Seven Soldiers: The Guardian #1 Review

Reviewer: Andy Campbell
Story Title: Pirates of Manhattan

Writer: Grant Morrison
Art: Cameron Stewart
Colors: Moose Bauman
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi
Publisher: DC Comics

As one of the first pieces of Grant Morrison’s "Seven Soldiers" puzzle,
the Guardian will sell on the strength of its creator’s name. Once people read
this issue, though, I believe they’ll be hooked on the strength of the book

The book follows two separate plotlines, which eventually converge. The first,
which was suggested by the book’s tagline, is that the Manhattan Guardian, a
newspaper wherein the readers are the reporters, is hiring someone to be their
own superhero…a "living masthead." Jake Jordan, lacking direction
in his life, decides to try out for the job. The second plotline involves pirates
in the New York subway system. They are looking for the map of New York’s secret
subway system. I had visions of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere when I was
reading that. (If you’ve never read Neverwhere, basically it involves
the secret underground of London, including the subway.)

The art is another strong point, as Cameron Stewart goes all-out to really
make the action pop. Kudos to Moose Bauman as well, whose colors are the perfect
accent…especially on the eye-catching cover.

To conclude, the characters are explored very nicely, and the plot is very
intriguing. Morrison continues to keep me onboard!

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