Issue by Issue – Shogun Warriors #20

Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – Herb Trimpe
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – Jim Novak

The final issue of Shogun Warriors begins where the last one left off; with the Primal One now back aboard Captain Cymell’s ship in outer space while Genji, Richard, Ilongo and the Fantastic Four take a breath back upon the Earth. That breather does not last more than a second though as Cymell has recalled Gigantauron and the heroes realize that it is the perfect opportunity to discover the whereabouts of the Primal One and put a stop to him once and for all. The team of Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe take our heroes on one final adventure, one that sees them risk it all on unfamiliar ground, but it is a chance that they cannot pass up. The Primal One has been terrorizing them long enough and if they can return the favour in the slightest, end the threat that he represents, it would be worth it. With the Fantastic Four helping them out, the action between the two parties is exciting and if this were any other day of the week, Combatra and the heroes would most likely have been defeated. As it is, they have nothing left to lose as it were and as such, they give the aliens something to think about. For the most part, this was a great issue, much in the vein of the previous ones, though there was a fault or two to be had. Perhaps the creative team were unaware that the book was being cancelled and as such, could do nothing about it, but for this final story, only Combatra was seen in action while Raydeen and Danguard Ace were nowhere to be seen. It was a missed opportunity for sure and that would lead into the next and final lapse the issue would see, specifically the leading characters of the book taking a backseat to the aliens and to the Fantastic Four. While it is always a good thing to see Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny in action and saving the Earth from those that would do it harm, it would have been better to see more from Richard and Genji and Ilongo. Over the course of the series, they have risen up from regular citizens to extraordinary heroes, faced with situations that many would not be able to handle and they have endeared themselves to the reader by doing so. Overall, this was a book that has gone from strength to strength and though a couple of plot lines have been left dangling through no fault of Moench and Trimpe, it was a very exciting and satisfying series.

4 out of 5

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