We Stand on Guard

We Stand on Guard

Book - 2016 | Deluxe Hardcover Edition.
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SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN teams with artistic legend and Hollywoodstoryboard artist STEVE SKROCE for a subversive, action-packed militarythriller. Set 100 years in our future, WE STAND ON GUARD follows a heroic bandof Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters who must defend their homelandfrom invasion by a technologically superior opponent...the United States ofAmerica. Collecting all six issues of the controversial hitminiseries.

Contains a sketchbook section exclusive to this deluxeedition of WE STAND ON GUARD.
Audience: Rated M, Mature.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., [2016]
Edition: Deluxe Hardcover Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781632157027
Branch Call Number: Vaugh
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Skroce, Steve - Artist


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Jan 21, 2019

Like others, I agree that the premise is a good idea, but the dialogue is so trite and cliche I thought this was written as a joke. Too bad because, yes, the Americans will one day soon come for Canada's fresh water and with that in mind this story could have been so much more compelling!!! Also, a real ending would have been nice, instead of what it is, weak.

Nov 06, 2018

Can't say anything.
The Americans are listening.
Just get it.

Sep 10, 2017

Cool premise, but rather by the numbers execution.
Nice read, but not mind-boggling good.

Jan 15, 2017

A creative self contained tale set a century in the future, this story by Vaughan and Skroce tells the story of a group of resistance fighters working to take their country back from a hostile and more powerful invader. The twist, of course, being that the invader is the American military and the invaded country is Canada. Vaughan gives his small cast of characters a sense of hardened humanity, and pays a lot of attention to Canadian quirks along the way. Skroce captures the visual style of the story well, having had improved his own visual style tremendously from my first reading of any of his work. It's quite an adult tale, with graphic content, so this is not a graphic novel for kids.

Dec 10, 2016

A pretty straightforward story about a small group of Canadians who are a part of the resistance attempting to stave off the absolute control which the US is attempting to assert over a Canada that for the most part has succumbed to its superpower southern neighbor. Vaughn succeeds in humanizing the story with people who outside of this fight are folks just like us - a comedian, former Canadian Tire employees, a girl looking for her lost brother - normal people for the most part. The ending is as tragic and inevitable as it is heroic. It is a violent story with graphic visuals so to be forewarned is to know in advance.

OranguTang Dec 08, 2016

I agree with vancepilipchuk. I read this because of Brian K. Vaughan but it felt like a bait and switch. Interesting concept, poorly executed. Too many Canadian stereotypes and not enough true character development. It feels like they were trying to check a bunch of boxes instead of writing a great story. Skip it... there's better graphic novels out there.

Oct 08, 2016

A great commentary about the muddy landscape of modern warfare. Brutally honest and wonderfully crafted.

Sep 23, 2016

I felt this left me feeling quite underwhelmed. The concept of course is fantastic in theory and I am often a huge fan of Brian K. Vaughn's work but I found the writing and the story to be just that, underwhelming. The characters try to cover many Canadian stereotypes and don't get a chance to truly develop personalities with this being such a short run. The conclusion also feels somewhat rushed, this series would have benefited from a longer run or a smaller more focused story.

Still as a Canadian comic fan I would still recommend it as a read.

KateHillier Aug 04, 2016

It's the far future and Canada and the United States are at war. The US has annexed most of Canada for its water supply, leaving a band of freedom fighters fighting the good fight. It actually has a very Star Wars vibe to it, with giant armoured tanks and with the Canadian freedom fighters being like the Rebel Alliance. There's a lot of Canadian references dropped but it doesn't feel like it's being done to scream at you that this is taking place in Canada, which is nice. The story is also really compelling, so are the characters no matter how briefly you get to know them. The group is as multicultural as we are.

It works fantastic as a stand alone, and it can totally stand on its own if it must, but I would love to see more of this. It's a great story, terrifying concept, and certainly something plausible in one form or another.

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Jan 15, 2017

Keogh thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Aug 19, 2016

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