We Stand On Guard #2

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Steve Skroce Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 5, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 16
8.3Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The summer blockbuster from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and STEVE SKROCE continues, as the futuristic conflict between the Canadian freedom fighters and their American occupiers takes a shocking turn!

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 4, 2015

    While it was undoubtedly the writer who encouraged me to gravitate towards this series, the stunning visuals and focused nature of the story are absolutely second-to-none, providing a rich, sprawling backstory to what is being painted as a deeply personal conflict for Amber. While it might not have the same standout visual set-pieces as the mech takedown from issue one, or the same dialogue to match the Superman speech from the first chapter, We Stand on Guard is still head-and-shoulders above the vast majority of titles on the shelves today, and is as close to essential reading as you can possibly get. Get it on your pull list now. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Aug 7, 2015

    WE STAND ON GUARD #2 is almost boring in its excellence. The story moves forward through expert and seamless weaving of text and art, and you're left turning the last page in frustration, damning this industry for only releasing stories in installments a month at a time. If you're not already reading WE STAND ON GUARD, fix that. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Aug 8, 2015

    This book has easily risen to my top pick in only two short issues. If Brian K. Vaughn hasn't convinced you he is a master storyteller by this point with his other work (Y the Last Man, SAGA), then this is the final piece of evidence you need. Get on board with this book now, because I predict it will be the hit everyone is talking about very soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Aug 18, 2015

    If the creative team of WE STAND ON GUARD continues its excellent run of great storytelling about the on-going imperialist pursuits of the Americans, then it is already a foregone conclusion that this series will become the 21st century greatest, if not one of the best, underdog story in the graphic visual literature yet! Vaughan's consistent good storytelling and Skroce's magnificent drawings will surely become a memorable treat for readers of great visual tales, and they form another formidable tandem furthermore thecollaboration with Fiona Staples of the Saga series. WE STAND ON GUARD is THE MUST for those cravers of freedom, resilience, and the Rocky-types as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Alexander Handziuk Aug 10, 2015

    We Stand on Guard #2 is a great issue that successfully carries over the momentum from its debut issue by focusing on character interactions while providing some further world building. At this point any book that features the name Brian K. Vaughan on its cover is a must buy but add in Steve Skroches stellar art and a Canada, U.S invasion story and you have a book that you really should just throw all of your money at. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fox Force Five News - Keven Skinner Aug 7, 2015

    Vaughan is doing a brilliant job unravelling 2015's most entertaining new series only two issues deep and even though he slows the pace down “ever so slightly”, he still manages to shock the ever loving shit out of us with a powerful ending that came right outta freaking left field. I don't know what this ‘basement' is, but those damn Yanks sound creepy as all hell when they send us poor Knucks down to it… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Aug 10, 2015

    The ending is no surprise, but it adds more suspense. "The Basement" grows in creepy stature with each repetition of its name. It's the "Room 101" of "We Stand on Guard." Like Orwell's "1984," "We Stand on Guard" #2 has heavy-handed but nonetheless effective and powerful storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 4, 2015

    The subtle nature of the plot reveals and a clearly well thought out world is driving things forward nicely, even if the villains are flat and the story is moving at a slow pace. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Aug 5, 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 #2can be read as an introduction to the story, but you may be a little bit lost with some of the characters, but nothing that's going to drastically loose you in the story. I wouldn't wait much longer to jump on board, though, and I highly recommend adding this comic to yourpull list in the very near future. I'm really taken with this series, making it the first non superhero comic book series in a longtime that I've been looking forward to each month. There's something about the underdog nature of the series Canadian resistance, and almost impossible uphill struggle they face that I'm really enjoying. I hope you do too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Aug 4, 2015

    I look forward to this book's great dialogue as well, as Vaughan does great not only creating distinct voices, but also having retorts, one-liners, and memorable lines that are badass without feeling campy or clichd. We Stand On Guard has gotten off to a great start " diverse characters, great art, and an intriguing plot. I'm sold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Pablo Arriaga Aug 5, 2015

    So cozy up with a nice touque, a 20 pack of timbits (I miss them so much) and read all about Canada taking on these crazy American hosers, eh. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Aug 8, 2015

    "We Stand On Guard" continues its fast paced story with the second issue. The tension is still high as the Two-Four do not trust Amber. However, the Two-Four have bigger problems knocking on their doorstep as more of the plot begins to hatch. The artwork continues to be a huge draw to this comic book as this might be the best looking comic book of the year. The details are some of the finest I've seen in a long time. This is an impressive comic book in many ways. I recommend checking this comic book out. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 5, 2015

    We Stand On Guard is off to a solid start. Issue #2 doesn't quite solve the character problem, but it does do well in fleshing out the oppressive world in which said characters reside. Vaughan places some intriguing pieces with his villainous additions, and Skroce turns up the tension with his impressively detailed pages. Even with some quibbles this is still a series worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Aug 10, 2015

    Only a tiny bit better than the first issue but it still leaves a lot to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Lido Giovacchini Aug 7, 2015

    However, its artist Steve Skroce and colorist Matt Hollingsworth who really elevate this comic. Skroce'sart is incredible Read Full Review

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