We Stand on Guard

We Stand on Guard

Book - 2016
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"Set one hundred years in our future, We Stand on Guard follows a heroic band of Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters, who must defend their homeland from invasion by a technologically superior opponent ... the United States of America."--page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, California :, Image Comics, 2016
Edition: Deluxe hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781632157027
1632157020
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm

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H228946260
Sep 10, 2017

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

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Keogh
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.

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duane767
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.

AL_JOSHUAS Oct 08, 2016

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

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vancepilipchuk
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.

LeRat Aug 29, 2016

An intense near future story where America and Canada are at war.

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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rene1951
Jul 07, 2016

I don't believe that there is a Brunswick in Canada, only in German speaking Europe. We do have a "New Brunswick" though. Love the look of Ottawa before the American invasion.

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Keogh
Jan 15, 2017

Keogh thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Aug 19, 2016

vancepilipchuk thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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