REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy #7

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Sara Pichelli, Valerio Schiti / Colours By: Justin Ponsor / Letters By: Cory Petit
Price: $3.99

Fair warning folks, if you’re looking for a good action story, this is not the issue for you. On the other hand, if you’re interested in some fun back and forth and interplay between characters, then this issue us exactly what you want.

Alright, so Guardians of the Galaxy #7 continues Angela’s debut in the Marvel Universe and also serves as the final prelude before the Guardians (and likely Angela as well) are thrown into the mix of the Infinity event. Now, while Angela’s previous two appearances in the book have revolved around conflict, particularly between her and the most dangerous woman in the galaxy, Gamora, this issue has a completely different tone. Things start off following the events of last issue with Angela now in captivity aboard the Guardians’ ship with the team and Tony Stark observing and discussing her. The majority of what follows from their is the conversation that takes between the seven being in that one room. Sound boring? It shouldn’t. At least not if you have any appreciation at all for dialogue and character interaction. Brian Michael Bendis does a great job here of taking what absolutely could be an boring scene and injecting it with life, with fun, with personality. The interaction between Peter Quill and Tony Stark is wonderful as always, with Angela’s presence and their interaction with her only making things better. While those three are very much the focus of the issue, everyone else fills their roles perfectly. Gamora is the biggest voice of dissent and the tension between her and Angela hangs over the scene beautifully. Rocket adds his own brand of comedy to proceedings but also gets to have more serious moments as he bears as much responsibility for the previous issues conflict as anyone. For their parts, Drax, and Groot, who has almost as many lines as the former, while not saying a whole lot, chime in at just the right times.

For its length, this may honestly have been one of the most entertain dialogue-centric scenes I have ever read. It’s issue like this that serve as perfect examples as to why I’m excited for the Guardians movie next year. If the dynamics between these characters are captured half this well on film, then that should be a hell of a fun addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Score: 9.0

Michael Bowie

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