Monday, April 29, 2013

Guardians of the Galaxy #2

I wasn't sure what to expect from the latest version of Guardians of the Galaxy.

With Brian Michael Bendis writing, it was a safe bet that there would be lots of clever dialogue out there - but would the story be down to Earth or more cosmic in nature?

The answer, so far, is: both!

We've (briefly) met the Guardians - Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon (this week's special guest star: Iron Man) - though not much information has been imparted to new readers.

It's been established that a loose federation of alien races have gathered and agreed to "leave Earth alone" (and we find out why in this issue), but that is, of course, an open invitation to the bad guys (this time around it's the Badoon, a reptilian group of aliens).

Last issue was the setup, this issue is all about hoo-hah-type action as the team battles the Badoon in the skies over London - and it's a heck of a lot of fun.

The art is a bit of a mix, as Steve McNiven and Sara Pichelli split the pencil chores and four separate hands do the inking - but I do like the art, and it contributes to the sense of fun.

So far, this has felt like a film treatment for the team (and perhaps it is), which is encouraging, because this comic is a heck of a lot of fun.

Grade: A-


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