Bendis’ fresh new take on the Guardians continues to be a whole lot of fun. We open with the GotG having been captured by the Spartax Empire, and it’s very interesting to see how backwards Earthlings are viewed to be by the rest of the Marvel Universe, we don’t even have universal translators! We might as well be goldfish! The intergalactic council scenes between J-Son of Spartax and all of the other heavy hitters also got a lot more interesting, as we see some signs of disagreement between the members of the council, and hints that J-Son is up to something, which makes sense. Spartax has never previously been shown as being on the same level as the Kree or Shi’ar or the Badoon, so he’s probably making a play.
The Guardians of course escape, thanks to Groot, who has grown back to full-size and smashes shit up. The escape scene was very well done, with snappy dialogue and great, cinematic pacing from Steve McNiven, every member of the team was shown as a bad-ass, and heck we even saw how Tony Stark copes without his armour. If this is the basis for the movie, then I’m in. The artwork from both McNiven and Sara Pichelli was very good, I love both of these artists, and since McNiven is so slow, it only makes sense to have someone who has a pretty similar style fill-in for him.
And to make things even better, any old-school fans still complaining about this book ‘selling out’ and going mainstream get a nice shout-out with a mention for Cosmo the talking dog. I hope that once this initial arc is over, Bendis starts bringing back characters like Cosmo and making this more than just the movie team. I want Vance Astro and Jack Flag!