Issue by Issue – Shogun Warriors #8

shogun-warriors-8Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – Mike Esposito
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – Jim Novak

Cerberus is the latest threat Richard, pilot of Raydeen, has come into contact with and it is not the mythological creature of old. Instead, Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe have concocted a new mechanical menace to cause fear and chaos, one whose head can separate into different vehicles much like Combatra, and reform into different configurations. As it is, Richard and his girlfriend Deena, who has come along for the ride, are having an exceptionally hard time defeating it. Moench also takes time out of this issue to revisit Ilongo who has gone back to his team of oceanographers and while glad to be back, his beautiful new employee makes things a whole lot better. Much like his new friend and fellow pilot Richard, he too is put on alert due to a new menace making itself known. Best out of everything in this issue though, is the introduction of mystery and intrigue involving Genji, who has been arrested and for exactly what though, is not yet apparent. As she is a test pilot, one can only guess that it has to do with whatever craft she happened to fly last. Trimpe pulls out all the stops with this issue to deliver some great action scenes, not to mention some very interesting character designs when it comes to these new villains/monsters. Also appearing is Doctor Tambura and if he thought he and his team would have it easy after the defeat of Lord Maur-Kon, he though wrong for it has not even been a full day when these two monsters landed. Are they connected? Disparate though they may be in nature, there is nothing saying that they cannot be a part of the same threat. With an expanded supporting cast and new villains to face, Moench is not resting on his laurels and looks to be making Shogun Warriors the best book about giant robots that he possibly can. A truly fun book through and through, Shogun Warriors gets better and better all the time.

4 out of 5

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