Last issue saw our group of Canadian rebels facing retribution from the invading American forces who’ve found out their location after torturing their leader. As for this issue it starts in flashback as Amber and her brother Tommy face American troops, but to let Amber escape he surrenders to the Americans.
Flicking back to the present Brian Vaughan slips a bit of real life commentary in that’s going to infuriate UKIP/Tea Party types, and it’s simply glorious.
It’s also revealed as to the extent of the drought that’s affected the USA, and it’s bad for them which explains the ferocity of the American attack upon Canda to steal their main natural resource that’s useful to them: water. This really is an obvious parable to the situation in Iraq, and in that it’s going to be exceptionally controversial to those people that are ‘patriots’ but as I’ve said previously, there’s not this sort of scathing political comment in 99.9% of mainstream American comics.
This is also an action comic and this this issue has plenty of that.
We Stand on Guard is a lovely little mix of political comment and action film tropes that slip sometime into cliche, and four issues in it’s built up an amazing head of steam. If Vaughan manages to finish this off as well as he should, then this is going to be one of the best mainstream mini-series of the year.