Guardians of the Galaxy #8 (Marvel)


Rating: 3.5/5 – Any Francavilla art is worth it!

I’m a huge fan of Francesco Francavilla’s art and recently reviewed his work on Afterlife with Archie.  And now Francavilla takes his art style to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  And although the art is beautiful to look at, it doesn’t work quite as well in this series’ science fiction setting.  Some pages look amazing like those including the big space battle scenes, while others, like a scene where Abigail Brand is speaking through a holographic image come off looking un-futuristic.  Overall the book works, but I’m glad Francavilla’s talents will be on other books in the future.

This issue has the Guardians attempting to rescue Abigail Brand and S.W.O.R.D. from Thanos’ armada.  If you haven’t been reading Infinity you may be a bit lost as to how and why Brand is in this predicament, but at it’s core this is a rescue mission.  We get to see a balance of action with the rescue scenes, and character drama between Star-Lord and Gamora.  As mentioned in my previous issue’s review, I felt that the focus was too much on Angela, and not enough on the Guardians.  This issue fixes that as Angela’s presence is limited.  Seeing these characters act as a team is what I was hoping to read in this series, and fortunately it happens here.

Not much more to say regarding Francavilla’s art.  It’s still a pleasure to look at and his Rocket Raccoon is fantastic.  I will say it again though, I am not a fan of Star-Lord’s new costume and wish they’d go back to the original from his first appearance in Marvel Preview, or at least to the version we saw in the Annihilation series.  We get to see Francavilla’s talents one more time on this series next issue and I’m hoping the story can suit his style a bit better, but after the last page reveal I don’t have high hopes.  But, I’ll take his art any chance, or anywhere I can.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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