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Marshall Lemon | 1 Aug 2015 23:02
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We Stand On Guard #1

As a Canadian, let me share something with my fellow American readers: A lot of us think we can take you. Oh not unprovoked - we wouldn't dream of starting anything. That would be rude. But we have all these textbooks saying we burned down the White House during the War of 1812. And some of us noticed that your military keeps using our training centers as though yours don't quite cut it. And sure, maybe a lot of that is just hot air, and it's certainly not anything personal. Yet I've met Canadians who are adamant we would win if push came to shove - or could at least give you a bloody nose in the process.

Of course, if you started reading We Stand On Guard, you'd probably root for Canada too. In this new series from Brian K. Vaughn and Steve Skroce, a futuristic America invades its northern neighbor following a new wave of terrorist attacks. Now giant robots patrol the wilderness while Uncle Sam harvests our precious natural resources, prompting an underdog team of civilians to take back the Great White North.

Imagine G.I. Joe if the Joes were Canadian, and Cobra was the United States Military - that's the exact tone We Stand On Guard is going for. The result is a thrilling read filled with sci-fi Canadiana (and who doesn't like underdog stories with giant robots!) but Vaughn also drops subtle hints that the war isn't black-and-white. Did Canada attack America first? How do you handle capturing an "evil" American who killed your buddies? How far the book goes remains to be seen, but I for one will stand on guard to find out.

And don't worry America. You're still our buddy, guy. See you at the hockey rink, eh?

Favorite Moment: "You are not authorized to be here. Vous n'étes pas autorisé à ètre à l'intèrieur de ce lieu."


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