Issue by Issue – Shogun Warriors #14

Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – Mike Esposito
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – John Costanza

The Shogun Warriors might have thought they had it hard last issue, but that was nothing compared to what they face now and all of it courtesy of Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe. So it is that the heroes encounter not only Dr. Demonicus, but his creations which already gave them a run for their money once before – the Hand of Five, Starchild and Cerberus. Any one of the three are more than a match for any one of the Shogun Warriors and as such, the pilots have a crisis of conscience – a loss of faith. Doctor Tambura realizes what is going on and tries to rally the team, insulting them as a form of reverse psychology in the hopes that it will pull them out of their funk and get them in fighting form, which of course, it does. For a good portion of the book, it is given over to the action and Trimpe gets to cut loose as gigantic menace goes up against gigantic hero. Some of the best scenes that Trimpe has ever put to paper thus far in this series take place in this issue and it is hard to think about anyone else doing as well. Though Moench already gives the Shogun Warriors a lot to deal with, he continues to pile on the hardships as they must also save the Earth from destruction as the space station hurtles towards it. Having just came together in a fantastic feat of teamwork, the pilots must now do so again, this time with the knowledge that there is a very good chance that not only will they perish, but also all of mankind if they are not successful. There is some palpable suspense in this book, more so than the previous and it is good to see the creators never resting on their laurels, instead always pushing forward with the reader reaping the benefits.

4 out of 5

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