Guardians of the Galaxy #7 Review
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Sara Pichelli (Pages 1-6 & 13-20) and Valerio Schiti (Pages 7-12 & 21)
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Published by Marvel Comics
Guardians of the Galaxy has been a fun filled, action packed ride since the first issue. Now that filming on the movie has officially wrapped, it’s evident that between the two mediums, Marvel has something really special on their hands.
When we last left our heroes, they had captured the recently returned Angela after a long, grueling battle between her and the Guardians. This issue takes a much needed break from the action to show us a conversation between Ironman, The GotG, and Angela. Not only is it great to slow things down just a bit, but we also get a LITTLE insight on what’s going with the rips in the space-time continuum.
Brian Michael Bendis has done a terrific job making this series fun, exciting, and one of my favorite books to read every month. Taking it just for those things, I absolutely loved every issue. What’s evident to me now after reading issue #7 though, is that Bendis never intended for this to just be a fun, shenanigan-filled book. He slowed the pace WAY down in this issue, and in doing that he showed that he’s been carefully building this series to be an intricate part of the bigger picture that is the Marvel Universe.
The art has always been spot-on in Guardians and the trend continues in issue #7. Sara Pichelli is one of the best artists in comics today, but she and her team broke one of my cardinal rules: they switched artists midway through the book. While it’s not hugely noticeable, and Valerio Schiti does a terrific job standing in, something about a mid-issue swap always rubs me the wrong way!
I can’t say anything about this series that I haven’t already told you guys. It’s funny, it’s got fantastic action sequences, and it’s very organically fit it’s way into the Marvel Universe. While I have to take points off my score due to the changing of artists mid-issue, this has to be one of my favorite in awhile. The slowing of the pace was fantastic. This group really shines in their exchange in banter and it provided us with some much needed insight into the bigger events that are happening. Needless to say, the Guardians are here to stay, and I’ll be sticking with them through Infinity and beyond.
4 out of 5 nerds.