transform into other forms, Combatra being the most dynamic of the bunch. While the story is a little more slowly paced then we have seen of late, it gives Moench and Trimpe time to sow the seeds for future issues, creating harmony among the good guys and discord among the bad. The more interesting of the two is that involving Magar and Maur-Kon and seeing them argue then leads the reader to believe that perhaps not all are as invested in their leader’s plans as it seems. Of course, all of this has to lead up to something and it involves Magar, Mech Monster and the aforementioned sorcery. It definitely means bad things for all of those involved and while our heroes might have a few new tricks up their sleeves with their additional training, this is a creature that may have encountered before. A solid issue from the very first, Moench and Trimpe leave it on a great cliff-hanger making you want to come back for more.

4 out of 5

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