Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #17
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Nick Bradshaw, Michael Oeming, and Walden Wong
Star Lord and Captain Marvel try a daring escape from Spartax and the clutches of King J-Son while Gamora deals with some Badoon baddies with the help of Angela and Drax the Destroyer engages in a one on one fight with Gladiator. With the Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming out this weekend, I decided to give this title a shot and what I got was a mostly a mixed bag.
If there is one thing you can consistently count on in a Brian Michael Bendis book it is that it will be filled with great banter and character moments. The entire interplay between Star Lord and Captain Marvel was really fun to read. The same goes with the moment between Drax and Gamora and the one between Drax and Rocket Raccoon as well. Bendis really does have the voices of all of these characters down pat. Now if only he had a story worth putting them in. I’m not saying the one here was bad, but it could have been executed a little better. This leads me the the next part of my review!
Man, that was a sloppy ending to that arc. I guess Bendis had to end it quickly in order to tie in with Original Sin next month, but he could have done a better job than that. Everything just kind of fell into place for everyone. Aside from the Drax/ Gladiator fight, I would even hazard to say most of the events that happened in this issue was kinda boring. The Badoon were already dealt with, Star Lord escaped with a ridiculous amount of ease, and the Kree just popped up to say hi. It was odd. I also didn’t like how Venom was handled this issue. It just seemed like a lazy way to remind us that he exists but also keep him a mystery off to the side for a while. Honestly, most of this would not have been as big of problem as it is for me if it wasn’t for the wildly inconsistent art in this issue that just amplified all the flaws. The art wasn’t bad, it just had two different guys working on the pencils and three working on the inks. It is impossible to have any sort of consistency with that many people on one issue. It wouldn’t have been that bad because Bradshaw and Oeming have similar styles, but they literally waited until the worst possible moment to change over duties. They waited until the middle of the Drax/ Gladiator fight so both characters look pretty different after just one page flip. Come on guys, you could have at least waited until the scene change that is literally the next page over.
I want to like this book. I really do. Bendis knows the characters’ voices and they are really fun to read. Now he just needs to give them something exciting to do. That’s really a minor problem, though, compared to the art department. Marvel really needs to get a handle on that before its too late.
Story: 3 out of 5
Art: 2 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5