Sometimes the best of friends can become the bitterest of enemies.
After a surprise invasion by the United States with gorilla-style giant robots, the people of Canada are left reeling -- but not beaten -- in a new Image Comics series by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce first announced on USA Today. Set to launch in July, the six-issue We Stand On Guard comic series pits a rag-tag group of Canadians as freedom fighters looking to surive, and someday thrive, in the face of the U.S.'s giant robot invasion in the year 2112.
"My best friends and happiest relationships have been with Canadians," Vaughan, whose wife is Canadian, tells USA Today. "I thought it would be a good exercise to turn that on its head and force close allies to go at each other."
We Stand On Guard's cast is led off by a young woman named Amber who join a Canadian militia that takes their name from the size of a case of beer in Canada -- "The Two-Four."
Steve Skroce comes from a long career in comics, but he's best known these days as the go-to storyboard artist for the Wachowskis' such as in The Matrix, Speed Racer and Jupiter Ascending. While Vaughan came to him with the idea of We Stand On Guard featuring giant robots, it was Skroce who added the idea of it being based on creatures like gorillas and wolves.
USA Today has several pages from We Stand On Guard, as well as a page of sketches by Skroce. Take a look: