We Stand On Guard #1
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We Stand On Guard #1

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Steve Skroce Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 1, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 26
8.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN teams with artistic legend and MATRIX storyboard artist STEVE SKROCE for an action-packed military thriller that will have everyone talking. 100 years from now, a heroic band of Canadian civilians must defend their homeland from invasion...by the United States of America! The hyper-detailed combat between badass freedom fighters and giant f***ing robots begins with a spectacular 40-PAGE FIRST ISSUE for the regular price of just $2.99!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Pablo Arriaga Jul 1, 2015

    We Stand On Guard is a fairly straightforward story about what would happen if Canada and the United States would go to war, and the underdogs who are caught right in the middle of it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jul 1, 2015

    Limited series it may be, but youre going to want to get in on the ground floor of this one before it blows up to become yet another global critical and commercial juggernaut. Years from now, when people are clamouring for first issues on eBay and reminiscing about where they were when they first picked this one up, youll be able to smile, nod, and say yup, told ya. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fox Force Five News - Keven Skinner Jul 3, 2015

    The issue also ends in a shocker that truly baffled me and I'm officially hooked as We Stand on Guard looks like it will be one of the best series of the year. Easily. Artist Steve Skroce has been working on movie storyboards for years but I'm so happy he's returned to comics full-time because his style kicks ass. It's so crisp and it fits wonderfully with this book. Issue 1 has been my favorite single issue of any comic this year. It's beautiful. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Jul 4, 2015

    Entertaining and full of potential for real social importance, We Stand on Guard is a perfect scored comic. Run, do not walk, to your local comic shop and pick up a copy right now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 4, 2015

    "We Stand On Guard" has all the makings of a classic series. The opening issue stays away from politics and heavy dialogue and sticks to a few characters and their perspective on the United States invading Canada. The comic book opens with a powerful sequence and ends with a thrilling string of events. At forty pages you get plenty of comic book for your money and all of it is highly entertaining. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of what looks to be something special. I highly recommend checking this comic book out. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Jul 6, 2015

    An incredible first issue from two very talented people, with a refreshing and interesting story that takes hold of you from panel one. The futuristic feel adds to the heightened suspense of a conflict between Canada and America, and the core characters are already compelling in their own right by the end of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Jul 6, 2015

    Again, this is just the first issue. Even if it wasn't as excellent as it is, Vaughn's generated enough good will to be given a bit more time to round things out. Regardless, WE STAND ON GUARD is off to an explosive start in both literal and figurative fashion. At this point I don't think there's any doubt about Vaughn's talent, but WE STAND is yet another showcase for his collaborative ability: he's only as good as his team, and his team isgood. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Jul 3, 2015

    We Stand On Guard #1 is a promising and worthy start of a great comic series. Potential twists and turns and intriguing stories are already in-placed for readers to get invested for months, no, years to come. Moreover, Skroce is the primary artist and we can expect more on his one of the kind illustrations beyond the first issue. And, this is an uneasy read for sensitive types, but a bold step to thought-provoking reading experience nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jul 4, 2015

    Vaughan and Skroce have put together a beautifully drawn series that riffs on one possible outcome of US foreign policy if something isn't done to ramp it back over the course of the next 100 years. It's very well done, but I'm just not able to relate to the characters or situations. Which means I'll likely drop this series, even though it's very well crafted. That said, it's well worth giving a try, everyone will have their own reactions to the art, tone of the story, etc. I can easily see this becoming the favorite series of some readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jul 1, 2015

    So to my Canadian friends and family out there: Happy Canada Day. I hope we can all take this story as a good bit of fun and that the great U.S. invasion of Canada remains forever fiction. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jul 9, 2015

    We Stand on Guard presents an intriguing premise that is filled with possibilities.  Americans are always concerned about attacks coming from overseas that something coming from "the apartment above the party" would be completely unexpected and incredibly deadly.  The inclusion of big robot drones greatly amplifies matters, making the struggle of the resistance much harder.  Vaughan has a talent for final pages that leave you begging for more.  This issue is certainly no exception.  It's a smart book filled with beautiful artwork that you should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Jul 2, 2015

    More akin to Ex Machina than a Saga, We Stand On Guard is Vaughan and Skroce pulling all of their robot action figures and army men out of their giant toy treasure chest and imagining deep, complicated, and biting political commentary, emotion, and pain beneath their plastic plotting and hand-painted horrors of war. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson Jul 4, 2015

    Given that we don't get to spend too much time getting to know any of the characters, the best part of the book to focus on is the American-Canadian relationship. There are plenty of little Canada references here: one of the resistance fighters worked at Canadian Tire, everything is bilingual, and of course hockey has to be mentioned at least once. Les LePage's French dialogue has its brilliant moments, especially when he's explaining he "went" in his pants only a little bit. Yet the best sequence is the Superman bit, where one member of the group almost rants about how Joe Shuster was really Canadian and therefore Superman is actually a Canadian character. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Jul 1, 2015

    This was one of the comics I was most looking forward to reading this week, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. We Stand On Guard #1 can be read as a standalone comic, but with the promise shown in this first issue, why stop at just issue #1? I'll be adding this comic to my pull list in the very near future, which will make it the first non superhero comic in a long time I've been so enthusiastic about. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Jul 1, 2015

    Vaughan has a knack for writing scads of interesting and involving characters, even bothering to fully flesh out those in the periphery. All six introduced members of the Two-Four, the Canadian squad of freedom fighters stumbled upon by protagonist Amber, are given distinctive personalities, but the book's thirty-four pages only leaves room for familiarity with a few. This is an excellent first issue, telling a solid, enveloping story in itself, while leaving tons of interesting questions and tantalizing possibilities dangling for later elucidation. And while it takes place in neither my home nor my native land, this comic is going to have me pensively humming "O Canada" for a good while to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Jul 1, 2015

    But if there is one aspect of We Stand On Guard that grabbed me right away it's the art by Steve Skroce. Wow it is off the hook good. His style is so, rich, detailed and clean. The images are bold, the battle scenes well rendered. And his art is made all the better by Matt Hollingsworth's colours, which are bold without being garish. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 1, 2015

    "We Stand on Guard" #1 looks fantastic, and the world that Vaughan and Skroce have created is appealing. Given time, there's no doubt in my mind that the characters will become more defined and we'll grow to care about them. For now, though, the rest of the comic is so good that it's a rough patch that's easily overlooked. "We Stand on Guard" had high expectations tied into its very DNA and, overall, I think readers will be very pleased with what they find. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jul 1, 2015

    WE STAND GUARD is a great start to the series. Vaughn and Skrocehave a sure fire hit on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Tyler Omichinski Jul 4, 2015

    Its fun, its cute, its not taking things too seriously at this point. If you like war stories, its probably worth picking up. Its a ridiculous showdown between Canada and the United States, two siblings in nearly every sense of the word. We fight, we squabble, we tease, but at the end of the day, we've usually got each others' backs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jul 2, 2015

    We Stand On Guardis off to a strong start, and I'm looking forward to finding out more about Amber, Tommy and the Two-Four, and what this band of freedom fighters can actually do in the face of total and complete occupation by a faceless and brutal US army. Check this one out at your LCS or download it digitally now! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 6, 2015

    For the first issue, and being a 40-page issue, this is almost unbelievably good. I hope, though, that Vaughan brings us some more characterization, and soon. There’s a lot going well, but there’s a lot going wrong, too. It’s a good plot that everyone can relate to, with an “us vs. them” mentality, but the writing isn’t quite there yet. There is definitely room for amazing writing to come, and here’s hoping that we see it. The artwork, however, for a debut issue, is phenomenal. This is definitely a series to keep your eye on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jun 30, 2015

    We Stand On Guard #1 is easily one of the most intense opening issues that I've read in recent months, as though it may not be as captivating as I hoped it would, it does enough to have me returning for more. Having great tension, deep character development and exciting action, this comic is bound to leave readers in awe, even if not for all of it's thirty-four pages. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BGCP - Alessandro Spitoni Jul 2, 2015

    This is definitely an intriguing read. It's a little light on plot for now, and the character designs are a little off, but there is definitely a lot of potential to this series! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Jul 3, 2015

    Overall, We Stand on Guard is a solid read. Like I said, it's a story type that you're sure to be familiar with at this point, but it's the novel bits that make this book. The artwork is fantastic and even though the story is still in the early stages, there are a lot of elements present that should make for a captivating read for many issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 2, 2015

    We Stand On Guard #1 gets a lot right, but it's thin characters make it tough to walk out invested. Vaughan and Skroce have created quite the world with its snow strewn canvas and mechanical dangers, but as of now it's hard to care much for anyone in it. It's not a bad issue by any stretch of the imagination, but as a debut there's just something missing. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Jul 2, 2015

    We Stand on Guard #1 is a strong debut that effectively captures the gritty thrills that come along with war. The perspective presented in this issue is refreshing, and helps this title to stand out from others in the genre. There a few minor flaws, but this is a must-pull issue for anyone who enjoysthe genre. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 1, 2015

    An opening issue to a series that lays the groundwork with plenty of well written dialogue and interesting characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jul 2, 2015

    "We Stand On Guard" #1 has problems but these are things that can easily be fixed in future issues. Brian K. Vaughan is one of the greatest writers in comics and I have no doubt that this won't shape up to be something very entertaining. If this were a less capable writer, I probably wouldn't be as convinced. This is a 40 page issue for only $2.99 so this is a great value compared to pretty much everything else. It's not a complete disaster and for that price, it is worth checking out even for Skroce's art alone. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jul 1, 2015

    Even if this was a scathing review for We Stand on Guard, Brian K. Vaughn has such a loyal fan base that it wouldnt matter. The book will no doubt sell well. The real test is how will the next two to three issues fare? Despite a familiar premise, this comic does have promise. Readers should give this series at least four to five issues to really get its feet wet. Also, this book is 40 pages for $2.99 you cant beat that! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 30, 2015

    We Stand On Guard might get really good. After all, the creative team has a track record for making really good comics. But Vaughan has buried his hook maybe an issue or two down the line, and the concept that we see in play here isn't that enthralling. Skroce's artwork might be enough for former fans to want to pick this one up, but Vaughan fans who lack the context for why Skroce's involvement is exciting may be left a little disappointed. We've come to know Vaughan as something of a modern master of comic book storytelling, and part of that is in his ability to immediately give the readers something of value from issue to issue while still playing the long game in terms of an overall plot. It's odd to see a debut script from him that doesn't do much to try and forge an emotional connection. But for all we know, that's still coming. Read Full Review

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