Issue by Issue – Shogun Warriors #18

Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – Mike Esposito
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – Irving Watanbe

The mysterious force that sent its minions to attack and kill The Followers of the Light is back and this time it has set its sights upon Danguard Ace and Ilongo Savage. Having just finished carving out his underwater, Mediterranean hangout, and just having stopped some whalers in their tracks, Ilongo can hardly take a breath before he finds himself under attack. Not only is Ilongo under siege, but he is alone while his friends and co-pilots, Richard and Genji are half a world away. Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe set the stakes pretty high for the heroes, for if the alien menace and its newest servant, Megatron are successful, it could spell doom for the rest of the world. For the most part, the book is non-stop action and it could not be any better as Trimpe cuts loose with giant robot versus giant robot upon the ocean’s surface. Eventually help comes in the form of Raydeen and Richard Carson and it takes nearly everything they have to finally defeat the menace of Megatron. As with the previous encounter the team had with this alien power, it is never shown, nor is its name ever mentioned. It remains an incalculable force, an unknowable enemy that seeks to take over the planet, as surmised by the Shogun Warriors that is, and will do whatever it needs to in order to accomplish that goal. The strange thing about it all is that no matter how vast an entity it might be, it never sends enough forces to deal with the robots, nor has it taken advantage of those instances when they have seemed at their weakest. So no matter how strong this alien presence seems to be, it is not very smart when it comes to tactics, either that or it has never faced a foe like the Shogun Warriors before. Whatever the case might be, they will return with the underlying question being, will the Shogun Warriors be ready when they do?

4 out of 5

2 replies »

  1. THIS IS IT! Th 1 ish of Shogun Warriors I picked up back in th day (1980)!
    Distribution of comics back then was erratic – no specialist shops like w have now – so just had to pick whatever was available.
    Wanted to see other Shogun ishs, but it wasn’t until my hunt initiated last Summer (and occasionally chronicled in my blog), that I could track down others of this title. Sadly, th 3 ishs (#4, 5 & 10) I got did not impress me.
    I still look @ this #18 – holds up v well; Trimpe has never done better art

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