Thursday, July 31, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

   Just in time for the feature film (about which I'm hearing wonderful things), the latest issue of Guardians of the Galaxy arrives, wrapping up the latest storyline.

   You'd think they'd want to have a fresh tale introducing the team to capitalize on new readers, but no comics company seems to make that connection, so there's that.

   But at least the Brian Michael Bendis story is a lot of fun, as Star-Lord tries to escape from his father's empire, Gamora and Angela face the threat of the Badooon, Rocket Raccoon is a captive of the Kree, Groot is a victim of the Brood, and Drax faces a battle to the death with one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe.

   The art is an odd mix, as the slick superhero stylings of Nick Bradshaw fill half the comic, and the rough-and-tumble art of Michael Oeming cover the second half.

   It will be interesting to see what effect (if any) the film has on the comic. Advance reviews are overwhelmingly positive (I hope to have a review within the next couple of days), and perhaps it'll mark out a new direction for the series.

   It's going to be a switch, going from being one of the lesser-known titles in the Marvel lineup to being one of the biggest.


Grade: A-


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