Issue by Issue – Shogun Warriors #19

Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – Herb Trimpe
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – Rick Parker

After having gone two rounds against that alien force called The Primal One, the Shogun Warriors realize that if they are to go a third, they are going to need some help and who better to ask than Reed Richards, leader of the Fantastic Four. For the first time, Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe finally have the Shogun Warriors interact with the Marvel Universe proper and who better than one of its premiere teams to lend them the aid that they need. While Genji, Ilongo and Richard talk with Reed and his family, up in space, the Primal One is also looking for help as he has discovered that the Shogun Warriors are a little more than he bargained for. What makes things incredibly interesting is that when help does arrive for the Primal One, said help does not understand why Earth is a target and as things progress, does not want to help the Primal One, but must due to intergalactic law. At first, when Genji and her fellow co-pilots talk to Reed, he is a little doubtful, but all of that immediately changes when Gigantauron lands in New York City, looking to put the hurt on Combatra, the pilots and Reed Richards. Gigantauron is massive, even bigger than Megatron whom the pilots have just recently defeated and things do not look promising. The only thing that gives the Shogun Warriors any hope is that they have the aid of the Fantastic Four and soon they are in pitched battle, Combatra splitting into its various forms so that they might have a better chance. Trimpe who inks his own pencils for this issue, does an amazing job at bringing the action to life and there is a lot of it to be had. He makes the threat of Gigantauron seem credible, like New York could be destroyed by a single misstep of the creature and if the Warriors cannot get a handle on the situation, they could be indirectly responsible for the deaths of thousands. While having guest stars is a good thing and nice to see, it was not a necessity as the book has held its own for the past eighteen issues without them, but they do tend to make things just a little more exciting. Overall, a great issue that sees the heroes doing what they do best, yet still not being able to definitively best the Primal One, though they do have one issue left to do so.

4 out of 5

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