Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Sara Pichelli, Justin Ponsor, & Oliver Coipel
Inker: Mark Morales
Published by: Marvel Comics
When Guardians of the Galaxy was first introduced it was a fun, action-packed break from all the dark and heavy storytelling going on at both of the Big Two. Although things have definitely gotten deeper for our heroes with the Infinity event happening, I’m happy to say that all the things I love about the series are still very much alive and well within the panels.
In issue #5 we left the gang on a few cliffhangers. Where did Drax go? Why did Angela show up and what is she doing? What will the Star Lord’s visit to Thanos turn up? I love that in such a fun, explosive story that there’s still room for intricate storytelling to go hand-in-hand with all the jokes and action.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Brian Michael Bendis. That’s not to say he isn’t a fantastic storyteller, but I’ve always had a hard time connecting with his writing like I do other creators. That being said, not only do I absolutely love this series, but it also keeps getting better. GotG has been on a roll since the first issue and in #6 it manages to pick up even more momentum. (Not to mention one of the funniest panels of the year with an exchange between Rocket Raccoon and Groot!)
My biggest problem with this particular issue is the art. Not to say it isn’t well done and beautiful to look at (it is); I just don’t like when books change artists mid-issue. When I was reading the story, as always, I was fully immersed and having a great time. Then, the art changes (quite noticeably) and briefly took me out of the story.
The only reason I’m not giving this a 5 is because of the artist swap.(I’m probably just being nitpicky though!) This issue from a story standpoint is one of my favorites and the series as a whole is something you should be reading. It’s action packed, hilarious, and a fun-filled adventure that I can’t wait to keep reading…or as Groot would say, ‘I am Groot!’
4 out of 5 nerds