Saturday, January 16, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy #4

   I feel like I should be enjoying the Guardians of the Galaxy series more than this.

   On the face of it, there's nothing wrong with it - the art by Valerio Schiti is very good, with lots of energy and animated characters.

   The writing by Brian Michael Bendis is as strong as ever, with lots of humor and character interaction.

   I think the problem is the additional characters who have been shoehorned into the series. There are three of them - Venom, Kitty Pryde and the Thing.

   Of those, only the Thing seems a good fit - he was built for interstellar travel, of course, and his sense of humor is always welcome.

   Kitty was introduced as a love interest for Star-Lord, but that plot seems to have fallen by the wayside. And Venom - well, I know the suit is made of an alien parasite, but he just seems out of his depth in space.

   The other problem is the improbable say Star-Lord became the emperor of Spartax. He was asked to replace his father in the job, but has anything in his experience prepared him for that job? It seems silly.

   I guess I'd prefer the focus to be on the team - there are plenty of stories to be told there. No need to bog things down with too many supporting roles.

Grade: B



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