Reviews – Marvel Comics: Guardians of the Galaxy #3

Posted: June 20, 2013 in Reviews - Marvel Comics
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Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils By: Steve McNiven & Sara Pichelli / Inks By: John Dell, Steve McNiven & Sara Pichelli / Colours By: Justin Ponsor / Letters By: Cory Petit
Price: $3.99

Did Peter Quill just kick off a revolution within the Spartax Empire? Maybe. Whatever he just did, he seemed to have a good time doing it and I had a good time reading it.

This is just a fun book, it really is. That’s not something I can usually say when the main conflict of the story is based around the political machinations of space tyrant, but in the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s absolutely true. How is it that this is the case? The answer to that is without question the characters, and more importantly the dynamics that exist between them. By the nature of their personalities Star-Lord and Iron Man (yes, if you didn’t know, Iron Man is on “vacation” with the Guardians these days) always have something smart or witty to say regardless of who they’re interacting with. Drax and Gamora share the warrior’s bond that comes with being two of the deadliest being in the galaxy. The best of them all though, is Rocket Racoon and Groot. Yes, the two characters that, from the outside looking in, should probably be the ones that put off older readers the most by simply so plainey ridiculous, may actually be the most enjoyable. They certainly seem to have the tightest connection of any two team members, ¬†fact that is clearly evident despite, at least in this volume of the book, not being very deeply explored to this point. And for his part, Groot, who I knew next to nothing about when I started the series, has possibly become my favorite of the lot. There’s just something charming and endearing about him and his three word vocabulary. Speaking of which, the entire art team on this book needs to be commended for conveying different emotions for Groot despite him only ever saying “I am Groot.” Now, as regards to wha is actually happening in this particular issue and how all these interpersonal dynamics relate, that’s simple. The Guardians have been captured by Star-Lord’s father, the King of the Spartax Empire, and are being transported to his Capitol. Really, what better team-building, relationship-displaying, bonding situation is there for a group of characters then the need to escape, as a group, from confinement. And the Guardians definitely set about this task with a style all their own.

I cannot express enough how fun it is to see how well Brian Michael Bendis plays this group of characters off of each other. These interactions alone are worth the price of this book. That you get a fun, action-packed space drama on top of that is just icing on the cake.

Score: 8.0


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