Issue by Issue – Shogun Warriors #7

shogun-warriors-7Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – Mike Esposito
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – John Costanza

Now that Lord Maur-Kon has been defeated – Genji, Ilongo and Richard are free to head home and resume their lives once again. Doctor Tambura knows that there is always something waiting around the corner though and as such, has provided the pilots with a means of calling upon the Shogun Warriors if needed. This issue marks the beginning of a new story-arc and one could say a new era courtesy of Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe. One thing that is very evident is the fact that the companions are more than happy to be back home and each is greeted warmly by those that have missed them, except for Genji, who is met with suspicion. For the most part, Moench focuses upon Richard and Raydeen who are called upon to serve because a new threat has risen. What this new enemy is and where it has come from is unknown, but it is called Cerberus and it proves to be a formidable foe indeed. Great to see is Moench introducing new supporting cast members as well as putting the spotlight on Richard, who readers know very little of as of yet. Excited to be home and wanting to appease Deena who is assumedly his girlfriend, Richard tells her of his adventures and of Raydeen and though she humours him, she does not obviously believe him. Moench balances the book quite well between the drama and action, making sure that readers are invested in the whole of the story and not just a part of it. Also good to see in the book is the continued involvement of Doctor Tambura and the Followers of the Light. While they might seem unneeded now that they have won their war, there is a still a call for them to be present, especially if the companions are still going to pilot the robots occasionally. Overall, the issue provided a good transition into the next adventures the Shogun Warriors will find themselves on, though one cannot help but think that things wrapped up a bit too quickly for a battle that has lasted for millennia and Lord Maur-Kon will be seen yet again.

4 out of 5

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