Guardians of the Galaxy #10 (Marvel)

GoG10

Rating: 3.5/5 – Kevin Maguire’s art makes this book a fun read.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

This series of Guardians of the Galaxy hasn’t been consistent with the writing issue to issue, but has always been consistent with the high quality and amazing artists. Sara Pichelli, Steve McNiven and Francesco Francavilla were the artists leading up to this issue of Guardians, and for this 10th issue, Kevin Maguire contributes his talents. It’s an issue where if Maguire wasn’t on the art, would have still been enjoyable, but one of the more weaker issues of the series. It’s a stand alone tale that can be enjoyed on it’s own as writer Brian Michael Bendis prepares us for next month’s Trial of Jean Grey storyline.

Maguire’s art on this book is superb and Bendis writes a story where there’s quite a bit of talking heads, allowing Maguire to shine with his dramatic and at times hilarious facial features. Not only does Maguire excel during the heavy dialogue moments, but he’s also able to choreograph some fun and exciting fight scenes. There’s quite a bit of action with Gamora and Angela as they attack a Badoon planet searching for Thanos. Although they don’t find him there, which if you followed the Infinity event you’ll understand why, Angela does find out a bit more information in regards to who she is and where she may have came from.

There’s really no appearances from the rest of the Guardians team outside of Gamora in this issue, and that’s unfortunately been the case for this series since Angela first appeared. As she’s taken on a majority of the starring roles in this series, Bendis has pushed aside the other characters in order to flesh out her story and the mystery surrounding her appearance in the Marvel Universe . Outside of just a couple pages towards the end, Gamora and Angela are the only two characters who appear in this issue. If it wasn’t for Maguire’s art, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this issue as much as I did. I’ll be back for next issue with the guest starring X-men, and hope to see the whole Guardians team at the forefront.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – shawn@comicspectrum.com
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