Issue by Issue – Shogun Warriors #6

shogun-warriors-6Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – Mike Esposito
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – Tom Orzechowski

At the moment, Genji and Combatra are out of commission while the rest of the team battles the menace of Lord Maur-Kon’s Mech Monster and they are not doing all too well. Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe pull out all the stops to make this an exciting issue and they accomplish just that. Mech Monster has proved to be a tougher foe than first expected, its hide being nearly impenetrable. With everything the heroes throw at the creature being ineffective, Richard gets an idea and with a little help from Ilongo and Danguard Ace, Raydeen manages to pull off a win. Even though the creature is defeated, there still remains the fact that their teammate is missing and her continued silence bodes nothing well. Moench ups the stakes on our heroes for as they go to investigate, they run headlong into the missing Shogun Warrior and find it being piloted by none other than Lord Maur-Kon. As a reader, there are certain moments that tend to break a story, if only for a moment and Maur-Kon operating one of the robots is one of them. Not only have these recent recruits learned to pilot the Shogun Warriors after only a few days, Maur-Kon as done so in only a couple of hours. One would think that in a battle that has lasted for centuries upon centuries, a little preventative care would have been taken so that the enemies of the Followers of the Light, or really any old person, would not be able to simply climb on up into one of the giant robots and take control as easily as Maur-Kon did. As previously stated, this break in logic only lasts for a minute and then it gets back to the action which is interesting to say the very least. Never would a reader have thought that they would be seeing a Shogun Warrior battle one of his own, especially this early in the series. True, Maur-Kon is piloting Combatra, but it is strange nonetheless. Eventually, with a little help from the returning Genji, Maur-Kon and his followers are defeated and Combatra returned to its rightful owners. After everything that went down, hopefully Doctor Tambura tightens up the security on the robots to stop a similar incident from happening.

3.5 out of 5

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