Issue by Issue – Shogun Warriors #17

Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – Mike Esposito
Colours – Carl Gafford
Leters – Mark Rogan

The Followers of the Light are dead and Shogun Sanctuary is no more. It is the end of an era so to speak and with it begins a new one, though one that is highly uncertain. The pilots of the Shogun Warriors – Richard, Genji and Ilongo, must now face the world without any backup, without anyone being able to give them advice on the workings of the giant robots and without anyone able to make repairs or replace weapons as things break down or need replenishment. Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe have forever changed the world of the three friends and it will be a real test for the companions to see if they will indeed make it without that safety net they have always had. The first thing they realize they need to do is to find somewhere to store their robots out of sight of the public and that is going to be much harder than they bargained for. While Ilongo will keep his beneath the ocean, Richard can only keep his in the hills around his home for the moment which is nowhere near as secure as it should be while Genji discovers an abandoned building which, for the moment, will have to do. Moench of course, does what the reader expects him to do and has one of the robots be discovered and it is of course, Genji’s, as a homeless family decides to spend the night where the robot resides. Trouble follows as a young boy eventually finds himself in the control room of Combatra and not soon after, in the skies above, unable to control the giant robot and pressing things out of desperation. Moench and Trimpe manage to pack the book full of action despite there being the obvious lack of a villain and it never hampers the story in the slightest. In fact, it is quite the opposite because it actually moves the entire narrative featuring these three people forward into the new roles they will have to play, not merely pilots, but those who also have to make the ultimate decisions and learning to stand on their own. So far, they are off to a good start and it shows with this one accident, just how much they have learned from it and how much they have yet to learn. With these creators at the helm, it was no surprise that this transitional issue was a good one.

4 out of 5

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