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Issue by Issue – Shogun Warriors #11

shogun-warriors-11Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – Jack Abel
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – John Costanza

Continuing right off from the last issue, Genji and Combatra face off against the mysterious dragon hand, praying that they have what it takes to fend it off and save the bystanders below. It is a tough business and Genji gives it her all, trading blows with the strange creature until she finally gets an idea as to how she might defeat it. Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe also return with this story pouring on both the heat and the mystery. As expected Doctor Tambura finally gets into contact with both Richard and Ilongo informing them that he believes there is indeed a connection between the separate attacks and that they were simply tests meant to gauge the effectiveness of the Shogun Warriors. Two questions become apparent at this point, the first being how powerful is this group for all that they seem to be doing and just what could they possibly send next? It makes the heroes think for a minute and they can see that Doctor Tambura is concerned. How can one prepare for something if that something is an unknown? Moench also delivers some great characterization, not only in connection to the main players but the supporting cast as well. Deena is jealous of Genji’s ties to Richard even though he says it is more like a sense of brotherhood and Judith is worried about Ilongo even though they have spent little time together. After all is said and done, even Kosei who had suspected Genji of piloting the giant robot, closes the book out longing for a woman he may never claim as his own or quite possibly ever see again. It is those small, yet dramatic moments that make the book as good as it is thanks to Moench, though Trimpe’s artwork is nothing to sneeze at either. Fun stuff as they say, in the Mighty Marvel Manner.

4 out of 5
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