The Guardians of the Galaxy have been grounded! The spacefaring super heroes are stuck, of all places, on Earth. How and why have the Guardians become stranded here, and what are they going to do about their new situation? And to make matters worse, they're also not necessarily a team anymore. Just what's an urban spaceman to do? What would you do? Collecting: Guardians of the Galaxy 15-19
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Guardians of the Galaxy Review
- July 22, 2017DanAfter the events of Civil War II the guardians of the galaxy are stuck on Earth. Four of the five issues included in this volume are tales of individual guardians adventures on Earth whilst the final one closes off the series. The first issue featured here focuses on Ben Grimm, the Thing. It was always a little odd having him as part of the guardians but this couldn't really feel much less like a GOTG story. The Thing is recruited by SHIELD to keep an eye on Doctor Doom, who these days is Iron M After the events of Civil War II the guardians of the galaxy are stuck on Earth. Four of the five issues included in this volume are tales of individual guardians adventures on Earth whilst the final one closes off the series. The first issue featured here focuses on Ben Grimm, the Thing. It was always a little odd having him as part of the guardians but this couldn't really feel much less like a GOTG story. The Thing is recruited by SHIELD to keep an eye on Doctor Doom, who these days is Iron Man. Essentially it's an issue focusing on the legacy of the Fantastic 4. It feels out of place but in itself is a decent enough story. The next issue is very guardians though as it focuses on Groot. Groot is pretending to be a tree in Central Park but he can't help but get involved when the Armadillo starts running amok. It's a really lovely story exploring the mindset of Groot, who is perhaps adapting best at living on Earth despite being the least suitable. The story is narrated throughout in rhyming couplets- I'm not sure quite why but it kind of works. Then we have an issue focusing on Gamora and her ongoing mission to find and kill her father, Thanos. He's no longer on Earth though but Gamora is convinced so goes up against a task force of superheroes and SHIELD to try and find Thanos. Gamora is always pretty badass but she takes it a step further here.Next up we focus on Angela, who seeks out someone called Sera (I had no idea what this bit was about) and battles an assassin. Much of this issue is Angela having a fight which is a lot of fun but nothing we haven't seen before.Finally, Thanos and a vast army of the Guardians enemies plan to destroy Earth so the guardians must band together once more. It's brilliant to see the gang go head to head against Thanos and it works as a great send-off to the series. This is the final volume of Brian Bendis' run so I thought I'd consider the series as a whole. It's certainly been a lot of fun and whilst the guardians were likely to have been popular in comics thanks to the films, I feel he was successful in making them a part of the comic universe once more. The series really suffered from constant events- the big Marvel ones like Infinity, Original Sin, Secret Wars and Civil War II as well as crossover events The Trial of Jean Grey and Black Vortex. Whilst some of these were enjoyable the series seemed hardly to have time to tell Guardians stories. An enjoyable end to a mostly enjoyable run and I can't wait to see what Gerry Duggan has got in store for the team next!more
- April 20, 2017Ondra KrálTakže na Zemi útočí Thanos, Badooni, Annihilus (proti kterýmu stál v eventu Annihilation celej vesmír a měl setsakra problém) a Brood... a všechno to zachrání vysmátí Guardiani tím, že skopou Thanose?Díkybohu, že Bendis končí!
- July 9, 2017LizOut of the five issues in this volume, four (well, three and three quarters?) are more filler issues than ones lending to the main plot. Each filler issue seems to be set up for the eventual spin offs that are starting, or connect to another series in some way, shape, or form. As for the rest, reading Civil War II’s plotline would be helpful, but isn’t actually required (I think the author did a decent job of including vital information). Side note: I don’t know why, but I swear this volume in Out of the five issues in this volume, four (well, three and three quarters?) are more filler issues than ones lending to the main plot. Each filler issue seems to be set up for the eventual spin offs that are starting, or connect to another series in some way, shape, or form. As for the rest, reading Civil War II’s plotline would be helpful, but isn’t actually required (I think the author did a decent job of including vital information). Side note: I don’t know why, but I swear this volume in particular has an extra fresh “inky” smell. Like, hot off the presses smell, even though I’ve owned it for a couple weeks. None of my other volumes smell like this. Has anyone else had this problem?(view spoiler)[ The backstory you really need to know from Civil War II is that the Guardians of the Galaxy got involved at the behest of Carol Danvers. They ended up losing their ship in the process. Additionally, Gamora learned that Thanos was being held prisoner somewhere on earth. Obviously she would love nothing more than to kill him, so she does everything in her power to get to him to do so. She also learns that Starlord knew about Thanos and was intentionally keeping that information from her.Issue #15 is about Ben Grimm. He’s debating on whether or not he’ll be going back out into space with the rest of the Guardians (should they ever make their way back out there). The decision is sort of made for him, when Maria Hill approaches him with a job: Take Doom in, no matter the cost. This directly ties into the plot of Infamous Iron Man; where Doom is trying to rectify his past by taking up the Iron Man mantle while Tony is down for the count.Issue #16 focuses on Groot, so naturally all of the story told is through narrative rather than hearing it from him (unless you’ve suddenly mastered understanding the nuances of “I am Groot”). His journey is mostly about him running around and making friends while simultaneously trying to help keep his new friends and earth safe. Rocket is seen in the background, usually annoyed or sleeping.Issue #17 gives more detail to the Gamora conflict that was briefly touched upon during Civil War II. She’s actively hunting Thonos, as she believes he is still on earth. Even after being given the opportunity to leave earth (and informed that Thanos has left), she chooses not to take it, or to believe that Thanos isn’t still being held someplace. It turns out that she is wrong, and the end result is her being held prisoner instead (as those with authority on earth deem her too dangerous to be allowed to continue her rampage).Issue #18 shows us one of the on again off again Guardians of the Galaxy, Angela. She’s searching for her love, Sera, whom she had suddenly left on earth. After being unable to find her (and absolutely freaking out about that fact), she comes across Maxlin the Accuser, a man that is hunting Gamora. Upon defeating him she’s given a bit of information that directly relates to issue #19, and ultimately allows her to save the day.Issue #19 has Thanos leading an invasion against earth (I’m thinking he’s feeling a little bitter about the whole being defeated and held prisoner thing). Even with the usual defenders jumping up to help (Captain Marvel, the A Force - any earth based super hero team really), the Guardians are forced to help as well, as they need all the hands they can get. In the end the day is saved when Angela forces one of Thanos’ allies to betray him (and by that I mean she killed most of his allies forces). Ultimately the Guardians got their hands on a new ship – one built/modified by Rocket. I’m not certain if it’s going to be their way off earth or not, but I imagine so. If that’s the case, you could really look at this whole volume as filler, as not much changed, other than possibly losing a few temporary members. Grimm is clearly leaving, as is Kitty Pride (it seems like she and Starlord are on the outs of that relationship). We’ll have to wait until the next volume to really see where it’s going next.(hide spoiler)]For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacksmore
- July 24, 2017Daniel ButcherBendis races to the end of his run and resetting the Guardians for the next writer.
- April 16, 2017FionaThis team is weirdly fun but now that Kitty's back with the X-Men I have no reason to read it anymore. Bye guys see you in your movie!
- April 13, 2017RamonMostly alright. Some standalones that then wrap up with a Thanos fight. Has its moments. But wow, the forced rhyming in that Groot issue... *shakes head*. NO.
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